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The beginning of each year is a time of promise and appreciation. Not only do we reflect and are thankful for the blessings of the past year but it is also a chance to start afresh, and to ponder how we can reach forward to better realise God’s promise in each one of us. I look forward to working yet another year with you and your daughter. Welcome to 2019!
There is much that is exciting lying ahead for all of us. This year, the IJ Sisters celebrate the 165th anniversary of their mission in Singapore and the 2019 theme for all CHIJ schools is “Ever Seeking, Ever Serving”. This is the spirit of the IJ curriculum, one in which we teach our girls to seek out Justice and Truth and to serve from a position of Love and Freedom from the needs of the self. We look forward to a year of IJ-wide events such as our Founder’s Day celebration at the National Stadium.
The staff have also put in much time and effort into the review and planning of programmes as always with our twin foci of learning and enjoyment. As in 2018, I am sure your daughter will look forward to the Back To School programme in the first three days as well as department programmes throughout the school term in the various domains from the academic to the physical and aesthetics as well as the social and moral e.g. the MTL Flipgrid and the GRACIA V-Ed programmes. The school has indeed been blessed with MOE support and recognition for our curriculum such as the OLN SPARKS (SPorts for Active and Resilient Kids), Learning for Life programme and the LEAP (Learn, Engage, Articulate & Perform!) Applied Learning programme.
In line with the announcements made by Minister Ong Ye Kung in October 2018, CHIJ OLN has also identified Learning Dispositions for its various grade levels and reviewed its assessment policies. Some of the changes will take place in 2019 while others will be implemented in 2020.
We look forward to sharing on these and other programmes with parents when we meet you for the annual Networking sessions. The meetings for parents of our P2 – P6 pupils will take place on Friday 12 January 2019 while that for parents of P1 students will take place on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
While we were sad to say goodbye to some colleagues, we also welcome gladly to our family Mdm Noor Hayati Bte Yusof (Senior Teacher, English), Mrs Eileen Goh (Senior Teacher, Mathematics), Mrs Cabrina Loh, Mrs Laura Stephen, Mrs Eadelin Marzinek and Miss Ng Hui Qi. We are also fortunate to have join us, Mdm Ng Guek Eng in the General Office.
As we approach the start of another year, I am also glad to say that Project Dream and the renovations are proceeding on schedule and the school building is taking shape nicely. Truly, Project Dream is becoming a reality. The Mother Mathilde block will be handed over to us at the beginning of the year, and some of your children will be making use of its classrooms and other teaching facilities. The children will also have an Outdoor Learning corner and a small playground, as well as additional rooms such as the PAL (Programme for Active Learning) rooms to use from Term 1 2019 onwards. This year, the contractors will be focusing on erecting our Indoor Sports Hall. We look forward to its completion by end 2019. We are indeed blessed to have all these facilities.
As we all prepare for the new school year, I would like to thank you all for the support given to my staff and me in 2018. Thank you so much for being positive and understanding of the constraints of Project Dream and of the work put in by my colleagues to make school a positive experience for all students. Some of you have even gone the extra mile to drop us notes of appreciation. This has been most heartening and uplifting for my colleagues, and I thank you for them.
I eagerly look forward to greeting you and your children again. Please do stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all our students, one in which they will both be blessed and a blessing to others.
Thank you & God bless,
Christina Teo (Ms)
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