We enter 2020 with an invigorated sense of purpose and mission, after our silver jubilee year of reflection and thanksgiving in 2019.
We had a fantastic 2019. We celebrated our 25th anniversary based around the theme of Gratitude and Service, as we took stock of our strong heritage and took flight to scale future peaks. As part of the celebrations, we held our inaugural charity cross-country run at the Bedok Reservoir Park. Each NASian ran 2.5 miles and as a school we collectively surpassed our target of a whopping 2500 miles to raise $25,000 for the President’s Challenge 2019! We also had our birthday bash in the form of our intergenerational carnival Ngee Ann Gives Back! This saw us bless and bond our community’s elderly and youth through meaningful workshops and games. Finally, who can forget the nostalgic reunion party we threw at our 25th Anniversary Dinner? All our invited alumni, partners, past and present staff and school leaders had a jolly good time reminiscing and aspiring for the school as we forge ahead. To round off the year, our students gave the school a wonderful birthday present through their sterling GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ level results, and across all their CCA accomplishments. We were overjoyed when our basketball ‘B’ boys outdid themselves to be crowned National Second, setting a new record for the school. Our Chinese Orchestra also upheld their high standard in the SYF, along with all of our UGs.
In 2020, we look forward to another exciting year of buzz and opportunities to grow for all. Our newly minted Classroom of the Future is ready to support new types of learning experiences that will further enhance our students’ learning, adding to our suite of other special learning, CCA and sporting facilities in the school. We installed spanking new HVLS fans in our Indoor Sports Hall! They will make our PE and CCA sports practices as cool as ever!
Our NAS25 Heritage Wall is also ready. The team did such a pretty job that it is quite an “instagrammable” spot for our students! From the Heritage Wall, NASians can understand the larger story of the school, of which we are all a part and of which we are all writing the next chapter. We are also immensely excited that our sheltered walkway project has completed! The path linking the Tampines East MRT station right outside our school fence all the way to our back gate and adjoining classroom block is now fully covered. No more need for brollies, everyone!
2020 will see us empowering our students to further discover their interests and strengths and to hone their talent through the new learning opportunities we have designed. The NAS Skills Discovery Electives allow students to choose from an interest-based menu of skills from Financial Literacy to Song Writing to 3rd Languages and much more. The Technopreneur programme is our latest Stretch Programme that aims to nurture budding start-up talents for the digital economy. In 2020, students will also learn outside the box with the NAS EdVentures. Designed around the theme of ‘Wonder, Curiosity and Imagination”, NAS EdVentures will feature experiential, authentic and applied learning opportunities across the subject disciplines for students to extend their learning. Students will experience the subjects come alive!
Last but certainly not least, we are looking forward to our Performing Arts public concert, Tapestry 2020! For the first time, we will stage it at Our Tampines Hub as an open concert for the larger Tampines community to enjoy. This is how we do our bit part to give back to the community. Do drop by to join us and enjoy the concert on 18 Apr 2020!
New Year, New Decade
As a new decade dawns, what do you hope will define your 2020s? For us at Ngee Ann, it is our ever stronger resolve to nurture students into future-ready learners and leaders of sound character. We want to be defined by the positive difference we make to our students’ lives, and indeed to the lives of generations of youth who will pass through our gates. This resolve is embodied in our desired student outcome of the Ngee Ann All Rounder – to nurture each student into a Thinker of Vision, Leader of Character and Citizen who Serves. We do this by bringing out each student’s best through our culture of High Care and High Expectation.
For our prospective students, have you ever thought about what you want in your secondary education? Are you looking to be an all-rounder? Or are you looking to discover your purpose and direction, making lifelong friends and cherished memories along the way? Perhaps you aspire to develop your unique strengths and interests, and use them to serve others? Or you simply desire to be ready for whatever the future may open up for you? If any of these is what you are looking for, I invite you to read on to find out more about who we are and what we offer.
Wishing one and all a very exciting and fulfilling 2020!
Teo Kok Hong
Ngee Ann Secondary School
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