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Principal's Message 2017

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2017 marks the first year of a new century for PLMGS after the school celebrated its centennial anniversary last year. I like to name this year, 2017, as PL 101 since it will be our 101th year. In most learning programmes, course 101 denotes basic learning for beginners. Drawing that parallel, PL 101 will too be a year of returning to the basics.

As a school, we will continue to build on the strong foundation laid by our predecessors as well as improve on how we equip our girls for an environment that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). We will focus on 3 basics:

Relationship building

School is about socialising and making connections. This is even more so in PL. Years after graduation, our girls will still laugh as they recall the fond memories they had while in school. We will continue to strengthen the PL Spirit as we provide opportunities for the girls to build strong bonds of friendship as well as to connect with their teachers. Importantly, this strong network of friendship will provide a strong safety net to help our girls grow and blossom. 

Values strengthening

Character development is a key tenet at PL. We will continue to nurture our girls in acquisition of social-emotional competencies and values through our Character Development Programme and a range of learning experiences. We believe values will be that anchor that will help our girls sail steadfastly as they manoeuvre in a VUCA world. And in a world of ambiguity and of differing perspectives, our girls will learn to make sound decisions based on the values they hold. 

Skills and disposition for learning

I was reading the book ‘Wining with Honour’ by Mr Lim Siong Guan and Ms Joanne H. Lim and I was struck by something they said –“That we need to prepare individuals to think for themselves, not of themselves.” As information becomes so easily accessible, how would the PL Curriculum enable our girls to learn to make sense of this mass of information? Our teachers will continue to design learning that will equip our girls with skills to learn and to think. Learning may not always be easy or enjoyable but we believe that as we build the self-efficacy of our girls, they will enjoy a sense of achievement and begin to desire to learn more. 

In a VUCA environment, my hope is that our girls will have one certainty- that of their identity. Our theme for this year is ‘Created for His Glory’ with the theme verse taken from Psalms 139:14

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

As the world increasingly extorts external appearance and instant fame, we will continue to teach our girls the importance of accepting and loving themselves; to resist the need to be like the Jones but to discover the unique talents that each of them has. The teachers will work with the parents to help each child uncover that talent. Let’s look forward to 2017 as we help our girls discover how uniquely each of them has been created! 

Ms Chua Soh Leng
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary)