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Principal's Message 2018
In January each year, I look forward to welcoming back the students after a long break. As I welcome the students, I am excited at seeing how much they have grown. Growth is something we all celebrate. On birthdays of the girls, the parents, teachers and classmates would often gather to sing the birthday girls a 'happy birthday song'.
For 2018, the school's theme is 'in favor with God and man' with our theme verse taken from Luke 2:52 "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man".
We will focus on growing our girls in an all-rounded development with the four aspects of cognitive, physical, spiritual and social development. When we look at growth, the tendency is to study the various ways that can promote growth. Besides doing so, it may be also useful to watch out for things that may derail the growth.
I was quite intrigued when I saw the photograph of a plant species known as Strangler Fig. It reminded me of the first 'Alien' movie I watched a long time ago. Strangler Fig grows when a seed is deposited on a tall host tree. Then begins the intense fight between the Strangler Fig and the host tree for sunlight in the tropical forest. As the Strangler Fig grows, it grows roots that reach to the ground. Before long, the roots of the Strangler Fig thicken and surround the host tree, eventually strangling the host tree to death.
The fight for light between the Strangler Fig and the host tree reminds me of the fight for the minds and attention of our students between home-school and the world, especially social media. Hence, it is important that parents and the school work together to fortify our girls and prevent the ills of the world from taking root in their minds. If we collaborate and reinforce the same good habits and values, both at home and in school, the chance of our girls being strangled by the ideas of the world will likely be less.
So as we enter a new year to focus on growing our girls and helping them become women of fine character, I invite all parents to work with us. In particular, we will focus on four character traits: self discipline, diligence, grit and responsibility. Do work along with the teachers to encourage and affirm the girls as they take steps towards their goals; and to rejoice and celebrate with the girls as we see them grow.
Ms Chua Soh Leng
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary)