School Leaders' Message
Greetings to our parents and partners. Welcome to another year of learning and growing.
2016 has been both a delightful and enriching one for both our pupils and staff. We witnessed a few milestones such as our first year as a single session school, the opening of the school Student Care Centre as well as the wonderful learning and experiences our pupils from the various Aesthetics CCA groups gained from participating in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation as well as the Zonal and National sports competitions. In essence, 2016 was a joyous effort in re-defining our school as we prepare for the future.
In Canberra Primary School, we place a premium on the holistic development of our pupils. Our pursuit of excellence aims to develop the head, heart and hands of our pupils. We nurture our pupils with the values and dispositions through not just the rigour of learning, but also provide for the splendour of experiences through both curricular and co-curricular programmes. It is our hope that through the Canberra Experience, our pupils will grow up to not only identify their passion but also to master that love for lifelong learning.
This is anchored in the 4 pillars of our Applied Learning Programme (ALP), Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), our Curriculum Integration (CI) and our Future School (FS) spirit and innovation. Whilst we equip our pupils with knowledge and skills in the academic subjects, we also nurture in them the competencies and attitudes to navigate the future.
It is with this in mind that we will be embarking on our ‘Orientation to Future Learning’. With a strong emphasis on heightening career awareness amongst our Primary 3 to 6 pupils, we will help them to discover their individual strengths, passion and interest which will guide them in planning their educational pathway and select secondary schools. In the long term, it is our hope that this will provide more opportunities to explore different careers and nurture their aspirations for the future.
Another landmark for 2017 will be our International Musical, the finale of our trilogy which began in 2013. Part of the school’s LLP, this biennial production is not just a mere showcasing of our aesthetics talents, but a journey which celebrates our pupils’ passion for learning and the arts, values inculcation and teamwork which binds the Canberra family even closer. We are also excited for the multitude of learning and social interaction opportunities our pupils will experience when working with their counterparts from our international partner schools, Overberg Primary School and Beaumont Primary Schools from South Africa, Dong Lin Primary School from Wuxi, China and Pay Fong 3 Primary School from Malacca, Malaysia. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will bring our pupils one step closer to realising their potential as Global Learners, as envisioned in our Canberra Experience. So mark the date in your calendar - 4 August 2017 at the Star Performing Arts Centre.
These programmes, far from being stand-alone, are extensions of the curriculum students experience both in and out of the classroom, thus offering students an integrative and immersive educational experience in school.
With the school’s educational philosophy and commitment of staff as well as the strong support from parents, stakeholders as well as the community, we are confident that when our pupils will graduate from Canberra Primary with assurance to embrace the future, regardless of the types of opportunities and challenges the future may bring.
We invite you to join us and your children in this adventurous and meaningful partnership.
Wishing all of you a great year ahead.
Mr Kirupanantha Kumar, Vice-Principal
Mr Kevin Patt, Vice-Principal (Admin)