With the dawn of a new year, we return to the home of our Kong Hwaian family filled with hope and aspirations for the new school year ahead. On behalf of the school, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our outgoing principal Mrs Cheong Ye Ling, for her contributions to the school over the past seven years. Her passion for the education profession and her alma mater is inspiring, steering Kong Hwa through changes in the education landscape - always adapting, always forward-looking. Each achievement and development in the school embodies her efforts and sacrifice, and they are her legacy that every Kong Hwaian will appreciate.
The start of school coincides with Singapore’s Phase 3 reopening. While appreciating the gradual easing of restrictions, we should continue to be vigilant. Safe Management Measures in school will continue, to prevent the resurgence of Covid-19 that we have fought so hard to keep at bay. Over the past extraordinary year, teachers and students alike have worked hard and done well, and I have faith that they will continue to do so. The camaraderie extended to peers and the community, and the resilience in adapting quickly and effectively to the new normal – all these exemplify the Kong Hwa spirit.
“Sincerity and Perseverance” is our school motto. Both are values that our founders hope Kong Hwaians would embody in word and deed. To be sincere is to be trusted, respected, and welcome by all. To persevere is to face difficulties resolutely, and to adopt a can-do attitude no matter the challenge. Be it in academia or in life, I trust our Kong Hwaians will continue to live out these values, and be the best they can be.
All parents want the best for their children, and for them to be successful. While the definition of success may vary, I believe true success lies not just in moulding exceptional students, but in moulding exceptional people. Character is key, and the school will continue to imbue strong values in our Kong Hwaians and enable them to navigate the future ahead of them confidently.
Education is a calling, yet it also takes a village to raise a child. We cannot do it alone. The school stands ready in partnership with all stakeholders – the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, the Alumni, the Very Supportive Parents and community partners – to mould the future of our nation.
Poon Siow Leng