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As we usher in the new year in 2019, we are confident that the merger of Cedar Primary and MacPherson Primary will present many opportunities for us to build on the strengths of both schools to develop our students holistically, so that they fulfill our new school vision to be Joyful Learners, Responsible Citizens and Creative Leaders in a Connected Community.
Working alongside passionate and committed educators and staff in the past 8 months, it has been professionally and personally satisfying for me to see the conscientious effort put in by all to prepare for us to come together as one school. An important part of this effort was directed to the deliberation and reflection on our shared aspirations, values and belief for the new Cedar Primary School. The result is a new school vision, values and motto that guide the new Cedar Primary School and strengthen the identity of the new Cedarian.
The School Vision
The new school vision, Joyful Learners, Responsible Citizens and Creative Leaders in a Connected Community, reflects our aspirations for Cedarians: students and staff. We aspire for Cedarians to find joy in learning, in school or at home, through self-directed or collaborative ways. We aspire for them to be principles-centred persons driven by a sense of responsibility to serve and lead. We aspire for Cedarians to lead creatively: always seeking righteous and innovative ways to improve the lives of those around them and in so doing, contribute to the building of a connected and positive community.
The School Values
Cedarians will learn to uphold the new school values of Kindness, Integrity, Responsibility, Resilience and Creativity. They will be kind and compassionate, helping others without asking for anything in return. They will be honest and choose to do what is right even when no one is watching. They will persevere in the face of challenges and put in effort to work towards their goals. They will think before they act and take pride in doing their best. They will be eager to learn new things and try out new ideas, turning new ideas into reality. They will have a positive influence on local community and through their collective effort, contribute to the development of a gracious and inclusive society.
The School Motto
Our school motto, Effort Determines Success, encapsulates our belief that, when given equal opportunities, all of us can succeed if we have the determination and put in hard work. Success is not dependent solely on the abilities or brains we are born with, because we can develop these abilities with the right attitude and effort.
Our Commitment, Your Partnership
The vision, values and motto also represent our teachers’ commitment to continue to learn and pass on the joy of learning to our students. They call upon us, educators, to lead and care for the students that we teach. They ask that we work harmoniously to bring out the best in our students and inspire them through our actions. For parents, we ask that you continue to partner us in our journey towards fulfilling the new school vision: Build this partnership on the basis of mutual trust and respect; Have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers and staff. We welcome feedback and ask that we both be receptive to the feedback that we will have for each other. Our objectives are the same: we both want the best for your children, our students. We must help each other grow so that we become better parents and educators respectively.
For the Students
For Cedarians, you recite the national pledge with your hands over your hearts every day. Remember that between your hands and your hearts is the new school crest that represents our vision and values, and bears our new school motto: Effort Determines Success. Each day, you pledge upon this school crest, holding it close to your hearts. We hope that you think about how to live these values and fulfil our school vision. Every kind, righteous, responsible, resilient and creative effort, no matter how small, counts. With practice, the day will come when you can follow your hearts’ desires without going against what is right. Your teachers are here to help you grow. Choose to let them nurture you. Listen to and let them guide you.
As Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” For a school community, each step forward in our pursuit of holistic success is built upon the strong foundation laid down by past school leaders, key personnel, teachers, allied educators, and the school administrative team. I take this opportunity to thank these educators and staff of Cedar Primary and MacPherson Primary for their good work that had brought us thus far and helped us “see further”. I look forward to the support and effort from parents, staff and the local community to deliver a Student-centric, Values-driven education for each and every student that comes through the gates of Cedar Primary School.
Have an enriching and fruitful 2019!
Mr Chua Choon Hock (Chris)