- At the heart of Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) is the young gentlemen of whom all our efforts centre on. Each day, there will always an exchange, whether in our staffrooms, along the corridors, or in our classrooms, where teacher and teacher, or teacher and pupil, are sharing or dialoguing to bring to fruition our aims to develop every ACSian as iHOPEFUL Leaders, Creative Learners, Effective Communicators and Community Collaborators in the Affective, Cognitive, Social and Physical domains.
- If our endeavours are confined to the school, there is only so much we can realize of our young gentlemen, for they spend even more time at home being nurtured by you – their parents. As parents, you are their primary care-giver since they were born, and you have navigated them through the major milestones in their lives. You have set up a home environment that is important to their overall growth, and you understand their needs and development.
- Research has shown time and again that when the home and school environments are attuned to each other, our young charges become the ultimate beneficiaries of this partnership. This is why at ACS (Primary), we are constantly working with our parents to bring out the best in every ACSian. When we collaborate, the home and school bring together our expertise and experiences. We are then better able to support each ACSian’s growth and progress through building of mutual respect and understanding, and our boys will reap from the positive influence the home has of the school and vice-versa. When teachers and parents work in tandem to help our pupils, our boys learn better, and develop attitudes and life skills that will better prepare them for the unknown terrains that the future will hold for them.
- In this regard, I am tremendously proud of our Parent Support Group (PSG) and deeply thankful to God for the strong support that we have received from the PSG over the years. Since the PSG’s inception in 2005, they have grown from strength to strength, and have demonstrated time and again the impact and influence the home and school can generate. Under the capable leadership of the PSG EXCO, the PSG today has 12 sub-committees overseeing many important areas that we deeply appreciate. Besides helping the school to organise events or raise funds for various intents, our PSG also actively supports us in areas like school administration through the library sub-committee, teaching and learning matters like curriculum support, or complementing our teachers’ work in the classroom as teacher aides. When they do so, they see a glimpse of the work we do as educators, and grow to also appreciate the efforts of the teachers. At the same time, we value their support and trust is deepened between school and home. Whether the support is once-off or on a long-term basis, the PSG’s unwavering efforts have shown our boys that school is their second home, and their parents play a big part in their education. I am heartened and encouraged by the PSG and numerous parents who have shown strong support for ACS (Primary), and for the commitment, dedication and selflessness in sharing and caring for our boys.
- An anthropologist once observed an interesting phenomenon in an African tribe. He carried out an experiment with a group of African children, where he placed a basket of fruits at the end of a line, and told the children that the person to reach this finishing line first would be able to enjoy the basket of fruits all to himself. At the count of three, he started the children off, expecting them to pit their running skills against each other in pursuit for this prize. Instead of taking this experiment as one would expect these boy to, they did something entirely different. They held hands together and made a dash for the finishing line as ONE. They enjoyed the fruits together, seeing no one as first, and no one as last.
- Stories like these remind me again of the power of ONE. We all have our own finishing lines and races to complete, but at ACS(P), the finishing line for us is the desired outcomes that we want to see realised for every ACS(P) gentlemen. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 reminds us that:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”.
- As we continue to strive ahead, may we, as Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 tells us, support each other, build each other up, and take advantage that the school and home are the two most influential learning environments to develop the potential of our boys to the fullest. And as we embark on this race together, may our hearts, our hopes and our aims be ONE between home and school, ONE with the ACS Family, and ONE with our God.
- I look forward to your continued prayers and support for ACS(P).
To God Be The Glory!
The Best Is Yet To Be!
Mr Arene Koh
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)