‘Forging Forward, Emerging Stronger’ - This was our theme for last year’s GRACE Day, the school’s annual prize-giving day. This theme aptly depicts the journey our students, parents and staff had taken in 2020. Social distancing, mask wearing, wipe down routines and maintaining good personal hygiene were the new norms for 2020. We will continue these measures as we move into 2021. We will continue to forge forward in this unprecedented times as we continue to live under this COVID-19 pandemic environment.
In 2020, our students experienced Circuit Breaker and changes in school terms. They were able to adapt quickly and seamlessly to the changing social environment and acclimatized themselves skillfully to the online learning platforms. Our students’ courage and resilience fully epitomized the ‘Determined Spirit’ that they possess. They uphold discipline and social responsibility in observing the Safe Management Measures (SMM) as well as keeping a lookout for their peers. These admirable traits truly manifest our students’ ‘Caring Hearts’. Moreover, our students’ nimbleness in adapting to the new online learning environment and their ability to acquire the skills needed to navigate the online learning platforms are clear evidence of their ‘Enriched Minds’. We are truly proud of our Concordians!
While our students have demonstrated their courage and resilience in this trying time, we must applaud and commend our parents, teachers and the school’s support staff for pulling together to care and to support our students through this very challenging time. From Circuit Breaker, Full Home-Based Learning (FHBL), May mid-term school holiday to school re-opening, parents and teachers were called upon to ensure that our students’ well-being were looked into and their learning can continue without interruption. Our community partner, Keat Hong CC, also stepped forward to provide children’s masks and food parcels for the needy families. Times of crisis truly brought out the best in all of us!
Through 2020, as a school community, we have emerged stronger and more ready than ever to forge forward to meet new challenges. In every crisis, there is an opportunity and a silver-lining. In adapting to the fast changing pandemic environment, we have learned to leverage on technologies and different platforms to engage our students in their learning. This has allowed us to develop learning trails in the various subject areas like Science, Character and Citizenry Education (CCE) and Student Leadership, leveraging on technologies. We have also augmented the use of technologies in providing real-time assessment tasks in the learning of English and Mother Tongue Languages. Through the programmes like Puppet Theatre (Pri 1 to Pri 3) and Speech and Drama (Pri 4 to Pri 6), our students’ participation in these activities are able to be captured and to be played back to them instantaneously for peer feedback and evaluation. This will certainly bring joy and excitement to our students’ learning. The installation of a boulder wall outside the newly conceptualized Outdoor Education Gallery will allow our lower primary students to take on bouldering programme as part of their Programme for Active Learning (PAL). This will better prepare them to take on the Outdoor Education Programme when they progress to the upper primary levels.
With this positivity that surrounds us, it gives us hope, anticipation and excitement as we forge forward into 2021. Our Concord, our pride and ‘Together we soar to greater heights’.