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Message from the Principal

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times, in Singapore and around the whole. I dare say that no teacher or student in Singapore would have had such a prior experience. Experiences of the lockdown period would have been very varied. For some, it was mostly a safe and perhaps a liberating time working from home. For others, it was challenging or trying.

While the COVID-19 situation has stabilized in Singapore, I am sure that the crisis will continue and surpass the one-year mark in terms of duration. Winston Churchill was quoted as saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. I think this would apply to the COVID-19 crisis given its wide impact and duration.

The pandemic has accelerated the acceptance of technology such as video calling, online consultations, and general use of digital technology. This has increased more in the last many months of the current crisis than the last ten years. We used video calls and online consultation to prepare our students for the PSLE in 2020 and are again elated that we have also delivered on good academic output in 2020. We are likely to continue with the use of video calls and online consultation when normal times return, for example.

Full Home-based learning also brought to the forefront the importance of self-directed students. Self-directed learning (SDL) is an instructional strategy where the students, with guidance from teachers, decide what and how they will learn. It can be done individually or with group learning, but the overall concept is that students take ownership of their learning. We saw more of this in this crisis and we should remodel the education we deliver so that our students can take more control of their own learning when life returns to normal. The wider conclusion is that ‘self-directed’ and ‘independent’ learning is indeed possible.

Much to teach and much for our children to learn, but we remain committed to delivering an even better education to our children, nurturing the whole person and providing all our children with a well-rounded education with the relevant skills to be future-ready.

I take this opportunity to wish all Wellingtonians, friends and stakeholders of Wellington Primary School, a happy and successful 2021.

Albert Alcantara