Message From Our Principal
Mr Goh Aik Choon
Principal’s Message 2021
Forging Ahead with Spirits High
The Indoor Sports Hall is finally completed and has been in operation since 1 February 2021. This state-of-the-art construction, using environmentally friendly timbers, is aligned with the school’s niche area in environment education. I am confident that such an impressive addition to our up-to-date facilities, will benefit both the students and the community as a dual-use facility in the many years to come.
Despite the pandemic, the school achieved outstanding academic results for all courses in 2020. New records were set for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations, especially for the Secondary 4 Express. Their L1B5 score, at 23.4, was the best showing since 2011. 71 students from the Normal (Academic) course who sat for the ‘O’ level subjects also did exceptionally well with 42 of them scoring B4 or better; contributing to the impressive outcome of performing ‘Above Expectations’ [by the Ministry of Education (MOE)] in ELMAB3.
Despite the partial cancellation of the National School Games (NSG) and the unique format for the Co-Curricular Activities (CCA), we continue to show our G.R.I.T (Courage and Resolve), as we proactively search for suitable alternatives to enrich the learning experiences for our students. Special Outdoor modules [Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) – Outdoor Education] were organised for our Secondary 4 and 5 cohort.
Our performing arts CCA continue to bring back excellent news from this year’s Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentations. Our Malay Dance was the very first performance to be streamed live by MOE. They did the school proud by receiving the highest possible accolade of Certificate of Distinction. In addition, our Concert Band obtained a Certificate of Accomplishment, our Chinese Orchestra, a Certificate of Accomplishment, our International Dance, a Certificate of Accomplishment and our Drama Club, a Certificate of Accomplishment. Our heartiest congratulations to all of our performing arts groups!
Similarly, our Sepak Takraw team entered the NSG as a newcomer and achieved splendid results by taking the 4th position in the nationwide competition. Our Secondary 3 can look forward to the modified Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) in September and the Secondary 2 cohort will have their outdoor day camp in May. Various face-to-face student development workshops for leadership development, ICT skills, study skills and StrengthsFinder were also conducted to strengthen our students’ portfolios.
Our Applied Learning Programme (ALP), the Environment Education, has almost fully resumed. More class-based activities (e.g. class-based vertical farm planting) and some on-line outdoor modules were conducted to fulfil the learning objectives. Our student leaders in Environment Education (Environment Champions) also participated in the NParks OneMillionTrees movement project. Plans are also being piloted to further integrate the LLP with ALP, leveraging on the island-wide network of park connectors.
I am extremely pleased that the Elective Modules (EM) at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs) at the polytechnics have resumed. We have completed three AEMs for 60 Secondary 3 Express and 3 Normal (Academic) students at various polytechnics in March. 31 of them were awarded a PASS with COMMENDATION certificate.
To further strengthen our Education and Career Guidance (ECG) programmes, 16 speakers from various industries were invited to the school for our graduating cohort’s Careers Day. I can look forward to even more encouraging outcomes for our Early Admission Exercise (EAE) to both ITE and Polytechnics this year. (In 2020, 48.6% of our 4 Express and 5 Normal (Academic) cohort secured an EAE offer to polytechnic, while 55.6% of our 4 Normal (Academic) and 4 Normal (Technical) cohort was successful in the EAE to ITE.
Another impactful strategy of the school is the provision of ample student leadership development opportunities. About 40% of our students assumed leadership positions in one of the six councils; the Student Council, the Class Council, the Environment Council, the Outdoor Education Council, the CCA Council and the Character and Citizenship Education (National Education/Cyber Wellness) Council. As in 2020, around 95% of our graduating students received the National Youth Achievement Silver Award (NYAA) and we are looking forward to impressive CCA grades for our 2021 cohort (in 2020, 96.3% of our students obtained either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’).
The School Advisory Committee (SAC) continues to generously support the school. Approval was obtained for an additional $25,000 to be set aside for 300 school-based awards to reward students who show improvement in their studies.
The Marsiling Secondary School Alumni (MSSA) also continues to offer the MSSA Bursary Award ($250 each). 29 of such awards have been given since its inception to deserving graduates who are currently pursuing post-secondary education at the ITE, Polytechnics or Junior Colleges.
The advantages of joining Marsiling Secondary School are obvious and we are ready to declare MSS as an Alternative Pathway for the primary school leavers who may face some disadvantages, especially in terms of academic results. We will help them to regain their confidence, discover their passion and strengths and progress into a post-secondary institution of their choice.
We are forging ahead with spirits high. The Head of Departments (HODs), teachers and all staff have been working together as a synergistic team to ready ourselves for the Personal Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) and blended learning in Semester 2. We will overcome challenges and continue to strive to realise our vision to become ‘A Community of Dynamic, Confident and Caring Learners’ (school vision).
With strong and generous support from the stakeholders, I am confident that MSS will thrive and ‘Make our Mark’ (school motto) in the many years to come.