洞悉未来 ● 荟萃中西 ● 心系祖国
Future-Ready Thinkers ● Bicultural Leaders ● Caring Citizens
NanChiauHighSchool@Sengkang: From Our Hearts to Yours
It is said that a joy shared is a joy multiplied. At the start of 2020, in alignment with the school’s theme of “Gratitude”, we shared our joy by launching the NanChiauHighSchool@Sengkang: From Our Hearts to Yours （凤栖安谷，守望二十）initiative to commemorate the school’s 20th year of residence in Sengkang. This was part of our school’s continued efforts to express our sincere gratitude for the strong support rendered by the community to NCHS in the last two decades. NCHS has grown from strength to strength since relocating to Anchorvale （安谷）, just like the mythical phoenix that rose from the ashes. As expressed in this year’s Chinese New Year couplets 《携手同心，二十年图强发奋兴盛港；和衷共济，一方水润物回春泽南侨》, our close partnership with the Sengkang community for the past 20 years has helped us to overcome multiple adversities.
We will fondly remember how we began our Chinese New Year celebration with a series of Values-in-Action activities co-planned by us and the Sengkang West Grassroots Organisations to serve the community. All NCzens were mobilised to visit the Residents’ Committees, shopping malls, coffee shops, kindergartens and Anchorvale Community Club to share the joy of the Chinese New Year festive season. We taught young children handicraft, sang Chinese New Year songs with elderly residents, and enjoyed Prosperity Toss (Lohei) with the cleaners in the estate. We also conveyed our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated staff who continued to provide essential services at the Sengkang Community Hospital, Sengkang Fire Station, Sengkang Police Post and Sengkang MRT station and bus interchange throughout the festive season.
The saying “To rise like a phoenix from the ashes” means to emerge from a catastrophe stronger, smarter and more powerful. In our 20th year in Sengkang, NCHS continues to stand tall and confident. We continue to be a high-performing school, the choice school for many students and, more importantly, we are a school that the Sengkang community is proud of.
洞悉未来 ● 成就梦想 ● 青春无悔
Make This Year 20/20
This is the theme which our Secondary 4 students conceptualised and set as a common goal for all NCzens this year. Besides being the start of a new decade, 2020 can also be understood as 20 out of 20, inspiring NCzens to attain their fullest potential this year. Looking at the design of the logo, the second 20, which is mirrored, connects the zeros together, forming the Nan Chiau High School logo in the centre. The purpose of this was for all of us to treasure every shared experience we will have together and to live this year in the best way that we can.
And indeed, we did.
The COVID-19 pandemic was an unfamiliar threat which disrupted almost all the plans that we had mapped since last year, but despite this, we are grateful that we actually gained much more as we were driven to step up and step out of our comfort zone. When the Circuit Breaker first began on 3 April, we saw how digital transformation took place with the full roll-out of Home-Based Learning (HBL) in schools. Adjustments were put in place to ensure the continuity of education and NCHS leveraged on this opportunity to enable teachers and NCzens to embrace digital learning. Being agile and resourceful, the transition to our first virtual classrooms with integrated interactive tools was carried out in a matter of days.
We re-formatted our CCAs, anniversary celebration, annual track and field meet, and National Day celebration, but we did not compromise on their purposeful learning intent as we continued to have active school participation through live broadcasts and improvised activities within the guidelines of the Safe Management Measures. This year, we also held our graduation ceremony about 2 weeks later as compared to the previous years. This was not just because our Sec 4s would be dearly missed, so we wanted to keep them in school longer, but also because our Sec 4s had spent substantially much less time in school this year because of COVID-19.
We have been through challenging times, but we have emerged stronger together in solidarity.
自强不息 ● 厚德载物
Relentlessly strive towards excellence. With great virtues shoulder great responsibilities.
This global coronavirus pandemic has already had an enormous impact and will surely have profound consequences for many years to come. However, the pandemic has also revealed a vast sea of kindness and benevolence in our communities, both locally and around the world. It has led to countless acts of selfless heroism in hospitals and care homes. It has impelled many of us to use our greatest strengths to serve our greatest purposes, giving our lives a new and inspiring meaning.
我们家南侨中学种有很多树，有竹子、柳树、榕树、罗汉松树、木麻黄树，还有芒果树、红毛丹树，苍翠茂密。It takes ten years to nurture a tree, but a hundred years to educate a man; “十年树木，百年树人”，美化校园环境的用意一再提醒我们“立德树人”的教育初衷，南侨学子也就似树苗，需要爱护、灌溉，并在日后必定成为参天大树。
Ms Siau Fong Fui