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The education landscape has been shifting towards a more holistic education system where our students learn for the intrinsic joy of acquiring new knowledge and skills, rather than for the purpose of sitting for their examinations. At the same time, there is also a ‘premium’ placed on inculcating good values in our students, and for them to make sound decisions that contribute to others and society.
I am heartened that Assumption English School (AES) is at the forefront of this change. We are amongst 28 schools that will pilot the Full Subject-Based Banding initiative in 2020. AES will be offering our Secondary 2 Normal Academic students the chance to study Express level Humanities subjects in 2020, while in 2021, our Secondary 1 cohort will be organised into mixed form classes rather than according to academic streams. There will be greater customisation in terms of meeting the needs of our students, ensuring inclusivity and enabling them to socialise with each other.
We are also involved in another MOE initiative, namely, the GEAR-UP programme which has provided funding and resources for us to design and implement school-based integrated support. The objective is to enhance learning and motivation, strengthen school connectedness and build resilience in our vulnerable students. As part of the programme, the school employs youth workers to engage our students and organise programmes that help the students to develop life skills. These programmes are carried out after school hours during the term and also during the school holidays.
We are grateful to be involved in these new initiatives, and we believe that they will strengthen our school’s processes and competencies so that we bring out the best teaching and learning experiences and outcomes for our students.
We have engaged our alumni at a deeper level. We are glad that many have come forward to contribute back to AES. Among the notable alumni is Ms Vernetta Lopez, a well-known media celebrity in Singapore who conducted an emcee training session for our students. Another is Mr Jason Tang, a successful businessman with a heart for students, particularly those who lack opportunities. He donated generously to support sports training for our non-school team players. There is also Mr Marcus Tan, the co-founder of the popular e-marketplace application, Carousell, who gave an inspiring talk about his school experiences in AES and his journey as an entrepreneur. We are blessed to have the support of these alumni members.
Being one of the schools under the auspices of the Montfort Brothers of Saint Gabriel, Assumption English School (AES) is well placed to prepare our students for the future. AES students are articulate and express themselves with sincerity, clarity and passion. Anchored by the beliefs of our Patron Saint, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, our students remain grounded, and will always be a source of strength for those who are in need.
The AES journey will be exciting and enriching.
Labor Omnia Vincit.
Mr Benjamin Kwok
Assumption English School