Dear Parents and Stakeholders,
Waterway Primary School is a brand new school nestled amongst the green waterways of Punggol. From a humble start of 5 P1 classes in 2016, we now have 8 P1 classes in 2017. We are heartened by this increase in number of classes despite there being not many completed new flats near the school. Some of our pupils come from Sengkang and the west side of Punggol. Many parents told us that they chose Waterway Primary School despite there being other schools that are closer in proximity to their homes because they have heard very good feedback about the school and also because of the programmes the school offers. We thank our staff for their hard work at building a good foundation for the new school and for parents for their support and understanding.
With technological advances, globalisation trends amidst tides of protectionism, and the rise of populism, the world that our pupils will grow up to is not what we can envision easily today. The challenge is to build strong foundations for our pupils so that they can thrive in work and life in the future. At Waterway Primary School, we want to develop in every child the passion, the skills and the aptitude for learning so that they will be self-directed to learn, know how to learn and be always ready to acquire new knowledge and skills. A spectrum of customised programmes complements classroom teaching and learning. Orators@Waterway is one such distinctive programme to nurture pupils through public speaking opportunities to be engaging presenters who speak with poise and confidence. All pupils enjoy Robotics lessons aimed at guiding them to think systematically and creatively. Good Morning School is a daily pre-assembly programme pupils look forward to as teachers share on a wide range of topics such as current affairs, music, art and science to expose pupils to learning beyond their classrooms, immediate neighbourhood and Singapore.
It is our aim to build a school based on the strong values of Responsibility, Integrity, Self-discipline and Empathy (RISE). The very key to a successful person --- one who is morally upright, takes care of self, family and others, works well with others and has a zest for life --- is self-discipline. It is self-discipline that sets a person apart from the rest. A self-disciplined person makes good decisions to delay an immediate gratification to achieve better outcomes. He/She knows when to forgo play and be focused on working hard. He/She is confident, knows right from wrong and chooses right behaviour even in the face of adversity. He/She is therefore responsible and has integrity and empathy to make a positive impact on others.
We provide a holistic education for our pupils, developing them in all domains – moral, cognitive, physical, social and aesthetics (德、智、体、群、美). In academic learning, we emphasise the learning process over content acquisition. Our curriculum aims are to develop in our pupils confidence and competence in using the English and Mother Tongue Languages; problem solving and thinking skills through Mathematics and Science; positive and lifelong attitudes of a healthy lifestyle through PE; appreciation and enjoyment of the arts through the aesthetics; and sound values through character education. Next year, we plan to teach Literature from P3 so that through the subject, our young pupils will have a window to peer out from themselves into the world of others and a mirror to hold out and learn about themselves.
We thank parents for their confidence in us. In the 2017 P1 registration exercise, we have the second highest number of applicants in the Punggol area for phase 2C. Many of these applicants do not live near the school but opted us as their school of choice.
We want to work together with parents to develop our pupils to be the best that they can be. Our wish for Waterway Primary School pupils is that they will be like trees planted by the water, who bring forth fruits in good season, whose leaves flourish and who enjoy good success in all they do.
Mrs Wee-Kwan Liam
BSc (Hons) – National University of Singapore
Post Graduate Diploma in Education - National Institute of Education, Singapore
MSc (Experimental Psychology) – University of Sussex, UK
MSc (Educational Psychology) – University of London, Institute of Education, UK
Leaders in Education Programme - National Institute of Education, Singapore
Principal/ Xingnan Primary School
Principal/ Changkat Primary School
Assistant Director/ MOE Psychological Assessment and Research
Teacher/ Raffles Institution