As we begin the new academic year in 2018, it is an opportune time to look back on our past year with deep gratitude and to look ahead to the future with much anticipation.
Last year, the school completed her 16-month upgrading project in September to build a new block which houses a Guzheng room, a Chinese Orchestra room, a Staff Resource Room, a Student Care Centre as well as a rooftop Outdoor Learning Terrace. In our main building, we have also upgraded existing facilities which include a new Teaching Laboratory, special learning rooms, sheltered walkways and a revamped staff lounge et cetera. The fruition of the upgrading of Hong Wen School facilities is due in no small part to the support and generosity of MOE and SMC, for which the school is deeply grateful to.
Since the founding of Hong Wen School, we have seen several relocations. From the first Queens Street campus (early 1920s) to the Waterloo Street campus (mid 1920s-1930s), to the Dickson Street campus (1940s-1970s), to the Victoria Street campus (1980s-2000s) and to our present location in Towner Road, Hong Wen School has witnessed changing times but our destiny to fulfil the mission of education remains unchanged as the baton is passed from one generation to the next.
It is my wish that every Hong Wen pupil appreciate the blessings they are enjoying and learn to show gratitude. Every child should have a grateful heart to cherish the wholesome learning environment and learning opportunities that the upgrading has brought about, appreciate the support and generosity of MOE and SMC, and be appreciative of the labour put in by the construction personnel as well as the efforts of the school administrative staff that made all this possible. What is expected of every Hong Wen pupil is that they learn diligently and develop good character, so as not to disappoint the sacrifices of every caring supporter of Hong Wen School.
As the principal of a school known for her long and distinguished heritage and tradition, I am inspired daily by our staff, pupils and key stakeholders who work closely together as a school community to forge a bond we fondly called the Hong Wen Family.
I look forward to continue working together with you in the days, weeks and months ahead in 2018, as we nurture our Hong Wen pupils to be leaders of upright character who face the future with confidence and are rooted in Chinese heritage and values.
Mr Poon Siow Leng
Hong Wen School