A rock positioned at the south face of the school’s main foyer, is carved with a Chinese proverb – “When one drinks the water, one should remember its source”. Flanking the left and right side of the rock, are two pillars engraved with another Chinese saying which further expounds this virtue – “The favour of a given drop of water shall be returned with the gratitude of an overflowing fountain”. The set of twelve Chinese characters is a constant reminder to every Hong Wen pupil to be grateful and content, and to return kindness.
Just as the development of the roots is crucial to the growth of a tree, the cultivation of a heart of gratitude is crucial to the character development of a child. A child who does not appreciate kindness or express gratitude, shall take things for granted and become self-centred. Over time, this child will exhibit a sense of entitlement and lack the resilience to face setbacks and challenges, and be deprived of the opportunity to develop positive outlook and learning dispositions.
It is thus imperative to cultivate a heart of gratitude in our pupils from a young age in order to set the foundation for their character development. The school endeavours to develop in our young a posture of gratitude towards their parents, teachers and others. This is because a child with a sense of gratitude, shall be kind in heart and in deeds, and enjoy a joyful and fulfilling growth.
It is the wish of every parent for their children to succeed in life. As principal, I too wish for the success of my pupils, but above all, I want my pupils to succeed in being a person. The character of a child shall define his future success. A person needs essential values to serve as the moral compass in life in order to navigate towards success, for a life without values is like a boat without a rudder.
In the days ahead in 2019, it is my sincere wish for every Hong Wen pupil to have a heart of gratitude, as they grow in character, develop their talents, and gear towards success.
Mr Poon Siow Leng
Hong Wen School