“It takes a village to raise a child.” ~ An African proverb.
This proverb resonates well with the educators in Dunearn Secondary. It reflects the dynamics within the Dunearn family where everyone is part of our large family. Teachers, parents and our school partners, including our SAC, Alumni and parents work hand in hand to raise all the children in our ‘village’.
People are Singapore’s only resource and at Dunearn, we strive to develop the quality of the young people that will help build our future. Leveraging on ‘relationships’ that matter in the child’s life, we weave the important interactions within well-structured school programmes that contribute in bringing about the quality results and holistic outcomes in the students. We grow our students to be the adults who are able to face the challenges of the 21st Century.
Aligning our programmes with our school vision, “Towards Academic and Character Excellence”, we nurture our core values of integrity, responsibility and compassion among Dunearnites. We grow Dunearnites who are disciplined and determined to bring out the best in themselves, guided by these core values.
Teaching and Learning Programmes are directed at adding value to the academic attainments of Dunearnites that will open more doors beyond their secondary school education. Carefully calibrated, the T&L programmes stretch high-achievers and provide support for the average and under-achievers. These are aimed at maximizing each individual student’s potential.
Good academic achievements are not meaningful unless they are built on a foundation of strong character values and life-skills. Besides paying very close attention to academic excellence, there is a keen focus on the character development of the young Dunearnites.
Our character development programme is credited with MOE’s Character Development Award. Within this programme which is centred on values, life and leadership skills, the holistic development of every child in our ‘village’ are honed over the four or five years he is with us. We see every child as a leader and the skills of leading oneself and leading others are carefully nurtured through a range of structured programmes and school activities.
Our caring teachers and support staff are devoted to our responsibility of delivering programmes that bring about the success and intended outcomes. These are not just dependent on teachers alone. We also need the support and involvement of parents, family and all the key partners of the school.
I look forward to the support and commitment of all students, staff and strategic partners of the SAC, Alumni, Junior Alumni and PSG to help raise each and every child to be a leader and a contributor to the future of our Singapore.
Boo Hian Kok
Dunearn Secondary School