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In 2021, Deyi will celebrate the 41st year of the founding of Deyi Secondary School. 2021 also marks the completion of our first year of piloting Full Subject Based Banding (FSBB). With Full SBB, we are moving towards one secondary education, with many subject bands, to better meet our students’ learning needs, without labels. This is part of the broader shift in our education system to recognize the strengths and interests of our students, to help them build their confidence and develop an intrinsic motivation to learn for life.
Our caring and committed teachers play key roles in unlocking the potential of our students, by motivating them to be passionate about learning, and to have high aspirations and noble life goals for themselves. They will keep an open mind in nurturing and developing our students to be the best that they can be. Likewise, they will embrace life-long learning to deepen and enhance their competencies, as well as extend and develop their capacity as reflective practitioners in striving for excellence. Our teachers will strive to role model the values and competencies to prepare our students to be future-ready.
As our teachers are the key to unlocking our students’ potential, we will focus on building strong supportive rapport between our teachers and students. We will start the year right by organizing various level camps with each camp focusing on building different skillsets and competencies and nurturing the attitude and mindset to be empowered as self-directed learners.
We will continue to anchor our decisions on our values and the belief that everyone matters and can and want to learn. We are proud that Deyi is a safe and conducive place for learning and we will continue to enhance the environment, and teaching and learning experiences for all. With our participation in the Personalized Digital Learning Programme (PDLP), our students can look forward to more opportunities and experiences in self-directed learning in line with our vision of ‘Active Learners, Gracious Citizens”. Deyians will continue to be developed to be self-disciplined, civic-minded, respectful and caring. Our school curriculum and co-curriculum programmes will continue to be values-driven and future-focused, so that our students are equipped with the 21st Century Competencies (21 CC) and skills to be future-ready.
With our focus on an interdisciplinary approach to learning concepts and necessary skills to function in a world that is increasingly interconnected and multicultural, Deyians need to adopt the growth mindset to do well. They must embrace and experience the truth of the Chinese Proverb which states ‘Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere’. In addition, our Deyians must have a sense of pride, appreciation and consideration for others. With opportunities to have their voices heard while they work in teams to problem-solve and develop communication skills, we are certain that we can develop Deyians into citizens that we can be proud of. We look forward to our students’ full participation where they take an active role in their educational journey to realize their dreams, undaunted by challenges and remaining steadfast and resilient in their pursuit.
‘Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence”
Mrs Lim Ai Poo