Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow! This has always been my mantra in leading Northoaks Primary School. We might be new, we might be small in enrolment and staff strength, we are strong in mind and spirit.
A school with a relatively smaller enrolment compared to many other primary schools in Singapore, but we are not smaller in many ways. To begin with, our children are given many opportunities to participate in the many school programmes, they have a huge school compound to play and run during their recess time, they are exposed to the same number of celebrations and National Education commemoration events, and the same kind of vibrancy in CCA and other activities like Active Recess, Fun@Recess & Lunch, Modular Enrichment Programmes, Camps, Overseas Learning Journeys.
Northoaks has its humber beginning in 2014. In these short few years, the school has achieved recognitions by the Ministry. The school attained its Applied Learning Programme (ALP), Curriculum Integration through Innovations (CI + I) in 2017 and in 2019, attained its Learning for Life Programme (LLP), SporTs, OutdooR Programme and Inculcation of Values Education (STRIVE). While our ALP focuses on innovations in play and financial literacy, innovations for community and students are introduced to the innovation protocol, our LLP focuses on outdoor and sporting programmes and excellence for students.
Whatever the school is doing, my fundamental belief is that to be a mighty oak tree, we need to nurture the little acorns right. Character Education remains the focus of the Northoaks Education. The emphasis placed on character education is evident in our programmes and efforts. The Leader in Me TM programmes, our Project HEART fortnight, our Values@Pre-assembly are some of the efforts the school undertakes to inculcate in every child the Seven habits as well as the core values of the school. The school creates the opportunities for students to be self-leader – taking charge of themselves first and be proactive in learning, doing things with the end in mind. The school provides opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills like selected Primary 1 students leading the school in pledge-taking every morning, the Primary 3 students assigned as buddies to the Primary 1 students at the beginning of the year, students at Primary 2 as student ambassadors during the visits by the kindergartens, and a class committee in every class.
The school wants to instil in each child the school core values of H.E.A.R.T – Honesty, Empathy, Appreciation, Respect, Tenacity and spares no effort in doing so. The school hopes that with the values inculcation efforts integrated into the lessons and planned for the students, our students will be proactive in living the school core values and role-modelling the good behaviour of a Northoaks student.
We are indeed glad that what we are doing are affirmed by parents. The strong support from our parents not just from the Parent-Support Group (PSG) is a testament that we are doing things right. Our parents’ presence and support have been a great morale booster. Parents’ involvement and support have definitely helped make the teachers’ work more manageable as we continue to plan exciting and engaging programmes for our students.
Once again, I want to thank everyone for making Northoaks a happy school for all of us as we continue to inspire excellence in every child, and nurture each child to lead and learn with HEART. With these, it is our aspiration that Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow!
Mrs Theresa Hong