It is with much thanksgiving in my heart that I pen this message. I count it my privilege to have this opportunity to lead and serve Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) as her Principal.
The school, fondly known as GM to the community, is one with a rich history of 95 years. It has grown from the initial enrolment of 27 girls to its current enrolment of more than 1200 boys and girls. As aptly stated on the school’s website, “it was God who led His people to start the school and caused it to grow. We believe that He will continue to bless the school even as we remember His faithfulness.”
Over the first few months of leading the school last year, I found my heart warmed by what I see in the school. We have a collegial team in the School Executive Committee comprising school leaders, heads and subject heads of departments. We have a teaching and staff community caring and wanting the best for the students. And most importantly, we have gems in our students who are always teachable and striving to become better selves. But that is not all, we have two groups of proactive and supportive partners in our GM Alumni and GM Parent Support Group.
Yet, we cannot rest on our laurels. To borrow the words of our Prime Minister at his 2016 National Day Rally Speech, we must ask to “be blessed with a ‘divine discontent’ – always not quite satisfied with what we have, always driven to do better”. At the same time, there is much at GM for which we need to have the wisdom to count the blessings and “to know how to enjoy it and to protect it”.
It was in this spirit that the school embarked on a journey to revisit its mission, vision and values. With the support from the school’s board, the staff came together along this process and we sought the inputs from the various stakeholders of the school. The process helped the school clarify for herself her purpose for existence and the focus in the years ahead given the current and evolving national and educational landscape.
I am excited to share the school’s refreshed mission, vision and values. Refreshed because it is not a departure from our roots and traditions. Refreshed because it is the result of our collective thoughts, hopes and aspirations for GM in the years ahead.
GM’s Mission: With God’s help, to be a beacon of light by connecting, nurturing and inspiring GEMs to make a difference.
GM’s Vision: Passionate Learners. Courageous Leaders. Caring Citizens.
GM’s Values: Godliness. Excellence. Mastery. Service.
In this context, we have aligned our programmes, structures and processes to bring us forward along this exciting journey ahead. I look forward to sharing the details of these with students and parents in the course of the year.
Psalm 127:1 reminds us that “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.” As a Methodist School, we commit all our ways to the Lord and continue to look to Him who is our anchor and hope.
Once again, I look forward to all of us making GMS(S) a great place for students and staff to learn, lead and serve. Wishing all a fruitful and blessed year!
With warm regards,
Mr Wee Tat Chuen