I joined the teaching service in 1996 as a History and English Language teacher. Serving in Pasir Ris Secondary School, I was privileged to be guided by caring and experienced teachers who allowed me to grow on the job fast. In 2000, I was posted to the Curriculum Planning & Development Division (CPDD), serving as a Curriculum Planning Officer for four years. During my stint there, I was part of the team which developed the Upper Secondary Social Studies syllabus and instructional materials as part of the Combined Humanities subject. I was also involved in training the teachers in teaching a newly formed subject at that time - Social Studies. Heading the team from 2002 to 2003 allowed me to work to better understand the varied needs and perspectives of people.
My next posting was to Sembawang Secondary School. This was a rich experience as I served in the school as a teacher, Subject Head (History & Social Studies), Head of Department (Humanities) and Vice Principal over a six-year period. In 2006, I was conferred the President Award for Teachers (PAT) for my contribution in promoting innovation and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning of History and Social Studies. This was only possible due to my commitment to working with people and for the people. I had a wonderful team of teachers and as a team, we made lasting impact on our students.
After completing my year-long Masters in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, I served as Vice Principal in Greenridge Secondary School for two years. Just like in my previous posting, the people are the ones who made a difference in Greenridge Secondary School. This further established my commitment to working with people to bring about a difference in the life of every Navalites in Naval Base Secondary School (NBSS).
NBSS – Moving Ahead
I was appointed as the Principal of NBSS in December 2013. I believe in working closely with teachers and parents to impart a value-driven curriculum to the Navalites.
Together with the staff in the school, I look forward to making a difference in every Navalite who crosses our path. NBSS strongly believes that every child matters and has his or her innate potential. To unleash that potential in each Navalite, we have developed our core school attitude of CARE which comprises:
- C an-do attitude – Have the belief that we can make a difference and not give up;
- A dd value – In every effort, we work towards adding value;
- R eflect – Review what we are doing to ensure that we improve and progress; and
- E nergise – Energise the environment by thinking positively and promoting a positive culture.
The NBSS Pyramid of Success (PoS) has allowed us to work towards having a better understanding of what success means to us, and how to achieve this success. This involves working on our skills, conditioning ourselves well and working as a team. We are committed to doing this the NBSS way – Stout Hearts, Great Thoughts and Brave Deeds. We look forward to continuing to provide learning opportunities which are meaningful, fun and authentic for our Navalites.
Enitamur In Altiora!