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Principal's Message

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Warmest greetings to all of you from the School Leadership Team.
It is a privilege and an honour to assume leadership of First Toa Payoh Primary School (FTPPS) on 15 December 2016. I would like to thank my predecessor, Ms Pearly Ng Por Joo, for facilitating a smooth transition, as well as the School Advisory Committee, staff, students and the Parent Support Group for their warm welcome. 

Leveraging my school leadership experience at Canberra Primary School and Compassvale Primary School, I look forward to partnering my Vice-Principals, Mrs Tye-Low Lee Chern (VP/Academic) and Ms Tay Yam Eng (VP/Administration) to take FTPPS to greater heights. Both the VPs have brought with them a wealth of leadership experiences from Maha Bodhi School and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School respectively.

FTPPS is greatly appreciative to our students’ parents and guardians for their collaborative partnership and support in 2016. It has enabled the school to make significant progress in its mission “To Nurture Every Child to His Best”, with strong focus on character development and values inculcation. Regardless of each child’s starting point, the school believes that every child matters and deserves an education. It is this philosophy that provides the impetus for FTPPS to work with its stakeholders to realise the school vision of A Caring & Creative Learning Community in the Pursuit of Excellence.

Going forward, 2017 promises to be another exciting year as we provide our students with authentic learning in diverse domains – cognitive, aesthetics, physical, social and moral - to unleash their potential and to bring out the best in them. The rigour of the school’s academic programmes will be complemented by our key school-based programmes such as Learning for Life Programme - Literacy through Photography, and a wide range of co-curricular programmes. Coupled with the recent completion of the school’s PERI upgrading project resulting in many more new facilities, our students will be able to optimise their learning experiences through a well-balanced student-centric, values-driven education.

One of the most heartening things this year thus far is seeing how our youngest cohort of P1 students have immersed very seamlessly and confidently into the school environment so quickly, with strong demonstration of the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Love. We would like to commend our staff, student buddies and the parent volunteers for making this possible. In our regular interaction with the P1 students, it is heart-warming to hear that they enjoy coming to school and look forward to participating in the varied and fun-learning experiences, such as the Programme in Active Learning (PAL) and the up-coming Speech and Drama programme that will culminate in a stage performance for their parents.

As the saying goes, ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’. FTPPS’s progress and achievements could not have been possible without the strong support from the School Advisory Committee and parents, the nurturing care of the school staff and expertise from external partners. Hence, going forward, the school will continue to strengthen these partnerships. We hope to equip and enable our students’ parents to facilitate stronger involvement and generate greater understanding of their child’s learning in school and to multiply these efforts at home

On this note, we would like to thank again all FTPPS parents and guardians for entrusting your children/wards in our care. We look forward to your continuing strong support and partnership as we work in collaboration to strive towards our 2017’s theme of Unleashing Potential through Joy of learning.

Mr Chua Choon Guan