The Principal Speaks
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:7
2020 started as a year luminous with possibilities and promise. While COVID-19 hit us at such an extraordinary speed, changing lifestyles, affecting plans, comprising job security and devastating economies, 2020 was a grace-filled year as we rose to meet the needs of the moments and clarified our directions for the future and grew as a school. We reached out to families in ways never before to connect and support them through new provisions and an augmented financial assistance policy. We broadened our teaching capacities to hone teachers’ e-pedagogy skills and offer home-based learning. We also exercised creativity to adapt our processes and activities so that school remains a sanctuary for peace and learning for the formation of each child. We did not just wait for the storm to pass; we chose to dance in the rain together.
2021: In Faith With Love
As we continue to battle COVID-19 and its effects, we have chosen In Faith With Love as the school theme for this year in order to remind our staff and our students keep faith and act with love.
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” — Admiral James Stockdale.
The changing educational landscape and surrounding crises made it even clearer that we needed to be rooted in our Canossian identity, more than ever, so as to navigate the changes and empower both our staff and students. We acted in faith to commit ourselves to a renewed sense of purpose and vision. Through the involvement of staff members, students and stakeholders, we charted our shared aspirations for the next chapter of the school and arrived at a new school vision, mission and values for 2021.
Besides ushering in 2021 with this new set of school directions, SACSS is also amongst one of the 28 pilot schools offering Full Subject Based Banding (FSBB), where girls entering Secondary 1 are in mixed form classes comprising Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical courses. This is an extension of the school’s heritage of promoting diversity and inclusion as part of the school culture since the 1980s when the Canossian Sisters volunteered to offer Normal Stream classes, admit Hearing Impaired Students and later welcome Normal (Technical) students into the school in 1994 when this new stream was set up. We want SACSS to be a haven for each girl who joins us to become part of a sisterhood of friends from different streams who learn, live and play together, building strong bonds and creating cherished memories.
In developing Canossians of Influence, we are also strengthening our Canossian Signature Programmes so as develop girls who dare to venture, lead and become exceptional in their choice educational and career path. There are customised experiences and leadership opportunities for each girl to be equipped with the necessary skills and values to face the future with confidence and serve others with deeper impact.
There is no such thing as a typical Canossian girl. Be a part of a community that celebrates, nurtures, and respects individuality; a community where girls are free to explore, try new things, and overcome fear of failure. We look forward to welcoming you to St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School.