2020 has been a year of upheavals. With the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, school life became very different from what we were used to. Global circumstances might have changed but the Yuying spirit of resilience continues to thrive in these challenging times. As we celebrate 110 years of heritage, this year serves as a reminder to the Yuying family that if we stand united as one and move forward with hope and fortitude, we will emerge stronger.
This year, Yuying Secondary School saw growth in both our students and teachers. Our students have learnt how to be more self-directed in their learning during the Circuit Breaker period. On their own, they navigated various learning platforms such as MOE’s Student Learning Space and Google Classroom. They learnt how to attend live lessons on platforms such as Zoom, completed their work diligently, and submitted their work using scanning applications and other digital means. Learning continued to take place beyond the confines of the classroom, and students together with their teachers were learning to navigate virtual space to optimise teaching and learning experiences.
Our teachers have also become well-informed and comfortable with using new teaching pedagogies on virtual platforms. On their own initiative, our passionate Yuying teachers have been generous in sharing about the affordances of various learning platforms with each other. They took time to help their colleagues learn how to harness these ICT tools. As a school, we adapted to the changes and persevered through the circumstances.
We believe that the benefits of technology go beyond the needs of the pandemic season, and will benefit us all in the long run. Together, Yuying’s staff and students are becoming future-ready and responsible digital learners.
Nurturing Wholesome Individuals with a Global Mindset, Passion to Learn and a Spirit to Serve
Difficult times bring out the best in some of us. One of our Sec 1 students wanted to use his time meaningfully during the pandemic outbreak. He volunteered at a Residents’ Committee from 26 May to 1 June to distribute masks to residents. He was not the only Yuying student who put the needs of others before himself. The Secondary 3 Exercise and Sports Science students brainstormed on how to show appreciation and care towards groups of people around them. They prepared care packages containing a mask, a bottle of hand sanitizer and Vitamin C capsules for Yuying’s dedicated school cleaners who are working doubly hard to ensure that the school remains clean and virus-free.
To mark 110 years of school history, we will continue to show our care and love for one another and for those in our community. Let us continue to build the Yuying legacy by living out our values in word and deed— Our Yuying, Our Love.
Mr Lo Chee Lin