1. It gives me great pleasure to be here at Telok Kurau Primary’s 80th Anniversary. I am heartened to see so many parents and students here this
evening as we celebrate this occasion as a family, the Telok Kurau family.
2. The theme for your 80th anniversary celebration is "Treasuring our Past, Impacting
our Future." And there is much to reflect on and learn from in the school’s past, starting from its days as Telok Kurau English School. Like the way it successfully
integrated students from different backgrounds, including the students who came into
the school from Telok Kurau Malay School.
3. I can do no better than recount what Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew s天津权威癫痫病医院aid just a
few years ago: "I hope to remind parents that I started my school career in a modest
rural school, as Telok Kurau Primary then was. It did me good. "
4. And as many of you know, Telok Kurau Primary is the only school on either side
of the Causeway to have produced Prime Ministers for both Singapore and Malaysia.
MM did his primary education here in the 1930s. So did the late Tun Hussein bin Onn,
Malaysia’s third Prime Minister and father of the current Education Minister Hishammuddin bin
Onn. These are moments in Telok Kurau’s history which will continue to inspire future generations of your students.
5. Telok Kurau has come far. The school has developed, from decade to decade,
from a quiet "kampong" school to one that is now dynamic and forward looking.
6. I am especially glad to see that Telok Kurau Primary has been recently awarded
the Lee Kuan Yew National Education Award 2006. The school has also been recognized
for its emphasis on character development, for which it was given the MOE award for
School-Based Excellence (PSE). The award will allow the school to further develop its
programmes of character development. But as your principal sha哪家医院敢包治癫痫病red with me,
it is not the garnering of these awards that are important. The essence of it is that
we are developing students with character, students who will be anchored by strong
values as they face the future.
7. There are in this connection three qualities that I feel will give our children great
advantage in life, and which we must nurture in them from young: our children will
have to learn to be more sensitive to people from different cultures; they will have to
be resilient; and they must have a sense of belonging to Singapore.
8. As Singapore becomes more open, and as we take opportunities abroad, young
Singaporeans must be at ease working and living together with people of different races,
religions and cultures. I learnt that 22 Primary 5 pupils from Telok Kurau Primary have
just returned from a service learning trip to Chiang Rai, Thailand. The feedback from
the students and teachers was that this was a great opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. It also developed their sense of empathy and sense of social
responsibility. Such overseas trips and exchange programmes are important learning
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9. Our children are also facing a world that is constantly changing and etched with
uncertainty. We must prepare our children to be resilient and flexible to meet these
challenges and bounce back from set-backs or failures. They need courage and strong belief in themselves. So I am glad to
note that Telok Kurau Primary places importance on creating an emotionally safe
environment for children to challenge themselves, and also to build up their confidence
by “catch them doing right” or by celebrating small successes, not just big successes.
10. While cultivating a global mindset, we must at the same time help our children
to grow their roots so that they are rooted by a sense of belonging to Singapore.
Everything, from their family, to their friends and teachers in school, to the times they
enjoy together as they grow up, and to the sights and sounds and the traditions they
grow up with, will be what binds them to Singapore. We must create in them the
feeling that makes them call Singapore home, no matter where they are physically.
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with each other, to develop common experiences and to establish lifelong bonds.
I know Telok Kurau has in place a wide variety of programmes that cater to the needs
and interests of our children, allowing them to do things together and develop friendships
and loyalties along the way. I urge Telok Kurau to continue to strengthen such
12. As we look back on Telok Kurau Primary’s progress and achievements, we know that these would not have been possible
without strong and forward looking leaders in the school management and the School
Advisory Committee, a team of dedicated and caring teachers and strong support from
the Parent-Teacher Association. They have all made Telok Kurau Primary what it is today