2019 marks the year Mayflower Primary School turns 40 years old. We are excited about this milestone achievement and we want to celebrate it with our staff, students, stakeholders, pioneer educators and alumni of MFPS. Do look out for special programmes and invitations to our anniversary celebrations on the school website.
As we commemorate our 40th anniversary, we want to recommit ourselves to the goal of education @ MFPS. Our beliefs in education, our hopes and aspirations for our students are summarised in our school song:
Mayflower, our very own
Our seeds of learning here are sown
Into good citizens we will grow
We’re here to learn and strive
To bring purpose to our lives
For a brighter ‘morrow
We are cared for and we care
We receive so must we share
For the good that’s ours, not mine
We do our school and nation proud
We make known to all aloud
Tis the spirit of we not I
We know the importance of sowing seeds of learning at a young age that will have long lasting impact on children’s academic learning and character development. Learning is a lifelong journey and students should have the intrinsic motivation to own their learning. Hence, in Mayflower Primary School, besides the provision of the conducive learning environment, strong curriculum and robust programmes, we recognise that there is also a need to inculcate positive work habits and attitudes in our students and equip them with desirable learning dispositions to enable them to take charge of their learning.
The Traits of MFPS Students delineate the distinctive attributes we want our students to be endowed with. The Traits support our vision of our students who are “Exemplary Citizens of Tomorrow”. They help us and our students understand what it means to live up to the vision of the school.
These traits are summarised into 2 main domains of the Empowered Learners and Empathetic Leaders.
The MFPS student will have both the head and the heart to learn, lead and serve.
We have decided to use the metaphor of a superhero to help our students better understand the Traits of MFPS Students. The superhero depicts someone who has the power to own his learning as well as a big heart to care for others.
Being an empowered learner, he is a strong and confident student who knows that he can take charge of his learning. We will capitalise on the primary school years to build on children’s inherent desire to discover about themselves and the world around them. As these young ones find out about their strengths, interests and talents, and how these are related to their schooling experiences, they will unearth compelling reasons and purposes to love school and learning. We will also put in place structures such as Formative Assessment to help students monitor their own learning progress and make stepwise improvements. When this happens, adults may find that there will be less nagging, less prodding taking place in school and at home. Instead, we will have self-motivated and empowered learners who enjoy learning and take challenges in their stride.
As our students spend time and energy to become self-directed and strong learners, we also want them not to forget to reach out and serve others, as guided by our school motto, “Service Before Self”. As an empathetic leader, he will care for others and seek to positively influence and impact others around him. This is important for our younger generation who are very blessed with comfortable lifestyles and generally have no lack for material gains. They need to be reminded to be thankful, grateful and considerate to others, so that they do not take what they have for granted and at the same time build a more compassionate community.
So, my dear Students, to become Empowered Learners and Empathetic Leaders, start by having a teachable spirit and an attitude of gratitude. Participate fully in all school activities. Allow your teachers and parents to mentor and correct you when necessary. Let the school values guide you as you encounter challenges along the way. We will not give up on you because we believe that every one of you can learn and grow.
Dear Parents, the school seeks your partnership to call forth the Empowered Learner and Empathetic Leader in each child. Now we have a common language to use at home and in school to help our children take greater responsibility as a learner and be kinder towards others as a leader. When they fall short of the expectations, we will patiently but firmly guide them. Let’s do it together, for our children.
Yours in Service,
Mrs Lim-Chua Siow Ling