“Good is the enemy of great” – says Jim Collins in his book “Good to Great”.
Although the book was written in 2001, there are many learning points which are still relevant today. As a team we reviewed our student focused processes and charted our next lap against the principles articulated in the book. Indeed, as a school, Bukit View Secondary has grown from strength to strength. From the humble beginning 30 years ago when the school started functioning in 1986 with an intake of about 450 Lower Secondary students, and a teaching staff of 15, we now have about 1000 students and over 100 teaching and non-teaching staff.
Guided by MOE’s vision of “Moulding the Future of Our Nation”, we believe in the holistic development of every student that passes through the gates of Bukit View Secondary. To equip our students with the necessary knowledge and skills for the next 20-30 years, we focus very heavily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education. We curated our own school-based programmes such as the Junior OUtstanding Leaders in Energy for Sustainability (JOULES) Programme and the Coding And Computation Thinking infUSed (CACTUS) Programme. Our school’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Clean Energy and Environmental Technology, which is now subsumed under the JOULES programme, provides opportunities for all students to gain knowledge of the technologies that will be part and parcel of our life in the future. Learning about coding languages such as Scratch and Arduino is also a baseline which all our students are exposed to as part of CACTUS programme.
Besides skills and competencies, we place an equal, if not more, emphasis on character education of our students. Our school values of Compassion, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect and Responsibility (CIPRR) are deeply entrenched in our students and we grab every opportunity to instil these values in them. One of our unique ways of teaching values is for students to act out, thereby empathizing with the characters they read in literature books. We call this “Living the Values, Learning the Arts” which is part of our Learning for Life Programme (LLP).
Here, students have the opportunity to learn drama skills and infuse these skills when they act out scenes from the literature texts they are studying. Through the role-play, students get to understand the complexities of the characters and make their own judgement of the desired values they need to uphold.
In order to provide such enriching experiences for our students, our teachers play a big part. I believe very strongly that the quality of a school depends on the quality of its teachers. Hence, professional development is one key strand in our strategic processes. Guided by the Assignment, Relationship, Course (ARC) framework of the Teachers Growth Model (TGM), we provide opportunities for our teachers to grow and upgrade themselves. Besides that, our Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are very active with every team designing innovative processes to improve teaching and learning in their subject area.
The next lap of 30 years for Bukit View Secondary School will be one full of opportunities and new developments. I am very excited how our school programmes will evolve to cater to the needs of our students. I welcome you, as stakeholders of the school – parents, alumni and community partners, to join us in moulding our students for a bright future ahead.
Bukit View Secondary School