爱学习 学会爱——博学笃行 厚德载物
Love to Learn Learn to Love—— Lifelong Learners Future Leaders
The name of the school “Tao Nan” originated from Confucian Classics which loosely translated means “spreading the philosophy southwards”. This goes to show the high expectations the school founders had and their strong emphasis on spreading the Chinese culture. The school hall which has been named after Mr Tan Kah Kee affirms the contribution of the school pioneers, not only in terms of the funds raising for school construction, but more significantly the forward looking educational decisions made. From the addition to western subjects into the curriculum, to the enrolment of students who are female or from other dialect groups, as well as the switch towards using Chinese language to replace Hokkien as the medium of instruction, can all be considered milestones in modern education. With more than a hundred years of school history, Tao Nan School continues to be a distinctive school with rich heritage and pioneering spirit.
Tao Nan School, in moving towards the Vision of Love to Learn and Learn to Love, focuses on nurturing students into Lifelong Learners Future Leaders. In this age of exponential advancement in Artificial Intelligence and rapid development in global situation, the future may seem complex and uncertain, however, it also unveils numerous exciting possibilities and opportunities. Our students who will become future leaders, not only need a strong educational foundation from young, possessing 21st century competencies such as critical and inventive thinking, bilingual communication through languages and culture, as well as information and technological skills, is also highly essential. To allow students to Love to Learn, be equipped to do Lifelong Learning and willing to exhibit growth mindsets for breakthrough, will help them navigate in the new era and have their dreams fulfilled!
The next generation which we pinned our hopes on, will need to have both a strong stature of moral character and a strong sense of belonging to the nation. The school Motto of “Sincerity” and “Perseverance” serves as guiding principles for Tao Nan students both past and present. Having a sincere heart to respect and care for others, regardless of family members, teachers or peers, and having a resilient mind to complete missions with integrity and responsibility, despite failures or challenges. As the Chinese saying goes “cultivate oneself before contributing to the family, nation and world”, while Tao Nan students grow in their leadership ability, they will have to develop civic literacy and global awareness, and also espouse gratitude and give back to society. To allow students to Learn to Love, to be Future Leaders of Singapore, will enable us to build a more gracious society and a better country!
Education is long-term endeavor which entails huge responsibilities. With the educational philosophy of valuing every child, emphasizing on value inculcation and embracing the value of education for the betterment of the society, I strongly believe and will strive towards providing quality education for all students. With the full support from Ministry of Education, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, Alumni Association and Parent Support Group, strong partnership from parents, and the high commitment of staff and students, we can work hand in hand to bring Tao Nan School to progress steadily and scale greater heights!
Mdm Poh Qinyu