Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome back to the Raimondi Family!
I hope that you had a wonderful summer, which left you feeling recharged and refreshed. Whether staying home or connecting with family and friends, I trust that you are now ready to start the new school year. I feel truly delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community!
For the past six months, we have all faced a challenging situation. The pandemic has affected all walks of life, whether big or small. We have learnt to live with COVID-19 and adapt our mindset to prepare for change anytime, anywhere. It seems that we are now getting used to the changes that we have adopted since March. These changes such as distance learning arrangements, working from home, social distancing measures, and the full swing implementation of e-learning in school, have had a drastic impact on our lives.
We have learnt that “change is constant” beyond time and imagination. The e-learning and teaching mode is a new experience for our teachers and students, which takes time to get familiar with. We have carried out our e-learning practices in the past few months. I hope that both parents and students will feel more prepared on the first day of school at home. We expect that you will be more at ease to tackle problems arising from e-learning platforms. We ask for your collaboration to show grace, patience and flexibility as e-learning will be well underway this academic year.
I would like to highlight the major concerns for this academic year:
- To cultivate students’ Chinese virtues and spirituality through a cross-curricular approach in enhancing positive thinking and generic skills conducive to their lifelong learning:
1.1 Reinforcing students with Chinese virtues, namely, Wisdom (智), Justice (義), Integrity (信), and sustaining the five Catholic core values embedded in different domains through a cross-curricular approach.
1.2 Nurturing students’ positive attitude towards learning and building resilience when facing challenges.
- To foster the development of higher-order thinking skills of young Raimondians.
2.1 Enhancing the effectiveness of the implementation of higher-order thinking skills across the curriculum.
2.2 Strengthening students’ creativity and problem-solving skills through cross-curricular activities.
As we embark on a new semester with a strong reliance on online teaching and learning, we will continue to provide you with a rich and engaging learning experience. Facing uncertainties and unknown factors, we, Raimondians, will continue to uphold the school motto, “In Constantia Fortitudo”; to strive and thrive side by side regardless of the thorns and spikes in our path. I am sure that our teachers will try their best to motivate and inspire the young minds and make learning more fun and accessible via e-learning platforms.
This year, I expect that every young Raimondian will pursue excellence in learning, find something they feel interested in, and stretch their potential. Besides, show your Respect, Care, Perseverance and Self-control to people around you, especially at this trying time. Moreover, let the teacher and your classmates get to know you better by engaging yourself to share and participate actively in online lessons. Last but not least, take on responsibility and embrace challenges with your head up. Do your best and God will do the rest.
Dear Raimondians, it is normal that we feel stressed or frustrated when facing difficulties and challenges. Do not let your fear or emotions overwhelm or control you. Stay still and put your trust in the Lord, as He has promised “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Dear parents, education is a partnership between students, school and families. It is a sure fact that students achieve their best when they know they have the full backing of their parents. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to help your children excel in their lifelong learning.
I look forward to working with you and your children in the years ahead.
May the Lord be with you always!
Ms. N.Y. Lam
Principal of RCPS