PSG Principal’s Message
Many of us seem to know intuitively that parental involvement in education have considerable effect on the development of children. Indeed, studies such as those done by Christenson & Sheridan (2001)1 have demonstrated that parental involvement in their children’s education have contributed not only to children’s academic achievement but also their socio-emotional maturity. Hence, I was very encouraged to note, upon joining ACS(P), that we have very strong support from the Parent Support Group (PSG). Under the able leadership of Dr Wong Mun Loke, the PSG EXCO plays an important role in guiding and nurturing our young gentlemen. In every aspect of school life – from the sporting arenas to supporting teachers in the classrooms, from fund-raising to praying for the school, our parents have stepped up to offer their help and support, working in partnership with the school to develop our boys in their Affective, Cognitive, Social and Physical domains as well
as to grow the four traits – iHOPEFUL Leaders, Creative Learners, Effective Communicators and Community Collaborators in the young ACSians.
If the school had relied solely on its own efforts, we know we can only accomplish a fraction of what we have collectively achieved thus far. 1 Peter 4:10 rightly pointed out that, “Each of [us] should use whatever gift [we] have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I believe that everyone of us is blessed with something unique and special to contribute to ACS(P). When we put these gifts and talents to good use, our boys will be the ultimate beneficiaries of our collaborative efforts. John Wesley summed it up aptly by encouraging us to:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.
A parent volunteer who serves as a teacher-aide (TA) once shared with me how working alongside the teachers in the classroom has allowed her a better understanding and appreciation of the work teachers do. Over time, she has also grown to be more patient as a mother. Testimonies such as this reminds me of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 which reads, “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him.”
I am very much heartened and encouraged by the numerous parents who have joined the PSG and shown strong support for ACS (Primary). Their commitment, dedication and selflessness in sharing and caring for our boys have left a lasting impression on our boys and the many who have graduated from ACS(P).
If you are a parent looking for opportunities to serve in the PSG, listed below are some areas you might want to consider:
|1.||CCA Support||To provide support to the teachers and our boys so that their experience in the particular CCA is enhanced|
|2.||Communications and Publications||To effectively share and disseminate information relating to the various sub-committees of the PSG|
|3.||Curriculum Enrichment Support||To organise a programme and be facilitators for the programme run by the school during school hours|
|4.||Events||To organise and coordinate school-wide events|
|5.||Family Focus (Adventure/Workshops)||To support the building of strong families by equipping parents with effective parenting skills, and organise|
outdoor activities to provide opportunities for families to bond together
|6.||Merchandise and Special Projects||To source for and sell merchandise to fund the extra activities for our boys or embark on special projects|
|7.||Learning Support||To assist pupils in classrooms and learning support programmes|
|8.||Library||To support the school in cultivating a love for reading, culture and the arts|
|9.||Pastoral Care and Christian Emphasis||To provide support in activities that grow the moral character of our boys, that is anchored on Christian values and principles|
I look forward to and covet your continued prayers and support for ACS(P) as we stand together for the cause to develop ACSians into young gentlemen of Character, Capability and Creativity!
Dr Irene Ng