St Hilda’s Primary School
St Hilda’s Primary School aspires to be ‘A dynamic learning community that nurtures loyal citizens with godly character and global outlook’. This vision can only be fully achieved by forming meaningful partnerships with parents, other institutions and the community. Hence the school adopts the Partners Framework to ensure wider community involvement and purposeful partnerships for continuous school growth and pupil involvement.
Strategic partners are identified and engaged to help achieve its student outcomes in the 4 key pupil domains namely the cognitive, affective, spiritual and physical and aesthetic domains.
The school also adopts a three-prong approach in engaging its three main groups of stakeholders namely: other schools, parents and the wider community. Some of the school’s strategic partners are as follows:
Parent Support Group (PSG):
The school firmly believes that in its journey to develop self-motivated learners who strive for distinction, the Parent Support Group plays a key role in helping to develop its pupils as creative and critical thinkers. For example, the PSG supports the school’s teaching and learning through the effective engagement of lower ability pupils in programmes such as “Math Made Easy”, “Reading Is Fun” and “I Love Mandarin”. Pupils in these programmes not only benefit from the specialised curriculum that has been designed for them, but are also meaningfully and effectively engaged in learning. Many have emerged from these programmes not only with better academic grades, but more importantly a liking for the subject.
The Praying Parents group of the PSG also support the school’s spiritual needs by providing prayer support and coming together to pray for pupils with prayer requests, the parents and teachers of the school.
In 2009, the SHPS Fathers Group, which is part of the PSG, was formed to rally like-minded fathers in the school who seek to be a source of support and encouragement to their children. The success of the Fathers Group led to the Dads for Life initiative by MCYS which was shared nationally by our Fathers Group.
Chapel of Christ the Redeemer (Partner church)
Key to developing our pupils with HILDANs of Godly character is the partner church, Chapel of Christ the Redeemer. Its staff supports the school in developing its pupils socially and morally through morning devotions and assembly programmes in line with the school’s values and character education programme.
Community Involvement Programme (CIP) Partners
This year, the school embarked on its Staff CIP programme which saw full involvement of all staff in CIP related activities. Strategic partners such as St. Andrews Autism Centre, St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, Metta Welfare Association and Waterways Watch Society were chosen to encompass a variety of community work to give staff an opportunity to have a diverse learning experience in the area of social welfare and the environment. This rich learning experience in turn develops in all staff a sense of social responsibility and awareness.
In conclusion, the school continually strives to improve on its partnership processes to ensure the motivation of continued collaborations of our partners through mutual purpose-driven goals and benefits. Sustainability of the partnerships is also ensured through planning and reviews of its partnerships.