Partnerships in Montfort Junior School
Montfort Junior School (MJS) believes that developing strong partnerships is
key to achieving the vision, mission and strategic thrusts of the school. One of
the strategic thrusts is to have “strong partnerships with the community”. To do
this, the school adopts a top-down and bottom-up approach in establishing
partnerships with identified stakeholders from within the school, and the
community within and beyond Singapore. These include the parents’ support group,
school management committee and alumni.
The school’s strategic plans and workplans are developed to ensure that the
partnerships are instrumental in the design and delivery of programmes that
facilitate the achievement of the school’s vision, mission and goals. Such an
approach enables the school to develop “A Man for Others”, contributing citizens
that have a global outlook through active participation in school, and the local
and global community.
The parents’ support group, Montfort Junior Parents’ Connection (MJPC) is a
key partner. MJPC has established a well-defined structure for parent volunteers
and emphasises the importance of the father’s role in the development of our
pupils. This led to the establishment of the Father’s Wing which organises
activities such as the Family Badminton Challenge, Father-Son Movie Night and
Father-Son Street Soccer Competition, to encourage more fathers to get involved
in their sons’ education.
These activities are strongly supported by parents and their success has been
recognised by the Dads for Life movement. MJPC actively supports school
programmes and organises many activities that promote family bonding. In 2004,
the school embarked on the School Family Education programme which is now
facilitated by parent volunteers.
The School Management Committee (SMC) and Montfort Alumni (MA) advise school
leaders on matters related to Montfortian ethos and practices, and provide
expertise to support various school programmes and initiatives. Significant
support is shown in the provision of scholarships to pupils with talent in
Badminton to raise the standard of this niche sport in the school. Various
awards and sponsorships for staff and pupils are given to recognise
contributions and promote excellence in achieving school goals.
Community partners include Montfort Secondary School (MSS) and Children’s
Cancer Foundation (CCF). Through assembly talks and the annual Hair for Hope
initiative, the school works with CCF to provide our staff and pupils with an
opportunity to exercise empathy and thoughtfulness. As part of the One Montfort
initiative, both MJS and MSS work closely together to align the mission, vision
and values of both schools, and streamline practices to provide a smoother
transition for pupils who move from MJS to MSS.
Global partners include Ming Xing Primary School in Dalian, China where the
school is into the 4th year of the twinning programme. This is an important
platform for pupils to learn about other cultures and give them a global outlook
and seek possibilities into the future.
The school reviews the various partnerships on an on-going basis to evaluate
the impact of these partnerships. By developing greater depth in a few key
partnerships, the school and community has seen and reaped mutual benefits.
Going ahead, the school aims to enhance and deepen existing partnerships and
strategically identify and develop new partnerships to facilitate the
achievement of the school’s vision, mission and values.