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Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
Albert Einstein

Welcome to Serangoon Garden Secondary School (SGS)!

stephen-tay-serangoon-garden-secondary-school-principalIt is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we start the new academic year. As the 12th Principal of SGS, I am truly humbled and honoured to have the privilege of working with a school community that is deeply passionate about developing our students holistically. I would like to place on record my heartfelt appreciation to the past Principals for their visionary leadership in laying strong foundations for our students’ learning and development today.

With a rich history and a great tradition of excellence since the school started in 1959, many SGSians have followed their family members, our alumni, to be part of this learning community. Over the years, we have increasingly seen more siblings enrolling in our school. This is a testimony of the strong confidence that our parents and the community have in SGS, to nurture our students to be future-ready in a world which will likely be increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

2017 marks the start of an exciting journey for our school as we pursue our new vision of Critical Thinkers, Thoughtful Leaders and actualize our mission of nurturing SGSians who Love to Learn and Learn to Lead. We endeavor to nurture SGSians who are Critical Thinkers – young men and women who exercise sound reasoning and reflective thinking, make good decisions and are able to manage complexities and ambiguities. At the same time, our hope for SGSians is to be Thoughtful Leaders who uphold our school’s PRIDE values – to lead themselves and others effectively with empathy, with a heart to care and to serve with PRIDE.

This new vision and mission aligns with MOE’s endeavor to help students discover the joy of learning and develop entrepreneurial dare, to reach their fullest potential and contribute meaningfully in the 21st century economy and society.

Students are at the heart of all that we do. To achieve our vision and mission, we will strengthen our school-based curricula and programmes while continuing to ensure that they are driven by the needs of our students. These include our:

  • Learning for Life Programme (LLP) – “Nurturing Confident and Compassionate Leaders through Uniform Groups”, to develop our students in the area of community and youth leadership;
  • Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – “Researching Society using Media Communication”, to nurture future-ready critical thinkers with a heart for society, confident in communication and adept with harnessing technology for greater social good;
  • Level Signature Programmes (LSPs) – to develop in our students 21st Century Competencies of global awareness and cross-cultural sensitivities, sensitise them to the place of Singapore in the world, and prepare them for the globalized economy of the future; and
  • Uniquely SGS events such as our biannual Garden Fiesta and SGSian Day, where our students will be given platforms to showcase their artistic talents and give back to the community.

Besides offering holistic and robust school-based programmes, we believe in strong partnership with our stakeholders such as parents, alumni and industry partners to develop SGSians to their fullest potential. These partnerships help to open up a different world of opportunities for learning experiences, such as work attachments and enrichment programmes.

With our committed team of teachers and support staff who work collegially to support SGSians’ journey with us, we look forward to journeying with you as we aspire towards a School of Choice for 21st Century Learning.


Stephen Tay


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