9th Jan 2024
The new year always starts with something to be grateful for. I have shared with you three things that have happened to me during the Dec. holiday and hope that my experience will help you prepared more mindfully for the new year.
Same, Same but Different - I had the privilege of visiting the same place (Seoul Tower) with my family and with my students this December at just 1 week apart. Starting the new year means so much to everyone: New Beginning, New People, New School, New Class but for others, it may be back to the same old routine, same classmates. Even when the physical things or routines do not change, we can still look forward to something new. Your role now may be different even in the same environment. Your responsibility may be different. Your goals and aspirations may have been different. All because you are more mature or simply you have decided to give yourself a new beginning, a new YOU. Adopt a growth mindset.
Painful Experience - While ordering a hot bowl of ban mian, I accidentally scalded myself even though I wasn't rushing. The accident happened because the serving counter was too high and the bowl of hot ban mian was placed off centred in the big serving tray. While you may have prepared everything and thought that things will go according to plan, accidents and incidents may happen that derail you and the unexpected may happen (in Chinese, it's called 事与愿违. It's important to pause, take stock and willingness to embrace the changes that happened. Believe that all will be worked out to be good.
Bald Experience - As you know, I am bald since almost 20 years ago. Although I didn't think much of my physical appearance, little would I realise that during the family trip to Korea, my baldness helped my wife to find and locate us as she was lost from the crowd! All of us may be born with different abilities and backgrounds. Believe that each of us has unique strengths which may not be appreciated by some yet but may be appreciated by others in time to come. Remember that things fall in place in their own times.
Have a blessed 2024
17th Jan 2023
With the ease of the SMM for COIVD-19, we will eventually have more pre-COVID events and experiences brought back to school as well as Aphelion. We look forward to welcoming 22 Korean Exchange students and 2 teachers from 27 Jan to 31 Jan who will experience home stay as well as lessons with our students.
We also look forward to having APMOPS Invitation Round be conducted after an absence of 3 years, where we will welcome Primary 6 students from local schools as well as schools from Asia Pacific Region.
Our students can eventually look forward to serving the communities via the various class-based CIP.
At the end of the year, our students will get a chance to experience home stay at Korea and attend lesson with the Korean students.
We look forward to moving back to normalcy!
21st Jan 2022
We look forward to welcoming the new Sec 1 students and their parents into the Aphelion consortium. This is the first batch of Sec. 1 using the new AL to enter HCI. While the entry point may be different from their seniors, we believe that the most important thing for them is the mindset that they possess that matters. Having a growth mindset to accept challenges and new experience in a new setting, always willing to lend a helping hand and also accept help from others when needed, will ensure that the transitions to HCI will be a smooth one.
For the Sec 3 coming in from other consortiums, we also welcome you to Aphelion. Though in a different consortium settings, we still are members of the school community following the school motto and mission. Sec. 3 is a challenging year with new changes and challenges both social, academic and in your CCAs. Having a growth mindset will also help you be more acceptance of others and yourself.
Sec 2 and Sec 4 are likewise, key transition years for you. Be mindful and practice acts of kindness to others and yourselves.
Wishing all a great start of the year!
6th Jan 2021
2020 has been a very different time for all but we are thankful that Singapore has risen up to the occasion and the situation is looking good in Singapore.
In 2021, what is your resolution? What are you looking forward to?
No matter what has passed (the good and the bad) in 2020, it's history. Putting that behind and moving forward to the new year with new aspirations and motivation to receive the new challenges is more important.
We welcome the new 94 S1 students as well as 50 S3 students from Ortus, iSpark and ProEd to Aphelion! May your stay with us be fruitful and memorable.
To the rest of the S3 Aphelionites in other consortiums, "Once and Aphelionite, always an Aphelionite"!
We also wish our S4 2020 all the very best as they embark on their next stage in college.
29th May 2020
It must have been a very difficult and a very different year for all of us, teachers, students, parents, and the whole of Singapore because of the COVID - 19 pandemic.
Yet, we have heard, read and seen for ourselves many of the kind deeds that are done by many of the people around us; some whom we know, many we don't. May we continue to be uplifted and also extend our help to those around us - our families, friends and even strangers.
With the circuit breaker measures, we have taken school to a new level. Many of us were moving to uncharted areas of FHBL. The teachers learnt new ICT skills, shared with each other new and better ways of making online lessons more interesting and new features that were embedded in Google Classrooms, SLS, etc.
For students, it is also challenging to do homework online, frequent network lag, more onscreen time and less social interactions with each others.
The new term will start on 2nd June. I believe all of us are looking forward to meeting each other and greeting each other face to face, although it will be very different from the usual start of the term.
Do continue to stay safe, keep healthy and be kind to each other!
4th Jan 2020
Welcome back to school! 2020 marks the new decade for everyone. Wishing all a great start to the new decade!
The school has just celebrated its 100th Anniversary last year and we could see the school's standing together ensuring that the many of the celebration events were a success. We are all very blessed to be part of the centenary celebrations!
As we move forward to a new year, let's look at how we can be more caring, compassionate and joyful to others and ourselves as well as to our environment.
All the best for the new year!
Be a mindful Aphelionite!
"If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Warmest regards always,
Dr. Chew Tyng Yong
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