As we begin the new academic year, we warmly welcome our new Secondary 1 cohort and their parents into the Changkat family. At Changkat Changi, we believe that it takes a whole village to educate our children. Hence, we place great premium on partnering parents and the community to bring out the best in our Changkateers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners in education, especially our School Advisory Committee, Alumni Association, Parent Support Group, former and current staff, students and well-wishers for their unwavering support and contributions to the growth of Changkat Changi over the years.
With our rich history and wealth of experience in educating generations of students, Changkat Changi strives to remain relevant by preparing our Changkateers for a complex and volatile future. We are indeed mindful that in the current environment of increasingly disruptive developments in many fields, it is critical for us to prepare our Changkateers for an uncertain and rapidly evolving future ahead. My teachers and I are committed to nurturing our Changkateers to see vast possibilities in our globalized world and seize opportunities to make it a better place for all. We strive to achieve our goals through our rigorous academic and student development programmes. To this end, we seek to create a learning environment that is diverse, supportive and challenging to meet the needs of our students. We believe that education is a journey of self-discovery where Changkateers, regardless of their background and starting point, have many opportunities to discover their unique strengths and interests, and develop these into talents driven by their passion to learn, serve and succeed.
This year, we have envisioned the theme ‘Deepening the Joy of Learning’ to guide our endeavours. This is part of our continuing efforts to cultivate in our Changkateers a growth mindset and a love for learning that prepares them for life beyond the gates of our school. Guided by our fundamental belief that all learning in the school must be joyful and engaging, we place great importance on providing authentic learning opportunities for our Changkateers to extend their learning beyond the conventional classroom.
Our distinctive programmes, which include the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Aerospace and Aviation provides avenues for Changkateers to discover their passion, make connections between academic knowledge and skills in the real world whilst developing their character and values through experiential learning. Students explore the science of flight with experimental activities based on scientific inquiry methods focused on developing a greater understanding of the application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the curriculum. Leveraging on our ALP, we have broadened students’ exposure to post-secondary courses in aerospace and aviation at various institutes of higher learning. In 2016, as part of our ALP experience, a group of Changkateers participated in the prestigious Youth Mission to Mars project at NASA in Houston, USA. In 2017, a selected group of students had an opportunity to understand more about the aviation industry in a visit to the Airbus plane assembly facility in Toulouse, France.
In line with our motto “Through School to Nation”, we believe in inculcating a strong sense of belonging to the nation by advocating active citizenry. We work closely with the community to equip our Changkateers with a sound moral compass to nurture them as service leaders. The school’s distinctive Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in Community Youth Leadership, aims to prepare Changkateers for the 21st century by developing their citizenship and leadership competencies, their ability to celebrate diversity and cultivate a strong sense of empathy towards different segments of the community. We believe that students must take ownership of their learning as well as be engaged and empowered to serve and lead others. You can find out more about our ALP and LLP in the segment of the website ‘Experience@Changkat’.
I hope that the school website will provide you with the most up-to- date, relevant and important information so that you can get a good snapshot of our Changkateer experience and stay informed of the latest happenings in the school. If what you see on our website resonates with you, please do get in touch to partner us in our education endeavours to nurture our Changkateers for an inspiring future ahead.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead, opening new doors of opportunities and scaling new heights together as one Changkat Changi family in 2018!
Ms Sharma Poonam