Message from the Chairperson
Dear Parents/ Guardians & Students of SSEF,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!
Welcome to a new year and I hope everybody had a restful break and enjoyed a wonderful holiday period. I hope the year-end holiday break gave you and your family the much needed time to relax and unwind yourselves.
If it was any other year, I would be discussing academic expectations, reminding you of school policies and procedures and looking forward to welcoming everyone back! Unfortunately, this is a year unlike any other. The threat of COVID-19 is still very real and something that we continue to deal with.
In addition to focusing on our vision of Critical Thinkers, Engaging Lifelong Learners for our students, this year one of my biggest focus would be on the health and safety of ALL students and staff of SSEF. We would strictly be following the guidelines by Government agencies such as social distancing and other practices to contain the effect of COVID-19.
COVID-19 represented a major disruption to the manner teaching and learning took place in Singapore. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, SSEF had to adapt to new forms of learning through new platforms. Home-Based Learning (HBL) became the new buzzword that every student, parent/guardian and educator had to become familiar with. The aim was, notwithstanding the danger posed by COVID-19, to continue providing effective education to students in a safe environment. Every SSEF teacher had to learn how to use new platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Google Classroom, and various dedicated portals, such as the SSEF Portal, as a means of providing to and receiving from students teaching and learning materials.
Moving forward we will continue to utilise Information and Communication Technologies in our curriculum to ensure our teachers and students are always ready should something unforeseen (such as COVID-19) happens again. We would like our SSEF staff and students to embrace the new methods of teaching and learning and be prepared to face any challenges.
I wish to thank you all for the support, understanding and patience. We had successes and some challenges, yet despite all, we continued the work that has to be done to ensure the safety and educational needs of our students. To all the parents/guardians and students of SSEF, I owe an expression of gratitude and hope that we continue working together in year 2021 and many more upcoming years.
Mdm Gurdial Kaur
SSEF Punjabi School