Go Forth, Our Learned Champions With Character
Singapore Sports School is a School ahead of its time. While the Ministry of Education is slowly moving away from a result-oriented system and putting more emphasis on schools to inculcate values and build character in students, the School has long been emphasising on character excellence in its everyday activities. Through classroom lessons and especially, in sports, these values will form the pillars of growth of the student-athletes.
"The skills learned during sport and physical education contributes to the holistic development of young people who play a pivotal role in the development of a nation and its society. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for others, and discipline. It also provides a platform for young people to deal with competition and taste the inevitable of victory and failure, pride and frustration, applause and criticisms. All these are important life skills and qualities that will see you through whatever comes your way," said Professor Er Meng Hwa in his speech to the Sports School graduating class of 2011. Professor Er, a member of the School's Board of Directors and Vice President (International Affairs) at Nanyang Technological University, was the Guest of Honour at the School's graduation 2011, held on 13 October 2011.
The 109 graduands took center stage as they soaked in the adulation from the audience comprising people who made it all possible for them to shine - academic and sports staff, teammates and parents. They went on stage to receive their graduation scroll and class pin, and returned a bow to thank the audience for all they have done over the past four or five years. As they prepare to embark on the next stop of their journey, they would do well to take heed the advice of Mrs Deborah Tan, Singapore Sports School Principal.
"I urge you to always give your best and to hone your senses, and seek and pursue worthy opportunities so as to grow as a person and to improve live others around you."