20th Annual Speech Day 2019
13 April 2019 was a joyous day for Woodgrove Secondary School as we celebrated our 20th Speech Day. It was our honour to invite Mrs Helena Song, founding Principal of Woodgrove Secondary School, as the Guest-of-Honour. The event was also graced by Mr Tan Wang Cheow, Chairman of the School Advisory Committee (SAC), members of the SAC, parents and the Parent Support Group, Alumni and guests.
The theme for this year’s Speech Day was ‘Homecoming’. This theme captures the spirit of our 20th anniversary celebrations. This is because for 20 years our school has been Home to a generation of students who have not only received knowledge but guidance and values to take on the world. After 20 years, we have come full circle and together we all want to come home to Care, Connect and Celebrate as a Woodgrove Family. Amidst the hectic school life, the event served as a platform for Woodgrovers and our stakeholders to catch up and spend time together, and to celebrate the school’s holistic achievements and successes as one big Woodgrove family.
This year’s Speech Day started off with the live-streaming of the inauguration and installation of the art piece by Mrs Song and the SAC members. The ceremony continued with our Symphonic Band’s performance titled “Toy Box Fantasy”. Composed by Hiroki Takahashi, Toy Box Fantasy is both upbeat and mystical, depicting toys dancing under a spell and ends with a fast running Toy Train, an exciting conclusion to the music.
Next, our Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Helena Song shared her journey and challenges as the founding principal. She inspired the audience on how the school grew with very few staff to a school that holistically develops the students as our motto is ‘Surfacing Gifts, Realising Dreams’. She ended her speech by sharing one of her favourite quote ‘People own what they co-create’.
Our Principal, Mr Chee Chit Yeng, then delivered the School Report, where he shared that in Woodgrove, the school believes in an all-encompassing form of education for the students. He emphasised that while the school’s educational philosophy is to help students achieve academic excellence, it is also grounded in the central tenet of nurturing our students to become confident, compassionate, and concerned citizens both within and beyond the school context. This is achieved by providing the students with myriad opportunities to take ownership of their learning through a variety of platforms. He rounded off his speech thanking several partners who have helped to nurture WGS students to be compassionate leaders with a passion to serve.
Izz Faris Putra, President of Student Union then proceeded to share about the overall academic and CCA achievements of 2018. He highlighted the many sporting activities, CYL, ALP and OBS programmes organised for the students.
Our Valedictorian, Tan Hui Hui, Rachael Faithful, then shared with the audience how her experiences as an Exco member in Student Union and NPCC have greatly shaped her character and have taught her to be a better leader as well.
The awards ceremony proceeded with the presentations of various awards celebrating the holistic achievements of Woodgrovers, culminating in the presentation of the Helena Song Scholarship Award to Tan Hui Hui, Rachael Faithful of 4E1(2018). There was a befitting conclusion to the awards presentation when the SAC treasurer, Mr Daniel Tan Thau Meng, was honoured for his MOE Service to Education.
After the Speech Day event, Mrs Helena Song launched the School Carnival which marked another momentous event, the 20th Anniversary Celebration.
We look forward to another fruitful year ahead for Woodgrove Secondary School and a memorable Speech Day in 2020.