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About our institution

Through the years, Hwa Chong Institution has nurtured leaders for the nation in the highest echelons of research, industry and government. Our aim is to maximise every student’s potential, and to prepare them for a lifetime of achievement.

Principal’s Message

     

Welcome to Hwa Chong Institution!

Whenever I meet a Hwa Chong alumnus, each one of them never fails to speak fondly of his/her school experience and how Hwa Chong has made him/her into who he/she is today. Indeed, the Hwa Chong experience is a unique one, and every student who passes through the Hwa Chong gate has encountered episodes in school that are endearing and even life-transforming.

It is therefore most heartening to see former Hwa Chongians of different ages rejoice in annual home-coming occasions like the Founders’ Day Dinner or the Mid-Autumn Festival (MAF), often bringing along their children and family members. This is a hallmark of an institution that embraces a strong family culture and a distinctive school spirit that has generated a sense of pride that binds generations of Hwa Chongians.

 

So, what constitutes the Hwa Chong Spirit?

Firstly, it is the undaunted spirit of strength, resilience and tenacity, as espoused in the school value of “自强不息”. Guided by the continual quest for excellence and continual self-improvement, it is manifested by an innate entrepreneurial dare and the determination to persevere and never give up. Indeed, “自强不息” has its roots from the Book of Changes or I-Ching, and describes a philosophy of life derived from the Qian (乾)hexagram, depicting the ceaseless evolution of nature and flow of the universe. (天行健,君子以自强不息。)

Secondly, it is the enduring spirit of community and service to others, as espoused in the school value of WIN-WIN or “己立立人,己达达人”. Guided by a deep sense of humility and gratitude to others who have nurtured or developed us (饮水思源),it is to consciously seek a virtuous and meaningful cause larger than oneself, with an innate understanding that the greatest self-worth that one can achieve is the selfless and wholehearted contribution to the greater “I” (大我), by bestowing self-worth and success to others and the community. I-Ching also offers a similar worldview as captured in the Kun (坤) hexagram which depicts how nature nurtures life and supports growth. (地势坤,君子以厚德载物。)

Together, “自强不息” and “己立立人,己达达人” complement each other and form the Yang (阳)and the Yin (阴) of a balanced disposition and character. It also describes how the cultivation of one’s heart and mind should not cease at the personal mastery level, but should be extended to an active contribution towards the betterment of society and humanity, including the family, nation and the global community (修身、齐家、治国、平天下).

Indeed, these values are exemplified by the life stories and outstanding work of our forefathers, including Mr Tan Kah Kee and Mr Lee Kong Chian, whose statues stand tall in the school campus and continue to inspire generations of Hwa Chongians. As one of the earliest industrial pioneers in Southeast Asia, our founder, Mr Tan Kah Kee, made a profound impact in Singapore and China through his resilience and enterprising spirit. The commitment in devoting his life and fortune wholeheartedly to establishing the school as well as many other education causes encapsulates the enduring spirit of community and service.

Likewise, Mr Lee Kong Chian spent much of his time and wealth in education and other philanthropic work to carve out a better future for the Chinese community during his time. He made significant contributions to Hwa Chong in many ways and served in the school board for 38 years. Even till today, generations continue to benefit from the legacy of our founders, through their selfless contributions in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, social reform and education.  Their passion and courage to rise above social norms and seek out a better life for all in the face of multiple challenges continue to be an inspiration not just for Hwa Chongians, but for all Singaporeans.

Today, as Hwa Chong remains anchored on values education, we are equally committed to the quest to spearhead innovation and lead change so that we continue to stay current and relevant in a fast evolving world environment, with groundbreaking work in various fields. Our focus on critical thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership will equip students with the skills they need to thrive in this changing landscape. Equally important is bilingual proficiency and a bicultural outlook that Hwa Chong seeks to inculcate in all of our students, so that Hwa Chongians are adept at learning the best from both the East and the West, develop a holistic worldview and navigate confidently across different cultures.

In 2019, Hwa Chong reaches another important milestone at her 100th Anniversary. While we celebrate our involvement in Singapore’s nation-building journey, we honour our teachers, alumni and stakeholders for their dedication in nurturing the hearts and minds of all Hwa Chong students. As we rejoice in our centennial celebrations, we take stock of our achievements and what we stand for. Our founders’ firm dedication towards the betterment of Singapore inspires us daily, and urges us to put forth our utmost in each endeavour. We also acknowledge the unyielding support of MOE and the commitment of our board members, alumni, parents, school leaders, staff, educators and partners, both past and present, who have contributed generously and travelled alongside the school through the years. It is this strong family spirit, passion and belief by all members of Hwa Chong that has made us more than a school.

On this note, I wish all an enriching and rewarding experience with Hwa Chong. Be also fully immersed in the once-in-a-lifetime centennial celebrations.

Happy 100th Birthday, Hwa Chong!

Mr Pang Choon How
Principal

华侨中学欢迎你!

每当我遇见毕业自华中的校友,每一位都会异口同声分享他们在学校的美好学习生涯,侃侃谈起华中如何造就了自己。的确,在华中求学的经历是独一无二的。每一位华中人都珍惜自己的华中故事,而对于一些校友而言,它甚至是人生的转捩点。

最令人鼓舞的,是每逢学校庆祝会如校庆晚宴或中秋节庆祝会,都会看到不同年龄的校友,扶老携幼,回到母校。这代表了一所学府具有浓厚的手足情,洋溢着家的温暖,也代表了一股独特、让人引以为豪的华中精神,紧系着代代华中人,

何谓“华中精神”?

我想首先,它是我们校训中一股“自强不息”的浩然之气的体现。“自强不息”取自《易经》象传中描述“乾”卦的一句:“天行健,君子以自强不息”,它代表一种刚健、进取和坚韧,也表现于不断地自我超越,勇于尝试与创新,不畏失败。

第二,它体现在落实校训“己立立人,己达达人”的精神,积极地造福人群、服务大众。它发自内心的一股谦卑和“饮水思源”之情,深刻地了解到,人有超越自我的能力,生命的价值也往往在于推己及人、成就他人,而不仅仅在于成就自己。这也正是《易经》象传对“坤”卦的描述:“地势坤,君子以厚德载物”所体现的精神。

“自强不息” 与“己立立人,己达达人”可说是相辅相成,正如人格的塑造必须求取平衡和中庸,阴阳兼备。人的身心发展,也不能仅停留在“修身”的层面,而应该层层推进,延伸至“齐家、治国、平天下”。

我们从华中先贤的事迹中也能看到这些精神面貌。华中校园钟楼前和光前行政楼前就分别树立了陈嘉庚先生和李光前先生的铜像。陈嘉庚先生当年倾其一生的精力和财力,创办华侨中学并积极投入其他教育事业,这股以办教育为己任、“毁家兴学”的精神,不仅感动、也激发每一代的华中人。同样的,曾任华中董事长达38年的李光前先生,在各方面为华中做出巨大贡献,并和陈嘉庚一样,乐善好施、造福人群。所谓前人种树,后人乘凉,这些先贤们为教育、为社群谋福利所发挥的影响力,至今还不断地延续。他们充分体现“自强不息”、“己立立人,己达达人”的精神,他们的故事,不仅仅感染华中人、也继续激励代代新加坡人。

今天,华中继续秉持和坚守校训、重视品德教育。我们也不断在各领域引领创新、寻求突破,以适应急剧变化的大环境。学校教育以批判性思维、创新与企业精神和领袖素质为核心,力求让学生掌握重要的生活和职场技能。学校同样重视培养学生的双文化视野和双语能力,以便汲取东西方文化各自的精髓,培养圆融无碍的世界观,并自信地驰骋于不同文化环境中。

2019年是华中迎来百年校庆的重要里程碑。我们欢庆华中多年来对国家发展、尤其是教育发展的贡献,也对培养华中子弟、为教育尽一份力的老师、校友和相关人士,表示崇高的敬意。与此同时,我们也不忘初衷,谨记华中先贤的奉献和付出和为国为民的精神,以及过去与现在所有为华中的发展做出贡献的每一位成员,包括教育部,董事部、管委会、校友会、家长、校领导、教职员和合作伙伴。华中不只是一所学校,更是一个大家庭,这股华中精神、热忱与信念代代延续,实属难能可贵。

但愿大家在华中度过难忘充实的日子,拥有丰富精彩的学习体验!也希望你们积极响应,沉浸在一生仅此一次的华中百年喜庆中。

谨此祝福华中百岁吉祥、再创高峰!

校长
彭俊豪