|PL Lites singing their way to second place at the Sing Singapore Competition 2002. -- PLMGSS picture.|
By MABEL GOH
PAYA LEBAR Methodist Girls' Secondary
School (PLMGSS) was one of five schools that were conferred the
Singapore Quality Class (SQC) in July this year.
The award, by SPRING Singapore (Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board), gives recognition to a school that demonstrates a high standard of organisational excellence.
One of the main factors that helped the school attain the SQC is its staff. God has blessed the school with a cohesive and dedicated staff who give of their best to make a difference in the lives of each of the pupils. The culture of care was so evident that the assessors told the pupils who conducted the tour of the school how fortunate they were to be so well cared for in the school.
Another factor is the school's focus on the holistic development of the pupils which has resulted in the various achievements of the pupils in the field of sports as well as the aesthetics, such as music, drama and debating.
Academically, the school has been value-added since 1994 and has achieved the Sustained Achievement Award (Academic Value-Added) for four consecutive years (1999 - 2002). This is a result of the due emphasis placed on academic excellence.
In 2001, PLMGSS was assessed by the Ministry of Education and found to have met the criteria needed in order to be granted the status of an Autonomous school. In that year, it also received the Best Practice Award (Staff Well-being), an award that testifies to the quality of the staff in the school.
Much emphasis is also given to the moral and spiritual development of the pupils through its character and leadership programme.
The SQC is an endorsement of the quality education that the school provides for its pupils. PLMGSS will not rest on its laurels but will strive beyond SQC.
The school would like to thank parents and friends who have shown their unwavering support all these years.
PLMGSS gives thanks and glory to God for all the blessings that He has showered upon the school.
Mabel Goh is Head of Department (Humanities) at Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' Secondary School.