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VP Academic

Mr Derick Wong Teck Fatt

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Two years at Riverside Secondary School passed in the blink of an eye. The experience at Riverside on one hand has been fulfilling, thought provoking and reflective, and on the other hand has affirmed my beliefs as an educator.

I came across a quotation from Mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen Jie;"醫師是生命 花園的園丁,園丁無法改變春夏秋冬;醫師也無法改變生老病死。園丁只能讓花朵在四季中開得更美;醫生也只能讓病人在生死中活得更好." It is translated as "Doctors are the gardeners in life's garden. A gardener cannot change the seasons just like the doctor is unable to stop the natural process of aging and death.  As a gardener, when faced with challenges of the seasons, his task is to take care of the flowers and help them to blossom to their fullest beauty. Likewise a doctor can provide the best possible quality of live to a patient in the face of illness and death."

This guiding principle is applied aptly to the philosophy of education where the teachers should be doing their best to support the current needs of our students so that they can strive and thrive in the future. We cannot change the complexity of the issues with regards to challenging family situations, learning abilities, VUCA world, impact of social media etc. We adopted the many hands approach by leveraging on different partners and agencies to support the students' holistically.

I look forward to year 2018 with much excitement and I also look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my time as Vice-Principal of Riverside Secondary School. I will finish with an excerpt from George Washington, 1st President of the USA which resonates strongly with me and sums up what I believe education is fundamentally all about.

"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail."