Do Well, Do Good
Every year, on 16 November, St. Margaret’s School (both secondary and primary schools) will celebrate our Founder’s Day. As the oldest girls’ school in Singapore and the Far East, we have a strong calling to continue the legacy and be rooted in the faith of our founder Mrs Maria Dyer, and be motivated to live out our mission of nurturing confident, creative and caring young ladies who will serve God, the Country and the Community.
Started in 1842 by Mrs Maria Dyer, a missionary of the London Missionary Society who resolved to start a home for homeless girls to provide them with an elementary education in English and Christian religion, the school has grown from strength to strength. In line with Mrs Dyer’s early vision of giving back to the community, our school strives care for others, to be Champions of Change, Leading with Heart, Touching Lives. The genesis of our school and the quiet confidence and altruism of Mrs Dyer inspired our vision of a Community of Learners Growing and Glowing for God. This vision is played out through the various Learn-Grow-Glow frameworks that guide our total curriculum, and in key programmes like the Development of Talents to Serve (DOTS) and Salt and Light Programme (SLP).
In St. Margaret’s, every student is important. Our desire for the St. Margaret’s graduate is for her to be Excellence-driven – a passionate inquirer, critical thinker, others-centred contributor and leader with moral courage. Our holistic curriculum aims to develop our students’ potential while grounding them in our school values of Upholding Integrity, Learning Continuously, Taking Pride, Showing Care and Being Resilient. Through our rigorous, values-integrated curriculum and co-curriculum, our students have done well in all areas – be it in the academic field, performing arts, sports and games or uniformed groups. This is a result of our belief in innovation and continuous improvement, evident in the extensive refinements through the years to the school’s various programmes.
It is my hope that the vibrant school experience will offer our young ladies an enjoyable learning journey which will offer them opportunities to build long lasting friendships as they acquire the skills, knowledge and attributes they need to prepare for a life of service to God, their country and the community. I often ask our students, “You want to do well, but for what purpose?” It is my belief that a St. Margaret’s graduate should not just do well but be able to put her knowledge, skills and competencies to good use and finally benefit the community.
May our St. Margaret’s graduates live out our School Motto: Charity, Patience, Devotion. May they not just do well, but also do good and be a beacon of light wherever they go!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16
Mdm Lee Lin Yee
St. Margaret’s Secondary School