Welcome to Innova Primary School (IPS)
First of all, let me begin by saying that I am honored and privileged to serve as Principal of Innova Primary School. A brand new year has started. As we reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of the school in 2014, we can state that our school’s academic performance continues to rise. The academic successes of our students with the support of our teachers and parents have put the school on a path towards scaling greater heights.
At Innova Primary, we believe learning is a journey and students will progress through their journey at different paces. Our teachers will teach to the best of their ability every day, guiding their students on a path that will give them the knowledge and skills necessary for the 21st century. The curriculum will be rigorous; the standards will remain high whilst we continue to encourage creativity, curiosity, and a life-long appreciation for learning.
The world that our students are growing up in is fundamentally different from what we knew as children. With the rapid evolution of technology, we are beginning to see a world with no borders. A world like that requires us to teach and prepare our students how to be analytical thinkers, how to collaborate with one another, how to be able to problem solve and how to be self-directed in their learning.
Character education is an important and integral part of all that we do at Innova Primary School. The I-STAR values: Integrity, Self-discipline, Teamwork, Adaptability and Respect are taught, emphasized and reinforced as expected behaviours in the school. “Dare to dream; Dare to act; Dare to achieve” being our school motto embodies the notion of inspiring our students to have lofty dreams, to take calculated risks, to be resilient and to work towards achieving those dreams.
Children need specific routines as these will enhance their understanding of the environment and the expectations of the teacher. At home, it is also important to provide routines. One such routine will be to build a daily “quiet time” to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills. Whilst establishing routines, it is helpful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration and growth. Children need to be provided free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.
Our jobs cannot be done alone. You have probably heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." A strong partnership between our school and home is critical to student success. Together we can work to build the skills and knowledge, reinforce values, and develop a strong sense of self-worth in the students. The commitment of parents signals to the child the knowledge that his or her school is important.
We are deeply proud of the partnerships we have with our parents. Parent volunteers are seen on a regular basis in the school in many roles and areas. Our Parent Support Group plays a vital role in this partnership. We look forward to their continued partnership to support and enhance the learning experiences of all our students.
Finally, we are often asked, "What can I do that will be of the greatest benefit to my child?" The answer to that is: Sit down together and read with your children or have conversations with them every single night. Many great things will come from those experiences.
Finally, it is my pleasure to be here in the school and I look forward to leading the school this year and in the years to come.
Ms Windersalam S Devi