Our Culture and Heritage
Yuhua Secondary School started in January 1986 with Mr Loh Weng Kheong as its first Principal. On 16 September 1988, Yuhua Secondary School was officially declared opened by the Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, then Member of Parliament for Yuhua GRC. Since its inception in 1986, under the leadership of its six Principals, Yuhua Secondary has always strived to provide a student-centric, values-driven education for all.
In December 2011, Yuhua Secondary embarked on another new chapter with Ms Ng Sook Kit taking over its helm. Garnering the support of Yuhuans, staff and stakeholders the school focused on enhancing ‘The Yuhua Experience’ to provide Yuhuans with multiple learning opportunities; improving ‘The Yuhua Programme’ to value-add to Yuhuans’ knowledge, skills and prepare them for life; strengthening ‘The Yuhua Spirit’ by leveraging partnerships to help Yuhuans succeed; and nurturing ‘The Desired Yuhuan Profile’ encapsulated in the 4Cs, namely clarity, confidence, commitment and courage. To further the pursuit in developing Yuhuans holistically and create a vibrant learning culture, many new initiatives such as the Habits of Mind, department flagship programmes, iSAY student forum, Holistic Health Run, Distinguished Speaker Series, Learning Fiesta, etc. were introduced. The Integrated Project and Events Management (Applied Learning Programme) and MELODY (Learning-for-Life Programme) were conceptualised and introduced in 2014 to develop lifelong learners who are passionate, purposeful and resilient.
Official Opening cum 30th Speech Day
Guest of Honour, Mr Desmond Lee's Speech
Ms Ng Sook Kit
Principal, Yuhua Secondary School
Mr Loh Weng Kheong
Colleagues from MOE, teachers, educators, parents, students, ladies and gentlemen
Exactly 4 months ago, on 30 Dec of last year, I had the privilege of joining all of you in commemorating Yuhua’s successful completion of the PRIME Programme. We walked from the holding site in Boon Lay, back to this location at Jurong West St 41. It was a symbolic homecoming, yet because your home has been significantly refurbished and enhanced, it was also a new milestone in Yuhua’s progress. Hence the theme “Onward Yuhua” was entirely befitting the excitement of the occasion.
The building then was still very new. Wrapping not yet taken off. You could almost smell the fresh paint on the walls.
Some people will tell you that if you want to know how a person’s character is like, sometimes you just need to take a peek inside his home. So it is the same with a school. It is therefore with much anticipation that I join all of you here today, at your Speech Day and Official Opening of your new campus. I am very glad to see that your new home looks lived in, well looked after, and well loved. There is a buzz in the air. I think this augurs well!
YH30 . SG50
But beyond the new infrastructure, we should sometimes take important occasions such as this, to sit back away from the hustle-bustle, take a theoretical helicopter high up, look down on everything, and ask ourselves what our larger role and purpose is. And then orientate ourselves. What is Yuhua Secondary School’s larger role in society and Singapore? Similarly, what is my role: as a principal, as a teacher, as a counsellor, as a student, as as a parent-volunteer? This is quite a good time, because part and parcel of celebrating SG50 and YH30 involves (a) looking back to our roots, giving thanks for our past, (b) appreciating what we have in the present, and (c) very importantly, looking ahead to a common-shared future, at SG100, and charting our different paths in that broad direction. At SG100, many of our students will still be around, maybe just about to enter retirement! So this is not an irrelevant question.
Education . Career . SkillsFuture
What does the future hold for Singapore? There are many aspects, so I will just cover one small part of it: our jobs, and the impact of technology and global competition on our ability to have a good job, earn a living to provide for our families, and derive a sense of fulfilment and purpose from doing something meaningful and useful.
Technology is the first game-changer. It brings opportunity, but can also strike fear. It can make jobs easier to do – like robot grass-cutting machines because we can’t find enough Singaporeans and foreigners to cut our turf. Or you can print your designs using 3D printing technology, instead of just imaging what it will be like.
But it can also make jobs and businesses obsolete almost overnight. Not too long ago, we had music CD shops. With online music portals, they have all but vanished. You can easily find many more examples.
The second game-changer is global competition. The two large giants in Asia – China and India – are on the rise. As they develop and their people become better off and more educated, it presents us with opportunities: to sell things to those markets and earn a living from their growth, but also to expand overseas and maybe even work there.
But they will also present major challenges in the form of serious competition. Many global companies that are in Singapore, hiring Singaporeans, may ask if it continues to make sense to remain here, or shift elsewhere. And as their businesses get more sophisticated and climb up the value chain, they may put a lot of pressure on our own companies.
So how do we prepare for it? How can Yuhua Secondary School help prepare our young people well for such a future?
In that regard, I think the word SkillsFuture should begin to make more sense for all of us. While formal education in schools is still going to remain very important, we must become a people that embraces lifelong learning, eager to upgrade and improve ourselves all throughout our life. The thinking is that we can take on better jobs, and be prepared for stiffer competition, if we improve our skills and develop not just knowledge, but expertise and mastery in what we do. So, we will soon (from 2016) provide every Singaporean 25 years and older with SkillsFuture credits ($500 for a start), which will be topped up every few years over the course of your life, to help pay for and subsidise self-learning and upgrading.
For schools, our role is to nurture and develop our students, and help them find their strengths. Beyond that, we should provide education and career guidance and help our students discover the various pathways so they can make informed choices about their future. [Experience of meeting young people, even in Univ, who lament that they haven’t had much guidance and mentoring, and are unsure of where they are heading.]
I would also add a further challenge for Yuhua: which is to imbue in every student, an unquenchable thirst for learning and for improving what they do until they reach their peak and beat the competition. If they graduate from Yuhua with this drive, you would have made a lasting and important contribution to the SkillsFuture movement.
On that note, let me congratulate all Yuhuans for reaching this important YH30 milestone. You have much to be proud of. And much to be thankful for, to your pioneers. But importantly, let’s prepare well, give our younger generation the SkillsFuture to meet their challenges ahead, and bring Singapore to the next higher level.
Our School's Vision, Mission, Values and Philosophy
Riding the Waves of the Future
Our School Crest & Song
The interweaving Y and H symbolize the strength in unity and effort in our pursuit of excellence. The broad and narrow lines signify the many avenues and opportunities open to the students as they strive for success in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.