“道南”二字可追根溯源至“吾道南矣”的儒家典故，显见先辈对学校茁壮发展的厚望，对弘扬中华文化的重视。“嘉庚堂”作为礼堂的命名肯定了陈嘉庚先生等先贤对学校的贡献，不仅在于筹集资金建校，更在于具前瞻性的教育决策。从西方科目的引进，到破格收录女学生和各籍贯的孩子，还有以中文取代闽南语来授课，都是开拓现代教育的里程牌。在创校 113 年后，道南学校一如既往，是一所传承优良传统同时引领时代迈进的顶尖学府。
道南学校在贯彻“爱学习，学会爱”的愿景时，致力于培育学生成为终身学习且品德高尚的国家栋梁。在人工智能发展日新月异、国际局势瞬息万变的时代，未来看似复杂且不确定，细究而言却是机遇处处甚至丰富多彩。我们未来的主人翁需要的不只是从小打好教育基础，更重要的是掌握 21 世纪的技能——批判及创意思维、资讯与科技技能、语文和文化交流能力，以及协作精神。让学生们爱学习，能自我精进，肯突破自我，将有助于他们在崭新时代游刃有余，海阔天空中筑梦人生 !
2020 Principal’s Message
Love to Learn and Learn to Love—Lifelong Learners who are Rooted in Values and to Singapore
The name of the school “Tao Nan” originated from Confucian Classics which loosely translated means “spreading the philosophy southwards”. This goes to show the expectations the school founders had and their strong emphasis on spreading the Chinese culture. The school hall which has been named after Mr Tan Kah Kee affirms the contribution of the school pioneers, not only in terms of the fund raising for school construction, but more significantly the forward looking educational decisions made. From the inclusion of western subjects into the curriculum, to the enrolment of students who are female or from other dialect groups, as well as the use of Chinese language to replace Hokkien as the medium of instruction, can all be considered as milestones in modern education. After 113 years of school history, Tao Nan School continues to be a distinctive school with rich heritage and pioneering spirit.
Tao Nan School, in moving towards the Vision of Love to Learn and Learn to Love, focuses on nurturing students into Lifelong Learners Rooted in Values and to Singapore. In this age of exponential advancement in Artificial Intelligence and rapid development in global situation, the future may seem complex and uncertain, however, it also unveils numerous possibilities and exciting opportunities. Our students who will become future leaders, not only need a strong educational foundation from young, possessing 21 st century competencies such as critical and creative thinking, information and technological skills, communication through languages and cultures, as well as collaborative spirit, is also highly essential. To allow students to Love to Learn, be equipped to do Lifelong Learning and being willing to embrace growth mindsets for breakthrough, will help them navigate in the new era and fulfil their dreams!
The next generation which we pin our hopes on, will need to have both a strong stature of moral character and a strong sense of belonging to the nation. The school Motto of “Sincerity” and “Perseverance” serves as guiding principles for Tao Nan students both past and present. Having a sincere heart to respect and care for others, regardless of family members, teachers or peers, and having a resilient mind to complete missions with integrity and responsibility, despite failures or challenges. A Chinese saying goes “cultivate oneself and contribute to the family, nation and world”, as Tao Nan students grow in their leadership ability, they will also have to espouse gratitude and give back to society. To allow students to Learn to Love, to be Rooted in Values and to Singapore, will enable us to build a more gracious society and a better country!
Education is a long-term endeavor which entails huge responsibilities. With the educational philosophy of valuing every child, focusing on value inculcation and embracing the value of education for the betterment of the society, I strongly believe in and will strive towards providing quality education for all students. With full support from Ministry of Education, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, Alumni Association and Parent Support Group, strong partnership with parents, and high commitment of staff and students, we can work hand in hand to bring about steady progress of Tao Nan School so as to scale greater heights!
Wishing your child a fruitful and joyful educational journey in Tao Nan School!
Mdm Poh Qinyu