Partnership – Key to the Mission and Vision of our School
Collaborating with partners to realise the school vision of developing our pupils into “active lifelong learners and influential leaders…who can positively impact the local and global community” is an integral pillar in our school’s mission and ethos. As such, working with partners constitutes a critical part of the school’s strategic thrusts. To achieve that, we have conceptualised a Partnership Framework.
Our Partnership Framework adopts a two-pronged approach: seeking out partnerships that support and enrich holistic education for our pupils, and serving the community.
Partnership with Stakeholders
Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) is an autonomous, government-aided mission school with a rich history. She has actively engaged and grown from its synergistic partnerships with the Methodist Church, the Board of Management (BOM), the Alumni Association and the Partners-in-Education (Parents). Our partners and stakeholders’ continual and firm support have been critical in building our strong school culture and tradition, and in bringing the school to where it is today.
Partnership with the Methodist Church, the Board of Management and the Alumni
The Methodist Church provides invaluable support to the school for its building projects and its pastoral care programme. The school also embraces a strong partnership with our stakeholders like the BOM, Alumni and our parents. The active involvement of the BOM and the Alumni Association has been instrumental in creating a sense of belonging and rootedness in the Fairfield Family through major school events and fund-raising efforts.
Partnership with Parents
Our school strongly believes in building quality relationships with the parents of our pupils. This is done through regular communication and creating opportunities for interaction and bonding through platforms for parents to be involved in school life. Our parents, some of whom are Alumni members, play significant roles in contributing time and effort as part of the Partners-in-Education (PIE) lending their expertise and help in school-organised programmes. A major initiative run and managed entirely by PIE is the cafe ‘Teenage Zone’ (T-Zone), a favourite hangout for our pupils. In return, our parents have also benefited from the FamilyMatters@School Programme, the Dads@Fairfield Breakfast Network and the Moms@Fairfield Network organized by our FamilyMatters@Fairfield Coordinator.
Partnership with External Organisations
Besides recognising the importance of partnerships with our internal partners comprising the Methodist Church, the BOM, the Alumni Association and the PIE, the school also actively cultivates strategic external partners for the all-round development of our pupils. Such partnerships support the school’s efforts to provide every Fairsian with an excellent and well-balanced holistic education. For example, the school collaborates closely with the Singapore Polytechnic to enhance the Science, Aesthetics and Research and Development (R & D) programmes through the introduction of Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs) to our pupils.
Serving the Community
The school believes that every Fairsian is blessed and should seek to bless others. Therefore we strive to connect with and contribute to the wider local and overseas community. In the area of National and Character Education for example, the pupils are involved in the Block Party Projects in the Dover Road Estate. The school’s partnership with Queenstown Community Centre has also enabled our pupils to observe and learn how the grassroots leaders serve the residents in the constituency through their participation in the Member of Parliament’s weekly block visit. In addition, partnerships were established with overseas agencies such as the Janakalyan Primary and Lower School in Nepal, and Pandan Junior High School in India.
In addition, the school recognises the importance of our staff being good role models for our pupils in carrying out service to the community. The school has committed itself to a partnership with the Bethany Methodist Nursing Home for the last few years, and members of our staff carry out two visits to the Home annually to bring cheer and keep the residents there company as well as make token donations as a gesture of our goodwill.