Student Council Investiture: Chrysalis, the essence of metamorphosis, the union of growth and change
STUDENT COUNCIL INVESTITURE 2017
BUKIT PANJANG GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL
GUEST OF HONOUR’S ADDRESS BY ANG JIN HUI
3 APRIL 2017, 7.45 A.M.
Ms Chan Wan Siong, Principal of BPGHS;
Teachers and Staff; Students;
A very good morning.
It is a great honour for me to speak with you today on this special occasion.
I don’t know about you, but I have come a long way from where I started. I had a PSLE aggregate score of 146, and was placed in the Normal (Technical) stream in BPGHS. I was just a below average joe in the school. But everything changed in my second year at BPGHS. I was inducted into the Student Council — this is where I was inspired by my teachers, seniors and friends — and this is when I took a different perspective in my life.
So — in my first year with the Student Council, the school took pains to put us through an orientation programme at the National Community Leadership Institute, or most of you would know it as the NACLI. As student leaders, we were given many learning opportunities. We learnt to explore and discover the world around us. To tackle problems and make decisions. To seize opportunities and learn from mistakes. To overcome difficulties and, most importantly, teamwork — to always work as a team for the good of everyone
Because of this purposeful learning journey, I learnt to believe in myself and always to challenge the unknown. All of us need to find counter-examples to prove that we can do it. And if you can’t find a counter-example, then you can create one yourself. You. This is the metamorphosis I was headed to all along — to allowing myself time to emerge as an adult.
[Which brings us to the theme of this year’s investiture “Chrysalis”.] When a caterpillar enters its chrysalis, it munches on as many leaves as it can and increases its body mass 2000 times in about 12 days. Throughout your secondary school life you would have absorbed enough information and the “nutrients” you need to undergo a beautiful transformation. Believe it or not, all these experiences will somehow guide you through your academic journey and into your adult life.
In particular, there are some important things you can do to help you grow in school. First and foremost, surround yourself with a group of friends (or mentors) who see your potential and can encourage you to be the best you can be. Good friends see qualities in you that you may not have noticed yourself and motivate you when you are having a challenging time.
Secondly, I also want to strongly encourage you to use this time while you are in your cocoon to explore your personal interests and talents. Your time in BPGHS is a great time to learn about yourself and the best way to do this is to try new things. For myself, I got involved in various CCAs. I was a member in NPCC, and of course, the Student Council. I also volunteer at the Bethany Nursing Home, where I pick up many life lessons from interacting with the elderlies there. These activities connected me to people who share my interests and together, we work to make a positive change in our community. Also, self discovery doesn’t have to just be in the school setting either. Do challenge yourself by speaking to someone (or take classes that interest you). If you enjoy entrepreneurship, speak to a business leader; if you love to create and design, speak to a UI/UX designer; if you love science, speak to a medical professor.
Finally, if you’re unsure of where you want to go after BPGHS, or what you want to major in or what your future career will be; is understandable. In time to come, your years in BPGHS will help you discover yourself. Some of my best years in life was spent in BPGHS where we all learn the meaning of caring, sharing and learning together as a team.
Through self-discovery, you will in time grow to learn about what you like or dislike, come to realise where your talents are and these will point you in the right direction of who you want to become. However, always remember that change is good. Don’t change for change sake. Change when necessary.
All of your experiences, discoveries and struggles will help shape you into the person you are meant to become. Like a butterfly evolving, we must love each stage we pass through. Be not judgmental of yourself. You are becoming a wondrous butterfly.
My best wishes to all of you.
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