Our example is William Fitzjames Oldham (1854-1937). He was an Anglo-Irish gentleman who was educated in India, completed his education in the United States of America, and came to Singapore in 1885 to start a Methodist mission. His subsequent work resulted in the founding of many educational institutions in Asia and both North and South America.

On 24 April 1888, a local newspaper, The Straits Times, reported that “… Oldham strove not to confine his scholars’ learning simply to the Standards but sought to spread it over a large area, that it may be useful to them in all their after life…” — that is, their life after school. This is one of the main principles of Oldham’s educational methods, and it gives us a basis for our own work.

Mission:

Our mission is to deliver a value-added education that helps students achieve their goals.

Vision:

Our vision is that all our students will find and develop the skills for life-long success.

Philosophy:

Our philosophy in brief has three points —

  • what we teach comes from basic principles and facts within established curriculum;
  • the way we teach is grounded in research findings and practical experience;
  • students can learn through a range of approaches and all of them can find success.

 

We define ‘success’ as achievement that allows people to do things that they desire, which are useful to themselves and to others, and which are morally and ethically defensible.