The establishment of Shanghai Singapore International School is a very personal necessity. 1996 was the year it was first set up, the third year after I came to Shanghai to develop the golf resort on Sun Island. At that time, there was no international school offering Singaporean curriculum in Shanghai. As a parent, we all wish the best for our children, for them to have a good education. But as an entrepreneur, I found that I could do more, as I have the opportunity to facilitate the consolidation of right resources to create a learning environment we want for our children. This became the founding purpose of the school – to cultivate and educate our next generation with love.
Education is the basis of Taisheng. Taisheng upholds the values of “symbiosis, sharing, and harmony” and adheres to the principles of “human concern, environmental friendliness, government support, social effects, and economic benefits.” Its educational concept advocates life-orientation, with recognising, respecting, and caring for life as the purpose of education. Only by practicing “universal love” can we ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired in learning will be applied in the right way to benefit people and society. We thus arrange for the students to go out of the classroom into the farm, to experience the hard work of farming and the joy of harvest, to understand that people and their environment are a community of shared destiny in the life system, and ultimately to learn to respect and love.
In the past 20 years, SSIS has developed from a school with 18 students and 9 teachers to one with more than 1,400 students, hundreds of teachers and supporting staff, and great facilities. We are very fortunate to have a great team of educators with us over the years and a solid team of operations and administrative staff for the most reliable support. I am personally most grateful for all our parents to have entrusted their children’s education to SSIS. The school started out of a personal necessity and has now grown into our mission and commitment to provide top education to the community. There is an old saying that “it takes a hundred years to cultivate a person.” We have a long way to go, so let us support each other to nurture our next generation for a better future.
TAN Hong Khoon
Chairman / President of Prime Group International
Founded in 1996, the Shanghai Singapore International School aims to develop each student into a responsible global citizen, with a strong sense of character preparing them for success in any life or career path they may choose.