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Founder’s Message


When Education Embraces Life

Love is the foundation which Shanghai Singapore International School (SSIS) is built upon. In the early 1990s, it was a challenge to provide quality education for my two daughters when my wife and I planned to relocate them over to Shanghai. SSIS is the answer to the problem and our school bells rang for the very first time in 1996, my fourth year in Shanghai. I believe it is our common aspiration as expatriate parents to provide the best education opportunities for our children. To nurture the young with love, ensuring that they grow up with healthy body, heart and mind, has always been our goal.

Education forms the basis of what we do at Prime Group International. It is our key driver for sustainability. To strive for sustainability, our corporate philosophy of Taisheng upholds the core values of ‘Symbiosis, Sharing and Harmony’, insists that we focus on the principles to address human concerns, environmental awareness, social engagements and economical viability.

Our education philosophy advocates an orientation towards life, emphasizing the awareness, respect and love for life as the purpose of education. While cultivating a ‘greater love’ for life, the knowledge and skills our students derive from the process of education are applied towards the betterment of the human race and society in their later lives. This is the reason why we have extended their learning beyond their classroom to the farm, to experience the joy, and the understanding of intrinsic values through the harvesting of their hard work. Through this, we hope that they will deepen their respect for nature and their love for mankind.

We are pleased to see that the school has grown over the past 20 years, from 18 students and 9 teachers, to a community with 1300 students, and 200 teachers on two campuses. All this would not be possible without everyone’s passion and commitment to good education. As the old Chinese saying goes, ‘It takes ten years to grow trees but a hundred years to educate people’. There is still a long way ahead, let’s continue to work together to provide our children with the best education possible.




教育是新加坡国际元立集团泰生事业的基点,泰生事业秉承“共生、分享、和谐”的价值观,坚持“人类关心、环境友善、政府支持、社会效应和经济效益”的原则,其教育理念主张面向生命,把认识、尊重与关爱生命,奉为教育的目的,在修炼“大爱” 的同时,方能确保教育过程学来的知识和技能,应用在造福人群与社会的正途上。因此,我们安排学生走出课室,走进农场,体验耕作的辛苦和收获的喜悦,了解人与环境乃生命大系统的命运共同体,从而懂得敬天爱人。


TAN Hong Khoon

Founder, Chairman of School Board




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