Few day ago a screenshots of an email, as well as a photo of girls standing in front of school’s statue of Greek goddess Athena was shared on twitter.
Here’s what the twitter user @visakanv wrote on twitter by attaching email screenshot & picture of group of girls praying in front of statue. It is still unclear on how & who leaked the email screenshot.
A clear screenshot of email circulated to all first-year RGS students by Head of year which made rounds on social media.
The summary : The school staff member Ms Kamsir purportedly wrote to year 1s that a group of students had chosen to act on their “frustrations and anxiety over the pen-and-paper assessments (PPAs) by dancing, chanting and praying” to the statue of Athena. The “inconsiderate acts” had disturbed their seniors who were still having their PPAs, the screenshots added.
The “unbecoming behaviour” had tarnished the reputation of all RGS students, noting that the group had not demonstrated the school values of “Principled” and “People Centredness” and “have instead demonstrated Self Centredness”.
“Praying’ to the statue of Athena, even if done in jest, is unacceptable. If you do subscribe to a religion, let me remind you that your action is sacrilegious,” Ms Kamsir said.
“If you do not subscribe to a religion, your action is still unacceptable as it offends the school community that expects our school to be a secular environment for learning.”
It was also mentioned in the email that the students involved in the activity to write a letter of apology explaining their actions by a deadline and why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
As per the school’s website and principal’s statement the email was sent by “Nora Kamsir” who is a head of year 1s.
“Know that pictures of your actions have gone viral online and have caused the online community to have a negative impression of all RGS girls. This is unfair to RGS girls past and present,” the screenshots added.
The head Nora Kamsir also praised the students who witnessed the incident but did not join in.
“I hope that in future, you will go one step further in immediately telling off the girls who behave inappropriately. Let us help each other to be guided in behaviour that is not just acceptable but also commendable and admirable,” the year head added.
The alleged email ended with a request to the students against circulating photos of the incident “online or otherwise” as “enough damage has been done”.
SCHOOL RESPONDS :
In response to YahooNews SG‘s query, RGS principal Haslinda Zamani confirmed that an incident involving a “small group” of Year 1 students had caused some disruption to ongoing classes at the end of term 1 of the school year. The first term of the school year began on 4 January and ended on 11 March.
The principle also confirmed that it was sent by the head of year 1s by saying “Following this, the head of year sent an email to the Year 1 cohort on the incident, to encourage the students involved to take responsibility,”.
The head of year has since spoken to the girls and listened to their explanation, the principal told the YahooNews.
“On the part of the girls, they reflected with maturity and have benefited from hearing from different perspectives. There was no disciplinary action meted,” Haslinda added.
Principal Haslinda also said that the school’s approach has always been to have “open and honest conversations” with its girls, and to support “reflection and learning in a safe space”.
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