Principal’s September Letter 2016
20 September 2016
Welcome back to Term 4!
I hope that you and your family had a restful break from school as we gear up for the final stretch of school for 2016!
It is exciting and inspiring that in recent weeks, Singapore athletes have accomplished numerous accolades at the Olympics and Para-Olympics! We have shared these with our children and it’s important to let them see that it’s not just the medals but also the effort that these athletes take in their day-to-day training and conditioning of their bodies. Similarly we hope our children will put in effort each day to learn and improve themselves in all aspects of their growth both academically and in character. Let us continue to work towards developing them to be joyful, confident and caring learners and leaders!
- Upcoming School Events
The calendar for Term 4 is as follows (school and public holidays are in bold):
|7 October||School Holiday (Children’s Day)|
|17-20 October||No School (PSLE Marking Exercise 2016)
E-Learning for P1 to P5 students
|31 October||School Holiday (in lieu of Deepavali)|
|11 November||No School (Results Processing Day)
Primary One Orientation (PM)
|17 November||Promotion Day|
|18 November||Prize-Giving Day (for P5 & P6 students only)|
Children’s Day Celebrations
Children’s Day celebrations will be held on Thursday, 6 October. Students are to report to school as per normal in their PE attire to enable them to participate in some exciting activities lined up for them. Students will be dismissed as usual at 1.30pm. There will not be any extra classes in the afternoon.
Friday 7 October is Children’s Day and it will be a school holiday.
Second Semestral Examinations
The schedule for Second Semestral Examinations is attached in Annex A. Do plan and spend time preparing your child / ward for the assessments. It will be good that the students approach the teachers during this period to close as many gaps as they can.
PSLE Marking Days
As all teachers will be involved in the PSLE marking exercise, there will be no school from 17 October (Monday) to 20 October (Thursday). Students will be using the e-learning platform for learning. More details can be found in Annex B. Please use these four days to help your child / ward revise his / her various subjects in preparation for the second semestral examinations.
- Finance Matters
Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) 2017
Current FAS students will be receiving the FAS Application Form for 2017. If you would like to continue to be on the FAS, please complete the FAS Form for 2017 and submit with supporting documents by 14 October 2016 (Friday) to the Form Teacher.
For new applicants, your child / ward may collect the FAS Form from General Office.
- NEU PC Plus Programme
The NEU PC Plus Programme by iDA Singapore offers support to needy students with the opportunity to own a brand new computer at an affordable price.
These are the following schemes:
|The PC-Bundle Scheme||· Provides two tier subsidy for applicants to own a new computer with free software and three years of free subscription to broadband services.||· Successful applicants will be required to pay a sum starting from $251 for a desktop or $223.63 for a laptop.|
|The iNSPIRE Fund Scheme||· Offers financial assistance to full-time students (aged 25 years and below) who are unable to co-pay for the computer applied under the PC-Bundle scheme.||· Successful applicants will render between 3 to 12 hours of community service, depending on the type of computer model selected to receive a fully-paid desktop/laptop.|
Please refer to Annex C for the eligibility criteria for this programme.
Should your family be interested and meet the eligibility criteria, please indicate accordingly in the attached acknowledgement slip. The application form will then be issued to your child via his/her Form Teacher. Please visit https://www.ida.gov.sg/Learning/Community-Development/NEU-PC-Plus-Programme for further details on PC and Broadband specifications.
One quality that would make a lot of difference in life is resilience. Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties; it is the ‘toughness’ of a person. It is inevitable that all of us face difficulties in life. It is how we recover from these difficulties that help us become stronger and stronger.
During the recent Olympics in Rio, Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro showed her resilience when she was brought down and had to race with only one shoe during the trails. Her shoe got damaged when she was knocked from behind by other runners. Instead of giving up, she tore off her damaged shoe and finished the race. Eventually she managed to enter the finals, an honour that not many athletes have and completed at the 14th place.
Let us continue to build resilience in our children and help them become stronger and stronger!