Principal’s January Letter 2018

2 January 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Let me start off by wishing you all a Happy New Year!

I have been with the education service for the past 31 years and have gone through the different rungs of the service as an educator. I have served in a JC, at MOE HQ, 2 secondary schools and 2 primary schools before joining the wonderful family here at Blangah Rise Primary. With the recent emphasis on pre-school education, I am also delighted that there is a MOE Kindergarten co-located with the school. The co-location enables a closer synergy between the school and kindergarten and allows for a smoother transition to primary one for the students. It also makes our vision of a joyful school of confident learners and caring leaders that more meaningful.

If you ask me what is one key ingredient for success, I would say that it is teamwork. No single person or group can make a joyful school, we all – students, teachers, parents – need to align our efforts so that our students are supported in their growth and learning. Students gain confidence in learning through perseverance and the patience and guidance of adult mentors who encourage them in their difficulties and help them build self-discipline. Students learn to be caring leaders when they themselves are cared for, and are given opportunities to care for others. There is certainly great joy for both the educator and parent to see a child grow in responsibility for himself and others.

So, let’s work together to make 2018 a great year for our students, and we can do so by making a good start to the year. The following are useful information for your attention.

  1. Upcoming Events in Term 1

 

Date Event Remarks
Fri 5 Jan Temperature Taking Exercise Students to bring personal oral thermometer on Wed 3 Jan for checking
Fri 26 Jan Prefects’ Investiture  
Wed 7 Feb – Fri 9 Feb P4 & P5 Camp  
Wed 14 Feb Total Defence Day Commemoration  
Thu 15 Feb CNY Celebration Students will be dismissed at 10 am
Fri 16 Feb – Sat 17 Feb Chinese New Year Public Holidays  
Mon 19 Feb School Holiday  
Mon 26 Feb – Fri 2 Mar P6 CA 1  
Fri 9 Mar Games Day  

 

  1. Year Heads of Junior, Middle and Senior Primaries
Junior Primary (P1 & 2) Year Head – Mrs Leong-Ho Hil May (HOD / English Language)

Assistant Year Head – Mr John Chia

Middle Primary (P3 & 4) Year Head– Mrs Teresa Tay (HOD / ICT)

Assistant Year Head – Mr John Chia

Senior Primary (P5 & 6) Year Head – Mr Shang Thian Huat (HOD / PE & CCA)

Assistant Year Head – Mdm Stephanie Song (LH / Science)

  1. School Safety & Security Measures

School safety is the collective responsibility of everyone. We have implemented a series of school and safety measures that have been discussed with parents and implemented since 2013. These arrangements for school arrival and dismissal are outlined in Annex A.

Travel Declaration

If you are planning to go overseas with your child during the school holidays, please inform us of your travel plans so as to ensure that the health of our community is protected in the event of an emergency.

A step by step guide on a desktop or mobile device is made available on our school website at: /

 Do log onto AsknLearn to declare your travel plans for the June and December school holidays. A nil return is required. If you need further assistance please feel free to call us at 62717387.

As for pupils without internet/mobile access from home, your child may collect a hardcopy travel declaration form from his/her Form Teacher.

  1. Homework Policy and E-Learning

 Homework

Homework is an essential part of our students’ holistic development. Homework can be an effective tool for intellectual development and academic learning as well as for forming good study habits. For more information about our homework policy, please refer to Annex B.

Online Interactive E-Learning for Students through AsknLearn

As part of equipping our students with 21st century competencies, students will need to be familiar with the use of online resources to acquire knowledge, communicate and develop their creativity. BRPS has partnered with AsknLearn to provide such resources through rich multimedia and interactive lessons, starting from 03 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. More details on how to log in and use the system can be found in Annex C.

 

  1. Regular Attendance

With the intention to give every child the same head start in life and be taught the foundational knowledge, missing school would sometimes mean having a gap in the learning and disadvantaging the child. Hence we would like to reiterate that the school takes a very serious view of children not coming to school without valid reason. We would like to remind all parents that when your child is absent from school, it is mandatory that you either provide a medical certificate or a letter from you explaining the reason for absence. If there are none of these, we will treat it as absence without valid reason and follow up action will be taken, which might include the reporting of such cases to the Compulsory Education Unit in MOE. Attendance will also be taken into consideration when applying for bursaries and various awards. For more details of our Attendance Policy, please refer to Annex D.

  1. Bento Meals

 A reminder to place your bento orders online via http://www.school-meals.sg for your child’s recess or make arrangements for your child to bring food if you are not ordering bento meals.

     7. Other Matters

School Service Providers
School Bus

Services

                                    Gek Teck Transport Service

Contact Person:          Angela Tan (Manager)

Contact No.:                9119 6100 / 9126 7660

Email:                          gekteck@singnet.com.sg

School Uniform Services                                     Beau Voix Uniform

Address:                      2 Sims Close #03-08

Gemini@Sims

Singapore 387298

Contact Person:          Tony

Contact No.:                6743 6645 / 6744 7084 / 9637 6598

Bookshop

Services

                                    HB Book Centre

Contact Person:          Jason Loh (Manager)

Contact No.:                6270 1060

Email:                          hb.bk.ctr@gmail.com

Student Care Centre in BRPS Self Help Group Student Care Limited

Contact No.:                62704230

Email:                          blangahrise@shgstudentcare.com.sg

School Dental Clinic Contact Person:          Mdm Wan Foong Sim (Dental Therapist)

Contact No.:                6275 7395

 

 

 

Once again, have a wonderful year ahead!

Yours sincerely,

Francis Foo

Principal

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