Principal's January Letter 2016

8 January 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Happy New Year!

 

Thank you for a great 2015 as we celebrated SG50 and commemorated the many contributions and sacrifices that our pioneers have gone through to build the Singapore we have today. As we continue the journey, lets stand together and play our part in making Singapore and especially Blangah Rise Primary School a great place to learn, grow and as one united strong community!

 

For our new parents who joined the BRPS family, a warm welcome to you! We hope that your child’s journey with us will be an enriching one, filled with joy, learning and love.

 

Upcoming School Events

 

Parents’ Workshop & Tea with Principal

In order to guide parents in helping their children, our teachers will be conducting a series of workshops in January and February for the different levels. The dates and time are indicated in the table below. There will also be some time allocated for parents to meet up with the school leaders to touch base and provide feedback on ways to improve the school. More information will be given out in due time.

 

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on 8 and 9 February this year. Hence the celebrations will be held on 5 February. School will function as per normal on that day.

 

Commemoration of Total Defence Day (TDD) 2016

Schools commemorate Total Defence Day on 15 February. It marks the British surrender of Singapore to the Japanese during World War 2. This annual event reminds us that the task of nation-building is not easy, and that we must work to preserve our present prosperity and stability.

 

A variety of activities have been lined up for our school’s Total Defence week from 10–15 February. One of the highlights is ‘Porridge and Potato Day’ where students are encouraged to purchase and sample foods that the older generation had consumed during the difficult times. This will be carried out during their recess times on Friday 12 February.

 

Prefects’ Investiture 2016

The Prefect’s Investiture gives us the opportunity to recognise our student leaders in BRPS. It is a solemn and important ceremony that serves as a milestone for incoming Primary Four Prefects as they progress towards greater leadership responsibilities.

 

This year, the ceremony will be held on 22 February from 8.15 to 9.00am in the School Hall. Invitations to parents/guardians of appointed Prefects will be issued at a later date.

 

Games Day 2016

This year, we are ending Term 1 on 11 Mar with a Games Day in ‘Celebration of a Good Start’!Games Day aims to inculcate in Blangahnites a joy of learning and develop confidence through a variety of sports and games as well as healthy lifestyle activities.

 

School will start as usual and the event will be held in school for most of the children. Students will be dismissed at 12pm and there will be no CCA. Children need not bring their books.

 

If your child goes home by taking the school bus, the school has informed the bus company to pick your child at 12pm. Otherwise, please make the necessary arrangements for your child’s transport home.

 

The calendar for January to March is as follows:

 

Date Event
25 & 26 January Workshop for P5-P6 Parents at 2pm
1 February Workshop for P3-P4 Parents at 2pm
2 February Workshop for P1-2 Parents at 2pm
5 February Chinese New Year Celebrations(School function as usual)
8-9 February Public Holiday (Chinese New Year)
22 February Prefects Investiture 2016
11 March Games Day(School ends at 12pm)

 

STRATEGIC THRUSTS

 

BRPS has four strategic thrusts that guide us in our decision-making and allocation of resources in order for us to achieve our vision. The four strategic thrusts are:

 

  1. Competent and caring staff
  2. Developing confident learners
  3. Developing caring leaders
  4. Effective Partnerships

 

Each thrust has systems and processes for us to build upon to achieve outcomes that we monitor and improve on. The letter is organised in such a way to highlight some of the efforts in these thrusts.

 

Strategic Thrust One: Competent and Caring Staff

 

Introduction of Year Heads of Junior, Middle and Senior Primaries

In order to address the needs of the students and ensure that the general school policy and programme cater to level needs, we have Year Heads and Assistant Year Heads to lead the Junior, Middle and Senior Levels. They will be assisted by the Level Coordinators. The Year Heads and Level Coordinators for the various levels are as follows:

Junior Levels (P1 & 2) Year Head – Mrs Leong-Ho Hil May (HOD English Language)Assistant Year Head – Mr John Chia (Covering)

Level Coordinators

Primary 1 – Mdm Siti

Primary 2 – Mdm Justina Yim

Middle Levels(P3 & 4) Year Head–Mrs Jenny Quek (HOD Science)Assistant Year Head– Mr Mohan

Level Coordinators

Primary 3 – Ms Junaidah

Primary 4 – Ms Munirah

Senior Levels(P5 & 6) Year Head – Mr Shang Thian Huat (HOD PE/CCA/Aesthetics)Assistant Year Head – Mr Salim (SH Citizenship and Character Education)

Level Coordinators

Primary 5 – Mr Leow Qinjin

Primary 6 – Mr Jan Joel

 

School Safety & Security Measures

School safety is of paramount importance especially when all parents have entrusted their children to the school. It is with sadness that we hear of school shooting incidents in other countries and we will definitely not want any of our children in BRPS harmed in any way. We have implemented a series of school and safety measures that we have discussed with parents and implemented since 2013. These arrangements for school arrival and dismissal are outlined in Annex A.

 

Strategic Thrust Two: Developing Confident Learners

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 04 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. More details on how to log in and use the system can be found in Annex B.

 

Strategic Thrust Three: Developing Caring Leaders

 

Being Absent from School

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.

 

Other Matters

School Uniform

We are currently reviewing the contract of the existing uniform vendor and may have a change of vendor. Meanwhile do give a call to the shop to check the size availability before dropping by the shop:

Venue: 209 New Upp Changi Road #03-651 S460209

Tel:  6276 6689

Operating Hours – Mon, Tue, Wed to Fri (3pm to 8pm)

Sat and Sun (10am to 4pm)

Closed on Tue and PH

 

Reflections

As we start the New Year, I wish to share with you a funny quote that I saw one day on someone’s T-shirt:

 

“My job is TOP SECRET!

Even I don’t know what I’m doing!”

 

Though funny, it captures an important message though. Do we know what we are doing as educators or parents? How do we make a difference for our children each moment of the day? Let us reflect and be purposeful in all the things we do to help develop joyful, confident and caring children!

 

Have a wonderful year ahead!

 

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Ou

Principal

 


 

 Annex A

 

Blangah Rise Primary School

Safety & Security Arrangements

 

During Dry Weather During Wet Weather
 Arrival Arrangements

Students can enter through the Main Gate and Side Gate E that is the sheltered walkway next to the school canteen. All other gates will be closed.

 

Parents/Guardians who wish to enter the school will need to enter by the Main Gate.

 

For those driving, please alight the child at the Main Gate or Side Gate E.

 

 Arrival Arrangements

Students can enter through the Main Gate and Side Gate E that is the sheltered walkway next to the school canteen. All other gates will be closed.

 

Parents/Guardians who wish to enter the school will need to enter by the Main Gate.

 

For those driving, you may enter the school and alight the child at the foyer. Please prepare your child to alight quickly and safely so as not to hold up the traffic.

 

Dismissal Arrangements 

Students can exit through the Main Gate and Side Gate E.

 

For those driving, you may pick your child at the Main Gate or Gate E.

 

Dismissal Arrangements 

Students can exit through the Main Gate and Side Gate E.

 

For those driving, there is a sheltered car park next to Blk 72 and you can fetch your child at the sheltered walkway fromSide Gate E.

 

 Other Arrangements

 

Lunch Arrangements 

Students who have lunch brought to them can receive the lunches at the Main Gate or Side Gate E.

 

Entrance for Parents/Guardians or Visitors 

Any parents/guardians or visitors who wish to enter the school would need to enter by theMain Gate where there will be security clearance and an issue of visitor passes.

 

Waiting Areas for Parents/Guardians 

The waiting area for parents/guardians is just outside the Main Gate. We have provided benches there so that all could wait more comfortably.

 

There is also another waiting area at the void deck of Blk 72 outside Side Gate E.

 

 


 

Annex B

 

Online Interactive E-Learning for Students through AsknLearn

 

The AsknLearn portal supports self-directed and inquiry-based learning styles, which will pique students’ interest to explore their subjects further. The communication tools available in the platform will engage students in collaborative learning through discussions to enhance their knowledge and gain their peers’ perspectives based on a topic.

Through AsknLearn, students will have access to Online Lessons, Communication Tools,ePortfolio and Mobile Learning. In addition, you will have the ability to track your child’s progress through the Progress Report of assessments done online. These reports clearly profile the skills that your child is strong or weak in.

As the portal will be integral to all aspects of your child’s learning, the cost of the portal will befully subsidised by the school.

We have made arrangements with AsknLearn for our students to access the portal to familiarize themselves with the interface. He/she can login to AsknLearn using a computer or mobile device.

Computer:

 

Login ID: S1234567A (Birth Certificate number)

Password: S1234567A (Birth Certificate number)

 

Mobile Device:

  • Download ASKnLearn on App Store (IOS) or Playstore (Android)
  • Open ASKnLearn once downloaded
  • Select the following:
  1. Organisation: Blangah Rise Primary School
  2. Account: S1234567A (Birth Certificate number)
  3. Password: S1234567A (Birth Certificate number)

We look forward to your support for this e-learning initiative. We would also like to request for your assistance in monitoring your child while he/she is accessing the online contents for his/her self-paced learning and revision. With the support from school and home, we believe we can make e-learning a success in Blangah Rise Primary School.