PRINCIPAL’S SEPTEMBER LETTER 2016

Principal’s September Letter 2016

20 September 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

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!

 

  1. Upcoming School Events

 

The calendar for Term 4 is as follows (school and public holidays are in bold):

 

Date Event
 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.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Reflections

 

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!

 

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Ou

Principal

 


 

Acknowledgement Slip

 

To Form Teacher:

 

NEU PC PLUS Programme

 

I, parent/guardian of ___________________________  of Primary ______, have read the contents of this letter (dated 20 September 2016). Please tick accordingly below.

 

I would like to apply for the NEU PC PLUS Programme and meet the eligibility criteria stated for application.

I would not wish to apply for the NEU PC PLUS Programme.

 


 

Annex A

 

Blangah Rise Primary School

Examination Timetable (P2 to P5)

SECOND SEMESTRAL ASSESSMENT 2016

 

Primary 2

DATE DAY SUBJECT TIME DURATION
27 Sep Tue Listening Comprehension (MT) During Curriculum Time NA
10 Oct Mon English Language Paper 1 8.30 am – 9.20 am 50 min
 25 Oct Tue English Language Paper 2 & Listening Comprehension 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min
26 Oct Wed Mathematics 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min
27 Oct Thu Mother Tongue 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
There will be no Science paper for SA2 for Primary 2.

 

 

Primary 3

DATE DAY SUBJECT TIME DURATION
26 Sep Mon Listening Comprehension (MT) During Curriculum Time NA
13  Oct Thu Oral – EnglishOral – MT During Curriculum Time NA
10 Oct Mon English Language Paper 1Mother Tongue Paper 1 8.30 am – 9.20 am11.30 am – 12.10 pm 50 min40 min
25 Oct Tue English Language Paper 2Listening Comprehension 8.30 am – 9.45 am11.30 am – 12.00 pm 1 h 15 min30 min
26 Oct Wed Mathematics 8.30 am – 10.15 am 1 h 45 min
27 Oct Thu Mother Tongue Paper 2 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
2 Nov Wed Science 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min

 

 

Primary 4

DATE DAY SUBJECT TIME DURATION
26 Sep Mon Listening Comprehension (MT) During Curriculum Time NA
27 Sep & 28 Sep Tue & Wed Oral – EnglishOral – MT 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm NA
10 Oct Mon English Language Paper 1Mother Tongue Paper 1 8.30 am – 9.20 am11.30 am – 12.10 pm 50 min40 min
25 Oct Tue English Language Paper 2Listening Comprehension 8.30 am – 9.45 am11.30 am – 12.00 pm 1 h 15 min30 min
26 Oct Wed Mathematics 8.30 am – 10.15 am 1 h 45 min
27 Oct Thu Mother Tongue Paper 2 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
2 Nov Wed Science 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min

 

 

Primary 5

DATE DAY SUBJECT TIME DURATION
11 Oct Tue Oral – English 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm NA
12 Oct & 13 Oct Wed & Thu Oral – MT (e-Oral)New format of oral exam with the use of laptop. 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm NA
10 Oct Mon English Language Paper 1:  StandardFoundation

 

Mother Tongue Paper 1: Standard

8.30 am –   9.40 am

 

11.30 am – 12.20 pm

1 h 10 min

 

50 min

25 Oct Tue English Language Paper 2:  StandardFoundation

 

Listening Comprehension:    Standard

Foundation

8.30 am – 10.20 am8.30 am –   9.50 am

 

11.30 am – 12.15 pm

1 h  50 min1 h  20 min

 

45 min

 

26 Oct Wed Mathematics:   Standard (Paper 1)Standard (Paper 2)

 

Mathematics:   Foundation (Paper 1)

Foundation (Paper 2)

8.30 am –    9.20 am10.30 am – 12.10 pm

 

8.30 am –   9.30 am

10.30 am – 11.45 am

50 min1 h 40 min

 

1 h

1 h 15 min

27 Oct Thu Mother Tongue  Paper 2:  StandardFoundation

 

Listening Comprehension: Standard

Foundation

8.30 am – 10.10 am8.30 am –   9.10 am

 

11.30 am – 12.15 pm

 

1 h 40 min40 min

 

45 min

 

2 Nov Wed Science: StandardScience: Foundation 8.30 am – 10.15 am8.30 am –   9.45 am 1 h 45 min1 h 15 min
3 Nov Thu Higher Mother Tongue:  Paper 1Paper 2 8.30 am –    9.20 am10.00 am – 11.20 am 50 min1 h 20 min

 


 

 

Annex B

 

Home Based Learning for e-Learning Week: 17 October – 20 October

The school will be holding our home based learning for e-learning week for P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5 students from 17 – 20 October 2016. During these days, students need not attend school but will engage in self-directed learning by reviewing topics and concepts learnt for the year. Your child / ward may also have the opportunity to exploit ICT effectively and efficiently in his/her learning and revision process through e-learning activities.

 

A home-based learning task list reflecting the work to be done for the week will be given to your child / ward for reference.

The task list can also be found on our school website at http://www.blangahrisepri.moe.edu.sg.

 

Should your child / ward need to access to AsknLearn, he/she can gain access to it athttp://lms.asknlearn.com/brps. Your child / ward will need to login with his/her Login ID and password.

e-Learning at Home:

Should the AsknLearn server be slower than normal, please attempt to log into it at other times of the day.

 

Computer Access in School:

  • Your child’s / ward’s Form Teacher will gather updates on whether he/she does not have a PC with internet connection, or that the PC is out of order.
  • A Notification Form will be issued to you via your child’s / ward’s Form Teacher, should he/she need to complete e-learning tasks using the PC in the school’s computer labs. Please note that the computer labs will be opened on 17 October (Monday) only.
  • Your child / ward will then be able to make use of the school computer facilities in the computer labs at the specific time slot assigned for your child / ward. Please ensure that your child / ward turns up for his/her assigned time slot.

 

If you need help

General Information will be posted onto our school website. In addition, there will be a helpdesk available to assist you with technical difficulties. Please call the school at 6271-7387 between 8 am and 1 pm and describe the issue or problem you are facing.

 


Annex C

 

To apply, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Has a permanent disability OR is a full-time student (aged 25 and below) in a Government/Government-Aided School, Junior College, Centralised Institute, Independent School, Specialised Independent School, Specialised School, Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnic or MOE-funded Special Education School
  • The gross monthly household income or per capita income does not exceed $3,400 or $900 ($1,125 if there is a permanently disabled household member) respectively

Each eligible household can only apply for one computer, regardless of the total number of school-going children and/or household members who have permanent disabilities.

Past recipients of a PC bundle under the NEU PC Plus Programme may reapply only after three years from the last deployment to the household.

 

  1. PC-Bundle Eligibility Criteria/iNSPIRE Fund Eligibility – School Going Children

 

Criteria PC Bundle iNSPIRE Fund
Household Income Monthly Household Income ≤ $3,400 or
PCI ≤ $900
(or ≤ $1,125 if there is a permanently disabled family member)or recipient of MOE-FAS.
Monthly Household Income
≤$2,500 or PCI ≤$700
Subsidy Level Tier 1:PCI < $700 or

All MOE-FAS Recipients

Tier 2:PCI> $700
Singapore Citizen Up to 75% subsidy Up to 50% subsidy Eligible
Permanent Resident Up to 50% subsidy Up to 50% subsidy

 

  1. PC-Bundle Eligibility Criteria – Adult with Permanent Disability

 

Criteria PC-Bundle
Subsidy Level Household Income Monthly Household Income ≤ $3,400 or PCI ≤$1,125
Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident Up to 50% subsidy