The very first day of school for P1 & K1

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An excited buzz was in the air on the morning of 4 January 2021, as parents ushered their curious Primary 1 and K1 children to school. The questions each parents had were the same, but this year’s First Day of School was different. Instead of buddies and direct interaction with their children, parents experienced what a typical day in school was like with Safety Management Measures (SMM), with social distancing and small group sizes. Our parents had their temperatures taken, and observed their children gathered in the hall in a separate room, via a live feed.

Our parents also had the opportunity to go through a “Seven Habits” workshop to learn more about how the primary school embraces Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Happy Kids for personal and inter-personal effectiveness in our curriculum. Ms Gala, parent of Riaan (1 Sapphire), had rave reviews about the workshop. She shared, “The seven habits programme that the school is implementing is quite impressive. Over the years, I hope that as parents, we would also grow to be good partners in reinforcing the same habits at home.”

Parents also toured the primary school to learn about the facilities the school had to offer. At the end of the tour, our parents penned a note of encouragement to their children, and expressed how proud they were of their child, who is starting on a new phase in their education journey. Mrs Ng, parent of Alycia (1 Opal), shared, “I got to know the school campus better, and I feel assured to know that my daughter is in the good hands of caring teachers.”

Back in the classroom, the children also had a taste of what a full day of school was like. They spent the school day with their form teachers, who engaged them in counting games and setting basic routines such as handwashing and temperature taking. The students listened intently and participated in the activities conducted by their form teachers. Peckish from the morning activities, they enthusiastically ate their catered meals from SATS. Hongyi (1Opal) was particularly excited about his meatball macaroni. He exclaimed “It’s so delicious, I can’t believe it! It smells so good and tastes just like hamburger meatballs!”

Similarly, K1 MK children had an exciting start. Parents sat in a separate classroom and observed their students via a live zoom feed, and they were excited to see their children settling into a new learning environment and curiously exploring their new class. Our K1 teachers read the children a story about the first day of school to allay their fears and the children had a simple snack of cornflakes and milk. Sanjay & Vetrivel from K1 Love exclaimed, “I like Teacher Candice because she helps me with things!”

Our MK teachers also introduced the focus of the MOE Curriculum and the outcomes and objectives of preschool education to the parents. The partnership formed with parents at the onset will go a long way in developing the children to be happy and confident learners.

With strong parental support, and caring teachers who look out for them, our Primary 1 and K1 students are ready to take on the challenge of a new phase in learning.

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BRLC Celebrates!

This year, we had our first ever online Speech and Prize Giving event – BRLC Celebrates! To honour the spirit of celebration at a more personal level, we brought the celebration to MOE Kindergarten, Junior, Middle and Senior Primaries respectively over 3 days. Parents of prize winners were also invited to participate in this online event to celebrate with their child. Please go to /brlc-celebrates/ to view the programme.

Over the 3 days, we celebrated the students’ learning in their daily school experience as well as their milestone achievements.

“Today marks the end of the school Term and is also a significant milestone for our K2 children who have completed their preschool education. As they move on to Primary 1, we know that we have done our best to give them a strong start and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.” – Miss Candice Ee, K2 Teacher

“I was really excited during the prize giving in class. We clapped for our friends who were prize winners and we celebrated as a class.” – Vo Catherine Tu, P2

“I was very happy to see my photos being shared during BRLC Celebrates! I have some other nicer photos which I hope can be shared too.” – Selena Tanzil, P3, Media Kids CCA

“I enjoyed the video that reflected what we did this year, before the onset of COVID-19 and thereafter. I also appreciated the drama and dance performances put up by our P5 and P6 students.” – Nguyen Minh Dat, P4

There was no better way than to end the school year with such a big celebration. We congratulate all our children, from K1 to P6, for your resilience and positivity in this challenging year. We wish our children a happy school holiday!

 

 

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PAT and OYEA Nomination

President’s Award for Teachers (PAT)

The President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) gives national recognition to the critical role teachers play in moulding the future of our nation.These teachers prepare students for life, as well as model commitment to continuous learning and enterprise. They inspire both their students and peers through their words and deeds. Click here for the PAT Nomination Form.

Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA)

The Outstanding Youth in Education Award gives national recognition to young teachers who are role models for the teaching profession. These educators motivate, challenge and inspire their students to realise their full potential. They personify deep passion for teaching, youthful idealism, energy and enthusiasm, and play a critical role in moulding the future of our nation. Click here for the OYEA Nomination Form.

Senior Primary: Level Bonding Day

This year, our Level Bonding Day takes place very differently from previous years. With COVID 19, many activities have to be carried out innovatively to achieve their objectives. However, this does not deter us from having fun together! With the safety management measures in place, all of us had fun together even when we are 1 m apart!

*Disclaimer: pupils were not wearing masks as they were doing physical activities

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Outstanding Contribution Awards (OCA) 2020

The Outstanding Contribution Awards (OCA) are given by MOE in recognition of significant value-added contributions by staff who have made an impact on the school. In this exceptional year, the OCA (Covid-19) recognises the following staff members’ exceptional efforts in managing their respective areas amidst the challenges:

  • Mr Henry Look, our Operations Manager, for his key role in ensuring the safety of all staff and students during the Covid-19 pandemic. He led his team in implementing Safe Management Measures (SMM) such as temperature taking, social distancing and setting up wipe-down equipment in all parts of the school.
  • Mrs Teresa Tay, Mr Chua Kah Hern, Mdm Kimberly Koh, Mr Leow Qinjin and Mdm Yeo Chay Yee for championing the use of ICT tools to facilitate online learning during full HBL. They inspired other teachers to go beyond their comfort zone and explore new ways of teaching.
  • Ms Luciana Jiang and Ms Sharon Lee, our School Counsellor and Student Welfare Officer, for looking after the mental and emotional well-being of our students.
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Educational Career Guidance (ECG) Talk with Ms Thilaga Govindasamy

“Everything can be difficult. The work of a physiotherapist is difficult, just like how teaching can be hard for your teachers and studying can be hard for you. But I am a very determined person. We can learn to enjoy what we do.”

On 23 Sep, we had the privilege of having Ms Thilaga Govindasamy to share with our Primary 5 students her journey as a physiotherapist. Ms Thilaga has been practising physiotherapy for 28 years. The patients she has treated range from a newborn baby who was less than 1 hour old and her oldest patient who was 106 years old.

In sharing her journey, Ms Thilaga inspired us with her life example and words of encouragement. She shared how she persevered in her work and purposed to help others.

“I remember the first child I worked with. He was five years old and he hadn't walked. Within six months of working with him, he started walking. I was jumping and crying tears of joy. I realised that I can actually help improve the quality of people's lives!”

Despite being a successful professional, she was still open to new learning.

“I have many patients who are determined to get well and they teach me never to give up. They help me to improve in my practice and try new techniques, even after 28 years.”

Thank you, Ms Thilaga, for inspiring us to live a purpose driven life of serving, learning and growing.

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