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We are pleased to inform you that the Edusave Character Award (ECHA) is now open for nominations. This award enables schools to recognise students who demonstrate exemplary character and outstanding personal qualities through their behaviour and actions. This award will affirm students who are not just exhibiting character traits and behaviour that are socially expected of them at their age but recognise those who have gone the extra mile in inspiring others, serving the community and overcoming real-life challenges. This award also supports schools’ continuing efforts in nurturing students of good values and character, who are active contributors and concerned citizens.
In Blangah Rise Primary School, we believe in nurturing confident learners and caring leaders. These are Blangahnites of good values and character, who can contribute to the community by caring for those around them. This award will further strengthen the school’s recognition of model students who consistently demonstrate exemplary character. It can also inspire all our students to strive towards being students with strength of character. The ECHA presentation will take place during the year-end Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony.
To be eligible for the ECHA, students must fulfil the following criteria:
- be a Singaporean studying in the school;
- has a conduct grade of “Very Good” or “Excellent”; and
- consistently demonstrates Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids for personal and inter-personal effectiveness and the virtues which support the habits. Students must have demonstrated qualities in going the extra mile to help others and showed commitment in making a difference to their community.
If you find any of our Blangahnites deserving of this award and wish to nominate them, please complete the nomination form and return it through your child/ward or to the General Office. Alternatively, you may also submit your nomination online using the QR code below. The closing date for nomination is Tuesday, 28 July 2020.
We look forward to your nomination!
*You can click here for more information on the 7 Habits.
How do we spark the joy of learning in our students? To do that, Mdm Yeo Chay Yee, who believes that her Primary 2 students are innately curious and hungry to learn, constantly explores and tries a variety of ways to make her lessons fun and interesting. For example, for Mathematics, she uses the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine to identify her students’ prior knowledge and get them curious and excited.
Her pride in her students is evident.
“The students are passionate about acquiring knowledge. They show enthusiasm in sharing their ideas with their classmates. They are able to make connections from what they have learnt in class to real-life examples,” she says.
Her student, Shu Yu, says, “I like Mdm Yeo because she is very kind. She is very patient when she guides us in our work. When I have problems, I can talk to Mdm Yeo.”
Besides making learning enjoyable, Mdm Yeo instils strong values in her students. To her, a good teacher is one who imparts values. She recognises teachable moments to help her students build character, provides a listening ear to her students and gives them advice on their problems. To build rapport and connect with her students, she takes time to write personalised notes to them and deposits them into their Emotional Bank Account in the classroom. Through this, she creates a positive class culture and gets to know her students better.
Mdm Yeo also encourages her students to build good relationships with one another. Students are encouraged to write positive messages to their classmates. Shu Yu shares, “I use the mailbox to say ‘good job’ and ‘don’t give up’ to my friends.”
Another student, Shahan, says, “I like the mailbox. I wrote a letter to my friend to thank him for helping me with my work. I was very happy when another classmate wrote a letter to me to ask if we could be friends.”
Through the Emotional Bank Account, Mdm Yeo and her students create many positive school experiences and fond memories together.
A firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child, Mdm Yeo works hard to create strong school-home partnerships. She builds trust with parents and works closely with them to help her students grow and maximise their potential. She provides regular feedback to parents on their child’s work and behavior in school. One way that she does so is by sharing her students’ achievements with their parents so that they can celebrate and recognise the efforts of the child together.
Parents appreciate her support and efforts to engage them. A grateful parent said, “Thank you for the photo of my child in class and for being such a loving and caring teacher.”
Another parent wrote, “Thank you for your encouragement, support and advice. It will motivate my child to work hard the next time.”
We would like to congratulate our Red Cross Links for achieving the Gold Excellent Unit Award for the year 2019! For the excellence that our links have displayed, our unit has once again achieved this award for the twelfth consecutive year since 2009.
As a Uniformed Group, Red Cross brings together a team of passionate individuals committed to serving the school and the community for the greater good. We instill the values of self-discipline, order and teamwork to our links. Our links were engaged in a series of activities which created opportunities for our students to acquire lifesaving skills and habits, be socially responsible citizens and display a sense of global citizenship. Through these activities, our links develop into leaders who promote the humanitarian values of the Red Cross!
Ever wondered how you can build a toy car using materials you can find at home? How do you design it to get it to travel the farthest?
During the May holidays, we invited Dr Ho Shen Yong to carry out “Project Toy Car” to engage our STEM Club students. Dr Ho is the Associate Dean (Academic) of the College of Science in NTU and Principal Lecturer in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He teaches Engineering Physics and was designated NTU Educator of the Year in 2018.
The students were excited to participate in the ‘Live’ Zoom session upon hearing the title of the activity – Project Toy Car. Everybody had the same question – “Are we really going to build a toy car?”
At the start of the session, Dr Ho, who believes in giving students the opportunity to think for themselves as that helps them to be challenged and motivated to learn, wanted to find out more about the students’ prior knowledge. He asked if anybody knew about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. To his surprise, a number of students were able to respond correctly as well as provide examples about it. One of the Primary 5 members, Qihan, answered proudly, “Yes! We had learnt this during one of the STEM Club activities.”
Dr Ho shared with the students numerous advanced physics concepts. Although those concepts were not usually taught at the primary level, he made them come alive for the students by sharing their applications in daily life. Dr Ho went on to discuss various considerations for building the car by showing videos of ingenious inventions. He asked the students to think about the materials that they could use to power and propel the toy car forward.
Then came the challenge. The students had one week to create a toy car using only materials that they could find at home. There would be a competition to find out whose toy car could travel the farthest distance.
Jonathan from Primary 5 could not decide which type of energy he should harness for his design. “I’m not sure if a toy car using wind energy from an electric fan or elastic potential energy from a twisted rubber band would move further.”
His classmate, Kristelle, suggested, “Why not use both types of energy?”
Qiyu from Primary 3 had a longer list of considerations. From the interaction with Dr Ho during the session, he realised that many variables such as the size, texture and thickness of the wheels, the mass of the car, the tightness between the wheels and the axles, and thickness of the axle were factors that could affect the distance travelled by the toy car.
The students submitted videos of their prototypes, which ranged from using balloons and sails to rubber bands to power their toy car. Dr Ho looked through them and provided individual feedback to the students. For some, he suggested adding rubbery tape around the circumference of the wheels or adding a weight to help improve the grip with the ground (desired friction). At the same time, he noticed that undesired friction was created for some of the cars, for example, when the wooden stick axle connecting the wheels was rubbing against the styrofoam body of the car. He also gave other suggestions to improve the design, such as aligning the wheels for smoother motion and controlling the release of the energy by slowing down the uncoiling of the rubber band.
Dr Ho shared, “It was a fun experience explaining Science and Technology to primary school children. Probably until we try to create or make something, we will not see the challenges. This toy car project is an opportunity to learn about Science and also learn about learning. It is important that the children have taken a first step, as ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ – no matter how small the first step is. We also often just look at the end product but not the hard work in the process, but ‘all things are difficult before they are easy’.”
To bring home the point that we should persevere and not be afraid to learn from failure, Dr Ho shared a video, “Early Flying Failures Stock Footage”. The airplane that we take for granted today had gone through many iterations and the early inventors did not give up despite not succeeding at first.
As our students work on improving the design of their toy cars, may they also embrace the spirit of trying and improving an important part of the learning process!
Mr Chua Kah Hern is a teacher who is passionate about what he teaches and faithful in what he stewards.
As the Football CCA teacher-in-charge, Mr Chua is often seen playing football with the boys and participating in drills while facilitating the CCA sessions. He coaches the school team together with the football coach. Besides imparting football skills and knowledge, Mr Chua instils values in the students and purposes to build character. He says, “I think it is important for the boys to understand that the teacher is as involved in the CCA as they are and hopefully it will allow me to influence them positively.”
A firm believer of developing self-discipline, Mr Chua begins every year by setting the football boys on the right footing. The boys commit to a full value contract where they agree to be on their best behaviour on and off the field and diligently complete all school assignments. Mr Chua works closely with the subject teachers to ensure that the boys walk out what they commit to in the full value contract. If any student does not commit to the full value contract, Mr Chua will work with the teachers to correct the misbehaviour, counsel and coach the student to learn from the incident and improve.
He tells the boys, “In whatever we do, we give nothing less than one hundred percent so that we properly steward the talent that has been given to us and do not short change our teammates who are already putting in their one hundred percent.”
Mr Chua sees himself as a mentor to the football boys. He takes time to listen to them during and after CCA. Be it during recess, along the walkway or during lessons, Mr Chua will check in on them. As a teacher-mentor, Mr Chua is concerned about developing his students holistically. He believes that when his students know that he sincerely cares for their well-being, they will respond positively. To help students achieve their true potential, Mr Chua is intentional in cheerleading, counselling and coaching his students to give of their best – on and off the field. In recognition of his impact on the students, Mr Chua was given the 2019 Inspiring CCA Teacher Award in BRLC.
Mr Chua is clear of his mission and purpose. “Students need to understand that good values and work ethics will help them in their development in football and for life.”
2020 Primary One Registration Exercise (For Admission to Primary One in 2021): Updates & New Developments
1. In the light of the Covid-19 situation, there will not be any in-person registration at schools for the upcoming 2020 Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise this year.
2. The registration of children for admission to P1 classes in 2021 will open from Wednesday, 1 July 2020 to Friday, 30 October 2020. The dates for the different phases of registration can be found at https://www.moe.gov.sg/
3. The list of primary schools and vacancies available will be updated on the P1 Registration website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/
4. Parents are encouraged to prepare early and regularly check the P1 Registration Exercise website at https://go.gov.sg/p1reg for the latest updates on the registration exercise and the documents required for registration, including registration for overseas Singaporeans.
5. Information on the P1 Registration Exercise is also available as part of the Primary School Education Booklet, which can be downloaded at https://www.moe.gov.sg/
6. More information can be found in the link below: https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/press-releases/2020-primary-one-registration-exercise-for-admission-to-primary-one-in-2021--updates-and-new-developments
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