Teacher’s Day Celebration at BRPS

Cozy. Meaningful. Magical.

These were some words used to describe the Teachers’ Day celebrations held in Blangah Rise Learning Campus (BRLC) on 4 September 2020. On this day, all students and staff celebrated Teachers’ Day using Zoom as a platform to connect in the midst of the pandemic.

Firstly, students and teachers enjoyed an online concert in their classes. The concert kicked off with our Principal, Mr Foo, sharing his message of appreciation to all educators for their hard work. Mr Foo led all the teachers in reciting the Teachers’ Pledge to reaffirm our commitment to be true to our mission to bring out the best in our students and to work with parents and the community. Following that, our Blangahnites and Parent Support Group showed their appreciation and gratitude via performances and videos. Students were excited to learn more about their teachers through a game show. To end the concert, all students were encouraged to clap for their teachers to applaud their efforts in this challenging year.

After the celebration, teachers attended a workshop conducted by Mr Bottles. Laughter was heard throughout the various breakout rooms as Mr Bottles led the teachers to learn magic acts that could be applied in the classroom to engage and motivate students. It was indeed a meaningful and magical day to appreciate BRLC teachers for their hard work.

Teachers reciting the Teachers’ Pledge
Teachers reciting the Teachers’ Pledge
P6 students singing “A million dreams” (Pre-recorded video)
P6 students singing “A million dreams” (Pre-recorded video)
P2 story-telling (Pre-recorded video)
P2 story-telling (Pre-recorded video)
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PSG video screenshot
Teachers attending the magic workshop
Teachers attending the magic workshop
Tree in front of General Office displaying students’ message to teachers
Tree in front of General Office displaying students’ message to teachers
Our kindergarten students watching Teachers’ Day concert
Our kindergarten students watching Teachers’ Day concert

CCA Resumption

After more than 6 months away from CCA, our students get to do what they enjoy best on Monday morning again. This week, we resume CCA with enhanced Safety Management Measures (SMM) in place, starting with our P3 and P4 students. Our P5 and P6 students will restart their CCA in mid-October.

This phased transition back to CCA allows us to mitigate risks by limiting intermingling of students across levels. Aligned with enhanced SMM, the basketball members worked in groups of 5 to practiced attack/defence drills in 3v2 or 2v2. The dance members revisited dance movements within fixed individual space.

Michael, a Primary 4 student in STEM Club, shares, “I was very disappointed when we could not have CCA. At least we had the chance to create National Day messages using the micro:bit when CCA was suspended. Today, we finally get to build robots using Lego again, and do the coding on an iPad.”

His good friend, Chiaki, says, “I missed learning from Coach, and I’m happy that I saw him again today. We managed to play a small basketball match in our group of 5. But even before today, I have been playing on my own at the basketball court near my house and practising dribbling and defense drills.”

Primary 3 Alara, who is a member of Dance Club, is similarly excited about CCA starting again. “It feels very nice to be back! I missed my friends from other classes. Even though I have been going for Hawaiian Dance lessons outside, I miss learning Chinese Dance in school. Yesterday, I heard my bones cracking when I was revising the dance moves!”

As we resume CCA with enhanced SMM in place, we purpose to support our students in a total curriculum where they continue to experience holistic learning in spite of Covid-19.

 

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Seeds of Encouragement Artworks selected by SingHealth

We are proud of our 3 budding artists – Catherine (P2), Isha (P2) and Naqiu (P6) – whose Seeds of Encouragement artworks were selected by SingHealth Polyclinics and made into postcards to appreciate their Office of Patient Experience healthcare officers. The group consists of about 150 officers across SingHealth institutions. On 15 September, SingHealth representatives showed their appreciation by giving our 3 artists a Care Pack each. Thank you, Catherine, Isha and Naqiu for bringing encouragement to others through your artworks!

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Happy Teachers’ Day!

Our Parent Support Group wishes our educators Happy Teachers’ Day!

The recyclable artworks were designed by our parents and the text handwritten by our former student, Choo Yi Xuan.

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Thank you, parents, for the very special gift!

LEAP Award – Mr Patrick Goh

The LEAP Award was launched by our late President SR Nathan in 2011 and awarded by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan every year to recognise exceptional teachers who have made a positive impact in nurturing students from the heart. These teachers believe that their students have the potential to excel beyond their capabilities. The Award also aims to motivate all teachers in Singapore to strive to be nurturing and effective educators. Congratulations to Mr Goh, our Year Head for Middle Primary, for having been conferred the LEAP Award 2020!

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Associate of Academy of Singapore Teachers Award – Mr James Han

The Academy Awards for Professional Development recognise and affirm the efforts of officers in the education service for their contributions to the professional development of officers in MOE. Mr James Han, our School Staff Developer, has been awarded the Associate of Academy of Singapore Teachers award for his contributions towards the professional development of other officers in the education service beyond his own school. Congratulations!

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Good Neighbourliness Movement

Our Blangahnites are ready to celebrate good neighbourliness this National Day! The Good Neighbourliness Movement aims to encourage Singaporeans and residents to make that commitment to be a Good Neighbour, breaking down physical and social barriers between neighbours. Blangahnites were given the Good Neighbour’s kit earlier this week and were encouraged to tie the red ribbon in the kit on their doorknob or gate as a commitment to be a good neighbour. Victoria, a Primary 1 student, shared that after tying the ribbon, she greeted her neighbour, “Good Morning!” She also started putting in effort to get to know her neighbour more. Similarly, Jayden said, “I started saying ‘Hi’ to my neighbours and now we play with their cat regularly.” Jayden feels by being a good neighbour, he has found a new playing partner! Aswant said, “I went to help my neighbour carry his grocery bags as he was having difficulties carrying them.” One of the simplest yet most powerful expressions of a nation’s unity is indeed good neighbourliness. Together with our Blangahnites, let’s take concrete steps to be a good neighbour this National Day weekend. Together, A Stronger Community, A United Nation!

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Red Cross: Gold Excellent Unit Award (EUA)

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!

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Project Toy Car

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!

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