Principal's July Letter 2014

4 July 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians,


As we begin Semester Two, I would like to share what I have shared with the students during assembly.


A boy went to his mother and told her about his life and how things were so hard for him. He wanted to give up and was tired of struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.


The mother took him to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.


In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.


Turning to the son, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?” The son said, “I see carrots, eggs and coffee.”


His mother brought him closer and asked him to feel the carrot, peel the eggs and drink the coffee. With a puzzled look, he asked her what do all these mean?


His mother explained that each of these items had faced the same difficulties – boiling water. Each of them however reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting but after being boiled, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile. Its thin shell protected its liquid interior. After being boiled it became hardened. The ground coffee beans were special. After being in boiling water, they changed the water.


The mother asked the son, “Which are you? When you face difficulties how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”


It is important that we remain steadfast and persevere even when we are faced with difficulties. Are we like coffee beans that would try our best to change our environment? Or do we become like carrots that turn soft or like eggs that become hardened inside when faced with difficulties? Let us not give up when faced with difficulties which we are bound to face. Do encourage our children to be like coffee beans to be resilient and persevere in their learning!


BRPS Open House

Blangah Rise will be holding its third Open House on Saturday, 12 July 2014. Do come and see how your children have been learning and growing to become confident learners and caring leaders in Blangah Rise!


Educational booths will be set up to explain the interesting and exciting learning that takes place at each level in a student’s life in Blangah Rise.  A school tour with a special visit to classrooms will be arranged to experience ‘live’ lesson demonstrations by our very own teachers!


We look forward to your support and hope to see you at our Open House! More details of the program can be found on the response slip attached.


As we will be preparing some goodie bag, kindly indicate your support of attendance and the number of people attending by filling out the attached response form and returning via your child/ward.


A. Upcoming School Events


The upcoming events for July and August are as follows:


Date (July) Event
30 Jun – 8 Jul School Annual Pupil Health Check
7 Jul School Holiday (Youth Day)
11 Jul School dismissal at 1.30pm (No CCA)
12 Jul Open House 2014
19 Jul National Education Show for P5 pupils
21 Jul Racial Harmony Day
28 Jul Public Holiday (Hari Raya Puasa)



Date (August) Event
8 Aug National Day CelebrationsStudents will be dismissed at 10am.
11 Aug School Holiday in lieu of National Day on 9 Aug
 14-15 Aug PSLE Oral Examination for P6School Holiday for P1 to P5 students


Examination Schedule For Primary Six Students

Date Event
22 & 23 Jul P6 Prelim Oral Day 1 & Day 2
31 Jul P6 Prelim Listening Comprehension (after sch)
4 Aug P6 Prelim  EL / FEL & MT Paper 1
14 & 15 Aug PSLE Oral Day 1 & Day 2 for P6 pupils
20 Aug P6 Prelim  EL / FEL Paper 2
21 Aug P6 Prelim  Math / FMath
22 Aug P6 Prelim  MT / FMT Paper 2
25 Aug P6 Prelim  Sc / FSc
26 Aug P6 Prelim  Higher MT Paper 1 & 2


No CCA on 11 July

In preparation for Open House, there will be no CCA on 11 July and school will be dismissed at1.30pm.


If your child goes home by taking the school bus, the school has informed the bus company to pick your child at 1.30 pm. Otherwise, please make the necessary arrangements for your child’s transport home.


Cyber wellness Week (8 to 11 July)

As our children participate and communicate in the digital world, it becomes important that they do so safely. Therefore, to nurture learners who are discerning and responsible users of ICT, we have a week filled with exciting programmes, activities and contests for our students. Through these activities, they will learn on how to “Sense, Think, Act and Reflect” and learn to be responsible and proactive Internet users.


School celebrations National Day

Our school will hold the 49th National Day celebrations on Friday, 8 August 2014. In support of this event, pupils are encouraged to come attired in a combination of red and white.


Please take note of the following changes in timing and transport arrangement for that day –

  • Pupils are to report to school at the usual time i.e. 7:35 am and will be dismissed at 10 am.
  • If your child is not taking school transport, please make arrangement to fetch your child at 10 am. The bus operators have been informed of this change in timing.
  • The school canteen will be opened till 10.30am.


11 August is a school holiday. Pupils are to report to school on Tuesday, 12 August.


PSLE Oral Examinations

The P6 students will be having their PSLE Oral Examinations on the 14 and 15 August. To facilitate the examination, the two days will be school holidays for P1 to P5 students.


B. In conclusion


I am thankful for the hard work that many of my colleagues put in for the children. Many parents have come forward to thank the school for going the extra mile.


We will continue to strive to make a difference for each child in BRPS. Do continue to give us your support and when others ask you about BRPS, tell them the good work that you have seen and experienced for yourself!


Yours sincerely,

Matthew Ou





BRPS Open House 2014



Join us at BRPS Open House to see how your children learn and grow to become confident learners and caring leaders!



Date: 12th July 2014

Time: 8.45am

Venue: BRPS School Hall



 Programme for the day:


Time Activity
8. 45am Registration
9am Principal’s AddressVideoPerformance (Chinese Dance and Dance Club)
9.20am Tour to ISH and Classrooms by Prefects
9.45am Lesson Demo *
10am Exhibition booth and Interactive activities
12nn End of Open House






Response Slip

BRPS Open House 2014


For parents attending the Open House,

please return this slip to your child’s form teacher by 8 July 2014.

Name of Child: ________________________________      Class: ___________________________

Name of Parent/Guardian: ____________________________________

The number of people attending the event: