Principal's September Letter 2015

16 Sep 2015


Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome back to Term 4!


Haze Management Measures


We have put in place a school continuity plan to ensure the well-being of your child during a haze situation. We are ready to respond and take appropriate haze management measures based on the guidelines corresponding to MOH’s health advisory (see Annex A).


To enable our teachers to continue to safeguard the well-being of your child while in school, please keep us updated on your child’s health status. Children, who are feeling unwell, should receive medical attention promptly. They should also have their necessary medication, such as their inhaler and spacer, with them at all times, and be encouraged to drink lots of water.


We would also like to inform you that the Ministry of Education is monitoring the haze situation closely, and will make adjustments to school activities corresponding to MOH’s health advisory, to ensure the well-being of all our students.  As part of our haze management measures developed over the years, we would like to reassure parents that our schools are equipped with air purifiers and sufficient enclosed spaces to cater to our students.


As stated in MOE’s website on Haze Management Measures, the Ministry will consider closing all primary and secondary schools if NEA’s air quality forecast for the next day is in the hazardous level.   Any decision to close schools will not be taken lightly as MOE is mindful of the disruptions to families’ care arrangements for their child.   The Ministry’s decision will take into consideration all available information, health advisories and forecasts from the relevant authorities that we have on hand regarding the next day’s haze situation. As forecasts are based on prevailing weather conditions, real time conditions may differ from forecasts due to factors such as unforeseen changes in wind conditions. To ensure smooth operations in schools, and to avoid confusion among parents and students with adjustments to real time conditions, we seek your understanding that MOE’s decision made the previous day, as to whether schools close or remain open, will stand.   Should school closures coincide with national examinations such as the PSLE, the affected examination papers will be rescheduled and the examination period extended.


Unless official notification is issued from MOE to close schools, schools will remain open (including school-based Student Care Centres), and all activities including examinations will continue. Parents will be given adequate notice.


For more information of MOE’s Haze Management Measures, please refer to


We thank you for your support in this period and hope to continue to work with you to ensure that your child is safe and healthy when they are in school.


A. Upcoming School Events


PSLE Listening Comprehension


A gentle reminder that our P6 students will be having their PSLE Listening Comprehension on the 18 September. To facilitate the examination, it will be a school holiday for P1 to P5 students.


Children’s Day Celebrations


Children’s Day Celebrations will be held on Thursday, 8 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 9 October is Children’s Day and it will be a school holiday.


The calendar for September to November is as follows (school and public holidays are in bold):

Date Event
18 September PSLE Listening Comprehension(School Holiday and E-Learning for P1 to P5 students)
21-22 September P3 EL & MT Oral Examination(during school)
24 September Public Holiday (Hari Raya Haji)
28 September P4 EL & MT Oral Examination (after school)
29 September P5 EL & MT Oral Examination (after school)
 1 October PSLE English
 2 October PSLE Math
 5 October PSLE Mother Tongue
 6 October PSLE Science
7 October PSLE Higher Mother Tongue
 9 October School Holiday (Children’s Day)
19-22 October No School (PSLE Marking Exercise 2015)E-Learning for P1 to P5 students
26-29 October Second Semestral Examinations(For P2 to P5)
10 November Public Holiday (Deepavali)
12 November School Holiday (Results Processing Day)
19 November Promotion Day
20 November Prize-Giving Day (AM)Primary One Orientation (PM)


Second Semestral Examinations and PSLE


The Second Semestral Examinations and PSLE schedule is attached (Annex B). Do plan and spend time preparing your child 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, it will be school holidays fromMonday 19 Oct to Thursday 22 Oct. Students will be using the e-learning platform for learning. More details can be found in Annex C. Please use these four days to help your children revise their various subjects in preparation for the year-end examinations.


B. Developing Confident Learners and Caring Leaders


Edusave Character Award 2015 (ECHA)

We are pleased to inform you that the Edusave Character Award (ECHA) is now open for nominations. This award enables schools to recognise pupils who demonstrate exemplary character and outstanding personal qualities through their behaviour and actions. This award will affirm pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils who consistently demonstrate exemplary character. It can also inspire all our pupils to strive towards being pupils with strength of character.


The ECHA presentation will take place during the year-end Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony.


The ECHA is open to all pupils from all levels.




To be eligible for the ECHA, pupils must fulfil the following criteria:


  1. a) Pupils must be Singaporeans studying in the school.


  1. b) Pupils must have a conduct grade of “Very Good” or “Excellent”.


  1. c) Pupils must serve as a role model by consistently demonstrating good behaviour. You may refer to the table below which details the desired pupil outcomes for each value.


Criteria associated with

  1. The school values (extracted from Page 7 of the Pupil Diary):
Value Statements Desired Outcomes

We are polite in our words, behavior and actions.

1. I am polite in my words and actions.2. I check for the quality of my work.

3. I am considerate of others’ belongings

4. I look after school and public property.

5. I recite the pledge and sing the national anthem and school song proudly.

IntegrityWe do the correct things even when no one is looking. 1. I am truthful.2. I keep my word.

3. I complete my work on my own.

4. I correct my friends when they are wrong.

5. I own up when I have done something wrong.

Self-DisciplineWe have good habits and are able to make right choices.


1. I practice the school rules.2. I put in effort to achieve my goals.

3. I do my best at all times to improve.

4. I think before I act. (Mindfulness)

5. I recognize and choose right over wrong.

EmpathyWe are able to put ourselves in the shoes of others, show care and contribute to the community. 1. I help friends in need.2. I care for the environment.

3. I seek to understand and forgive

4. I contribute meaningfully to the community.

5. I am sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others.


  1. Qualities associated with resilience: Pupils who have persevered despite facing difficult circumstances (e.g. family issues, health issues) and have managed to overcome the odds.


If you find any of our Blangahnites deserving of this award and wish to nominate them, kindly use the attached nomination form in enclosed in this letter. You may return it through your child/ward who will then submit it to the General Office. The closing date for nomination isMonday, 28 September 2015.


Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us at


C. Finance Matters


Financial Assistance Scheme 2016 (FAS)

Current FAS students will be receiving the FAS Application Form for 2016. If you would like to continue with the FAS, please complete the FAS Form for 2016 and submit with supporting documents by 16 Oct 2015 (Fri) to the Form Teacher.


For new applicants, your child may collect the FAS Form from General Office.


D. Find us on Facebook!


We are now on Facebook. ‘Like’ us to receive the latest updates on our activities and programmes! Do a search for ‘Blangah Rise Primary School’ with our official logo.


E. Reflections


I would like to share this thought-provoking quote:

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” Andrew Carnegie


Yours sincerely,

Matthew Ou



Annex A


Haze Management Measures

Index Category Management  Measures
·         Schools will minimise outdoor activities.·         Students with pre-existing lung or heart conditions or are unwell will be exempted from all physical exercise.
(Very Unhealthy)
·         There will be no indoor or outdoor physical exercises.·         Classroom lessons will continue, but lessons may be modified as appropriate.

·         Students with pre-existing lung or heart conditions will be moved to enclosed indoor spaces.

·         If the forecast for the next day is ‘Hazardous’, school closure will be considered.·         If PSI reaches ‘Hazardous’ level during school hours:

o   Schools will scale down lessons.

o   All students, including those with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, will be in enclosed indoor spaces, including classrooms with doors and windows fully closed. Schools will spread out students across the enclosed indoor spaces, such as the library, to allow for better thermal comfort and ventilation.

o   Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.



Annex B


Blangah Rise Primary School

Examination Timetables (Primary 2 to 6)



Primary 2

 26 Oct Mon English Language Paper 2 & Listening Comprehension 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min
27 Oct Tue Mathematics 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min
28 Oct Wed Mother Tongue Paper 2 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
There will be no EL & MT Paper 1 & Science for SA2 for Primary 2.


Primary 3

21 Sept – 22 Sept Mon & Tue Oral – English / Mother Tongue During Curriculum Time NA
30 Sept Wed Listening Comprehension (MT) During Curriculum Time NA
13 Oct Tue English Language Paper 1Mother Tongue Paper 1 8.30 am – 9.20 am11.30 am – 12.10 pm 50 min40 min
26 Oct Mon English Language Paper 2 & Listening Comprehension 8.15 am – 10.00 am 1 h 45 min
27 Oct Tue Mathematics 8.15 am – 10.00 am 1 h 45 min
28 Oct Wed Mother Tongue Paper 2 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
 29 Oct Thu Science 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min


Primary 4

28 Sept Mon Oral – English & Mother Tongue 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm NA
30 Sept Wed Listening Comprehension (MT) During Curriculum Time NA
13 Oct Tue English Language Paper 1Mother Tongue Paper 1 8.30 am – 9.20 am11.30 am – 12.10 pm 50 min40 min
26 Oct Mon English Language Paper 2 

Listening Comprehension

8.30 am – 9.45 am 

11.30am – 12.00 pm

1 h 15 min 

30 min

27 Oct Tue Mathematics 8.30 am – 10.15 am 1 h 45 min
28 Oct Wed Mother Tongue  Paper 2 8.30 am – 9.30 am 1 h
 29 Oct Thu Science 8.30 am – 10.00 am 1 h 30 min



Primary 5

29 Sept Tue Oral – English & MT 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm NA
13 Oct Tue English Language Paper 1:Standard & Foundation

Mother Tongue Paper 1: Standard

8.30 am – 9.40 am 

11.30 am – 12.20 pm

1 h 10 min 

50 min

14 Oct Wed Higher Mother Tongue:Paper 1

Paper 2

8.30 am – 9.20 am

10.00 am – 11.20 am

50 min

1 h 20 min

26 Oct Mon English Language Paper 2:Standard



Listening Comprehension:

Standard & Foundation

8.30 am – 10.20 am

8.30 am – 9.50 am



11.30 am – 12.15 pm

1 h  50 min

1 h  20 min



45 min

27 Oct Tue Mathematics:Standard (Paper 1)

Standard (Paper 2)


Foundation (Paper 1)

Foundation (Paper 2)

8.30 am – 9.20 am

10.30 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

28 Oct Wed Mother Tongue  Paper 2:Standard



Listening Comprehension:

Standard & Foundation

8.30 am – 10.10 am

8.30 am – 9.00 am



11.30 am – 12.15 pm

1 h 40 min

30 min



45 min

29  Oct Thu Science:Standard


8.30 am – 10.15 am

8.30 am – 9.45 am

1 h 45 min

1 h 15 min


Primary 6 PSLE

20 – 21 Aug  (Thursday & Friday) Oral EL & MT
18 Sept ( Friday ) Listening Comprehension EL & MT
01 Oct  ( Thursday ) PSLE English (Papers 1 & 2)
02 Oct ( Friday ) PSLE Mathematics
05 Oct ( Monday ) PSLE Mother Tongue (Papers 1 & 2)
06 Oct ( Tuesday ) PSLE Science
07 Oct ( Wednesday ) PSLE Higher Mother Tongue (Papers 1 & 2)



Annex C


Home Based Learning for e-Learning Week: 19th October to 22nd October

The school will be holding our home based learning for e-learning week for P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5 pupils from the 19th October to 22nd October 2015. During these days, pupils need not attend school but will engage in self-directed learning by reviewing topics and concepts learnt for the year. Your child may also have the opportunity to exploit ICT effectively and efficiently in his/her learning and revision process for the upcoming SA2 through e-learning and hardcopy activities.


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

The task list can also be found on our school website at


Should your child need to access to AsknLearn, he/she can gain access to it at Your child 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 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 Form Teacher, should he/she need to complete e-learning tasks.
  • Your child 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. Please ensure that your child 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 8am to 1pm and describe the issue or problem you are facing.




Blangah Rise Primary School


Edusave Character Award (ECHA) – Nomination Form


Name of Nominee
Class/ Register No.
What value(s) has your nominee demonstrated that you feel deserves mention?You are encouraged to give examples of specific behaviour or incidents that you have seen your nominee demonstrating good character and values. Examples of these values could be demonstrating any of the school values of Respect, Integrity, Self-discipline and Empathy.
Value #1: ____________________Example(s) of specific behaviour or incidents:


Value #2 (if any): ____________________Example(s) of specific behaviour or incidents:


Value #3 (if any): ____________________Example(s) of specific behaviour or incidents:


* Name of Parent/ Partner of School (please specify):

            *Delete accordingly