Singapore is currently experiencing a historically high
number of dengue cases. The National Environment Agency (NEA) is strongly
encouraging all residents staying in dengue cluster areas to:
Spray insecticides in dark corners at home (e.g. behind curtains and
Apply insect repellent regularly; and
Wear long-sleeve tops and long pants.
You are strongly advised to consider applying insect repellent on your children before they leave home for school. Students are also encouraged to bring the insect repellent to school for re-application, before they leave school for home. Do remind your family members to apply insect repellent too. You may refer to the set of guideline here on the use of insect repellent spray. For list of dengue clusters, please refer to NEA Website: https://www.nea.gov.sg/dengue-zika/dengue/dengue-clusters.
Let’s stay vigilant and continue with the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout to keep our home and community safe.
Many of you would have observed your children becoming more independent through their HBL experience despite the initial challenges.
This has come about because of your efforts and commitment to provide a conducive home environment and establishing routines to allow them to take on greater responsibility. While our children have returned to school, we encourage you not to let go of the good practices put in place. Instead, let’s ride on this momentum to support our children in being curious and developing a love for learning.
In this issue of MOE’s Parent Kit, tips on how you can give your child (particularly those in lower secondary) space to learn and grow in confidence are provided. You can access the kit here to learn more.
To encourage and motivate more parents/guardians to support their children to be independent, we would like to invite you to join the #MyIndependentLearner movement, to share and celebrate your efforts and our children’s growth! Please refer to pgs 9 and 10 of the kit to see how you can be a part of this.
As we battle the spread of COVID-19, we need to continue to stay vigilant to guard against the outbreak of dengue in our immediate community.
As at 2 Jun 2020, there were 9,261 infections – or far more than double the number last year for the same period. NEA cautioned that the number of dengue cases this year is expected to exceed 2019’s high of 15,998. It may even surpass the 22,170 cases reported in 2013.
During the 2 month circuit-breaker period, NEA also reported a fivefold increase in Aedes mosquito larvae detected in homes and common corridors in residential areas. NEA said that the shift in human concentration from offices to homes with more people staying at home during the day also meant more chances of people being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes if these mosquitoes are allowed to breed.
NEA urged residents to help fight dengue by preventing the breeding of mosquitoes using the 5-step mozzie wipe-out approach.
You can do your part by using the ‘Check and Protect’checklist that NEA developed to help you check for mosquito breeding regularly in your home. Here is the video on check and protect for your viewing. https://youtu.be/aOMVON8aqBY
NEA has also developed an app to provide updates and alert on dengue clusters and areas with high Aedes mosquitoes population. Please click here for more details. Here’s the link to that video that shows you what to do if you are living in those areas.
Thank you for playing a part in the fight against dengue.
MOE will be extending school meal subsidies to all Primary and Secondary students on MOE FAS during this circuit breaker period. The provision will apply for a period of four weeks, covering the full HBL period. MOE will credit four weeks of meal subsidies via students’ School Smartcard (or commonly known as Transitlink/EZlink Card). Secondary school students on MOE FAS will receive $120 each. With this subsidy, MOE FAS students previously identified under Recess@Home will no longer receive $85 via PayNow or bank transfer. Instead, these students will now receive $120 and this will be credited directly via their School Smartcards. You may refer to CNA news articles dated 13 Apr on the announcement.
Redemption and Usage
The School Smartcard can be used to purchase food and essential groceries at some hawker centres, food courts, minimarts, convenience stores and supermarkets. Students can redeem the extended meal subsidies at any TransitLink Add Value Machine (AVM) once every two weeks, starting from 14 April 2020. All redemption must be made by 15 May 2020.
Location of AVMs
The AVMs near Punggol are located at the following areas:
Sengkang Bus Interchange
Hougang Central Interchange
Rivervale Plaza (Near Dry Market)
For locations of AVMs in other areas, please click HERE. Please observe social distancing measures while queuing to redeem the subsidy at designated AVMs.
There are media reports on dangers and threats in telecommuting through F2F platforms like Zoom. The latest is a reported case of “Zoom bombing” where an unwanted guest entered the video conferencing session and caused disruption. MOE is monitoring and have reminded schools of practices to adopt to prevent future occurrence. We have shared these practices with your child/ward and will be reminding them today via the Class Relay Chat. You should stress these measures with them too.
Students must use their names to log in, not pseudonym
Teacher must verify identity of students entering the rooms of “live lessons”
Do not put “live lessons” links on school web pages which are publicly accessible
Do not use generic Passwords
Do not post any Passwords on school web page
Use a strong Password
Parents may also be using F2F platforms for your telecommuting work. You may find the below (referred to by our teachers) useful.
We shared with you on 30 Mar how Greendale will be implementing Home-Based Learning (HBL) from this Thurs, 2 April. To learn more about how you can complement the school’s HBL efforts, please refer to the Parent Kit prepared by MOE by clicking here. It provides tips on how you can support your child’s HBL and addresses some concerns. You are also invited to join MOE’s Facebook Live Session, “Ask Me Anything About… Home-Based Learning” on 1 April 2020, 8pm, to learn more about what HBL really means and the role you can play in your child’s HBL. Click on bit.ly/moe-amaa-hbl to RSVP.
As announced by MOE, secondary schools will be implementing Home-Based Learning (HBL) once a week on Thursdays, starting from 2 Apr. As Greendale students/parents are familiar with HBL as we conducted our last HBL Day on 13 Mar. We have made refinements to our HBL schedule/processes for national HBL days based on our 13 Mar experience. MOE has also further enhanced precautionary measures, including continued suspension of CCAs/after-school activities throughout Term 2, staggered dismissal timings and HBL for students taking MOE subjects at external centres. Pls refer to the Letter to Parents for more details, as well the HBL School Assignments Link.
With immediate effect, Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travel abroad. This advisory will apply for 30 days, and will be reviewed thereafter. This is to reduce the risk of Singaporeans contracting COVID-19 while overseas during this global pandemic.
Singapore has also increased border restrictions to more countries, including all ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with a 14-day Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) for arrivals from 16 March 2020 (Monday) 11.59 pm, with exemption of those travelling into Singapore from Malaysia via sea or land. Click to access MOH’s press release for more information.
You are advised to review your travel plans during the March school holidays, and check the MOH website for the latest measures as well as list of countries that are subject to SHN requirements.
Should there be changes to your child’s travel plans, please amend your travel declarations on Parents Gateway by 17 March 2020 (Tuesday):
For further clarifications, please contact the General Office at 6315 8616.
1. With Term 1 coming to an end soon, we would like to share how we will be ensuring that the school community remains well-prepared for the new term ahead despite the current health situation.
Home-Based Learning (HBL) Day on 13 March 2020
2. The school had originally scheduled our biennial concert, ELADNEERG III, to be held on 13 March 2020. Home-Based Learning (HBL) would have taken place to enable students to continue learning as the school had planned for two shows – a Matinee followed by an Evening performance. The school will continue with HBL Day on 13 March 2020 to help students familiarise themselves with the HBL process, as well as develop their capacity to manage self-directed learning. All Sec 1-5 students will not be required to attend school that day, and there will not be CCA or other school programmes in the afternoon. Students will be assigned a series of learning tasks via the Student Learning Space platform (https://vle.learning.moe.edu.sg/login). Students have been briefed on HBL Day and how to access HBL.
3. Please refer to the table below for the HBL schedule for the various levels:
4. Should students require assistance during HBL Day, they can seek help via the following channels:
a. For technical assistance: (a) perform self-reset of SLS password via SLS; (b) submit online request for locked account at https://go.gov.sg/gdlsls-pwreset; or (c) call the school at 6315 8616.
b. For enquiries on HBL lessons: (a) email the teacher indicated in the online lesson guide accompanying the specific learning activity; or (b) call the school at 6315 8616. Teachers will be in school to address students’ enquiries, if any.
5. To ensure that every student has the required resources to participate in HBL, the school has updated its records and our staff will make arrangements directly with relevant students to loan them a computing device before HBL Day. The school will also remain open to students with no internet access or personal learning devices.
6. On HBL Day, parents/ guardians will also be able to access the HBL schedule and lesson guides through the announcements section of our school website. As HBL Day aims to strengthen our students’ readiness and confidence towards self-directed learning, your support towards the completion of the HBL tasks by your child/ ward will be much appreciated.
7. Over the coming March school holidays, students will be engaged in some holiday homework. The school believes that homework encourages and supports students’ learning, as well as allows them to take ownership and develop good study habits. Please refer to our website for more details on our homework policy. Information on assigned holiday homework will also be put up at the end of each school term.
Issuance of Term 1 Results Slips
8. In line with national policy changes on school-based assessment to reduce high-stakes testing and improve learning outcomes, Term 1 results slips will be issued in Term 2 Week 1 (24 March 2020) instead of Term 1 Week 10 (10 March 2020) as previously indicated in our school calendar (online and in Student Handbook). This refinement will help reduce emphasis on grades, allow our teachers to focus on giving students effective feedback, and perform deeper analysis of assessment data to enhance teaching and learning going forward. We will also continue to work closely with you to help our students grow, with a focus on their holistic development which includes building resilience and nurturing a growth mindset, and not just academic outcomes alone.
Travel Declaration during the March Holidays
9. MOH had issued an update on additional precautionary measures on 25 February 2020, advising Singapore residents to defer all travel to Hubel province, and avoid non-essential travel to affected areas. As of 3 March 2020, affected areas include Mainland China, Iran, northern Italy and the Republic of Korea. Please refer to MOH’s travel advisories for the latest list of affected areas (https://www.gov.sg/article/covid-19-places-to-avoid-travelling-to-durinq-this-period).
10. As a continuation of our efforts to ensure a healthy and safe school environment in light of the COVID-19 situation, we will require travel declarations for all students for the March holidays (14-22 March 2020). This information will allow the school to plan and take the necessary precautions. You will be notified via Parent’s Gateway on 9 March 2020 to declare your child/ ward’s travel plans. To make your travel declaration, go to [SERVICE> DECLARE TRAVELS]. Only one parent is required to declare. If your child/ ward is travelling, please indicate clearly both the country and city of travel. A ‘nil’ declaration is also required if your child/ ward is not travelling. If you do not have access to the Parent’s Gateway app, please refer to the school blog (http://gdlss.edu.sg/parents/) for details on how to manually submit the travel declaration. We seek the cooperation of all parents/ guardians to submit travel declarations by 11 March 2020 (Wednesday).
11. If there is a change of travel plans after you have declared, please inform the school directly by contacting the General Office at 6315 8616.
12. Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of our parents/ guardians and students to be socially responsible and always look out for and support one another. We also encourage you to continue educating your child/ ward to adopt good personal hygiene practices. If your child/ ward is unwell during the March holidays (especially after returning from overseas travel), s/he should see a doctor promptly. Students who continue to be unwell when school re-opens should remain at home until they fully recover. For more information on good practices and advice by expert Dr Leong Hoe Nam, please refer to this link (https://www.gov.sg/article/infectious-disease-expert-answers-more-guestions-oncovid-19-part-ii).
13. Should you require more clarifications, please contact the respective Year Heads (of Secondary 1 to Secondary 4/5) or the General Office at 6315 8616.
14. Further updates on school matters will be provided in Termly Information Sheet 02/2020, which will be issued in Term 2. You can look forward to updates on (i) teaching and learning matters (Secondary 4/5 Extended Academic Programme, remediation programme, mid-year examinations for relevant levels etc.), (ii) Meet-The-Parents Sessions and (iii) status of key events / activities such as ELADNEERG III, Student Leaders’ Investiture, Jogathon and Honours Day.
As shared in our message last evening, the school will be stepping up precautionary measures against the 2019-nCoV. These additional measures will be effective from 5 Feb 2020.
Please refer to the attachment here for more details.
These additional measures will help us mitigate potential risks while enabling our students to continue with most of their usual learning and activities. MOE and the school continue to closely monitor the situation, and are constantly reviewing precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of all our students and staff. We will continue to ensure that Greendale remains a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
The school has customised signature Greendale learning programmes for the different levels to enrich the experience of our students and nurture them into Committed Learners, Critical Thinkers and Confident Leaders. Please see the respective attachments of the various levels for updates and details for action:
Please acknowledge that you allow your child/ ward to participate in the programmes and make the relevant co-payment as listed in the Annex, by submitting the relevant completed Consent Form listed below to your child/ ward’s Class Mentors by 3 February 2020 (Monday) :
As school re-opens on 29 Jan 2020, MOE will be enhancing precautionary measures, including daily temperature taking, to ensure that our schools remain a safe and healthy learning environment. For more details on these precautionary measures, please refer to the appended section on Daily Temperature-taking & Leave of Absence.
For the upcoming Level Camps from 10 to 14 Feb 2020, the school has begun planning alternatives (e.g. making changes to activities, duration, etc) since last week. We will be providing more details, specific for each level as soon as possible. Discussions with various stakeholders and vendors are ongoing.
In the meantime, let us all play our part in keeping good personal hygiene and taking social responsibility. There may be some inconveniences as preventive steps are taken, but together we can keep our children safe while minimising disruption to learning.
Ms Amy Ng Principal, Greendale Secondary
Daily Temperature-taking & Leave of Absence
The school will be conducting daily temperature-taking when school reopens on 29 Jan. Hence, please ensure your child brings an Oral Digital Thermometer to school from 29 Jan onwards.
While teachers actively look out for students’ well-being, please ensure your child practises good personal hygiene and social responsibility. You should take your child to the doctor if he/ she is unwell and we would appreciate it that you keep your child at home until he/ she recovers.
If your child has returned from mainland China on 15 Jan or later, he/she will be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA) for a period of 14 days, starting from the first day after return. For example, if your child returns to Singapore on 28 Jan (Tue), the LOA would last from 29 Jan to 11 Feb, with the date of return to school being 12 Feb (Wed).
Students on LOA will be supported by home-based learning assigned by the school. If you have any queries on LOA, you can call the school general office at 6315 8616.
For updates on the coronavirus situation, you can visit moh.gov.sg or sign up at go.gov.sg/whatsapp to receive the latest information via Whatsapp. We will keep you updated on school measures and education related notifications.
MOE has established a Master Contract for Group Personal Accident (GPA) Insurance for Students.
All students will be included in the Master Contract and coverage will begin from 1 January of each year.
Please refer to the Master Contract’s Product Fact Sheet here.
The Enhanced Student Accident Protection Plan (previously purchased as a rider, and is for students who are involved in the 6 High-Risk Contact Sports) is now incorporated in this Master Contract.
Should you either need to submit your child’s accidental claims (via online/manual submission), or require further information regarding the GPA Insurance for Students, please refer to www.income.com.sg/studentgpa.
Welcome back to school! We hope you and your child had a good break.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new 2020 Secondary 1 cohort! Here are some useful information for our 2020 Secondary 1 students:
Reporting Time & Attire
Secondary 1 students are to report in their half uniform – Polo T-Shirt and Shorts (for Boys) / Skirts (for Girls) by 7.20am. All students are to proceed to the School Hall for morning assembly.
What to Bring
Writing materials, water bottle, story book, money for recess and lunch break.
Secondary 1 students will be dismissed at 2.30pm on the first day of school.
Do note that Secondary 1 students will each be given an orientation booklet on the first day. The booklet will contain information of the orientation programme, which will run from Thursday, 2 January 2020, to Tuesday, 7 January 2020. Lessons will commence formally on Wednesday, 8 January 2020. Hardcopy class timetables will be given out to all Secondary 1 students before 7 January 2020. Alternatively, a softcopy of the class timetables can be easily retrieved from the school website here.
Traffic on First Day (2 January 2020)
On the first day of school, traffic around the school is expected to be heavy. To allow smooth flow of traffic from the mainroad outside and into the school roundabout, we request all parents who are driving their children to school to NOT stop along the mainroad to drop off their children. This will hold up the traffic and slow down the vehicle flow into the school compound. We would like to appeal for your understanding and patience.
Termly Information Sheet 01/2020
The termly information sheet for Term 1 2020, is now available online. Please click here to view it.
Secondary 1 Orientation 2020
Here are some photos taken from the orientation programme!
Lastly, if you need to speak to your child’s Class Mentor, we would appreciate that you make an appointment to see him/ her as he/ she will be engaged with the class most of the time. Hence, it would be difficult for him/ her to excuse himself/ herself to meet you.
With the above, we wish you and your child a great day of learning on Thursday, 2 January 2020!
Please note that students are to report to the secondary schools that they have been posted to on Monday, 23 December 2019.*
For enquiries, parents can access the iFAQs at the S1 Posting Exercise website, or call the MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872 2220 during operating hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
Welcome to Greendale Secondary School! We thank you for making us your school of choice. Please click here to view the briefing slides of the reporting day. Additionally, here are details of important administrative matters:
Purchase of Books, Uniform & Shoes
Parents and students may purchase textbooks, school uniforms, shoes and socks on reporting day (Monday, 23 December 2019) from 10.15am to 4.00pm at the following locations:
(*Students will be informed of their textbook combination on reporting day during the Secondary 1 registration. The combination is dependent on the subject combination offered.)
You may also purchase the above items from the school above locations on Thursday, 26 December 2019. From Friday (27 December 2019) onwards, you may purchase them at the school bookshop located behind the school canteen (Blk C, Level 1). The opening hours are from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Do note that formal lessons will only commence after Tuesday, 7 January 2020. Parents and students will have time to purchase the above items when school starts on Thursday, 2 January 2020 from 8.00am till 3.00pm, from the school bookshop. Alternatively, you may purchase the textbooks online once you know your textbook combination (at the point of the Secondary 1 registration on reporting day). Here is the link to the online order site: www.pacificbookstores.com .
Application for MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS)
Parents who have yet to apply for MOE FAS for their children with their former primary schools can do so at the General Office.
The school has implemented the “Pick Up & Drop Off Car Decal” for parents parents/ guardians who drive their child/ ward to the school. The move is to manage the access of vehicles into school. Parents/ guardians driving their child/ ward to school will need to apply for the car decal. The hardcopy application forms can be obtained from and submitted to the General Office. Once submitted and successfully processed, the school will inform parents by SMS for the collection.
The results of the 2019 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Normal (Academic)-[N(A)] and Normal (Technical)-[N(T)] Level Examinations were released on Thursday, 19 December 2019, at 2.00pm.
Greendale Secondary School candidates have achieved overall value-adding results, following from the school’s GCE ‘N’ Level Examinations success in 2018 and 2017! Please refer to the blog at The Greendale Chroniclehere.
You may refer to the school’s admin briefing slides of today’s results release here.
Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. The result slips will be mailed on 19 December 2019 to the address provided by the candidates during the registration period. Private candidates who are eligible for SingPass can also use their SingPass account to obtain their results online via the internet Examination Results Release System (iERRS) on the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board’s website at www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 19 December 2019.
Application for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) courses
Students who wish to apply for courses offered by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) can submit their applications online via the ITE application portal (www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/intake/), between 2.30 pm on 19 December 2019 and 5.00 pm on 23 December 2019. Hard copy application forms will also be available at the Customer Service Centres at the three ITE Colleges.
For courses offered under Aptitude-Based Admissions, students may check the interview details online via the ITE application portal on 26 December 2019.
Release of ITE Posting Results and Acceptance of ITE Offers
The ITE posting results will be released on 3 January 2020. Students may check the posting results online via the ITE application portal.
Students who receive an ITE offer should log on to the ITE application portal between 3 January 2020 and 7 January 2020 to accept or reject the offer.
Application for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)
The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) prepares students for progression into selected polytechnic diploma courses via a two-year Higher Nitec course at ITE. Under the DPP, students who successfully complete their Higher Nitec course and attain the required minimum qualifying Higher Nitec Grade Point Average are guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to their Higher Nitec course. Students eligible for the DPP will receive a copy of Form N from their secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the DPP.
Applications for the DPP can be submitted online via the ITE application portal between 2.30 pm on 19 December 2019 and 5.00 pm on 23 December 2019.
Release of DPP Posting Results and Acceptance of DPP Offers
The DPP posting results will be released on 26 December 2019. Students may check the posting results online via the ITE application portal.
Students who receive a DPP offer should log on to the ITE application portal between 26 December 2019 and 30 December 2019 to accept or reject the DPP offer.
Students who do not have a confirmed place in the DPP should report to their secondary schools on 2 January 2020 for Secondary 5.
Application for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)
The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a diploma-specific foundation programme conducted over two academic semesters at the polytechnics. It caters to students in the N(A) course who have decided to pursue a polytechnic education and meet the PFP eligibility requirements at the end of Secondary 4.
Students interested in applying for the PFP should first start their Secondary 5 year on 2 January 2020, while awaiting notification of eligibility and confirmation of a place in the PFP.
Applications for the PFP will open in January 2020, on the day of the GCE Ordinary-Level Examinations results release. Students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P on the same day, inviting them to apply for the PFP.
For more information on the DPP and the PFP, please visit these websites:
Provision of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) services
Students may consult their teachers or ECG Counsellors in their respective secondary schools to help them make informed decisions about their next steps. Students can also refer to the MySkillsFuture website at https://go.gov.sg/mysfsec to find out more about the range of education and career pathways available to them. To complement the ECG services provided by schools, students and their parents may make an appointment with an ECG Counsellor at the ECG Centre at MOE (Grange Road) via 6831 1420, MOE_ECG@moe.gov.sg or http://bit.ly/moe_ecg. The MOE ECG Centre will be open from 13 to 27 December 2019, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Provision of School Computing Facilities for ITE/ DPP Online Application
For your convenience, you may wish to note that for the online application of both the ITE courses and the DPP, students may use the school’s computing facilities at either the Library (Blk A, Level 3) or Computer Lab 4 (Blk H, Level 1) on the 19th (3.00pm to 4.00pm), the 2oth (9.00am to 12.00pm & 1.30pm to 4.00pm) and the 23rd (1.30pm to 4.00pm) December 2019. Students are to report at the General Office first, if they intend to use them.
Chettiars’ Temple Society (CTS) would like to invite all students to apply for their education scholarship and bursary awards for the year 2020. Please refer to the following documents for more information and application: