End of Semester 1 2019 Matters

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Thank you for being a supportive partner as we come to the end of Semester 1 2019 @GreendaleSec!

We wish to highlight information on certain school matters, which you may find in the following information sheet:

End of Semester 1 2019 Information Sheet
Annex A – Step-by-Step eAppointment User Guide
Annex B – Parents Gateway

– School Administration

Principal’s Tea Session with Parents of Secondary 1 Students

Dear Parents/ Guardians

The school invited parents of the Secondary 1 level to attend a tea session with the Principal on 6 April 2019 (Saturday) between 8.30 AM and 11.30 AM.

We append below the information on what was shared during then:

– School Administration

Secondary 2 Streaming & Subject Combination Briefing

Dear Parents/ Guardians

The briefing session on the Streaming and Subject Combination for the Secondary 2 level was held on:

Date: 29 March 2019 (Friday)
Time: 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Venue: School Hall (Blk C, Level 2)

Please refer to the Letter to Parents for more information here .

We append below the information on what was shared during then:

– School Administration

Secondary 3 MOE-OBS Challenge Programme & Cohort Matters Briefing

Dear Parents/ Guardians

The briefing session on the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme and Cohort Matters for the Secondary 3 level was held on:

Date: 30 March 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 7.45 AM to 10.00 AM
Venue: School Hall (Blk C, Level 2)

Please refer to the Letter to Parents for more information here .

We append below the information on what was shared during then:

– School Administration

Guidelines for School-Home Partnership: Preparing Students for the Future

Dear Parents/ Guardians

MOE has released a set of guidelines on the development of positive school-home partnerships. Strong school-home partnerships built on mutual respect and trust will help students develop values and skills to navigate the complexities and uncertainties of the future.

Through these guidelines, we hope that parents can work hand-in-hand with our school to support your children in learning self-management skills, taking responsibility and building resilience.

For more information, please refer to: https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/media/press/2019/guidelines-for-school-home-partnership.pdf.

We look forward to building stronger partnerships with you to support the holistic development of your children.

– Mr Loh Chih Hui, Vice-Principal

MOE FAS 2019 Application is now Open

Dear Parents/ Guardians

The MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) application for 2019 is now open, and its application form ready for collection at the General Office from tomorrow onwards (Friday, 19 October 2018).

Alternatively, you may download a softcopy of the application form here.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of the FAS 2019 application is on 2 November 2018 (Friday). Successful applicants will be notified by the school, and the collection of books, uniforms and shoes would be on 12 December 2018 (Wednesday) to 14 December 2018 (Friday).

– School Administration

Cyber Wellness Connect Series (CWCS) – Issue 3

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We would like to share an article, contributed by the Educational Technology Division (ETD), about online personal data and the ways we can help our children protect them.

Do take some time to read the below infographic provided:

– School Cyber Wellness Team


2019 MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) Leaflet

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We are pleased to share the softcopy of the MOE FAS leaflet for 2019. You may refer to the link below for more information on it:

1. 2019 MOE FAS Leaflet

Do be informed the the new MOE FAS application is still not ready. We will inform parents once the form is available.

We apologise for the inconvenience. 


– School Administration

Cyber Wellness Connect Series (CWCS) – Issue 2

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We would like to share an article, contributed by the Educational Technology Division (ETD), about the different types of apps we are using on our mobile phones. We think that not many of us are aware on how they work, not only for us but also our students/ child(ren) as well.

Do click on the link below, to find out more:

App Guide for Parents & Teachers

Also, do take some time to read and find out more the below blog:

Navigating Social Media as a Parent

– School Cyber Wellness Team

Enhancements to MOE Financial Assistance Scheme

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Please note that there are enhancements made to the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). For more information, please refer to the attached letter at the link below:

Letter to Parents – Enhancements to MOE FAS

If you are eligible and interested to apply, you may obtain the application form from the school’s General Office, or click here.

Please submit the completed form, with supporting documents, to the General Office as soon as possible. Should you have any queries on this, please call the General Office at 6315 8616.

– School Administration

Cyber Wellness 101 for Parents

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We are pleased to share Cyber Wellness (CW) information that is useful, in providing an overview of the CW Curriculum and Cyber Issues:

Cyber Wellness 101 for Parents

What is Cyber Wellness?

Cyber Wellness (CW) refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace. The focus of CW is about helping students to become responsible digital learners. When navigating cyberspace, students should demonstrate respect for self and others and practise safe and responsible use. Students should also be a positive peer influence by harnessing technology for collaboration, learning and productivity, as well as advocating positive use of technology for the good of the community.

Group Personal Accident Insurance for Students

Dear Parents/ Guardians

MOE HQ 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 by clicking 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.

Do find as attached the softcopy of the GPA Insurance Claim Form, for your perusal.

Should you require further information regarding the GPA Insurance for Students, you may refer to www.income.com.sg/studentgpa.

– School Administration

Web Image Courtesy of: NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited

Beyond PSLE: Secondary School Education (Final Issue)

If you have missed the first and second issue of “Beyond PSLE: Secondary School Education”, click here for the first issue and here for the second issue.

In today’s final issue, we will share about how you, as a parent, play a crucial part in choosing a secondary school for your child, and the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise in general:

“As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child choose a secondary school. You are encouraged to discuss with your child and consider schools holistically, choosing one that can cater best to your child’s needs. Here are some factors you may wish to consider when choosing a school for your child.

• What are my child’s strengths, interests, personality and learning style?
• What are the programmes and schemes available in the school?
• What are the school’s strengths?
• Do co-curricular activities offered by the school match my child’s interest?
• Will the secondary school provide an appropriate environment, for my child to learn among other children with similar PSLE score?
• How far is the school from my home?
• Is the secondary school affiliated to my child’s primary school, or to other primary schools?

Open House 2016 Parent Visitors @GreendaleSec

Secondary 1 Posting Exercise

Secondary 1 (S1) Option Phase

1. Once you have received your child’s PSLE results, you should discuss with your child and choose six schools in order of preference, and submit them to MOE.

2. Bear in mind the programmes and schemes offered by the various schools. You may want to choose the schools which offer programmes that your child will benefit from, and which he (she) would be interested in.

3. Your child’s PSLE results will also guide your choice.

The PSLE aggregate ranges for schools are not pre-determined before posting. Each school’s aggregate range depends on students’ PSLE results, and their school choices during that year’s S1 Posting Exercise.

Each secondary school publishes the aggregate range of the previous year’s PSLE intake in the ‘Choosing your Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary One in 2018’ information booklet. These indicate the highest and lowest scores of the students who were admitted to the school for each of the courses. The previous year’s PSLE aggregate ranges serve only as a guide.

Submission of Options

In the S1 Option Form, you should indicate the six secondary schools that you wish your child to be posted to in order of preference. The S1 Option Form can be submitted either through the Secondary 1 – Internet System (accessible via the MOE website), or in person at your child’s primary school.

If you encounter any difficulties, you can seek help from your child’s primary school when filling out the S1 Option Form.

Don’t Miss the Submission Dates! [Info Provided by: MOE]
Posting Results Release Phase

1. All students will be posted to their highest choice school based on their PSLE results, and availability of vacancies in the school.

2. If your child does not get into any of the six schools chosen, he (she) will be posted to a school with vacancies, near your home. This is because it will be more convenient for your child to travel to and from school, if he (she) lives nearby.

3. You may check the posting results through (a) short messaging system (SMS) received through the mobile number provided during the S1 Option phase; (b) S1-IS or (c) visiting the child’s primary school, after release of the S1 Posting results.

What If I Am Not In The Country During The S1 Posting Exercise?

As a parent, you may authorise a representative to collect the PSLE results and S1 Option Form from the primary school and/ or to submit the options.

The authorised person is required to produce the following documents for verification:

• A completed standard proxy form from the parent; the form can be found in the ‘Choosing Your Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary One in 2018’ booklet.
• Original NRIC of parents.
• Original Birth Certificate of the student.
• Original NRIC of the person you have appointed to act on your behalf.

For more information on S1 Posting Exercise, please refer to the booklet titled ‘Choosing Your Secondary Schools for Admission to Secondary One in 2018’, which is given out to all Primary 6 students in October 2017.”

– Adapted from:
Secondary School Education, Shaping the Next Phase of Your Child’s Learning Journey
(Ministry of Education)

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Booklists 2018

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Please note that the softcopies of the secondary level booklists for 2018 is now available, at the School @GreendaleSec Main Website. You may download them at the following link below:

@GreendaleSec Booklists 2018

If you have further enquiry regarding the booklists, please contact the school administration at 6315 8616.

Beyond PSLE: Secondary School Education (Issue 2)

[Featured Image courtesy of: www.layouth.com/learning-beyond-books/]

If you have missed the first issue of “Beyond PSLE: Secondary School Education”, click here.

In today’s issue, we will share about how secondary school education can maximise a child’s potential, on how it caters to his (her) personal interests and learning needs, and the various financial scholarships, awards, and assistance schemes available:

“There are many different secondary schools to choose from. While some have unique programmes and others may offer different educational paths, they all seek to maximise the potential of every child.

Schools offer a variety of programmes to develop the different abilities of our students. We believe in providing a range of options, so that each child has the opportunity to realise his (her) talent and develop a core and holistic set of skills.

When choosing a school, we encourage you to consider the strengths of each school and place your child in an environment that can best broaden his (her) horizons, motivate him (her) to be an engaged learner, and to continuously develop himself (herself).

Mrs Tan Li May (HOD CCE) & Students @GreendaleSec

Distinctive Programmes In All Schools

  • Every secondary school will offer two distinctive programmes, the Applied
    Learning Programme (ALP) and the Learning-for-Life Programme (LLP), by 2017.
  • ALP and LLP are programmes in specific fields distinctive to each school. They aim to develop skills and character through students applying what they have learnt to real-life contexts, and encourage them to stay curious and learn throughout their lives. Students with strengths and interests in these fields will be offered opportunities to deepen their learning.
  • Every student will be able to deepen 21st century competencies, and connect with the wider community.
  • Where relevant, secondary schools may offer direct admission to primary school students with outstanding achievement and/ or potential in areas related to the schools’ ALP or LLP.

Direct School Admission – Secondary (DSA-Sec)

DSA-Sec enables students to be admitted to secondary schools based on a diverse range of strengths.

Participating schools can select some Primary 6 students for admission to Secondary 1 before the PSLE results are released, based on their achievements and potential in specific fields. This is because the participating school has programmes that can develop the students further in these specific fields.

ODAC (OAE – LLP) @GreendaleSec in Action

Robotics (DTE – ALP) @GreendaleSec Showcase

Students With Mild Special Education Needs

Additional provisions have been made in schools to support students with mild special educational needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia, as well as students with physical and sensory impairment, who can access mainstream curriculum.

Each secondary school has a core group of teachers who are trained to support students with mild special educational needs. Some secondary schools are resourced with Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support), who work closely with teachers in providing the necessary support to better integrate the students into the school’s learning environment.

For students with physical disabilities, they can enrol in secondary schools
that are equipped with facilities for the handicapped. Students with hearing and/ or visual impairment can enrol in secondary schools that have dedicated resources to support them.

For a list of the secondary schools resourced to support students with mild
special educational needs and physical disabilities, please refer to the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/support-for-children-special-needs.

Catering to Interests and All-Roundedness

Our schools recognise that every child is unique, with different interests, abilities and passions. Students with a passion for language, art and music can select from a range of elective programmes that focus on specific areas of interest. Our schools also offer a wide variety of sports. Students can select quality sports development programmes in the sport of their choice. For more on sports programmes that schools offer, go to the School Information Service website at http://sis.moe.gov.sg/.

As a parent, you can draw on your knowledge of your child’s talents and engage him (her) in his (her) interests.

Language Programmes

Bilingualism is a key feature of Singapore’s education. Our secondary
schools equip students with language and cultural competencies from young, to help them develop a broader outlook and enable them to tap into opportunities in the global environment.

Each student will learn English and his (her) Mother Tongue Language under the bilingual policy.

MOE Language, Art & Music Programmes [Info Courtesy of: MOE]
Art and Music Elective Programmes

MOE also offers elective programmes in Art and Music.

Integrated Programme (IP)

The Integrated Programme (IP) provides an integrated six-year Secondary and Junior College (JC) education, for academically strong students who can benefit from programmes that provide broader learning experiences. The IP aims to stretch their potential in non-academic aspects, that are beyond the academic curriculum.

The IP culminates in the A-Level qualification, or other diplomas.

Schools that offer the IP admit students at Secondary 1. Places are also available to admit suitable students at Secondary 3.

More details on the respective schools’ IP and application procedures are available on their websites.

Schools Offering IP [Info Courtesy of: MOE]
Gifted Education Programme (GEP)

Students who are found to be intellectually gifted at the primary level are placed in Gifted Education Programme (GEP) classes, at the primary level to keep them engaged in class.

At the secondary level, if they had continued to develop intellectually ahead of their age-cohort, they can attend schools which offer the IP, where they can be engaged through School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE) programmes.

The IP schools that offer SBGE programmes for GEP students are:
• Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
• Dunman High School
• Hwa Chong Institution
• Nanyang Girls’ High School
• NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
• Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
• Raffles Institution

Primary 6 GEP students who prefer to enrol in the O-Level programme may join the dual-track IP schools that offer both the IP and O-Level programmes, so that they can participate in school-based enrichment programmes in these schools to better engage them in learning.

The schools offering both the IP and O-Level programme are:
• Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
• Catholic High School
• Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
• CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School
• Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)
• Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
• St Joseph’s Institution
• Victoria School

For more information on the GEP, please refer to the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/gifted-education-programme/gifted-education-programme-schools.

Edusave Scholarships & Awards, and Financial Assistance Schemes

Singaporean students with good academic and non-academic achievements may be eligible for the following scholarships and awards:
• Edusave Character Award, Edusave Scholarships for Secondary Schools, Edusave Entrance Scholarships for Independent Schools, Edusave Scholarships for Integrated Programme Schools and Edusave (Independent Schools) Yearly Awards
• Edusave Awards for Achievement, Good Leadership & Service (EAGLES)
• Edusave Merit Bursary
• Edusave Good Progress Award

More information is available at www.moe.gov.sg/education/edusave/edusave-scholarships.

Getting Financial Help

Financial assistance schemes are made available, to ensure that no child is denied an education because of his (her) financial background.

Regardless of the type of schools, there are schemes available to provide financial support. Depending on your family’s monthly gross household income (GHI) or per capita income (PCI), the assistance available includes free textbooks, free school attire, transport subsidy, subsidy of school and standard miscellaneous fees, as well as subsidy of exam fees for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)*.

* Exam fees are waived for Singapore Citizens sitting for national exams in Government-funded schools.

Financial assistance application forms are available from the schools. Application can be submitted through your child’s school. Eligibility criteria include monthly gross household income/ per capita income and number of members in the household.

MOE Financial Assistance Scheme

To qualify:
a. The family’s gross household income (GHI) must not exceed $2,500 per month; or
b. The family’s per capita income (PCI)^ must not exceed $625 per month.

^ PCI is gross monthly household income divided by the number of members in the household.

[Info Courtesy of: MOE]
MOE Independent Schools Bursary (ISB)

To help students from lower and middle income families cope with higher fees charged by Independent Schools, the MOE provides additional support through the ISB.

[Info Courtesy of: MOE]
School Meals Programme

From this year, the School Meals Programme (SMP) is extended to secondary school students on MOE FAS. These students would receive meal subsidies of $2.50 per meal, for seven meals per school week. The SMP is also extended to students on Independent School Bursary and receiving 100% fee subsidies.”

– Adapted from:
Secondary School Education, Shaping the Next Phase of Your Child’s Learning Journey
(Ministry of Education)

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Beyond PSLE: Secondary School Education (Issue 1)

[Featured Image courtesy of: www.onsponge.com/images/stories/education/]

In today’s first issue, out of three, we will talk about the education system in brief, the different types of courses offered at secondary schools, a child’s overall development under secondary school education, and how co-curricular activities help in shaping a child’s character:

“Our education system offers many choices for the next phase of learning for your child. Its diverse education pathways aim to help each child discover his (her) interests, abilities, and passion and develop to his (her) full potential.

Singapore’s Education System Overview [Info Provided by: MOE]
Learning Tailored to Different Abilities

There are three core courses that are offered at the secondary school level. Depending on your child’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) score, he (she) will be placed either in the Express (including the Integrated Programme in some schools), Normal (Academic) or N(A), or Normal (Technical) or N(T) courses.

While your child may initially be placed in a particular course, based on his (her) ability to cope with the learning pace and style, there are opportunities at every stage for him (her) to make a lateral transfer to another course if it is more suited to his (her) interests and abilities. He (She) can also take specific subjects at an academically higher level in upper secondary. For instance, if he (she) is in the N(T) course, he (she) may be able to take some subjects at N(A) Level.

Beyond PSLE & Continuing Lifelong Learning [Info Provided by: MOE]
Expanding Your Child’s Development

Your child will develop a good sense of self-awareness, a sound moral compass, and the necessary skills and knowledge to take on challenges of the future. He (She) will be responsible to his family, community and nation. He (She) will also appreciate the beauty of the world around him (her), possess a healthy mind and body, and have a zest for life and lifelong learning.

21st Century Competencies [Info Provided by: MOE]
Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are an integral part of your child’s holistic education. Through CCAs, your child will discover his (her) interests and passions while developing values and competencies that will prepare him (her) to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

CCAs also promote friendships among students from diverse backgrounds as they learn, play and grow up together.

Participation in CCAs fosters social integration and deepens your child’s sense of belonging, commitment and responsibility to school, community and nation.

Your child can choose from an exciting range of CCAs, which include uniformed groups, clubs and societies, sports and games and visual and performing arts.”

Softball @GreendaleSec in Action [Photo Courtesy of: Red Sports SG]

– Adapted from:
Secondary School Education, Shaping the Next Phase of Your Child’s Learning Journey
(Ministry of Education)

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Essentials of Good Parenting

Rules are everywhere. We have rules in the classrooms, we have rules at home. Jason Wong, Board Chairman of Focus of the Family Singapore shares why our kids rebel against them and 2 formula of good parenting.

Here’s the video presentation:

What Prisoners Taught Me About Parenting

Rules are everywhere. We have rules in the classrooms, we have rules at home. Jason Wong tells us at 2:33 exactly why our kids rebel against them.

Posted by Focus on the Family Singapore on Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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