Peircean ParentLine

Vol 2 – Sep 2018

Dear Parents,

Term 3 has been exciting!
We had National Education Events such as Commemoration of Racial Harmony, with a skit put up by our own Drama Club. We also invited national para-Olympians to promote Inclusive Sports to our students. Our Sec 3 students received their NRIC after understanding the meaning, significance and importance of Active Citizenry. On our Annual Speech Day, on the eve of National Day, we had Celebrations to bring together staff and students - “We Are Peirce, We Are Singapore!”

Term 3 has also been busy.
The GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Level Examinations have begun with Oral and Listening Comprehension assessment, and submission of coursework (Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition). Nearer the end of the term, the school-based Preliminary Examinations started. Soon in Term 4, the End-of-Year Examination for Sec 1 – 3 will begin.

While our teachers prepared students for academic assessment, they also looked out and cared for the overall well-being of the students. The activities “Learn @ Peirce” encouraged students to take up sports and games for physical health and fitness. On the last day of Term 3, the school celebrated ACES Day with healthy eating of fruits, physical recreation, and inter-class staff-and-student games. There was also a huge display of talent shown in the Peirce Talent Time Competition as one of the many highlights of the term! These activities helped our students to balance their mental, physical and socio-emotional development needs.

Another highlight of the term was our Teachers’ Day Celebrations! Our Student Council planned and executed the programme for the day with great finesse! Our deserving teachers who have been nominated for various awards such as PAT, OCA etc. were given due recognition at this school-wide event. Do join us to appreciate the wonderful work done by all the staff this year, and wish them Happy Teachers’ Day!

As our valued partners in education, we would like to thank all parents for the gratitude shown to the school and staff through your communication, cooperation and encouragement. It has been shown that effective school-home partnership with parents brings about benefits in students such as affirmation of positive behaviour, better school attendance and engagement in curriculum, higher motivation to excel, and better overall well-being.

We look forward to your continued support.

I hope that you have a great September holiday with family and loved ones.

Fax Mentis Incendium Gloriae.

Mrs Betty Chow
Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. The school congratulates recipients of National Day Awards 2018; Ms Khairiah Hairoman on being awarded the Commendation Medal and Mdm Low Hwee Hwa, Senior Teacher the Long Service Medal.
  2. The 4N(A) students have recently completed their Preliminary Exams while the 4E and 5N(A) students have begun theirs starting 23 Aug.
  3. The Evening Self-Study Programme (ESP) held 24 – 28 Jul for 4N(A) and beginning on 24 Sep for 4E & 5N(A) aims to provide the students a conducive environment for self-study and consultations with teachers.
  4. CCA sessions will be temporarily suspended from 18 Sep till after Semestral Assessments 2 (SA2). This is to allow students to focus on their SA2 preparation. However, a couple of CCAs with HQ planned activities will proceed as previously planned.
ACHIEVEMENTS
  1. The Show Choir attained the highest award, the Diamond Award in this year’s B-dazzled! Singapore Show Choir Festival 2018 on 14 July. Additionally, they received the ‘Show Choir of the Year’ Award. Congratulations to the team and teachers for their fine effort.
  2. Alpha Robotics members participated in the Water Grand Prix Competition and bagged home a Bronze and a Merit Award. In the Underwater Challenge, the participants won the Most Innovative Hull Design Award. Well done!
  3. The School Band participated in the 6th Singapore International Band Festival on 25 July and their hard work was paid off as they bagged a Silver Award. We applaud the team’s achievement!
COMPLETED EVENTS
  1. Environment Programme

    The school continues to provide opportunities for students to put their values in action by doing their part for the community and environment:
    a. Students from SJAB, NPCC, Judo and Student Leaders were involved in collecting old newspaper and used clothes for recycling at Sin Ming Court on 27 May. Eighth year running, this project is in partnership with Thomson-Sin Ming Court RC and is aligned with the school’s environmental education efforts.
    b. Venice Chong, Phoebe Leung & Kevin Braxton Francis from 1E3 participated in the National Environment Quiz organised by the National Environment Agency and Hua Yi Secondary School on 30 June.

  2. Speech Day and National Day Celebrations - 8 Augl

    It was a wet day this year and a wet weather programme was carried out with ceremonial parade and ‘Recollections’ followed by prize giving ceremony. Parents were invited to join in the celebrations. Our Guest-of-Honour was Mr Chia Choon Kiat, Former Principal of Bishan Park and Peirce Secondary Schools

  3. Health & Fitness Week 2018)

    The last week of Term 3 saw Peirceans actively involved in a series of activities organised specially to emphasize the importance of keeping healthy and fit. The activities included an inter class relay, inter class games, Learn @ Peirce and the week ended with the ACES Day Walk at Bishan Park. Basic modules on archery, bowling, golf, k-pop dance, muay thai and inline skating were conducted under Learn @ Peirce programme.

  4. Teachers’ Day Celebrations 30 Aug

    The Student Council coordinated and held a concert for the celebrations. Staff were treated to a dinner organised by the Staff Welfare Committee. We thank our SAC for their generous sponsorship of the dinner.

    As part of Teachers’ Day celebrations, Peirce Talent Time Competition (previously known as Peirce Idol) was held. After audition, 3 soloists and 3 groups made it to the finals on 30 Aug to vie for the champion spot.

  5. S7 Joint Residential Leadership Programme

    Ten Secondary 3 boys from the Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses successfully completed in Term 3, a 10-week residential programme held at RI with participants from various South 7 cluster schools. The programme was designed to cultivate a culture of effective student leadership, and to develop social cohesion and empathy through a vibrant and interactive residential platform.

UPCOMING EVENTS
  1. Semestral Assessments 2

    The exam timetable, list of exam topics and exam paper formats have been issued to students on 17 Aug. They are also available on the school website.

    Your child need not attend school on Fri 12 Oct and Thu 18 Oct being Marking Day and Promotion Day respectively.

  2. Graduation Ceremonies

    The Graduation Ceremony will signify an important milestone for Sec 4E and 5N(A) students on Fri 12 Oct. A ceremony for Sec 4N(A) has already been carried out on Fri 23 Aug. We wish our graduating students all the best in their national exams.

  3. Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs)

    AEMs will be conducted for remaining 3E students from 22 to 26 Oct (post exam). A total of 11 runs of AEMs with 8 different options were given to Sec 3A and Sec 3E students this year to explore and discover their interests and strengths. Details of the allocation of AEMs to be conducted in Oct can be found in the school website.

  4. Elective Modules (EMs)

    A customised programme to enrich the learning of Science, Design & Technology and Retail Operations will be conducted from 22 to 25 Oct (post exam). Students will learn to make perfume, draw and render their products and be introduced to e-commerce platforms for setting up businesses.

  5. Humanities Department

    As part of post exam activities, Sec 3 Geography students will be involved in fieldwork studies as part of assessment requirement of the syllabus.

  6. Head-start Programme for Sec 3E

    Sec 3E students will attend lessons on part of their remaining syllabus from 29 Oct to 9 Nov. This is aimed at giving head-start preparation for their curriculum in 2019. Details of the programme will be available in Term 4. Kindly avoid this period when planning the year end holiday for your child / ward if he /she is in Sec 3E.

  7. Peirce Idol 2017

    The event to be held in Term 3 will provide the musically inclined cum enthusiasts a platform to showcase their talents. Participants will have to go through a Preliminary round on 11 Jul, shortlisted contestants will qualify for semi-finals on 26 Jul. Four soloists and group performances each will qualify for the Finals on 8 Aug.

  8. 7. The CCA department will be organising an Overseas Learning Journey to Hong Kong from 21 to 24 Nov for students in UG CCAs. The trip aims to enhance participants’ 21st century competencies, in particular global awareness, cross cultural skills, communication & collaboration skills, through a varied itinerary. Participants will have the opportunity to visit and interact with their counterparts in at least two local schools. Other trips planned are:
    Programme Destination
    Cultural Immersion and Service Learning, 18 – 20 Oct Batam, Indonesia
    Dance Competition, 5 – 11 Nov Penang, Malaysia
    Cultural Immersion and Service Learning Trip, 12 – 16 Nov Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Contact Details Update
    The school needs to be informed as soon as there are changes in your child / ward’s contact details i.e. contact number, guardian and official address. Please update us using the ‘Request Form for Updating of Student’s Official Address’ available from the school General Office.