Peircean ParentLine

Vol 2 – Sept 2019

Dear Parents,

This Bicentennial year, PM Lee invited the nation to “reflect on how this nation came into being… [and] also think of how we can move forward together.” To reflect on the stories our pioneers have created, our school arranged for all lower secondary students to attend the Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning. On the eve of National Day, the upper secondary students went on learning journeys to museums, the Civic District and Victoria Theatre. Lower secondary students celebrated our National Day with singing of community songs, playing traditional games, and tasting foods such as coconut ice-cream and “kacang putih”. With these experiences, our school hopes to pass on these stories to our students and empower them to contribute towards building new stories of their own.

Aligned to our school’s emphasis on promoting student overall wellness, on the last week of Term 3, the school organised activities such as “Learn@Peirce” to encourage students to take up different sports and games to enhance physical health and fitness. There were inter-class games to cultivate class bonding and peer relationships. The school celebrated ACES Day with eating of fruits, before the highlight of the term - Teachers’ Day Celebrations! This event was planned by our student leaders. They initiated card writing for students who are keen to express well wishes for their teachers and they also ran auditions and rehearsals for the Teachers’ Day Concert with great finesse!

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 Term 3, the school-based Preliminary Examinations started. Soon in Term 4, the End-of-Year Examination for Sec 1 – 3 will begin. While our teachers prepare students for academic assessment, they will also care for the holistic well-being of the students.

We would like to thank all parents for your communication, cooperation and encouragement. As our valued partners in education, together we hope to bring about in students affirmation of positive behaviour, 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 2019; Mdm Loh Hwee Hwa on being awarded the Commendation Medal and Mdm Nai Chheu Yee, 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 26 Aug.

  3. The Evening Self-Study Programme (ESP) held 22 – 26 Jul and 13 – 16 Aug, for Sec 4 and Sec 5 students aims to provide students with a conducive environment for self-study and consultations with teachers.

  4. CCA sessions will be temporarily suspended from 17 Sep till after Semestral Assessments 2 (SA2). This is to allow students to focus on their SA2 preparation.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  1. The Show Choir attained the highest award, the Diamond Award in this year’s B-Dazzled! Singapore Show Choir Festival 2019 on 17 Jul. Additionally, the team bagged the Best Vocal for the first time and clinched the Show Choir of the Year Award for the second year running. Congratulations to the team and teachers and instructors for their fine effort.

  2. Alpha Robotics members participated in the Marine and Offshore Challenge Competition on 10 Jul at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Their hard work paid off when they won the Gold Award and attained the highest score in the Payload Award. Well done!

  3. Colours Award by Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC)

    We commend the teachers and students for their resilience and fine efforts in the National School Games Competitions. Congratulations to the following teams:

    • Table Tennis B Div Boys for 3rd placing, C Div boys for 4th placing at the Zonal competition
    • Rugby U-17 Bowl Category - attained a spot in the top 4 position;
    • Basketball B Div for 4th placing in the Zonal competition.

    We are very proud of the teamwork and grit of the players which have helped their teams to achieve good performance. Well done Peirceans!

  4. Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation 2019

    The following students received the award for their good performance in their respective school sports competition:

    Basketball: Tan Kian Seng Branson, 5A2 was selected and played for the Singapore Schools Sports Team at the 11th ASEAN School Games in Semarang, Indonesia

    Judo: B Division Judo Girls Team comprising Raeann Koh 4E1, Er Co Hoon 4E1, Samijon Yelena Isabel Flojo 3A2, Lim Si Ting 4E3 and Lebelle Ong 4A2, came in 3rd for the Team event. Raeann and Co Hoon won a bronze medal for the Individual Extra Light and Half Heavy category respectively while Yelena won the silver in the Individual Heavy category. We applaud their achievements!

    Taekwondo: Tan Ler Xuan Jermaine, 3E1. was placed 2nd in the National B Division Girls Taekwondo (Kyorugi) (Individual - Under 56 kg). Congratulations to Jermaine too!

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:

    1. Students from SJB, NPCC and Student Leaders were involved in collecting old newspaper and used clothes for recycling at Sin Ming Court on 01 June. Ninth year running, this project is in partnership with Thomson-Sin Ming Court RC and is aligned with the school’s environmental education efforts.
    2. Selma Inara Samudera (1E3) and Fenella Kim Zi Yi, Chan Shyue Qi Shannon (1E4) participated in the National Environment Quiz organised by the National Environment Agency and Nan Hua High School on 17 Aug.
  2. National Day Celebrations - 8 Aug

    Peirceans commemorated National Day 2019 with the theme ‘Our Singapore’. The Upper Secondary students marked the day with learning journeys (LJs) to the Civic District (Sec 3) and National Museum Singapore (Sec 4). The LJs were aligned to the Bicentennial experience and helped our students appreciate the concept of ‘from Singapore to Singaporean’. Both staff and students found the LJs meaningful and interactive.

    Lower Secondary students commemorated National Day with ‘This is where I belong’ Carnival that helped to foster bonds as a class; school and nation. Students had a fun-filled morning with community singing and traditional games. An atmosphere of nostalgia was created when they were treated to traditional ice-cream and kacang puteh. A group of seniors from the Lions Befriender also joined in the activities supported by our student leaders.

  3. Health & Fitness Week 2019

    The last week of Term 3 saw Peirceans being actively involved in a series of activities organised specially to emphasize the importance of keeping healthy and fit. The activities included an inter class games, Learn@Peirce and the Week ended with the ACES Day Workout, comprising of games for the graduating classes, walk at Bishan Park for the Sec. 1 and 3 cohorts and a dance workout for the Sec. 2 students. Basic modules on archery, bowling, karate, kinball and inline skating were conducted under Learn@Peirce programme.

  4. Teachers’ Day Celebrations - 30 Aug

    A group of student leaders organised Teachers’ Day card writing during recess for students to pen their well wishes for teachers. They packed the cards and a gift for all staff. In addition the leaders also 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.

  5. S7 Joint Residential Leadership Programme

    Nine Secondary 3 boys from the Express and Normal (Academic) courses successfully completed in Term 3, a 7-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 11 Oct. A ceremony for Sec 4N(A) and 4N(T) students has already been carried out on Thu 22 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 1 Nov. This is aimed at giving head-start preparation for their curriculum in 2020. 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. Student Leaders’ Overseas Learning Journey to Cambodia

    The Student Leadership Committee is organising the above from 18 to 21 Nov this year for a group of student leaders. The trip aims to enhance participants’ 21st century competencies, in particular global awareness, cross cultural skills, communication & collaboration skills, through a varied itinerary. Authentic learning experiences will be provided to hone their leadership skills as the leaders visit and interact with their counterparts in a local school, as well through the planning and execution of service learning project in a community school.

    Programme Destination
    Immersion and Exchange Trip to a Chinese School in Malaysia, 12 – 13 Sep Johor Bahru
    Immersion and Exchange Trip to Vietnam, 14 – 18 Nov Hanoi
    Immersion and Exchange Trip to China, 18 – 22 Nov Xiamen

     

  8. 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.