Peircean ParentLine

Vol 3 – Dec 2018

Dear Parents,

It has been almost a year after the school merger.
Taking into consideration the visions and missions of both schools, Peirce Secondary School’s vision and mission have been revised as follow:

Vision: Resilient Learners, Gracious Citizens

Mission: A Learning Community that Values Every Individual

To better reflect the purpose for schooling as learning to thrive in a transforming world, our school’s strategic thrusts emphasise Character Education and Learning for Life.

Strategic Thrust 1: Citizenship & Character Development

Building Character and National Pride pervasively school-wide, has been a key approach of our Citizenship & Character Development Programmes.

Our Citizenship and Character Education (CCE) lessons, Year Head programmes & Form Teacher Time, as well as Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) are the main platforms for the explicit teaching and application of values.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning activities such as commemoration of NE events, level camps, and also overseas trips. The school continues to leverage on our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) to showcase authentic examples of grit and resilience of people in our community; and our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) in the Uniformed Groups and Student Leadership Development programmes for students to learn about teamwork and social responsibility.

All students participated in a Values-In-Action (VIA) project that allows them to implement and initiate community service projects. All Sec 3 students opt and go for Advanced Elective Modules at polytechnics to explore career choices so as to contribute in future to the nation.

Strategic Thrust 2: Learning Excellence

Peirce is committed to continually seek improvements in our pedagogical and assessment approaches. The dedication and experience of our teachers have contributed to the motivation of our students to attain good performances in the GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Level Examinations.

Our Secondary 4 Express students have consistently achieved more than 95% eligibility for Polytechnic and 80% for Junior Colleges or Millennia Institute for the past 3 years. In 2017, 78% of our Sec 4 Normal Academic students were eligible for promotion to Sec 5, with 5 qualifying for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP).

Strategic Thrust 3: Staff Professional Development

Establishing a strong Professional Learning Community is a key focus for our teachers. Our teachers meet every week on Monday mornings to discuss lesson plans and ideas, so as to engage students in their learning.

Each instructional programme department has initiated plans for niche development and signature instructional methods, with customised professional development programmes to enhance teachers’ competencies in teaching and learning. These have key objectives of developing pedagogies that enhance our students’ 21st century competencies in effective communication, critical thinking and information management.

Parents - Our Key Partners

I would like to thank all parents for the patience and understanding shown in our first year of merger. Many parents have shown great support for the school through their feedback and active participation in school events such as talks and meet-parent sessions. In particular, the Peirce Parents’ Support Group (PPSG) has been tireless in their efforts to promote interaction and bonding among parents. We are deeply appreciative of parents who have put in much time and energy to encourage our students in adapting to new learning and development.

We look forward to students, teachers and parents coming together to grow and nurture our Peirceans to be confident persons, self-directed learners, and concerned citizens who actively contribute to our country.

Thank you.

Fax Mentis Incendium Gloriae.
Mrs Betty Chow
Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. School Activities during Nov/Dec Vacation

Some CCAs will continue to have training sessions, during the school holidays.  The respective CCA teachers would have informed you of your child/ward’s involvement, if any, through a letter.

  1. Head-Start Programmes

Sec 3 Express Course students began the Head-Start Programme where lessons on part of the remaining ‘O’ level syllabus resumed, between Mon 29 Oct and Fri 9 Nov. These lessons were aimed at reinforcing knowledge and skills required for the O level curriculum.

  1. Nov/Dec Holiday Assignments

Students will keep in touch with their learning during the school holidays through assignments posted on the school’s Student Learning Space (SLS at https://learning.moe.edu.sg)or hard copies given by the subject teachers.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  1. Values in Action: Purple Parade

Selected Secondary 1 and 2 students participated in the Purple Parade @ Suntec City on 27 Oct (Sat). The Purple Parade is a national platform to promote awareness and celebrate the abilities of people with special needs. Your child’s participation in this activity provided him/her with the opportunity to be more caring and empathetic to people with special needs.

  1.  Student Leadership Training

Sec 2 student leaders attended a full day workshop on the Student Leadership Challenge Model on 29 October.. Their training journey will continue throughout next year as they take on a more active role.

  1. Peer Support Leaders’ Training

The school will be introducing the Peer Support system next year. A group of Sec 1 students have been identified to undergo training sessions on 30 Oct, 1 Nov and 20 Dec to be Peer Support Leaders.  The training aims to help these students contribute to the caring and positive peer culture in the school when they look out for one another and provide support to their peers in need. With a peer support mind-set, students create a community of care and support amongst peers.

  1. Combined Uniformed Groups Camp

Sec 1 – 3 Uniformed Groups cadets held a camp in school between 2 and 4 Nov.  While each unit conducted their own training, the cadets came together to engage in an archery session and a walk from Hort Park to Sentosa Boardwalk via the Henderson Bridge and Mount Faber.

  1. Combined UG Overseas Learning Journey to Hong Kong

A group of 23 cadets headed for Hong Kong from 20 to 23 Nov.  Accompanied by 4 teachers, cadets visited local schools to interact and learn from their counterparts.  They also visited places to learn more about the culture of Hong Kong.  It is hoped that the trip have enhanced participants’ 21 century skills, in particular global awareness, cross cultural skills, communication and collaboration skills.

  1. Overseas Learning Trips

Other trips in November included:

Programme Destination
a)     Dance Overseas Competition and Exchange Programme, 05 – 11 Nov

 

Penang, Malaysia
b)     Student Leader Service Learning Trip, 12 – 16 Nov

 

Phnom Penh,

Cambodia

c)     Service Learning In Karimun Karimun Besar Island, Indonesia
d)     Brunei-S’pore Adventure Camp, 1 – 5 Dec

 

Brunei

 

  1. Graduation Night 2018

The Class of 2018 held their Graduation Night at Carlton Hotel on 21 Nov from 6.45 pm to 10.30 pm.  Co-organised with the Peirce Parent Support Group, the event allowed our graduating students to celebrate and bid farewell to their secondary school journey.

THINGS TO NOTE
  1. Travel Declaration

You can inform the school of your child/ward’s overseas travel plans for Nov/Dec school vacation on our school homepage at http://www.peircesec.moe.edu.sg or download a copy of the form for your use.  Hard copies are also available from the school General Office.

As part of our effort to ensure the well-being of our staff and students, we advise that if your child is unwell with flu like symptoms upon return from overseas vacation to seek medical attention and return only on expiration of medical certificate and upon full recovery.

Parents can update the school should there be any change in the travel plans.  It is important that information you provide us on your child / ward’s travel plans is as accurate and current as possible.  Please contact the General Office at 64576454 should you need to update us with the necessary details.

 

  1. Financial Assistance for 2019

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance for 2019 can obtain the application form from the General Office and submit the completed form with the relevant documents as soon as possible.

  1. Special Arrangement for 2019 GCE Exams

A student with physical disability (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, colour-blindness) or learning disability (e.g. dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD) which may adversely affect his/her performance in the GCE examination may request for special arrangements during the examination.

Parents are required to submit updated Psychological / Medical Reports (dated no earlier than 2016) by qualified professionals to their child’s form teacher by mid Jan 2019 for submission to Singapore Exams and Assessment Board (SEAB).  Please note that Psychological / Medical Reports (except colour vision deficiency) submitted during your child’s Primary School education will not be valid anymore. The outcome of the application will be made known in mid-2019.

Parents are to note that certain special arrangements will be annotated in the student’s GCE Exam certificate.

  1. Temperature Taking Exercise Jan 2019

As part of continued preparedness in activating temperature taking when necessary, we will be conducting the above exercise in the first week of Term 1 on Mon, 7 January 2019

  1. Contact Details Update

The school needs to be informed as soon as there are changes in your child / ward’s contact details or guardianship, i.e. contact number and address of child, guardian or parents.  Please obtain a form from the General Office to provide us with the updates when necessary.

  1. Attire and Grooming for School

The school reopens for Term 1 on Wed, 2 Jan 2019 and morning ceremony begins at 7.25 am.  We seek your support in ensuring your child’s readiness for school with suitable grooming and school attire.  We wish to highlight that upper secondary boys’ trousers must be worn at the waist, and sufficiently long to cover the ankles.  Its width should not be altered to be tapered for a slim fit.  Girls should wear their skirts at the waist and be at knee length.  Plain white socks or school socks must be worn visible at least 2 fingers-width above the highest edge of the shoes at all times. More details are available from the Student Handbook link on the school website.

  1. Road Safety

We advise parents whose children come to school by private transport to let them alight past the main school gate at the left most road lane at 10, Sin Ming Walk.  It is unsafe for your child to alight along Upper Thomson Road near the school back gate where there are designated bus lane hours with heavy traffic during peak hours.