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Principal’s Message

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Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Let’s look forward to another fruitful year ahead! We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to our Primary 1 students and their parents, as well as those who have just joined the Pei Chun family!

Upgrading of the school infrastructure and transiting into a single session school

Pei Chun Public School will be celebrating its 86th anniversary this year. It will be an exciting year for the Pei Chun community as we prepare for our shift back to the school site at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 at the end of Semester 1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donations, understanding and patience for the upgrading project. This shift marks an important milestone in the school journey as we look forward to a number of infrastructural enhancements at the school site, including new classrooms, Performing Arts Studio, Programme for Active Learning (PAL) rooms, Teaching Laboratory, Outdoor Education Learning (OEL) area and an indoor play field which is the first of its kind in school design. With the enhanced infrastructure, Pei Chun will be well positioned to transit into a single session school to better support the holistic development of our students in 2020.

A journey of continuous learning and improvement

As a learning organization, it has always been the school culture to strive for continuous improvements so as to better deliver the desired outcomes of education for our children to thrive in the 21st century. Following the revised school vision, mission, values, motto and educational philosophy, we have been making refinements to our approaches and programmes so as to better align them to the overall directions of the school. The recent announcements made by MOE on “Learn for Life’ reaffirm the school vision in nurturing Pei Chun students with 21st Century Competencies and dispositions anchored on sound values.

Our Applied Learning & Learning for Life Programmes

As a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school, bilingualism and character building have always been the hallmarks of education in Pei Chun. As such, the school has developed two key school programmes, Bilingual Media Studies Programme (Applied Learning Programme) and Pei Chun Leaders Programme (Learning for Life Programme) to strengthen the school’s focus on bilingualism and character building. The Bilingual Media Studies Programme provides students with real life applications of the knowledge and skills in the learning of English and Chinese Language and deepens their understanding of the Eastern and Western cultures while the Pei Chun Leaders Programme focuses on developing the leadership potential of our students through building character, values and life skills that are necessary in navigating the challenges of the future. Through these programmes, the school has rebalanced the rigour and joy of learning by providing students with a broad range of learning experiences that enable them to better appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in school to the real world.

Coherence in our overall approach towards holistic education and support for students

The school has also made improvements to its structures and processes so as to better support the development of students in the various domains (social, moral, leadership, cognitive, physical, aesthetics). These include broadening the school-based recognition scheme to affirm outstanding achievements of students in domains beyond the academics as well as using a more targeted approach to cater to the diverse learning needs of our students. Since 2017, students who needed more support in learning attend after-school Remedial Programme while the rest of the students are given the opportunities to participate in enrichment modules after school to explore their interests and learn new skills and competencies beyond the standard curriculum.

Qualitative feedback on learning

As assessment is an integral part of learning, the school has also reviewed its assessment structure and planned to better calibrate the assessment load and ensure the right pitching. To support the Lower Primary learners to have a positive start that focuses on growth and curiosity for learning, the school will remove all weighted assessments at Primary 1 and 2 this year. Teachers will provide feedback on the progress of their learning through a set of learning outcomes and qualitative descriptors. Changes will also be made to the assessment structure at Primary 3 and Primary 5, progressively, in the next few years, so as to free up curriculum time for deeper learning and development of 21st century competencies in our students at these transitional years.

Strengthening 21CC through greater social mixing

As schools are crucibles of socialization, the school has adopted a more balanced approach between ability grouping and social mixing on its class allocation for P3 & P5 where students learn to work with peers from different backgrounds. Since 2017, the school has also taken steps to provide cross-cultural learning experiences for our students to interact with peers from other ethnic groups through collaboration with First Toa Payoh Primary School, which would otherwise be limited for our students due to the profile of students in a SAP school.

Enhancing Students’ Well-Being through Positive Education

The school has embarked on the journey of positive education to strengthen the school efforts on students’ well-being. Positive education focuses on both the cognitive development as well as character and well-being of learners in a double intertwined manner. This is aligned to the school approach in nurturing the whole child. The fundamental goal of positive education is to promote positive mental health by building character strengths, resilience, positive emotions, and promoting growth mindset and mindfulness. We believe that the mindsets and skills that we inculcate in our students in positive education will serve them well in whatever paths that they take in the future.

Our 2nd Motto – Gratitude 饮水思源

As part of positive education, we have introduced “饮水思源” as the second school motto to emphasize the value of gratitude. As an old Chinese proverb says “前人种树,后人遮荫” (One generation plants a tree; the next sits in its shade)”, it is important to educate our children to show gratitude to those who have supported them in their journey. Hence, to signify the importance of the second motto, we will introduce an orange coloured PE T-shirt this year to complement the four colours that reflect the first school motto “礼义廉耻”.

Our dedicated staff and close partnership with stakeholders as a Pei Chun Village

As the school embarks on its journey of continuous learning and improvement, the school is fortunate to have a team of dynamic and dedicated educators and support staff who always give their best to bring about the positive student outcomes in close partnership with parents. Their efforts are well supported by the Pei Chun School Management Committee, Alumni and various partners in education. The passion and dedication of these key stakeholders have played a pivotal role in enabling the whole school community to “raise every child in Pei Chun as a village”. Together as one Pei Chun community, let’s continue to forge our collaborative efforts to nurture our children to be “Passionate and Collaborative Learners 智者; Patriotic and Caring Citizens 仁者; Proactive and Creative Leaders 勇者”.

May I wish everyone a happy and fulfilling year ahead!

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Lim Meng Wei

Principal

校长献词

新年快乐,又是一个崭新的学年!让我们展望2019过得更充实、更有意义!我们也要热烈地欢迎所有一年级的学生、家长以及所有新加入培群大家庭的人士!

校舍翻新并转为单班制

公立培群学校将于今年庆祝建校86周年。今年也会是培群的一个重要里程碑,因我们将于第一学期末迁回大巴窑七巷的学校原址。我们也想借此机会感谢您对校舍翻新工程的慷慨捐赠,同时也感谢您在这期间所给予学校的体谅与支持。新校舍进行了一系列新设施的增建,包括表演与艺术室,教学实验室,户外学习场地和设计独一无二的室内游戏场。有了这些新设施,培群将具备更好的条件在2020年转为单班制,更好地支持学生的全面发展。

致力于不断学习与改进

作为一个教育机构,我们致力于不断改进,以便更好地达成21世纪的理想教育成果,帮助学生面对21世纪的挑战。随着修订后的学校愿景、使命、价值观、校训和教育理念,我们一直在不断改进我们的教学方法和活动,以确保与学校的整体方向保持一致。学校的愿景也与教育部最近发表的“终身学习”报告内容相符,即着重于全面培养具有21世纪技能与健全价值观的学生。

应用学习与生活教育计划

作为特选学校,双语和品格教育一直是培群教育的指标。因此,学校展开了两个重点计划:双语传媒课程(应用学习计划)和培群学生领袖计划(生活教育计划)。双语传媒课程为学生提供了生活中应用英文和华文的知识和技能,加深他们对东西方文化的理解;而培群学生领袖计划致力于激发学生的领导潜能,同时提升他们的品格、价值观和生活技能,以应付未来的挑战。通过这些课程,学校提供了多元化的体验,平衡了学术要求和学习的乐趣,让学生能够更好地了解他们在学校所学到的知识与生活的相关性。

支持学生的全面教育

为了更好地支持学生在各个领域(群育、德育、领导、智育、体育、美育)的发展,学校在机制和活动方面作出了调整。这包括增加学校奖励计划的奖项,以肯定学生在学术方面以外所取得的杰出成就。自2017年以来,在学习上需要更多帮助的学生会参加课后补习班,而其余的学生可以在在课后参加各类的兴趣班,学习课程以外的新知识。

提供更全面的学习反馈

由于评估是学习不可或缺的一部分,学校也审查了校内的评估方式。为了让学生在低年级着重于学习的过程,建立信心和求知欲望,学校将删除一年级和二年级的所有计分评估。教师们将通过学生所取得的学习成果和定性指标,而不是分数,来让家长了解孩子的学习进展。未来几年,三年级和五年级的评估方式也将逐步作出改变,以便为学生提供更多课程时间深入学习21世纪的技能。

通过社交融合加强21世纪技能

    学校在三年级和五年级分班时,除了考虑学生的学习能力,也把不同背景的同学编入同一班一起学习,以促进社交融合。自2017年以来,学校也为学生提供了跨文化的学习体验,通过与大智小学的合作,身在特选小学的培群学生也有机会与其他种族的学生互动与交流。

提倡正向教育,促进学生的全面身心健康

学校开展了正向教育,以加强学生的身心健康与品格的发展。正向教育着重于认知发展及品格和身心发展这两个密不可分的因素来培养个人的长处和潜能,这与学校全面培养学生的理念是一致的。正向教育通过建立品格、应变能力、正向情绪、成长思维与自我意识,促进个人的心理健康。我们相信这些技能和思维对学生未来的发展肯定有所帮助。

第二道校训饮水思源

作为正向教育的一部分,我们增添了“饮水思源”作为培群的第二道校训,希望未来的培群学生都懂得珍惜与感恩。正所谓:“前人种树,后人遮荫”,教育学生对那些支持与帮助过他们的人表示感恩是很重要的。今年,为配合新增添的校训,我们推出了一款橙色的体育服,加上之前的“礼义廉耻”的四种颜色(红、蓝、绿、黄),现在的体育服共有五种颜色。

我们敬业的培群团队、与教育伙伴之间的密切合作

培群有幸拥有一支充满活力与敬业的团队,他们总是尽最大的努力与家长密切合作,为的是给学生良好的学习体验,以期达到学习的成果。他们的努力也得到了培群校董、校友会和各方教育合作伙伴的鼎力支持,使整个学校能全面地栽培每一位培群的学生。让我们继续努力,共同培养每一个孩子成为热爱学习,能与他人良好互动的终身学习者(智者)、仁心爱国,同时具有世界观的国民(仁者),以及能够不断发挥创意,并开拓新局面的积极领袖(勇者)。

谢谢!

林明伟校长

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