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Principal’s Message: 2016 Term 2 Updates

Principal’s Message: 2016 Term 2 Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to update you on the key events that have taken place and give you an overview of events in Term 3.

Celebrations
On 11 March, the school celebrated its 131st anniversary with our students going into the community to raise awareness of kidney diseases and its prevention, in collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). In the afternoon, Mr Koh Poh Tiong, chairman and senior advisor of Ezra Holdings and non-executive chairman of Times Publishing, and also a senior Gessian, graced the Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony. Our students benefited from the advice of Mr Koh to build a strong and resilient character, and from the joy of reaching out to the public with the message of taking good care of their health.

With the strong support of our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), our school had the Cross Country Race cum International Friendship Day Commemoration at the Singapore Chinese Garden on 1 April. Many parents came to support the event through their participation in the races, and provided refreshments for all the participants. We thank the PTA for their continual support.

We celebrate another bountiful year of accomplishments in CCA which has made us proud. All six of our Uniformed Group CCAs have attained Gold Award again. Our Canoeing Sprint Team came in Top 6 in all B and C Divisions (Boys and Girls) at the National Inter-schools Canoeing Championship, and our Table Tennis Girls achieved 2nd position and also Top 8 in the South Zone and National Inter-schools Championships respectively.

Aesthetics Week, Post Exam Activities, and Parent-Teacher Conference
As the Term comes to a close, our students will be participating in a host of activities from 24 – 26 May to enhance their appreciation of Aesthetics, as well as to provide opportunities for some to showcase their talents during the Aesthetics Week.

On 26 May, all students will also take part in activities involving their class teachers and peers that will further build class spirit and camaraderie. Please note that the school will be dismissed at 1pm.

On 27 May, only selected students identified to attend the Parent-Teacher Conference will need to attend the session with their parents. The form teachers would have informed the parents of these identified students.

Installation of “No Right Turn” Sign Outside Main Exit of School
On an average school day, the school observes that about 200 vehicles drive into and out of the school during the morning peak period between 7am – 7.25am. We have observed a few near-accidents between vehicles when some turned right to exit through Alexandra Road. This also often leads to a bottleneck in our school, with the exiting vehicles waiting to turn right while the other vehicles inside the school wait to turn left. After consultations with the LTA, a “NO Right Turn” sign would be installed outside the main exit of the school gate to restrict vehicles exiting the school to turn left only (during 7am – 7.25am). The installation is expected to be completed and operational by early Term 3. We believe this will lead to a safer and smoother traffic flow into and out of school, and seek your cooperation to ensure safety for all.

Direct School Admission (DSA) Application
The DSA applications to Gan Eng Seng School for the Year 2016 are now open from 9 May – 1 Jul. This year, we will be considering applicants for one of two distinctive programmes in GESS: Applied Learning Programme (Interdisciplinary) and Learning for Life Programme (Community and Youth Leadership). Interested parents of the current Primary 6 cohort will find relevant information for the DSA in our school website at /school-information/school-admission/. We hope that our parents will continue to be our best ambassadors for the school, by encouraging prospective candidates to select GESS as their school of choice.

An Update for Term 3 Key Events
We like to bring to your attention the dates of the following key events of the school in Term 3 (see Annex). The CCA Schedule during the June Holidays is available for your reference in our school website at: /announcement/2016-june-cca-training-schedule/.

We look forward to your strong support as we work together to nurture the best in each of our students.

Onward!

Yours faithfully

Mdm Jenny Tan
Principal

27 Jun (Mon) Start of Term 3 Attire and Hair Checks will be conducted. Each student is to bring a piece of cloth for class cleaning.
4 Jul (Mon) Youth Day – School Holiday
7 Jul (Wed) PET Rocket Programme for ALL Sec 3 NA/EX
Time: 2.15 pm – 5.30 pm
Venue: School Field
The programme will be postponed to 8 Jul in the event of poor weather conditions.
12 Jul (Tue) Curriculum Redistribution – Implement Monday’s timetable Students to bring books and material meant for Mondays.
20, 25, 27, 28 Jul d ‘ARTS@GESS Programme at the Esplanade -Theatres on the Bay1.  Sec 2A (20 July, 1:15pm – 5:30pm)
2.  Sec 1A/1C/1E (25 July, 1:15pm – 4:30pm)
3.  Sec 1B/1D/1F/1G (28 Jul, 1:15pm – 4:30pm)
4.  Sec 4A/4B/4C/4G/4H (27 July, 1:45pm – 6pm)
5.  Sec 4D/4E/4F/5A/5B (27 July, 6:30pm – 10:30pm)
2-way transport will be provided for Event 1, 2, and 3.For Event 4, only 1-way transport to the performance venue will be provided. Students would need to arrange their own transportation after the event.

For Event 5, students would need to arrange their own 2-way transport.

22 Jul (Fri) Sports Fiesta cum Racial Harmony Day All students are to attend this school event to be held during usual curriculum time, at 12.45pm.
30 May –
12 Oct
National Exams:
GCE “O” Level

  • Mother Tongue Written (30 May)
  • Mother Tongue B Written (31 May)
  • Mother Tongue Oral (1 Jul – 18 Jul)
  • Mother Tongue B Oral (30 Jun)
  • Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension (19 Jul)
  • Higher Mother Tongue Oral (25 Jul – 2 Aug)
  • English Language Oral (15 Aug – 29 Aug)

GCE “N” Level

  • English Language Oral (7 Jul – 14 Jul)
  • Mother Tongue Oral (26 Jul – 1 Aug)
  • Written/Practical Exam (13 Sep – 21 Sep, 3 Oct – 12 Oct)
National Examination dates are correct as at 25 May 2016. Please check the SEAB website at http://www.seab.gov.sg/ for the latest updated examination dates.On 19 Jul, the school will be dismissed at 12:45pm. No afternoon activities will be planned on that day. This will allow the smooth conduct of the Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension exam.
4 Aug (Thu) Curriculum Redistribution – Implement Monday’s timetable Students to bring books and material meant for Mondays.
8 Aug (Mon) National Day School Celebration
9 – 10 Aug National Day (Public Holiday) on 9 AugSchool Holiday on 10 Aug
15 – 24 Aug Prelim 2 Exam – 4NA & NT
19 – 31 Aug Prelim 2 Exam – 4EX & 5NA
2 Sep (Fri) Teachers’ Day – School Holiday
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