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Principal’s Message: 2017 Term 1 Updates

Principal’s Message: 2017 Term 1 Updates

A very warm welcome to you and your children/charges to the new Academic Year of 2017.

New Staff
We like to welcome our new colleagues who have joined the GESS family from January 2017: Miss Goh Qi Hui (Chinese Language), Ms Olivia Hu (Allied Educator, Teaching and Learning), Mrs Violet Lee (F&N), Mdm Leo Mei Yin May (Math), Mr Brandon Albert Lim (HOD/ICT), Mr Loh Choon Yang (Year Head), Mdm Sarasvathy Rajah (HOD/English), Mr Andrew Tan Chiat Ann (English and Math), and Mr Tan Kay Chuan (Art).

We would also take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to staff who have left, including Mr Chow Wing Kee, our VP(Admin), Mrs Tay Boon Eng (HOD/Aesthetics), Mr Koh Soon Liang (Subject Head/CL), Ms Sheryl Ong (Level Head/English), Mr Paul Lai Chyi Shyan (Math), and Miss Tho Lee Kian (Chemistry). We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Celebrating the Release of N-Level Results
The N-level results were released on 19 Dec 2016. We are pleased to report that our 2016 N-level students have turned in a commendable performance, with 80.7% of the Sec 4NA cohort achieving eligibility for Sec 5NA (over and above the national mean of 75.2%). We are also pleased to announce that 100% of our Sec 4NT students are eligible for entry to ITE. 7 students from Sec 4NA obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate of at least 9 points or less and 8 NT students from the class of 2016 obtained at least 2 As in their exam. 12 of these students have also obtained distinctions in their CCA.

These results are affirmations of the good work of our staff and students, the strong support of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), alumni (GESSOSA), the School Advisory Committee (SAC), and parents who worked with us to nurture the best in our students. Our students have done well in academic as well as in non-academic areas. We are pleased to announce that 5 students in our 2016 4N graduating cohort received the MOE Edusave CHaracter Award (ECHA) for good character.

Healthy Meals in Schools Programme (HMSP)
In line with promoting healthier food choices among students, we have implemented the HMSP from 3 Jan 2017. Our canteen stalls now serve healthier options like brown rice mixed with white rice, and more portions of vegetables and fruits to our students. We hope you would also work with us to educate and encourage your child/ward to choose healthier food as their diet.

PUB Underground Tunneling Project
Since 12 December 2016, PUB has started underground tunnelling works near a small section of our school at the junction of Alexandra Road and Henderson Road. We are working with PUB and its contractors to minimise the noise and any inconveniences arising from the tunnelling works, which is expected to be completed in December 2018. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we seek your understanding in this matter.

Key Events and Important Dates for Term 1, 2017
All students will be participating in the 2017 Educational & Career Guidance (ECG) Week from 6 February till 10 February. There will be a series of activities to meet the different needs and aspirations of all students. The school has invited professionals from various tertiary institutions and industries to share about the required skills, attitudes, and challenges faced in their course of study and professions. We believe these presentations will open up new possibilities and opportunities for our students as they continue to discover their passion and strengths.

This is the programme for the ECG Week:

Dates Times Classes involved Activity
6 Feb (Mon) 2.30 – 4.30pm All Sec 1 and Sec 2 Voluntary Welfare Organisation
Food & Beverages
7 Feb (Tue) 12.45 –1.30pm All Sec 1 and Sec 2 Singapore Polytechnic
8 Feb (Wed) 2.30 – 4.30pm All Sec 3, Sec 4 and Sec 5 Hospitality
Accountancy / Business
9 Feb (Thu) 12.45 – 1.30pm All Sec 3, Sec 4 and Sec 5 Breakout sessions:ITE, Polytechnic and JC talks
2.30 – 3.15pm Open to all students.
Sign-up basis through asknlearn portal
Arts & Design
Public service (Ministries/ Statutory Boards)
10 Feb (Fri) 2.30 – 5pm Open to 20 students (max) on a sign-up basis Learning Journey to external organisation (TBC)

Other important dates for Term 1 can be found in the Annex.

As a school that nurtures the best in each, we appreciate your continued support as we work together to develop every student to be a GESSIAN of Excellence, Standing and Significance.


Yours faithfully

Mdm Jenny Tan

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