Principal’s Message: 2018 Term 1 Welcome
A very warm welcome to you and your children/charges to the new Academic Year of 2018.
We like to welcome our new colleagues who have joined the GESS family from January 2018: Mdm Sarawathy D/O Varadaraju (VP), Mr Eugene Lim Soon Howe (HOD/Aesthetics), Ms Dong Zilei, Mr Ng Shi Ze, Mr Victor Tan.
We would also take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to staff who have left, including Mr Lee Kah Wai (VP), Mrs Tay Yen Ping (Lead Teacher), Ms Vivien Saw (POA), Ms Olivia Hu (AED, T&L). We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Celebrating the Release of N-Level Results
The N-level results were released on 18 Dec 2017. We are pleased to report that our 2017 N-level students have turned in a commendable performance, with 88.8% of the Sec 4NA cohort achieving eligibility for Sec 5NA (over and above the national mean of 76.6%). We are also pleased to announce that 100% of our Sec 4NT students are eligible for entry to ITE. 12 students from Sec 4NA obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate of at least 9 points or less and 10 NT students from the class of 2016 obtained at least 3 As in their exam. 12 of these students have also obtained an ‘Excellent’ Grade for 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 2017 4N graduating cohort received the MOE Edusave CHaracter Award (ECHA) for good character.
Key Events and Important Dates for Term 1, 2018
School Emergency Preparedness Exercise
Our School will be participating in a school safety training session on 10 Jan (Wed, 8 am – 10 am) and an emergency preparedness exercise on 24 Jan (Wed, 0745 – 1230h). This emergency exercise aims to train the students and staff to be prepared for any emergency in the school premises and to be familiar with the safety and evacuation procedures. This exercise is a collaborative effort between the School, the Ministry of Education’s Security and Emergency Planning Office (SEMPO) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF). If you need further clarifications, please contact Mr Phoon (Admin Manager) at 64745594.
2018 Educational & Career Guidance (ECG) Week
All students will be participating in the 2018 Educational & Career Guidance (ECG) Week from 22 January till 26 January. 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:
|Date||Time||Classes involved||Institutions/ Industries|
|4 Jan (Thurs)||2-5 pm||Selected graduating classes||Polytechnics Open House|
|1 day after the release of ‘O’ Level resutls||2-5 pm||Selected graduating classes||JC Open House|
|22 Jan (Mon)||2.30 – 5 pm||All Sec 1 and Sec 2 classes||Learning Journeys to institutions such as Lifelong Learning Exploration Centre (Sec 1s)
Onboarding onto MySkillsFuture Portal (Sec 2s)
|24 Jan (Wed)||2.30 – 4.30 pm||All Sec 3, 4 and 5 classes||Talks by industry speakers and Post-Secondary Education Institutions|
|25 Jan (Wed)||2.30 – 3.30pm||Students who have opted in||Career sharing by local entrepreneurs|
Other important dates for Term 1 can be found in the Annex below.
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.
Mdm Jenny Tan
Important Dates for Term 1
|Dates||Event||Remarks (if any)|
|9,12, 16 Jan 2018
23 & 26 Jan 2018
|Sec 1 CCA Orientation (Sports, Uniformed Groups, Performing Arts and Clubs)
Sec 1 CCA Auditions/Trials:
23 Jan (2.30pm – 5.30pm)
26 Jan (2pm – 5.45pm)
|17-19 Jan 2018||All Sec 1 classes:
GESS Camp (17-19 Jan) with overnight stay in school on 18 Jan 2018 only
17 Jan: Normal Curriculum for all Sec 2 to Sec 5 students
E-Learning Day for all Sec 2 and 3 students
Normal Curriculum for all Sec 4 & 5 students
E-Learning Day for all Sec 2 to Sec 5 students
|For E-learning day, students would complete the online lessons/ assignments from home.|
|10 & 24 Jan 2018||10 Jan 2018 (AM): School Lockdown Training
24 Jan 2018 (AM): Lockdown and EHA Exercise
|For all students and staff|
|22-26 Jan 2018||Educational & Career Guidance (ECG) Week|
|27 Jan 2018 (Sat)
(1pm – 4pm)
|Sec 1 Welcome Tea for Parents|
|5-14 Feb 2018||Common Test (all levels)||All Levels of students.|
|15 Feb 2018 (Thursday)||Chinese New Year (CNY) Celebrations cum launch of Mother Tongue Fortnight||All students will be dismissed at 10am on 15 Feb 2018.
16 Feb 2018 (Fri) is a public holiday;
19 Feb (Mon) is a school holiday.
|22 Feb – 7 Mar 2018||GCE O, N(T), N(A) Level Registration||More information will be made available nearer the dates.|
|27 Feb 2018 (Tuesday)||CCA Dismissal by 4.30pm: preparation for Sec 2-5 GESS Camps|
|28 Feb – 2 Mar 2018||GESS Camp (Sec 2 – 5 students)
28 Feb: Sec 1 LEAPS 2.0 workshop and ViA Programme
1 & 2 Mar: E-Learning Day
|Sec 1 students will participate in e-learning from home on 1 – 2 March. Students without internet access from home should approach their form teachers to sign up for use of computers in the school computer labs, or in the school library.|
|9 Mar 2018
|Founder’s Day 2018:
7.15am – 11am: School Programme (all students will attend)
1pm – 4.30pm: Prize-giving Ceremony (only selected students need to attend)
|All parents are invited to attend the celebratory event.|
|10 – 16 Mar 2018||Term Break||Selected CCAs will be conducting camps on certain days of the holiday. Parents would be notified in due course by the CCA teachers.|