Principal’s Message: 2018 Term 2 Welcome
Term 1 Updates
As we approach the end of term 1, it is our pleasure to share with you some of our proud moments and key events.
Celebrating GCE ‘O’ Level Results 2017
We are indeed proud of our Gessians who have performed very well in the GCE ‘O’ level examinations 2017. 61.7% of Sec 5NA and 95.9% of Sec 4 Express students obtained 5 ‘O’ level passes which were above national average. 9 students from Sec 5NA obtained at least 3 distinctions and this is an improvement from last year. 8 students from Sec 4 Express obtained at least 5 A1s and received the Academic Excellence Awards. These students also obtained a distinction for their CCAs. 10 students from the graduating cohort received the MOE Edusave Character Award. We thank our parents/ guardians, Parent-Teacher Association, School Advisory Committee, and GESS Old Students’ Association for their excellent support of our school programmes. We also would like to thank our teachers for without their care, dedication and commitment, our students would not have done their best holistically.
NPCC Gold Award 2017
We are also happy to announce that the Gan Eng Seng National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) has attained Gold in the Unit Overall Proficiency Award 2017. We commend SSGT(NPCC) Muhammad Ezry Khuzaily B Z and SI (NPCC) Clemen Kok Yu Shan for being awarded the SPF-NPCC Badge, the highest award badge. These cadets have displayed exemplary conduct, leadership qualities and led the cadets under their charge with great pride.
Table Tennis Silver Award ( South Zone Competition ) 2018
Gessians celebrate the excellent performance of our Table Tennis Team in the South Zone competition 2018. Both our ‘C’ and ‘B’ Division girls won the Silver (Team) trophies. We are going into the national championships as the top 16 teams. We wish our girls all the best!
The Green Wave Environmental Care Competition 2018
The Green Wave Environmental Care Competition, organised by SembCorp Marine and co-sponsored by Shell and BP, aims to encourage innovative ideas and research to solve the many environmental issues faced by the world today. Our team, which took part in this competition, was awarded the Commendation Award. The team consists of Lauren Dana Ho Min (3D), De Souza Leslie Ethan (3D) and Ike Valerie Natasha Chinonye (3G). Their project was on the combined use of piezoelectric and solar power generation in covered walkways, to generate electricity for street lights and indoor farming. In addition, Ike Valerie Natasha Chinonye also received the Good Presenter Award.
Founder’s Day Celebrations on 9 March and 19 March 2018
This year, the school celebrates Founder’s Day in two parts: on 9 March and 19 March 2018. On 9 March, there will be lessons as usual for our students and school ends at 12.55 pm. The Annual Prize Giving Ceremony will start at 2.30 pm in the hall. This gives the school an opportunity to end the term with a celebration of student achievements for 2017.
Term 2 will open on 19 March with Founder’s Day cum Cross Country Race 2018 at the OCBC Square @ Singapore Sports Hub. This event aims to bring the whole school together to celebrate our school’s 133 rd anniversary as a Gessian family through a range of activities in the arts, sports and innovation to strengthen our Gessian school spirit. Every Gessian will also have an opportunity to learn more about our Applied Learning Programme through exploring skills involved in coding. As our school strongly believes in reaching out to the community, students will be actively involved with the children from the Rainbow Centre and they will take them for the fun walk along the Cross Country route.
Important Dates for Term 2, 2018
Please refer to the annex for information on some of the key events for term 2. We will also be uploading on the school website the CCA schedules for the June holidays by 27 April 2018. We look forward to your continued partnership with the school to develop our students to their full potential. I wish you and your child/ward a very happy March holidays!
Mdm Jenny Tan
Key Events for Term 2
|Dates||Event||Remark (if any)|
|19 March 2018
|Founder’s Day cum Cross Country
Time: 7.15 am to 11.30 am
Venue: OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
|Attendance is compulsory.
Students have to bring own food/drinks for consumption.
All students have to make their way to the event venue on their own.
Students will be dismissed from OCBC Square @ Singapore Sports Hub after the event.
|23 March 2018
|Sec 2 & 3 Meet the Parents Session cum Prize Presentation
Time: 6.20 pm – 8.20 pm
Venue: School Hall
|Letters to parents providing details of the event and booking of slots to meet form teachers will be issued to all sec 2 and 3 students.|
|28 March – 18 April 2018||English Language Oral Examination
Sec 3 NA & 3NT ( 28 March )
Sec 3 Exp ( 4 April )
Sec 4NT & 4NA ( 16 April)
Sec 4 Exp & 5NA ( 18 April )
|16 April – 26 April 2018||Mother Tongue Oral Exam
Sec 4 Exp & 5NA MT ‘O’ and MT ‘B’ ( 16 April)
Sec 1 & 2NT (17 April)
Sec 4 HMT & 4NT (18 April)
Sec 4NA ( 19 April )
Sec 3 Exp, 3NA and 3NT ( 23 April-26 April)
|6 April 2018||Sec 4 & 5 Meet the Parents Session
Time: 4.40 pm – 8.20 pm
|Letters to parents providing details of the event and booking of slots to meet form teachers will be issued to all Sec 4 & 5 students.|
|16 April 2018||CCA stand down for graduating classes
|16 April – 11 May 2018
|CCA suspended for Sec 1-3||Students are to use the time wisely to prepare for the Mid-year examinations.|
|17 April – 26 April 2018||Mid- Year Science Practical Examination
4D, 4E & 4F Physics (17 April)
4H, 5A & 5B Combined Science (19 April)
4D & 4G Biology (24 April)
4D, 4E, 4F & 4G Chemistry (26 April)
Key Events for Term 2
|Dates||Event||Remark (if any)|
|27 April – 10 May||Mid- Year Examination for Sec 1- Sec 5||Public holiday 1 May (Labour Day)|
|11 May 2018||Marking Day||All students do not need to attend school. Lessons will resume on 14 May 2018.|
|25 May 2018||Sec 1-5 Parent Teacher Conference||Parents/ Guardians of selected students would be invited to meet Form teachers/ Subject Teachers|
|28 May – 30 May 2018||GCE ‘O’ level Mother Tongue Written Examination
28 May – Mother Tongue ‘O’ level papers
30 May – Mother Tongue Syllabus B papers
|30 May -31 May 2018||F & N Coursework Preparation|
|19 Jun – 20 Jun 2018||Mother Tongue Language Oral Examination Practice
Intensive Practice for All Sec 4 Express and 5 Normal Academic Students
|20 Jun-21 Jun 2018||4NA & 4NT Prelim EL Oral
4 Exp & 5NA Prelim EL Oral