Principal’s Message: 2019 Term 2 Welcome
Welcome back to another exciting and enriching term. As we begin term 2, we would like to update you on some of our proud moments and key achievements.
1. Celebrating GCE ‘0 ‘ Level Results 2018
The 2018 cohort of Sec 4Exp/5NA students has made us proud through their outstanding performance at the GCE ‘O’ level examination 2018. 100% of Sec 4 Express and 64.7% of Sec 5NA students achieved 5 GCE ‘O’ level passes. 82.9% of our Sec 4 Express students are eligible for JC and 99.3% qualify for Polytechnic education. 86.9% of the Sec 5NA students are eligible for Polytechnic education too. 12 students from the Express Course obtained at least 5 A1s and 11 students from the 5NA Course achieved at least 2 distinctions.10 students in the 2018 4EX/5NA graduating cohort received the MOE Edusave CHaracter Award (ECHA) for good character.
We would like to thank all teachers who taught this cohort of students for their excellence not only in teaching the various subjects but also in instilling the right values and dispositions so that our students can move on successfully to the next phase of their lives. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the School Advisory Committee, Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA), Alumni (GESSOSA), and all parents/guardians who work with us to bring out the best in our students.
2. Track & Field and Cross-Country Competitions
Our Gessians involved in these competitions have done well!
|NYP Invitational Track and Field Competition 2019||1500 m girls||3rd|
|3000 m boys||1st and 3rd|
|400 m boys||2nd|
|800 m boys||1st|
|4 x 100 m boys||2nd|
|SPH Relay 2019||4 x 200 m boys||7th|
|4 x 400 m boys||5th|
|Wings Athletics Club X-Country||Girls Individual||13th|
|Boys individual||8th & 10th|
|Team Event boys||4th|
3. Table Tennis South Zone Competition
We are happy to share that both B and C Division Girls’ teams came in second in the NSG South Zone Competitions.
4. National Junior Canoe Championship
Carmen Lai (4B) achieved the bronze medal for K1-1000m event. Congratulations Carmen!
5. Level Camps
We have successful completed all level camps. The Sec 1 level camp was held in January to instil the Gessian values and culture in our new students. The camp also provided opportunities for bonding and teamwork. The other levels had their camps in March with a non-residential Life skills camp for sec 4/5 students,an adventure camp for the Sec 2s and a cultural immersion programme to Malaysia for the Sec 3s. Once again, we wish to thank you for the strong support shown to all our programmes and activities.
6. Founder’s Day 2019
With the purpose of raising public awareness of mental wellness, close to 1,100 students ventured out to different venues to engage the public during Founder’s Day on 15 March 2019. In line with the focus of the Ministry of Education, Health Promotion Board and NurtureSG Taskforce to better support Youth Mental Health, GESS designed a Values-in-Action (ViA) activity, “Walk for a Cause”. Gessians were taught the causes and symptoms of mental wellness issues, and positive self-management tips, which they then went on to reach out to the public with a pamphlet that was designed in-house. Gessians demonstrated their school’s core value of resilience. They went the distance and engaged close to 4,000 people in one morning, for a cause they believed in.
7. Sec 1 Learning Fortnight and ECG Programme
With the objectives of instilling the joy of learning and encouraging social mixing across the three streams, the Sec 1 students will be involved in the Sec 1 Learning Fortnight in weeks 7 and 8 of term 2. There will be a range of subject-based modules such as Science Busking and commemorating Paralympics, and each student can take up to 2 modules based on his/her interest and availability of places. On 9 May, students will be involved in the ECG programme and on 17 May, as part of the ECG programme, Sec 1 students will job shadow their parents to learn more about their jobs and the world of work.
8. HPV Vaccination For All Sec 1 Girls
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced recently that current and future cohorts of Secondary 1 female students can opt in to receive free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations to reduce their risk of getting cervical cancer. Letters to parents will be sent by the HPB vendor 3 weeks before the actual vaccination date. At GESS, Sec 1 girls will be given their HPV vaccine on 9 May. Please see below for HPV Vaccination Schedule for female students of all levels who opt in.
|Roll-out||Sec 1 (cohort 2019)||Dose 1 (Sec 1)||Dose 2 (Sec 2)||–|
|Sec 1 (cohort 2020)||–||Dose 1 (Sec 1)||Dose 2 (Sec 2)|
|Sec 1 (cohort 2021)||–||–||Dose 1 (Sec 1)|
|Catchup: Phase 1||Sec 4 (cohort 2019)||Dose 1 & 2 (Sec 4)||Dose 3 (Sec 5)||–||Dose 3
All students will be vaccinated in vendor’s clinic in 2020 except those who progress to Sec 5 in 2020
|Sec 5 (cohort 2019)||Dose 1 & 2 (Sec 5)||–||–||Dose 3
All students will be vaccinated in vendor’s clinic in 2020
|Catchup: Phase 2||Sec 2 (cohort 2019)||–||Dose 1 & 2 (Sec 3)||Dose 3 (Sec 4)||
|Sec 3 (cohort 2019)||–||Dose 1 & 2 (Sec 4)||Dose 3 (Sec 5)||Dose 3
All students will be vaccinated in vendor’s clinic in 2021 except those who progress to Sec 5 in 2021
9. Guidelines on Positive School-Home Partnerships
MOE has issued a set of guidelines on the development of positive school-home partnerships. These guidelines aim to provide parents with greater clarity on how school and home can work together so that their children develop self-management skills, take responsibility and ownership of their learning and build resilience. For more information, please log in to https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/media/press/2019/guidelines-for-school-hom-peartnership.pdf. Kindly refer to page 4 of this letter for the GESS Parent Engagement Practices.
10. Student Leaders Appointment Ceremony
We believe in grooming every student to be a principled leader who serves, leads and excels. As such, we have specially arranged for all Secondary 1 students to join their peers and seniors in celebrating their leadership appointment at the Student Leaders’ Appointment Ceremony. Your child/ward is required to attend the ceremony on 18 April, Thursday, from 2.30 pm to 4.45 pm, at the school hall.
11. Important Dates for Term 2, 2019
Please refer to pages 5 and 6 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 24 May 2019. Please note that our school will keep weeks 2 and 3 of the June holidays (9 -21 June 2019) free from school activities, including CCA training, so that our Gessians may enjoy a well-deserved holiday break with their family and friends.
We look forward to your continued partnership to realise our vision of Gessians of Excellence,Standing and Significance.
Mdm Jenny Tan
GESS Parent Engagement Practices
|Category||How parents can partner us|
|Developing good habits
We want to nurture your child to be a self-directed learner with good habits and who takes responsibility for his/her own learning
|• Encourage your child to read widely and to avoid over-use of digital devices at home (restrict use).
• Talk to your child about local/international news to encourage him/her to learn more about the world around them.
• We discourage parents from seeking tuition teachers for our students. Allow your child to initiate consultations with teachers as needed (Thursday White Space), or attend our AP/SSP sessions.
• Do not contact the teachers immediately to find out the homework assigned for the day, things to bring to school and get updates on administrative matters such as test dates and information for learning journeys.
• Parents can ask their child to check with their teacher and record the information required in the Student Handbook.
• Every classroom has a GESS Homework Board and subject reps are to record the homework and date due on the board.
• Do not deliver items (except emergency items like medication) that your child has forgotten to school for them so that they can learn to take responsibility.
• Provide a conducive environment – at home, set up a well-lit desk and a study area for your child to do his/her homework.
• Assign your child housework/ chores so that he/ she has a role to play in keeping your home neat and clean. Praise should be given if a good job is done.
We want your child to be able to manage challenges and make ethical responsible decisions to thrive in the VUCA future
|• Ask your child about what he / she has jotted down in the Student Handbook as opposed to contacting the teacher.
• Allow your child to explore his/ her interests and articulate reasons for choosing one over another.
• Allow your child to make mistakes so that he/ she will not feel overly pressured when learning.
• Tell your child how to handle conflict constructively, eg. walk away from a quarrel.
• Both the school and parents should send a consistent message to the child about misconduct and its consequences.
• Don’t comment on the child; instead, comment on his/her actions.
• Don’t judge your child too swiftly; give him/ her a chance to explain first.
• Do not compare your children.
|Working with the school to know and support your child
We want to develop and strengthen mutual understanding, respect and trust between the school and parents for the benefit of your child
|• Email addresses of all teachers, key personnel and school leaders are available on school website.
• Parents may approach Form teachers, school counsellor and AED (LBS) as needed.
• The school is rolling out the Parents’ Gateway app to keep parents informed of schooi events. Piease downioad ihe app as soon as possible.
• Please adhere to the official school hours (weekdays, 7.20 am – 6 pm), and note that if a request is received after official school hours, the teacher is not obliged to reply immediately.
• If urgent, please contact the General Office should the teacher be uncontactable during office hours.
• In making an appointment with a teacher, kindly allow advance notice.
• Check the dates of school terms in your child’s GESS Handbook before you book your family vacations.
Important Dates for Term 2 (2019)
|Dates||Event||Remark (if any)|
|29 March 2019||Cross-Country Race
Time: 7.45 am to 11.45 am Venue: Punggol Waterway Park
|Attendance is compulsory.
Students are to bring their own food/drinks for consumption.
All students have to make their way to the event venue on their own.
Students will be dismissed from Punggol Waterway Park after the event.
|4 April 2019||Sec 4 & 5 Meet the Parents Session
Time: 2.30 – 5.30 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.
There will be a second Meet-The-Parents of the graduating cohort on 31 May 2019. Parents may book to meet Form/ Subject teachers.
|April 8 – 25 April 2019||English Language Oral Examination
Sec 4NT & 4NA (8 April)
Sec 4 Exp/5NA (17 April)
Sec 2NT & 2NA (22 April)
Sec 2 Exp (24 -25 April)
|12 April -25 April 2019||Mother Tongue Oral Exam
Sec 2NT (12 April)
Sec 4 Exp & 5NA ‘O’ and MT (B) (15 April}
Sec 4NA (16 April)
Sec 4 Exp HMT & 4NT (17 April)
Sec 3 Exp (22-23 April)
Sec 3NA & 3NT (24-25 April )
|22 April 2019||CCA stand down for graduating classes|
|18 April 2019||Student Leaders’ Appointment Ceremony||All Sec 1 students are required to attend this ceremony from 2.30 pm to 4.45 om.|
|CCA suspended for Sec 1-3||Sec 2 & 3 students are to use the time wisely to prepare for the Mid-year examinations.|
|23 April – 2 May
|Mid- Year Science Practical Examination
4D & 4G Biology (23 April )
4D, 4E, 4F & 4G Chemistry (26 April)
4D, 4E & 4F Physics (30 April)
4H, 5A & 5B Combined Sciences (2 May)
|6 May-16 May
|Mid- Year Examination for Sec 2- Sec 5|
|6 May-17 May
|Sec 1 Learning Fortnight cum ECG programme|
|9 May 2019||HPV vaccination for Sec 1 girls||A letter and a consent form will be sent to all parents of Sec 1 girls at a later time.|
|17 May 2019||Marking Day||Sec 2-5 students do not need to attend school. Lessons will resume on 21 May 2019.
20 May is Vesak Day, a public holiday.
|31 May 2019||Sec 1-5 Parent Teacher Conference||Parents/ Guardians of selected students would be invited to meet Form teachers/ Subject Teachers.|
|3 June 2019||GCE ‘O’ level Mother Tongue Written Examination
Mother Tongue ‘O’ level papers Mother Tongue Syllabus B papers
|4 & 6 June, 26 & 27 June 2019||Art Coursework preparation (4 & 6 June, 26- 27 June)
F & N Coursework Preparation (6 June)
|25 & 26 June
|Mother Tongue Language Oral Examination Intensive Practice
Intensive MTL Practice for All Sec 4E/5NA
|24 Jun-25 Jun
|EL Oral Examination Practice
4 Exp & 5NA Prelim EL Oral (24 June)
4NA & 4NT Prelim EL e-Oral (25 June)