Parent – Teacher Association
The PTA is committed towards promoting close co-operation and understanding between parents, principal and teachers and providing the necessary support to the school so as to create a conducive learning environment that will bring out the best in the students.
(a) to promote close co-operation and understanding between parents, principal and teachers for the welfare of the students
(b) to provide opportunities for discussion and explanation between the school and parents in matters relating to the education of the student
(c) to promote social interaction and fellowship among parents and teachers; and
(d) to provide financial assistance to needy students.
Tay Yee Ling, Ashadevi Chinnaraja, Mdm Sarawathy d/o Varadaraju, Mdm Jenny Tan Mei Mei, Aziza Binte Abdul Rahman, Yap Chwee Feng, Vandana Dhaul, Wong Pek lin , Francis Tan.
|1||President||Aziza Binte Abdul Rahman|
|2||Vice President||Yap Chwee Feng|
|3||Vice President||Mdm Jenny Tan Mei Mei|
|4||Vice President||Mdm Sarawathy d/o Varadaraju|
|6||Asst Secretary||Tay Yee Ling|
|8||EXCO||Hodges Emily Tabiano|
|9||EXCO||May Chua Mui Yee|
|10||EXCO||Mimi Marhaini Masri|
|11||EXCO||Judilene Montano Alba|
|12||EXCO||James Teo Eng Kiat|
|13||EXCO||Lee Siew Fei|
|20||EXCO-School Rep||Mdm Foo Lee Lian||Teacher|
|21||EXCO-School Rep||Mr Subramanian Annamalai||Teacher|
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18 Oct 2019
Igniting Potential, Building a Future
Laying the foundation for an entrepreneurial mindset
Entrepreneurship education does more than encourage teens to start a business; it prepares them for long term success at life. An entrepreneurial spirit empowers them with the ability to creatively find solutions for problems that exist in society.
In this interactive session, Ms Vandana Dhaul ( Head Accelerator Operations , GROW Agrifood Tech Accelerator, also PTA Secretary) and Mr Samuel Ang ( Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Temasek Polytechnic, also Ex Gessian) will share tips on skills and competencies essential to succeed as an Entrepreneur. Real life stories of teenagers in Singapore who have built and scaled successful ventures will also be shared.
Date : 2 Nov 2019
Time : 10am to 12.30pm
Venue: GESS AVA Studio
- 5 pioneering skills sets that your child will need by 2025
- Fundamentals of entrepreneurship
- Importance of family in an entrepreneurial future
- Resources available to young entrepreneurs
- Case studies of successful student entrepreneurs with cash in the bank
We seek your continued support and believe you will benefit from this parenting talk.
We look forward to seeing all of you. Yours faithfully
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Learning Journey to Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) on 19 October 2019
Reflection on counter terrorism learning journey
On 19th October 2019, I went to the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) with my mother. The learning journey there has been very interesting and we have learnt a lot from the experience there.
I have learnt that it takes a short period of time for one to become a terrorist. The internet has been used to expand terrorist ideology. The use of the internet has allowed the information like terrorist attacks to unsuspecting individuals which might cause them to turn to the path of terror to be disseminated quickly. Extremists have misinterpreted Islam. For example, the word ‘Isimata’ actually means ‘suicide’ which is forbidden in Islam. Extremists attempt to justify the use of suicide attacks to achieve their violent purposes.
The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) has helped individuals with the misinterpreted concepts of Islam. This is to allow those who had been involved with terrorism reintegrate into society after their release. This is done through religious rehabilitating and counselling to those previously involved with terrorism and public talks to expose the actual meaning of Islamic concepts.
In a nutshell, this learning journey has taught me to think critically beyond the box. I would definitely recommend this learning journey to others. I would like to thank the GESS PTA for organising this wonderful and enriching learning journey.
Written by: Lee Mun Jun of Class 2F
I realized that all mosques are built in only one direction which faces Mecca. I also learnt more about the Malay culture, having to contribute to the building of new or refurbishment of older mosques. I also learnt the different actions that are needed during prayers (the “sets”) and how male and female Muslims are not allowed to pray together
RRG Exhibition Segment:
I learnt how RRG has assisted radicalised individuals to turn over a new leaf and change the thoughts of terrorism ideology. There are also infringing videos on interviews with those that had the wrong impression of terrorism in other countries and so they did not think thoroughly about the severity of their actions.
Finally, I also learnt more from the exhibition area how terrorist ideology is made and the different stages a person has to go through in order to become “radicalized”.
The walls in the area were also very beautifully decorated and informative, this gave us more ideas on the topic of “Only Muslims are terrorist?” and how anyone can become a radicalized individual, even Singaporeans.
When Mdm Foo noticed that the bus had not arrived and would be late, she frantically thought of ideas to solve the problem, going by car. This shows the flexibility of human thinking, and how we as humans cannot be so rigid and must always have a secondary plan if the initial plan fails. There was also much work to be done after the trip regarding admin and reimbursement of Grab fare to the parents who booked GRAB for the ride to RRG.
Xun Rui and Family( 2D)
10 October 2019
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN GESS EDUCATION TRIP TO THE RELIGIOUS REHABILITATION GROUP (RRG) ON 19 OCTOBER 2019 (SAT)
PTA is organising an education trip to the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) to learn more about the organisation and how it supports our government’s efforts against extremism. We would like to invite 20 pairs, each pair comprising one parent and a child to join us. For more information on RRG, please visit its website at: http://www.rrg.sg/about-rrg/.
Details of the learning journey are as follows:
Venue: Religious Rehabilitation Group Khadijah Mosque
583, Geylang Road ( S’pore 389522)
Date: 19 October 2019
Time: 8.15 am to 1 pm
08.15 am : Assemble at GESS Foyer
08.30 am : Depart by Bus for the RELIGIOUS REHABILITATION GROUP
09.00 am : Learning Journey
12.30 pm : Depart by Bus for GESS
1.00 pm : Arrive at GESS
You need not pay for this learning journey. Kindly register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/GESS-RRG-19Oct2019
Registration starts at 8 am on 10 October 2019 and closes on 14 October 2019. Kindly note that two way transportation will be provided.
Azizah Rahman President – GESS PTA
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GESS/2019/PTA Talk/01 12July2019
Dear Parents/Guardians of Gessians,
Be Cyber Smart – Learn best practices for parenting in the digital age
Teens today are more vulnerable and exposed to online risks such as gaming addiction, inappropriate content, cyber bullying and breaches of privacy.
With proper education and intervention, as well as guidance from parents, young digital users can avoid these pitfalls and become responsible netizens while enjoying all the positive benefits the online world has to offer.
In this interactive session, Ms Vandana Dhaul (Lead Programme Manager of First Stop Startup Essential, also PTA Secretary) will share tips on empowering parents to help their children safely navigate the cyber space.
- Insights into the latest digital trends
- Social impact of cyber wellness issues such as gaming and internet addiction
- Cyber bullying and social media misadventures
- Resources available to enforce digital discipline
- Role modeling good digital habits
- When and how to reach out for external help
We seek your continued support and believe you will benefit from this parenting talk.
Date: 20 July 2019 Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: GESS AVA Studio
We look forward to seeing all of you.
Gan Eng Seng School
Reflection : Learning Journey To URA Gallery by Jorius Chuwa, 1G
The learning journey to the URA Building took place on June 1, 2019 from 11.10 am to
1.30 pm. I went with my father. The trip was organized by Mdm Foo and the Parent Teacher Association. The objective of this learning journey is to learn about URA’s Masterplan and also to promote parent-child bonding.
URA is located at 45 Maxwell Road and has the goals of planning livable, inclusive neighborhoods and building a resilient city. The architecture of the URA Building is designed with green features to promote the use of green energy.
We had an informative guided tour through the City gallery where we were shown the Urban Transformation that Singapore manages to encourage economic growth, bringing jobs and amenities closer to residents: the past, present and the future. We also learnt about the various initiatives taken to put in place long term planning involving broad strategies, identifying land for various needs. This is done through planning for the necessary infrastructure and resources to support the proposed land use. By balancing economic, social and environmental considerations, the goal is to create a sustainable Singapore that provides quality living environment, offers plentiful growth opportunities and jobs for the people, and safeguards our clean and green landscape.
We also had an insightful guided tour of 2019 Masterplan of building a sustainable and resilient city of the future. We learnt that as our city grows, we need to invest in infrastructure to meet its increasing demands. As we have limited land, we need to employ innovative strategies to help optimize the space to meet our growing needs. This can be carried out through utilization of underground space to develop common service tunnels, district cooling plants, car parks and pedestrian links. Another initiative to save valuable space is to co-locate compatible recreational and community uses to improve convenience, for example, our Tampines Hub.
Overall, we had a great time at URA. We look forward to more of such interesting learning journeys to promote both understanding of Singapore’s future development and parent- child bonding.
Reflection : Learning Journey to URA Gallery by Ethan Goh Jun Yan, 4F
The learning journey to URA Gallery took place on 1 June 2019, Saturday. My mother and I met the other GESS families at the school foyer. The trip was organized by Mdm Foo Lee Lian and the PTA. The objective of the learning journey is to gain more insight and awareness on the urban planning efforts in Singapore, especially getting to know the Masterplan 2019, and also to promote parent-child bonding.
URA is located at Maxwell Road and has the goals of planning for Singapore’s land use taking a long-term approach. This helps to optimise Singapore’s limited land, and to ensure the current and future needs of the people are met. It has a mission to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play.
We had a highly informative guided tour throughout the 2 hours where we could see through the past years, and got a glimpse of the painstaking efforts by URA in balancing economic, social and environmental considerations. This in turn helps to create a sustainable Singapore that provides a quality living environment, offers plentiful growth opportunities and jobs for the people, and safeguards our clean and green landscape.
I have a better understanding of the concept plan which is done by urban planners in guiding Singapore’s development over the next 40 to 50 years to cover strategic land use and transportation. It ensures that there is sufficient land available to meet the needs of long-term population and economic growth, balanced with a quality living environment. The Concept Plan is reviewed every 10 years. There was also a 2019 Master Plan, which translates the broad, long-term strategies set out in the Concept Plan into more detailed plans for implementation. It specifies permissible land use and densities, with the aim of guiding development over the next 10 to 15 years. The Master Plan is reviewed every five years.
The exhibit that struck me most was the gigantic city model which only represented 2% of the total land in Singapore and had a scale of 1:400. The details of the buildings were intricate, and one could imagine how the Marina Bay area will further transform Singapore’s beautiful landscape in the next 10-20 years.
I was glad that I had spent a fruitful 2 hours knowing more of Singapore’s urban planning and also an invaluable fact gaining time with my mother.
Reflection on Pulau Semakau on 11th May 2019 by James Tan (1G)
On 11th May, my father and I embarked on a trip to Singapore’s landfill, but this was no ordinary landfill…it was like our nation, unique in every way.
In the 1960’s, Singapore’s waste management system was like every other nation’s ; a place on the country’s land itself which housed the nation waste. The landfills at Choa Chu Kang and Lorong Halus could not cope with the waste generated daily and with space in the landfills running out, the government had to look to alternative ways of managing the country’s waste. The biggest problem was finding land we could spare to build this new landfill, in the end, we decided on joining two separate islands, Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sekeng to make the present day Pulau Semakau.
After leaving the boat, we were warmly greeted by a tour guide. He shared with us invaluable information about the various wildlife found on the island and the infrastructure built to make sure none of the toxic waste ever goes out to sea and pollutes the sea around the island and the activities carried out around the island.
We were impressed by a scenic view of phase two of the landfill. Surrounding us at that place on the landfill were plants that produced fruits which were 30% biodiesel. If we are able to succeed to produce it in large quantity, Singapore can one day be self-sufficient in energy.
After the trip around the island, the guide brought us to a briefing room in the visitor centre where we learnt more about the history of Pulau Semakau, how waste deposited in the landfill is incinerated which gets rid of 90% of the original amount of waste as well as the safety measures provided to make sure the landfill does not pollute the environment outside the island.
Overall, this visit to Pulau Semakau, which was planned to make Father-child bond stronger was truly a wonderful and enriching experience. My relationship with my father has definitely become stronger.
I would definitely recommend this trip to other families if given the chance. I would like to take this moment to thank the GESS PTA for organising this very interesting learning experience.
2019 GESS PTA Events/Activities
Learning Journey to Marina Barrage on 18 Feb 2019
Name: Tashadevi Sivasankar (30) Class: 1D
Reflection – Learning Journey to Marina Barrage
The Learning Journey to the Marina Barrage took place on 16th February 2019 from 8am to 11:30am. It was organized by Mdm Foo and the Parent Teacher Association. This Learning Journey aimed to give an insight into how Singapore manages its water supply and its efforts to be self-sufficient in meeting its water supply demands.
Marina Barrage, the vision of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was officially opened on 31st Oct 2008. It is a dam built across the Marina Channel creating Singapore’s first ever reservoir in the city and the island’s largest – the Marina Reservoir. The Marina Barrage is not only a water catchment area but is also a part of a comprehensive flood control scheme to lessen flooding in the low-lying areas in the city. Further, it is a venue for recreational activities.
We had an interesting and informative guided tour of the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. The Gallery presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to a sustainable development. We got to know about how Singapore responds to climate change, what our water management strategies and zero waste initiatives are, and our efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable like investing in renewable energy. There were short films and interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits that we found appealing. The Gallery is a place that we would definitely like to return to explore longer. So much to learn! After the Gallery, we went up to the Green Roof which is a large rooftop garden. This garden provides an area for recreational activities and also natural heat insulation for the building.
We were very impressed by Marina Barrage, which is multi-purpose and is a showpiece of environmental sustainability. The Learning Journey provided us an opportunity to learn about the challenges faced and the various strategies in place to attain water supply self-sufficiency in Singapore. An intangible benefit was that this Learning Journey provided a fun educational bonding experience for parents and kids. We hope that more of such learning journeys are organised in the future.
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2018 GESS PTA Events/Activities
Dear Parents/Guardians of Gessians,
PTA October 2018 Parenting Talk
To equip parents with skills and knowledge to enrich and strengthen family life, Family
Matters@GESS has organised another session of parenting talk for all parents to come
interact and learn at the same time.
The title of this talk is:
“5 more minutes please…” Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming
Excessive Gaming Habits”
Details of the talks are as follows:
(i) Date : Saturday, 20 October 2018
(ii) Time : 1300 hrs to 1500 hrs
(iii) Venue : GESS AVA Room
(v) Cost : Free (Light refreshments will be provided)
You are most welcomed to bring along your child to attend this talk.
Please click here to download the Reply Slip(PTO) and submit to your child’s form teacher
by 16 October 2018 (Tuesday).
I look forward to seeing all of you.
Mr Chong Zi Yi
Family Matters Teacher Co-ordinator
Gan Eng Seng School
|3||Learning Journeys/Excursions||Saturdays(Venue & Date TBC)|
|4||Chinese New Year Celebration (I)||15/02/2018, Friday|
|5||Chinese New Year Celebration(II)||Lo Hei(chocolate & sweets) for Sec 1 only|
|6||PTA AGM||24/03/2018, Saturday|
|7||Cross Country cum Founder’s Day||19/03/2018, Monday|
|8||Dads For Life Events||TBC (at least twice a year- post exam)- Proposed Fishing, Cycling,
Bowling, LJ to P. Semakau
|9||Sports Fiesta||13/07/2018, Friday|
|10||Racial Harmony Day Celebration||20/07/2018, Friday|
|11||National Day Celebration||08/08/2018, Wednesday|
|12||Teachers’ Day Celebration||30/08/2018, Wednesday|
|13||Graduation Nite Celebration||19/11/2018, Monday|
|14||GESS Open House(AM)||17/11/2018, Saturday|
|15||Partners’ Potluck Gathering(Lunch)||17/11/2018, Saturday|
|16||Sec One Welcome Tea(2019)||TBC|
GESS FATHERS@SCHOOL ACTIVITY CYCLING TRIP ON 3 NOVEMBER 2018
This was an event organised and led by two fathers (Mr. James Teo and Mr. Dunhua) from the GESS PTA. 13 pairs of father-child met at the Stadium MRT for this Cycling Trip on 3 November 2018, Saturday, 8.30am. Interestingly all were boys except for Min En from sec 3E who was there with her father, Mr Lim P. G. Min En loves to cycle but does not have a bicycle at home so relish the opportunity to participate in this event. Mr Lim is glad to spend time outdoors with his daughter. After a safety check and briefing, the group took off. It was a round trip from the Stadium to Marina Barrage, and they were back before noon. It was an easy cycle for Mr Saburulla as his family have done even longer distance before from East Coast to Marina Barrage. One father commented that the school should organise more of such activity and was surprised when told this was the second event for the year. Obviously his child must have ‘filtered’ out events he was not keen to join and as such, the father was not told. Many fathers expressed interest to participate in similar events with their child, with the “physically fitter” fathers suggesting hiking Bukit Timah Hill as a possibility.
TCM Nutrition by William Chui Vivian Ong on 25 August 2018
Learning Journey to Marina Barrage on 18 Aug 2018
Reflections on the LJ to Marina Barrage by Morgan Yap (2G) and Shirley Tan(mother)
On 18th August we went on a learning journey to Marina Barrage. This learning journey was organized by PTA and happened from 9am to 12pm. The purpose of this trip was to learn the different strategies Singapore uses to avoid floods. We learnt about how human activities contribute to global warming. Such activities include the burning of fossil fuels and the deforestation. These activities cause the Earth’s atmosphere to become warmer, thus bringing the population of polar bears and penguins nearer to extinction. We also learnt different ways we can help to save water. Examples are taking shorter showers, collecting rainwater and also watering the plants with water that was used to wash rice. One suggestion to improve the learning journey is to lengthen the time of the trip as there was not enough time to thoroughly explore the place. Other than that, the learning journey was an amazing experience and I highly recommend others join in if there is another activity like this.
Reflections on the LJ to Marina Barrage by Lee Kok Leong and Lee Mun Jun 1F
On the August 18, 2018, we went to Marina Barrage. We went with our parents and teachers. We went to Marina Barrage to learn the various strategies used to reach self-sufficiency in our water supply to meet its continual increase in demand and control flood.
I learnt that Singapore’s integrated approach to water management can be distilled into 3 key strategies by collecting every drop of water, reuse water endlessly and desalinate seawater.
The second thing I learnt is that human activities, such as burning of fossil fuels for energy, industrial production, and the clearing of forests to raise livestock, increased the greenhouse gas emission into the Earth’s atmosphere and contributed to global warming. When global warming occurs, more polar ice caps will melt, and sea levels will rise. This will cause low-lying areas to be flooded.
The last takeaway that I had from this LJ to Marina Barrage is that Semakau Landfill receives about 2200 tons of incinerated and non-incinerable wastes a day. At this rate, Semakau Landfill would have run out of space by 2035.
Speaking of which, I think that Gan Eng Seng School should have a LJ to Semakau Landfill with both parents and children. It would be a great experience for everybody as we must know the importance of being thrifty and not wasteful. This might be able to help students in future Geography topics.
I think that this LJ was a success. The guide was very good at her explanation. However this LJ can be improved. The duration of the LJ to Marina Barrage could have been longer. It could have started earlier or ended later. There was not enough time for everyone to go through the whole place.
Learning Journey to Singapore City Gallery of Urban Redevelopment Authority on 24 Feb 2018
“There is a great display showing the development of Singapore. Good place to learn
about past and future, urban planning of Singapore. I can spend hours looking at the diorama.
Very interesting for first timer.
One key attraction is the massive architectural model that gives you a bird’s eye view
of the city centre, which comes alive with a light and sound show. Another key
attraction allows you to immerse yourself in the city through a 270-degree panoramic
show that depicts scenes of daily life in Singapore from dusk to dawn
The most remarkable and structurally perfect place ever! The best view for 3d table
stand light presentation is from the 2d floor.
Thank you for this well organised tour Mdm Foo.”
– Saburulla, parent of Muhammad Noor, 1E
GESS FATHERS@SCHOOL ACTIVITY FISHING PARADISE@ORTO ON 12 MAY 2018
This was an event organised and led by two fathers (Mr. James Teo and Mr. Dunhua) from the GESS PTA. Sign up rate was incredible with all places taken up within a couple of days. 24 pairs of father-child turned up on the morning of 12 May 2018, Saturday at the Fishing Paradise @ ORTO (http://orto.sg/activities/fishing-paradise-orto/),81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-08, Singapore 769198. Participation from our Sec 1 students was very high.
This was not your typical childhood longkang fishing experience. Fathers and children were taught how to reel, bait, knot and cast before being sent off to test their fishing skills and patience. Though not all can boast of having caught a big one, and some while casting got their line up a tree, it was a fun time as father and child bond with each other.
Mr. Cheang came with his son Julian from Sec 1G. “I just wanted to spend time with Julian who wanted to try fishing as he has not done it before.” Georgie from Sec 1D also signed up for the experience. Mr. Tng, her father, commented that Georgie was bored at home and it was good for him to accompany her to the event.
We hope this event will encourage fathers to spend more one-on-one time with their children. It also serves to give fathers some simple ideas on how to do this. It takes just some time and a bit of effort but can have a big impact on their children.
“Just this Saturday(12/5/2108), I was at Fishing Paradise@ORTO which is around Yishun, a place that I was completely unfamiliar with trying my hand at something new, fishing. This trip was organised by Dads For Life @ GESS, and we were invited to go there for a fishing trip with our fathers.
Although the trip there took quite long, I was rewarded with the experience of fishing. On other days, my father would be busy with work and come home late, weekends are spent doing homework and going for tuition. Going for this event was truly a rewarding experience, being able to work together with my father and chat with him while we waited for a bite. He would help to cast the lure and I would reel the fish in. We were able to catch a few fish with the help of the instructor’s precise instructions. They were extremely strict about our safety and keeping us safe from the hooks when others were casting. Holding a live fish in my arms was a first for me and the pictures we took would be kept for a long time. During the quick chat we had, I found out more about my father than I would have on any other weekend.
These activities help to strengthen the bonds between father and son. I feel this bond is extremely important and vital to everyone. We should all spend some time to thank our father, and cherish the fleeting moments we have with each other.”
– Ng Jun Han, 1F
“On 12 May 2018 (Sat), a fishing event was held at Fishing Paradise @ Orto, to promote bonding between GESS students and their fathers. A total of 48 participants (24 father-child pairs) braved a sunny Saturday morning to gather and fish at the beautiful and scenic pond located at 81 Lorong Chencharu, a mere 8 minutes walk from Khatib MRT station.
Together with PTA’s Mr You Dunhua and GESS teacher, Mr Emerson Foo, I was glad to have the opportunity to organize this event. It was indeed moving as I could feel the bonding between the students and fathers, especially some who got to see their fathers who are stationed overseas, returning to Singapore and spending quality time with them.
The 2-hour event passed very fast, and as all participants gathered for a group photo-taking, it was heartening to see so many smiles of joy and happy bonding. We are already looking forward to organizing another event toward the end of the year after the SA2 examinations for our students and their fathers.”
– Parent Participant, Mr James Teo