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.
Standing, from left to right:
Mr Chong Zi Yi, Hodges Emily Tabiano, Valerie Goh Soh Heng, Samantha Hew Pek Wah, Lin Qi, Judilene Montano Alba, Tan Chiew Yan, Mary Tan Rui Shan, Tay Yee Ling, Mimi Marhaini Masri, Mr Emerson Foo, Irene Li, You Dunhua, James Teo Eng Kiat
Sitting, from left to right:
Mr Daniel Chung (VP), May Chua Mui Yee, Angeline Tran Thi My Nhung, Mdm Jenny Tan (P), Azizah Binte Abdul Rahman, Khong Lai Lin, Olivia, Mrs Selva (VP), Yap Chwee Feng, Mdm Foo Lee Lian
|1||President||Aziza Binte Abdul Rahman||Sharifah Lulu Alysha binte Syed Ismail Shahab||2D|
|2||Vice President||Khong Lai Lin, Olivia||Khong Yawen||4G|
|3||Vice President||Mdm Jenny Tan Mei Mei||–||–|
|4||Vice President||Mdm Sarawathy d/o Varadaraju||–||–|
|5||Secretary||Yap Chwee Feng||Timothy Lee||1D|
|6||Asst Secretary||Tay Yee Ling||Chen Xun Rui||1D|
|7||Asst Secretary||Hodges Emily Tabiano||Hodges Demi-Lyn Tabiano||1D|
|8||Treasurer||Angeline Tran Thi My Nhung||Dang Tran Thanh Mai||1A|
|9||Asst Treasurer||May Chua Mui Yee||Soo Yi Jie||3D|
|10||EXCO||Lin Qi||Li Jiaming||4E|
|11||EXCO||Mimi Marhaini Masri||Liam Richard Arman Blakney||1D|
|12||EXCO||Samantha Hew Pek Wah||Royston Hor||3F|
|13||EXCO||Judilene Montano Alba||Juleane Louisa Montano||2E|
|14||EXCO||You Dunhua||You Dongxuan||2E|
|15||EXCO||Mary Tan Rui Shan||Richelle Wong Jingyi||2F/E|
|16||EXCO||James Teo Eng Kiat||Teo Yun Kai||1G|
|17||EXCO-School Rep||Mdm Foo Lee Lian||Teacher|
|18||EXCO-School Rep||Mr Wong Meng Kit||Teacher|
|19||EXCO-School Rep||Mr Foo Meng Juan, Emerson||Teacher|
|20||EXCO-School Rep||Mr Yusfiandi bin Yatiman||Teacher|
|21||EXCO-School Rep||Mr Chong Zi Yi||Teacher|
Family Matters Co-ordinators
|22||FM@GESS||Irene Li||Ong Chen Pang||1D|
|23||FM@GESS||Janet Tan||Richard Tan||4B|
|24||Auditor@GESS||Valerie Goh Soh Heng||Jeron Pang||2D|
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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