Junior School welcome guide 2019/2020 - East Campus - UWCSEA
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1 Welcome to the UWCSEA East Contents Junior School (Grades 2–5) Welcome to the UWCSEA East Junior School............................. 1 We wish you a warm welcome to the UWCSEA community. All the Junior School contacts..................................................................................2 School staff are looking forward to getting to know you and your family Parent involvement and over the next few years. communication between home and school................................3 The start of anything new, school Contacting/notifying the school................................................... 4 or job, is always exciting but can Starting school...................................................................................5 at times also be quite challenging. There is so much to learn about The school day....................................................................................6 practices, procedures and day-to- day routines. We want to make sure UWCSEA learning programme...................................................... 8 your start is as smooth as possible and this booklet aims to facilitate this. The following pages are a quick reference to Student health and well-being...................................................... 11 get you started for the year. More information can also be found on our orientation website: www.uwcsea.edu.sg/east- orientation If you have any questions not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact school via the contacts shared on this guide ( you will find a list of key Junior School contacts and school departments on the last page of this booklet). Parents are an integral part of our community and we firmly believe that children are most successful at school when there is a strong partnership between home and school. We look forward to developing this strong partnership with you over your time with us. Finally, and most importantly, at the heart of all the activity in a school’s life, are our individual students with their own passions, personalities and challenges. Some will only be with us for a short time; others will stay here much longer and regard Singapore as their home. UWCSEA East is an exciting, positive and vibrant place to learn. Entrust your children to this School and we will deliver happy, confident global citizens with a passion for learning; who we believe, will be eager and able to make a difference in the world. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon. Pauline Markey Primary School Principal
2 School contacts If you have any concerns regarding your child, whether they If, after discussions with the class teacher and Head of Grade, are academic or related to their social and emotional needs, you feel you would like to have further discussion with a Vice the first person to talk to is your child’s class teacher. The Principal or the Principal, please let us know: class teachers are supported by a number of other staff whose roles are outlined below. The next person in the support chain is the Head of Grade (HOG): Ben Clapp Tilson Crew Vice Principal Vice Principal (Grade 2–3) (Grade 4–5) Steve Kay Lisa Plamondon Head of Grade 2 Head of Grade 3 The secretaries in the Junior School Office are also happy to help you with any enquiries. Luke Whitehouse Brendan Bolger Head of Grade 4 Head of Grade 5 Siti Farhana Norliah Naip (Grade 2 and 3) (Grade 4 and 5) Hajerah Abdulla Nisha Kaur Senior Secretary Principal’s PA and (Curriculum) Senior Secretary
3 Parent involvement and communication between home and school We believe strongly in the importance of a close partnership Updating of contact information between home and school, and clear, effective communication If there is any change in contact information (i.e., phone, facilitates this. Parents are invited to share in their child’s address or email) it is very important that parents amend learning in a number of ways throughout the year including; the details on the parent portal. If you need to provide new joining us on some school trips, attending activity days, contact details before you are issued your login, please learning more at a parent workshop and more formal meetings. contact the Junior School Office. Please do ensure you We try to limit the amount of paper sent home, though include an emergency contact person and number. occasionally we send a letter home for your attention. To keep Once you have your login ID, you can update any information up-to-date with events, please read your child’s grade and by logging into the portal, where all relevant departments class announcements as well as the Learning Journal regularly. (school office, clinic, Finance) will be notified by one We encourage parents to also read the weekly eBrief and keep submission. Once you are logged in, you are in the parent an eye on your app/online notices and the school calendar. portal; look for the Parent Resources section, and then ‘Update Student organiser Family Details’. Click on the button and follow the instructions. This is a tool to help students organise their week at school. Calendar Students also use the organiser to make notes about their There is an up-to-date online calendar on the school website. homework and other reminders. The College uses Google Calendar, and, depending on the Please check your child’s organiser daily for messages and calendar system you use, you can import some or all of these information from school. Please date all messages you events from Google Calendar to your own to help you keep write to the class teacher and sign when you have read any on top of what’s happening. messages sent by the teacher. Workshops for parents are scheduled during Term 1 to help If you need to get a message to the class teacher during familiarise you with the features of the website portal and the day, please phone the Junior School Office, as calendars. These will be advertised in eBrief. teachers do not always have time to check their emails during the busy school day. eBrief Website login and parent portal This weekly email consolidates key information into an easy- to-read format for parents. Considered essential reading, Each parent is issued a login to the parent portal via our eBrief is sent to all parents every Friday during the school website where you can view information tailored to your term. It contains information for parents on the upcoming family about your child(ren). Parent logins will be issued by two weeks. You can expect the first eBrief the Friday before email prior to the start of school. school commences—to help you get ready for the start of the Access to a number of key systems as well as daily updated year. It is not sent during school holidays. notices and an online calendar are located here, including: Parental help • online medical information system (for review and updating) There are many ways that parents can help in school, and • contact information update system (please ensure they are once all of the children have become settled in their new up to date) class, teachers will inform you of when they would like • student record system (timetable, attendance records, parental assistance. Early in the school year, parents are asked reports and assessments) by the class teacher to indicate their availability, either as • notices for parents (you can see the notices sent to class parent or through other avenues. students as well) Parents are invited to join us for many of the special days that UWCSEA App are held during the year, for example Uniting Nations Day, Learning Shares and the Arts Festivals. The UWCSEA App is available for iOS and Android devices. Search for UWCSEA and download the app to access eBrief, We value the support of our parents, as we firmly believe that the calendar, notices, a campus map, your child/ren’s educating children is a partnership between home and school. timetable (including their activities for each day), the staff directory and more. Class parents A ‘class parent’ is a volunteer who takes on responsibility for You will need your login details to access the app, as the organising social events for the parents and children in the information is customised to each user. class to encourage them to get to know each other outside school. They also facilitate communication between the class teacher and the parent body and assist the class teacher at times such as the Arts Festival when parental help is needed.
4 Contacting/notifying the school Parents’ Association (PA) Absence from school The PA provides opportunities for all parents to contribute to Please telephone the Junior School Office if your child is the UWCSEA community. sick and will not be coming to school (see the back of this booklet for contact details). It is vital that we are informed Being involved in PA activities provides parents with an immediately if your child has an illness that is infectious so we opportunity to be an active participant in their child’s school can alert other parents to be vigilant for symptoms. There are community, to keep up-to-date with happenings in the school a number of contagious diseases that affect young children, and provides an avenue to meet other parents and members and in some cases we have to declare reported cases to the of the school community. New parents are encouraged to Singapore Ministry of Health. contribute as much as their time and interests allow. We are also able to connect you with parents who speak the Travel during term time same language. Taking children out of school during term time impacts their The PA offers many opportunities for parents to become learning and we ask that parents restrict travel to school further involved in the life of the school. These include: holiday periods wherever possible. However, we appreciate • coffee mornings and other networking opportunities to that there are some situations when this is unavoidable. If meet other parents your child has to miss any school please inform the class • nationality-based social events for parents to network with teacher and the Principal in writing. other parents of the same cultural background While we understand that circumstances may arise where a • general events such as the Family Festival and welcome child may need to miss some days of school, we are not able events for new parents to provide schoolwork for children who will be absent due to travel. To contact the PA, see details on the back of this booklet or drop by the Parents’ Lounge while on campus. Temporary supervision due to both parents being absent from Singapore It is a UWCSEA admission requirement that parents reside in Singapore. If for any reason, for example a family emergency, both parents are out of Singapore, please inform the school ahead of time. We require clear details of the adult who will act as a supervisor in your absence so we know whom to contact in case of an emergency. Please complete the Nomination of a Supervisor during Temporary Parental Absence form, which is available on the Parent Portal via the Forms button. Appointments If your child needs to attend an appointment, for example with a doctor or dentist, we ask that you try to make these after school hours or during school holidays. If this is not possible, please inform the Junior School Office and class teacher of your plans to collect and return your child to school.
5 Starting school Uniforms PE uniform The uniform policy is available on the orientation website. Students should wear their PE uniform to school if they have Students are required to wear the uniform every day. PE in the first two periods of the day, but they must bring their normal school uniform to school to get changed into Students should wear their uniform on the first day of school; after PE (including the uniform black shoes). If students have it is not necessary on Orientation Day. PE after lunch, they must wear their school uniform to school The required items for Junior students are: and bring their PE uniform to change into. • grey culottes (girls) Junior School students always have a shower after completing • grey shorts (girls and boys) their PE lessons, so they will need to bring a towel to • turquoise polo shirt (girls and boys) school with them on these days. You will be informed of arrangements for PE at the start of term and details of when • grey cardigan (optional but recommended for air- the PE uniform is required. For the PE swimming units, there is conditioned buses and classrooms) an optional UWCSEA rash top (swim vest) available from the • socks—white, black or grey College Shop. • black shoes or runners which fully enclose the feet but do not cover the ankles Bags • hat Students in the Junior School can select their own backpack; they do not need to purchase the UWCSEA backpack. We • PE shirt ask that backpacks are kept to a sensible size, so they can • PE shorts fit comfortably in the shelves in the classroom, as well as • trainers for PE with non-marking soles transport the books and PE kit required by students. • lunch box (cooler bag- optional) Where to purchase? • backpack—treasonable size Uniforms can be purchased from the College Shop on campus • UWCSEA sun-protection swim top (optional) during orientation or on any weekday. School hat East College Shop A hat needs to be worn for all outdoor activities, including 8am–12pm; 12.45–4pm play at break and lunchtime, sports, PE and excursions. If a Tel: 6305 5344 ext 2924 child does not have a hat in school, then they will be asked to firstname.lastname@example.org play in a shaded area. Students should also consider wearing sunscreen. Stationery and school supplies Students do not need to bring any stationery or other Shoes supplies to school as we provide all materials needed in Please buy black shoes or trainers that fully enclose the foot the classrooms including pens, pencils, rulers, books and but do not cover the ankles. The College Shop sells a selection colouring pencils. of black school shoes for all ages. Trainers in any colour with non-marking soles are required for PE. Jewellery For safety reasons, students are not allowed to wear jewellery, apart from small pierced ear studs. If a piece of jewellery has a specific religious significance, please approach the class teacher to discuss.
6 The school day The school day has been designed so that all Junior School Transport to school students have breaks at the same time, allowing us to more There are a number of options for travelling to and from easily plan whole school events: school each day. We understand that permanent transport 7.30am Earliest time that students arrangements may not have been finalised by the first week of can be dropped at school school and that they can sometimes differ from what the regular routine will be. Please keep your child’s teacher informed. 8am Start of school (students can enter classrooms from 7.50am) Buses 9.50am Morning break (20 minutes) A bus service application form was included in the letter of offer information packet sent by Admissions and is also 11.30am Lunch (55 minutes) available on the East Campus Orientation website. Please 1.40pm Transition time (10 minutes) complete and return it by the end of July to ensure that your child can utilise the bus service at the start of Term 1. 3pm Classes finish Transport may not be immediately available for the start of 3.10pm Activities (these are optional) term for any forms submitted after this date, although every request will be processed at the earliest possible date. 4.30pm End of activities An external transport company manages the school buses, Students are asked to leave the campus at the end of the facilitated by UWCSEA’s Transport Manager. All buses are school day unless they are staying back for Activities. air-conditioned with seat belts and each bus has a ‘Bus Aunty’ Primary students on campus after 3pm, must be in an (monitor) to look after the children while in transit. The buses activity or supervised by an adult. Primary students are serve most areas of Singapore but it is important to check not permitted to use Santai Cafe after school without being with personnel in the Transport Office when signing up for a accompanied by an adult or wearing a special band provided service what the likely pick up and drop off times will be (see to children registered in the PS Library. last page for contact details). Once you have been sent your login details, you can access • Junior School students are dropped at their designated and print your child’s full timetable via the Student Online drop-off point even if nobody is waiting to meet them. It is System, using the parent portal (see website section for essential that the students are clear about what to do when more details). they are dropped off Arriving at school • students are not allowed to travel on another bus for any reason so if they are visiting another student, they The school day begins at 8am. Students should arrive need to be picked up by car between 7.30am and 7.50am, when supervision is available in the classroom or outside play area (depending on the • the bus service will pick up and drop off only to one weather). See transport section for more information. address; logistical requirements are such that there can be no drop offs at a different address Leaving school • due to insurance regulations, parents are not allowed to All Junior School students make their own way to the travel on the school bus designated bus and car pick-up areas. In order to avoid • students can apply for a one-way or two-way service, congestion in the Junior School corridors, we ask parents or however preference is given to two-way applications helpers who are collecting by car or taxi to meet the students in the main plaza or car pick-up area at the front of the school A Bus Services Handbook as well as more information about rather than in the classrooms or corridors. Students will be the bus services, the bus rules and areas of Singapore covered supervised until 3.15pm, and after this time any child who has by school transport can be found on the orientation website not been collected will wait in the Junior School Office. Please and parent portal. phone the Junior School office if you are delayed.
7 Morning drop-off by private car Security pass and security check Students being driven to school should arrive between You will need a security pass to access the entry points. 7.30am and 7.50am. Students should not be dropped Please organise a security pass to facilitate a speedy arrival to before 7.30am as there is no supervision available. For school if you or a helper will be bringing your child to school safety reasons, we ask that parents use the designated or collecting them regularly. Photographs for the passes are drop-off areas on campus, rather than letting Junior School taken during the orientation process or in the first weeks students out onto the pavement outside the school. of term. If your helper or another nominated adult will be When on the driveway, please try and move as far forward as collecting your child on a regular basis, they will also need to possible within the drop-off zone to ensure a flow of traffic. be issued with a security pass. We ask that parents remain inside their car. Our experienced Parking security guards are on duty to help the flow of traffic. Parking is available on campus, although at peak times and Please do not stop your car for any longer than is necessary. If during events you may need to park over the road in the you decide you need to come in to the school, there is plenty public car park. of parking available on campus. Please move through to the car park to facilitate the flow of traffic. Changes to travel arrangements If there are any changes to your child’s transport Afternoon pick up by car arrangements, it is very important that you write a note in At the end of the school day, students who go home by car the organiser, including day and times, ensuring that it is clear make their way to the pick-up area at the front of the school, which day the change will occur. and can be collected from 3pm. Parents arriving before this time are asked to park in the designated parking areas on For emergencies and last minute changes of travel campus, rather than on the street in front of the school while arrangements, call the Junior School office before 2.30pm. waiting. We ask that you do not park or leave your car in the Messages received after this time may not reach the class driveway so we can maintain a flow of traffic and everyone teacher before they have left for the buses. can depart the campus quickly and safely. We cannot accept ‘word of mouth’ messages from your child or emails sent to the class teacher during the day as often Bicycles emails are only read after the children have gone home. Some students may elect to cycle to school, and we have bike stands where bicycles can be locked on the campus. If Money at school your child would like to cycle to school, please inform the We ask that students do not bring money to school unless class teacher. All students who cycle to school are expected the class teacher has specifically requested payment for an to wear a bicycle helmet and follow the Singaporean cycling excursion or other purpose. All money should be placed in an regulations. Younger students should be accompanied. envelope with the child’s name, class and what the money is Taxi directions for, written on the outside. Ensure you ask the driver to take you to UWCSEA East Importance of labelling everything Campus in Tampines, as we have two campuses in two Please mark all belongings (clothes, PE kit, shoes, hats, lunch different locations. boxes, bags, swimming gear etc) with the student’s full name, so we can return them if lost.
8 UWCSEA learning programme Academics Reporting and assessment Online information centre (portal) Although we have scheduled dates for parents to talk with the class teacher, appointments can be arranged at other There is a dedicated ‘learning’ section on the parent portal that times if there is an issue that needs to be discussed. provides an outline of the curriculum. Please login at www.uwcsea.edu.sg and then go to the ‘Academic Overview’ Parents have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher under Learning Links, and then select Junior School. Login for conferences in Term 1 and then again in Term 2. Specialist details will be provided to you in July (see page 3). reports, conferences and Learning Share sessions all enable parents to keep up-to-date with their child’s progress in Library school. Reports are sent home at the end of Term 3. Your child will visit the library once a week to select books. The number that a child can choose depends on the grade they are Learning Support and tuition in. Books are normally kept for a week and once the book has There are dedicated Learning Support teachers available to been returned, a new book may be borrowed. Teachers will children in the Junior School. Parents are always consulted inform you which day your child’s class will visit the library. before a child is referred for Learning Support. The majority of students who receive support need short-term intervention in Parents are also able to sign up to borrow from the library. a small group or in-class support. The library provides resources online and subscribes to several database and eBook platforms that are suitable for The school works with many outside professionals to support students and parents. children with specific needs. We request that any referrals to outside professionals—for specific learning needs or for Excursions/Field trips general tuition purposes—are done after consultation with There are many excursions that students undertake as a the class teacher and/or the Learning Support Department. class within Singapore. These support the curriculum and are generally scheduled to coincide with a Unit of Study Student records to extend students’ learning and stimulate lines of inquiry. Student records are available for viewing online via the parent Permission will be required for each off-campus excursion. portal. This gives a summary of your child’s attendance, and Parents may be asked to contribute to the cost of entry provides access to downloadable copies of their reports, tickets where appropriate. including medical reports. Physical Education Digital literacy Students are expected to fully participate in the Physical Becoming digitally literate is an important aspect of a Education (PE) programme, this includes swimming lessons. UWCSEA education. We strive to prepare our students to There is space in the online medical questionnaire for parents thrive in an environment where collaboration is vital and to inform us of their child’s swimming ability. Even if a child learning is a continual process. cannot swim, we expect all children to participate in lessons. In the Junior School, we use technology as a tool for learning, We believe that if a child is well enough to attend school then embedding technology into the programme where appropriate they should be well enough to participate in PE. However, we to provide students with rich learning experiences. understand that sometimes circumstances mean your child Our emphasis is on students using technology to be creators cannot participate in swimming or other PE activities. Please of content, rather than just consumers of content. To this send in a note via the student organiser stating the reason end, the school provides opportunities for students to create, why your child cannot participate in PE. collaborate and share with technology throughout the Home learning academic year. All students in the Junior School are set Home Learning on At UWCSEA, digital citizenship is also an important aspect a weekly basis. The home learning is posted on the class of our curriculum. Learning how to be safe, respectful and announcements, which is accessed through the Seesaw app. responsible citizens using digital technologies enables them to reach their potential as global learners. The amount and type of Home Learning set differs in each grade, increasing as the children go through the Junior classes and may differ per child. Specific information and expectations on Home Learning can be found on the class announcements page. Please provide an appropriate space for your child to complete their homework comfortably. It is beneficial for a child to be able to talk through their Home Learning with an adult.
9 Activities Music We encourage all students from Grade 2 on to participate The Music learning experience for each Primary School in lunchtime and after-school activities. The Activities student is very much an explorative, hands-on learning programme is broken into four seasons, running roughly experience. Students are led on a journey of discovery as they parallel to the ACSIS competitive sporting seasons in which participate in practical, creative activities and develop skills UWCSEA participates. and qualities. Students are encouraged to explore, listen to, understand, create, perform, internalise and reflect on their The wide range of activities on offer fall into six categories: own and others’ music. Wellness for Life, Mind Matters, Arts and Performance, Dragons Sports, Learn and Lead, and Create and Innovate. Music provides an avenue for students to understand how each of the five elements can be connected, as they learn to Many activities are included in the tuition fees, however some value the importance of each element in shaping them as will incur additional fees if we need to purchase materials global citizens. This is achieved by: or provide external coaching, tuition, transport or uniforms. The approximate cost will be noted at the time of selecting • class curriculum: class-based practical and theoretical work activity preferences, and payment will need to be made once that explores the key strands of composing, performing, a student is accepted into an activity at the commencement listening and analysing, as well as understanding music in of the season. Some activities require commitment for more society than one season; this is also noted in the sign up system the • Activities: Primary School large and small ensembles, students use to request activities. participation in Primary School concerts and community events Dragon Sports • passion-led service that explores deep and relevant UWCSEA fields competitive teams in the Singapore-based connections to Music (through meaningful links to Global ACSIS competition in a number of different sports in relevant Concerns, Local and College Service) age groups in the Junior School. In past years, this has • formal concerts including Uniting Nations and Arts included teams for boys and girls in badminton, basketball, Festivals, Minimusonica, and Primary Colours cricket, cross country, football, gymnastics, netball, rugby, touch rugby, as well as track and field. • informal performances including class, assembly and Noon- Tunes performances There will be trials for representative teams in the first week • Instrumental Teaching Programme 1:1, pair or group of school. Students should look out for details of these in the instrumental and voice lessons student notices on the website. • meaningful PSE through these elements Sign up online Music activities on offer include: Strings United (double Sign-up for activities is done online during a designated bass, cello, viola and violin), Band Together (wind, brass and period, and while parents can browse the available activities, percussion), Global Voices (G2-5 Choir), Chamber ensemble, students need to use their own login to submit their Kutandara! (African Marimba), Rhythmical Madness, Ukulele preferences each season. Staff can also assist new students Grooves, Guitar ensemble through the process. Sign-up opening and closing dates, and full information on how to sign up, will be posted in eBrief and Music service includes: Epic Samba, Bali Bridges Gamelan in the online calendar. Music Activities and Service offerings are subject to change.
10 Service Each grade has adopted a Global Concern and throughout One of the key values at UWCSEA is service, and all students the year students and their parents are invited to participate from K1 to Grade 12 take part in our structured Service in activities that raise awareness and offer support. programme. Service is broken into three elements: Activities are always age-appropriate, but are designed to allow students to gain an understanding of the people and 1. College organisations they are assisting. 2. Local (Singapore-based) In the Junior School, the GCs we support are: 3. Global Grade 2 Gili Eco Trust, Indonesia In College Service, students are involved in activities and action to support their peers in the classroom and around Grade 3 Green Umbrella, Cambodia the school. This service can be integrated into classroom Grade 4 Bali Bridges, Indonesia routines, and also allows students the opportunity to interact across grade levels during lunchtime and after school. It could Grade 5 Epic Arts, Cambodia include services such as helping out in the Infant School, All the Global Concerns are run as a lunchtime activity, which supporting the school’s environmental efforts, or helping in provide students with an opportunity to further explore the library. ways to deepen their understanding and support the GC. Local Service means pairing with a Singaporean community- Lunchtime GCs include Indochina Starfish Foundation and based organisation and looking at ways the students can Kuma Cambodia, as well as the grade level GCs. support these in age-appropriate ways. At East Campus, this There are a number of Service trips that are offered to involves a number of services including working with seniors, parents and students throughout the year. These trips are local kindergartens, schools and helping at a local food an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the kitchen. Our community organisations are invited to school GC through visiting the NGO, working with the community, for performances, morning teas, to speak to the students and teaching Art and English as well as making new friends. for our annual Chinese New Year celebration. Junior School students make regular visits to our partner organisations. We also host a number of guest speakers and visits from our GCs throughout the year. Local services we currently support are: Focus days Grade 2 Kitchen Garden, Pasir Ris Focus days are held in response to a natural or man-made Grade 3 St. John’s Home for Elderly Persons disaster, and provide our community with an avenue of Grade 4 Christian Outreach to the Handicapped (COH) reflection and response to provide support and gain a greater understanding of what has happened. Age-appropriate Grade 5 Willing Hearts information on what has taken place is shared with students The Global Concerns (GC) programme at East Campus on these days. provides students with an opportunity to learn about challenges faced by people in Cambodia and Indonesia.
11 Student health and well-being Personal and Social Education Meals at school The purpose of the Personal and Social Education (PSE) Students have a choice of bringing their own food to school or programme is to ensure that our students are in an purchasing lunch and snacks from the canteen. Our catering environment where they feel safe, happy and secure as well contractor looks after the canteen and provides both snacks as excited to learn. UWCSEA has a strong PSE programme and a pre-order lunch service for Junior School students in that nurtures positive relationships amongst the children. Grades 2 to 5. It is important for all students to have an open mind, show Grade 2–5 parents can log in to the system via the parent respect for each other, to be ready to compromise with others portal to place lunch orders in advance. There is also a Food and to act with integrity. Many school day begins with a Services Handbook available on the portal with detailed Morning Meeting where the class comes together to greet information about the provisions, nutritional guidelines and each other, as well as share news and information. During this more. Students who order lunches online receive a silicon time, key social skills are learnt and developed. wristband to claim orders in the canteen. A four-week menu A strong home-school relationship is also important in cycle is uploaded on a regular basis to the online system. A ensuring that the children are happy confident learners. pre-ordered meal can be cancelled by 8.30am on the day of Please feel free to discuss any matters of concern at any time, order itself. firstly with your class teacher. Healthy eating Outdoor Education We encourage students to eat and drink as healthily as The opportunities for learning at UWCSEA extend far possible and we ask for your assistance with this when beyond the classroom as students take on experiential sending food and drink into school. Please do not pack any challenges that build resilience, collaboration and leadership. sweets or other confectionery, or fizzy or caffeinated drinks. Our Outdoor Education programme offers an incremental progression of age-appropriate experiences to students across Drinks the K–12 curricula. We have water fountains located around the school at appropriate heights for students to comfortably access. Junior Each grade in the Junior School has an expedition out of School students should bring a labelled water bottle to school Singapore involving an overnight stay. Further information with them each day. The canteen offers juice and milk drinks about the expeditions for each grade will be given at the Meet for sale. the Teacher evenings early in Term 1: Grade 2 Overnight Adventure Camp, Singapore Grade 3 Two nights at Forest Adventure, Malaysia Grade 4 Three nights on Sibu Island, Malaysia Grade 5 Four nights at Gopeng, Malaysia These expeditions are an integral part of our curriculum, and all students are expected to attend the expeditions. They are at an additional cost to parents.
12 Health and well-being of students Food and other allergies Medical care Some children have food allergies, and we monitor this very carefully. If a student with a severe allergy, such as a nut The clinic is staffed by trained nurses and is fully equipped to allergy, is identified in a class, we will request that items handle minor injuries that occur in school. If a child has been containing the allergen are not brought into the school by any taken to the College clinic and needs to go home, then one of student in that class, and the room will be declared a ‘Nut the nurses will contact you. Free Zone.’ If your child has any medical condition that may require Once we have a better idea of the requirements of each medical treatment, emergency care or something that our student, via the online medical questionnaires, we are able staff should be aware of, please notify us via the online to assess the level of caution we need to adopt in each class. medical questionnaire (see below) so we have the information If we need to exclude a specific food, or other allergen items, necessary to provide care if required. from a class, we will let parents in the class know as soon as Any medication should be given at home or, if it is essential possible. that it be administered during the day, then it will be If your child has a severe allergy, please make sure that this administered by the nurses at the clinic. If your child shows is indicated on the online medical questionnaire and bring it any signs of illness please do not send them to school. If to the class teacher’s attention as soon as possible. We also they are taken ill at school we will contact you to arrange for require details of the management plan to be set out for staff. them to be picked up. Please refer to the section below on There is also a support group for parents of allergy sufferers nominating alternative or emergency contacts. that we can put you in touch with. Online medical forms Emergency contacts There is a comprehensive online medical questionnaire that we require all parents to complete for each child prior to Part of the online medical questionnaire asks parents orientation. The form covers pre-existing conditions and to nominate two emergency contacts in Singapore. It is illnesses, as well as related information for activities such as important that these are kept up-to-date. These should be PE swimming ability and other conditions that may affect people that you trust to make medical decisions for your child their participation. should the unfortunate need arise. We therefore request that you do not nominate your domestic helper. As it can take some time for this information to be processed, it is important that you also inform the class teacher of any Please also note that these contacts are not necessarily the serious allergies or health problems your child may have. same as the nominated guardian, which we require if both parents are to be out of Singapore at the same time. This If there are any changes in medical information please amend situation requires separate notification to the school by the online form as well as inform the class teacher. You will completing the Nomination of a Supervisor during Temporary be able to complete the form once you receive your portal Parental Absence form. login information in July.
13 East Junior School contacts Reception and the school offices are open from 7.30am to 4.30pm. East Campus Reception +65 6305 5344 email@example.com Junior School Office +65 6305 5344 | ext 2207/2208 firstname.lastname@example.org Junior School Secretary Siti Farhana (Grades 2 and 3) email@example.com Norliah Naip (Grades 4 and 5) firstname.lastname@example.org Hajerah Abdulla (Senior Secretary, Curriculum) email@example.com Nisha Kaur (Principal’s Personal Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org and Senior Secretary) Heads of Grade Steve Kay (Grade 2) email@example.com Lisa Plamondon (Grade 3) firstname.lastname@example.org Luke Whitehouse (Grade 4) email@example.com Brendan Bolger (Grade 5) firstname.lastname@example.org Junior School leadership Pauline Markey, Primary School Principal email@example.com Ben Clapp, Primary School Vice Principal (G2–3) firstname.lastname@example.org Tilson Crew, Primary School Vice Principal (G4–5) email@example.com School services College Clinic +65 6305 5344 | ext 2994 firstname.lastname@example.org Transport Office +65 6305 5344 | ext 2830 email@example.com Library library.uwcsea.edu.sg Parents’ Association +65 6305 5344 | ext 2080 firstname.lastname@example.org Online staff directory All staff contact email addresses can be found on the school website. Please look in the online staff directory for email addresses for individual staff and in the Campus Contacts section of the website for the emails and telephone numbers for departments such as Admissions and Finance. 008COM-1920
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