Junior School welcome guide 2019/2020 - East Campus - UWCSEA

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Junior School welcome guide 2019/2020 - East Campus - UWCSEA
Junior School welcome guide 2019/2020
                           East Campus

                                                                                                      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-
                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                 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

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.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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.

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    eastshopstaff@uwcsea.edu.sg
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.

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.

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.

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
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
                                                                   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.

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.

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
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.

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.

                                                                  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.

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.

East Junior School contacts
Reception and the school offices are open from 7.30am to 4.30pm.
East Campus Reception                                  +65 6305 5344
Junior School Office                                   +65 6305 5344 | ext 2207/2208

Junior School Secretary
Siti Farhana (Grades 2 and 3)                          siti.farhana@uwcsea.edu.sg
Norliah Naip (Grades 4 and 5)                          norliah.naip@uwcsea.edu.sg
Hajerah Abdulla (Senior Secretary, Curriculum)         hajerah.abdulla@uwcsea.edu.sg
Nisha Kaur (Principal’s Personal Assistant             nisha.kaur@uwcsea.edu.sg
and Senior Secretary)

Heads of Grade
Steve Kay (Grade 2)                                    steven.kay@uwcsea.edu.sg
Lisa Plamondon (Grade 3)                               lisa.plamondon@uwcsea.edu.sg
Luke Whitehouse (Grade 4)                              luke.whitehouse@uwcsea.edu.sg
Brendan Bolger (Grade 5)                               brendan.bolger@uwcsea.edu.sg

Junior School leadership
Pauline Markey, Primary School Principal               pauline.markey@uwcsea.edu.sg
Ben Clapp, Primary School Vice Principal (G2–3)        benjamin.clapp@uwcsea.edu.sg
Tilson Crew, Primary School Vice Principal (G4–5)      tilson.crew@uwcsea.edu.sg

School services
College Clinic                                         +65 6305 5344 | ext 2994
Transport Office                                       +65 6305 5344 | ext 2830
Library                                                library.uwcsea.edu.sg

Parents’ Association                                   +65 6305 5344 | ext 2080

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.

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