Middle School welcome guide 2018/2019 - East Campus - UWCSEA
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1 Welcome to the Contents UWCSEA East Middle School Welcome to the UWCSEA East Middle School.........................1 We are thrilled to welcome our new families to UWCSEA East Middle Finding your way around the campus.........................................2 School. New students add to the Who can help?..................................................................................2 diverse tapestry of our community and enrich the learning experiences What’s going on? Communication..............................................2 for everyone. Contacting/notifying the school..................................................3 The Middle School staff are Middle School uniform...................................................................4 committed to developing each of School day.........................................................................................4 our students during this unique time in their lives: adolescence. We Lunch and snacks.............................................................................5 are proud of our holistic approach Health and well-being of students...............................................6 to middle level education. As we prepare our students for high school and beyond, we pay close attention to both their Other useful information...............................................................7 academic and social-emotional development. We strive A few things about classes.............................................................7 to provide a rigorous and relevant learning environment. Our students forge meaningful relationships; realise their Technology and laptops..................................................................8 individual potential; feel a strong sense of belonging; develop Activities programme......................................................................8 greater independence and responsibility. Middle school is a time of tremendous growth and our students are supported Sports.................................................................................................9 within a developmentally appropriate learning programme. Arts......................................................................................................9 Middle schoolers are encouraged to fully engage in College Service and Global Concerns.........................................................10 life through active participation in our academic curriculum, outdoor education, service, activities, and mentor group Outdoor Education expeditions and courses.............................10 experiences. You will find that UWCSEA East Middle School Optional trips....................................................................................10 offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to engage in learning. Key events for the start of the school year................................11 As you transition into the Middle School learning community, East Middle School contacts.........................................................12 don’t hesitate to access the many available resources for support. Erin Robinson Middle School Principal
2 Finding your way around the campus What’s going on? Communication There is a campus map on the East Campus Orientation Our school is a busy place with lots of things happening, so website, and one will be provided for students on their first we have tools to help you keep organised and up-to-date. day of school. For students Personal system login and Gmail Who can help? Each student is issued with a personal login to the College Mentors website where you can access the student portal and the Students see their mentor at the start of school everyday. Online Learning Platform (see below). They will keep in touch with you about your child’s overall All students are also issued a College-linked Gmail account, progress and general welfare. Your mentor is the first person which the College uses to communicate directly with you. you can approach with any concerns. You should check your email daily. Teachers Online Learning Platform, homework and organisation If you have any questions about your subjects or assignments, The College Online Learning Platform (OLP), is where your it is best to approach your subject teacher for clarification teachers share resources, set homework and send you and and guidance. your classmates messages specific to the class. It’s also where you can post comments and questions about topics and have Heads of Grade course-related conversations with fellow students. Your Head of Grade is responsible for ensuring all students under their care are supporting the school ideals. They liaise You can access all your courses from this single platform, closely with mentors, subject teachers and the counsellor and a calendar with assignments and deadlines that helps to ensure students are provided with the necessary to keep you organised. At the beginning of the school year, encouragement, guidance and support to reach their teachers will spend time making sure students are set up and potential. You are always welcome to approach your Head of connected to the OLP. Grade with any ideas or concerns. Student portal Counselling The student portal is dedicated to providing information you The Middle School counsellor at East Campus is available to need such as upcoming events and resources. You will also all students who wish to talk about personal issues, concerns access Activities and Service sign ups via the portal. or anything at all. Students see the counsellor for a wide The Notices section will tell you what is going on in the variety of reasons including adjusting to a new school and school that day that may affect you such as sports try-outs, new country. When you consult a counsellor, what you speak music and drama auditions, and Global Concerns events. about is completely confidential, except in cases of personal There is also an event calendar for your school section. risk or harm. For parents Website login and parent portal Each parent is issued with a login to the parent portal via our website where you can view information tailored to your family and about your child(ren). Parent logins will be issued by email prior to the start of school. Access to a number of key systems, daily updated notices and the online calendar are located here, including: • online medical information system (for review and updating) • contact information update system (for review and updating) • student record system (timetable, attendance records, reports and assessments) • notices for parents (you can see the notices sent to students as well)
3 Contacting/notifying the school UWCSEA App Absence from school The UWCSEA App is available for iOS and Android devices. Please notify the Middle School Office if your child is absent Search for ‘UWCSEA’ and download the app to access eBrief, or going to be late to school (see last page for contact details). the College calendar and term dates, notices for parents, your child’s timetable (including their activities for each day), the It is vital that we are informed immediately if your child has staff directory, directions to school, a campus map, and more. an illness that is infectious so we can alert other parents to be vigilant for symptoms. In the case of some contagious You will need your login details to access the App, as the diseases we have to declare reported cases to the Singapore information is customised to each user. Ministry of Health. Updating of contact information If your child needs to attend an appointment during school If there is any change in contact information (i.e., telephone, hours, you will need to collect your child and obtain a slip to address or email) it is very important that parents amend leave the campus from the Middle School Office. the details the school holds on file. If you need to provide Travel in term time new contact details before you are issued your login, please contact the Middle School Office. Taking students out of school during term time can be detrimental to their learning. However, we appreciate that Once you have your login details, you can update any there are some situations when this is unavoidable. If your information by logging in to the parent portal, where all child has to miss any school, please inform the Middle relevant departments (school office, clinic, Finance) will be School Office in writing. For planned absences that are not notified by one submission. an extended family holiday, students need to complete a Pre-Arranged Absence Approval Form. This is available in the Calendar Middle School Office. Please note that we are not able to There is an up-to-date online calendar on the school website. provide school work for students who will be absent due to The College uses Google Calendar, and, depending on the holiday travel. calendar system you use, you can import all or some of these events from Google Calendar to your own calendar to help Temporary supervision due to both you keep on top of what’s happening. parents being absent from Singapore It is a UWCSEA admission requirement that parents of day Workshops for parents are scheduled during Term 1 to help students reside in Singapore. If for any reason, both parents familiarise you with the features of the website portal and are out of Singapore, we must have clear details of the adult calendars. These will be advertised in the weekly eBrief who will act as a supervisor in their absence so we know newsletter. whom to contact in case of an emergency. eBrief and eFlyer Please complete the Nomination of a Supervisor during These are weekly email updates for parents, consolidating key Temporary Parental Absence form, which is available on the information into two, easy-to-read updates each week. Parent Portal via the Forms button. eBrief is sent to all parents every Friday during term time. It Appointments contains key information for parents on the upcoming two If your child needs to attend an appointment, for example weeks. You can expect the first eBrief the Friday before school with a doctor or dentist, we ask that you try to make these starts to help you get ready for the start of the year. It is not after school hours. If this is not possible, please inform the sent during school holidays. Middle School Office and class teacher of your plans to eFlyer is a reminder notice sent on Wednesdays during term collect and return your child to school. time advertising a range of events and programmes that are open to all parents.
4 Middle School uniform School day All Middle School students wear a green short-sleeved polo The school day has been designed so that all Middle School shirt with a grey skirt, trousers or shorts. If a t-shirt is worn as students have breaks at the same time, allowing us to more a vest or undershirt, it should be plain and white and visible easily plan whole school events. only at the neck. Tuesdays and Thursdays have extended mentor time and You will also need the Physical Education uniform, including the break times are modified as a result. Where there are the hat. two times listed, the first is the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule and the second is the Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Where to purchase? 7.30am Earliest time that students can be dropped Uniforms can be purchased from the College Shop on campus at school during Orientation Week or any weekday. 8am Start of school (students should arrive and East College Shop enter classrooms from 7.50am) 8am–12pm; 12.45pm–4pm Tel: 6305 5344 ext 2924 | email@example.com 9.40/9.55am Morning break (20 minutes) Footwear 11.20/11.30am Transition time (5 minutes) Shoes should be a practical design and can only be black. 12.15/12.25pm Lunch (55 minutes) Shoes should enclose the toes and heel but not cover the 3pm Classes finish ankles. Socks should be white, grey or black. The College Shop sells a selection of black school shoes. 3.10–4.30pm Activities session 1 (these are optional; see below) Non-marking trainers are required for indoor Physical Education lessons. 4.30–6pm Activities session 2 (these are optional; see below) Students are asked to leave school at the end of the school day unless they are staying back for activities. Once you have been sent your login details, you can access and print your child’s full timetable via the parent portal. Arriving at school The school day begins at 8am. Students should arrive no later than 7.50am. Transportation There are several ways to travel to school: Bus The most common transportation is by the school bus, which goes to most places in Singapore. The Transport Office organises the school bus service—contact details are on the last page if you would like to know more. You can book either a one-way or two-way service. Buses arrive in time for the start of school each day and leave at around 3.10pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are advised when you book the bus service, which is door-to-door. If you have an after-school activity that ends at 4.30pm, you can take the activity bus home which leaves at 4.40pm. You will have to make your own arrangement to get home if the activity ends after this.
5 Lunch and snacks Public transport The canteen is run by our partner, Sodexo, and offers a wide There are a number of public buses that drop off near the variety of food with influences from all over the world. If you entrances to the school. Students in Middle School are able to buy your lunch each day rather than bring it from home, it use public transport to get to and from school. will cost between $3 and $7 per day. Students can purchase snacks and lunch using cash or the Car (cashless) campus card system, which can be monitored and If you come to school via private car in the morning then topped up online by parents. Students are able to utilise the students should be dropped off at the drop-off point. For campus card system once they receive their student ID card afternoon pick up, students can be collected from one of our in the first few weeks of school. Further information on the drop-off and pick-up points. campus card system is available on the parent portal on the Bicycle College website. Students are welcome to cycle to school, and there are secure There are healthy snacks available throughout the day as well bicycle racks available under cover. Cyclists must wear a as hot lunch, salad and sandwich options. safety helmet and obey all road rules. Chilled, filtered water is available in water fountains, not Parking bottles; students are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home to refill during the day. There is ample parking on the school site. Break times Taxi directions There are breaks scheduled every day for staff and students Ensure you ask the driver to take you to UWCSEA East at to allow time for organisation, travel to class and a time for Tampines. As we have two campuses, it is important that you short recreation before reengaging in classroom learning. ask for the correct campus. Security pass and security check The security guards check all vehicles and pedestrians entering the campus. Parents are advised to get a security pass to facilitate a speedy arrival to school. Photographs for the passes are taken at Reception during orientation and in the first weeks of term. If your domestic helper or another nominated adult will be collecting your child on a regular basis, they will also need to be issued with a security pass.
6 Health and well-being of students Medical care Food and other allergies The centrally located Clinic (Block C, Level 2) is staffed by Once we have a better idea of the requirements of each trained nurses and is fully equipped to handle minor injuries student, via the online medical questionnaires, we are able that occur in school. If a child has been taken to the clinic and to assess the level of caution we need to adopt in each class. needs to go home, one of the nurses will contact their parents If we need to exclude a specific food, or other allergen items, or the designated supervisor or emergency contacts should from a class, we will let parents in the class know as soon as the parents not be contactable. possible. If your child has any medical condition that may require If your child has a severe allergy, please make sure that this is medical treatment, emergency care or that our staff indicated on the online medical questionnaire and bring it to should be aware of, please notify us via the online medical the mentor teacher’s attention as soon as possible. We also questionnaire so we have the information necessary to assist require details of the management plan to be set out for staff. them if needed. Emergency contacts Any medication should be given at home or, if it is essential Part of the online medical questionnaire asks parents that it is administered during the day, then it will be given by to nominate two emergency contacts in Singapore. It is the nurses at the clinic. Students are not permitted to carry important that these are kept up-to-date. These should be medication around the school. people that you trust to make medical decisions for your child If your child shows any signs of illness please do not send should the unfortunate need arise. We therefore request that them to school, and if they are taken ill at school we will you do not nominate your domestic helper. contact you to arrange for them to be picked up. Please refer Please also note that these contacts are not necessarily the to the section below on nominating alternative or emergency same as the nominated guardian which we require if both contacts. parents are out of Singapore at the same time. This situation Online medical questionnaire requires separate notification to the school. There is a comprehensive online medical questionnaire that we require all parents to complete for each child no later than orientation day. The form covers pre-existing conditions and illnesses, as well as related information for activities such as PE swimming ability and other conditions that may affect their participation. If there are any changes in medical information, please amend the online form. You will be able to complete this questionnaire once you receive your parent portal login ID in July.
7 Other useful information A few things about classes Calculators Languages The Mathematics Department requires students to have a In Middle School, it is compulsory to learn a second language. reliable scientific calculator. Grade 8 students may wish to We offer Chinese, French and Spanish. The exceptions to purchase a ‘TI-Nspire’ model from the College Shop as it will studying one of these languages include pull-out learning be required in High School. As with all other valuable items, support or the English as an Additional Language (EAL) students should label their calculator with their name. programme. Students who need additional academic support through the Learning Support programme take a Study Skills Lost property class in place of a second language. Students in the EAL Please go to Reception to ask about or report lost property programme are learning English as an additional language or to hand in something you have found. Found valuables are through an EAL class. recorded and kept by the receptionists. For additional or Mother Tongue languages, after-school Lockers tuition is available at additional cost to students. Languages offered depend on the requirements of the year group and Your mentor will allocate you a locker on the first day of those available will be communicated to parents early in school. The school will provide you with the lock for your Term 1. locker. Keep your locker secure at all times and do not share your combination with others. Physical Education Personal devices Students have two 80-minute blocks per week of Physical Education (PE). The school’s PE uniform must be worn during Students may have personal devices such as mobile phones, the lessons, and studded boots are recommended for sports which they are responsible to look after. Students may secure such as football and rugby. It is also recommended to bring their device in their locker during the school day; you are not your own racket for sports such as badminton. permitted to use electronic devices (including laptop) during their break and lunch time. Students need to wear a hat and sun block for outdoor sports and a rash vest during aquatics, over the top of your swimmers. Please bring a towel on PE days as students shower and change after lessons. Don’t forget a water bottle, as it is easy to become dehydrated in the heat and humidity. There is a comprehensive competitive and recreational sporting programme offered through the Activities programme—see later section for details on how to get involved.
8 Technology and laptops Activities All Middle School students will be participating in the laptop There are four activity seasons over the three school terms scheme. each year. In Middle School, students are encouraged to participate in at least one extracurricular activity each season. All new students receive their laptop during a laptop collection session prior to the start of school. A parent must The wide range of activities on offer fall into six categories: be present for laptop roll out sessions. Wellness for Life, Mind Matters, Arts and Performance, Dragons Sports, Learn and Lead, and Create and Innovate. Students are responsible for keeping track of laptops and personal devices. Activities can take place before school, but are usually after school from 3.10–4.30pm or 4.30–6pm. The ‘activity buses’ More information leave school at 4.40pm to take you home, but if you have an For more information on digital technologies at the College, activity that ends later, you will need to arrange your own please visit: www.uwcsea.edu.sg/learning/technology transport. Please check what time and day your activities are scheduled on before you request to sign up, so you can make it to all of them. Many activities are included in your school fees, but some require additional payment to cover equipment, coaching or other costs; this will be noted in the sign-up system when you make your preferences each season, and payment generally needs to be made before the activity commences. Sign up Signing up for activities is done online during the sign-up period. Sign-up opening and closing dates are advertised through student notices, eBrief, the online calendar and generally take place in the first weeks of school following several guidance sessions with your mentor. To register your preferences, students need to log in to the student portal using your User ID and password, and then go to the activities sign up link. Please note: parents can also log in and see the range of activities available, but students must be logged in with their own login details to submit any preferences. Parents are not able to submit activity preferences for their children using their own login details. Some sports, music and drama activities hold trials or auditions to select their team for leagues or upcoming events. Trials are held on separate days, and students are informed about this beforehand via the online notices system on the website portal.
9 Sports Arts Representative sports for the East Campus include: Middle School students have numerous opportunities to badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, football, express themselves creatively outside the classroom through gymnastics, netball (girls), rugby (boys), softball, swimming, a wide variety of artistic activities. tennis and touch (girls). Representative-level sport is organised into seasons, with College teams competing in local Music school leagues and end-of-season tournaments organised There are many opportunities for Middle School students by ACSIS (Athletics Conference of Singapore International to be involved in music through the Activities programme, Schools). including ensembles, bands and choirs. Musicians involved in these activities have the opportunity to perform in termly Sports teams may have an age group for Middle School concerts. Look for information on auditions in the website students, although many do enter teams in a range of age notices or contact the Music Department. divisions. There are also other recreational sports, such as sailing, offered via the Activities programme. Instrumental Teaching Programme How do I get involved? The Instrumental Teaching Programme (ITP) provides an opportunity for music tuition at the school, but taught by Information regarding sign up and tryouts will be publicised internal and external music teachers. Tuition is available on a in the first weeks of school via online notices, eBrief and in range of instruments, such as: violin, clarinet, piano, recorder, mentor groups. voice, trumpet, guitar (electric, acoustic), classical, bass, oboe, saxophone, trombone, percussion, and flute. Registration forms are available from the Music Department and more information is on the website. Announcements regarding ITP sign ups will be provided in eBrief early in the term. There is an additional charge for these lessons. They are not considered to be part of the Activities programme and therefore run each term, rather than aligned with the activity seasons. Drama Middle School students can participate in numerous drama productions throughout the year. Look for these in the Activities programme, and for information on auditions in the website notices. Visual Arts The Middle School Art department displays work by many talented students to the whole school and the wider community throughout the school year. Work by individuals and groups are displayed around the campus, showcasing a wide variety of materials and techniques.
10 Outdoor Education Service and Global Concerns expeditions and courses What is the Service programme? Middle School students go on a series of three school trips Our Service programme involves students helping people called expeditions throughout their years in Middle School. and/or the environment within the College and the wider All students are expected to participate on these trips, as they Singapore community. It is an expectation that all students are part of the school’s learning programme, and there are participate in service. Students are expected to complete at links back to almost every area of the academic curriculum. least one service activity each year in both College and Local More information is provided on the website. Service or a Global Concern. Grade 6 – Tioman What is a Global Concern? The Grade 6 expedition takes place on Tioman Island, The motto for Global Concerns (GC) is: ‘Turning Ideas into Malaysia, in Term 3. This is a five-day, four-night programme Action.’ where the students are involved in a series of activities such The aims of Global Concerns are to: as kayaking, snorkelling and sailing. The students learn to work as a team while developing new skills. They also get to • promote desirable values and action among students learn about the work of the Juara Turtle Project which works • raise awareness and educate students about broader issues to sustain the turtle population in Tioman. relating to specific projects • encourage students to be aware, informed and active Grade 7 – Kayak training and Sibu • highlight the values of service and environmental The Grade 7 expedition is based upon kayaking skills. In Term awareness 1, all students follow a programme in Singapore leading to a One Star Kayaking Award. In Term 1, they spend five days and • foster amongst the students the sense of belonging to four nights on Sibu Island in Malaysia, which includes further an international educational movement with 15 member kayak training and an overnight expedition. colleges, each with very definite ethos and mission UWCSEA currently supports numerous projects worldwide Grade 8 – Chiang Mai and provides material support for a wide variety of Grade 8 students complete the ten-day Chiang Mai endeavours through partnerships with non-governmental Residential Study Programme between October and organisations (NGOs) who work with specific groups in these December. The Outdoor Education comprises an ‘Adventure’ countries. section focused on trekking, caving and rafting combined with an experiential education section focusing on complex Middle School students can choose from a large number problems in Northern Thailand, through the lens of of GC projects. Students are actively involved in raising sustainability. awareness and funds for any GC they opt to be involved in. They can also opt to be involved GCs through leadership meetings and the Middle School GC Executive. Some GCs Optional trips also have an overseas service trip. More information will be Some exciting optional trips are offered to Middle School provided through the eBrief. students throughout the school year. Although the How to sign up destinations can change from year to year, all of our school trips are linked to outdoor education or service, and many Sign up for Service is done via the online Activities sign up. focus on making connections with schools around the world There is a separate link to select and sign up for your Global that share our ethos and commitment. Concern (GC) of choice. You are expected to take your commitment to your selected service very seriously, and Information nights and opportunities to register interest and full attendance is expected unless absence is completely sign up will be publicised in eBrief, and trips will be advertised unavoidable. All Middle School students are expected to do a as they are confirmed. weekly service (commit 1–1 ½ hours each week) for at least one term each year. Focus days Our school organises ‘focus days’ to recognise and highlight current global or local issues. In the case of a natural disaster, our response is aimed at informing our community and possibly to aid humanitarian relief efforts in the affected area.
11 Key events for the start of the school year Orientation All new students and their parents are asked to attend the orientation, where we will cover some key information about the start of the year. Students will meet other students, teachers and key management staff and will be provided with an overview of what to expect of the year ahead. For further details on the orientation schedule, please see the East Campus Orientation website. Students do not need to wear their uniform to school on orientation day, but should wear it on the first day of school. Uniforms can be purchased from the College Shop on campus during orientation. There will also be an opportunity to explore the school via guided tours to familiarise yourself with the location of key facilities. In addition, you will be able to speak with representatives regarding bus service, online medical forms and organise photos for parent security passes. Information nights for expeditions Parents and students are invited to information evenings covering the grade-level expeditions. Details will be provided at orientation and in eBrief. Coffee mornings and other parent gatherings Opportunities for parents to meet with other parents at grade-level coffee mornings and other events will be publicised in the eBrief early in the term. The Parents’ Association on the East Campus is very active and also organises a welcome function early in Term 1.
12 East Middle School contacts Reception and the school offices are open from 7.30am to 4.30pm. East Campus Reception +65 6305 5344 firstname.lastname@example.org Middle School Office +65 6305 5344 | ext 2309 email@example.com Middle School Secretary Fazilah Comsari (Grade 6) firstname.lastname@example.org Supi Mohd (Grade 7) email@example.com Eliana Kamarudin (Grade 8) firstname.lastname@example.org Heads of Grade Duff Douglas (Grade 6) email@example.com Nadine Mains (Grade 7) firstname.lastname@example.org Jabiz Raisdana (Grade 8) email@example.com Middle School leadership Dr Erin Robinson, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Cameron Hunter, Vice Principal email@example.com Richard Nies, Vice Principal firstname.lastname@example.org School services College Clinic +65 6305 5344 | ext 2994 email@example.com Transport Office +65 6305 5344 | ext 2830 firstname.lastname@example.org Library library.uwcsea.edu.sg Parents’ Association +65 6305 5344 | ext 2080 email@example.com 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. 009COM-1819
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