P1 Orientation Day 15 November 2018 - Mee Toh School
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School Vision and Mission Vision Touching Souls, Challenging Minds 净化心灵, 挑战思维 Mission To maximise students’ potential and to develop in them a passion for life-long learning guided by compassion, conscience, purity and righteousness.
School Motto & Values School Motto School Values Care (仁心关爱) Compassion（慈） Service (奉献他人) Resilience (坚韧不拔) Conscience（良） Excellence (精益求精) Confidence (满怀信心) Purity（清） Integrity (正直清廉) Respect (互敬互重) Righteousness（直） Teamwork(群策群力)
Buddhist Practices: • Singing of Triple Gem song and prayer during every Monday assembly • Teaching of values through storytelling by Venerable once a term • Dharmaratna Festival • Major Events: • Vesak Day Celebration on Founder’s Day • Examination Blessing
Debunking some possible Myths and Misperceptions… “Mee Toh School is only for Buddhists.” “Mee Toh School is a Buddhist School. When I send my child to the school, I will expect him to naturally become good.”
School’s Response • Like all schools in Singapore, we are secular. •Character Development is at the heart of our school’s programme. •Other than platforms like - Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP); - Civics and Moral Education (CME) lessons; - Assembly Programmes, other programmes and activities which focus on character development are made possible through partnership with Tzu Chi Foundation and Fo Guang Shan.
School’s Response •Tzu Chi Foundation conducts the “ 大 爱 妈 妈 ” programme that emphasises positive attitudes and good habits on Wednesdays for lower primary students. •Fo Guang Shan conducts Dharma Lessons on Saturdays for students and parents on a sign up basis. •Parents role as partners in shaping positive values and attitudes are just as important, if not more than, the school.
Aims of Primary Education • To lay a strong foundation • To nurture the whole child
“As it [the/our education system] becomes more complex, we need to be clear-eyed that in this matured system, there are trade-offs within the system, and we must take sufficient bold steps to rebalance those trade-offs when needed.”
Considerations and potential challenges in balancing rigour and joy: “There needs to be a balance between rigour and joy, and there is a fairly strong consensus that we have tilted too much to the former.”
Changes at a Glance
Changes at a Glance
Changes at a Glance
Personal Qualities School Value Level Personal Qualities o Show care and concern for the environment and Care P1-P6 people around me o Show kindness and empathy P1-P6 o Appreciate and show gratitude for others Service P1-P3 o Offer help to family members, teachers & peers o Take actions to contribute to the common good P4-P6 of others in the community P1-P6 o Demonstrate the growth mindset Resilience P1-P3 o Keep trying even in difficult situations o Overcome difficulties by exploring alternative P4-P6 solutions
Personal Qualities School Value Level Personal Qualities o Put in the best effort to produce quality work P1-P6 o Reflect from experiences and learn from them Excellence P1-P3 o Seek help and guidance when in doubt o Ask questions, sieve, analyse and evaluate P4-P6 information to improve understanding of the issue or problem o Demonstrate self-awareness P1-P6 o Demonstrate abilities to build positive Confidence relationships o Think critically and explain view points and P4-P6 decisions
Personal Qualities School Value Level Personal Qualities o Differentiate right from wrong o Face consequences of mistakes and learn from Integrity P1-P6 the experience o Do the right thing when no one is watching o Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to different cultures and religions Respect P1-P6 o Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values o Express ideas and allow opinions and views to be heard P1-P3 o Fulfill different responsibilities and complete given Teamwork tasks as a group o Influence peers positively P4-P6 o Leverage on one another’s strengths and abilities to achieve common goals
Home-School Partnership • Parents are our partners in the holistic education of the children • Our common interest is the child
Partnership between School and Parents Guiding Philosophy Quality Relationships Anchored on Mutual Trust and Mutual Respect A mindset of partnership, collaboration and mutual support Guided by MOE and Mee Toh School Ethos
SERVICE QUALITY STATEMENT Mee Toh School is committed to deliver quality education to all our students, provide quality service to our partners and at the same time, care for the well-being of our teachers and all who work here. We will do our utmost to serve you with courtesy and respect and we expect that you treat us with the same respect that you would like to be accorded. Please let us know if our efforts fall below your expectations. Your feedback and words of appreciation will inspire us to continue to deliver our best. Thank you for working with us, making Mee Toh School Community a gracious one, and the school a place conducive for learning, growth and work!
Communication with School 1. Always work with your child’s teachers first as they are the ones who know your child well. 2. Every Child is an unique individual, each teacher has 30 unique individuals in the class -- Teachers will take time to know your child, understand how he/she learns, what excites them, and so on. 3. Train your children to be able to relay information to their teachers.
Communication with School 4. Modes of communication: Write your queries in the Student Handbook. Write in via email. Call the school main line, use the teachers’ extension numbers. For non-urgent matters, the teacher will respond within 3 working days. 5. If you need to meet with your child’s teacher, do make an appointment first before coming to school. Please be patient with the teachers as they are teaching many children.
When teachers need to be away from school: They may • be sick • need to attend to important family matters • need to attend training or briefing • be away on maternity or paternity leave Duration of absence may vary School will need to arrange for relief teachers to take charge of their classes.
Home-School Partnership Top 5 Questions Teachers Wish Parents Would Ask Them 08 Jan 2018 https://www.schoolbag.sg/story/top-5-questions-teachers-wish-parents-would-ask-them
Home-School Partnership Top Five Questions Teachers Hope Parents Would Ask Them Social Interactions Is he nice to the people around him? Does he interact well with his friends?
Home-School Partnership Top Five Questions Teachers Hope Parents Would Ask Them Strength Building What are his strengths?
Home-School Partnership Top Five Questions Teachers Hope Parents Would Ask Them Feedback for Improvement How can I grow my child’s interest in (subject)?
Home-School Partnership Top Five Questions Teachers Hope Parents Would Ask Them Home-School Collaboration How can we work together to help him?
We Cannot Do It Alone • Parents, you are your child’s first and life- long Teachers. • Your actions are the best lessons for children. • Don’t underestimate your importance in teaching your children good values, habits and attitudes.
Helicopter Parents Source: https://www.schoolbag.sg/story/helicopter-parenting
Helicopter Parents Source: https://www.schoolbag.sg/story/helicopter-parenting
Year Head (P1 & P2) • Work with teachers, HODs and Year Heads • Look into providing better support and integration of learning within each level Mrs Jacelyn Ang
First Day of School • Have a good breakfast with your child • Arrive by 7.15 a.m. • Assemble in the school hall and sit according to the class label • Note: P1 parents are allowed into school premises only on the 1st day of school. Other useful information can be found in the Orientation Information Handout for Parents
First Day of School Engagement with Parents: • Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. • Venue: School Hall • Briefing by Heads of Department
Expectations of Student Behaviour 1. Maintain proper decorum and behave in a socially responsible manner at all times. 2. Respect school staff and peers regardless of circumstances. 3. Keep the school clean and take good care of school properties. Information can be found in Student Handbook pages 11-13
Expectations of Student Behaviour 4. Wear the prescribed school uniform. Modification to the uniform is not allowed.
Expectations of Student Behaviour 5. Keep your hair neat. Boys must be clean shaven. Undercut hairstyle, and wearing of beard or moustache are not allowed.
Expectations of Student Behaviour 6. Be punctual for school and all school conducted activities. 7. Refrain from bringing expensive personal items or toys such as mobile phone, MP3 or any other audio visual equipment to school.
School Term • New school term: 2 January 2019, Wednesday • 4 terms in a year • All students must attend school until the end of each school term. Any request to leave Singapore for family tours or home visits to former countries during the school terms does not constitute a valid reason. • Events for the term will be communicated through Termly School Calendar
School Hours Reporting Dismissal School Days Recess Time Time Time Mondays to 10 a.m. – 7.30 a.m. 1.30 p.m. Fridays 10.30 a.m.
Arrival Arrangement Arrival during fair weather days: • Report directly to the parade square on all days, except on Monday. • Report to the Indoor Sports Hall (ISH) Level 4 on Mondays. (Primary 1 to Primary 3)
Arrival Arrangement 2 Gate 3 Gate 2 Main Gate 5 Gate 4 Parade Square 4 Gate 1A Guard House School BLK E Field IN OUT Gate 5 BLK F BLK 122B 3 1 Gate 6 BLK G • Possible venues to drop off students : Gate 7 BLK B 1 Access by Gate 6. Near the basketball court Gate 8 22. Car Park near Blk 109. Use the service road from: a. Punggol Field b. Edgedale Plains 33. Car Park (Blk 131) Opposite the school. 44. Gate 1A to be accessed via Blk 122B. 55. The Main Gate is only accessible during wet weather.
Arrival Arrangement Arrival during wet weather days: • Parents are allowed to drive into the school • Drop off their children at the layby On raining days, drive • Children will use the covered linkway in and alight students only at the layby. to go to the assembly area • No car is allowed to stop at the porch • This facilitates the fast flow of traffic • P1 students report in the ISH level 4 On raining days, drive in but do not alight students at the porch.
Dismissal Arrangement Pick up by family members/caregivers • All P1 students will be dismissed class by class. • Teachers will bring students to Gate 2. • P1 parents are to wait outside the Gate 2. Please make way for the students to be dismissed.
Dismissal Arrangement School Bus • Teachers will bring students to bus queues for the first week • Students will join the bus queues according to bus numbers • A coloured ribbon indicating the bus number will be given • Indicate bus queue number on temporary nametag More information is in the handout for parents
Dismissal Arrangement Meet up with siblings • Siblings meet each other at designated Siblings’ Corner near the canteen • Siblings will leave the school according to dismissal mode for the elder sibling • P1, P2 and P3 students will be dismissed from Gate 2. • P4, P5 and P6 students will be dismissed from Gates 1 or 6. Siblings’ Corner
School Bus Transport • Bus Operator: Sunday Coach Services Contact Number: 9873 8227 (Mr Ang) • Registration for school transport is available in the canteen today from 3.30 p.m. • Indicate bus queue number on temporary nametag. • Your child needs to know the bus number he/she will be taking.
Traffic Issues • School is part of the community. • Avoid using the multi-storey and service road at Blk 109. • High volume of traffic in the morning and during dismissals caused inconvenience to the residents.
Safety And Security • Teach and role model by making use of the pedestrian crossings and traffic lights when crossing the roads. • Please follow traffic rules and cooperate with our personnel and parent volunteers. • Show consideration when using public car parks and facilities near the school.
Seatbelt Rules • Ensure the safety of school children. The safety of children is a shared responsibility • Children need to cooperate with the school bus drivers. • Prepare your child mentally and train your child to belt up for http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/e safety at all times. n/roads-and-motoring/road-safetyand- regulations/road-regulations.html
Buddy System • P4 buddies will assist the P1 students on the first 3 days of school during recess. • P4 buddies will: - guide the P1 students to queue at the food stalls - remind P1 students to collect their change - teach P1 students to bring their food to the tables safely - teach P1 students to return utensils to the receptacles
School Canteen • Pocket money of about $2.00 each day Variety of food items sold: • Chinese food • Halal food • Vegetarian food • Fresh fruit juice, cut fruits • Hot drinks and snacks • Some stalls operate from 6.45 a.m. to 7.05 a.m. to allow students to have light breakfast.
Snack Break • Taken into consideration of students’ well-being that some of them may not get to have lunch until they reach home after 1.30 p.m. • Optional for students to bring healthy snacks during a second break from 11.55 p.m. to 12 p.m. • Examples are energy bars, an apple or a banana.
General Information Visitors to School • For the safety and security of our students, all visitors are required to sign into the log book at the guard post before proceeding to the General Office. • Visitors are required to display ‘Visitor’ pass at all times. • Visitors are not allowed to loiter in the school or go directly to the classrooms
General Information Permission to Leave Early • For students who are unwell, parents are required to come to school to bring them home. • Parents must acknowledge in the ‘Permission to Leave School Early’ Form’ in the General Office. • All parents are required to update the school whenever there is a change in address or contact numbers.
Student Handbook • The student handbook is important and students are expected to bring it daily. • The handbook acts as a two way communication tool. • Parents who wish to communicate with the teachers can do so through the handbook. • Parents need to call in advance to make an appointment with the teacher or school personnel if you wish to meet up with them.
Important Pages in Student Handbook • Important book for communication • Student and parents acknowledge on page 10 • Pages to take special note: • Code of Conduct • School Attire and Personal Appearance • Mobile Phone and Smart Device Policy • School Values and Personal Qualities • Holistic Goal Setting
Mobile Phone Policy • The school encourages parents to allow their child learn independence in the school. • Strongly discourage students to bring mobile phones to school. • All personal smart devices (e.g. smart watches, and google glasses) are strictly not allowed in school. • Mobile phones are: • To be switched off during lessons and/or other school activities. • Only allowed at the canteen and must be switched off after use. • Restricted to only voice calls and messaging. Capturing of sounds or videos is not allowed.
Mobile Phone Policy • Refrain from uploading videos/photographs donned in school attire. • Mobile phones and/or unauthorised electronic devices are not allowed during tests or exams. • Mobile phones will be confiscated for any misuse and returned to parents after an appropriate time interval determined by the school. • Public phone is located near the bookshop. • The phones at the General Office are only for use in cases of emergency. (Reference from Student Handbook page 14)
Bookshop Operating Hours Day Operating Hours Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (for students) • Location: Near Gate 2 • Train your child to make purchases from the bookshop on his/her own • Parents who need to make purchase from the bookshop will enter from Gate 2 only from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. • School holiday opening dates are in the school website.
School Uniform & Name Tags • You may purchase your child’s uniform after the briefing from 3.30 p.m. onwards • Name tag is part of the uniform, and to be sewn on the school uniform and PE T-shirts • Place orders for name tags during purchase of school uniform. Each child will need about 8 name tags throughout the 6 years.
Important Advice Lightening Students’ School Bags •Health Promotion Board advises that: • Students should carry weight of no more than 15% of their body weight • Weight of bags carried by P1 to P4 students should range not more than 3.5kg to 4.0 kg •Parents can: • Select bags of lightweight material with few compartments and straps that are adjustable and cushioned. Do not use trolley bags for safety reasons. • Let your child carry some items in a separate bag to distribute the load where necessary. • Check that only relevant materials are brought.
Financial Matters • Financial Assistance • Student Insurance
Financial Assistance Scheme (FA) • Students with financial difficulties may apply for Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). • Eligible Income Criteria: ≤$2750 Gross Monthly • Household Income: ≤$690 Per Capital Income • You may approach Administration Manager (AM) in the General Office if you need assistance • Forms for MOE FAS can also be obtained from MOE website: https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/financial- assistance/moe-financial-assistance-scheme-(fas)
Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) Benefits under MOE FAS may include: Standard Full waiver of $6.50 per month Miscellaneous Fees Textbooks Free textbooks School Attire Free school attire Students taking School Bus: 50% of school bus fares Transport Students taking public transport: $120 transport credit per annum School Meals Subsidies for seven meals per school week. Programme Students in primary schools will receive subsidies of $2 per meal.
Student Insurance • All students will be covered under Group Personal Accident (GPA) by MOE. • Information of the coverage will be given in Term 1. • Parents are encouraged to top up with their personal insurance if they feel the need to.
Health Matters • Health services are provided to your child free of charge in school Dental Health Check Immunisation Health Assessment
Health Matters • Parents must give consent before your child can receive the services • Enrol your child in the school dental service via the: Child Consent Portal http://childconsent.hpb.gov.sg
Getting Your Child Ready Build some habits at home • Display good manners – taking turns, saying ‘please’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘thank you’ • Sleep early – having 8 – 10 hours of sleep to keep an alert mind • Toilet etiquette - closing toilet doors, flush after use and drying their hands • Handwriting - write his/her name right with appropriate spacing and capital letters • Bring the plates to the sink after meals • Keeping the study table neat after use • Start visiting the National Library to build the habit of reading
Getting Your Child Ready Build some habits at home • Have a neat haircut (Note: Undercut hairstyle is not acceptable) • Communicate the mode dismissal for your child • Label your child’s stationery, books and learning materials • Share your own school life experiences with your child • Introduce basic school rules, like asking for permission, taking turns
Orientation Package • Distributed to students in the classrooms • Parent-Child Activity Booklet • Primary One (2019) Orientation Information Handout for Parents • Booklist for 2019 • CDAC programme booklet • Slides will be uploaded onto the school’s website before 26 November 2018.
Parent-Child Activity Book • To promote parent-child bonding • Prepare the child for first day in school
Parent-Child Activity Book • Activities planned are more meaningful when parents do it with the child • 10 tips for parents – help you and your child adjust smoothly to primary-school life • Focuses on setting good routines, inculcating values and building social emotional skills • There is no fixed order in completing the activities
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