School Leaders' Weekly
We have completed the Term 3 Assessment and our children will be receiving their report books soon. This assessment allows teachers to gather and analyse information collected about children’s learning. Our teachers will look at the chidlren’s performance to see how well our children have understood concepts taught or how effective they have used strategies shared with them. It also enables learning gaps to be identified and addressed. While our teachers welcome the term break to rest and rejuvenate, I am certain that they will also use the time to come up with lesson ideas and intervention strategies in the next part of Term 3.
We hope that our children will see the benefits of these assessments and be able to reflect and take action on their own learning process and progress. The one-week break can also allow you to see how you can better support your children. But do remember to strike a balance.
The school has started supplementary, remedial and clinic sessions to further support our children. We will continue to provide support for our children’s learning as best as we can but we also want to assure you that during these sessions, safe distancing measures are still observed. For example, the lunch times on the affected days are staggered to avoid congestion and children are seated at their allocated seats. As in previous practice, these after-school sessions are additional support and parental consent is needed for a child to attend these sessions.
Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony Day is an important annual event celebrated in schools. Racial Harmony Day (RHD) was first launched in 1997 as part of the National Education programme conducted by MOE for schools. RHD was designated as one of several key events to be celebrated in schools as part of National Education. RHD marks the anniversary of the 1964 racial riots and the commemoration of this event serves to remind Singaporeans, young and old, of the need to maintain racial understanding and tolerance among the different communities in Singapore.
The theme for this year’s Racial Harmony Day (IFD) is ‘Multicultural Singapore’. Schools commemorate RHD for our children to celebrate Singapore as a harmonious society built on a rich diversity of cultures, requiring collaborative efforts from all to promote social cohesion and harmony. This is also a good opportunity for our children to make friends with people of other races and religions and learn that in Singapore, people are treated equally regardless of their race and religion, and that children should appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.
In South View, we will instill in our children the value of respect, responsibility and care to the culture of others. Through class activities and discussion, children will learn to build and strengthen friendships. Children will be taught the importance of understanding diversity and its common values. As we commemorate RHD on 17 July 2020, we celebrate diversity and remind our staff and children about the importance of maintaining racial and religious harmony in the country.
Let me end here with a quote from our Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, who shared this during RHD in 2018,
“We must treasure the harmony that we enjoy. We worked long and hard to arrive here, and we must work even harder to preserve this peace for future generations.”
It is Week 5 and we are so glad to see all 6 levels are back in school once again just like it has always been. As part of our social distancing measures, the children are placed in different colour groups in class with the intention to minimize intermingling of children within the class as well as outside. To make this effort more visible, the school has provided every child not only with a coloured wristband, he or she also received 3 pieces of coloured t-shirts each. Beginning this week, the children came proudly dressed in their coloured t-shirts, adding vibrancy to the school atmosphere. As the first thing being noticed, colour is a powerful form of communication. It is important in establishing a visual identity. It speeds up visual search and makes it even easier for our teachers and staff to reinforce the social distancing measures among the children and in ensuring that they are not compromised when there is increased social interactions in school. This also instils in the children a conscious effort to exercise their personal responsibility in keeping themselves and others safe when they keep to their own colour groups.
The children are really taking all these changes in their stride, reveling in the novelty of the idea while at the same time keeping in mind the importance of observing these measures. The use of the coloured t-shirts is effective in promoting self-discipline and vigilance among the children. The younger children also look especially cute and lively in these t-shirts as they go about their usual routines in school. James Henry Leigh Hunt even once quoted that “Colours are the smiles of nature.”
The different colours being worn – red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple, really make up the colours of the rainbow and it is my hope that just like the rainbow that appears after a thunderstorm, we will weather through these difficult times with hope and resilience as we stay united as one.
A rainbow is a promise
of sunshine after rain,
of calms after storms,
of joy after sadness,
of peace after pain
and of love after loss.
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