A blessed New Year to all of you and welcome back to a new academic year! I trust that most of our pupils would have had a restful and meaningful break during the holidays and are looking forward to the new academic term. A warm and special welcome too, to the parents of our Primary 1 pupils who have just joined the NTPS family.
This year, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that 2016 has ended very well for the school. Our pupils have made us extremely proud in their PSLE achievements as well as in numerous other platforms which I have highlighted to many of you during the school’s 51st Prize Giving Day, P1 Orientation Day as well as in the past two issues of our newsletter ‘NTPS Link’.
1. School Vision
As is my practice, I
would like to start with articulating our school’s vision of Learning Beyond
Borders, Caring Beyond Self. To
achieve our vision, we need your continued support and I would like to invite
parents to be partners-in-education, especially in the area of their Character
Development. As the African saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child”,
I would like to encourage everyone to work together for our pupils and support
the teachers, showing that we adults too, are continually learning beyond
borders and caring beyond ourselves so that our children will have good role
models to look up to.
2. School Values
Each colour of the PE T-shirt represents a value. The values and their meanings are as follows:
|T-shirt Colour||Values (House)||What it means |
|Green||Resilience||I can do it!|
|Yellow||Integrity||I do the right thing even when no one is watching.|
|Blue ||Self-Discipline ||I can control myself and my actions |
|Red || Love||I care and I share |
The tagline: RISe with Love, formed using the initials of the values, will serve to remind us of the school’s emphasis on a values-driven education to prepare students for a future which our previous Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat, has described as ‘more uncertain and more volatile’.
This set of values, aligned to our School Vision – Learning Beyond Borders (Resilience and Self-Discipline) and Caring Beyond Self (Integrity & Love), reflects the school’s firm belief in nurturing its young to be ready to face the future with confidence and integrity. Together, I am sure, we can develop each child to be a confident person, a self-directed learner, an active contributor and a concerned citizen.
As part of the school’s Character Education, each term addresses a specific school value as a central theme. The value of Resilience and Integrity will be the themes in Term 1 and 2 respectively.
3. Holistic Assessment
In NTPS, Holistic Assessments (HA) are used to build greater confidence and develop a stronger desire for learning in your child. As the emphasis of HA is on skills development and to provide constructive feedback for meaningful learning, there are no examinations for P1 pupils. However, to prepare pupils for upper levels, P2 pupils will take an examination (SA2) at the end of the year.
4. Remedial Days
Please note that remedial days, only for selected students, are scheduled
on Mondays and Thursdays from 2.15pm to 3pm and from 3pm to 3.45pm. If your
child is required to attend any remedial, teachers will send you a consent form
through your child. Please take note of the days as there is an erratum in the
We would like to remind parents that pupils’ absence from school or excuse from school activities must be accompanied by a letter or a Medical Certificate. Please ensure that your child attends school regularly and school-planned activities to ensure continuity and progression in his/her education. If your child is on medical leave, do contact the school before 7.30am.
We also seek your cooperation to support us in nurturing in our students the habit of being punctual and to demonstrate the school value of self-discipline and resilience for their own learning and development. The good habit of punctuality will serve them well in future. For your information, students who are late for more than 5 times in a year will have the conduct grade “Fair” reflected in their Report Book.
6. Monthly Return of Books and Files for Signature
To support your child in his / her journey in school, we would like to encourage parents to play an active role. Books / files will be returned at the end of every month for your signature. We seek your assistance to go through the work done with your child, endorse it and return the books and files as soon as possible so that lessons can progress smoothly.
The school has worked with Whizmeal to provide an online platform for you to order healthy food for your child/ward. The menu (priced at $1.50 per meal) is prepared by our canteen operators based on nutritional factsheets and HPB’s recommendations so as to help your child/ward to maintain a balanced diet.
You are strongly encouraged to participate in the Meal Ordering System where you will be able to browse and order meals for your child in advance via the online platform. The annual subscription fee of $15 is waived for this year. Payment for orders can be made via credit card or internet fund transfer. For students who are on food subsidy, the school will make the payment directly to our canteen vendors.
8. Safety & Security Issues
In New Town Primary, our students’ safety is the highest priority and we do not want to wait for an accident to happen before doing anything. When within the school campus (except for the first 3 days of the new school year for all new and P1 parents) all parents / visitors must wear the special passes issued by the security guards. This will enable us to quickly identify unauthorised persons within the school premises. Teaching blocks are out of bounds to all visitors. Please report to the General Office for assistance when you arrive in school for pre-arranged meetings.
Every morning, many parents stop along Tanglin Halt to drop their children off for school. This causes congestion along the road and oftentimes, pupils who are using the pedestrian crossing have to negotiate their way between cars to cross the road. In view of the danger it poses to our students, I would like to appeal to all parents who drive to use the car park opposite the school to drop your children off. I have indicated on the map, the route I would like to request all drivers to take when dropping your children off. Your cooperation will make a huge impact on the safety of your children. Let’s make New Town Primary a safer place for all.
In the event of wet weather, the security will allow parents to drive into the school half an hour after dismissal to pick up their children. This is to allow time for the school buses to clear out of the school compound.
9. Withdrawal of Pupil Edusave Fund for Enrichment Programmes
In streamlining our administration processes and to allow all teachers to focus on teaching in class instead of collecting forms, the school has used a one-time Application for Withdrawal of Funds from Pupils’ Edusave account for school enrichment programmes since 2011. The Edusave Scheme was started by the Government in 1993 to level up educational opportunities for Singaporeans so that pupils can tap on these funds to participate in enrichment activities and learning experiences conducted by the school. The amount given to each Singaporean pupil is $200 per year.
A letter will be sent out shortly to inform you of this matter. We would like to assure you that the deduction will only be done upon your consent to your child’s participation in the enrichment programme (except for compulsory activities) and you will be notified of the amount to be withdrawn before the commencement of each programme. While planning for the courses for 2017, the school has ensured that the amount to be deducted from the account will not exceed the government’s contribution for the year except for a small group of selected pupils. Non-Singaporean pupils will have to pay in cash or by cheque. We strongly encourage you to sign the one-time standing order which will save you the time in signing multiple forms each time a course is being offered. This arrangement is only for courses identified by the school for selected groups of children. If you wish to sign up for additional enrichment courses on your own for your child/ward, do bear in mind that you will have to do a cash top-up.
10. Financial Procedures
School/Miscellaneous fees are to be paid in the General Office between 8.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3pm. Parents are encouraged to make payment via GIRO or cheques. If cheques or cash is used, please insist on a receipt each time a payment is made . For courses/enrichment programmes, payment has to be made directly to vendors. Teachers will not be involved in any collections.
11. Communication with Teachers
Should you need to get in touch with any of the teachers, you might want to use any of the following means:
a) Pupil's Handbook
Please write your message in the Pupil's handbook and ask your child to show it to his/her teacher. Our teachers will acknowledge upon reading your note.
All our teachers’ email addresses are listed on our school website under About Us – School Staff. Our teachers will respond to your emails within three working days.
c) Telephone calls
Please call the office at 6474 8805 for assistance. Do leave your name, child’s name and telephone number for the teacher to return your call when he/she is available after curriculum hours.
The school website contains a lot of information such as the school calendar, notices and educational links. Do make use of it to support your child’s / ward’s learning in school.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a meaningful year ahead that is filled with joy and good health.
Irene Ng (Dr)