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PSLE Preparation Beyond Drills



thumb psleWith the milestone national examination barely 6 weeks away, many Primary 6 students islandwide should by now be geared up in their momentum in preparation for the D-day, 27th September.  Preparing for PSLE, or for that matter the many more examinations that our children will go through, goes beyond the endless working on practice papers or workbooks. Click here to read more.

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Nation building and school volunteerism

CIP_nyjcMural.jpgTHE Community Involvement Programme (CIP) and Service Learning prepares our students, the future leaders of our nation to become socially responsible and to develop their sense of belonging and commitment to our country. Through participating in community work, students also learn the value of service and develop lasting friendships with one another. MP for Marine Parade GRC Dr Fatimah Lateef said in a 2006 parliamentary speech that the CIP helps youth to gain a real world perspective and appreciation that would later be translated into productive ideas that add to nation building.

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A kinder, gentler Singapore - the CIP way in schools

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SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong made the call for a kinder, gentler Singapore in a 1991 speech. Over the years, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools have through community service clubs and ad hoc activities been steadily building this in our youth as part of a holistic education designed to develop students as socially responsible individuals with a strong sense of belonging and commitment to society. In 1997, the MOE launched the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) to entrench this in the school system. Since 2008, a student's level of participation in these programmes has been recognised in the School Graduation Certificate which includes a description of each student’s academic and non-academic achievements and personal qualities. So what does the CIP entail in schools?

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Instill a joy of writing: 3 terrific things to try

Writing_1.jpgIS your child blogging? Maybe on a community site? If one were to browse through the many social networking sites (like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, hi5 and Orkut, to name a top few reviewed by the Social Networking Websites Review), the expressive capacity of our children is quite apparent. Aside from ensuring such engaging of the online space is done in a safe way (see this story), knowledge of such involvement presents an opportunity to guide the development of writing skills. Of course there are other non-online settings in which we can promote expression through writing.

In this part of the Expressions series, we describe a few simple ways in which we can engage our child to explore his or her creativity through writing and related activities, and find joy in it.

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