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Xishan String Ensemble 

The Xishan String Ensemble aims to cultivate interest and nurture young talents for music. The violin is an instrument that requires tremendous patience and practice. Our students are given an opportunity to explore the instrument and learn to appreciate music. The result of their hard work will be the ability to read scores and play melodies beautifully. Our students will be given exposure to perform in school events so that they can showcase their talents and more importantly to build their confidence.

Friend of Singa Programme

The annual Friend of Singa programme is here again. To be a Friend of Singa, students must complete the FOS mission activities in the Kindsville Times and Agents of Kindness (A-OK!) newsletters. Our students learn various ways of showing kindness by participating in these activities. They get their peers and family to complete the activities along with them. The completed activity sheets will be placed into the Kindness Mailbox.
All participating students will receive a memento for their submissions. Students who have completed 3 missions will be awarded the ‘Friend of Singa’ badge and certificate.

Class Awards 

Xishanites were presented with Class Awards last Friday. We celebrated the success of our students in achieving good attendance and punctuality with class and individual awards. Good attendance and punctuality are important attitudes and values in life. They not only foster the development of self-discipline and responsibility in them, but also improve their learning performance. Let’s continue to encourage our students to be punctual in school every day.

Heartland Ambassadors

During the March holidays, our Heartland Ambassadors participated in a half-day training session where they were equipped with necessary skills and knowledge to conduct outreach. This programme empowers students by helping them understand their role in facilitating and inspiring gracious and responsible heartlanders living in the community. It also gave students the opportunity to sharpen their interpersonal and communication skills through interactive activities and group discussions.

Floorball CCA 

Our P6 Floorball boys and girls enjoyed their drills and practised their team strategies with their respective coaches in preparation for their competitions. They showed great leadership when guiding and training the junior players. Strong friendship was forged during the games and when they share their common passion for the sport. The CCA not only develop students in the physical domain but also provides opportunities on character building.

TraceTogether Tokens

Today, our Xishanites are excited to receive their TraceTogether tokens. Although the TraceTogether app serves the same function as the token, students may not have access to their mobile phones all the time during classes or outdoor activities. Hence, we encourage our students to bring along their TraceTogether tokens to school to support our nationwide Covid-19 contact tracing effort. Together we can play a part to make Singapore a safer place for everyone. It is our little way to show our CARE for our community. 

First Day of Term 2 in Xishan

Our principal, Mrs. Quek, welcomed our students back to school on the first day of Term 2. In her assembly speech, she inspired Xishanites to find joy and purpose in their learning through 6 meaningful principles of Effective Learning. They are: Becoming more creative, Seeing things differently, Apply to new situations, Being clear in what we want, Plan for success and Never give up. The teachers will be reinforcing the 6 principles in their interactions with students.

Xishan PSG Meeting on 13 Mar 2021

We feel privileged to have hosted our Parent Support Group members on a virtual meeting on Sat, 13 Mar. It was an enriching opportunity for us to share our school’s directions, key programmes and plans for the year. We also conducted a workshop on ‘Building an Open and Lasting Relationship with Your Child’ that morning. We look forward to strengthen our partnership with our parents to develop the desired culture for learning and development of our students. We embrace your strong support to be a positive voice for the school! Thank you parents for your participation.

Socially Responsible Behaviour through Embodied Thinking Project

Students from P5 Resilience and P5 Self-Discipline took part in the Socially Responsible Behaviour through Embodied Thinking (SORBET) project in collaboration with NIE during their mathematics and social studies lessons. The SORBET project makes use of a virtual environment to create an immersive augmented reality (AR) experience. Students understand the spatial concepts involved in the spread of a (virtual) Covid-19 virus and the importance of safe distancing. This is done using embodied cognition - the theory that our thinking is influenced by the body’s experiences. This help our students to rationalise the purpose of safe distancing. Most importantly, our students learnt how they can keep Singapore safe by observing social responsibility in public spaces.

Sports Education Programme : Golf 

Our Primary Five students had a swing at Golf as part of their Sports Education Programme. Golf is something new to most of our students; however, they showed their determination and ability to adapt quickly by learning the correct posture earnestly. They were taught that the correct posture dictates how the club swings and helps the body turn correctly. Our students are now very motivated to lead an active lifestyle after picking up these new skills!

P2 ICT Lesson: Microsoft Word

Our P2 Xishanites practised their typing skill on Microsoft Word in their first ICT New Media Literacy lesson. They created their own mind maps using the Smart Art function and also applied what they learnt in their English STELLAR lesson. This is part of the school's effort to integrate ICT into our curriculum.

Hockey CCA

“Hustle. Hit. Never Quit.” is the motto of our Xishan’s Hockey CCA. The Hockey boys train intensely to develop their physical fitness and game skills. CCA plays a key role in developing our students holistically. It brings students together from diverse backgrounds and forges strong bonds with one another. Through Hockey, we hope to hone the talents of our students and help them cultivate the passion for sports.

Primary 2 Junior Tinkerers Programme

This is the first year our P2 students are learning to code. Why do children learn coding at such a young age? Coding teaches children how to think differently. They not only improve their problem solving skills, but also stretch their creativity. Our students enjoyed their first session where they are tasked to write codes that could move their robots. We share their joy when their robots started moving!

Chinese Dance Training

In Chinese Dance, our students learn the various dance moves in order to develop their flexibility and stamina. This CCA cultivates in our students an appreciation and interest for Chinese Dance through providing them with the fundamental skills of dancing. Chinese dance training is vigorous. In order to put up a wonderful performance, every member must have the passion and perseverance to pull through the tough trainings. Our students excel under the guidance from a qualified Chinese dance instructor and encouragement from their teachers.

Project Hongbao 2021

In collaboration with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Xishan Primary School participated in Project Hongbao 2021 to raise funds for the TTSH Community Fund. In exemplifying our school motto, Love, Care, Share, our staff and students participated actively in this meaningful project during CNY Celebration. Our Principal, Mrs Quek, presented our Xishan family’s donation to TTSH.

Interactive Preventive drug education skit

This morning, in collaboration with the Central Narcotics Branch, Xishanites watched an interactive preventive drug education skit entitled "Three's a Crowd" via Zoom. The skit aims to educate our students on the harmful effects of drugs and how to refuse drugs with the key message: "To Be Cool, Just Stay Drug Free"

Scouts Founder's Day Ceremony 2021

Xishanites commemorated the Scout Founder's Day on 26 February 2021. In an e-ceremony, our Knight Cub Scouts recited The Scout Promise and The Scout Law as they believe in ‘Keep Singapore Strong Together’ and contribute as concerned citizens of Singapore.

Math Olympiad (SASMO) Training Sessions

As part of the mathematics enrichment activities, our students participate in Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) training sessions to increase their aptitude skills in mathematics and gain greater exposure to mathematical problem-solving skills beyond the school textbooks.

Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students

We are privileged to have Andric Tan Wei Wen, winner of Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students to share with Xishanites about his learning experience in schools during our school assembly. Andric is currently studying at Nanyang Junior College. He shared that his learning during his earlier secondary days was not often smooth sailing; nevertheless, he has persevered. He reminded Xishanites that we are not defined by the undesirable results we achieved. Instead, we must show resilience, learn from our failures and emerge strongly. Andric added that by extending help to his friends, he has internalised his own learning. Indeed, friends can complement one another's learning. He encouraged Xishanites to be always thankful and grateful to those who have helped them in the past. This is in line with our school’s teaching of showing gratitude.

Festive family activities

For this Chinese New Year, our Parent Support Group encouraged our students to participate in festive family activities. They prepared snacks and made crafts together with their family. This not only strengthens their family bond, but also allows them to learn useful life skills and appreciate the true meaning of Lunar New Year. Parents are our important partners in developing our students holistically.

Total Defence Day

We commemorate Total Defence Day to remind us of what Singapore would be like if we are unable to defend ourselves.
The Spirit of Total Defence has seen us through difficult times such as the SARS outbreak in 2003 and threat of terrorism. It continues to lead us in our fight against the current Covid-19 pandemic. Every Singaporean plays a vital role in making Singapore a strong, secure and cohesive nation. Only when we are strong, then will we be able to deal with any crisis.
Our students in Xishan are never too young to play a part in our nation’s Total Defence. Today, their minds are intrigued by the 6 pillars of Total Defence. Their understanding will deepen as they participate in meaningful activities during Form Teacher’s Time, CCE periods and Social Studies lessons in the coming two weeks.

‘Learning to Code’ workshop

S J Perelman said, “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century”. Our teachers are keeping up by acquiring one of the 21st century skills in a ‘Learning to Code’ workshop. In this workshop, our teachers are engaged in problem-solving and computational thinking which can be applied to multiple academic and professional disciplines. This will equip them with the knowledge and skills sets to prepare our students to be future ready.

Edible Garden

The Edible Garden showcases a variety of of edible plants, from herbs to fruit trees, and plants with strong and weak stems. Xishanites can learn about the characteristics of the various edible plants and appreciate the way they are cultivated. The garden provides an authentic outdoor learning experience for our students. They learn about the different propagation methods to cultivate the crops.



Math Olympiad at Xishan

As part of the mathematics enrichment activities, our students participate in Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) training sessions to increase their aptitude skills in mathematics and gain greater exposure to mathematical problem-solving skills beyond the school textbooks.

Learning to Code Workshop for Teachers

S J Perelman said, “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century”. Our teachers are keeping up by acquiring one of the 21st century skills in a ‘Learning to Code’ workshop. In this workshop, our teachers are engaged in problem-solving and computational thinking which can be applied to multiple academic and professional disciplines. This will equip them with the knowledge and skills sets to prepare our students to be future ready.

Chinese New Year at Xishan

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Xishanites wore red or Chinese ethnic attire. This year’s theme is ‘Happy Ox-spicious New Year’. Our students were engaged in a series of meaningful and joyful activities. Especially for the classroom décor, they created Ox-spicious artwork. 
In the celebrative mood of sharing and caring, our school paid tribute to our Unsung Heroes, the non-teaching staff who have played a vital role in ensuring that our school is a safe environment for all. We have partnered with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Project Hongbao 2021. Pupils can make a small donation to the Community Fund from the red packets they will be receiving, playing their part in giving back to society. We are pleased to share that our SAC member, Mrs Agnes Sim, was awarded the Service to Education Silver Award. Finally, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Ox-spicious New Year!

Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day. The theme for this year is ‘Together for a better Internet’; the day beckons everyone to join hands and make the Internet a better and safer place especially for children. In Xishan, our pupils learnt that it is important to behave civilly in the digital world. The illustrations above are made by our students to promote the awareness of cyberbullying. “You can be the voice for positive online behaviour.”
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Virtual World of My SkillsFuture For Student Portal

During Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP), our P6 students navigate the Virtual World of MySkillsFuture For Student Portal. This portal has many features which allow our students to discover more about themselves, explore the different education and career options and start planning for their future. Based on their interests and strengths, our students create their own avatars to represent themselves in this virtual world of the future. This motivates them to set goals and work towards their ambitions.

P1 ICT Media Literacy

Our P1 Xishanites have started their ICT New Media Literacy lessons this week. Each student has his or her personal paper keyboard as a learning aid. They learn basic ICT skills in this lesson so that they can be confident to work independently as they explore the SLS in the following lesson.

E2K Science Enrichment Programme

As part of the Excellence 2000 (E2K) Science Enrichment Programme, our Primary 4 students designs and conducts experiments with their teacher’s guidance. When carrying out their experiments, they learn scientific process skills and apply scientific inquiry. Through collaborative learning the students become confident and independent learners.

Collaboration with National Library Board

In collaboration with National Library Board (NLB), some of our P1 and P2 students were selected to participate in the kidsREAD programme. The programme aims to inculcate the love of reading through stories. Our students listen actively to the story ‘A House for Hermit Crab’ written by Eric Carle.

Class Leader Training and Prefect Conference

In Xishan, we believe in empowering students and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to lead and serve. Recently, we conducted Class Leader Training for the Class Monitors, VIA Champions, ICT Leaders and Environment Ambassadors. A Prefect Conference was conducted to induct the newly appointed trainee prefects into the Prefectorial Board. During the leadership training sessions, the students learnt more about their roles and responsibilities as leaders. They participated in group discussions and hands-on activities. In Xishan, we create learning opportunities to develop in our young leaders a sense of purpose so that they feel empowered to lead and serve the school and community with passion.

Learning support for the child

When your child comes to you and asks you for help in his or her homework, you probably wonder how you may render support to your child’s learning. Check out this post to learn more about the type of learners that your child belongs to, so that you can render the best support you could.

Xishan’s Enchanted Sanctuary

In Xishan, we cultivate in our students their love for reading, so they become lifelong learners. Xishan’s Enchanted Sanctuary is a place where students are free to discover, explore and let their imagination flow as they get to immerse themselves in a genre of books. With the safe distancing measures in place, our students can continue to have regular access to this beautiful and tranquil sanctuary filled with captivating books.

Cyberwellness: Posting on Social Media

When posting content on the social media, guide your child on what he or she can post online. Use the ‘THINK’ framework to create content together with your child:
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?

Check out this hilarious tale to help your child understand the adverse effects of inappropriate online postings.


Social Studies in Xishan

Heritage, Culture, Identity, Environment and People. These are concepts our students learn in their social studies classes.

Our P3 students are currently learning about significant places in Singapore.

They learn to identify places on a map using grid squares through the ‘Treasure Hunt’ activity. Two examples are MacRitchie Reservoir and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Joy in Learning 

Learning dispositions are positive behaviours and attitudes that help lay a strong foundation for children to become lifelong learners who find joy in learning.

Physical Education in Xishan

Physical education offers enjoyable ways to learn many life skills. Some of the important skills to be learnt are the value of participation, the joy of effort, cooperation, communication, sharing and teamwork. Here, our P3 students participate in cooperative activities which provide them unique opportunities to learn these skills through positive interaction. They also learn to communicate effectively and develop an appreciation of fair play.

Bilingual Education

"Bilingual education is a cornerstone of Singapore's education system." - Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, DyDGE

It is important for our students to learn the languages so that they can learn to appreciate their Asian heritage. Here in Xishan, we design learning experiences that provide opportunities to strengthen each child with values and foster a sense of cultural belonging.

P2 Cyber Wellness

Primary 2 students had a Cyber Wellness lesson today. They learnt about the importance of time management in order to avoid games addiction. Our students recognise the harms of cyberbullying. At the end of the lesson, the students designed an anti-cyberbullying poster to consolidate what they have learnt.

Music and Art

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou.

Here, our students are expressing their thoughts and feelings through Music and Art. Through these activities, the students are stimulated to think creatively and their confidence is built up.

Kitchen Science Programme

As part of the Kitchen Science Programme that teaches our students the science behind the food they eat, our students acquire life skills through authentic hands-on activities. Our students took the opportunity to express their gratitude to their teachers through the green bean soup they prepared in our CALM Café.

Swimsafer 2.0

Our Primary 4 students started their year with a splash as they resumed their Swimsafer 2.0 yesterday! The children are thrilled to discover that each class has the entire swimming complex to themselves owing to the Safe Management Measures. They are also very grateful towards the ActiveSG staff who are always present to manage the space and disinfect the high-touch areas. In so doing, the staffs ensure the premises are safe for them. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are committed to provide safe opportunities for our students to learn. We will emerge stronger!

Positive Learning in Xishan

Kickstarting the new year, our principal addressed the school this morning. Mrs Quek encourages the students to adopt a positive learning disposition and practise gratitude. The students are inspired and uplifted in their spirits.

Xishanites during Math Lessons

Critical and curious Xishanites applying Math concepts with confidence and poise in engaged learning activities.

P3 Science in Action

Some of our Primary 3 students had their very first interaction with their new subject, Science today! We hope to bring out their passion in learning and inquiry as they embark on their journey as budding young scientists!

Our P1 Xishanites

It was a memorable day for our P1 Xishanites as they started to participate in meaningful and engaging learning experiences. They are taking big steps towards independence!