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ART Kits from MOE
Welcome back to school!
This morning, our students have received three ART Kits from MOE. Parents are strongly encouraged to test your children at home when the need arises, especially if they are at risk of possible exposure. We encourage all families to familiarise themselves with the use of the ART kits by helping our students do a self-test at home this week. The other 2 ART kits are for future contingencies.
You are able to access the step-by-step instructions on how to use the ART kits via this link : https://artbuddy.healthpixel.co/
Stay safe everyone! We wish you a wonderful Term 4!
Applied Learning Programme 2021
The school's Applied Learning Programme (ALP) seeks to provide students exposure to authentic situations and problems to simulate the real world. This will provide students opportunities to experience real problems, opportunities, limitations and obstacles and experience positive struggle. This motivates them to tap on their classroom learning where they could apply it with confidence and creativity. In that process, they would learn to appreciate constructive collaboration, fundamental values and effective communication. Most importantly, they would experience joy in learning and value learning from mistakes for success. The ALP for our Xishanites is designed in the context of Journalism and Broadcasting. As such, our students are involved in activities related to news reporting in various modes, and the collaboration that it requires is imbued with a strong sense of identity of a Xishanite.
Art & Music Week
In Term 3 Week 5, Xishanites went “travelling” to different places during the Art & Music Week (AMW). They went on a journey of discovery from East to West and Down Under to explore the rich cultures and different genres of art forms and music before returning home to Singapore. Catch these “travel” episodes and enjoy the various activities such as “Xishan Got Talent” in the AMW website. (Amwxps2021)
Cyber Wellness Part 2
We ended the week with an assembly for the lower primary students, focusing on the balanced use of internet.
Students were engaged to find out more about the science behind social media - how they are designed to get us hooked!
Although Cyber Wellness Week 2021 has ended, we hope that the activities will help our students to break free from any potential addiction of social media and to be responsible users of the cyber space.
Our students have pledged to be safe and responsible cyberspace users.Link
Cyber Wellness Part 1
During this pandemic, studies has shown that children have chalked up longer hours on the internet from an average of 3.6 hours daily before pandemic to 4.1 hours after the circuit-breaker period. We have thus specially designed our learning package to focus on the balance usage of internet for our lower primary students. Through this, we hope to inspire our little ones to enjoy our beautiful world outside the screen.
Primary 6 Virtual Learning Field Trip (Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve)
Our Primary 6 students had a virtual learning field trip to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to learn more about the Mangroves. The students learnt how the living things in Mangroves interact with one another and adapt to the environment. The virtual learning field trips were conducted by an environmental educator guiding each class through various virtual activities. The students had a whale of a time.
Peer Support Leader Training
Primary 4 to 6 Peer Support Leader (PSL) training equipped our PSLs with strategies and skills on how to befriend their peers and have a positive influence on them. In doing so, they promote a caring, enabling and inclusive school culture.
Primary 4 Values In Action Project Love
On a few afternoons, our P4 students picked litter within our school’s vicinity. This is part of our VIA Project Love which aims to have our pupils understand the consequences of littering and appreciate what it takes to keep Singapore clean. Well done, Xishanites!
Power of Words
In our school assembly today, our VP, Ms Latha shared about the power of words and how we should be mindful of what we say or think because our words can build or break one’s confidence. She read an exhilarating story inspiring our students to overcome the challenges in life by learning from the experiences of the different characters in the story. Library Book Loan competition was launched by our HOD Mother Tongue, Mdm Tan to cultivate the love for reading in Xishanites.
The theme for Earth Day this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’. To celebrate the day, Xishan Green Movement Committee and Environment Club CCA partnered with Otolith Enrichment to put up a programme about the upcycling of food waste. In this programme, our middle and upper primary students learnt how a larva of the Black Soldier Fly transforms food waste into animal feed and fertiliser. The Sustainability@Tampines Park project was featured in a talk where the larvae are put into food waste by the residents living nearby. These larvae grow and become food for the tilapia fish in the rivers of Tampines Park. The larvae’s excreta can be used as an excellent fertiliser for vegetables grown in a vertical farm. Two interactive booths are set up in school to provide hands-on learning experience. Our students enjoyed touching the wriggly larvae of the Black Soldier Fly and observed the stages of growth from a larva, a pupa and to an adult fly. Most of all, they had fun dipping their hands into the food waste segregation tub.
Healthy Lifestyle Outreach
In a healthy lifestyle outreach, our students learnt the importance of having a well-balanced lifestyle that includes exercise and a nutritious diet. Our host from Milo shared about how a healthy breakfast can give someone a good kick-start for the day. He also engaged the students in a short and fun workout in the classroom. This programme promotes the cultivation of a healthy mind and body to Xishanites.
In the spirit of love, care and share, our P6 graduating students write motivational messages to cheer one another on their graduating journey this year. Let's strive on to reach greater heights!
Sports Education Programme: Cycling
Our Primary Three students had a go at Cycling as part of their Sports Education Programme this week. In this programme, the students learnt to balance on two wheels while observing cycling safety rules. Despite the challenges they experienced while learning to cycle, they pressed on. With much perseverance, they felt accomplished and euphoric as they succeeded at balancing themselves on the bicycles for the first time. Here in Xishan, we continue to create learning opportunities for our students to experience different sports.
Raffles Scholarship 2021
Congratulations to Oh Jun Cong (6IN) and Zhuo Ziying (5SD) for receiving the Raffles Scholarship 2021. This award is given to Primary 5 and 6 students who not only achieve academic excellence but more importantly, they have demonstrated good conduct in and a positive attitude towards their academic work and co-curricular activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ICT New Media Literacy
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.
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
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
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 Though Embodied Thinking
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!
“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.
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.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (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.
Sports Education Programme: Taekwondo
Our Primary Two students had a smashing good time when they tried out Taekwondo as part of their Sports Education Programme. Besides staying actively fit, the joyful experience also instilled in them confidence and discipline. We will continue to provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow holistically.
Interactive Preventive Drug Education
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"
Asian Schools Math Olympiad
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.
Sharing on Resilience by Mr Andric Tan
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.
"Learn 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.
Project Hongbao 2021
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!
P6 Form Teacher Guidance Period
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.
ICT New 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.
Excellence 2000 (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.
Heritage, Culture, Identity, Environment and People
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Mathematics in Xishan
Critical and curious Xishanites applying Math concepts with confidence and poise in engaged learning activities.
Budding Young Scientists
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! 🙂
𝑿𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝑬-𝑵𝒆𝒘𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑨𝒖𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝑰𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒆
𝑿𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝑬-𝑵𝒆𝒘𝒔𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑨𝒖𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝑰𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒆: 𝑻𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝑨 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒆
Climate Action Week
This week at Xishan, we commemorated Climate Action Week together with Youth for the Environment Day (YED) through classroom discussions and quizzes on SLS.
The theme for this year is Adopting a Zero Waste Lifestyle with the focus message of reducing disposables and food waste!
Xishan Student Leaders E-Newsletter September 2020 Issue
Xishan Student Leaders E-Newsletter September 2020 Issue: Thank You, Teachers
Our student leaders would like to wish all teachers, Happy Teachers’ Day!
Learning for Life Programme
In Xishan, we believe that every child is a leader.
Our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) is about developing confident leaders through mental skills empowerment and values in action.
Find out more about our LLP (Student Leadership) at our e-Open House.
Photo source: School archive (photographs were taken from activities prior to Circuit Breaker)
Appreciation to Our Unsung Heroes
More on 2020 Prefects Investiture.
Learning to Learn Programme (Student Leadership): https://sites.google.com/…/key…/learning-for-life-programme…
Open House Site: https://go.gov.sg/xpsoh20
Mother Tongue Language Programmes
The Mother Tongue (MT) Fortnight aims to foster a more conducive learning environment for Xishanites to learn and use their MT languages. This is indeed an ideal way for them to master the language.
We organise a variety of activities for Xishanites to develop a lifelong interest in the respective Mother Tongue language and its culture. These activities expose Xishanites to the rich culture of the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities.
More on our Mother Tongue Language Programmes: https://sites.google.com/…/key-pro…/mother-tongue-languages…
Open House Site: https://go.gov.sg/xpsoh20
Photo source: School archive (photographs are from past MT Fortnight activities)
Mother Tongue Fortnight-Tamil Language
The Tamil Language Unit kickstarted the Mother Tongue Fortnight. Here are some snippets of what went on!
Find out more on our Mother Tongue Language programmes here: https://sites.google.com/…/key-pro…/mother-tongue-languages…
Get an overview of what our Xishanites get to experience on our Open House microsite: go.gov.sg/xpsoh20
Racial Harmony Day
Xishan Primary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 17 July. The theme for this year’s Racial Harmony Day is Multicultural Singapore. Our students donned their ethnic wear and participated in class-based lessons and online activities on SLS. Students penned down their learning on orange ribbons during their CCE lessons.
During the assembly programme, teachers facilitated discussions to emphasise the importance of preserving and sustaining harmony within the community. Harmony embraces differences which helps to strengthen the bonds we share with one another.
Xishanites posted their reflections or pictures in our Xishan Racial Harmony Day Padlet wall.
Open House Site: https://go.gov.sg/xpsoh20
Xishanites celebrate Teachers’ Day with gusto today. The challenging situation right now did not hinder the students’ enthusiasm in showing gratitude and appreciation to their teachers. All the activities were brought into the classroom. First, our Principal addressed the school with a special message. This was followed by a string of entertaining activities showcasing the varied talents of Xishanites; renditions of heartfelt songs, K-pop dance and Guzheng performances, recitation of poems of gratitude and the singing of our very own Teachers’ Day Song which was composed by our teacher. Students had an enjoyable time bonding with their teachers during the interactive games session. The sweet moments will always be captured in our hearts. Thank you, to the Xishan family!
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” – Unknown Author
Xishan Student Leaders E-Newsletter October 2020 Issue
Xishan Student Leaders E-Newsletter October 2020 Issue: Discover the Superhero in You!
There is a superhero in me and you. Keep learning and inspiring others, Happy Children’s Day!
Celebrating the Superheroes in Us!
Celebrating the Superheroes in Us!
Superheroes are resilient and persevering. They take positive actions to overcome challenges, present hope, opportunity and strength in all circumstances. They believe in themselves and are motivated by love to care for people around them.
Xishan Student Leaders Newsletter November 2020
Xishan Student Leaders Newsletter November 2020 Issue:
Thank You, Student Leaders!
Thank you for your service and contribution. May you continue to lead by example and grow in your leadership journey.