WEST SPRING PRIMARY SCHOOL

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New in 2014.

Registration centre:

Beacon Primary School
36 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd S(679944)

Address: 60, Bukit Panjang Ring Road ( 679946 )

Nearest MRT: Jelapang LRT

Bus Services: 920 , 922

Telephone: 63144192

Email: WESTSPRING_PS@MOE.EDU.SG

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Preview by ABCKhoo

This is a preview of the new West Spring School posted by ABCKhoo who attended its first preview session with the Principal.  Thanks for the wonderful sharing!

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Hi Parents,

I attended the chat yesterday and took down notes to share. Very good session as the P and VP shared with us about West Spring. They were very approachable, open and honest about things and also clarified a number of our queries. The service at registration counter for the chat was really excellent. No long queues at all as there were 3 counters set up! Well done West Spring!

I now worry can’t get my child in as yesterday so many parents turned up! I live beyond 2km. Seems like many people interested in West Spring. The P and VP also come from good primary schools which run good and successful programmes. So they said some of these good programmes will be implemented in West Spring as well. 

I also saw a model of the school building. Really very big and nice. There’s lower primary area where all the P1 and P2 pupils will be having most of their indoor and outdoor lessons. This school is platinum award winning BCA school and so it has very good structures. There are so many outdoor spaces for the children to learn and play and relax. I love it so much! 

The answers to all questions which been addressed by the principle during the chat session:

1) Programmes for PERI initiatives

PERI initiatives include form teacher guidance periods; a form teacher and co-form teacher for every class from P1 to P6; 
introduction of Programme for Active Learning activities; bite-size assessments – no exams in P1 and no exams in P2, till mid-year. But have exam at the end of P2. The school will put in place the necessary strategies and remediation programmes to prepare the pupils for PSLE at the upper primary levels. The school said only programmes which are beneficial to pupils’ hoilistic development will be carried out. The Principal said that there will be Meet-the-Parents for form and co-form teachers to share with parents the holistic report on each child. The holistic report will cover not only academic but social, aesthetics and physical skills, as well as character development. This I like as it’s very balanced assessment. Not just based on studies.

2) Play-based learning approach (how it will help the child and the types of play-based learning approach that will be use)

Difficult to explain this in words. But got good idea when I attended the chat session as the VP gave interesting examples. He also had a short session of 3 mins for children to try out the Lego and describe to parents what they constructed. This allows for children to build communication skills. We were told that play-based learning is an approach to make learning fun so as to help children learn better by stimulating their brains and creativity.

The play-based learning is balanced with other teaching approaches used when teaching the children. So it is not just play, play and play. There’s serious learning as well. Then, children will also have to do workbook and worksheet assignments to test their understanding of things taught. If the teachers see that children don’t understand some things from analysis of work done by children, teachers will then teach again to help children understand concepts. This is also something I like about West Spring. 

West Primary said they’ll focus a lot on building strong literacy and numeracy skills in children through fun learning so that children gain confidence in the subjects and will not be afraid of studying them. I very agree with this to make children feel confident from young. Some research newspaper articles were shown by the VP on this. 

3) What type of CCAs will west spring start with in Pri 3?

CCA will officially start in P3. But a survey was done yesterday to ask parents for their feedback. The Principal also say that the set up of CCA must depend on interest for such CCAs as well.

4) Are the teachers into full time teaching? 

The principal say that they are identifying very good, committed, dedicated, caring and strong teachers to teach the children. She said she believes that it’s very important to get good and strong teachers with teaching experience. It seems some of the teachers recruited come from very good schools, even SAP schools. The teachers are all permanent teachers with degree and even master qualifications and are all experienced caring teachers.

5) Whether will there be any chance of setting up school based student care and also on school bus.

The SBSC will only be set up when there’s sufficient demand from parents. I’m sure there’ll be one because yesterday many parents interested in student care in school. The principal say when the demand is there. The school will then look into setting one up when the school starts. At Phase 2C registration, parents will be asked whether they need student care in the school.

6) Will canteen be serving healthy food

Yes, the Principal said that she’s very particular about food sold in the canteen and West Spring will have healthy, balanced meals for our children. I really like this. There was even a healthy food vendor yesterday to show us the types of food to be sold in the canteen. Very good healthy balanced food I saw. The Principal said very important to teach children to eat right from young as that is where their taste buds are formed.

Parents may also pack food for their children to bring to school. But no fast food allowed in the school as it is unhealthy. Even the teachers the Principal say will not be allowed to eat fast food in front of the pupils in school as the teachers are role-models to eat healthily.

7) Programme for the P1 orientation and how many days will it last

The orientation will be on the first day of school. I like this as it will save my leave days. Only need to take 1 day of leave to see my twins to school on the first day as well as attend orientation at same time. It seems first few days parents may enter the school to see how their children cope in new school environment but only to restricted parts of school.

8) Will part of the school be still under construction when school starts next year. A bit concerned as the school construction is seemed to be still in the structual stage and it is less than six months to finish. 

The school will be completed in time and all construction things cleared by the time school starts.

9) Will there be lesser textbooks to bring to school since the school will be played based approach.

The children will still have to buy the standard textbooks and workbooks as there is a syllabus to cover. The teachers will then collect some of the exercise books and workbooks during first few days of school and keep in the cupboards in the classrooms. Saw a picture of the new classroom. Very nice with parquet areas for the children to relax in class and for story-tellling. Very nice and colourful and very modern. Not like some older school classrooms. So when the teachers keep some of the books, the school bag will be lighter. The teachers will return the workbooks and other exercises at the right time for parents to look through as well as do revision with children at home. 

I also stayed back to ask about homework. The Principal told me that there will be a homework policy so the children will have just the right amount of homework and not feel too stressed and have time to also relax and play at home.

Parents, these are the notes that I have jotted down. 

Thank you for taking your precious time to read my sincere appreciation of West Spring for their hard work and excellent effort yesterday. 

It was an informative and meaningful session!