The big news for 2017 was
about our impending merger in January 2019 with Da Qiao Primary School. Last week, we informed all parents of the
name of the merged school, in which our existing name of “Jing Shan Primary
School” will be retained. The merger presents
an excellent opportunity to combine the good practices from both schools and
offer new learning opportunities to our pupils. My colleagues and I are committed to ensure
a smooth transition for everyone, and preparatory work has already started in
2017 to align our practices and programmes including the sharing of common exam
papers, use of common textbooks, and alignment of common teaching schedules.
The preparations will intensify this year and we will be organising
events for pupils of both schools to connect and bond.
In September last year, I
informed all of the postponement of our school upgrading works. This is unrelated to the announcement of our
merger, but rather due to a need to further review the design to accommodate
new requirements for the upgrading project.
We are still on course for the upgrading works to start in November this
year. Taking into account the pupils
joining us from Da Qiao, immediate provisions will be made by Jan 2019 to
ensure that there are ample classrooms and facilities to cater to the increased
student population in the existing school blocks. The building of the new Indoor Sports Hall
block with new special rooms is projected to be fully completed by Jun 2020.
Amidst the preparations for
the merger and the upgrading, we are fully committed to ensure that we continue
to deliver quality education to your children.
At the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) last year, the school
maintained our good passing rate, with over 99% of our pupils eligible for
Secondary school. The school will continue to work on improving our
quality results by customising our programmes for our pupils of different
abilities, including a talent development programme for our high progressing
pupils and a structured support programme for our low progressing pupils.
The focus this year will be
on cultivating a culture of thinking in the school. Since 2014, we have introduced the use of
thinking routines as a classroom pedagogy.
This is evident in most subjects at Jing Shan, including Science, Mother
Tongue, English and Art. We have married
thinking routines with technology in the curriculum with the Seamless Science
programme at P3 and P4 this year. Our
belief is that thinking should go beyond the use of the routines and be part of
the way of life for our pupils. In the
area of student well-being, we are introducing Growth Mindset principles to all
our pupils. Through simple but enduring
messages that teach our pupils that intelligence is not fixed, that they should
always try their best, and to learn from their mistakes, we hope to inculcate
in our pupils the resilience and strength of character to persevere in the face
Mdm Goh Meei Yunn