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HEY! Programme


OBJECTIVES

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ACADEMICS

To help more students focus on their studies and increase the number of boys in Lower Secondary to be promoted to the Express Stream.


PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

TO INCREASE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE CHILD’S UPBRINGING.




STUDENT WELL-BEING

  • To cater to the emotional needs of the students. 
  • To isolate problematic students early so that appropriate resources could be channelled to help them. 
  • To identify and execute programs for a holistic development of the child.

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Deliverables

Academics
  • Formation of study groups among the classes. 
  • Improved results over the last year’s batch. 
  • 30% of Secondary 1s to be promoted to Express Stream
 
Parental Involvement
  • Constant Parent-Teachers communications. 
  • Rope in parents to help with running of programmes.
 
Student Well-Being
  • More students willing to share their personal problems. 
  • Fewer discipline cases reported to the DMs. 
  • Run at least 1 other practical program per semester e.g. PC assembly, to add value to the child.

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Future Plans

After August 
The N(A) committee met up again on 7 th July to review the first half year program. The N(A) boys can look forward to the following programs:
 
Program 1
Study Camp III. Students who scored 60% or more will attend this study camp which will be held from 5 th – 6 th September (Sec 1s) and 7 th – 8 th September (Sec 2s). This camp aims to further improve their grades through intensive revision and extra lessons to be conducted by their subject teachers. This will give them a better chance of doing well for their Final Year Exams and be promoted to the Express Stream the following year (for the Lower Secondary students).
 
Program 2
Study Time. Students who scored 55% - 59% for their SA1 will attend the weekly Study Time. Some interesting and hands-on courses will also be run as part of the post-examination activities. This will add value to the students, allowing them to learn valuable life-long skills (for e.g. PC assembly, Entrepreneurship Training)
 
Program 3
Students who displayed disciplinary problems will be closely monitored by the Form Teachers through regular contacts with them, e.g. informal chit-chat sessions and getting in touch with their parents to keep them updated of their son’s behaviour in school. There should be a closer working relationship between the discipline department and the N(A) form teachers. Recalcitrant students may need to be referred to counsellors for further action. E.g. 2 boys in 5E1 were sent to the church counsellor after committing severe offences.

Programme

Study Camps
2 study camps were held. One was held from 14 th – 15 th March (Annex 1) and the second from 29 th – 30 th April (Annex 2).

The first camp was opened to all N(A) students from Sec 1 to Sec 5. A total of 100 boys attended the camp. The aim of the camp was to provide an environment for the students to study and at the same time interact with their friends and teachers. Study sessions were interjected with games, talks and some lectures. An external vendor was engaged to help the boys analyse their Study Skills, review their future job prospect. The boys were also taught how to plan for their revision schedule.
 
After gathering feedback from the students, the second study camp was organised on a smaller scale. Only the top 30% of each class was selected. The main emphasis of the camp was on intensive revision. Subject teachers were invited to the camp to conduct revision lessons. For the Lower Secondary students, they were taught the Mind Mapping technique (see photos).
 

Weekly Study Sessions
Form teachers were encouraged to hold weekly study time for their students which last for a minimum of 1.5 hours. Students have the opportunity to study in small groups of their choice. A parent volunteered his service to conduct the study time for 2E1 and 2E2 every Wednesday afternoons, while for 3E1 the form teacher has a voluntary consultation “walk-in” on every Fridays. 3E2 uses a “failure only” student selection to attend the sessions. As for 1E1, 1E2 and 5E1, various study groups were formed and they engaged in their self-revision.
 
Information of Higher Institutes of Education
3E1 and 3E2 got a taste of ITE programmes when they participated in the very informative “Experience ITE” 2-day programme. They were exposed to the various facilities of ITE Simei and also attended some of the lessons. As for 4E1 and 5E1, talks and lectures were conducted by the various polytechnics and overseas universities to help increase their awareness of such courses. These were conducted in hope that the boys could plan ahead and know what they want in the near future.
 
Such visits and information were also sent via email to the parents to keep them abreast of new initiatives that may affect their son’s academic progression.
 

Build up Teacher-Student relationship
Informal Interview Sessions
Form teachers spend time during recess or after school to sit and talk with their students on an informal basis to touch base with their students. This way, students do not feel threatened by their teachers’ presence. Some teachers also employ group sessions to achieve the same goal. During these sessions, the students could voice out their concerns. Teachers also get to find out more about their student’s lives.
 

Online Chat/SMS
Some form teachers also used MSN Messenger or SMS to chat with their students outside school hours. Some students are more willing to chat about their concerns (personal or family matters) this way as they would normally shy away when approached face to face by a teacher.
 

Outings
Form teachers also organized class outings to bond the students together and provide an avenue to let students know more about their form teacher. E.g. Class 1E2 had a class Chalet in March and the boys were also invited to their form teacher’s housewarming in June. Class 3E1 had organized class outings to their Form Teacher’s house.
 

Target Setting
Students who attended the second Study Camp were asked to set targets for their Mid-Year Common Test. (See Annex 3). This forces them to set achievable academic goals for themselves. The Target Setting was review with them after their Common Test.


Results & Achievements

Results of the mid-year common tests are being used as target setting for the final year examinations.

The number of Lower Secondary students who scored an average of 60% for their SA1 is listed below:
 
  • 1E1 – 14 boys
  • 1E2 – 16 boys
  • 2E1 – 7 boys
  • 2E2 – Nil
 
Note: For the Lower Secondary N(A) students to be promoted to the Express Stream, they need to attain a minimum of 60% overall for the whole year.