"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."
(1 Corinthians 13:11)
Events in 2017
P1 Shepherding / P1 Parents Welcome Tea (3 January 2017)
PiE parents were all ready to extend a warm welcome to the new P1s and their parents into the Fairfield Family. Over the first three days of school, PiE parents shepherded the P1s and helped them settle in. This helped allay the anxieties of the new pupils and their parents. On the first day, P1 parents were also initiated into primary school life and the Fairfield culture with a Parenting Talk. This was followed by networking among the parents by their respective classes.
Arts@Recess (3 days in every term)
A quarterly programme during recess to educate the students on topics relating to arts and music. In Terms 1 and 2, students were introduced to the works of Andy Warhol and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky through video screening and hands-on craft activities guided by PiE parents.
Chinese New Year Decoration & Celebration (January 2017)
PiE parents come together every year to decorate the school premises for Chinese New Year. This year, they enthusiastically covered the school hall, canteen and foyer with festive cheer. PiE parents also joined in the Chinese New Year celebration in school. They helped the students decorate their classrooms with their handmade red-packet lanterns, for the Chinese New Year class decoration competition.
P3 Swim Programme (January – April 2017)
The SwimSafer programme helps pupils develop water confidence and resilience. Within each class, pupils were grouped based on ability and experience. Advanced swimmers were guided to refine their strokes to achieve better efficiency and speed, while beginners were taught basic strokes. At the end of the 10-week programme, pupils received certificates of achievement from the Singapore Sports Council. PiE parents helped to chaperon pupils and ensure safety.
Cyber Wellness Week (7 – 9 February 2017)
Cyber Wellness Week aims to educate pupils to respect themselves and others through the safe and responsible use of the Internet. Through various activities such as watching interactive videos, reading the information boards and taking part in quizzes, pupils learn how to harness the power of ICT for positive purposes, and to maintain a positive presence in cyberspace. These activities, guided by PiE parents, equip pupils with relevant knowledge and tips on managing online interactions.
P1 Games Day (3 March 2017)
Held in the assembly area, pupils participated in fun relay games, and showed their parents the skills they have learnt during PE lessons. PiE parents chaperoned pupils in their respective houses, ushered pupil movements, and served as game assistants.
P4 – P6 Sports Carnival (10 March 2017)
This major annual sports event saw pupils compete in house teams, in games such as Captain’s Ball, Basketball, Floorball, Modified Frisbee, Volleyball, Longball and Softball, held in various locations – the Indoor Sports Hall, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, foyer and open field. The effort that pupils put into training for this event demonstrated their skills, resilience and sportsmanship. Close to 80 PiE parents filled various roles such as chaperones and game assistants.
P4 Rock Climbing & Field Cooking (20 – 24 March 2017)
All P4 pupils were introduced to rock climbing and field cooking as part of their PE curriculum. PiE parents helped the pupils to gear up and timed their ascent on the school’s 9m-high rock wall. The pupils displayed resilience and team spirit as they cheered each other on. Thereafter, pupils did some outdoor cooking and enjoyed their “home-cooked meal” while PiE parents guided them and ensured safety.
International Friendship Day (7 April 2017)
International Friendship Day (IFD) is a day dedicated to understanding Singapore’s relations with her neighbouring countries and beyond. To celebrate IFD in school, a mini exhibition was put up. It featured a map showing Singapore’s proximity to various Southeast Asian countries. Pupils participated in quizzes ran by PiE parents. They each also received, in their respective classes, a pack of marbles and murruku snack packed by PiE parents a week prior.
Earth Week (17 – 19 April 2017)
Water filtration was the theme of this year’s Earth Week. A simple water filtration system – recycled pet bottles filled with from the bottom with cotton, charcoal, sand, soil and gravel in distinct layers – demonstrated to pupils how dirty water can be filtered to extract clean water. Some PiE parents were on hand to explain the system, and guide pupils in creating a model of the system. Other PiE parents manned the recycling game station where pupils learnt to differentiate recyclable from non-recyclable materials.
Family Fun Fair (20 May 2017)
After a highly-successful run last year, PiE parents were all game for another round this year. Being a huge endeavour, sub-teams were formed in charge of F&B, games, prizes and publicity, along with an overall coordinating team. FMSS PiE and alumni also coming forward to set up F&B stalls, displaying the ONE Fairfield spirit.
The Family Fun Fair is organised in conjunction with Alumni Homecoming where ex-Fairsians return for a day of friendly sports competition. Besides providing participants with F&B options, the fun fair also provided accompanying families as well as the wider Fairfield community with family-bonding opportunities.
Aesthetics Day Art Exhibition Preparation (24 May 2017)
PiE parents helped the FMSP Arts Department prepare pupils’ artworks for display in the Media Hub. By levels, pupils artworks ranged from digital art, to themed drawings, to paper modelling, to ceramics. These were grouped into sections. The Media Hub was turned into a colourful and inspiring art gallery, ready for viewing by pupils on Aesthetics Day. The “gallery” was also open for parents’ viewing on Meet-the-Parents day at the end of Term 2.
Racial Harmony Day (21 July 2017)
This day was a sea of colours as students and teachers came to school in an array of traditional costumes. The buzz heightened during recess with students trying their hand at traditional games like pick up sticks, five stones and chaptek; and getting a taste of traditional delicacies such as tang yuan, mooncakes, kueh salat and muruku. Racial Harmony Day is celebrated in Singapore to mark the importance of maintaining racial and religious harmony.
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight (24 Jul – 4 Aug 2017)
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight is organised for pupils to discover traditional local cultures. As part of the 2-week programme, recess-time activities were organised over three days. Each day, a different group of PiE parents came to set up and run different activities. By the end of the three days, pupils had played word-guessing games, played traditional spinning tops and diabolos, coloured in pictures of Chinese opera masks, and made traditional handicrafts.