With the resumption of students coming back progressively to
school in Term 3, I would like to assure parents that the school continues to
monitor the developments of the COVID 19 situation in Singapore, and constantly review the school’s Safe Management Measures (SMM) to ensure its adherence to guidelines as well as putting in our best efforts that teaching and learning continues to take place optimally. We also look out for our students’ overall social and emotional well-being, especially when changes can occur rapidly and unpredictably for us these days.
When school reopens, the following SMM will continue to be enforced:
- Daily temperature taking and screening before lessons
- Daily check in with presence of Trace Together Token
- Maintain safe distancing from one another
- Mandatory wearing of mask at all times except when eating or drinking
- Wipe down of high touch surfaces such as tables, in class and during recess
- Frequent washing of hands with soap to maintain good hygiene
- Assigned seating and minimise intermingling by students from different classes
- Staggered recess with fixed seating
While there are some activities that had to be cancelled, we are re-looking whether some activities or events can now take different modes completely. For example, for 133rd Founder’s Day Celebration on 4 August (Wed), we are planning a celebration that is meaningful and safe, involving as many stakeholders as possible that is held through video podcasts. We will celebrate National Day on 6 August (Fri) through interesting class based activities like live streamed online quizzes and competitions. During Mother Tongue Language Fortnight, students will also be exposed to a myriad of traditional art and craft, and language activities that would be carried out in the class.
Indeed, we were often amazed at how in spite of challenges, new and creative ideas can be birthed. At our International Friendship Day carried out last term, our students video recorded interviews of their parents who grew up overseas. These interviews offered students glimpses of lives and experiences of people living in cross-cultural setting. While we may not have assembly of all students in the hall to celebrate school events such as the annual Sports Carnival and Aesthetics Day, our programmes were decentralised to level and/or class. Simultaneous live stream activities have also drawn lots of excitement as students know that they are ‘competing’ or ‘playing’ with each other even through the walls of the school. At our Student Leaders’ Investiture, our student leaders are recognised formally in their classes, with their form teachers on hand to present badges to them. While this platform is smaller in scale and size, the significance of it is no less meaningful or impactful.
With thanksgiving and gratefulness, I am pleased to share that through our Methodist Walk, we have raised and met our target of $90,070. The funds raised will go towards school development and improvements. I would like to thank our parents, students, staff and alumni for their kind donation. In particular, I would like to thank the support of New Creation Church and Aldersgate Methodist Church who have blessed us generously to enable us to carry out our mission to educate our young - who will ‘Lead with Character, Serve with a Heart’.
We also warmly welcome our new staff members, Ms Nurul Amilia Binte Roshamil, Ms Phang Yun Xuan and Muhammad Fikri Bin Fazil into our Fairfield family.