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FAQ on School Direction, Vision, Mission, Strategies and Goals

Q What kind of student will Springdale Primary School aim to develop after 6 years of education?

In Springdale Primary School, we aim to nurture the whole child, having the security (through creating a safe and nurturing environment for growth), self-worth (building identity and acceptance, undergirded by love) and significance (having a sense of purpose to serve) to face the future.

While being grounded in literacy and numeracy skills for academic excellence, Springdalites will learn to analyse and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To encourage and develop these skills, they must be motivated intrinsically through the shared responsibility of the home-school-community partnership where the interest of the child takes centre stage. Springdalites will understand the importance of teamwork and their significance of being part of a larger community. They will learn to serve the community as the community supports them through their open doors.  

Q What are our strategic approaches in our core business of teaching and learning?
The school deploys a two-prong approach in our core business of teaching and learning.

Dispositional and Relational Approach: The GREAT ethos depicts how mindsets and dispositions mould and direct the interactions amongst staff, students and stakeholders within a thriving and conducive learning environment. It sets the tone for the environment and culminates into the school culture which everyone embraces.

GREAT stands for:
Growth: Developing a mindset that encourages exploration and risk-taking
Radiance: Being a beacon that radiates positive attitudes that contribute to building up one another
Empathy: Appreciating different perspectives and feelings of others
Abundance: Adopting an attitude of giving and sharing with the community
Truth: Cultivating a mind of intellectual curiosity and discernment

Teaching and Learning Approach: Our school curricular programmes are guided by our education philosophy of Play.Passion.Purpose. (3Ps). Every child is encouraged to explore and discover new knowledge through experiential and authentic learning. Through such creative Play, students make sense of the things around them, discover the joy of learning and develop a spirit of inquiry and intellectual curiosity. The drive to go deeper into the discipline evolves naturally as students develop a Passion for what they are learning. Appreciating and applying what they have learnt, this would stir within them a sense of Purpose and over time, spur them on to make a difference in their future pursuit.

FAQ on School Infrastructure & Facilities

Q What facilities does the school have?

Springdale Primary School has the most updated, state-of-the-art infrastructural norms that support the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) initiatives1. They serve to facilitate the following schooling functions: 

    1. Promote Collaborative & Independent learning:  Redesigned Classrooms, Void Spaces for Group Activities
    2. Facilitate Aesthetics & Sports Development:  Programme for Active Learning (PAL) Rooms, Band Room, Dance Studio, Performing Arts Studio, Indoor Sports Hall, Health & Fitness Room, Fitness Playground, Outdoor Jogging Track
    3. Support Differentiated Teaching Approaches:  Subject-Based Banding Rooms, Learning Support Programmes Rooms
    4. Enable IT & Media Literacy:  Computer Rooms, Media Development Room, IT Resource Room
    5. Maximise Outdoor Experiential Learning:  Outdoor Adventure Elements, Eco-Trail
    6. Nurture ‘Home in a School’ Experience:  Student Care Centre
    7. Meet Social-Emotional Needs:  Counselling Room, Learning & Behavioural Support Room

      [1] For more information on what PERI stands for, please click on the link: http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/2009/01/strong-fundamentals-for-future.php . The Ministry of Education accepted the recommendations by the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) Committee in April 2009. Find out what  primary education  would be like. 

FAQ on Student Care Centre

Q Will there be a school-based Student Care Centre?

The school-based Student Care Centre (SCC) is a feature of the new PERI infrastructural norms. The main SCC is about the size of 2 classrooms (180 m2) and has a capacity of about 60 students. 

After careful consideration of staff competency, the type of programmes offered as well as the fees charged, the school has selected Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Singapore to operate the SCC. In accordance to Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) guidelines, the basic programme comprises the following:

  • Meals (lunch and tea)

  • Supervised study time

  • Bath time

  • Group activities

Please visit the following website for the SCC's contact information:  Student Care Centre

Q What is the enrolment at the school-based Student Care Center?

In the last 2 years, the school took in 20 Primary 1 students and about 30% was set aside for low income and needy students. Due to limited vacancies, if demand exceeds supply for each intake, the remaining places will be balloted internally. For subsequent intake, siblings will be given priority before the remaining places are balloted. Withdrawals will be replaced. The rationale for the proposed SCC enrolment is due to the following:

  1. Total enrolment for the centre is limited by the allocated space provided.

  2. Places are reserved for future Primary 1 cohort.

Q How do parents register for the school-based Student Care Centre?

Parents who have successfully registered their Primary 1 children with Springdale Primary School will receive a registration form to apply for the school-based SCC after the Primary 1 Registration Exercise has ended.

Q Where are the community-based Student Care Centres if the school is unable to cater to all pupils who applied?

You may visit the following Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) website to locate a childcare centre in your vicinity:  https://www.childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/home/CCLS_Home.jsp    [Search For: "Student Care" at Location: "Sengkang" with Types of Service: "Student Care (PM)" for Age: Year "7"]

FAQ on School Curriculum & Programme

Q What are the programmes offered by the school?

Springdale Primary School focuses on the development of students in the Cognitive, Physical, Aesthetics, Social- Moral and Leadership domains.

To achieve MOE’s Desired Outcomes of Education, besides the standard subjects offered by all primary schools, Springdale Primary School will be embarking on the PERI initiatives:

  1. Out-of-Door Education (ODE) programme which includes a series of inquiry-based learning journey packages to provide students with integrated disciplinary learning
  2. Programme for Active Learning (PAL) focusing on 4 broad domains: Visual Art, Performing Art, Sports and Games and Outdoor Education
  3. Strategies to Ensure more Attention to Individual Student (SEAIP) development through Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
  4. Holistic Assessment (HA) approach which focuses on building confidence and the desire to learn through the use of age-appropriate assessment tools, bite-sized forms of assessment and timely and meaningful feedback for improvement.

    With the provisions made available by MOE ICT Masterplans, the school also leverages on the use of educational technology to promote collaborative and self-directed learning. ICT skills training are done via mobile learning technologies and Learning Management System (LMS) for home-based learning.

    [Learn more about your child's education journey by reading the  booklet on Primary School Education]

Q What are the specific teaching approaches used in school?

English Language
English Language  is taught through the  STELLAR  (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading) approach which aims to strengthen children’s language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years. The three key strategies used in the lower primary classrooms are the Shared Book Approach (SBA), Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA) and Learning Centres. These learner-centred strategies provide our students with step-by-step scaffolding for success, and the opportunity to re-learn, revisit or extend what they have learnt at their own pace. For more detailed information on STELLAR strategies, please visit  http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/ .

Mathematics  is taught through a series of learning experiences and activities that are designed and scaffolded to maximise engagement and interest in the subject. The focus is to provide students with the experiences to learn from the concrete stage to the pictorial stage and lastly to the abstract stage. Learning experiences involve the use of manipulative, songs, storybooks and real-life experiences. The Primary Mathematics syllabus focuses on conceptual understanding, skills proficiency and Mathematical processes, and gives due emphasis to attitudes and metacognition.

Mother Tongue Languages (MTL)
Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) aim to strengthen the core skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and interaction. These skills are taught through integrated approaches, e.g. music, role-play and group work. Teaching these skills is also tailored to meet the different learning needs of the students. To cultivate cultural awareness, the students will be given opportunities to undergo experiential learning journey and tiered-MT Fortnight activities. Here, students are encouraged to practise the usage of the MTL.

Science is taught from Primary 3 through strategies and learning experiences designed to nurture our young learners as inquirers. Children are by nature curious and want to explore the things around them. The aim of Science is to equip our learners with basic scientific knowledge, concepts and principles and learn about scientific applications in daily life through inquiry-based instructional strategies. While developing these scientific skills, the goal is also to develop our children to be critical thinkers and responsible towards the environment and the world around them.

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Mobile Learning
Mobile learning refers to learning that occurs anytime, anywhere. Access to learning incorporates both formal and informal learning, inside and outside the school premise. Springdale Primary School envisions a computing environment that extends learning beyond the classroom and allows students to access the world of knowledge and information to enhance their learning. Systems that support the initiative include:

  • Wireless Access Points around the whole school

  • Learning Management System to facilitate formal (at school) and informal (home-based) learning and as a repository for teaching and learning resources
  • Mobile Learning Devices to facilitate learning with technology anytime, anywhere
  • Staff Professional Development – teachers are key to the success of the initiative. Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are formed for collaborative lesson planning and to prepare customized learning resources to facilitate self-directed and collaborative formal and informal learning by the students 

Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education aims to develop a child physically, mentally and socially. The set of skills students would acquire include fundamental movement skills, manipulative skills, educational gymnastics and dance. These skills are taught through a series of approaches which include mass participation, collaboration and problem solving. Through the teaching of the Olympics value of friendship, excellence and respect, students will also learn the importance and meaning of sportsmanship.

The Art programme aims to enable every child   to be visually literate and to appreciate art. All Springdalites from Primary 1 to 6 are exposed to a wide range of visual art media, experiences and hands-on activities. To deepen their understanding and appreciation for art, study of the history of art, and art concepts will also be incorporated. Through these experiences and activities, students will learn to observe, understand, recognise the relevance of art in their lives and communicate their ideas by using and creating visuals.

The Music programme is designed to provide a general musical experience for all students. Students will develop their abilities and hone their skills to read, write, sing, perform and create music progressively at different levels. At each level, there will be an infusion of various cultures and genres to enable our students to heighten their knowledge of music and appreciate it. Beyond the Music curriculum, the school would also provide platforms and opportunities for students to develop their musical interests and talents through our enrichment programmes and aesthetics activities.

Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
Conducted by both the Form and Co-Form Teachers, the FTGP lessons seek to provide time within the curriculum for teachers to engage students in quality interactions and help them strengthen their social and emotional competencies. Students will be engaged through hands-on activities, role-play, story-telling, discussions and journal-writing. To further enhance students’ social-emotional learning, the school also involves the Allied Educator (Counselling) in delivering some FTGP topics that help students identify feelings and learn ways to manage them.

Programme for Active Learning (PAL)
The  Programme for Active Learning (PAL)  for Primary 1 & 2 students are customised according to the needs and profile of our students and crafted by our teachers who mapped out the social-emotional learning (SEL) skills to be covered across the different domains like Visual Art, Performing Art, Sports and Games and Outdoor Education. These varied learning activities, fun and experiential in nature, have been designed such that they provide students with the opportunities to apply and put into practice the various SEL skills. The discussion and reflection session at the end of each lesson serves to heighten students’ awareness of their own strengths and limitations.

Character & Citizenship Education (CCE)
Character & Citizenship Education (CCE) focuses on students’ development in their character, citizenship and leadership domains. The school places great emphasis on CCE to nurture the whole child and provide holistic education for our students. A whole-school approach has been adopted and time has been set aside for the conduct of the following:

Components in CCE Lesson specifics Delivery
CCE Lessons Teaching of values, knowledge & skills in Mother Tongue (MT) Languages Delivered by MT Teachers
Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
Teaching of social-emotional competencies (including Cyber-Wellness) & building Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR) Delivered by Form Teachers, assisted by Co-Form Teachers 
 School-based CCE +
  • Assembly programmes
  • Talks on school values
  • I Care Programme (Values in Action (VIA))
  • Programme for Active Learning (PAL)
  • I Can! Programme
 Facilitated by Form & Co-Form Teachers
Guidance Module Sexuality Education (SEd)* For P5 & P6 students

Q Will there be lessons after school hours?

The formal curriculum would be taught during the school hours. The school will progress to extend school hours gradually for enrichment, supplementary or remedial lessons. The school will update parents termly regarding after-school activities.

Q What kind of books is the school using for the curriculum?

Materials and textbooks chosen are those approved by the Curriculum Planning & Development Division, MOE. For the list of books used specifically by the school, you may view the school booklist  here . 

Q Is there any compulsory purchase, e.g. tablet PC, for students?

Books and stationery required for school would be indicated in the school Book List which would be provided during the Primary 1 orientation. As for ICT peripheral items like tablet PC, the school would be resourced to allow students hands-on learning during lessons. Students can continue to be engaged in learning using their home-based computing devices to access online learning resources. 

FAQ on School Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA)

Q What kind of CCA or after school activities will the school be offering?

Formal CCA will be set up in 2016 and will be categorized in the domains of Visual & Performing Arts, Sports & Games and Societies & Clubs to cater to the needs, interests and aspirations of students.

Besides CCA, Springdale Primary School will also provide enrichment and outdoor learning experiences to its students, after they have adjusted and transited into the routines of a primary school. 

FAQ on Mother Tongue Languages

Q What Mother Tongue languages will be offered?

Springdale Primary School began by offering Chinese Language and Malay Language as Mother Tongue languages in 2013. From 2014, Tamil Language is also offered as a Mother Tongue Language for the Primary 1 level.

For students who wish to take one of 5 Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTIL) (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu), the instruction is carried out by private community groups at regional centres (usually primary or secondary schools) on Saturday mornings. These community groups are overseen by the Board for the Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages (BTTSAL), with the cooperation of MOE. Students pay fees to the private community groups for these lessons and are required to pay for books and uniforms. You may want to visit the BTTSAL website for more information http://www.bttsal.com.

The list of Saturday centres for DAV Hindi School and Hindi Society can be found here: http://www.bttsal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=41.

For Sengkang, the Saturday centre would be North Vista Secondary School at 11 Rivervale Link Singapore 545081 and Anchor Green Primary School at 31 Anchorvale Drive Singapore 544969.

Q My child is a foreigner. Would we be able to apply for exemption of Mother Tongue?

Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/international-students/general-info/ for more information on admission of international students.

FAQ on Media Resource Library

The school Media Resource Library is also known as World of Wonders! (WOW!). To inculcate the love of reading in our students, curriculum time has been set aside for students to engage in a host of reading related activities, which includes uninterrupted reading period, book talk, mass borrowing, storytelling & library literacy skills programme. The school also collaborates with National Library Board (NLB) in the Whole School Reading Programme to further promote the reading culture amongst our young learners.

Q What are the opening hours of the Media Resource Library?

The school library opens at 7.30 am and closes at 4 pm from Monday to Friday.

Q What types of books can be found in the library?

The library has a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, references and multi-media resources that caters to the reading interest and needs of the students.

Q  How can a student be a member of the school library?

All students are automatically registered as members of the school library. They can use their EZ-Link Card or Library Card to borrow library items.

Q How many library books can each student borrow?

Each student is allowed to borrow 3 books for a period of 1 week.

Q How can the students check for the availability of the library books?

Students may use the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) to check for resources available in the library and also enquire on their loan accounts. OPAC can also be accessed online via any PC with internet access through this website: http://springdalepri.spydus.com.sg

Username : NRIC/BC Number
Password : NRIC/BC Number without the first letter.

For Example:
Username: T0123456A
Password:  0123456A

Q What happens if the student loses or damages the library book?

Students are responsible for any library items borrowed from the library. For every item lost or damaged, students would be required to replace the item in kind.

FAQ on Student Well-Being

Q Who will be the buddy for the Primary 1 sudents during the first week of school?

School safety and security is one of our utmost priorities. To ensure that all our students are well-adjusted to the school grounds and daily routines such as assembly, recess and dismissal, our teachers and support staff, together with the school leaders, will be on the ground to assist our students especially during their first few weeks of school. With many helping hands, the children will learn and play in a safe and secure environment.

Q How do I prepare my child for Primary 1?

There are a number of resources on the MOE website. One interesting booklet is the ‘Primary School Education, Preparing your child for tomorrow’ which you can download at http://moe.gov.sg/education/primary/files/primary-school-education-booklet.pdf. You may also visit the http://www.primaryeducation.sg/category/tips-for-parents/ for some tips for parents. 

To find out how you can help your child be better-prepared for the first day of school, you may visit http://parents-in-education.moe.gov.sg/primary-education/how-do-i-prepare-my-child-for-primary-school/getting-your-child-ready-for-the-first-day-of-school for some practical tips.

FAQ on Support for Special Needs

Q What type of learning support programme does the school have?

The school has a Learning Support Programme (LSP) for both Mathematics and English. The school works with the Psychological Services Branch, MOE in implementing its LSP and adopt its guideline and strategies. On top of that, the school monitors the needs of our students and modifies our strategies and support programme accordingly so as to help our students in a targeted manner.

Q Is there any help for students with special needs such as learning disability (dyslexia), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or hearing disability?

For students with special needs, the school has an Allied Educator (Learning & Behavioural Support) and an Allied Educator (Counselling) to provide appropriate support and intervention for these students in consultation with officers from Psychological Services Branch and REACH (Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health). The Allied Educators works in tandem with the class teachers to provide the necessary support and intervention to help these students in their learning.

FAQ on School Staff

Q Will the school have enough staff for school operations?

MOE has a process to compute the teacher-student ratio to ensure that the school has sufficient teachers for school operations. The school will also have support staff to assist in the administration matters. As such, Springdale Primary School will have enough teaching and support staff to ensure the smooth running of its programmes as well as provide quality care for all our students.

Experienced teachers will be deployed as the Form Teachers of the class. Co-Form Teachers will also be paired with the Form Teachers to look into the holistic development and well-being of the students.

As the cohort increases over the years, the school will continue to work with MOE to ensure that sufficient teachers are deployed to meet the increased student enrolment.

Q What is the teacher-student ratio in each class?

For Primary 1 and 2, the class size is 30 students in each class. Teachers will be deployed to teach the English medium subjects as well as the Mother Tongue languages based on the curriculum hours specified by MOE. 

From Primary 3 onwards, the class size will be increased to 40 students per class based on MOE guidelines.

FAQ on Partnership with Parents

Q How are parents updated on their child's learning?

The home and school have a shared goal to create an environment that best supports the child’s learning and development. Towards this end, parents are the primary influence of their child’s total development, while school provides the foundation through formal education. Through the partnership with parents, the school hopes to achieve the following:

  • Have in place a structured communication system that updates parents with useful information in a timely manner and through various modes that cater to different preferences and objectives, e.g. Letter to Parents, Parent-Teacher Conference, websites, etc.

  • Create means of communication that allow the parents access to relevant school information and provide feedback.

  • Invite parents to interact with staff in informal settings like Games Carnival, Children’s Day celebrations, Achievement Day, etc.

  • Provide opportunities for parents to contribute to the school so as to build understanding of each other’s responsibility in the development of the whole child.

The following are channels to promote parental involvement in the school: 
  1. Formal Channel of Communication
    Letter to Parents are given regularly to update parents of school events and programmes. The School Website also captures information of the school, its people and the programmes offered.

  2. Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC)
    The school believes that clear and open channels of communication facilitate parents’ understanding of the role of the school in the child’s development. The PTC hopes to promote one-to-one communication and provide an avenue for teachers to provide feedback and for parents to seek clarification.

  3. Parents’ Seminar
    Parents are the first and on-going educators of their child and, as such, should receive information and support to help develop their child's learning at home and in the community. The objective of the Parents’ Seminar is to equip parents with the knowledge & skills in parenting and child development, and familiarise them with the school curriculum so that they can better support their child.

FAQ on School Enrolment & P1 Registration Matters

Q Will the school be starting classes for the other levels from Primary 4 to 6?

Springdale Primary School is only opening classes from Primary 1 to 2 in 2014 and Primary 3 in 2015 as our staffing number will not permit us to operate other levels.

Q Can I register my child online for the Primary 1 Registration Exercise?

Yes. Parents may visit the following MOE website for more information about the P1-PS http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/primary-one-internet-system/.

FAQ on School Operation Hours

Q What are the school hours for the students?

In alignment with PERI initiatives, Springdale Primary School is a single-session school committed to provide a holistic education. To facilitate this, the school day starts at 7.30 am daily. Dismissal time is 1.30 pm from Monday to Thursday and 12.30 pm on Friday.

School Contact Information

Q For enquiries, is there a contact number or e-mail address that I can write to?

For enquiries about Springdale Primary School, you can call the school at 6315 7600 or write to us at springdale_ps@moe.edu.sg .

FAQ on MOE Primary 1 Registration Matters

For FAQ related to the P1 registration procedures, please refer to http://moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/faqs/ 

Q How many vacancies are available at Springdale Primary School?

The number of Primary 1 vacancies each school will offer for the Primary 1 Registration Exercise will be made available in June before the registration begins. Parents can refer to Primary Schools Vacancies by Phases

Q What are the seats allocated for each phase?

To track the vacancies at each phase, please refer to 

Q Where is the registration venue?

The list of registration centres for the new schools is available at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/new-relocating-merging-schools/

Q What are the registration dates and time?

For information on P1 registration, please refer to 

Q My child is not a Singaporean. Which Phase of the registration exercise would we be eligible for?

Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/phases/ for the various phases of the registration exercise.

Q What do we need to bring for the Registration Exercise?

Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/required-documents/ for relevant documents to bring during the registration exercise.