Pre Assembly Social Talks
Pre-assembly social skills talks were conducted for P1 to P4 pupils every Friday. They provide information on self-management skills like cultivating proper behavior in the classroom; being responsible as well as how to relate well with peers. Both pupils and teachers found it useful when the skills taught were re-iterated in class during FTGP.
R.I.S.E & Shine Programme
The R.I.S.E & Shine Programme started in 2014 as a prototype 9-week research and evidence-based pilot project, for Primary 4 students to cultivate resilience in them. The programme encompasses of 7 interactive and engaging sessions where pupils learn skills to build resilience through hands-on activities, a learning journey to meet successful and resilient individuals and a graduation ceremony to render appreciation to participants.
This programme was designed based on a publication, “A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit” from the International Resilience Project and a book, “The Optimistic Child” by Dr Martin Seligman. Based on Dr Edith Grotberg’s research, children who are resilient have three key resilient promoting factors in their lives, which are incorporated into the programme as stepping stones to achieve the objective of cultivating resilience in these students.
The three factors comprises of “I have”, which represents external support and resources for children, “I can”, which denotes the child’s internal and personal strengths and “I am”, which signifies the child’s social and interpersonal skills.
“Learning Journeys” are life changing for young people where they develop a greater worldview and gain the much needed exposure, necessary to function in an increasingly larger world. In 2014, students were provided with the opportunity to meet Chef Eric Teo at his Culinary Studio where they had the opportunity to interact with him while learning to make simple chicken wraps. .
During the interaction they learnt about Chef Eric Teo’s personal struggles and how he overcame them which led him on to become a respected and successful chef that he is today. In 2015, the pupils participated in Sandcastle Building Workshop by “Castles Can Fly” and learnt life lessons such as resilience, initiative, self-confidence and empowerment (R.I.S.E values) amongst their groups. They also managed to speak with Alvin Lee who is the founder of “Castles Can Fly” and a great example of resilience. He shared with the pupils about his challenges in forming the company and the importance of being optimistic.
The R.I.S.E & Shine Programme is still ongoing in school with the support of the pupils, teachers and parents. The programme hopes to walk through similar journeys with more students in the future to maximise their potential and ensure that they “Rise and Shine”.
A group of newly selected Primary 3 – Primary 5 prefects and all current prefects had undergone the Prefects’ Investiture on 23rd and 24th February. It was during the investiture that the prefects had the honour to have their ties/vests put on by the teachers on stage with pride.
Earlene Ng Yu Hui from 6 Humility was officially appointed as the Head Prefect for 2016 where she led the rest of the prefects on stage in reciting the Prefect’s Pledge.
STAR CLASS AWARD
The Star Class Award is an award that every class look forward to at the end of each year. This award is designed to reinforce positive behaviour and encourage holistic excellence in pupils as a class. It also aims to infuse the existing systems of pupil recognition and recognize classes with passionate learners who embody the GRPS values.
Towards the end of each year, one deserving class from each level will be chosen as the winner of Star Class Award for demonstrating passion for learning through reading and the use of technology, progress in academic performance, constructive ideas or contributions for quality learning experience, excellence in sports and aesthetics and character development by displaying the GRPS values. The classes that win this award, will be etched on a plaque and put up for display to highlight their achievement and will also be rewarded with a movie screening session in school in order to provide the class with an opportunity to celebrate their teamwork and success.
Penang Cultural Immersion
On 30th May 2016, 25 student leaders and 4 teachers embarked on a 3D2N Cultural Immersion to Penang. The main objective of this trip is to give the student leaders the chance to apply leadership skills through responsible participation and care to both self and others in an overseas setting.We visited places of interest, namely the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang Street Art, Chew Jetty and Penang Hill. We were unable to visit the local school as it was school holidays for them. However, field trips to Ghee Hup Nutmeg Factory and Saanen Dairy Goat Farm were arranged. The student leaders had hands on experience in these two places. It was certainly an enriching and unforgettable immersion trip for them!
Praise Mail is a written recognition to deserving pupils by their teachers for exhibiting behaviour that exemplify the school values. Praise Mail will be sent to the parents of these pupils. Till date, 456 Praise Mail have been sent out. It is an ongoing effort in GRPS to encourage positive behaviour in our pupils.