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Principal's Message

Dear IJ Girls,

This year, we are delighted to celebrate the CHIJ 165th Anniversary. As part of this CHIJ Celebrations, the eleven IJ Schools will come together to organise a Eucharistic Celebration at the National Stadium, write a book commemorating 165 years of IJ Education and distribute a Comic Book based on Father Nicholas Barré, our French Founder.

Our P6 Graduands have done very well at the 2018 PSLE. 100 % of our P6 Graduates were eligible for Secondary School and 76.3 % of them have been placed in the Express Stream. We would like to congratulate them as they embark on their Secondary School Journey this year.

The Vision of CHIJ (Katong) Primary is: “From Girls to Women of Grace and Substance”. Therefore, the School
anchors its Curriculum on its four School Virtues of Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Self-Discipline. The School has reviewed its three Strategic Thrusts in 2018. These are: Excellence in Cognitive Development, Excellence in Sports & Aesthetics and Excellence in Character Building. We want our IJ Girls to be Self-Directed Learners who Learn for Life; Active Contributors who demonstrate the School Virtues. The School provides a Holistic School Experience through Strong Partnerships with our Parents, Alumni and IJ Family of Schools.

The School has successfully applied for its Learning for Life Programme (LLP) on Student Community Leadership.
This means that from 2019, the School will receive $50K funding annually for its Character & Citizen Education (CCE) Programmes and Student Leadership Programmes.

The School has an Applied Learning Programme (ALP) to develop Competent, Confident and Respectful Communicators. This ALP builds on the School’s Historical Strength in producing Confident and Eloquent Speakers. The School uses school wide pedagogies such as Co-operative Learning (CoL), Assessment for Learning (AfL) and the Nearpod platform.

This year, our teachers will design a Girls-Like-Tech Programme to expose our IJ Girls to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) starting at P1 and P2. Our P1 & P2 Girls will participate in a Maker’s Space and STEM Activities.

To promote a Joy of Learning, the School has planned on a 10-Day timetable to support our Holistic Curriculum.
For example, P3 swimming lessons, Project Work and Integrated Learning Journeys are conducted within school hours. The School has started a “No Homework Day” on Mondays to give our Girls leisure time and a one-hour
Recess every term to let our Girls experience a variety of activities.

The School conducts interesting Departmental Programmes. The Programme for Active Learning (PAL) for P1 and P2 Girls consists of Gym, Outdoor Education, Dance and Visual Arts. The Shining Star Programme affirms Girls who demonstrate the school values by teachers giving them stars, leading to them becoming a Model Student of the Term. 

The School will embark on an Art-In-Clay-Nation to introduce Clay Pottery to our P4 Girls. Our P3 and P4 Girls will choose their Modular CCA to allow them to try out two CCAs per year. There are Math & Arts Trails to the Zoo for
P3 Girls, Science & Math Trails at Gardens by the Bay for P4 Girls. Science Fun Day is when our Science Monitors conduct simple science experiments to explain scientific concepts to the Lower Primary Girls. The School conducts E2K Programme for Top P4 & P5 Science girls to deepen their science concepts and process skills through peer collaboration.

Our Values-in-Action Programme allows our P5 Girls to interact and conduct activities for students from the
Towner Gardens School. This collaboration with Towner Gardens School is now in its 15th Year. Our P5 Girls will also participate in a P5 Adventure Camp and Overseas Learning Journeys to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai.

Our Save the Earth Programme encourages our P1 to P6 Girls to bring their own utensils on Wednesdays and Thursdays for Recess. The canteen stalls also do not provide drinking straws. Our Staff are encouraged to bring their own plates, cups and utensils for Staff Meals. We would like to thank our Daddy Volunteers for helping to collect recycled newspapers from the classrooms for recycling every month.

P6 Career Awareness Day is conducted by Former IJ Girls and it allows our P6 Girls to explore various career options. The IJ Day of Recollection enables our P6 Girls to recall happy memories over their past six years in School.
The P6 Girls will also participate in the Change & Transition Workshop and KC Experience where Katong Convent students will share their Secondary School Life experiences with our P6 Girls. Our P6 Girls will participate in an Overseas Learning Journey to Malacca, Malaysia.

The School has built a strong partnership with our Central Parent Council (CPC). We would like to welcome Ms Tan Boon Nee as the new CPC Chairperson. The CPC activities consist of P1 Parent Forum, Art Outreach Programme, Family Nights, Father-Daughter Bonding Day and Teachers’ Day Concert. We are grateful to the Infant Jesus (IJ) Board of Management for their contributions and invaluable support for the CHIJ Schools.

Simple Dans Ma Vertu, Forte Dans Mon Devoir

Mrs Judina Cheong