Dear Parents and CHIJ
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year.
This year, the School will celebrate the Jubilee Year of the 4th Centenary of the Birth of our Founder: Blessed Nicolas Barré, a French Minim Friar, who was born in Amiens, France, on 21 October 1621.
The eleven CHIJ Schools in Singapore will organise a Combined Founder’s Day Mass using ZOOM, a Book consisting of 400 CHIJ Stories and a series of Values-In-Action Projects to commemorate the Jubilee Year. We would like to invite our Alumni, Parents and Students to join us in our Celebrations.
Our 2020 P6 Graduands have done very well at the 2020 PSLE. 100 % of our P6 Graduates were eligible for Secondary School and 83 % of them have been placed in the Express Stream. All our subjects are above the National Average with a number of them achieving 100% Passes. We would like to congratulate them and wish them well as they begin their Secondary School Journey.
The Vision of CHIJ (Katong) Primary is to nurture our CHIJ Girls: “From Girls to Women of Grace and Substance”. The School’s Curriculum is anchored on the four School Virtues of Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Self-Discipline. The School has three Strategic Thrusts which are: ST1: Excellence in Cognitive Development, ST2: Excellence in Sports & Aesthetics and ST3: Excellence in Character Building. We want our CHIJ Girls to be Self-Directed Learners who Learn for Life and Active Contributors who demonstrate our School Virtues.
The School’s Learning Directions are: Co-operative Learning (CoL), Assessment for Learning (AfL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI). The School uses Design Thinking to innovate and to problem solve.
The School’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP) is about Student Community Leadership. This means that the School will augment its Character & Citizen Education (CCE) Programme to develop students who reach out and care for the Disadvantaged. This year the School is embarking on the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership by Kouzes and Posner (2000), to train our students to become caring leaders.
The School’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is 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 Public Speaking platforms, Speech & Drama and Debates to develop our students to be articulate and discerning.
Our passionate teachers spark our Girls’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through the Girls-Like-Tech Programme. Our Girls attend interesting Technology Lessons using Kamibots and Microbits and Science lessons involving Compost making, Food Science and Hydroponics.
Since 2018, the School has a 10-Day Timetable to ignite a Joy of Learning and to support our Holistic Curriculum. For example, P4 Swimming Lessons, Integrated Learning Journeys and Girls-Like-Tech Lessons are conducted within School Hours. The School has a “No Homework Day” on Mondays to give our Girls time to pursue their interests and a one-hour Recess Time every Term to let our Girls enjoy a range of enrichment activities.
The School conducts level-appropriate 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 students being recognised as the Model Student of the Term. The Be a Buddy Programme enhances peer support in our School.
The School has embarked on an Art-In-Clay-Nation to introduce Ceramics to our P1, P2, P5 and P6 Girls. Our P3, P4 and P5 Girls will choose their Modular CCA to allow them to try out two CCAs each year. The School conducts E2K Programme in Science and Mathematics. Top P4 & P5 Science and Mathematics Girls deepen their Science & Mathematics Concepts and Process Skills through After School Lessons involving activities and group projects.
Our Values-in-Action Programme enable our Girls to interact and conduct activities for students from the Towner Gardens School which is now in its 17th Year. Our P5 Girls will participate in a P5 Adventure Day Camp in August 2021. Our Peer Support Programme and Social Skills Programme teach our Girls how to be well-mannered and to make lifelong friends.
Our Save the Earth Programme encourages our Staff and Students to bring their own utensils for Recess. Our canteen stalls do not provide drinking straws. The school recycles dry food waste from the canteen stalls into dry plant compost.
The IJ Day of Recollection enables our P6 Girls to recall happy memories over their past six years in School. The Change & Transition Workshop helps them prepare for Secondary One in 2022.
The School has a strong partnership with our Parents. We are happy to announce that Mrs Alaine Poon and Ms Rachel Kong are the 2021 Central Parent Council (CPC) Chairpersons. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, our CPC activities this year will consist of P1 Parent Forum, P1 Orientation, Teachers’ Day Celebrations and Class Learning Journeys. The School thanks the Infant Jesus (IJ) Board of Management for its professional advice and strong support for the School.