Meet the Parent Session 2009 for Sec 3NT & 4NT Students
Damai Secondary School
Parent Teacher Meeting
Sec 3NT and 4 NT classes
4 April 2009
To communicate school programmes
planned for graduating classes.
To harness support from parents to work
hand-in-hand with school.
To highlight to pupils the urgency of
starting preparation early.
To share on NT exam requirements for
To create awareness of progression and
You Need to be Prepared.
Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?
Years ago, a farmer owned a land
along the Atlantic seacoast.
He constantly advertised for
Most people were reluctant to
work on farms along the Atlantic.
They dreaded the awful storms that raged
across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the
buildings and crops.
As the farmer interviewed applicants for the
job, he received a steady stream of refusals.
Finally, a short, thin man, well past
middle age, approached the farmer.
quot;Are you a good farm hand?quot;
the farmer asked him.
quot;Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,quot;
answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the
farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The
little man worked well around the farm,
busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt
satisfied with the man's work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly in from
Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern
and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping
He shook the little man
and yelled, quot;Get up! A
storm is coming! Tie
things down before
they blow away!quot;
The little man rolled
over in bed and said
firmly, quot;No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted
to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside
to prepare for the storm.
To his amazement, he discovered that all of the
haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.
The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the
coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters
were tightly secured. Everything was tied down.
Nothing could blow away. The farmer then
understood what his hired hand meant, so he
returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind
Can you sleep when the wind blows?
Now that Term 1 is over –
2 Questions to reflect on
“ Have I maximised
my potential and
“ What should I do
Sec 3 Normal Technical
Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects one of
which should be EL or Mathematics.
If promotion criteria is not met, pupil will retain at Sec
3NT in 2010.
Post-secondary Education –
Institute of Technical
Full Time National ITE Certificate (NITEC)
Courses & Entry Requirements
– open to 4NT graduates
– 10 choices
– need to meet course requirements
Higher NITEC courses
– need to fulfill NITEC course first
Full Time NITEC Courses and
Entry Requirements - examples
NITEC Courses Requirements
3 ‘N’ passes (A-D) in Maths,
Applied Food Science
Sci and 1 other subject
3 ‘N’ Passes (A-D) in EL and
2 other subjects
Hair Fashion & Design
Design Animation Complete N Level
3 ‘N’ Passes (A-D) in Maths
and 2 other subjects
Full Time NITEC Courses –
Examples of Careers
1. NITEC In Aerospace Avionics
Aircraft Technician ; Avionics Technician
2. NITEC in Applied Food Science
Food Technician ; Food Production Technician
3. NITEC in Beauty Therapy
Beautician ; Manicurist
4. NITEC in Culinary Skills
Assistant chef ; Cook
5. NITEC in Digital Animation
3D Animator ; Special Effects Artist
6. NITEC in Electronics
Electronics Servicing Technician
Full Time NITEC Courses –
Synopsis and Career Prospects
More information on NITEC Courses and
types of careers available, please visit
ITE website :
Results from 2007
“Employment rate of ITE graduates
who entered the job market in 2007
rose to a high of 93%. Proportion of ITE
graduates who took up permanent full-
time employment also improved by
17% points, from 61% in 2006 to 78% in
11 ITE Colleges
ITE College Central (Yishun Campus)
ITE College West (Balestier Campus)
ITE College West ( Bukit Batok Campus)
ITE College West (Clementi Campus)
ITE College West (Dover Campus)
ITE College Central (MacPherson Campus)
ITE College East
ITE College Central (Bedok Campus)
ITE College West (AMK Campus)
ITE College Central (Bishan Campus)
ITE College Central (Tampines Campus)
ITE offering wider range of courses (Jane Ng, ST, 1/4, pB10)
Report on ITE offering a wider range of courses, noting that students now had
a choice of 73 courses, as compared with 25 courses more than 10 years ago,
which were focused mainly on the engineering and electronics trades then.
Report also noted that ITE now had more tie-ups with renowned overseas institutions,
like French culinary school Institute Paul Bocuse.
Report noted that the large variety of courses had drawn more students over the years,
doubling enrolment from about 12,400 in the 1990s to more than 25,000 today.
Report also noted that the type of education provided at ITE had evolved over the
years to one which provided more authentic learning situation, citing the example
of ITE providing its own quot;hangarquot; in Yishun for its students taking aerospace courses.
Report added that another component in improving an ITE education was to build
proper infrastructure. Report noted Chief Executive/ITE as saying that the eastern
campus in Simei had changed the public perception of an ITE, adding that the ITE
was as good as a polytechnic or university in terms of facilities, education and amenities.
Report additionally noted that two new ITE campuses would be opening over the
next three years: College West in Choa Chu Kang next year and College Central in
Ang Mo Kio in 2012.
Lead Up to GCE ‘N’ Levels
Term 1, Week 2 Target Setting by Pupils
4 April Sec 3, 4 & 5 Parent-Teacher-Meeting & Talk
12 Jan – 8 May Computer Applications Coursework
13 Apr – 8 May Elements of Business Skills Task B
29 Apr – 15 May Mid-Year Examination
29 Jun – 7 Aug Elements of Business Skills Task B Assessed
7 Jul – 20 Jul GCE ‘N’ Level English Oral Examination
24 Jul – 6 Aug GCE ‘N’ Level Mother Tongue Oral Exam
13 Aug – 21 Aug GCE ‘N’ Level Prelim Examinations
8 Sep – 13 Oct GCE ‘N’ Level LC and written Exam
Pupils are advised to :
Build strong ground work.
Use the upcoming Term II holidays to
consolidate and revise.
Be regular in attendance and discipline.
“Be Prepared, Not Sorry!”
Responsibility of School
To ensure that:
Attendance and work progress of
students are monitored
Parents / guardians are kept informed of
child / ward‟s progress
Parents / Guardians
To assist school in:
ensuring that child attends school and
the various school programmes
ensuring that child revises his/her work
ensuring that child does not stay out
contacting teachers when need arises
work in support of the school
Target-Setting for all pupils
Learning Week Activities (Term II Wk 10)
Night Study Programme (Sec 4 and 5)
Mock Exams (Sec 4 and 5)
Career Awareness (Learning Week)
NA/NT Elective Module – Hospitality,
Junior Chef, Hair Stylist, Music Producer
(Term IV post exam)
Parents are also advised to log on to the
Education and Career Guidance website
to be aware of possible career choices.
Website : ecareers.sg
To log on using child‟s login ID and
Parents are invited to :
Clarifywith any key personnel, form
teachers or subject teachers on issues
Meetup and speak with your child‟s
form teacher or subject teachers (in the
Makeappointment to meet up with
teachers on another day for further
We depend on each other
Joint partnership between
parents and school to enable
our students to excel
Updates of school events and matters