Meet the Parent Session 2009 for Sec 3NT & 4NT Students


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Meet the Parent Session 2009 for Sec 3NT & 4NT Students

  1. 1. Welcome to Damai Secondary School Parent Teacher Meeting Sec 3NT and 4 NT classes 4 April 2009
  2. 2. Meet-The-Parents Session 2009 Objectives: To communicate school programmes 1. planned for graduating classes. To harness support from parents to work 2. hand-in-hand with school. To highlight to pupils the urgency of 3. starting preparation early. To share on NT exam requirements for 4. ITE courses. To create awareness of progression and 5. career opportunities.
  3. 3. 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 hired hands. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. 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 wind blows.quot;
  6. 6. 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 blew. Can you sleep when the wind blows?
  7. 7. Now that Term 1 is over – 2 Questions to reflect on “ Have I maximised my potential and opportunities ?” “ What should I do next ?”
  8. 8. You Need to Make Decisions
  9. 9. Begin with the end in mind ITE and ? “Obstacles are those Poly frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” HOW READY ARE YOU ? Secondary 3/4
  10. 10. Criteria for Promotion to Sec 4
  11. 11. Sec 3 Normal Technical Stream Promotion: Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects one of which should be EL or Mathematics. Retention: If promotion criteria is not met, pupil will retain at Sec 3NT in 2010.
  12. 12. Requirements for Admission to Post-secondary Education – Institute of Technical Education
  13. 13. Full Time National ITE Certificate (NITEC) Courses & Entry Requirements NITEC courses – open to 4NT graduates – 10 choices – need to meet course requirements Higher NITEC courses – need to fulfill NITEC course first
  14. 14. 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 Chemical Process Technology 3 ‘N’ Passes (A-D) in EL and Service Skills 2 other subjects Beauty Therapy Hair Fashion & Design Culinary Skills Fitness Training Design Animation Complete N Level 3 ‘N’ Passes (A-D) in Maths Aerospace Technology and 2 other subjects
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Full Time NITEC Courses – Synopsis and Career Prospects More information on NITEC Courses and types of careers available, please visit ITE website :
  17. 17. Results from 2007 Employment Survey “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 2007.”
  18. 18. Progression Opportunities Degree Diploma Master National ITE Certificate Higher National (Master NITEC) ITE Certificate (Higher NITEC) National ITE Certificate (NITEC) Preparatory Course GCE „O‟ Level GCE „N(T)‟ Level GCE „N(A)‟ Level
  19. 19. 11 ITE Colleges ITE College Central (Yishun Campus) a) ITE College West (Balestier Campus) b) ITE College West ( Bukit Batok Campus) c) ITE College West (Clementi Campus) d) ITE College West (Dover Campus) e) ITE College Central (MacPherson Campus) f) ITE College East g) ITE College Central (Bedok Campus) h) ITE College West (AMK Campus) i) ITE College Central (Bishan Campus) j) ITE College Central (Tampines Campus) k)
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. Success Stories
  22. 22. Lead Up to GCE ‘N’ Levels Date Event/Programme 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 Preparatory Work 29 Apr – 15 May Mid-Year Examination 29 Jun – 7 Aug Elements of Business Skills Task B Assessed Work 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
  23. 23. School Expectations 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!”
  24. 24. Responsibility of School To ensure that:  Attendance and work progress of students are monitored  Parents / guardians are kept informed of child / ward‟s progress
  25. 25. Responsibility of 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 late  contacting teachers when need arises  work in support of the school
  26. 26. School Programmes
  27. 27. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES  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)
  28. 28. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES & EVENTS Parents are also advised to log on to the Education and Career Guidance website to be aware of possible career choices. Website : To log on using child‟s login ID and password.
  29. 29. Parents are invited to :  Clarifywith any key personnel, form teachers or subject teachers on issues raised.  Meetup and speak with your child‟s form teacher or subject teachers (in the designated classrooms)  Makeappointment to meet up with teachers on another day for further discussion.
  30. 30. We depend on each other Joint partnership between parents and school to enable our students to excel
  31. 31. Communications Updates of school events and matters School website: e-learning portal
  32. 32. Journey towards a Common Goal
  33. 33. Meeting your child‟s Form Teacher / Subject Teacher in class - in Sec 3,4 and 5 classrooms