Principal Talk 2009 Sec 1 And 2

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Principal Talk 2009 Sec 1 And 2

  1. 1. Welcome to Damai Secondary School Sec 1 and Sec 2 Parent Teacher Meeting
  2. 2. Meet-The-Parents Session 2009  Objectives: To communicate school promotion  criteria. To share various school programmes.  To explain Secondary 2 streaming  process and criteria. To harness support from parents to  work hand-in-hand with school. To highlight to pupils the urgency of  starting preparation early.
  3. 3. Meet-The-Parents Session 2009 (Outline)  Introduction  Criteria for Promotion (Sec 1 & 2)  Sec 2 Streaming exercise.  Changes to promotion criteria to Sec 5NA  Choices for further education after sec 4/5  School Programmes  Meeting with your son’s/daughter’s Form Teachers or subject teachers.
  4. 4. Begin with the end in mind JC, Poly, “Obstacles are those ? ITE. frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Secondary 1/2
  5. 5. Now that Term 1 is over – 2 Questions to reflect on “ Have I maximised my potential and opportunities ?” “ What should I do next ?”
  6. 6. Criteria for Promotion to Sec 2 and 3
  7. 7. Express Stream Secondary 1 and 2:  Pass in EL and an overall pass percentage in the average of all subjects.  If not, laterally transferred to Sec 2NA.  No retention in Express course.
  8. 8. Normal Academic Stream Secondary 1 and 2:  Grade 5 or better in  EL and 2 other subjects or  4 subjects If not, retain at Sec 1NA in 2010  If obtain 70% or higher in the average in all subjects  Laterally transfer to Sec 2E in 2010 (Pending recommendations)
  9. 9. Normal Technical Stream Secondary 1 and 2:  Grade 5 or better in 2 subjects, one of which should be EL or Mathematics -- If not, retain at Sec 1/2NT in 2010  If obtain 75% or higher in the average of all subjects. -- Option to laterally transfer to sec 2NA in 2010 (Pending teacher / school recommendations)
  10. 10. Secondary 2 Streaming Exercise
  11. 11. Importance of Sec 2 Streaming Exercise  Choice of subjects for secondary 3 has bearings on potential higher institutional learning of child. Hence, it would be beneficial for parents to be aware of processes and criteria, right from secondary 1.
  12. 12. Events to be carried out in Term 1 28 March 2009, Saturday Sec 1 and 2 Principal’s Talk and Dialogue for all parents. - To create awareness
  13. 13. Events to be carried out in Term 2 a. Mock Streaming Using Mid Year Exam Results b. 3 July 2009 – Results of mock streaming released -- to allow for benchmark against cohort
  14. 14. Events to be carried out in Terms 3 & 4 • After End of Year Exams, pupils Submit Options for Sec 3 Subjects Online • 3 & 4 November 2009 – Release of Sec 2 Streaming Results -- Actual Streaming Exercise
  15. 15. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming - Subjects • All pupils offer the following core subjects: 2E/NA - English ; MT ; E. Maths ; Sci (Phy & Chem) ; PE 2NT - English ; MT ; Maths ; Computer Applications ; Elements of Business Studies ; PE
  16. 16. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming - Subjects All pupils are to choose : 1) 2E/NA – any 2 of the following subjects Biology (Exp); Art ; Design & Technology ; Additional Maths ; Food & Nutrition ; Principles of Account ; Pure Geography (Exp) AND Combined Humanities - Either Social Studies with Geography (Elective) OR History (Elective)
  17. 17. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming - Subjects All pupils are to choose : 2) 2NT – Either Science OR Technical Studies Take note : Only ONE Sec 3 Express class will offer triple sciences (Pure Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  18. 18. Process of Secondary 2 Mock Streaming All pupils will be: a) Briefed on the expectations of each Secondary 3 subject by HOD in Term 3. b) Taught how to input subject combinations online. c) Given opportunity to trial the online system after the mid year exams. Parents will be able to use results of mid year mock streaming as benchmark.
  19. 19. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming Actual Streaming Exercise : a) Pupils will make decision after checking of end of year exam scripts b) Parents will need to verify decision of child. (Sign on printed forms) c) No changes to options allowed when signed forms are submitted.
  20. 20. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming Streaming Criteria is based on : a) Choice of pupil i) Pupil will probably get at least 1 subject of choice. *However, in event of over demand for a subject, selection will be based on merit as well.
  21. 21. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming Streaming Criteria is based on : b) Merit (Performance) According to subject chosen and depending on vacancies available, a cut-off will be implemented. *But cut-off is dependent on average marks of cohort. i) To offer Triple / Double Science – high B3 in Sci (at least) ii) To offer A.Maths – B3 in Maths (at least) iii) To offer D&T or F&N – high B3 in Home Econs / D&T
  22. 22. Process of Secondary 2 Streaming Streaming Criteria is based on : c) Overall results of pupil – i) It is important for parents to constantly monitor child’s academic progress* over 2009 1st CA (15%) 1st SA (25%) = 40% 2nd CA (15%) 2nd SA (45%) = 60%
  23. 23. Changes in Promotion Criteria for Sec 4N to Sec 5N from 2009
  24. 24. Changes in Promotion Criteria for Sec 4N to Sec 5N Current: Passes in EL and 2 other subjects (aggregate score less than 10) New (from 2009): a) EL less than or equal Grade 5 b) Aggregate score of English, Maths and Best 3 subjects less than or equal 19 c) Affects Sec 4N pupils from 2009
  25. 25. Choices for Further Studies after Secondary 4 or 5
  26. 26. Choices for Further Education (after Sec 4 /5) a) Junior College b) Polytechnic c) Institute of Technical Education “ It pays to be prepared and to be aware of admission requirements of Post Secondary institutions… right from Day 1”
  27. 27. Admission Requirements to JCs Aggregate of 20 points or below for L1R5: L1 English / Higher Mother Tongue R2 Mathematics / Science R3 Humanities/ Mathematics / Science R4 Humanities / Maths / Science R5 Any other O Level subject (Art, D&T, F&N, Music etc) R6 Any other O Level subject ** A1 in CCA – 2 bonus points (if meet L1R5)
  28. 28. Polytechnics
  29. 29. Requirements for Admission to Polytechnics (L1R2B2) English Language/ Higher MT L1 1st Group of Relevant Subjects (R1) Maths or A Maths 2nd Group of Relevant Subjects (R2) Architectural Technology Science subjects, Art, D & T (at least C6 for relevant subjects) Business-Related Courses Humanities subjects, POA Science-Based Courses Science subjects, F & N Technology Courses Science subjects, D & T Best 2 other subjects Best 2 Subjects (B2) ** CCA can be considered as R3 or R4 subjects
  30. 30. Courses available in 2009 and the JAE 2008 Cut-Off Points (COP) COP indicates the ELR2B2 aggregate score of the last student posted to the course under the latest JAE. COP will depend on: 1) number of applicants 2) vacancies available
  31. 31. JAE 2008 Cut-Off Points (COP) -- SAMPLE Courses available in 2008 and the JAE 2008 Cut-Off Points (COP) COP indicates the ELR2B2 aggregate score (after deducting CCA bonus points) of the last student posted to the course under the 2008 JAE. 2008 Course Courses by Group Poly JAE Code COP A. BUILT ENVIRONMENT Architecture SP S66 17 Civil & Environmental Engineering NP N47 21 Civil Engineering & Management 1 SP S68 20 Facilities Management for Business NP N40 16 Integrated Events & Project Management SP S50 13 Integrated Facility Design & Management TP T28 16 Intelligent Building Technology TP T29 21 Landscape Architecture SP S94 18 Property Development & Facilities Management SP S95 17 Real Estate Business NP N48 18 B. BUSINESS, FINANCE & LAW Accountancy NP N51 12 Accountancy SP S75 12
  32. 32. The Sunday Times “ The average student has to realise that competition is getting stiffer these days. They have to pull up their socks.” – Student qualifies for JC but choose to apply for poly “I did well enough to qualify for JC, so where I want to go is my choice. It is not for them to decide.” - Student from a school in the west Report: Having good „O‟ Level results, top scorers say they deserve to study anywhere
  33. 33. L1R5 Aggregate Scores (With Bonus Points) of Students Admitted To Junior Colleges In The 2007 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) -- SAMPLE Arts Science/IB S/NO Junior College (Cut-Off Point) (Cut-Off Point) 1 Anderson JC 10 8 2 Anglo-Chinese JC 8 7 2 (Independent) - 7 3 Catholic JC 12 11 4 Hwa Chong Institution 3 3 5 Innova JC 18 20 6 Jurong JC 13 14 7 Meridian JC 10 10 8 Nanyang JC 11 10 9 National JC 5 5 10 Pioneer JC 17 17 11 Raffles JC 4 3 12 Serangoon JC 18 20 13 St. Andrew's JC 10 8 14 Tampines JC 13 14 15 Temasek JC 6 6 16 Victoria JC 5 5 http://sis.moe.gov.sg/schinfo/html/JCAggregateRange.htm 17 Yishun JC 20 20
  34. 34. School Expectations
  35. 35. School Expectations Pupils are advised to :  Build your ground work.  Be present for remedials and extra classes organised by teachers.  Have a study schedule planned. “Be Prepared, Not Sorry!”
  36. 36. Responsibility of School To ensure that:  Attendance and work progress of students are monitored  Students attend remedial / supplementary lessons  Parents / Guardians are kept informed of child/ward’s progress -- Updates of school events and matters on school website, as well as portal for parents : a) http://www.damaisec.moe.edu.sg/ b) e-learning portal -- http://dmss.commontown.net
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. School Programmes
  39. 39. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES & EVENTS Learning Week – Term 1 and 2 Week 10 for all pupils 1) Cohort Leadership Training for all Sec 1 and 2 pupils – 2) Term 1 Week 10 15th Anniversary Celebrations – Term 3 ; 4th July 2009 3) - full dress rehearsal in last week of June holidays. ** please take note of dates (in handbook) for booking of overseas trips. Independent Self Paced Learning (ISPL) – Term 3 4) Week 2 for all subjects. - Sec 1 and 2 pupils need not report to school in week 2 of Term 3
  40. 40. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES & EVENTS Happy Toilet project (enhancing school toilets) – Term 5) 1 to 3 for all lower secondary pupils TLLM Ignite Pedagogy Project – Sec 1E classes in 6) terms 2 and 3 a) Authentic Learning (Maths) b) Inquiry Based Learning (Science) Sports Day – 2nd April 2009 7) Cross Country – 7th August 2009 8) 9) Secondary 2 Humanities End of Year Exam will be conducted at end of Term 3
  41. 41. SCHOOL PROGRAMMES & EVENTS Other department based projects, events and milestone programmes can be found online : a) http://www.damaisec.moe.edu.sg/ b) http://dmss.commontown.net
  42. 42. 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 : ecareers.sg To log on using child’s login ID and password.
  43. 43. 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.
  44. 44. Meeting your child’s Form Teacher / Subject Teacher in class - in sec 1 and 2 classrooms - by appointment
  45. 45. We depend on each other Joint partnership between parents and school to enable our children to excel
  46. 46. Journey towards a Common Goal

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