Chinese New Year (CNY) Celebrations (5 February, Friday)
CHIJ Kellock will be celebrating Lunar New Year on 5 February, Friday. As it is not the Lunar New Year eve, students will be dismissed at 1.10 p.m. as per the usual dismissal time. Lessons will be conducted as usual before recess followed by the CNY celebrations in the hall at 11.30 a.m. Students are encouraged to wear their traditional costumes on that day. Every year, we invite the senior citizens from Radin Mas Residential Community to celebrate this festive season with us and this year is no exception.
This year’s CNY concert is based on the life of a family. The ups and downs that take place in the family are portrayed as the changes of the four seasons. For example, happy occasions are associated with summer and any unpleasant or unhappy occasions are portrayed by winter. The story ends on a happy note in spring where the family celebrates Lunar New Year together. The concert uses elements such as drama, music, dance and games to bring across the message that a family goes through many moods similar to the seasons. The concert will end with the staff and students singing the CNY songs together and our Principal and Vice-Principal extending their well wishes to staff with the presentation of Mandarin oranges.
Total Defence Day
Total Defence Day (TDD) is commemorated on 15 February annually, to mark Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind Singaporeans of the sufferings endured by our fore fathers during the Japanese Occupation. It is also an occasion to revisit the modern defence strategy of "Total Defence" which Singapore has adopted to ensure our continued survival and security.
This year, the theme for TDD is ‘Together We Keep Singapore Strong’. TDD 2016 aims to strengthen our resilience as a nation by reaffirming our shared attitudes, values and instincts as a nation and celebrating our common identity as Singaporeans. These will strengthen every Singaporean’s pride and confidence in Singapore at the start of the next 50 years, and holding on to the belief that everyone can play a part in different aspects of our defence.
To commemorate Total Defence Day this year, we will be conducting a food rationing exercise on 15 February, Monday, during recess. The canteen vendors will only be selling sweet potato porridge and green bean soup. The usual food offered in the canteen will only be available after 11.30 a.m. We would appreciate it if you could let your daughter’s/ward’s form teacher know whether your daughter/ward requires special dietary consideration due to any medical conditions.
A series of pre-assembly talks will be conducted leading up to Total Defence Day to remind students that Total Defence involves every Singaporean to play our part. There will also be a Special Assembly Programme by Drama Arts on 16 February, titled “One Story; Many Parts”, which is about the SARS outbreak and the small acts of heroism that collectively saw Singapore recover from one of its darkest moments.
English (EL) Fortnight (29 February – 10 March)
Themed ‘Good English! Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere!’, CHIJ Kellock’s English Fortnight aims to provide opportunities for students to develop themselves as confident speakers of the English Language. Aligned with the EL vision ‘Communicators: Effective, Confident, Thoughtful’, the EL Fortnight provides platforms and opportunities to cultivate the good habit of speaking proper English, in a thoughtful manner through a variety of activities. To achieve this, many interesting and meaningful activities such as lead-up activities by Kellock’s very own mascots, Lola and Dola, an assembly talk by Australian photojournalist and author, Jan Latta, interesting story-telling sessions by professional story-tellers, Kellock’s very own signature programme known as Speak Proper English At Kellock (SPEAK Award) Competition, and level-wide activities such as book cafés and workshops tailored to suit the different age groups from Primary 1 to Primary 6 have been planned to encourage and motivate students to think, write, read and speak clearly and effectively.
Education and Career Guidance (ECG) is about equipping students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions at each key education stage for successful transition from school to further education or work, and hence to manage their career pathways and lifelong learning throughout their lives.
As part of ECG, the school will be having Careers Day on 1 March, Tuesday. On Careers Day, there will be assembly talks and sharings by professionals and the activities lined up aim to:
• enable our students to explore viable career options through the sharing by professionals.
• inculcate an appreciation for all occupations and how they contribute to the society.
On top of the assembly talks and sharings by professionals, Primary 5 and 6 students will also be exposed to the online career portal where they will learn more about the different careers and the pre-requisites, and also do target setting so as to chart their progress as they work towards their goals.
Camps for Life @ Kellock
Camps for Life is a customised programme developed by the school to enhance students’ learning experiences and to support their holistic development. During the camp, students will be exposed to a wide range of activities and they will be able to discover their innate strength and talents. The camps comprise activities that will equip the students with self-management and social skills thus enabling them to become self-directed learners, able to manage their emotions well and contribute as effective team-players.