Loving Our Pupils – Helping Every Pupil Succeed
In Yishun Primary School (YPS), we pride ourselves for having a strong culture of care and learning. We have an excellent staff with the strong desire to help every pupil succeed. We are a collegial school community with excellent school climate and both our staff and pupils display high levels of learning. We not only find joy in learning but also joy in caring for one another. YPS is well-established and continues to enjoy a high standing in the Yishun community. For the past 7 years, we have successfully filled all our Primary One places. 2017 was another great year for YPS and we continued to achieve good outcomes in both the curricular and co-curricular arenas. 100% of our P6 cohort passed the PSLE and graduated from YPS. Every pupil that passes through our hands will continue to experience a quality all-round education.
Celebrating Success – Both Process
We strongly believe that all pupils can learn and achieve according to his / her unique strength, interest, talent and passion. To provide a student-centric, values-driven education, we have initiated innovative and interesting programmes to engage our pupils.
The school also provided a comprehensive range of 16 CCAs to cater to the diverse needs of our pupils. We listen to pupils’ voices and give them the space and platforms to explore, express and experiment with their ideas. The school also believes in the celebration of success for both process and outcomes, thus we make time to recognize both staff and pupil efforts on a regular basis.
Igniting the Joy of Learning (JoL) – Authentic Learning Experiences
Applied Learning Programme (ALP) (Environmental Science)
The ALP is a 6-year progressive programme for all pupils. It imparts the practical concepts of science and its interplay with the environment. ICT is used to support the inquiry process, pupil collaboration and self-directed learning. Pupils with greater interest or aptitude were given further opportunities to participate in global environmental activities and competitions. We also have our special Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) Programme, designed as an extension of the Science curriculum, where pupils learn about hybridisation, cloning and cultivation of plants.
Learning for Life Programme (LLP): Viva De Symphonie – Championing Values: Living, Learning and Growing Through Music
Anchoring on the approaches of Music for All and Music for Excellence, the LLP adopts a modular approach in exposing all pupils to music and help them to identify their own talents. Pupils learn to play a musical instrument a year and enjoy participation in a variety of school, local and international musical activities. The school also introduced the Modular Visual Art Programme as an extension to the LLP. Pupils are introduced to the concept of 8 Studio Habits of Mind when learning a range of art forms e.g. painting, mosaic, ceramics, graffiti, fabric, origami, mobile art and digital media. Young talents are systematically identified and further developed.
Educating the Head, Heart and Hand – Character and Values Education
In YPS, values inculcation is intentional and structured. Programmes such as “Values of the Month”, “Garden of Values” and “Grow and Glow” engender the building of a positive and safe psychosocial environment for learning. The Project Work (PW) – Integrating ALP and Values-in-Action (VIA) is fun and exciting as pupils immerse themselves in the Design Thinking process in solving real world issues. The PW aims to equip pupils with 21st century competencies, especially in taking an active part in bettering the lives of others around them. One example would be the regular involvement of our Primary 5 & 6 pupils in the All Saints Home (Yishun) where our pupils reach out to the elderly residents. Our pupils not only donate their self-designed games sets made from recycled materials, but also played the games with the residents, interacted with and performed for them.
Over the years, the school has received several public commendations for the kind acts of our YPS pupils, for examples:
Wang Seng (P6 Integrity, 2016) –
commended by Chong Pang Zone 6 RC for being the youngest resident who
volunteered to clean up the areas on “No Cleaners Day”.
Gunasegaran (P6 Sincerity, 2016) – awarded the “SCDF Public Spiritedness Award”
for demonstrating bravery in helping car accident victims. Ashvin was also one
of the 12 finalists of ‘The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2016”.
- Chelsea Oh and Ng Sin Hui (P6 Respect, 2017) – commended by STOMP for their gracious acts of returning a wallet containing $1500 to its owner. Their story was also highlighted in the Nee Soon Town Council News.
As a Principal, I am very proud of our pupils for having the BIG Hearts to Serve and Help Others! Every Action, No Matter How Small, Can Make a Difference!
I want to thank our parents and family members for working hand in hand with the school to develop good values in our pupils and to help them stay grounded all the time!
Collectively, we want our pupils to have a growth mindset, to be resilient, to persevere and give their best in whatever they do. We want to them to use their gifts and talents to make a difference to the lives of those around them!
Mrs Yee-Toh Gek KhiawPrincipal