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Early & Primary Years News

Neil White, Early/Primary Years Principal October 4, 2019
Early & Primary Years News

It has been a busy, exciting but very productive first quarter of the academic year. Please carefully read some important updates and key announcements.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Successful Two-way Communication

PTC's have taken place this week and are an important opportunity for teachers and parents to discuss your child’s progress in school. The purpose of these conferences is to

  • keep parents informed about their child's progress, including their academic, social and emotional development,
  • to set new goals
  • and to discuss any necessary support strategies that may be needed.

The aim is to begin and maintain a dialogue between home and school that will ultimately benefit every student. 

New Student Academic Report Card

As communicated before, the EY/PY division is moving to a new platform regarding students academic report cards. We have listened to the feedback received from parents and faculty on our reporting system and have made significant improvements to the student's academic report card. The new and improved reporting system will make such a difference in what we report and most importantly provide parents with more specific information about where their child is at any given time in all subject areas, together with strategies that can be used to support their child in working towards the next developmental phase on their learning continuum.

Think Pink

Reminder to make sure you have something PINK to wear for our Think Pink day on Friday, 25th October 2019. We will have a whole school photo first thing that morning too. More details are coming soon.

Live Updates

We've recently launched a new #EYPYGEMS Twitter handle to showcase the wonderful teaching and learning engagements that are consistently happening across our division. It is a great way for you to see what teachers are doing and various meaningful opportunities for the community to connect with each other.

Check out our the GEMS (Singapore) Twitter page @GEMS_Singapore and follow our new hashtag   #EYPYGEMS

Here are some examples below: 




Parent Engagement Workshops


EY Language in the PYP

Find out how we explore reading and writing with children aged 3-6 years old. We will be sharing some different strategies that could be used to support your child at home.

Date: Wednesday, October 23
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Venue: Auditorium Lobby


Bravehearts Safeguarding

Children are among the most vulnerable members of our community.  Our school is committed to teaching children practical and easy-to-understand personal safety strategies to help students keep safe.  

Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Venue: Auditorium (TBC)


Maths in the PYP (Grades 1 - 5)

There has been a big shift from the way we used to learn Maths in school to what is considered best practice today.  Join us to learn more about the progression of mathematical concepts, what maths instruction looks like in the PYP from lessons to assessments and what you can do to support your child at home.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 9:00  - 10:30 am
Venue: Auditorium (TBC)


Language in the PYP (Reading, Writing, Spelling in Grades 1-5) 

Gone are the days when everyone reads the same book, answers the same questions and has the same spelling list in a class.  What does literacy instruction look like in the PYP? What is THRASS? Join us to learn more about our curriculum and how this translates to teaching, learning and assessments in the classroom today.  

Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 9:00 - 10:30am
Venue: Auditorium (TBC)


Community Events

International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Primary Festival 

GEMS is pleased to once again be part of the ISTA Primary Festival on March 13 - 15, 2019! This year's festival is being hosted by Tanglin Trust and is open to students ages 8 - 10. Students from around Singapore will be gathering for 2 1/2 days of workshops and collaborative ensemble work led by visiting artists.  This amazing opportunity where students explore theatrical skills and devise work in group ensembles around the theme of happiness and well-being is not to be missed! The cost of the festival is $375. This includes transportation to and from Tanglin Trust on Friday, lunch and snack for the weekend, a special festival T-shirt and plenty of creative fun and drama!

Due to the changes with timelines, we are asking parents to indicate their expression of interest by Friday, October 25th, through this form so that we can be more accurate with reserving registration numbers. CLICK HERE to indicate your interest.

If you would like to see what the festival may be like, check out the last year's event. More detailed information will be shared closer to the event.

Key Upcoming Events (Quarter 2)

  • Oct 21: Teacher Professional Development Day (No school for students)
  • Oct 22: Students return to school for the start of Quarter 2
  • Oct 23: Parent Workshop: EY Language in the PYP
  • Oct 25: Think Pink 2019
  • Oct 27-28: Deepavali Public Holiday
  • Oct 29: Road Safety week
  • Oct 30: Parent Engagement Information workshop: Bravehearts Pastoral care
  • Oct 31: Halloween
  • Nov 6: Parent Engagement session: Math in the PYP 
  • Nov 8: Parent Engagement session: Language (Reading, Writing and Spelling) in the PYP
  • Nov 8: ECA Season 1 ends
  • Nov 11: Language Week
  • Nov 18: ECA Season 2 starts
  • Nov 20: EY Sports Day
  • Nov 21: PY Sports Day
  • Nov 22: Student Free Day
  • Dec 5-6: Grade 3 Camp to Sentosa
  • Dec 13: Last day of Quarter 2  


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support towards the Early/Primary Years division and I hope that you have a relaxing holiday break. Kindly note that Monday, 21 October is a student-free day due to Staff Professional Development training. The first day of Quarter 2 for students will be Tuesday 22 October.


Safe travels & Happy Holidays! 


Neil White
Early/Primary Years Principal