Updates from Partnerships in Education Office (MOE)

Friday, 19 September, 2014

Dear Parent Support Group Chairpersons/Parent Representatives,

Greetings from Partnerships in Education Office (PEO)! We hope you and your child had a restful September break, and have settled into Term 4. As we look forward to another fruitful term, we would like to update you on a few key areas this month:

Setting expectations for your child

What does ‘best’ mean to you when you encourage your child by telling him ‘Do your best!’? With the end-of-year examinations coming up, retired principal of South View Primary School, Mrs Jenny Yeo, shares how you can help set realistic expectations for your children so that they can enjoy the learning process. Click here to read her insights.  

 Helping children flourish and grow in resilience, empathy and hope

 About 350 parents attended a seminar to learn about how mental health of children is affected by parenting style and expectations. Dr Maureen Neihart from Singapore’s National Institute of Education shared some strategies that parents can use at home to help their children to achieve their best without compromising their mental well-being. Dr Josephine Kim from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the United States shared how parents can raise healthy and balanced children who become successful people in life. More information about their sessions can be found here.

Teaching children to be responsible

Before you get drawn into the busyness of Term 4, how about spending some time to reflect on Term 3, and discussing areas that your child can improve in during Term 4? How can parents teach our children to be more responsible? Here are some tips to consider.

 Safeguarding your child online

Children use technology in a variety of ways: they're playing games online, sending texts on their phones and are constantly connected to the Internet. With the many risks and challenges involved in the cyber world, safeguarding your child online is just as important as it is in the real world. You can play an important role to help your child have safe and positive experiences online. Click here to read Mrs Jenny Yeo’s thoughts on cyber bullying.

 If you have children between 10 to 14 years old, you can try out a new mobile game app, C-Quest, developed by the Ministry of Education. You can use the app to talk with your child about responsible online behaviour and how your child can protect himself in cyber space. The free app for Android devices can be downloaded hereThe iOS version will be ready by 1 Nov 2014.  More information on the app can be found here.

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'Are we expecting too much?"

With Continual Assessment 2 and the end-of-year examinations coming up, retired principal Mrs Jenny Yeo reminds parents to review their expectations.
Read about Mrs Jenny Yeo 2nd Article for parents this year on ‘Parental Expectations’
Click on link to goto page Are we expecting too much