FAQ on School Direction, Vision, Mission, Strategies and Goals
Q What kind of pupil will Springdale Primary School aim to develop after 6 years of education?
In Springdale Primary School, we aim to nurture the whole child, having the security (through creating a safe and nurturing environment for growth), self-worth (building identity and acceptance, undergirded by love) and significance (having a sense of purpose to serve) to face the future.
While being grounded in literacy and numeracy skills for academic excellence, Springdalites will learn to analyse and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To encourage and develop these skills, they must be motivated intrinsically through the shared responsibility of the home-school-community partnership where the interest of the child takes centre stage. Springdalites will understand the importance of teamwork and their significance of being part of a bigger community. They will learn to serve the community as the community supports them through their open doors.
Q What are our strategic approaches in our core business of teaching and learning?
The school deploys a duo-prong approach in our core business of teaching and learning.
Dispositional and Relational Approach: The GREAT ethos depicts how mindsets and dispositions mould and direct the interactions amongst staff, pupils and stakeholders within a thriving and conducive learning environment. It sets the tone of the environment and culminates into the school culture which everyone embraces.
GREAT stands for:
Growth: Developing a mindset that encourages exploration and risk-taking
Radiance: Being a beacon that radiates positive attitudes that contribute to building up one another
Empathy: Appreciating different perspectives and feelings of others
Abundance: Adopting an attitude of giving and sharing with the community
Truth: Cultivating a mind of intellectual curiosity and discernment
Teaching and Learning Approach: Our school curricular programmes are guided by our education philosophy of Play.Passion.Purpose (3Ps). Every child is encouraged to explore and discover new knowledge through experiential and authentic learning. Through such creative Play, pupils make sense of the things around them, discover the joy of learning and develop a spirit of inquiry and intellectual curiosity. The drive to go deeper into the discipline evolves naturally as pupils develop a Passion for what they are learning. Appreciating and applying what they have learnt, this would stir within them a sense of Purpose and over time, spur them on to make a difference in their future pursuit.
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FAQ on School Infrastructure & Facilities
Q What facilities does the school have?
Springdale Primary School has the most updated, state-of-the-art infrastructural norms that support the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) initiatives1. They serve to facilitate the following schooling functions:
1. Promote Collaborative & Independent learning: Redesigned Classrooms, Void Spaces for Group
2. Facilitate Aesthetics & Sports Development: Programme for Active Learning (PAL) Rooms, Band
Room, Dance Studio, Performing Arts Studio, Indoor Sports Hall, Health & Fitness Room, Fitness
Playground, Outdoor Jogging Track
3. Support Differentiated Teaching Approaches: Subject-Based Banding Rooms, Learning Support
4. Enable IT & Media Literacy: Computer Rooms, Media Development Room, IT Resource Room
5. Maximise Outdoor Experiential Learning: Outdoor Adventure Elements, Eco-Garden
6. Nurture ‘Home in a School’ Experience: Student Care Centre
7. Meet Social-Emotional Needs: Counselling Room, Learning & Behavioural Support Room
 For more information on what PERI stands for, please click on the link: http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/2009/01/strong-fundamentals-for-future.php . The Ministry of Education accepted the recommendations by the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) Committee in April 2009. Find out what primary education would be like.
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FAQ on Student Care Centre
Q Will there be a school-based Student Care Center?
The school-based Student Care Centre (SCC) is a feature of the new PERI infrastructural norms. The SCC is about the size of 2 classrooms (180 sq. m) and it will have a capacity of about 50 pupils. The centre began operation in Jan 2013.
After careful consideration of staff competency, the type of programmes offered as well as the fees charged, the school has selected Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Singapore to operate the SCC. In accordance to MCYS guidelines, the basic programme comprises the following:
- Meals (lunch and tea)
- Supervised study time
- Bath time
- Group activities
Please visit the following website for the SCC's contact information: Student Care Centre
Q What is the enrolment at the school-based Student Care Center?
In 2013, the school took in 20 Primary 1 pupils and about 30% will be set aside for low income and needy pupils. In 2014, there will be another 20 places for the new intake of Primary 1 pupils with 30% set aside for low income and needy pupils. Due to limited vacancies, if demand exceeds supply for each intake, the remaining places will be balloted internally. For subsequent intake, siblings will be given priority before the remaining places are balloted. Withdrawals will be replaced.
The rationale for the proposed SCC enrolment is due to the following:
1. Total enrolment for the centre is limited by the allocated space provided.
2. Places are reserved for future Primary 1 cohort.
3. Being a new school, the SCC needs time to settle in with the programmes.
Q How do parents register for the school-based Student Care Centre?
From 2013 onwards, parents who have successfully registered their P1 children with Springdale Primary will receive a registration form to apply for the school-based SCC after the P1 Registration Exercise has ended.
Q Where are the community-based Student Care Centres if the school is unable to cater to all pupils who applied?
You may visit the following Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) website to locate a childcare centre in your vicinity: https://www.childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/home/CCLS_Home.jsp [Search For: "Student Care" at Location: "Sengkang" with Types of Service: "Student Care (PM)" for Age: Year "7"]
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FAQ on School Curriculum & Programme
Q What are the programmes offered by the school?
Springdale Primary School focuses on the development of pupils in the Cognitive, Leadership, Aesthetics, Moral, Physical and Social domains.
To achieve MOE’s Desired Outcomes of Education, besides the standard subjects offered by all primary schools, Springdale Primary School will be embarking on the PERI initiatives:
1. Programme for Active Learning (PAL) though Modular Life Skills Development Programme
2. PE, Art and Music (PAM) Programme
3. Strategies to Ensure more Attention to Individual Pupil (SEAIP) development through Form
Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
4. Holistic Assessment (HA) approach which focuses on building confidence and the desire to learn
through the use of age-appropriate assessment tools, bite-sized forms of assessment and timely
and meaningful feedback for improvement.
With the support of the MOE ICT Masterplan provision, the school also aims to leverage on the use of educational technology to promote collaborative learning and self-directed learning through:
1. ICT Skills Training
2. Learning Management System for Home-Based Learning
3. Mobile Learning Technologies
[Learn more about your child's education journey by reading our booklet on Primary School Education.]
Q What other distinctive programmes are offered by the school?
At Springdale Primary School, we are committed to add value to the lives of our pupils through providing a holistic education that strikes a balance between making learning fun, building character and ensuring that every child is equipped with skills and competencies to navigate the future.
Our curricular and co-curricular programmes and plans aim to cultivate the 21st century competencies2 as well as character and citizenship values to give Springdalites an all-rounded and balanced educational experience.
Bearing pupils' holistic development and learning needs in mind, the school crafted its own school-based Programme for Active Learning (PAL) for Primary 1 in 2013. In Term 1, as our new entrants were still very new to the school system, the PAL Programme aimed to bridge the skills needed to make learning achievable and interesting and consists of the following modules:
1. Adapting to Primary School Life
2. ICT-based Learning via the Learning Management System
3. Working in Groups and Presentation Skills
In Term 2, the pupils went through the Young Explorers programme where they develop greater awareness and appreciation for the outdoors and natural environment and honed the process skills necessary for outdoor education lessons, e.g. observation skills, map-reading skills, orienteering skills, etc. In Term 3 and 4, the Young Artistes programme is planned to develop pupils' awareness of how speech pattern and expression can convey meaning in different ways and their competency in expressing themselves fluently with confidence and clarity.
 The 21st century competencies is explained in this link: http://www.moe.gov.sg/committee-of-supply-debate/files/nurturing-our-young.pdf
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Q What are the specific teaching approaches used in school?
Primary 1 English Language is taught through the STELLAR (STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading) approach which aims to strengthen children’s language and reading skills as well as promote a positive attitude towards learning in the foundational years. The three key strategies used in the lower primary classrooms are the Shared Book Approach, Modified Language Experience Approach and Learning Centres. These learner-centred strategies provide our pupils with step-by-step scaffolding for success, and the opportunity to re-learn, revisit or extend what they have learnt at their own pace. For more detailed information on STELLAR strategies, please visit http://www.stellarliteracy.sg/.
Primary 1 Mathematics is taught through a series of learning experiences and activities that are designed and scaffold to develop Mathematical understanding. The focus is to provide pupils with the experiences to learn from the concrete stage to the pictorial stage and then to the abstract stage. Learning experiences involve the use of manipulative, songs, storybooks and real-life experiences. The Primary Mathematics syllabus stresses conceptual understanding, skills proficiency and Mathematical processes, and gives due emphasis to attitudes and metacognition.
Primary 1 Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) aim to strengthen the core skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and interaction. These skills are taught through integrated approaches, e.g. music, role-play and group work. Teaching these skills is also tailored to meet the different learning needs of the pupils. To cultivate cultural awareness, the pupils will be given opportunities to undergo experiential learning journey and tiered-MT Fortnight activities. Here, pupils are encouraged to practise the usage of the MTL.
Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Mobile Learning
Mobile learning refers to learning that occurs anytime, anywhere. Access to learning incorporates both formal and informal learning, inside and outside the school premise. Springdale Primary School envisions a computing environment that extends learning beyond the classroom and allows pupils to access the world of knowledge and information to enhance their learning. Systems that support the initiative include:
- Wireless Access Points – 25 around the whole school
- Learning Management System – to facilitate formal (at school) and informal (home-based) learning and as a repository for teaching and learning resources
- Mobile Learning Devices – to explore suitable learning companions such as PDAs, Tablets, Netbooks
- Staff Professional Development – teachers are key to the success of the initiative. Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are formed for collaborative lesson planning and to prepare customized learning resources to facilitate self-directed and collaborative formal and informal learning by the pupils
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education aims to develop a child physically, mentally and socially. The set of skills pupils would acquire include fundamental movement skills, manipulative skills, educational gymnastics and dance. These skills are taught through a series of approaches which include mass participation, collaboration and problem solving. Through the teaching of the Olympics value of friendship, excellence and respect, pupils will also learn the importance and meaning of sportsmanship.
The Art programme aims to enable every child to be visually literate and to appreciate art. All Springdalites from Primary 1 to 6 are exposed to a wide range of visual art media, experiences and hands-on activities. To deepen their understanding and appreciation for art, study of the history of art, and art concepts will also be incorporated. Through these experiences and activities, pupils will learn to observe, understand, recognise the relevance of art in their lives and communicate their ideas by using and creating visuals.
The Music programme is designed to provide a general musical experience for all pupils. Pupils will develop their abilities and hone their skills to read, write, sing, perform and create music progressively at different levels. At each level, there will be an infusion of various cultures and genres to enable our pupils to heighten their knowledge of music and appreciate it. Beyond the Music curriculum, the school would also provide platforms and opportunities for pupils to develop their musical interests and talents through our enrichment programmes and aesthetics activities.
Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
Conducted by both the Form and Co-Form Teachers, the FTGP lessons seek to provide time within the curriculum for teachers to engage pupils in quality interactions and help them strengthen their social and emotional competencies. Pupils will be engaged through hands-on activities, role-play, story-telling, discussions and journal-writing. To further enhance pupils’ Social and Emotional learning, the school also involves the Full Time School Counsellor in delivering some FTGP topics that help pupils identify feelings and learn ways to manage them.
Civics & Moral Education (CME)
The CME syllabus focuses on six core values, namely Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Care, Resilience and Harmony, which form the foundation upon which good character is built. In CME lessons, teachers use a variety of strategies that incorporate co-operative learning, whole-brain processing and experiential learning. This will help pupils acquire content knowledge and skills, work co-operatively with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and apply what they have learnt in real-life situations in their moral development and growth.
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Q Will there be remedial or supplementary lessons for Primary 1 & 2?
The formal curriculum would be taught during the school hours. The school will progress to extend school hours gradually for enrichment, supplementary or remedial lessons. The school will update parents termly regarding after-school activities.
Q What kind of books is the school using for the curriculum?
Materials and textbooks chosen are those approved by the Curriculum Planning & Development Division, MOE. You may refer to the website http://atl.moe.gov.sg/Home.aspx for more information.
Q Is there any compulsory purchase, e.g. tablet PC, for pupils?
Books and stationery required for school would be indicated in the school Book List which would be provided during the Primary 1 orientation. As for ICT peripheral items like tablet PC, the school would be resourced to allow pupils hands-on learning during lessons. Pupils can continue to be engaged in learning using their home-based computing devices to access online learning resources.
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FAQ on School Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA)
Q What kind of CCA or after school activities will the school be offering?
Formal CCA will be set up in 2015 and will be categorized in the domains of Visual & Performing Arts, Sports & Games and Societies & Clubs to cater to the needs, interests and aspirations of pupils.
Besides CCA, Springdale Primary School will also provide enrichment and outdoor learning experiences to its pupils, after they have adjusted and transited into the routines of a primary school.
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FAQ on Mother Tongue Language
Q What Mother Tongue languages will be offered?
Springdale Primary is offering Chinese Language and Malay Language as Mother Tongue languages in 2013. From 2014, Tamil Language will also be offered as a Mother Tongue Language.
For pupils who wish to take up one the 5 Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTIL) (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu), the instruction is carried out by private community groups at regional centres (usually primary or secondary schools) on Saturday mornings. These community groups are overseen by the Board for the Teaching and Testing of South Asian Languages (BTTSAL), with the cooperation of MOE. Students pay fees to the private community groups for these lessons and are required to pay for books and uniforms. You may want to visit the BTTSAL website for more information http://www.bttsal.com.
The list of Saturday centres for DAV Hindi School and Hindi Society can be found here: http://www.bttsal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=41.
For Sengkang, the Saturday centre would be North Vista Secondary School at 11 Rivervale Link Singapore 545081 and Anchor Green Primary School at 31 Anchorvale Drive Singapore 544969.
Q My child is a foreigner. Would we be able to apply for exemption of Mother Tongue?
Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/international-students/general-info/ for more information on admission of international students.
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FAQ on Media Resource Library
The school Media Resource Library is also known as World of Wonders! (WOW!). To inculcate the love of reading in our pupils, curriculum time has been set aside for pupils to engage in a host of reading related activities, which includes uninterrupted reading period, book talk, mass borrowing, storytelling & library literacy skills programme. The school also collaborates with National Library Board (NLB) in the Whole School Reading Programme to further promote the reading culture amongst our young learners.
Q What are the opening hours of the Media Resource Library?
The school library opens at 7.30 am and closes at 4 pm from Monday to Friday.
Q What types of books can be found in the library?
The library has a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, references and multi-media resources that caters to the reading interest and needs of the pupils.
Q How can a pupil be a member of the school library?
All pupils are automatically registered as members of the school library. They can use their EZ-Link Card or Library Card to borrow library items.
Q How many library books can each pupil borrow?
Each pupil is allowed to borrow 2 books for a period of 1 week.
Q How can the pupils check for the availability of the library books?
Pupils may use the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) to check for resources available in the library and also enquire on their loan accounts. OPAC can also be accessed online via any PC with internet access through this website: http://springdalepri.spydus.com.sg
Username : NRIC/BC Number
Password : NRIC/BC Number without the first letter.
Q What happens if the pupil loses or damages the storybook?
Pupils are responsible for any library items borrowed from the library. For every item lost or damaged, pupils would be required to replace the item in kind.
FAQ on Pupil Well-Being
Q Who will be the buddy for the Primary 1 pupils during the first week of school?
School safety and security is one of our utmost priorities. To ensure that all our pupils are well-adjusted to the school grounds and daily routines such as assembly, recess and dismissal, our teachers and support staff, together with the P and VP, will be on the ground to assist our pupils especially during their first few weeks of school. With many helping hands, the children will learn and play in a safe and secure environment.
Q How do I prepare my child for Primary 1?
There are a number of resources on the MOE website. One interesting booklet is the ‘Primary School Education, Preparing your child for tomorrow’ which you can download at http://moe.gov.sg/education/primary/files/primary-school-education-booklet.pdf . You may also visit the http://www.primaryeducation.sg/category/tips-for-parents/ for some tips for parents.
To find out how you can help your child be better-prepared for the first day of school, you may visit http://parents-in-education.moe.gov.sg/primary-education/how-do-i-prepare-my-child-for-primary-school/getting-your-child-ready-for-the-first-day-of-school for some practical tips.
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FAQ on Support for Special Needs
Q What type of learning support programme does the school have?
The school will work with the Psychological Services Branch, MOE in implementing its Learning Support Programme and adopt its guideline and strategies. We will also work closely with the Educational Psychologists and Reading Officers. On top of that, the school will monitor the needs of our pupils and modify our strategies and activities accordingly so as to help our pupils in a targeted manner.
Q Is there any help for pupils with special needs such as learning disability (dyslexia), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or hearing disability?
For pupils with special needs, the school has an Allied Educator (Learning & Behavioural Support) and an Allied Educator (Counselling) to provide appropriate support for these pupils in consultation with officers from Psychological Services Branch and REACH (Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health). They will also work in tandem with the class teachers to provide the necessary support to help these pupils in their learning.
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FAQ on School Staff
Q Will the school have enough staff for school operations?
MOE has a process to compute the teacher-pupil ratio to ensure that the school has sufficient teachers for school operations. The school will also have support staff to assist in the administration matters. As such, Springdale Primary School will have enough teaching and support staff to ensure the smooth running of its programmes as well as provide quality care for all our pupils.
Experienced teachers will be deployed as the Form Teachers of the class. Co-Form Teachers will also be paired with the Form Teachers to look into the holistic development and well-being of the pupils.
As the cohort increases over the years, the school will continue to work with MOE to ensure that sufficient teachers are deployed to meet the increased pupil enrolment.
Q What is the teacher-pupil ratio in each class?
For Primary 1 and 2, the class size is 30 pupils in each class. Teachers will be deployed to teach the English medium subjects as well as the Mother Tongue languages based on the curriculum hours specified by MOE.
From Primary 3 onwards, the class size will be increased to 40 pupils per class based on MOE guidelines.
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FAQ on Partnership with Parents
Q How are parents updated on their child's learning?
The home and school have a shared goal to create an environment that best supports the child’s learning and development. Towards this end, parents are the primary influence of their child’s total development, while school provides the foundation through formal education. Through the partnership with parents, the school hopes to achieve the following:
1. Have in place a structured communication system that updates parents with useful information
in a timely manner and through various modes that cater to different preferences and objectives,
e.g. Letter to Parents,
Parent-Teacher Conference, websites, etc.
2. Create means of communication that allow the parents access to relevant school information and
3. Invite parents to interact with staff in informal settings like Games Carnival, Children’s Day
celebrations, Achievement Day, etc.
4. Provide opportunities for parents to contribute to the school so as to build understanding of each
other’s responsibility in the development of the whole child.
The following are channels to promote parental involvement in the school:
1. Formal Channel of Communication
Letter to Parents are given regularly to update parents of school events and programmes. The School Website also captures information of the school, its people and the programmes offered.
2. Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC)
The school believes that clear and open channels of communication facilitate parents’ understanding of the role of the school in the child’s development. The PTC hopes to promote one-to-one communication and provide an avenue for teachers to provide feedback and for parents to seek clarification.
3. Parents’ Seminar
Parents are the first and on-going educators of their child and, as such, should receive information and support to help develop their child's learning at home and in the community. The objective of the Parents’ Seminar is to equip parents with the knowledge & skills in parenting and child development, and familiarise them with the school curriculum so that they can better support their child.
FAQ on School Enrolment & P1 Registration Matters
Q Will the school be starting classes for the other levels from Primary 2 to 6?
Springdale Primary School is only opening classes in the Primary 1 and 2 levels in 2014 as our staffing number will not permit us to operate other levels.
Q Can I register my child online for the Primary 1 Registration Exercise?
For 2013, Springdale Primary School is not one of the participating schools using the online Primary 1 Internet System (P1-IS). Parents will have to register in person at the school located at 71 Anchorvale Link S544799.
Parents may visit the following MOE website for more information about the P1-PS http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/primary-one-internet-system/.
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FAQ on School Operation Hours
Q What are the school hours for the pupils?
In alignment with PERI initiatives, Springdale Primary School is a single-session school committed to provide a holistic education. To facilitate this, the school day starts at 7.30 am daily. Dismissal time is 1.30 pm from Monday to Thursday and 12.30 pm on Friday.
School Contact Information
Q For enquiries, is there a contact number or e-mail address that I can write to?
For enquiries about Springdale Primary School, you can call the school at 6315 7600 or write to us at email@example.com .
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FAQ on MOE Primary 1 Registration Matters
For FAQ related to the P1 registration procedures, please refer to http://moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/faqs/
Q How many vacancies are available at Springdale Primary School?
The number of Primary 1 vacancies each school will offer for the Primary 1 Registration Exercise will be made available in June before the registration begins. Parents can refer to Primary Schools Vacancies by Phases <http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/vacancies> for information on vacancies for each school.
Q What are the seats allocated for each phase?
To track the vacancies at each phase, please refer to
Q Where is the registration venue?
The list of registration centres for the new schools is available at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/new-relocating-merging-schools/
Q What are the registration dates and time?
For information on P1 registration, please refer to
Q My child is not a Singaporean. Which Phase of the registration exercise would we be eligible for?
Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/phases/ for the various phases of the registration exercise.
Q What do we need to bring for the Registration Exercise?
Please refer to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/primary-one-registration/required-documents/ for relevant documents to bring during the registration exercise.
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