Fairies, balloons, buddies to quell P1 kids' first-day jitters
Pupils starting at West Spring Primary will be greeted by balloons and teachers dressed as fairies when it opens its doors for the first time this morning.
The Bukit Panjang school is one of three new primary schools welcoming their first batch of pupils today. The other two schools are Alexandra Primary in Bukit Merah and Northoaks Primary in Sembawang.
West Spring principal Jacinta Lim told The Straits Times she wanted to ease the anxiety of the 210 youngsters starting Primary 1.
"When the kids see the colourful balloons and fairies it distracts them from that anxious moment," she said. Such special first-day activities are a tradition she carried over to the new school from her former one, Yangzheng Primary.
Day of pride for parents, says Heng
EDUCATION Minister Heng Swee Keat, in a Facebook post yesterday, had words of encouragement for parents with children starting school.
He wrote: "I know it can be a day of anxiety for parents who worry if your little ones will be able to cope on their own, or if they will enjoy their lessons. But even for the most anxious parents amongst us, it is also a day of pride and hope.
"All of us at MOE and in our schools are dedicated to giving our children a broad and deep educational foundation that prepares them for a lifelong journey of life and learning."
He added: "We look forward to doing this with the active partnership of parents and anyone who cares about the future of our children."
"Let's give them the knowledge, skills and values that will help them succeed in life and be good people."