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  1. Guidelines to Lighten Students’ School Bags

As part of our aim to provide holistic education for our students, we seek to ensure our students’ healthy physical growth. One way is to ensure that our students carry school bags that are of suitable weight.

Based on the Health Promotion Board advice, students should be carrying school bags of weight between 10 to 15% of their body weight. Thus, the weight of the school bag and its content carried by a P1 to P4 student should range between 3.5kg and 4kg.

To help our students lighten their school bags, our teachers have made the necessary arrangement for our students to store their items which are needed for daily use, such as workbooks, exercise books and subject files in the class. Where possible, the school will also conduct periodic checks to ensure that our students do not carry heavy bags to school.

We would like to seek your co-operation in helping to lighten your child’s/ward’s school bag. Below are guidelines for your action:

Type of School Bags

  • Choose the appropriate type of school bag for your child/ward. Suitable school bags are those made of lightweight materials with few components and straps that are adjustable and cushioned.
  • Please note that students are discouraged from using trolley bags. Trolley bags are generally heavy and pose difficulties for students to carry up and down the stairs.

Inculcate Good Habits
Inculcate in your child/ward the good habit of being organized. Teach your child/ward to pack his/her school bag according to the daily time-table and bring only what is necessary for the day. For instance,
  • A pencil case should be confined to one with space for essentials such as some pencils, pens and erasers.
  • A 12-pack colour pencil box is normally adequate.
  • Water bottles can be filled/re-filled in school.
  • Other personal items, if really needed, could be carried in a separate bag to distribute the load.

  1. Helping Your Children to Build Resilence

Today, children need to navigate many challenges. They take tests, learn new information, get sick, encounter bullies, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those they care about.

What helps children to face these challenges is RESILIENCE. Resilient children are problem solvers. When they face tough situations, they do not “break down”; instead, they strive to find solutions. They are able to handle what is thrown at them with a sense of confidence. And the good news is – RESILIENCE can be taught. Here are some tips for parents.

1. Don’t Accommodate Every Need
Don’t over provide or become over-protective of your child. You are preventing him from developing his own problem-solving skills. Do not jump in too quickly to “save” him.
4. Ask “How” Instead of “Why”
“Why” questions are not helpful in promoting problem-solving. Ask “How” to get your child to think about what he can do to overcome his challenges. And don’t provide all the answers.
2. Avoid Eliminating All Risks
Eliminating all risks take away the opportunity for your child to learn resilience. The key is to allow appropriate risks to teach him the skills that he needs to overcome the challenge.
5. Let Mistakes Happen
Letting your child make mistakes is tough, but it helps him learn how to fix mistakes and make better decisions next time. Don’t check their homework for them. Let them make mistakes and learn from them.
3. Teach Problem-solving
Engage your child in figuring out how he can handle challenges. Give him the opportunity, over and over, “to figure out what works and what doesn’t”.
6. Help Manage Emotions
Emotional management is key to resilience. Teach your child that all emotions are ok. It is ok to feel angry or sad. The important thing is to work with him to figure out what to do next.

Children learn best from observing their parents’ behaviour, thus as parents, you need to model RESILIENCE. Always be calm and consistent. Let them know that parenting too takes a lot of practice and effort. The important thing is how to handle challenges that come our way and how to move on from mistakes that we have made.

(Adapted from Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children by Reid Wilson & Lynn Lyons)

  1. Helping Your Child in their Studies

Tip #1

Maintain a good relationship with your child. Praise your child for his/her efforts daily. The more children are encouraged to feel good about trying and not giving up, the more motivated they will be to succeed.

Tip #2

Identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Focus and leverage on his/her strengths. Do not dwell on his/her weaknesses. Provide support instead to overcome weaknesses.

Tip #3

Have realistic expectations of your child. Set goals in incremental steps to enable your child to achieve them and experience success.

Tip #4

Help your child to develop a structure and routine for study. Provide a conducive space that is well-lit and comfortable for them to study in. Set aside time for your child to do his/her homework as well as to rest and play.

Tip #5

Encourage your child, especially when he/she is disheartened. Help him/her to see what he/she can learn from the mistakes, and that failure is only a temporary setback.

The best inheritance parents can give to their children is a few minutes of their time each day. ~M Grundler

  1. Helping Your Child with Examinations

Here’s some advice you can give to your child to help him/her cope with the examinations:

Before Examinations
Develop Good Study Habits - Pay attention during lessons
- Submit homework on time
- Revise work daily
- Ask the teacher for help when needed
Sleep, Eat, Exercise, Drink Plenty of Water - A healthy body makes for an alert mind
Study Smart - Know the exam format
- Prepare a study time-table and follow it
- Make time for rest and play in between studying
- Talk to a teacher when you feel stressed
During Examinations
Stay Calm and Concentrate

- Read all instructions carefully
- Do the easy questions first
- Do not give up when the questions are difficult, keep thinking and trying
- Write neatly
- Check all your answers before submitting your paper

Believe in Yourself and Do Your Best - Always have confidence and do your best
- Give the best answer you can give
- Do not compare yourself with your classmates but strive to improve on your own performance
After the Examinations
If You are Happy with the Results
- Feel the joy
- Give yourself a well-deserved reward
- Do not become complacent, but continue to do your best
If You are Not Happy with the Results

- Talk to your teacher, school counsellor or parents
- Tell them how you feel
- Find out the mistakes you have made and learn from them
- Think of what you can do to make improvements
- Put your plan into action

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