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Discipline

The school's approach to discipline is for children to be aware of their inappropriate behaviour and endeavour to change their misbehaviour patterns. Formal and informal programmes have been implemented to help students develop self-discipline. School rules and logical consequences are clearly spelt out and understood by our children. We ensure our children adhere to these rules and consequences are consistently meted out when these rules are flouted. Counselling complements our discipline philosophy and we have also engaged the services of an external organization, Methodist Children and Youth Centre as a Project Partner to provide avenue to reach out to children and their families with emotional concerns.

 


 

Outline of Programs and Activities

  1. Assembly talks on school rules and routines.
    • Safety Talks
      • Importance of playing at designated areas
      • Strong emphasis of no running in school compound
      • Bring thermometer to school
      • Etc.
    • Talks on our 4 core values once every term
      • Respect
      • Responsibility
      • Teamwork
      • Lifelong Learning
    • Motivation Talks
    • Goal Setting
    • Preparing for exams
    • Littering
  2. Talks by external agencies
    • Police Force on crime and consequences
    • Police Force on Anti Drugs
    • Bukit Batok Driving Centre on Road Safety
    • MCYC on Social Programs
  3. GROWING YEARS (GY) Programme: "CURIOUS MINDS (2nd EDITION)"
    • Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters.
  4. Discipline sharing for teachers
  5. Talks by School Counselor

 


 

Whole School Approach of Discipline The school adopts a whole-school approach towards discipline.

  • Staff and Pupil are involve in the development of rules and consequences.
  • Pupils are involved in the enforcement of rules eg. Counselors and monitors.
  • Every teacher is involved in maintaining discipline.
  • The school provides counseling for pupils.
  • The school recognizes and rewards pupils with good behavior.
  • Parents are involved in helping their child correct his/her misbehavior.
  • Administration staff and teacher work together in maintaining discipline.
  • Professional development for staff is organized in areas of classroom management, counseling, parent conferencing and motivation.

 

School Rules and consequences are clearly communicated to staff and pupils.

  • They are incorporated in both the teachers and students handbook.
  • They are clearly displayed in school and classroom.
  • They are explained to staff/pupils.
  • Formal opportunities are provided for staff and pupils to clarify doubts about the school and consequences.
  • New rules and consequences are adopted after discussions with staff and pupils.

 

Rules and consequences are enforced effectively.

  • Prompt action is taken when pupils break rules.
  • Pupils are informed how their actions have violated school rules.
  • Pupils are made to understand the negative effects of their behavior on themselves, other and the school.
  • Opportunities are given to pupils to explain their behavior before consequences are meter out.
  • Consequences are consistently enforced.

 

Buddy System

It is part of our school culture and tradition to have the buddy system where older children will take upon the role of buddies to our new P1 students to welcome them into our family. For the first three days parents wore a mask of anxiety on their faces as their little ones entered primary school for the first time in their lives. However after the first day, the faces of anxiety radically transformed into expressions of satisfaction and trust in the school. They saw how well the buddy system worked beyond their expectations. The enthusiastic buddies and the warm care provided by the principal, vice principals and teachers soon assuaged their worries. The Primary 1 students were truly enjoying themselves. The older buddies our Primary 2s indeed carried out their duties well, they described briefly the types of food, checking and reminding the little ones if the food was suitable and halal. The older buddies also showed them around the school and even assisted the young ones in table manners and the purchase of food. Such display of esprit de corps was indeed heartwarming. It was indeed a rewarding learning experience for all the pupils as they showed great care, concern, and kindness towards each other. In return the P1s found themselves forging a strong bond with their buddies, a friendship that would last a lifetime in Bukit Panjang Primary School.

 

Primary 1 Dismissal

The dismissal was carried out smoothly, by 6.45pm all the P1 students had been safely gone home. Teachers from our department and P1 teachers worked closely with the school management to ensure the smooth dismissal of the P1 pupils. Our teachers went to each classroom to fetch students to their various dismissal points. Students were very secure and comfortable that they were tend to conscientiously. Each student wore a tag displaying their dismissal points. These tags were prepared early last year during the P1 orientation. This process largely ensured that both the teachers and students knew exactly where to dismiss the students, enabling a very smooth dismissal.