Back to Frontier Programme 2015

Jan 21, 15 Back to Frontier Programme 2015

2014 had come to an end and the new school year in 2015 was starting! The school had a special Back to Frontier programme to welcome our children back! Here we have the voices of 4 children from P1 to P4 talking about their experience!

Primary 1

Today was the first day of school. I was really excited about coming to a new school and a new experience.

I was part of the Primary 1 Back to Frontier Programme. There was a rich mix of interactions, tours, discussions, art activities, singing of songs and finally culminating to a modified line dance showcase. Majority of the activities were carried out in my form classrooms with my classmates, my Form Teacher and Co-Form Teacher. Thru this process, I made so many new friends!

All Primary 1 students like me were also buddied with older Primary 2 students as part of the Buddy Me Programme. We interacted over our meals in the school canteen, in the canteen induction and in the buying of food from the canteen stalls. Our teachers took us on daily tours around the school. I now know every inch of the school!

We practised hard on our line dance, the ‘Gummy Bear Dance’ in the classroom. It was lots of fun! We laughed and giggled as we learnt the moves and Gummy Bear song. Our teachers taught us the words in the song and what they meant. On the last day of school, we put up a great showcase of our dance to the delight of our parents who were invited to witness our smooth transition into the primary school life. Our parents chatted with our teachers and saw our wonderful artwork put up on the walls. I love school!

 

Parents viewing their children's artworks.

Parents viewing their children’s artworks.

Showcase of the Gummy Bear dance.

Showcase of the Gummy Bear dance.

Our wonderful artworks!

Our wonderful artworks!

Having our recess in the classroom.

Having our recess in the classroom.

Primary 2

It was wonderful coming back to school after the long December holidays. All Frontierers embarked on a 4-day Back to Frontier Programme. As Primary 2 students, we were treated to many games, interactive activities and discussions with our Form Teacher and Co-Form teacher as well as our classmates. The activities encouraged us to work in teams and build our confidence to share our ideas.

As part of the Confidence and Cooperation Programme, we were introduced to organisations which aid the less fortunate. It was sad to learn there are many people who need our help. I wish I can help the poor people more. My teacher told me that that if I get a good education, I will be able to do more to help the less fortunate. Now I have a very good reason to study hard as I can make a difference. 

We were also buddied with younger Primary 1 students as part of the Buddy Me Programme. We interacted over our meal in the school canteen and in the buying of food from the canteen stalls. They are very cute. At first, the P1 looked a bit nervous but after my coaching, they loosened up and began to enjoy themselves. I wonder if I was like this last year when I first came to Frontier.

Our teachers took us on daily tours to familiarise us with some of the newer school premises. We do have many new facilities. I am looking forward to using them in the course of the year. As the older children, we were introduced and trained in the functional roles of the Class eLFs in preparation of the many contributions we would make at the class level. It has been an exciting 4 days and I can’t wait for lessons to begin. School certainly is fun!

Excited to see the new facilities in school.

Excited to see the new facilities in school.

Catching up with friends during recess.

Catching up with friends during recess.

Happy to be a buddy to the Primary 1 students.

Happy to be a buddy to the Primary 1 students.

Having recess with my Primary 1 buddy.

Having recess with my Primary 1 buddy.

Primary 3

I am so excited to be back in school! For the first few days of school, we did not have to follow the timetable as yet. Instead, we spent some time to get to know each other and to decorate our classrooms. My teachers also spent the time to re-orientate us to the school routines and expectations. Moving to P2 to P3 means that we are no longer lower primary school pupils. We get to wear the formal school uniform. I think I look smart in my uniform!

Something interesting also happened the first few days. There was a ‘We Care for Animals’ programme that provided us with a chance to know more about animals. I love animals – big or small! There was a talk by ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) that taught us how to protect the endangered animals. I have really learnt a lot from it.

To me, the best part was the ‘Pet Jamboree’ where some of my schoolmates took their pets to school. I had the opportunity to see a bird, a big tortoise, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and others in school. It was very out of the ordinary! My friends also shared with me about their pets’ favourite food. I wish I could get to see their pets again another day.

Look at this cute little bunny!

Look at this cute little bunny!

Our wishes for the animals.

Our wishes for the animals.

It was really something out of the ordinary!

It was really something out of the ordinary!

Thrilled to see the different pets in school!

Thrilled to see the different pets in school!

 

Primary 4

I can’t believe it! I am a Primary 4 student already. I remembered that I was only a P1 student three years ago and my classmates and I had the whole school to ourselves. Now I see so many young ones in the school! I think I had better be a good role model to them. I am also very happy to be able to see my classmates again after the long vacation break.

The first few days of school were really exciting! There were so many enriching programmes that have been lined up for us. One of the programmes was the Community Engagement Lifeskills Programme. The teachers shared with us on the difficulties that some of the people in our community face and how we should always empathise with them and try to help them to our best abilities.

Another programme that my friends and I had lots of fun in was the DanceFront programme. We really danced for the whole day! The instructors trained us in fusion dance and my class had to do an ethnic dance to the pop music that was being played. After that, we had to put up a performance in the hall as well. It was really tiring but fun! We had a great time dancing and bonding with one another. The programme taught me how to dance. More importantly, it taught me the importance of teamwork.

I find that the activities for the first few days really helped me to get to know my classmates, schoolmates and teachers better. I am really looking forward to spending the year ahead with them.

Learning the moves from the instructor.

Learning the moves from the instructor.

 

 

 

 

Trying to get it right...

Trying to get it right…

Performance Time!
Performance Time!
Hooray! We are the champions!

Hooray! We are the champions!