List of Pupil Support Services
The Perse School Singapore is an all-inclusive school where children can thrive academically, socially and personally. Whilst academics is a very important part of our day, so is wellbeing.
We are committed to helping children develop as confident, smiling, interesting and interested individuals. Promoting and supporting the wellbeing of everyone in the school community is a huge part of creating this ethos and the school works in a variety of ways to approach wellbeing from every angle.
Below is a list of pupil support services the school provides to ensure the wellbeing of all pupils in our care.
All pupils of The Perse School Singapore are eligible for the school’s medical insurance scheme. This scheme provides all pupils with basic medical and personal accident insurance coverage should an accident occur during school hours.
Medical benefits are only extended during the course of the child’s study at The Perse School Singapore. Benefits will cease and your child is no longer eligible for the scheme’s subscription when they have/are:
- Withdrawn from the school
- Terminated from the school
The school’s liability Insurance scheme provides all visitors with basic medical and personal accident insurance coverage should an accident occur during school hours.
The Perse School Singapore is covered under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS).
Form tutors are the main point of contact between the school and home. Parents and guardians will receive a welcome email and introduction from the child’s form tutor before the first day of school. Form tutors will also be in touch with parents and guardians at the end of the first week of school to update them on how their child has settled in. Over the school year, regular communication between the form tutor and parents will ensure that your child thrives academically and pastorally.
Pastoral counselling services are offered to children who require any form of guidance or support. Basic pastoral counselling is provided by our teachers first. Should a professionally trained counsellor be needed, the school will refer the child to a list of recommended providers. Through counselling, specialists will communicate with the child to better understand their needs so as to explore effective ways to help them overcome any challenges they have. Children will also be provided with a safe space and a positive outlet to address any underlying issues so as to better facilitate their growth and progress in school.
Every pupil, from Year 3 onwards, will receive a pupil planner at the start of every academic year. Pupils use these planners to record any homework they have for the day, note down house points they have received, or simply journal about their day.
These planners serve to help pupils become more independent and responsible as they work towards taking ownership of their work. Additionally, the planners also help to promote and support pupils’ wellbeing by including opportunities for moments of mindfulness and helping pupils identify and process their emotions.
Frequent and effective communication between the school and home has always been one of our top priorities. For Years 1 to 3, we use SeeSaw, a classroom application for teachers and pupils to document their learning and communicate with parents on a daily basis. For Years 4 to 7, we use EduPage, a cloud-based school management system used to track attendance and homework; and to facilitate communication with parents on a daily basis.
These platforms enable teachers to provide timely updates and feedback about their lesson overviews, pupils’ performances, announcements and more. This transparency in communication and feedback on a child’s progress will greatly aid in expediting their improvement and strengthening their learning abilities. Beyond academic-related updates, these platforms are also used to convey news regarding a child’s behaviour in class, allowing parents to receive first-hand information in a prompt manner, and take action if necessary.
All our children’s records regarding wellbeing matters and other related concerns are systematically stored and organised in CPOMS, a software solution for monitoring safeguarding, wellbeing and all pastoral issues. This enables staff to build up a ‘picture’ of a child’s experience in school. Additionally, having all records securely stored in a centralised system ensures that important information is passed on during year group transitions or changes in staffing. This allows each and every staff in school, new or experienced, to be able to have a better understanding of all children, in particular, those who require greater attention and assistance.
We aim to foster an environment where pupils feel safe and comfortable to share any personal views and opinions they have about the school. We carry out a Pupil Voice Survey three times a year. This gives pupils an opportunity to provide feedback about any school-related matters.
Additionally, we have a dedicated Pupil Voice Survey for Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) that we carry out at the end of every term. This gives the school an idea of the types of activities pupils are interested in so that they can implement it next term should resources permit. The feedback also helps school staff and external vendors make improvements to the activities offered.
Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) are integral to our school’s holistic educational experience. We offer a variety of ECAs split into three categories – Active, Creative, and Academic. Throughout their time here at The Perse School Singapore, children are encouraged to participate in at least 1 ECA per term.
Through their involvement in extra-curricular activities, pupils develop self-confidence, organization, resilience, and, more often than not, interests for life. Helping pupils develop ‘breadth and balance’ is one of the Perse values, and we encourage children to take full advantage of the opportunities available.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education gives children the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to lead confident and healthy lives. It also helps pupils understand how they are developing personally and socially. Part of the curriculum also includes tackling moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
On a weekly basis, children will receive at least an hour of PSHE education lessons conducted by their form tutors during form time. Topics discussed include the importance of physical activities and a balanced diet, drug usage, basic financial management, sex and relationship education, and more.
Occasionally, the school will organise larger-scale talks or engage external vendors to lead workshops on various topics.
Our school offers a program of enhanced curricular enrichment that engenders academic ambition and strengthens our provision for children requiring additional support. Academic Enrichment is an ongoing process that identifies and aims to resolve gaps as well seeking to challenge and stretch pupil progress and attainment within individual core subjects (Maths, English and Chinese). This provision exists alongside teacher support to account for and meet the needs of a range of abilities in a class setting.
This support is to be distinguished from Special Educational Needs support which includes work to support the overcoming of barriers to learning although Enrichment may be included within an SEN pupil’s IEP (Individual Education Plan).
PRIDE OF PERSE (POP):
Our school is committed to developing our children to be leaders in all different aspects of their school life. Pride of Perse (POP) encompasses a range of initiatives designed to ensure that pupils have a voice. Thus, nurturing a sense of belonging in school whilst developing their leadership skills gradually. These initiatives include the POD (Pupils Organised Democracy), House Captains, pupil voice surveys, classroom monitors, pupil-led ECAs, and a prefect program in the near future. These programmes also allow pupils to form relationships, including mentoring, between the older and younger years; fostering teamwork and collaboration amongst people of different age groups. Ultimately, we aim to mould leaders of the future who are confident, brave, and driven with a passion to make a difference in the world.
The Perse House System
Soon after joining The Perse School, pupils are allocated to one of four Houses: Barbarians, Foresters, Nomads and Corinthians.
Pupils receive House points for positive behaviour and achievement, and the chance to work towards certificates and awards. Ultimately, the collaboration between our pupils results in the House Shield allocation, a prestigious award to the House who have gained the most points.
Keenly contested Inter-House competitions, involving all pupils, take place throughout the year. This is a wonderful way to work as a team, whilst also being proud of their own achievements.
Named after the nomadic amateur rugby side which played their first fixture in 1890.
Named after the nomadic amateur football side which played their first fixture in 1882.
Named after the nomadic amateur cricket side established in 1856.
Named after one of the University’s hockey sides.
Physical Education is a time for letting off steam, learning to collaborate with your peers and setting new goals for yourself. At The Perse School Singapore, children receive 2 hours of PE every week as well as other outdoor activities during school hours.
Every child receives 16 lessons of swimming per year which takes place at Temasek Club, are led by professional swimming coaches, and cater to all abilities.
For their field sports, children go up to The Rainforest Hub at Turf City and take advantage of local gymnastics facilities as part of their PE curriculum.
Both venues are conveniently situated a short 5-minute bus ride away.
Extra-Curricular Activities are an important part of school life here at The Perse. Our ECA’s are split into 3 categories – Active, Creative and Academic.
Throughout their time at school, our children are encouraged to sign up for at least 1 ECA a term. It might be something they have never tried before – encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone is an important Value to The Perse School Singapore (We Endeavour), or it may be something your child already enjoys, encouraging them to delve deeper into their areas of interests (We Value Breadth & Balance). These form an important part of their journey, teaching lessons in resilience, patience, endurance and more.
We run core ECA classes on a termly basis to offer our children a chance to improve and expand their learning. Core ECA’s are classes such as Chess, Trinity Speech & Drama, Scouts. Examples of other ECA’s are Dodgeball, Multisport, Knitting, Debate Club and many more!
The Extra Curricular Activity Programmes run after school every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 3.45pm – 4.45pm.
Classes that are run by our teachers are generally FOC, whilst classes run by outside vendors range between $140-$270 per term.
The Perse values extending learning outside of the classroom through school trips.
Whilst we have not been unable to partake in many school trips due to the Covid-19 restrictions we have managed a trip to The Red Dot Design Museum and hikes up Bukit Timah Hill recently, with plans for trips to The National Gallery, Chinatown and sleeping under the stars for our Scouts, to name just a few!
Each child will have at least 6 trips a year which will emphasise the cultural, scientific and historical opportunities in Singapore. Visitors and workshops are also an ongoing part of school life.