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Message from PSG EXCO

The Maris Stella High School (Primary) Parent Support Group (PSG) has come a long way since its humble beginnings. This handbook aims to provide you with a clearer understanding of the role and mission of the PSG.
 
The numerous PSG activities conducted for the school would not have been possible if not for the enduring support from the many dedicated parent volunteers.  A very big thank you to all those who have given your time and personal contribution.  The school and pupils have definitely benefited from all our involvement.
 
The PSG endeavours to continue our partnership with the school to provide a holistic education for our boys.  Together we tap on each other’s’ strengths to make MSHS a more vibrant environment for the boys.  We trust that you will find joining the PSG an enriching and worthwhile experience.
 
In God We Trust, In Love We Serve,
PSG Exco

A Brief History

Maris Stella High School (Primary) used to conduct pre-primary preparatory classes, or the equivalent of our present day kindergarten 2 classes.
 
In the year 1990, a small group of parents of the pre-primary and P 1 classes helped to organise a Children’s Fancy Dress Competition.  History was made when this first group of parents stepped forward to lend a helping hand to the children and their teachers. The parents continued to help out further in other subsequent school events such as concerts and outings.
 
On Teacher’s Day that same year, to show their appreciation for the teachers, parents organised a buffet for the school staff. This tradition continues right up to present times.
 
Over the years, the Parent Volunteer Programme has evolved in response to changes the school has undergone. The organisation has, together with the students as well as the school administration, grown in a climate of cordiality, cooperation and constructive dialogue.
 
The number of PSG members has grown over the years and today we have more than 180 members actively involved in supporting the school events.

PSG Philosophy

Teachers and parents are constantly urged to equip our children not only with vital knowledge and skills, but also with positive attitudes and values. The school and the home must work together for this purpose. When the school and parents collaborate, we complement and enhance one another’s strengths.
 
Parent involvement in schools has long been demonstrated to have a positive impact on the attitudes to learning of the children, their level of motivation to learn and their self-esteem, qualities which are indispensable in today’s increasingly challenging environment.
 
The PSG and the school is a partnership in which we have one common goal – that is for our young boys to experience a rich and rewarding holistic education and to lay down for them sound foundational bricks for life.
 
Within the PSG, parents too are continually educated. Parenting and other courses are regularly run for the adults. With the implementation of the School Family Education programme in our school in 2006, we have a coordinator to operate a full range of family life courses and activities for our parents, educators and children. 

Roles

Role of the Senior Management and Teacher-Advisors
  1. Set the directions for the PSG and aligning that with the goals of the school.
  2. Facilitate, monitor and review the activities run by the PSG.
  3. Provide for the continued success of the PSG-run programmes.
  4. Act as a bridge between the school and parents in terms of communication and feedback.
 
Role of the PSG Coordinators
  1. Act as a liaison and facilitate communications between the school and the parents in general.
  2. Coordinate and manage the PSG.
  3. Ensure the smooth and effective conducting of the PSG-run programmes and events.
  4. Meet regularly to review and enhance the PSG-run programmes and develop new programmes according to the changing environment.
 
Role of the Assistant Coordinators
  1. Ensure the smooth running of the daily duty rosters.
  2. Disseminate and/or collate information.
  3. Assist the Coordinators.
  4. Stand in as Coordinator in the Coordinator’s absence.
 
Role of PSG Members
  1. Uphold the motto and philosophy of the PSG.
  2. Perform their assigned tasks to the best of their ability.
  3. Co-operate with the Senior Management and Teacher-Advisors and their respective PSG Coordinators and Assistant Coordinators.
  4. Attend general meetings of the PSG to keep updated with current activities and vision. In the event of inability to attend meetings, updates can be obtained by contacting fellow members.

PSG Guidelines

  • Members are dependable, dedicated, punctual and regular in attendance.
  • If a member is unable to perform his/her duty on a particular day, he/she should inform the Assistant Coordinator or Coordinator in advance so that a replacement can be found.
  • Members are expected to follow their duty roster as faithfully as possible, and to refrain from coming into the school grounds outside of their duty periods.
  • All PSG members on duty are to put on their PSG identification tags. This practice ensures security for students. Parents who are not on duty, and parents without identification tags, may be asked to leave the school grounds.
  • The relationship between the school staff and PSG is one of mutual respect and confidence. Members are to be supportive of teachers, work within the school rules as set out by the school and be respectful of new ideas.
  • To discuss his/her child’s progress in school, an appointment should be made to meet with the teacher.  Members must respect the ‘teaching-learning’ process by not using their duty time at school for an informal Parent-Teacher meeting.
  • In the course of duty, members must not attempt to discipline any student. All potential disciplinary problems are to be referred to the classroom teacher.
  • When carrying out duties for the class, members should take care of all the children in that class as a whole and not focus on his/her own child or a specific group of children.
  • All members should be mutually respectful of cultural and religious differences.
  • Members should be mindful and discreet with information that is confidential to the school.
  • Members must not use their position in the PSG to promote any commercial products or political candidates or parties.
  • As car park lots are limited, only PSG members on duty may park their cars in the school compound. Relevant car park discs are also to be displayed.
  • Members helping out in non-PSG activities (eg. excursions) are advised to inform the security guards if they wish to park in school for the duration of the activity.
  • The PSG Room may be used for small group discussions, subject to the presence of at least one PSG Coordinator.             

Marist Book Lab

 
The Marist Book Lab in MSHS (Primary) is a modern, air-conditioned facility using barcode technology for the loan and return of books.  There are English and Chinese books in various genres that the boys are encouraged to borrow and read.
The PSG Librarian’s primary role is to lend support and assistance to the staff of Teacher Librarians. The general duties include the following:
 
  1. To help maintain the general tidiness and cleanliness of the library
  2. To assist in the borrowing and returning of all books
  3. To identify and assist in the repairing of damaged books
  4. To assist the Librarian in preparing new books (ie wrap and tag books) for loan
  5. To assist in the shelving of books
  6. To assist in the supervision and carrying out of library activities. Examples are Bingo games, story-telling, sudoku, art and craft demonstrations, etc.
  7. To help the Librarian manage pupils behaviour and maintain orderliness in the library during recess (ie students must speak softly, no running)
  8. To assist in decorating the MBL
PSG members who assist in the Marist Book Lab are rostered on a time slot suitable for them.

Hall Duty (HD)

 
Monday to Friday (7:00am – 7:25am)
  
PSG Parents help to keep an eye on the boys to ensure that they are not playing or walking around the hall.  They will assist teachers to carry out mass activities within the hall.

Recess Duty (RD)

 
Bless us o Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
The school’s aim is to encourage the boys to be independent at recess as well as to inculcate good table manners and maintain the cleanliness of the canteen. PSG members work in collaboration with the teachers to ensure that the boys adhere to orderly behaviour throughout the 2 half-hour sessions of recess, enabling the boys to enjoy their mid-morning break.
 
The duration for the recess duty is an hour. The first recess is for the P1, P2 and P5 pupils. It is from 9.45am to 10.15am; the second recess session is for the P3, P4 and P6 uppils. It is from 10.15am to 10.45am
 
Recess duties include patrolling of the canteen and the designated play areas of each recess session.  Recess duties will be assigned to the PSG members by the PSG coordinator in charge.
 
Guidelines for the PSGs performing duties at the designated areas are as follow:
 
At the canteen
  • Provide assistance to the teachers patrolling the canteen.
  • Ensure that the boys queue up to buy food in an orderly manner.
  • Encourage the boys to finish their food before going out to play.
  • Ensure that the boys clear the tables and put away cutlery properly before leaving the canteen.
  • Ensure that the boys adhere to orderly behavior.
  • Provide assistance to boys in need, especially the lower primary students.
  • Ensure that the boys return to their classes when recess ends.
At the designated play areas for each recess session
  • Provide assistance to the teachers patrolling the area.
  • Ensure that the boys DO NOT play in areas other than those designated places. This is to minimise the disturbance to other students who are still having lessons.
  • Ensure that all the pupils leave the classrooms during recess.  Only the appointed recess ICs and duty boys are allowed to stay in the classrooms.
  • Ensure that the boys adhere to orderly behavior.
  • Provide assistance to boys in need, especially the lower primary students.
  • Ensure that the boys return to their classes when recess ends.
Others
  • In case of accidents, PSG members are to notify the teachers in charged.
  • In case of bad weather, PSG members have to assist the teachers to redirect  the boys to sheltered areas.
  • Encourage the boys to save electricity by switching off the lights and fans in the classroom before leaving for recess.

Rainbow Reading Club (RRC)

 
Rainbow is a programme to encourage reading and increase fluency, targeted at P1 and P2 pupils who need help in English and Chinese.  The aim is to help the students improve their reading and increase their vocabulary as well as to inculcate good reading habits and develop their interest in the language.  Rainbow is an extension of the Learning Support Programme (LSP).  The teacher-in-charge of LSP conducts special lessons for the selected LSP pupils during their normal English periods.  These pupils are scheduled for the Rainbow once or twice a week.
 
There are 3 Rainbow (English) classes each week. The scheduled timings are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7:00-7:30am for P1 and P2 pupils.  Two pupils are assigned to each PSG parent.  Parents and the pupils read story books together (story books are provided by the school or the boys may bring their own).  In addition, some oral and comprehension exercises are given to the pupils from time to time.  Pupils who make good progress may graduate from the programme.
 
During Rainbow (Chinese) for P2 boys, a story-telling session, which is conducted in groups of 3 to 5, are conducted twice a week. The scheduled timings are : Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00-7:30am.  The PSG members read interesting and fun Chinese story books to the boys and encourage them to speak.
Parents can help on a day that suits them, whether in the English or Chinese sessions. The teacher-in-charge needs about a month to assess and identify the pupils who need help in reading.  Rainbow normally starts in February and ends in October.
 
Rainbow parents need to bond with the boys whom they are helping.  As the boys increase fluency in the language through reading, they become more confident and enthusiastic using the language and their self-esteem is enhanced.  Rainbow parents derive immense satisfaction when they see the boys progress as a result of their participation in the programme.