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It was the first day of school on Thursday for 41,000 Primary One students across Singapore. To help make the jump from kindergarten, some schools have taken measures to make things a little easier for them and their parents.
SINGAPORE: It was the first day of school on Thursday for 41,000 Primary One students across Singapore.
To help make the jump from kindergarten, some schools have taken measures to make things a little easier for them and their parents.
Horizon Primary School welcomed 270 new students past its gates on Thursday morning.
To help parents and children settle in, parents were allowed to sit in with their children for the first hour and parent volunteers were also roped in to help out during mealtimes.
This was on top of an orientation programme last year for the soon-to-be students and their parents.
Ang Chin Du, principal of Horizon Primary, said: "For these children, when they first enter a primary school, it can be quite daunting. The learning environment is very much larger, in terms of physical space, number of students and teachers. And the other challenge that they will face is the longer school hours, and they will also have to learn how to follow instructions and stick to the lesson schedule."
Mrs Ang also recommended parents to role play with their children before the new school year, to practice packing their bags and using money to buy food.
"These are the things that when the children are confident in doing, they will have a positive attitude towards coming to school," she said.
For the first three days, parents will also be allowed in school, and can sign up for workshops and talks while their children are in class.
These initiatives are part of the school's efforts to help both parents and students cope with the transition.