Friday, November 27, 2015

Prepping for P1: 25 Tips & Advice from the School

We went for Lil Pumpkin's P1 school orientation last weekend and I really found it soooo helpful in helping us prep for her P1 journey in her new school. P1 orientations are usually in the last 2 weeks of November, some during weekdays and some on Saturdays like us.

If you have a kid that's going to P1, I strongly suggest that you don't miss their orientations! School nowadays is vastly different from when we were in the system. There are some administrative work to be done, books/ uniforms to purchase and it's a good opportunity for the kids {and parents!} to get to know their new teachers, classmates and school.

Lil Pumpkin's new school gave out very handy tips and advice to help the children fit into the school culture. I've listed some of the general ones below for my own memory, and although not all may apply to you, hopefully some might be helpful in enabling your kid to enjoy her new school life, or at least encourage you to find out the answers to some of these topics if they weren't covered during your orientation


Personal Items

1. Purses, textbooks, files, water-bottles, lunchboxes etc. must have the your kid's name and class written on them with a permanent ink marker or labeled with stickers. This will enable the school to trace the owners should the items be found in common areas.

2. Help the school to inculcate the values of responsibility and thrift in the children. Please help your kid to look for lost items at the Lost & Found area and not supply them with new items too quickly. 


3. P1 pupils tend to get confused when parents change their plans and do not adhere to regular transport arrangement. If your kid is taking the school bus home, don't take them home even if you are free, at least for the first 3 months.

4. If there is an urgent need to take your kid home yourself, remember to inform the bus driver so that other children do not have to be inconvenienced while the bus driver looks for your kid.

5. Advise your kid on how you can be reached from school if they miss the bus. Update your contact numbers in her school diary and alert her teachers as well. 

Canteen and Food

6. P1 pupils should not buy food with hot soup, until they are more confident of themselves.

7. Kids should drink plenty of plain water. Do not put sweet drinks in your kid's water bottle.

8. Encourage healthy eating in your kid. Refrain from packing potato crisps / crackers in their lunch boxes and pack a fruit or give them extra pocket money to purchase a piece of fruit.

9. Make sure the kids eat a proper breakfast before school starts.


10. All immunisation booster doses should be finished before the kid starts school in January. Check the health booklet for confirmation.

11. Pupils who are sick should not attend school. If they are taken ill in school, he/she will be taken to the sick bay. The school staff will contact one of the parents to take the child to the doctor. If anyone else is picking the child up, they need to register at the General Office.

12. Schools cannot administer any medication, so all necessary medication should be placed in the kid's bag. Emergency medication should be in a pouch to be carried at all times. Train the kid on how to use or administer the medication.

13. In an emergency, the school will immediately send for an ambulance and will not wait to contact the parent. A school staff will accompany the child to the hospital and the parent will be informed to meet them there.


14. Sometimes the kids may dirty themselves and the toilet while doing their business. They should inform the teacher to help them get a change of uniforms and to clean the toilet for the next user. Teach them to understand that there is no shame to be in need of help.

School Bags

15. Keep bags light. Parents can supervise the pupils in packing of their school bags daily but let them do it themselves.

16. When you buy the bags, water-bottles, pencil boxes etc., consider the weight of these items. Water-bottles can be brought to school empty and filled up at the school water-coolers.

17. Trolley bags and big bags are not encouraged. Not only are they heavy, they are dangerous to carry up and down the stairs.

18. Encourage your kid to pack in a light paperback book for reading during spare pockets of time. 

At Home

19. Set up a study area in their bedrooms or in an area away from distractions e.g. TV. This is where all books, stationery, time-tables, school calendar should be kept so that the kids can quickly pack their belongings every day in preparation for school the next day. Help them to get into the habit of doing work here and be responsible for their own school day.

20. Do not keep computers and laptops in their private study area, but in common areas so that you can supervise the sites they visit.

21. Help them get excited for school by trying out the uniforms often, and don't tell them scare stories about your own school days. Try not to transfer your own fears and anxiety onto the kids.

22. Let your kids learn how to make friends and deal with friendship issues. At the same time, teach your kids on how to deal with bullies. If you suspect there is bullying going on in school, inform the teacher and work with the school. Do not take things into your own hands and approach any child in a threatening manner.

23. Train your kids to finish food in 20 minutes by timing them. They may want to play during recess but let them understand that they must finish the food first {with proper chewing} before playing with their friends.

24. At least one week before school starts, train your kids going to bed and getting up at a fixed time. Let them practice their morning routine so that they know exactly what to do when school starts, even if you're not around.

25. As much as possible, teach them how to handle money and how to buy things on their own. If you forget to give your kid pocket money, tell them to approach her class teacher and to remember to inform you about this so that the amount can be returned promptly to the teacher.

What other useful tips and advice did your child's school tell you for P1 preparation?
Are you going to pack lunchboxes for your kids? 
What did you think of their new schools and teachers???
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Susan said...

Very useful list of tips there especially for those at home like setting a routine and have a dedicated area to study. One month more!

Theresa Mahoney said...

What a list! There is so much to prepare before going, but I think families pick up and develop a routine fairly quickly. The first few weeks are all about learning the ins and outs.

An Apel a Day said...

These are great tips. My kids don't take a bus right now. Mica might be when he starts middle school.

Masshole Mommy said...

I think it's super helpful to prep as much as possible!