On 1st August 2013, COMPASS Chairman Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Deputy Chair Ms Sim Ann, then Senior Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education, COMPASS members visited Jing Shan Primary School. The school hosted a dialogue with the school leaders, teachers, parents and pupils of S1 cluster on enhancing school-home partnerships.
The visit began with a presentation by the school principal, Ms Azizah Bte Ismaun. Ms Azizah provided an insight to how School-Home-Community partnership is enhanced and practised through various school programmes and activities. She shared passionately about the school’s extensive and active outreach to the parents and community through various partners such as the Lions Club and National Environment Agency.
The school also shared on how it has tapped on the Parents in Education (PiE) Fund to organise several programmes and activities to actively engage the parents to strengthen the support of their children’s learning process such as the Learning Festival for Parents, Parent-Child Bonding through Pottery Workshops and their participation in Learning Journeys to the Science Centre with their children. This year, the school initiated the PiE Story, an integrated programme with English Language and ICT where the parents work together with their children to write and create a story using an ICT Software to publish their work. The COMPASS members were heartened to hear about the efforts of the school and the reflective learning process that took place between the parents and their children.
The second half of the school visit saw COMPASS organising its first COMPASS Conversation with stakeholders. Parents, educators and students, from the Cluster South 1 schools, were invited to a Conversation with COMPASS. 59 participants participated in the conversation which focused on the following:
- impact of school-home partnership on students’ experience and learning; and
- suggestions on strengthening and encouraging school-home partnership.
Mr Hawazi and Ms Sim Ann joined COMPASS members and engaged stakeholders on their views on partnerships and what more could be done to enhance School-Home Partnerships for the benefit of our students. COMPASS members also heard directly from the various stakeholders on suggestions to improve school-home partnerships for the benefit of our students.
The participants, especially the parents were open and frank with their opinions and personal stories. They had a positive impression about how school-home partnerships impacted a child’s learning and development. Parents said that they have to show genuine concern and commitment to their child’s development for effective school-home partnerships. The values and passion of MOE teachers, many noted, were key to a child’s experience of school.
Mr Hawazi noted the participants’ positive feedback and thanked them for their time, stressing that it was important for COMPASS to hear what stakeholders say about school-home partnerships. Mr Hawazi shared that much research has shown positive correlation between school-home partnerships and the development of the child. Hence it was important to encourage better partnerships between schools and home.