Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) was awarded the Family Champions Award (Schools) at Focus on the Family Singapore’s Partnership Dinner 2018. This award is conferred on exemplary individuals and organisations that uphold and champion the institution of family in our nation.
PLMGS(S) understands the importance of working closely with parents because they have a unique role to play in influencing their child’s attitude, values and behaviour.
School principal Mrs Quek Li Gek shared, “Active family involvement is a powerful influence on students’ achievement and growth in school. Hence, schools and families should see students’ development as a shared responsibility.”
PLMGS(S) runs a plethora of family-centric programmes aimed at building a strong partnership between the school and parents.
It has an active Parents-School Support Group (PSSG), through which parent volunteers support students, teachers, and the school. The PSSG enables parents to come together and find mutual support, as well as provide a helping hand to the school for events such as the Chinese New Year reunion dinner for international students.
Fathers also have an avenue to get involved. PLMGS(S) runs a Fathers@School programme where they gather on the third Wednesday of each month and learn essential parenting skills over a leisurely breakfast.
The school works with Focus on the Family Singapore in engaging students as FamChamps to promote pro-family values and activities. FamChamps is a youth development initiative to help students appreciate and embrace the values of having a closely-knit family in their lives. These FamChamps assist to plan and run family-related events in school, like Parents Learning Festival and A Special Day with Dad.
The school has also made available a repository of parenting resources through their website, so parents can effectively support their children through the adolescent years.
Mrs Joanna Koh-Hoe, CEO of Focus on the Family Singapore, said, “It’s inspiring to hear of the innovative programmes that PLMGS(S) has successfully implemented.
“As the secondary school years can often be a challenging and stressful period, it’s crucial that schools and parents come together to build trust and support — for the students’ benefit. I’m sure their efforts will reap lasting rewards in the years to come.”
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