We understand that sending your child off to primary school for the first time can be an exciting yet challenging experience. As your little one takes this significant step toward a lifetime of learning and growth, we want to provide you with all the information and support your need to make this transition as smooth as possible.
In this frequently asked questions (FAQ) site, we've compiled a list of common queries that parents often have when their children are starting primary school. Our aim is to address your concerns, dispel any apprehensions, and equip you with the knowledge required to ensure your child's first steps into the world of primary school education are positive and enriching.
Whether you're curious about the school's curriculum, the daily routine, or how to best support your child's learning journey, you'll find answers here. Our dedicated team of educators and support staff are committed to working hand-in-hand with you, nurturing your child's development, and fostering a love for learning.
Remember, you're not alone on this journey. We're here to support both you and your child as they embark on this exciting new adventure. Feel free to explore the FAQ section, and should you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school's staff.
As most of you are new and don't know one another. We have also included some class focused WhatsApp groups below that you can join to connect with parents of your child's classmates.
Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. Together, we'll make this a memorable and enriching experience for your family.
The school will provide details of the necessary administration that needs to be completed. The vendor will be at the school canteen during P1 Orientation for parents to check sizes and buy uniforms.
Alternatively, you can head down to the uniform supplier, Bibi & Baba, at #02-28 Far East Shopping Center to try on sizes and purchase uniforms at anytime.
There is also a website for purchase and the sizing charts at: Saint Andrew's Junior School (schooluniforms.sg)
For online orders, self-collection will be at the retail store: Far East Shopping Centre: 545 Orchard Rd #02-28, Far East Shopping Centre, S(238882).
For Made to Measure order requirements @ Henderson:
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The nametags may arrive a week or two after the first day of school if there are delays by the vendor.
Note: Nametags are required for both the main unform as well as the PE Attire.
Regardless, in the interim period, your child will be provided a special clip-on name tag that states his name and class. This enables the teachers and student leaders to identify and assist your child as they get used to their new environment.
Please submit your name tag orders preferably by 18 October 2023 (Wednesday). Name tags take up to 4 weeks to be ready.
All nametags are required to be sewed on.
The nametags may arrive a week or two after the first day of school. They will be distributed in school.
In the interim period, your child will be provided a special clip-on name tag that states his name and class. This enables the teachers and student leaders to identify and assist your child as they get used to their new environment.
Students are expected to wear plain white shoes with laces and white socks. Please refer to Attire, Grooming & Behaviour Guidelines (moe.edu.sg).
Students are expected to wear plain white socks. “Saints” branded socks are not required.
Students may come to school in their PE attire on days that they have PE lessons with the exception on Mondays where all students are expected to be in the school uniform at the start of day.
Students are not required to change out of their PE attire after their PE lessons. Please refer to Attire, Grooming & Behaviour Guidelines (moe.edu.sg)
Note: Due to the recent persistent hot weather, the school has made a concession to allow for PE Attire every day. Please refer to Parents Gateway for an updated school announcement for this concession policy in 2023.
The number of uniforms very much depends on your home situation and how many you can wash per week.
Students may come to school in their PE attire on days that they have PE lessons / CCA (during school hours) / PAL with the exception on Mondays where all students are expected to be in the school uniform at the start of day.
However, as a concession currently due to the persistent hot weather, the school is allowing PE attire every day for 2023. We await the school's guidance on the extension of this policy for the start of the new term in 2024.
From our experience, most parents would buy one set of the main school uniform at the very least for Mondays and more sets of the PE Attire. We would recommend this approach until such time you receive your finalse class timetable (that would indicate the PE/PAL days) and / or any changes to the school policy due to hot weather.
On 30 Oct 2023 P1 Orientation Day, Only for Walk-In Purchase: 10.30am to 1.00pm.
The school will be sending you a book list with a Unique Code for online purchase. It is strongly encouraged make your purchases online. Home delivery option is available for online purchases.
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For online orders, self-collection will in school on Admin Week.
For home delivery, fulfillment will be within 7 working days.
Only on Admin Week at school bookshop (during the collection hours stated)
Book lists are also published on the school's website at: Booklist (moe.edu.sg)
Your child’s class teacher will be reaching out to you through Parents Gateway with the exact packing list and preparatory administration (e.g., compiling of worksheets) for the first few days of school.
This ensures that your child packs light for the first few days as they progressively bring their books and worksheets to school. This process is the same for all levels for the first week of school.
The school bookshop does sell bags however there is no recommended school bag. You and your child are free to purchase any school bag you prefer.
Prices for food range from $0.50 to $2.20 (without further Add-Ons). It is recommended that you discuss with your child on his preferences and adjust the pocket money accordingly.
Definitely. The school will be briefing you on the first day events as well as how parents can be involved.
Parents will send their child to school and student-leaders / buddies / parent volunteers will be on hand to lead your child to his class directly and make sure he is happy and settled in. There will be lots of support to deal with your child's anxieties.
Parents will be able to view their child going for their recess time from outside the canteen. The school will advise you on the timing based on your child's class. Your child will be accompanied by a P4 buddy that will take care of him and help him order/buy food for his recess time. Parents will not be allowed to enter the canteen at that time.
Once a day, after recess, your child will have a “brain break” in class.
This break will be around five minutes long. The child will be required, if he wants, to bring a small snack to consume at his desk. As the consumption of the snacks are at his desk, we would normally avoid snacks that could cause a lot of mess.
Yes, if you intend to drive into the school to drop him off. The label does not permit parking in the school. You can request for a label through the General Office.
You may park your car at the two large HDB carparks just in front of the school.
Parking along Potong Pasir Ave 3 (just in front of the school gate) is not ideal as it leads to traffic congestion for Potong Pasir residents.
School dismissal for P1 is at 1:20pm.
Your child will be released via the side gate and only to a designated parent / guardian. P1 and P2 students are not permitted to leave the school without a parent / guardian being physically there to collect the child.
For the school bus / boarding house, the students will be lead to the respective gathering points by the teachers.
Please submit the registration form directly to RS Transport Services. Submit registration form latest by 17 November 2023, Friday.
Parents who have received confirmation from RS Transport Services after making payment will be notified of bus routes by 30-31 December 2023.
RS Transport Services
For enquiries: 6251 0281
You can download the registration form at: go.gov.sg/sajs-bus-operator-registration
Please submit the registration form directly to St Andrew’s House (SAH).
Successful applicants will be notified by SAH directly. Submit registration form latest by
18 October 2023, Wednesday.
St Andrew’s House (SAH)
Admin Office Address: 3 Francis Thomas Drive S(359341)
For enquiries: 6288 1782
You can download the registration form at: go.gov.sg/sajs-sah
The school will release, periodically, an update on the past school activities as well as publish a list of important dates for parents to note - holidays, Home Based Learning, Exam Dates, CCA dates etc.
It is also recommended that you add the SAJS Google Calendar to your mobile device as that would push all relevant information directly to your calendars.
The group name provided during P1 Admin period is purely for administrative grouping purposes only.
Parents will be informed of your child’s final class allocation in January 2024.
There are 8 Primary 1 classes making up “TRUE” and “WISE” : Thanksgiving, Resilience, Unity, Empathy, Wonder, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Excellence.
Once you are informed of your child’s class, feel free to join your respective WhatsApp groups listed below this page to be connected with other parents from the same class.
Homework is a key aspect of formative assessment to provide ongoing and valuable feedback for learning. All students should take their homework seriously and complete it with pride.
Homework may be issued for the March, June, September and/or December holidays.
Homework issued will be stated on the class whiteboard. Students are reminded to copy down the homework into their Personal Organiser ("PO").
On the average, homework issued each day would be:
Generally, for Primary 1, the workload is not high with homework mainly being work that was not completed in class. The school will gradually increase the workload as the progress towards the more critical years of P4 and P6.
There will be no formal tests or exams for Primary One. Tests and exams only start in Primary 3 as they are gradually introduced to the test/exam regime in time for Primary 4.
Students are reminded to copy down the homework into their Personal Organiser ("PO") daily and show to their parents.
English and MT spelling lists will be distributed to your child and/or via Parents Gateway.
If all else fails, you can reach out to your fellow class parents thru the individual WhatsApp Group Chats below.
Yes. Certain books and worksheets will be retained in school under his table / in the class cupboard. This is to lighten the daily load.
You can communicate with your child's teachers via email. Their contact details are listed in Parents Gateway under "Contacts".
There will also be periodic Parent / Teacher conferences where you and your child will speak to the teacher concerning his performance in school.
For Primary 1 and 2, your child will not have any CCAs. Instead, they will attend the Programme for Active Learning ("PAL"). PAL offers learning experiences that are active, hands-on and meaningful. PAL contributes to the development of soft skills in our pupils such as the ability to communicate clearly and cooperate with others.
Pupils participate in a whole year programme exploring, experiencing, and expressing themselves in the domains of Outdoor Education, Performance Arts, Sports & Games and Visual Arts.
Towards the end of Primary 2, there will be a CCA selection exercise whereby your child will be able to try various sports and activities in order to make a choice about what to choose as their CCA in Primary 3.