All our school’s staff and students are assigned to 4 different Houses, namely Rhino (Red), Manta (Blue), Cheetah (Yellow) and Eagles (Green). The theme of animals was chosen as everyone can easily related to them and these 4 animals chosen have very strong and distinct qualities.
P3 SwimSafer 2.0 Programme
Our school’s P3 SwimSafer 2.0 Programme aims to enable our P3 pupils to achieve basic swimming and water safety-survival skills and knowledge and also learn our school values through the participation in the SwimSafer 2.0 Programme. The SwimSafer 2.0 is conducted as part of the P3 PE lessons every Friday during the PE curriculum in Semester 1.
P5 Student Leadership Camp
The P5 Student Leadership Camp is conducted annually to all P5 pupils. In line with our Student Leadership Programme, the objectives of the camp are to instill self-confidence, independence, foster respect and love for each other and promote spirit of excellence in our pupils. Pupils are given opportunities to work as a team through physical activities and to develop their leadership and social skills. The pupils also forge camaraderie and developed resilience through common challenging outdoor experiences and learn the qualities of a good leader/team member, problem solving and communication skills.
Run for Life Programme
In line with the Ministry of Education’s emphasis to nurture lifelong learners to ‘Learn for Life’, our school started our Run for Life Programme this year.
We hope that students will be able to adopt a positive attitude towards running and choose running as a lifestyle choice. Through the weekly run, we hope that students will be able to acquire and maintain their health enhancing fitness and as a result, enjoy and value the benefits of living a physically active and healthy life. We also believe that the weekly run will enhance the students’ concentration in the classroom as well. These objectives are also aligned to the goals of the Physical Education curriculum.
Each level has a designated day and time in the week whereby all the students of the level will run round the parade square and the running track, or the School Hall and Indoor Sports Hall, together with their teachers and our School Principal. Each pupil will be able to cover a distance of between 200 m, for the Primary 1 students, to 1 km, for the rest of the P2 to P6 students, for each run, with warm-up and cool-down exercises done before and after each run. An EXCEL spreadsheet is also used to keep track of the distance covered by each level for each week to chart the progress for the whole school.
To make the Run for Life Programme more meaningful for all students and teachers, we have also started a ‘Run to Tokyo’ project, to bring the Olympic torch from Olympia, Greece, to Singapore, then to Tokyo, Japan. This project aims to simulate an Olympic torch relay starting with the lighting of the Olympic torch at Olympia, Greece, then to travel all the way to Singapore, where our school, Bendemeer Primary School is, then to bring the Olympic torch from Singapore to Tokyo, Japan, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, covering a total distance of about 14 560 km.
We hope that all students and teachers will reap not just physical, but also emotional and psychosocial benefits and enjoyment through their participation in the Run for Life Programme to nurture them into lifelong learners.
Annual Games Day
Our school’s Annual Games Day is conducted yearly for all Primary 3 to 6 students to compete for their respective Houses in sports and games events. This year’s theme of FER @ Bendemeer aims to provide a platform for all students to exhibit the Olympic Values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect through an Olympic March-in and the games.