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TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • General Information about the School - Q1-7
  • Admissions - Q8-10
  • Subjects Offered - Q11-15
  • Promotion and Transfer - Q16-18
  • Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) - Q19-22
  • Social Innovation Programme - Q23-25
  • Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) - Q26-29
  • Year 1 Registration - Q30

Questions on General Information about the School

 

1.

What are the school hours? Are there Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) on Saturdays?

School starts at 7.40am every day except for Wednesday, when students report at 8.50am. Lessons end between 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

There may be CCAs on Saturdays such as competitions or external events.

2.

What is the procedure for drop off and pick up for parents who drive their children to school?

Parents may drive in to drop off or pick up their child at the foyer. However, parents are not allowed to park their cars or wait for their daughters in the school.

3.

Does the school provide school bus services in the morning?

There is a one-way school bus transport covering these areas in 2020:

Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bishan, Hougang, Lentor, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Seletar, Sengkang, Serangoon, Simei, Toa Payoh, Tampines, Upper Changi and Yishun.

This service costs about $80-$135 per month and is provided by Hiak Chuang Bus Service. The areas covered for 2021 will be decided based on demand and supply.

4.

How much is the school fees?

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School is an autonomous school, so our fees are similar to other autonomous schools. Our fees are:

SC - $28, PR - $403, FAS - $13, Malay student (as in NRIC) - $23, IS - $803 (Asean) & $1423 (non-Asean).

5.

Are the school terms and holidays in secondary school the same as in primary school?

The school terms and holidays are the same as primary school for Term 1 to Term 3.  However, in Term 4, secondary schools which are used as O-Level examination centres end about 4 weeks earlier than primary schools.

6.

What is the proportion of students in the GCE O-Level Programme in Cedar Girls’?

Half of the cohort are on the O-Level Programme and the other half are on the Integrated Programme.

7.

What is the class size in Cedar Girls’ Secondary School?

The class size is usually around 36 to 38 students in Year 1 and 2, and about 30 students in Year 3 and 4 depending on the subject combination. It is similar for both the O-Level Programme and the Integrated Programme.



Questions on Admissions

8.

What is the Cut-Off point (COP) for Cedar Girls’ Secondary School?

Using 2019's PSLE COP as a reference, the COP for the O-Level Programme is 249. For the Integrated Programme, it is 253.

9.

Is it compulsory for Integrated Programme students in Cedar Girls’ to go to Victoria Junior College? Is it possible to go to a different junior college?

Students in the Integrated Programme are required to proceed to Victoria Junior College, provided they meet the promotion criteria.

10.

Is Cedar Girls’ affiliated to Victoria Junior College (VJC)? Would students in the O-Level programme be eligible for bonus points for school affiliation?

Our O-Level Programme is not affiliated with VJC. Thus, there is no affiliation points deduction for entry to VJC. Students in the O-Level Programme can choose from all junior colleges, including VJC for their post-secondary education. 


Questions on Subjects Offered

11.

Are students not offering Higher Mother Tongue Languages (HMTL) in primary school eligible for the Integrated Programme (IP), since IP students in Cedar Girls’ take HMTL? 

Students are eligible for the Integrated Programme as long as they meet the cut-off point. However, they would need to take HMTL if they are enrolled in the Integrated Programme.

12.

Are students not offering Higher Mother Tongue Languages (HMTL) in primary school allowed to pursue them in Cedar Girls’?

Students are eligible to offer HMTL as long as they meet one of the following criteria.

  (a)   top 10% of their PSLE cohort or                                                                                                                                                                                        (b)   top 11-30% band with A* grade in MTL or                                                                                                                                                                      (c)   at least a Merit in HMTL

All students who are eligible to offer HMTL will be informed by MOE. If a student is not eligible, she will offer MTL in Year 1, and her suitability to take up HMTL the following year will be reviewed based on her results and teacher’s recommendation.

13.

Is it possible for students to opt out of Higher Mother Tongue Languages (HMTL)?

A student can switch from HMTL to MTL from Year 2, if she decides not to pursue it.

14.

Is Malay Special Programme (MSP) / Chinese Special Programme (CSP) offered by Cedar Girls’? What are the requirements to apply for these programmes?

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School offers both MSP and CSP. When your daughter is offered the option to take a 3rd language when choosing secondary schools, she can either MSP or CSP. She can offer these subjects as long as she has not taken either Malay or Chinese respectively at the PSLE.

15.

Would a student be able to pursue the Art Elective Programme (AEP) or the Music Elective Programme (MEP) since they are not offered in Cedar Girls’?

The school does not offer AEP or MEP in-house. Students would have to attend lessons at the designated AEP / MEP centres such as NJC or TKGS once a week if they successfully enrol in the programme after the selection test.

These centres may change from year to year.  Details of the application will be shared with students when they join the school. This process takes some time and successful applicants usually begin lessons from Term 2 onwards.


Questions on Promotion and Transfer

16.

Would students in the O-Level Programme be able to switch to the Integrated Programme?

Cedar Girls' offers insertion of students to the Integrated Programme at Year 3. Students in the O-Level Programme can express their interest to switch to the Integrated Programme at the end of Year 2 by submitting their application.

17.

Is it possible to switch from the O-Level Programme to the Integrated Programme if a student meets the cut-off point for the Integrated Programme but was offered the O-Level Programme for DSA?

Students may appeal for a transfer when the posting results are out provided that their PSLE T-score meets the cut-off point. The application can only be considered if the school has a vacancy. 

18.

What happens when a student is unable to cope in the Integrated Programme?

The school has an O-Level programme.  A student will have academic counselling by teachers to determine the best option for the next step forward.  The student could be transferred to the O-Level Programme in Cedar Girls’ if this is found to be a suitable option for her.


Questions on Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)

19.

Where can I find more information about the various CCA programmes that are available in Cedar Girls’? 

Please refer to the CCA page on our school’s website for more information here.

20.

How many CCA days are there in a week? What time do the CCAs end?

Most CCAs have an average of two sessions per week, Frequency may increase during competition season. CCA starts from 3.45pm and ends at 6pm.

21.

How many CCAs can a student participate in?  Can a student take up more than one CCA?

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in only one school-based CCA so as to ensure a good balance of time for various commitments (e.g. talent development programmes, student leadership programmes). A student may participate in up to two CCAs if she is able to manage her commitments well.

22.

Can a student be accepted into a CCA even if she has no talent in it but just a strong interest?

There are four main CCA categories: Clubs and Societies, Physical Sports, Uniformed Groups, Visual and Performing Arts.

Each CCA develops different skill sets and caters for both talent development and broadening of learning experiences. Due to resource constraint, each CCA can only take in a limited number of students. Students are strongly encouraged to keep an open mind when selecting CCAs. They are strongly encouraged to attend some of the hands-on practice sessions conducted before CCA Selection Day, and avoid selecting from only one CCA category.


Questions on the Social Innovation Programme

23.

How is Social Innovation integrated into the regular school curriculum?

The Social Innovation Programme at Cedar Girls' seeks to nurture in our students the value of empathy and the ability to innovate and solve problems with a user-centric approach. Knowledge of Social Innovation and skills of Design Thinking are taught during curriculum time. Planning and completion of projects may continue during the students’ own free time. The curriculum is carried out over one semester and it culminates in a group presentation.

Please refer to the page for Social Innovation on our school’s website for more information here.


24.

What is the selection criteria for the Talent Development Programme for Social Innovation?

The school’s DSA-Social Innovation programme is looking for P6 students who have a love for community work and a passion to innovate through exploration and experimentation. On top of it all, they should espouse the value of empathy. Students who are not part of the DSA programme can still aspire to be part of the Talent Development Programme in Year 3 should they exhibit the disposition for it.

25.

What is the commitment for the Talent Development Programme for Social Innovation?

There is a structured curriculum for the Talent Development Programme that takes place once a week outside of curriculum time.


Questions on the Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP)

26.

How is technology used to support teaching and learning at the school?

Technology is used to enhance teaching and learning. For example, multimedia objects such as animations are used to help students understand concepts, and online discussions are used to allow students to improve their ideas and build on their understanding.

In Cedar Girls’, teachers use Google Classroom and SLS as the main learning management platforms. Next year, the school will embark on the Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) and students will have lessons to build digital literacy skills.

27.

Does my daughter need to buy a laptop or mobile device as part of the school programme?

Cedar Girls’ is on MOE’s Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP). Students would purchase a learning device through the school using their Edusave. More details will be released in 2021.

28.

We just bought a new laptop.  Does this mean that we would need to buy another device?

The device which the students would be using in school would only be for learning, and would be under the school device management system to better control students’ usage of the device in school and at home.  Edusave may be utilised to purchase the device. More details will be released in 2021.

29.

Are students allowed to bring and use mobile phones in school?

Yes, however all electronic devices are to be kept in the locker during lesson time unless instructions have been given for it to be used for teaching and learning.


Questions on Year 1 Registration

30.

How would Year 1 registration take place for the 2021 cohort? When would students be able to purchase textbooks and school uniforms?

The school would be holding an E-Year 1 Registration on the day designated by MOE. Please look out for information on our school website nearer to the release of the posting results. We strongly encourage purchase of textbooks and uniforms to be done online or at the retail shops. Detailed information will be made available at the E-Year 1 Registration.

                                                                                                                                                             
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