SFE E-newsletter July 2009
Dear SFE Partners,
Welcome to the SFE e-newsletter. The SFE e-newsletter aims to provide updated information on
SFE and other family life education programmes and happenings. We will also be sharing a short
article with you in this e-newsletter.
The highlights of the July 09 issue of the SFE e-newsletter include the SFE Logo Design
Competition, SFE Parent Facilitator Training Programmes 2009 and SFE Seminar 2009.
We would like to hear from you on how we can make this e-newsletter and the SFE programme
better. If you have any suggestion or feedback or wish to contribute to the e-newsletter, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SFE e-newsletter can also be viewed at www.sfe.org.sg. Do visit the SFE website on a
regular basis for updates. We hope you will enjoy reading this SFE e-newsletter.
The School Family Education (SFE) Programme is another family life education effort by
Family Education Department, MCYS.
School Family Education (SFE) Logo Design Competition
Closing date extended to 18 September 2009.
There will now be more time for budding artists and designers to exercise their creativity and
designing talent. So, put on your creative hats and design a logo that celebrates great parent-
school partnership in fostering strong and stable families.
The top 3 designers will walk away with the following:
First Prize: $300 worth of CapitaLand vouchers + a plaque of appreciation
Second Prize: $200 worth of CapitaLand vouchers + a plaque of appreciation
Third Prize: $100 worth of CapitaLand vouchers + a plaque of appreciation
In addition to the above, you will experience the joy of seeing your winning logo on every
SFE publicity material!
The logo design should be created on paper (no larger than A4 size), using not more than 3
colours and accompanied by a tagline for SFE. Each entry must be accompanied by a brief
description of the logo design, tagline and explanation of colours and associated letterings used.
Participating entries should include the following:
Name of SFE School
Respective SFE coordinators or school representatives will collate and submit the entries by 18
September 2009 directly to:
SFE Logo Competition
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
Family Education Department
510 Thomson Road
#01-00 SLF Building
Attention: SFE Programme Coordinator
Visit www.sfe.org.sg for more information and details on the SFE Logo Competition.
Hurry! Send in your entries today!
SFE Parent Facilitator Training - September 09
In view of the recent H1N1 situation, the SFE Parent Facilitator Training classes will be re-
scheduled to start in mid September 09. Hence the deadline for application is extended to 31
August 2009 with immediate effect..
Schools are encouraged to nominate suitable parent volunteers for the course. Priority will be
given to parents with younger children studying in the school (i.e. in Pri 1-4 and Sec 1-2). This 40-
hour training for parent volunteers will empower them to facilitate the running of SFE programmes
and the formation of parent support groups. Some of the parent facilitators will also be mentors
to other parents.
Please visit www.sfe.org.sg for the updated application forms and details. If you have any
enquiries or clarifications regarding the Parent Facilitator Training Programme, please contact Ms
Veronica Ng at 9452 2847 or Ms Helena Lim at 9234 2909, or email: café.email@example.com.
SFE Seminar 2009: Preparing Your Child for Secondary School - Every Parent's Survival
Guide to the Teenage Years Coming up!
Choosing the right secondary school is important in shaping your child's education. How can
parents help children ease the transition to the next stage and prepare them for success? What
are the strategies to help support your children socially, emotionally and physically for the new
Date: 5 September 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm (Registration starts at 1.30pm)
Venue: MOE Edutorium (1 North Buona Vista Drive, Podium Block, Level 4 MOE
Fees: $5.00 per pax
Contact Person: Ms Veronica Ng of CAFÉ at 9452 2847
The seminar, organised by Centre for Advancement of Family Education Pte Ltd (CAFE) and
supported by MCYS and MOE, is targeted at parents of Primary 5 and 6 children of SFE schools.
As this is a MCYS-supported programme, schools can clock it in as SFE hours. Please visit
www.sfe.org.sg for more information.
SFE Yearly Report 2008
We would like to thank all SFE partners for your support to the SFE programme in FY2008. We
hope that you will continue to bring more meaningful family life education programmes to the
parents, staff and students of your school in FY2009.
We are in the process of sending out the SFE Year-end Report (1 Apr 08 to 31 Mar 09). The
report serves as a consolidated record of the SFE-related activities or programmes that had been
carried out by your school during the year, with the help of SFE coordinator and Service Provider.
To facilitate you in keeping track of your school's SFE achievements, we have highlighted the
relevant SFE targets and your school's performance in the report.
It is important for the school to ensure that the highlighted figures in the report are accurate.. As
such, should there be any discrepancies, please contact us within 1 week on receipt of the report
SFE Monthly Reimbursement & Evaluation Form (MREF)
Thank you for the feedback and comments on the SFE Monthly Reimbursement & Evaluation
Form (MREF) given during the SFE Coordinator Training 2009 on 9 July 2009.
We have amended the form to make it simpler.. We hope that this will ease the job of the SFE
coordinator and school representatives in completing the MREF. Please download the new form
from our SFE website at www.sfe.org.sg. Click on the link “Administration”.
This article " Building Resilience in your Child” by Mr. Philip Chang is contributed by Centre for
Fathering. We would like to thank Centre for Fathering for contributing this article.
Building Resilience in your Child
By Mr Philip Chang, Centre for Fathering
Child: “I hate school. I don’t want to study anymore.”
Parent: “No you cannot stop schooling. You must go to school; pass your exams and then you
can get a good job.”
Child: “What for?”
Parent: “So that you can have a good life and be happy.”
Child: “I don’t care. I hate school. I hate you.”
When I started inquiring what really happened, the child related how he had failed his exams and
since then his interests in studies had waned to the point of being totally negative about school
attendance. This has happened to quite a few children I see in the counselling room. Children put
the label “Stupid” or “Loser” on themselves when they slip up after their initial successes in the
Primary levels. They were told they were clever, intelligent and smart so they take rejection and
failure so hard that they slip into withdrawal and depression often oblivious to their parents.
Parents need to be sensitive to the changing situations as their children progress in school. There
is a lot of adjustment pressures placed on our children today to be successful and achieve. And
the problem is especially acute with children who succeed because inevitably they will experience
some form of disappointment in an academic or sports or relationship arena. The question is “Is
your child resilient enough to survive it?”
Recently a university student killed himself because he was suffering setbacks in his academic
work. Although we all know that school can be a pressure cooker, yet many parents forget that
our children are trying their best. When they don’t make the grade, they are as disappointed, if
not more, than their parents are. In such circumstances, parents need to be understanding and
supportive. And an important measure parents can do is to build resilience in their children.
Resilience is like learning to ride a bicycle. When I was a young boy, I learnt to ride a bicycle with
my neighbour’s adult bike. (We could not afford a kid’s bike). It was a heavy, tall bike. I fell
numerous times and bloodied my knees but I was determined because I did not want to be the
only one who couldn’t ride a bike in the neighbourhood gang. So I had a few scars to show for it
today. What I learnt though that experience is that resilience is the willingness to keep trying and
not give up. It helped when friends were at hand shouting encouragements of “Go, go, go...” All
the while I knew that I’d be killed if my mom caught me.
Here are some tips to building resilience in your child:
1. Be aware of your child’s emotions.
2. Recognize emotions are an opportunity to connect and be your child’s cheerleader
3. Listen and look with empathy.
4. Help the child name his/her emotions.
5. Set limits and find a good solution together.
For more information on Centre for Fathering, visit www.fathers.com.sg or email