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Fathers@WSPS

Fathers@School is a key initiative and part of a larger vision for the Dads for Life movement which provides opportunities to engage fathers to be involved in their children’s lives.

White Sands Primary School launched its first Fathers@School activity in September 2010 with a group of 8 dedicated fathers. Today, this number has multiplied to more than 30 enthusiastic and committed fathers who work together to heighten the spirit of learning and camaraderie amongst the team members and engage all fathers in WSPS in planned activities.

Programmes planned for FamilyMatters@School are conducted with the following objectives:
- Promote father-child bonding
- Equip fathers with parenting and marriage skills
- Enable fathers to help other fathers become active contributors to the school.

Key Involvement:

The group of fathers in the Fathers@School programme organises events that are exciting, engaging and effective to bring out the best father-child moments and everlasting memories. They also actively engage and participate in all school activities and celebrations like HeArtshine, Teacher’s Day, Children’s Day and other key school events. They have a planned programme of activities at least once a term to promote bonding between father and child and parenting talks for fathers.

The WSPS community of fathers also provide support for each other through Fathers@WSPS closed Facebook page and WhatsApp chat group. They organise regular get together sessions such as ‘makan’ sessions, coffee get together & family gatherings which help to forge brotherhood amongst members of the group. Fathers@WSPS is an active group of fathers who continuously seek to partner the school for the benefit of our pupils and nurture them to grow to be happy students with exemplary character.

Highlights of past activities:

1) 2022 March Holiday Program

Father and Child had a go at learning the basics of Aikido! Participants learned the basics of how to fall, how to evade attacks and to counter the assailant’s movements while having a good time throwing each other on padded mats (some of the kids were able to throw their dads down too!).

2) 2021 December Holiday Program – Parent-Child Bonding

Fathers and their children were invited to a tour of the Pasir Ris Sports Centre’s operations! Participants witnessed first-hand the daily operations of the Sport Centre and had a chance to try their hand at some CPR and how to test the swimming pool’s water.

3) 2021 Toy-Making Competition

Fathers and their children collaborated to come up with innovative ways to create toys out of recycled materials! Participants had fun stretching their creativity and coming up with ingenious and fun mechanisms as toys! The top 3 creations were also able to win prizes, and all participants received a certificate of participation.

4) 2021 T-Shirt Competition

Father and child collaborated to create the next generation of T-Shirt designs for Fathers@WSPS! Participants had fun working together to create fun designs, fully demonstrating the artistic and creative side of our Fathers@WSPS community! The top 3 designs won prizes, and all participants received a certificate of participation.