Home > Others > E-Open House 2020 > FAQs


General Information

1. What is the cutoff point of BPGHS for the various streams in 2020?

Ans: Express: 244
         Normal (Academic): 187
         Normal (Technical): 145

2. Should I select BPGHS as one of my choices if I scored 240 in PSLE?

Ans:   The Cut Off Point (COP) for 2019 Express course is above 240. Nevertheless, COP varies from year to year. One way to go about choosing a school would be to list down schools that you are keen to join and check whether their COP is near your T-score. You can then put these schools down in your application in descending order of their COP. That should put you in a good position to get into a school that you are keen to join.

3. My child qualified for the Express stream, can he/she apply for the Normal (Academic) stream in BPGHS?

Ans: Your child will not be able to apply to join a N(A) course in a Secondary School.

4. What are the daily school hours at BPGHS?

Ans: School starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 1:50 p.m. / 2:50 p.m. for Monday to Thursday and 12:40 p.m. on Friday. Students will be expected to stay back after curriculum hours on some days for after-school activities such as CCA, enrichment activities and remedial lessons.

5. Will there be any physical Open House this year?

Ans: Due to the safe management measures, we will not be having a physical Open House this year at Bukit Panjang Government High School.

6. What is the duration of the recess?

Ans: The recess is 30 minutes long.

7. What is the average price and variety of food sold in the school canteen?

Ans: A typical meal (without drinks) in the school canteen costs between $2.50 and $3.50. The canteen comprises 3 Chinese food stalls, 3 halal food stalls, 1 vegetarian stall and 1 drink stall. 


8. How many assessments will a student have for each subject for a year?

Ans: As announced by Ministry of Education (MOE) in Sept 2018, all students will not have more than one weighted assessment per subject per school term. In BPGHS, for Secondary 1 – 3, there will not be any Mid Year Examinations. Students will have 1 weighted assessment in each term for Term 1 – 3, and an End of Year Examination in Term 4. The school also monitors the academic progress of students using other non-weighted assessments, such as project work and presentations.

9. Are students expected to purchase a laptop for learning?

Ans: On 28 June 2020, MOE announced that every secondary school student will be equipped with a personal learning device by the end of 2021 in an effort to raise the country's digital literacy. All students in the school will be using devices of the same model and the purchasing of the devices will be done in school. More details will be announced at a later date.

10. How does the school support students to cope with the demands of the academic programmes?

Ans: Support structures such as remedial lessons and consultations are provided for students when necessary.

11. What is the arrangement for students doing subjects at a more demanding level under Subject-Based Banding?

Ans: As far as possible, the school will arrange for this group of students to have their lessons together with their peers from the other stream to encourage more interactions between students across different streams.
12. Will students be allowed to switch to a more demanding stream if they do well after they join the school?

Ans: Students may be allowed to switch to a more demanding stream if they meet the criteria at the end of the year of study. They must have scored at least 70% for English, Mathematics and Science, and also attained an overall average score of at least 70%.

13. What are the subject combinations offered by the school for the upper secondary classes?

Ans: You may refer to the details here.

14. What is the percentage of express students eligible for JC?

Ans: Typically, our Express stream students do well in O levels, and about 90-95% of them are eligible for Junior College after their O levels.

15. Does the school organise any overseas trip for students?

Ans: We do have internationalisation programmes organised for our students every year, mainly catered for the Secondary 2 & 3 students. The trips organised range from academic trips (e.g. Geography) to non-academic/ student leadership / CCA trips.

16. If my child does not take higher Mother Tongue in primary school, can he/she take higher Mother Tongue in secondary school? What are the requirements?

Ans: If your child did not take Higher Mother Tongue (HMT) in primary school, (s)he may still be offered to take up HMT in secondary school if (s)he fulfils the requirements:
  • Top 10% of the PSLE cohort; or
  • Top 11%—30% of the PSLE cohort and meet the language criteria i.e. an A* grade in the MTL or at least a Merit in HMTL

17. If a student is enrolled into BPGHS via DSA Malay, what activities will (s)he be expected to participate in? Must (s)he join Malay Cultural Society CCA and take Malay Literature subject for his/her O level?

Ans: If a student enters our school via DSA Malay, they will take Higher Malay Language (HML) as a subject and be a part of a comprehensive Elective Programme for Malay Language in Secondary Schools (EMAS), just like other Express students taking HML in our school.

In addition, the school will be preparing the DSA Malay students for the Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP). The programme aims to nurture promising students to attain a high level of language proficiency in Malay, enhance their understanding of Malay literature and develop academically able students to become effectively bilingual so as to better serve the needs of our nation. The 2-year programme (Secondary 3 and 4) is for students who offer ‘O’ Level Literature in Malay, in either full or elective. MLEP activities include language and cultural camps, overseas immersion trips, language symposiums and enrichment workshops on creative writing, drama script writing, public speaking, translation and journalism.

18. Does BPGHS have Applied Learning Programme (ALP)?

Ans: BPGHS is an Autonomous Secondary School so we do not offer ALP. However, all our students attend our signature Applied Science Programme (ASP), which focuses on Environment Sustainability.

Student Well-Being

19. How does the school support students’ social and emotional well-being?

Ans: The school has a student development team comprising of Year Heads, Assistant Year Heads, Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural Support) and a School Counsellor working closely with the Form Teachers to look into the social and emotional needs of the students.

Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA)

20. Is CCA compulsory in secondary schools? 

Ans: CCA is compulsory in secondary schools. Students can choose a CCA from one of the 4 categories: 
  1. Uniformed Groups
  2. Sports and Games
  3. Performing Arts
  4. Clubs and Societies

21. How much time does a student need to spend on CCA each week?

Ans: The frequency and duration of the CCA sessions varies from one to another. These are likely to increase when the students are preparing for competitions. Generally, students can expect to participate in 1 – 3 CCA sessions every week, with approximately 3 hours for each session.

22. How is CCA allocated to each student?

Ans: CCA allocation is based on student's choices and talents and available vacancies.


23. What is the policy of the school on mobile phone usage in school? 

Ans: Students are not encouraged to bring their personal electronic devices (PEDs) to school. Those who do so can only use their PEDs during recess and after curriculum time. All PEDs are to be switched off during curriculum time and other school activities. Students are personally responsible and accountable for the safe-keeping of their PEDs, to prevent loss, damage and theft. PEDs will be safe-kept by the teacher if any of the following are not observed and result in possible disruptions to lessons:
  • PEDs not switched off during curriculum time, including after-school remedial lessons or consultations.
  • PEDs being used during curriculum time without permission given.
  • PEDs found unattended.
  • Charging of PEDs in school.

Parents Support Group (PSG)

24. Where can I find out more about partnering the school in the PSG or other events?

Ans: You may refer to the details here.