Diamond Jubilee High School for Girls (DJG) has a well-maintained library for its Primary and Secondary sections, which has a vast collection of over 10,000 books. The library also subscribes to numerous national and international periodicals, journals and newspapers. Students are encouraged to spend time in the library during their breaks and free periods. The librarian, along with teachers, conducts various language development activities to enhance students’ vocabulary and comprehension. DJG has a small library in each classroom for its pre-primary students.
DJG has a state of the art computer laboratory to encourage students to advance their computer skills, using a host of integral tools assisting the overall learning process under the guidance of an experienced mentor. All of the computers are equipped with updated software and advanced technical aids to learn coding, programming and robotics.
DJG has a well-equipped science laboratory for physics, biology and chemistry. Science teachers, along with the laboratory assistant, plan various demonstrations and experiments to ignite students’ curiosity and interest. Students are taught to handle complex lab equipment to enable them to conduct experiments under the supervision of their trained teachers.
In addition to the computer laboratory, DJG has dedicated rooms equipped with audio visual aids. Teachers have additional access to portable DLPs and audio-visual systems that can be taken from one class to another.
Teacher Resource Centre
The Teacher Resource Centre (TRC) is a large, well equipped, air-conditioned room with internet connectivity, and is equipped with computers and teaching resources, as well as a projector and screen. It is used for weekly co-ordination meetings, training programmes and lectures for and by the teachers.
An annual medical camp is arranged for students on the school campus. A team of specialised doctors are invited to the school for an entire day to conduct health checks and educate students on the importance of looking after their health (covering topics such as fitness, hygiene and nutrition).
First Aid Kits and Training
Well-stocked first aid kits are available in designated areas within the school and all staff receive first aid training annually.
DJG has access to a nearby municipal playground for outdoor activities. Students participate in and are coached in both indoor and outdoor sports activities, including karate, yoga, kho-kho, handball and kabaddi. The school hosts regular sports competitions for students and encourages every child to specialise in at least one sport.
The multipurpose hall is spacious with an adjustable stage and sound system, and accommodates 200 people. The hall is used for large group meetings, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, teacher training, school functions, indoor sports, games and art classes. The hall is also equipped for students to play and learn through group activities and hands-on activities, including tele games and band practice.
At DJG, we believe that emotional development and wellbeing is crucial to help students engage with the world. A team of counsellors work individually and in groups with students from Grade 1 to Grade 10, and provide support for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Sessions on life skills, including safety, team work, leadership, self-esteem, coping with negative emotions and dealing with exam pressure, are provided for all students.
Our students come from various economic, social and academic backgrounds. DJG has a wide range of interventions to cater to the individual needs of students, including the Bridge Programme, the Remedial Programme, the Special Educator Programme, the Mathematics Fundamental Training Programme and student/parent counselling. DJG has a full time school counsellor, special educator and a member of staff responsible for student welfare. The school counsellor supports students who are experiencing emotional or academic challenges and intervenes when students face behavioural or emotional difficulties. Counselling is designed to enable wellbeing, help students develop socially in order to benefit student behaviour, attendance, and facilitate student achievement. The member of staff responsible for student welfare supports student conduct and follows up with their parents.
The Special Education Department
The Special Education department consists of two trained special educators. They work to create informal assessments, individual education programmes and conduct remedial education for students with additional needs. They conduct screening tests to identify students that may require extra support. When required, students can attend various external assessment centres for a formal diagnosis. Both students and parents are given guidance on how to set goals and manage the students’ socio-emotional and academic needs.
Remedial Programme and Extra Assistance
Remedial interventions for targeted students focus on building the student’s strengths, providing scaffolds during classroom activities to address gaps and supporting the student’s performance. Special educators also conduct regular workshops and webinars for other teachers and parents to disseminate knowledge and share useful strategies to create an inclusive environment at home and at school. Teachers are always available to support students with any worries they may have, inside and outside the classroom. They talk to them before and after the classes, and carry out group and individual remediation Remedial coaching is also built into the regular school timetable based on the needs of individual students.