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March 2010

East Zone Inter-School Badminton Championships

The School Badminton Team took part in the East Zone Inter-School Badminton Championships in the months of February - March 2010. Both teams played very well and did the school proud. The ‘B’ Division team led by Captain Peh Xue Qi, Nigelina (Sec 4A2) and Vice-Captain Foo Xing Wen, Melissa (Sec 3A2) emerged 2nd runner-up while the ‘C’ Division team led by Captain Ng Yon Mei (Sec 2-7) and Vice-Captain Maria Sofia Alava Limpo (Sec 2-2) emerged 1st runner up in the zonal competitions. The Badminton team would like to thank all teachers and fellow schoolmates for their unwavering support and encouragement. 


Our Sec 2 pupils at Victoria School supporting the ‘C’ division team.

The ‘B’ and ‘C’ division team after the prize presentation ceremony.

Department Vision

To become keen learner of the Arts
 

Department Mission

To provide a holistic program and vibrant culture so as to develop pupils' physical robustness, enhance their creative and expressive capacities and shape their personal, cultural and social identity. 

Introduction to the music curriculum

1. Singing, Listening and Music-Making
The music curriculum focuses on cultivating pupils’ skills and knowledge through direct experiences in Singing, Listening and Music-Making. Clementians learn how to play instruments like the Angklung, recorder, chime bars, boomwhackers, ukuleles and Orff instruments during curriculum time. To stretch pupils’ learning beyond the classroom, pupils are given opportunities to attend musicals and concerts for
exposure and a more holistic outlook towards music.

a01.jpgP2 Clementians exploring clapping rhythms
a02.jpgP3 Clementians incorporating movement with music
a03.jpgClementians learning to play the chime bars
a04.jpgClementians using interactive ICT to play piano chords
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Clementians playing the Angklung
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P4 Clementians playing the recorder
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P5 Clementians getting ready to play the boomwhackers

2. Talent Development

Primary 2 Clementians with strong musical abilities are identified during music lessons and encouraged to join CCAs such as Choir and Brass Band. Pupils’ early participation in these CCAs serves to maximise their potential, enhance their skills and spark in them a deeper and more sustained interest in the performing arts.

Primary 4 and 6 Clementians also participate in enrichment programmes which culminate in opportunities for them to showcase their talents.
 

Primary 4 - Ukelele

The ukulele programme has been a hit amongst Primary 4 pupils because of the instrument’s portability and the ease of learning it. Pupils learn the basics of strumming, how to play simple chords, and explore the different parts of ukulele and their functions. Talented pupils have been selected to perform local favourites such as “Home” and “Di Tanjung Katong” for the school’s National Day concert.

a08.jpgP4 students learning chords on the Ukelele

Primary 6 STOMP

The post-PSLE STOMP programme has taken the Primary 6 pupils and teachers by storm. Primary 6 pupils are taught creative ways to use of household items such as brooms, bins, and pails to create percussive sounds. Pupils choreograph and improvise their own rhythms with everyday items brought from home and finally showcase their musical creations in a performance for their Graduation Day concert.

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P6 Clementians using ICT to plan their Graduation Day concert programme

Schoolwide Singing Competition
Clementians participate enthusiastically in this year’s inaugural singing competition in order to showcase their vocal talents. The competition is especially meaningful for the contestants as their classmates cheer them on and vote for their favourites. 

Partnerships and Programmes

1. Learning Journeys
To extend learning beyond the classroom, Clementians are provided with opportunities to attend musicals and performances. This year, P3 pupils enjoyed watching Players’ Theatre’s “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” at Ulu Pandan Community Club. During the Question-and-Answer session at the end, they learned more about what goes on behind-the-scenes, and what the props really look like.

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P3 Pupils enjoying a performance of "Knuffle Bunny: A cautionary Musical", by Players' Theatre
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P3 Clementians asking actors about what goes on behind-the-scenes

 
2. Aesthetics Week
Since 2011, Aesthetics Week has been a yearly highlight for pupils involving music, dance and art.This year, Aesthetics Week was launched with an assembly programme featuring a medley of pop songs by local vocal group, MiCapella. Clementians also learnt how to produce the sounds of various drums and string instruments with their lips and tongue, a skill which they continued to explore in the hallways throughout the week. 

Curriculum Focus

LevelsFocus
P1 & P2
Canon
Choral Singing
Boomwhackers
Angklung
PAL (Music)
Music Literature
Instrumental playing with pitched & unpitched instruments
 P3 & P4
2-part singing
Choral singing
Recorder
Ukulele
Music composition
Instrumental playing with pitched & unpitched instruments
 P5 & P6
2-part singing
Choral singing
Garage Band
Music Ensemble
Music Composition
Instrumental playing with pitched & unpitched instruments 

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2nd PL Parents’ Conference

Held on 27 March, PL Parents’ Conference 2010 was the second of a series three annual conferences initiated by PLMGS(S) in collaboration with its Parents-School Support Group to address and tackle the challenges and issues faced by parents today. 

Ms Denise Phua, MP for Jalan Besar GRC was the Guest of Honour. Our keynote speaker was Mr Jeffrey Goh who was also a workshop speaker on the topic of ‘The Joy of Family’. His keynote speech was not only informative but also humourous which drew much laughter from the audience. Other topics and speakers included ‘Teaching Values Through Humour’ by Mr George Ong, ‘Charting Your Family’s Road Map’ by Dr Foo Fung Fong, ‘Engaging The Family In Sexuality and Social and Emotional Issues’ by Ms Amy Ser, ‘Dads for Life’ by Mr Jason Wong, ‘Different Gems Different Shine’ by Mrs Chua Yen Ching, and a Youth Workshop: Loving Me Loving You by Mrs Stella Koh-Tan. 

A total of 385 participants attended the conference and enjoy the various workshop session. 

  
Ms Denise Phua presenting tokens of appreciation to our keynote speaker
  
A group photo of all the presenters with Ms Yoong
  
Ms Chua, Principal of Northlight sharing beautiful gems with participants
  
Youths learning alongside parents 

Tehillim II

  
Mr Jerry Ong, conducting the Junior Ensemble
  
Mr Gaspar and the Senior Ensemble
  
Belting out a self-composed song are Amanda Chong and Niki Lee (4A1)
  
A dramatic end to a fantastic concert with 'Mission Impossible'

On 26 March, PL’s Guitar Ensemble held its second concert, Tehillim II. It was a rewarding and memorable experience for all of us, and we would like to thank Mrs Marian Chia, our Guest of Honour, for gracing this very special event. 

The senior ensemble performed five songs, along with an unexpected encore item which awed the audience. The item was a skit which accompanied the song ‘Mission Impossible’. Alyssa P’ng, Santine Pillay and our very own instructor, Mr Michael Gaspar starred in this skit! Our junior ensemble made a debut, entertaining the audience with two lively songs, ‘Mama Mia’ and ‘Happy Together’. Our guest performers, the guitar ensemble from St. Gabriels’ Secondary School, put up an excellent performance of ‘Ai no Kurashi’ (Life with love) and a jazzy tune entitled ‘Girl from Ipanema’. 

Tehillim II has provided a platform for our members to showcase their talent and passion for music through performing in duets and ensembles. We thank the Lord for blessing us with his goodness and for providing us with the strength to push on and practice hard for this concert. Lastly, we would also like to thank our teachers, families and friends for supporting us and making Tehillim II a blast!
Yuka Kamamoto, Sec 4A3

PL Triathlon 2010

25 March 2010 marked the day of PL’s very own and unique Triathlon! PL’s inaugural triathlon was definitely the way to begin Term 2 with a bang. Four houses coming together to compete, expending maximum effort whilst engaging in friendly competition, exemplifies the true meaning of sports and sportsmanship. 

With the Youth Olympic Games in mind, PL organised this event in hope of providing opportunities for Pl-Lites to take part in competitive sports events as well as to demonstrate perseverance and resilience through these physical challenges - which is in line with our school values. To add PL’s very own flavour to this special event, skipping was put in place of cycling. The three events were skipping, running and swimming involving almost everyone – the pupils from the Lower Sec, Upper Sec and, even the Upper Primary pupils. 

Being the pioneer in hosting such an adventurous event, PL did not anticipate the success it enjoyed. PL’s inaugural triathlon was a successful one due to meticulous and early planning which started as early as February. The sports committee, comprising a group of girls from both the sports groups and other CCAs, gathered together with a mission to make it a success. The sports committee’s diligence, cooperation and effort, coupled with the help of other student leaders and the guidance of the teachers, the triathlon turned out to be a fun-filled event that truly embodied PL. 

  
Chew House Enthusiam
  
Dodsworth Mascot - The Spongebob
  
Friendship of Lee House
  
Spirit of Excellence
  
Skipping
  
Swimming
Secondary Champion - Lee House
Running
Overall Champion - Chew House

Pupils’ Reflections 

Personally, I think PL’s first triathlon is definitely a success. I believe that all the pupils enjoyed this event and everyone had a great time. 

If you did not compete in an individual event, you would have participated in a mass event. If you were unwell for the mass events, you would have cheered for the house. There was something for everyone to do and that is why I feel that this year’s sports day was a great success. 

I’m proud to be a member of the sports committee. I felt proud to wear the sports committee shirt and to tell people about the triathlon. I’m sure the whole sports committee feels this way too. 

At the start of this worthwhile commitment, we were given a task to set two goals we wished to reach. Upon review, I am contented that I have met both my objectives. Firstly, I have forged new friendships and, secondly I have performed my role to my fullest potential by helping the other various sub-committees as well. 
Blossom Tan, Sec 3A1 

It was an honour to be part of the organising committee of Sports Day 2010. Being the first triathlon that PL had ever had, we had to plan the event right from the scratch. There were many factors and minor details to consider. At first, it was a challenge for most of us, being new to organising such an event. However, as a team, we helped one another along the way and managed to solve the various problems. The teachers also continually guided us during our planning and I am very grateful for them. This experience will be etched in my memory in PL and I definitely enjoyed myself during the first PL Triathlon 2010. 
Esther Ambrose, Sec 4A2

International Symposium on Water Resources for Secondary Schools

From 22 to 26 March, 4 pupils from PLMGS(S) were selected to represent Singapore to attend the International Water Symposium for Secondary School Students in Nanjing, China. The 4 girls are Deborah Lee and Rachel Koh from Sec 3A4 and Grace Goh and Emily Chng from Sec 3A3. 

The symposium was attended by schools from USA, Germany, South Africa, China and Hong Kong. The girls had the privilege to share with the other delegates Singapore’s journey to become a global hydrohub. Delegates at the symposium were also treated to a taste of the NEWater as the water was given out as part of the presentation. 

Besides the main symposium, the girls also had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of Nanjing which is a famous historical and cultural city. As the students left Nanjing, they brought home fond memories and priceless lessons gleaned from this experience of a lifetime. 


Pupils’ Reflections 

Upon arrival in Nanjing, China, we were immediately hit by the cold of early spring. The Nanjing Symposium on Water Resource was attended by delegates from the countries China, Hong Kong, Germany, the United States of America, South Africa and of course Singapore! There we made many friends from around the world and learnt about the different cultures and ways of life. In fact, many of them had never heard of Singapore! 

On the first evening, we were treated to a scrumptious dinner which was unique to Nanjing's culture. From bamboo shoots to drunken duck, the Chinese cuisine is very much different from the one that we eat in Singapore. On the second day, we tour the city in the rain and cold. Despite the unfortunate weather, we still had a lot of fun sightseeing the various places of attraction such as the Purple Mountain. The next day was a breathtaking boat ride along a portion of the Yangtze River. We were amazed by the width of the river and how clean it was! We were also pleasantly surprised to hear that a Singapore company was going to set up its business there. 
Rachel Koh, Sec 3A4 

I am very grateful that I have had this wonderful opportunity to represent my country and my school to visit Nanjing. Through this trip i must say that I have learnt a lot about Singapore sustain and manage its water supply. This trip helped to hone my presentation and social skills. This international symposium has allowed me to make friends from all over the world, know more about their culture. After this symposium I realised that i am indeed more proud of Singapore as I realised that it is no mean feat to develop a small island we were back then into a global hydro-hub that we are now. I enjoyed this Nanjing trip a lot and really hope to represent my country in more of these international symposiums in the future. 
Deborah Lee, Sec 3A4 

Going to Nanjing to take part in the symposium was an experience of a lifetime. Being exposed to the issues faced by different countries concerning water and the culture of China was a real eye opener. I enjoyed touring the city of Nanjing and visiting the Nanjing school, I found it enriching to learn how different education in China and Singapore is. Finding new friends from the other countries was enjoyable, and it was interesting to learn about the different countries and share about Singapore as well. Most importantly, I bonded with my team from PL and have grown in self-confidence as well as leadership by going to Nanjing. All in all, I enjoyed representing my school and my country, and above all, bringing glory to God. 
Grace Goh, Sec 3A3 

I’m truly honoured to be able to go on this very prestigious trip to Nanjing to represent Singapore in giving a presentation of our unique Singapore’s water story. Through this trip, I learnt much more than I ever could. Not only did I learn more about other countries’ water stories and Singapore’s water story, I have built up my confidence in speaking in front of the public. This trip is such a memorable and fruitful one because I’ve indeed learnt much more than I ever could from the textbooks. Being able to interact well with other students from other parts of the world is also another challenge for me. And through this trip, I could proudly say that I did communicate well with them and had tons of fun with them. The joy and laughter that we had would be something that I will remember for life! 

In addition, this trip gave me a wider knowledge on the world’s technological advancement. With the different technologies, we could build up a new nation/ world whereby our resources would be used wisely and saved for our future generations. 
Emily Chng, Sec 3A3

Concert Band Trip to Malaysia

During the March holidays, the PL Concert Band embarked on our first overseas trip in five years to Malaysia. We participated in school band exchanges and learnt from bands which are very strong in dynamics and expressions. The highlights of the trip were the day of performance and fun at the outdoor theme park on Genting Highlands. Apart from performing, we also visited Desa Amal Jireh, a community home and interacted with the under-privileged children. 

The 4D3N learning journey has allowed us to play, live and work as a band, bonding us closer together. The exposure and experience gained also prepare us for our upcoming concert, Emmanuel VIII, and next year’s SYF Central Judging. We thank God for the opportunity and the blessings during the trip. 

  
Group photo taken at one of Malaysia’s landmark.
  
Band members interacting with  the children at the community home. 
  
Group photo taken after a school band  exchange at Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya.
  
Performing at Genting Highlands’ theme park 

Meet-the-Parents Session

  
Teacher-parent conference
  
Parents waiting to see the teachers

A total of 188 parents came to school on 12 March to meet with their daughter’s teachers. They discussed on the results of the girls and how parents and teachers can work together to develop the girls to their fullest potential. 

School Fire Drill

  
Head of Warden, Ms Gan, briefing the  teams on search and rescue
  
Feedback given to pupils at assembly area on  how they performed in the Fire Evacuation Drill

As part of the school’s effort to build resilience, develop capacity and coping abilities within the school community, the school’s Safety and Emergency Committee organised a fire drill on 9 March 2010. 

We believe that the school’s effective crisis response enhances the mental health and social development of the school community. Repeated preparation, implementation and review are part of the school’s strategic focus to reduce the unknown, to increase the awareness and readiness in response to a crisis situation, for example, in a fire evacuation. 

Miss Vivien Chee, Teacher In-charge of the School Safety and Emergency Committee summed up the importance of this exercise, “I have always reiterated that two things that can make a crisis worse. Firstly, not knowing what to do and secondly, not having a plan.” 

MOE ExcelFest 2010

On the 5 and 6 March, a group of 18 PL-Lites headed to Suntec City Convention Centre for the MOE Excelfest 2010, to showcase our project of raising awareness about bullying in schools to MOE staff and the general public during the two days of ExcelFest. 

Our group is known as the Matadors, as our goal was to stop the Bullying, just like how matadors stop bulls in the arena. The project was student-initiated and we worked over a period of six months to put it together. Last year, we implemented our campaign school-wide for a week, conducting an assembly talk to inform the student body of general facts on bullying and setting up a canteen booth with games for PL-Lites to participate in. 

At the ExcelFest, the Matadors showed visitors photographs and posters of the project, told them the effects of bullying and showed them a filmstrip of an original video we filmed to illustrate the reality and consequences of bullying. The highlight of our exhibition was getting our visitors to sign pledge cards to commit themselves to preventing bullying in their own circle of influence. These pledge cards were displayed to other visitors and we collected a total of 699 pledge cards over the two days. 

All in all, the Matadors enjoyed their experience representing our school at the ExcelFest and we found it enriching not only to share with others about our project but also to interact with the presenters from other schools. It was a learning journey for us all as we served and glorified God. 

  
Presenting to you... Team Matador!
Our PL teachers signing the 100th pledge card!
  
Our little sisters from PL Primary giving their pledges and showing us their support!

UNIS-UN Conference in New York

‘Bioethics: Striking a Balance’ was the topic of the 34th United Nations International School-United Nations (UNIS-UN) Conference. It was held in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York on 4 and 5 March. 

The UNIS-UN is a prestigious conference and it opened with a message from the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, which was read out by a student. The message stressed the need 

We were addressed by directors and chairmen of various universities and medical institutions on topics such as organ transplantation, neuroethics, stem cell research, the human embryo market and intrinsic human dignity. There were also student debates and panel discussions on issues such as euthanasia, animal testing and pharmaceutical testing. Fellow delegates were also encouraged to question the speakers or comment on the debates. It was a highly interactive session which allowed us to view these issues from different perspectives. 

Moreover, we had the privilege of being hosted by the Permanent Representative of the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Ambassador Mr Vanu Gopala Menon, his wife, Mrs Menon, and their son, Keertan. During our stay in Manhattan, we visited the lovely sights of New York City like the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, and even watched a play on Broadway. We also took a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty and visited the Greater Refuge Temple, a church in Harlem. 

It was certainly an exhilarating and enriching experience, as it was our first time in New York. We are extremely grateful to our Principal, Miss Pamela Yoong, and our English teacher and Senior Dean of Co-Curricular Programme, Mrs Emily Jacob for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Reported by Ruth Lew, Sec 4A1 and Shabbna, Sec 4A1 

to consider the global implications of bioethics as bioethics is no longer restricted to experts and should now include civil society and the general public. 

  
Shabbna and Ruth in New York
  
Shabbna and Ruth in the home of the Ambassador & family