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May 2013

Sports Day 2013

Fly Doggie Fly Run House Run The first ever Parents vs Staff race
The highly anticipated cheering competition The Champion House, Archer! Ms Grace Ng and the Champion House

Sports Day 2013 was held on the 15 March 2013 (Friday). The theme for this year's sports day was ' Ο ΑΓΩΝΑΣ' which means 'The Race' in Greek. This year's events included the much anticipated 4x100m, 8x50m, 100m and 400m races, Mass run, cheering competition and the PL FAMILY RACE. In addition, the PL-Lites also competed in four various stations in school during their respective house practices consisting of high jump, long jump, shot put and hurdles to earn points for their respective house, which were then accumulated to the final scores. 

This year, we had our inaugural Parents and Male Teachers Race this year, where the fathers of PL-Lites and the PL male teachers pit their fitness and speed in the 2x200m race. Following this race, parents, students and teachers from both primary and secondary school took part in the novelty race, which involved skipping and fanning the animal-shaped balloon. Archer House emerged as the overall champion of Sports Day 2013. 

The pupils truly enjoyed their day thoroughly as they cheered for their friends, expending maximum effort and engaging in friendly competition, which exemplifies the true meaning of sportsmanship and teamwork in the events. More importantly, the sports committee's diligence, determination and efforts, together with the help of the other student leaders and guidance from the teachers, Sports Day 2013 turned out to be a fun-filled and enriching event that truly embodied PL. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
“This is the first time that I have organised an event that involved the whole school and it was a great experience. Through the countless planning sessions, I have learnt many valuable lessons and I was glad that I had the chance to bond with my level mates as well as the Sec 4s. I feel that Sports Day was a success and although not everything went as smoothly as planned, I had a great time throughout the whole day and I am looking forward to Sports Day in 2014!” 
Seet Seow Chien, Secondary 4A1 

“Participating in this Sports day event as a student leader has taught me many things. Communication is very important and we had to be alert and flexible to respond to changes promptly. The process was nerve wrecking yet enjoyable. It also required hard work and cooperation from all the committee members. The experience was enriching and I am grateful that the school gave us the opportunity to take part in this major event which allowed us to go beyond our comfort zone. It was truly a mission accomplished!” 
Marielle Tan, Secondary 3C1b 

“Personally, this experience has been rather enriching and enjoyable for me. It is the first time I was helping to organise a school wide event, and I must say it was really not what I had expected. I was deployed to take charge of the Novelty Race and I realized how much there really was to be done. It was really messy and confusing when I had to go about finding people and I have to admit, I was unsure of my role. However, I eventually got the hang of it and the job was completed. What I really enjoyed about this event was being able to see how everyone was helping one another. I just felt really appreciative when I saw how we all pitched in to help and prepared ahead of time for this 'big' day.” 
Tabitha Chiam, Secondary 4A3

Raffles Debate Academy Under - 14 Debate Invitational

 

The PL lower secondary debaters defeated Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) and NUS High School at the Raffles Debate Academy Under 14 Debate Championships held on 25 May at Raffles Institution (Junior College): 
  1. Amanda Chia (Sec 2.2, Team Captain)
  2. Elisabeth Lian (Sec 1.1)
  3. Megan Nicole Lew (Sec 1.5)
  4. Hannah Quek Sihui (Sec 1.1)
  5. Rianne Lim Ee Shyan (Sec 1.2)

There were 24 teams in all -- including most top schools like Raffles Institution, Raffles Girls’ School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Methodist Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. They competed in 3 matches and were defeated by HCI in the prepared round. The 2nd and 3rd rounds were impromptu rounds in which they beat FMSS and NUS High. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
“RDA U14s 2013 was a memorable and enriching experience as we were pitted against some of the finest debaters. We knew that to succeed, we must work together as a team and train hard. The competition provided a great platform to explore global issues and gain different perspectives. We would like to thank our coach, teachers, Mrs Ong and Ms Ong for their constant guidance and support. To God be the Glory!” 
Amanda Chia, Secondary 2.2 

National Schools Digital Media Competition 2013


6 Teams from the Media Information and Technology (MIT) Club participated in the National Schools Digital Media Competition (NSDMC) 2013 where they had to to create comic strips to promote Civil Defence in Singapore. They worked on topics such as 'How to make your home fire safe', 'CPR Basics 101' and 'What is Public warning System'. The teams submitted their proposals and 2 teams whose proposals were shortlisted, attended a 2-day workshop in March where they polished their projects and submitted for judging. Team 1, comprising of Ayesha Kanwal (Sec 1.2) , Angela Tan Jia Yi (Sec 1.2), Heera Farzana ( Sec 1.3) and Codie Leung Zi Ning (Sec 1.3) won the top 10 placing while Team 2, represented by Sandra Choy (Sec 1.7), K. Vittusha (Sec 1.3), Jazreel Yeo Shi Hui (Sec 1.4) and Laura Lee Yin (Sec 1.6) won the top 20 position.

Secondary Two Camp – ‘I Aspire’

All ready for the sea!Building their own raftsCommunication is important in TEAMWORK
Getting ready to perform for the campfireHand in hand, we'll do this together!Learning to trust one another

On 2 June 2013, the Secondary Two Camp – ‘I Aspire’ came to an end after a fulfilling 3-day 2-night camp at Changi Coast Adventure Centre. 

During the camp, our pupils gave their best and participated in all the activities organised. These activities ranged from rock-wall climbing, to kayaking, and even outdoor cooking. They became more resilient, deepened their friendships with one another and learnt about teamwork through cheering each other on to achieve the best possible outcomes. 

The pupils enjoyed the camp tremendously and are eagerly looking forward to the next camp – the Sec 3 OCIP. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
"Initially, many of us felt apprehensive about going for the camp, but after two days of sharing stories and giggling in dorms, cheering each other on and caring for our friends, we soon found ourselves very much at ease with one another. I also wanted to overcome personal fears, push boundaries and gain new experiences through my participation in the various activities. Being at the camp has certainly allowed me to do so. The wonderful experiences would not have been possible without the presence of the instructors and the teachers. This camp has allowed me to see that PL-Lites are a resilient bunch and will always do their very best. At the same time, we should always give thanks to the Lord for being with us every step of the way." 
Nicole Kwok Sec 2.1 

"I felt that the camp was an enriching experience. I made new friends and also got to know the friends whom I already knew even better. Through this camp, I learnt that in order to achieve something, I need to have a goal in mind and persevere even though I may face difficulties. During the various challenges, my friends always offered me their support and encouragement. The instructors helped to make the camping experience even more fun and our teachers kept us safe and even stayed up late into the night to make sure that everything went on well. I hope that the Sec 1s going for the camp next year will have just as much fun as I did." 
Kaitlyn Trisha Joseph Sec 2.5

SSO Concert Experience @ School of the Arts Singapore


On 22 May 2013, pupils from the ACE Aesthetics Music programme attended a music concert performed by Singapore Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Darrell Ang and world renowned concert pianist Stephen Hough. Concert highlights includedexcerpts from Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition , an introduction into Mussorgsky’s operaKhovanshchina and Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini, for Piano & Orchestra (1978) .The magical live concert experience with Stephen Hough, whose stellar musical achievements included four Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Awards and an extensive discography comprising of more than 50 recordings,certainly left a memorable impression on the ACE Aesthetics pupils. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
"The concert is definitely anunforgettable experience for me and I would like more opportunities to visit these concerts." 
Jodi Tan, Secondary 1.2 

"I think that this concert experience has been very enriching. I love the way the orchestra played in unison. This has taught me that if we work in unison we can create something great. After the performance, I am in awe. I hope that the school can bring us on trips like this again." 
Clarissa Khor, Secondary 1.2 

"After attending the concert, I feel that I am more motivated to learn the piano well especially after watching the pianist play. He could play the piano so well; it was so amazing. I never thought that I would have been able to see and listen to a pianist who can play so well right in front of my eyes. His fingers moved so fast without slipping at all it was extremely jaw-dropping. I gained a lot more interest in piano after this experience and I hope that we can see more of these performances!" 
Fedora Gavin Raj, Secondary 2.4 

Prefects’ Installation – Beginning of a new journey

Handover of duties from the Exco of 2012/2013  to the Exco of 2013/2014
Presentation of badges to the prefects by Reverend Lynette
Dedicating the prefects to service  to God and the school in prayer
Our Mission as leaders begins

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." 
Mark 12:30-31 

"The Lorddoes not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart." 
1 Samuel 16:7b 

The theme for the Prefectorial Board in 2013 to 2014 is ‘Mission iHeart: Christ from the Start’. This theme was specially chosen by the prefects to demonstrate their desire to follow Jesus as an example in their leadership journey. Together with the above two theme verses, the theme served as a apt reminder to them that they should seek to serve and lead with humble and teachable hearts that love God and love His people. 

This journey to fulfill the mission of growing their hearts started on 22 May 2013, as the prefects were officially installed under the witness of our chaplain, Reverend Lynette Sathiasingam, our guest speaker, Pastor Gladwin Lee, our parents, guests from other schools, the teachers and their fellow school-mates. 

The Prefect Installation was a meaningful service. The Secondary Four prefects were appreciated for their service and contribution to the school, and the Secondary Two and Three Prefects step up and took on the leadership baton in leading the school. The service ended meaningfully as the prefects put up a dance item to express their gratitude to their parents and the Secondary Four Prefects. 

Hence we prayed that as the prefects embark on this journey to discover God’s heart, they would also be mounded and touched by His love. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
"This being my first installation, I felt really proud and honoured as the school has given me an opportunity to serve as a student leader. The message by Rev Gladwin spoke to me. He said that being a leader was not only how you look on the outside, but it's the person inside. I told myself I would like to be a leader who could influence others to do what's right and I would strive to do everything in the best that I could with God's help." 
Sharmaine Sng Kai Ling, Secondary 2.5 

"This year’s installation was something new and different for me. Although it wasn’t my first installation, this was the first installation that we’re (the Secondary 3 Prefects) organizing. It was also the first installation that had a new meaning to me. Being the new Head Prefect, this installation was a platform to renew my pledge and reflect on the real reason why I was in the Prefectorial Board. It also ignited in me a new understanding of ‘Mission iHeart: Christ from the Start’." 
Johanna Faith Foo, Secondary 3A3 

PL NPCC Unit commemorates NPCC Day


The PL NPCC Unit commemorated NPCC Day on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. At the ceremony, Senior Inspector Ong Sze Han, Sec 4A3, read out the message by Mdm Zuraidah Abdullah, Deputy Chairman, NPCC Council to the whole school. In addition, Senior Inspector Lydia Leong, Sec 4B1, was recognised for her exemplary leadership as she received the SPC-NPCC Badge. At the close of the ceremony, the officers and cadets re-dedicated themselves to the corps with the recitation of the NPCC Pledge. The school responded with enthusiastic applause to encourage the officers and cadets to press on. 

Breakfast with PLMC Pastoral Team


To strengthen the ties and partnership with the school, the PLMC Pastors/School chaplains – Rev Dr Jonathan Seet, Rev Lynette Sathiasingam, Rev Christopher Chin and Pastor Gladwin Lee – took time to join the staff for breakfast (sponsored by PLMC) on 7 May 2013. Rev Dr Jonathan Seet, Pastor-in-charge, also encouraged and affirmed the teachers for the wonderful works they have been doing in the lives of the students entrusted to their care.