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April 2011

International Friendship Day 2011

The International Friendship Day 2011 kick-started with the launch of a photojournalism competition. The competition required individual pupils to take a photograph and write a short description on how the photograph is linked to the word ‘Home’. Good entries were unveiled in the LiVE lesson commemorating the event itself. 

The event continued with a sharing during the assembly period on 11 April. The sharing covered the origins of the event and why Singapore commemorates this special day. The theme of 2011, ‘The World at Home’, was also unveiled. 

At the LiVE lesson, the setting was at an aircraft where the pupils were the passengers on board the flight named ‘Far Far Away’. The Masters of Ceremony took on the roles of air stewardesses and explained to the girls the areas of contributions of our forefathers, which included the writing of the national anthem, sports and a few more by a diversity of non-Singaporeans. 

The LiVE lesson also explored the theme and word ‘Home’ in greater detail. Following that, the top 3 prizes of the photojournalism competition were presented to the girls. The event came to a close with days of ethnic food tasting at the school canteen.

National Inter-Schools Table Tennis Championships

Our table tennis team has achieved much for this past year. Our patient, dedicated and committed coaches have helped us hone our skills and improve our game tactics, guiding us through our table tennis journey. 

Our teachers have also been very encouraging and supportive. Without their continuous support, we would not have been able to attain whatever we have achieved. 

Our C Division teams had been champions in the East Zone Championships for 15 consecutive years from 1991 to 2005 too. 

For the 2011 season, our peddlers were crowned champions in the East Zone Inter-School Table Tennis Championship. 

In the recently concluded National Inter-Schools Table Tennis Championship, we managed a commendable 4th place, only losing to perennial powerhouses like Cedar Girls and Raffles Girls School. 

We hope to do better in future competitions and to do our school proud. 

To God be the Glory! 
Jerlyn Chee, Vice-Captain, Sec 4A1

Symphony of Praise 3

Presenting token of  appreciation to our Guest of Honour

On 16 April 2011, the school organised its 3  rd  biennial Symphony of Praise concert at our very own Agape Concert Hall. Mrs Teo Kin Hiang, Academy Principal, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts, graced the occasion as our Guest of Honour. Besides showcasing the accomplishments of our performing arts pupils, the sold-out concert also recognised the efforts put in by the trainers and coaches. We had performances by the Concert Band, Choir, D’Arts (Dance), Harp Ensemble, Handbell and Handchime Ensemble, Guzheng Tuan, ELDDS (Drama), D’Arts (Chinese Drama) and Guitar Ensemble. In addition, there was a concurrent Art Exhibition held at the foyer of the Concert Hall. 

Pupils' Reflections 
Being part of a team makes me feel special and especially to a great, loving family like ELDDS. Having the opportunity to work with my team-mate, whether cast or crew, has been a growing and enriching experience.  

Symphony of Praise is a time when we can show what we have been blessed – the talent for acting, art, props, costumes, lights and sounds – with our friends and family. All performing art groups rehearsed and practised day after day and it’s heartening to see the commitment and passion from all us to perform well. 
Rachel Loh, Sec 3A1 (ELDDS Drama)

ELDDS has taught me never to give up and to believe in the team, the play and myself. Preparing for SYF and subsequently the Symphony of Praise has been a challenging but fruitful experience. After months of strenuous rehearsals, our hard work truly paid off at the Symphony of Praise 3, when we saw the crowd smiling back at us and clapping with much enthusiasm. Drama has taught me the meaning of passion and the definition of a good dramatic performance – to have no regrets after leaving the stage. 

Symphony of Praise is a time for us to put into action what Drama has taught us and what it means to us. It is a time for us to find our inner STAR and shine brightly for our CCA, our school and GOD. 
Sherie Prema George, Sec 4A4 (ELDDS Drama)

Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging 2011

Congratulations to our all Performing Arts Groups for doing well for the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging 2011. To God be the Glory! Here are the detailed results: 
Guzheng GOLD with Honours
Choir GOLD
Dance GOLD
D’Arts Drama SILVER
Handbells SILVER

THINK Challenge

One of the teams testing their Leyden Jar.
Group picture

10 Secondary 2 ACE Science programme pupils took part in the Temasek Junior College THINK Challenge on 9 and 16 April 2011. This competition infused problem based learning and scientific inquiry with a focus on collaboration. In the first preliminary round, pupils were divided into 2 teams of 5 and were tasked to design and test their own Leyden Jar, a device that stored static electricity between 2 electrodes on the inside and outside of a jar. For the second preliminary round, our pupils answered 40 multiple-choice questions. Through this event, they learnt to think on their feet and work as a team. 

Pupils' Reflections 
The THINK challenge was an interesting and fruitful learning experience. The competition also introduced a whole new aspect of Physics. I gained new knowledge about the Leyden jar. It was a good exposure for me as it has taught me teamwork, perseverance and to think out of the box. I had a lot of fun as I bonded with my classmates through the different activities and made new friends from the other teams. I feel that the THINK challenge was a challenging yet fun competition and I have learnt a lot from this experience.  
Pae En Qi  , Sec  2-1

Participating in the THINK challenge was a very enjoyable and enriching experience. Not only did I learn to think deeper into each aspect of science, but also the importance of teamwork and communication. At Temasek Junior College where the competition was held, we were given a task to construct a Leyden Jar using materials that could be found at home. It was really challenging and we had to do a lot of research. Through this competition, we learnt the many important aspects of science, teamwork and sportsmanship. 
Yeap Xin Yi,  Beverly  , Sec  2-1

PL@MOE ExCEL Festival

Panels displaying the PL leadership framework and model
Student leaders explaining the leadership programmes to the public
Visitors to our cluster booth

On 1 and 2 April 2011, the annual MOE ExCEL Fest was held at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The purpose of the learning festival was to provide a platform for schools to celebrate and share exciting and innovative practices in schools. PLMGS (Sec) together with the other schools from E5 Cluster had a booth at the MOE ExCEL Fest to showcase their efforts in the area of Character and Citizenship Education . The cluster theme was ‘Roots & Wings’.

PLMGS (Sec) presented our very own Student Leadership Development Programme, how we had explored, developed and maximised the leadership potential of every PL-Lite. We also shared how we strived to equip each and every one of the student leaders with the competencies necessary to their development, with the guiding verse taken from 1 Timothy 4:12, which says "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith and purity." Our student leaders would be leaders who influence, inspire and impact.
Article written by Elsa Sim of 3A3

Pupils' Reflections
I am very thankful for the opportunity to attend the prestigious MOE Excel Fest. From this event, there are many lessons that I can take away. Firstly, it taught me to be courageous in approaching people and confident in my speech about the topic I am sharing about. Finally, it also taught me to be open-minded and learn more about how other schools function. The event was an opportunity for me to widen my horizon as well to learn to speak confidently.
Vinita Sheri, Sec 3A3