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February 2011

Fathers’ Breakfast Bonding

Mr Jason Wong (seated in the centre), Secretariat, Dads for Life, MCYS, was the speaker at the bonding session Fathers@Schools, an initiative under the auspices of the Parents-School Support Group, organized its first Fathers’ Breakfast Bonding session on the 16 February 2011. A total of 16 fathers attended the bonding session. Mr Jason Wong, Secretariat, Dads for Life, MCYS, was invited to share on “The Challenge of Fathering Today”. The session ended with fellowship over a hearty breakfast.

Total Defence Day

We've got our hands on the drumlets!
Answering questions correctly to get ration coupons for drumlets
Persevere to the very end-Lee Peh Gee, Member of the 1st Singapore Women's Mount Everest Team

Paya Lebar Methodist Girl’s School (Secondary) commemorated Total Defence (TD) Day on 14 Feb 2011. In conjunction with the theme ‘Home - Keeping it Together’, all staff and pupils had a weeklong memorable experience of learning and reflecting on the significance of TD. 

Both teachers and pupils were captivated by the personal sharing of the Singapore Women’s Mount Everest Team and also the lecture by LTC Quah Chee Lay on the importance of military defence in Singapore, specifically on role of the Singapore Navy in military defence. 

In addition to these two talks, the pupils were made to experience limited supply of waffles and drumlets in the school canteen for two days of that week. Our NE Ambassadors and Middle Management were given a fixed number of ration cards to distribute to staff and pupils. This activity helped us to appreciate what it was like at a ‘Black Market’ situation under the Japanese Occupation. 

To conclude the meaningful TD Week, each pupil wrote a reflection on her role in and the significance in TD. 

Pupils' Reflections
I learnt to be resilient and have a never-say-die spirit. I will play my part as a citizen and do my best for my country. No matter what setback I face, I will not give up! 
Isabel Choo, Sec 2-4 

I’ve learnt that Total Defence is about guarding all aspects of Singapore. The various aspects include Singapore’s social, economic, psychological, military and civil defence. LTC Kuah focus her sharing on Singapore’s military defence. Even though we are just a ‘small red dot’, we can still defend our country through transformation, training and technology. If a crisis strikes Singapore, I am confident that Singaporewill be always ready to defend herself. 
Beatrice Yeo, Sec 4A4

Meridian Junior College Debate Invitational 2011

On 22 January 2011, our PL Debaters Karen Kusuma, Deborah Lee, Sarah Tay, Claudia Ho and Petrina Ong competed in the Meridian Junior College Debate Invitational. We are pleased to announce that they defeated Bedok South Secondary and Ngee Ann Secondary and proceeded to the Semi Finals against Raffles Girls’ School. It was a close fight but we eventually lost to Raffles Girls’ School. We are proud to announce that Karen Kusuma received the best speaker award for both rounds.

Sharing with Jurong Secondary School on PL’s Character Development Programmes

Sharing of our character development programmes
Discussion between the two schools
A token of appreciation from Jurong Secondary School

On 18 February 2011, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) hosted a team of key personnel from Jurong Secondary School to share with them on PL’s Character Development Programmes. Through the sharing and candid discussion, we learnt much from each other.

Chinese New Year Lunch for the Elderly

On 8 February 2011, the staff of Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) organised a Chinese New Year Lunch for the elderly as part of its Staff Community Involvement Programme (CIP). It was the first time the staff came together to handle every aspect of the lunch from the planning stage to the actual organisation, including serving of the dishes as well as putting up various performances to entertain the elderly. 

This year, the special invitation for lunch was extended primarily to the elderly in the Hougang Community. There were about 150 elderly people who attended this event. Besides the elderly residents in Hougang, the event was attended by elderly people from St Luke’s ElderCare, Society for the Aged Sick, NKF-Hougang 1 Centre and Yong-En Care Centre in Chinatown. 

The event was co-sponsored by the North East Community Development Council and Mdm Cynthia Phua, Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. 

The event was well received by the elderly and the staff was delighted to serve them as it wastheir way to contribute back to the community.

Valentine’s Fundraising Project by EAS

The balloon counter at PLMGS (S)
What a long queue at the balloon counter!
Colourful balloons
Preparing for next sales in the afternoon
The chocolate counter at PLMGS (S)
The chocolate counter at PLMGS (P)

The school’s Executive and Administrative Staff (EAS) organised the Valentine’s Fundraising Project 2011 on 11 and 14 Feb 2011. 

The aim of the project was to raise funds to help the needy pupils studying at PLMGS (Sec) and to contribute to the Overseas Community Involvement Programme.

Funds were raised by selling balloons and chocolates at PLMGS (Pri) and PLMGS (Sec).
Chinese New Year Concert

Two weeks before the Year of the Tiger drew to a close, the Rabbit had already made its presence known in PL. By the end of January, a great assortment of papercraft bunnies and other Lunar New Year decorations had sprung up outside the classrooms, thanks to the pupils’ enthusiastic participation in the Classroom Decoration Contest.

On Lunar New Year’s Eve, PL packed into the Shaw Hall for a morning of festive celebration. What a feast of sight and sound, and how full of surprises the event was! The atmosphere of the morning was set by the Guzheng Ensemble who delighted the school first with the chorus of their zithers and later with a percussion piece. All twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac made an appearance in the skit presented by the D’Arts. Lighting up the stage were the PL Dancers, in whose hands the common red lantern seemed exceptionally elegant. The Malay pupils also joined in the celebration, presenting an interesting Dikir Barat rendition of the classic “Gongxi Gongxi” song.

Equally enthusiastic were the PL staff, some of whom demonstrated their ability to speak in dialects and others who sang Chinese New Year songs for the video in the “Guess the Teacher” game. Worthy of special mention is the solo ballet performance by the lovely Ms Jayaram and the instrumental performance of “Dance of the Golden Snake” by a group of teachers who call themselves “12 noon”.

The morning’s celebration ended on a calmer note with the Principal leading the school in a period of devotion and prayer, during which PL pupils were reminded to make wise choices over the festive break, and to give thanks for the many “restart” dates the calendar affords.

May this be an auspicious “restart” to the year for the PL family!

Pupils' Reflections
The Chinese New Year celebration held in our school had an air of excitement to it. I enjoyed the performance by the PL Dancers and was astounded by the way they manoeuvred their props with elegance throughout the whole routine. However, what tickled me the most were the videos made by our teachers wishing us a blessed Chinese New Year. As a non-Chinese I have been watching these concerts for six years now and have already embraced the culture so nothing serves as a culture shock. 
Sonia Mary Anthony, Sec 2.1