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September 2012

Ms Sim Ann visits PLMGS (Sec)

Ms Ann Sim with our Principal, Ms Yoong and Ms Theodora Tan, Cluster Superintendent E5 Observing a Mother Tongue lesson
PL-Lites interacting with Ms Sim Ann Dialogue with the teachers

PLMGS (Sec) had the opportunity to welcome Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Education) when she came for a visit on 26 September 2012. The purpose of her visit was to understand how the various education policies were affecting schools and to hear the concerns of the school practitioners. 

Ms Sim began with a dialogue session with the School Leaders and Middle Managers. This was indeed a lively session as the issues discussed ranged from the recruitment of overseas scholars, to the recent change in policy with regard to the employment of Relief Teachers in school. Ms Sim was keen to find out more about the issues raised so as to bring about an improvement in the situation. 

Ms Sim then attended a Higher Mother Tongue lesson to see how the Mother Tongue Language was taught in the classroom. She also took a short tour of the Cultural Appreciation Centre and the school museum. At the museum, she had the opportunity to meet and dialogue with several pupils from the various streams and levels. The pupils enjoyed the time spent with our guest as they were able to share with her their school experiences. 

The teachers also had the opportunity to meet and greet the Parliamentary Secretary for Education. Over tea, an animated discussion ensued as issues like the teaching of values in the Mother Tongue, staff deployment and the changes in the Geography syllabus which would soon incorporate fieldwork, were discussed 

Though the visit was a short one, PL was glad for the opportunity to hear from our political leaders and engage them on educational matters that are close to our hearts.

Revving up the EBS curriculum!

Participants going through a training session conducted at Hai Tien Lou(Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore)Our PL girls (deployed to the Front Desk) posing for a shotOur PL girl in action at Hai Tien Lou , a fine-dining Chinese restaurant at Pan Pacific Singapore

PLMGS(S) partnered 5-star hotels Pan Pacific Singapore and Mandarin Oriental Singapore to conduct a 3-day Formula 1 Work Experience Programme for 20 pupils from 21 to 23 September. This was to provide our Secondary 3 Normal (Technical) girls with first-hand knowledge of the Hospitality industry, of which they are introduced to in the subject, Elements of Business Skills. 

Our girls were put through rigorous training in Customer Service and deployed throughout the two hotels to serve guests who were in town to witness the Singapore Grand Prix. In spite of their blistered feet, they lasted the distance and completed the stint with invaluable experiences which they would probably remember all their lives! 

Pupils' Reflections: 
‘The experience allowed me to learn about people of different cultures, as well as how to communicate better with them!’ 
Amanda Chew , deployed to the Front Desk of Pan Pacific Singapore. 

‘The real world exposure taught me the need to be independent and to use my own initiative, instead of relying on instructions!’ 
Rachel Wong , deployed to The Edge (F&B, Pan Pacific Singapore). 

‘The experience helps to prepare me for employment in future! It was really thrilling, especially during the F1 race day!’ 
Melissa Lim , deployed to Poolside (F&B, Pan Pacific Singapore)

PL Teaching and Learning Symposium 2012

Sharing session for Malay and Tamil teachersOnline collaboration between PLMGSS and TKGS

On 14 September, the school’s Senior Teachers organised the secondPL Teaching and Learning Symposium. The theme of the event was: “To Inspire a Community of Learners”. 

The school was privileged to have Dr Ho Boon Tiong (keynote speaker) and Ms Theodora Tan (Guest of Honour) to grace the occasion. Besides the teachers from PL, the event attracted 61 teachers from E5 and other clusters. 

The objectives for the symposium are : 
1) to provide a platform to build a culture of reflective teaching and continuous learning among educators in the cluster. 
2) to showcase some of our school’s AR and LS projects progressively built up over the years 

Two concurrent sessions (featuring 14 different presentations) were conducted by teachers from PL, Northlight School and MacPherson Primary School. The focus of the presentations was on curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment, key areas of concern for educators in the 21 st century. 

One noteworthy session was conducted between the middle management teams from the school and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School. While remaining at their respective venues, the teams used Google Hangout to bridge the physical distance. The teams did an online sharing of PL’s benchmarking experiences with external organisations. 

Many teachers were able to pick up some useful tips for their pupils. From the feedback received, the symposium was a success as all the participants agreed that the sessions were useful and enriching.

PL Dance Emerges Runner-up in the CSTD 14th Singapore Dance Competition

All smiles before their turn to perform 

On 1 September 2012, 29 PL dancers competed in the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD) 14 thSingapore Dance Competition. They were one of the five groups which entered the Open Group category for dancers under 15 years of age. The girls were calm and confident, impressing the judges and organisers with a Chinese fusion piece on stage. At the end of the day, they emerged runner-up in the Open Group Category. To God be the glory! 

Pupils' Reflections: 
On 1 September 2012, PL Dance competed in the annual CSTD competition. We performed with our PL pride and through God's help, we won second place. It was an enriching experienceand I would like to partake in such competitions in the future as well. 
Caitlyn Tan Yu Qing, Secondary 1-5 

The CSTD dance competition was a great exposure for me as I had the chance to compete with various dance groups. The competition also gave us a feel of what we would experience during the SYF next year. It gave the dancers an opportunity to bond and the overall experience was unforgettable. 
Sharmainne Lee Ling, Secondary 2-2 

I learnt that teamwork is very important, as without the cooperation of the whole team, the performance would not have gone well and smoothly. I learnt that self-discipline and focus is crucial as these help us keep our mind and body alert in order to accomplish our goals. 
Annabelle Chua Su Ann, Secondary 3B1

PL Family Day at Universal Studios Singapore

Experiencing the thrill of the Cylon!Leaping with excitement at Far Far Away!Drenched but happy at the Water World!

On 17 September 2012, PL celebrated the achievement of the prestigious School Excellence Award by going to the Universal Studios Singapore as one big, united family. Everyone - teachers, office staff, the canteen staff and even the hardworking aunties and uncles who take care of the maintenance of the school were invited for a time of fellowship, fun and bonding! The day ended with the whole school gathering to watch the Water World show where the performers did amazing stunts in the water while liberally splashing the audience. Being seated together as one school during the performance, laughing and enjoying the moment, everyone could feel the immense sense of belonging, of being with family. Before we left, PL sang the school song and roared the PL cheer with so much pride that everyone went home knowing that deep down, they are proud and happy to be a PL-Lite. 

The celebration of this milestone was truly impactful. 
Beverly Yeap 3A1 

Pupils' Reflections: 
I really want to thank Ms Yoong and the school board for giving us such a wonderful treat to the USS! I was so excited when I first heard the wonderful news and it is all because PL has won the highest award any school could be awarded with - The School Excellence Award (SEA)! When we first heard of this, everybody was screaming their lungs out in joy, pride and excitement! I feel so privileged to be in PL! That day was really a time of bonding for the whole PL family. I really hope there would be more activities like this again in the future! 
Louisa Ng, Secondary 1-4 

The trip to the USS was fun and enjoyable and it also allowed us to bond as a school. I felt happy that PL is the first school to go to the USS together and I am thankful to the school for giving us this opportunity. 
Seet Seow Chien, Secondary 2-2

School Excellence Award


2012 marks a historic milestone as PLMGS(S) clinched the School Excellence Award (SEA). This pinnacle award in the MOE Masterplan of Awards is given only to a select number of schools which have attained excellence in both education processes and outcomes. 

We see this achievement as affirming us with a mark of distinction for our sustained achievements in a wide spectrum of student development processes built up over the years. 

Indeed, this award belongs to all 96 batches of PL-Lites and all who worked in PL since 1916. Especially, we thank the Lord for the many people who came alongside us to encourage and support us as we prepared for the validation process by the MOE this year - all PL-Lites (current & alumni), parents (current & alumni), our dear sisters from PLMGS(P), partners and friends of PL, school administrative and support staff and teachers. Truly, this is PL and this award belongs to the PL family. 

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. To God be the Glory. 

Principal, Ms. Pamela Yoong 

The SEA given by the Ministry of Education to PLMGS (Secondary) is testament to the competent and inspiring leadership of the Principal, Ms Pamela Yoong, the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff, and the strong support of the Board of Management and Parents. 

The award affirms the distinct strength of PL in promoting a holistic model of education, with due emphasis on academic excellence and character development. 

As a parent, I feel that PL thoroughly deserves the award. I feel deeply honoured to be part of the award ceremony held on 12 September 2012. 

Congratulations to PL. The best is yet to be for PL. To God be the glory. 
Pastor Richard Ong, Chairman, Parent-School Support Group 

To God be the glory! As the representative of the PL student body at the Awards Presentation, words cannot describe how God's mighty grace has brought so much joy when PL was officially affirmed with the SEA. This award would indeed mark a significant event in the path of PL's history. 
Deirdra Ong, Sec 3A3

Teachers' Day Tribute to the all the teachers in PLMGS