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July 2013

Mongolia Bluesky Choir

The school hosted the Mongolian children from the Blue Sky Choir on 10 July 2013. These children were once victims of family abuses. They brought with them the message of hope which they had found in the Lord Jesus and blessed our students with songs, dance, testimonies during the chapel sessions. The school also hosted them for lunch before bringing the team around the school for a simple tour.

FMSS benchmarks against PLMGSS in the T&L processes for the Normal (Academic)

Group Photo with our guests from FMSSDiscussion in progress

The Vice Principal and selected staff from Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) visited PL for a 1-day attachment on 18 July 2013, to enable them to learn more about the programme for our pupils in the Normal (Academic) stream. Following discussions with our key personnel, Year Head and teachers, the guests from Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) observed classes for the various subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities.

Dean’s List 2013

The Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Dean’s List 2013 took place on 15 July 2013. In recognition of our pupils’ excellent academic performance and good conduct in their level and stream in Semester 1 this year, the Dean’s List (Academic Excellence) award was given to 38 PL-Lites. 

Similarly, the Dean’s List (Character Development) award was given to 36 PL-Lites to recognise our pupils’ excellent conduct and attitude, for their display of the H.E.A.R.T values towards work as well as contributions to the school and Co-Curricular Activities in Semester 1 this year. 

The parents of the award recipients joined us in celebrating the recognition and affirmation of our pupils’ good works. This culminated in a celebratory breakfast where parents and their children bonded over breakfast hosted by the school.

PL Family participates in the inaugural National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Sit-A-Thon

A family portraitPL familyOur alumnus - Mrs Eunice Tay with PL staff
A sumptuous meal awaitsPL-LitesClosing speech by Chariman of PSSG       

The inaugural NKF Sit-A-Thon was held at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on 28 July 2013. To engage the PL family in a meaningful experience to understand the plight of a kidney patient, 60 staff, alumni, parents and PL-Lites participated in this record- breaking event. We sat for an hour, with an arm strapped to the stool we were on, to simulate the dialysis the patients need to undergo. 

After the event, we were treated to an afternoon tea at the exclusive American Club. The 12 families which participated in the  Sit-A-Thon interacted with the school leaders, staff and alumni over a spread of chicken wings, pizza, refreshing orange juice, aromatic coffee and many more items. 

The other PL staff who did not manage to join us at the Sit-A-Thon showed their support for NKF by selling self-made key chains and card which were sold at special school events such as the Symphony of Praise concert and Mother’s Day. We raised a total of $2000 for the National Kidney Foundation. 


The collateral put up by the girls to showcase their ideas.Our PL-Lites explaining the concept of Youthoria to one of the judges from the Singapore Tourism Board.The team posing in front of their display booth, together with their prize.

Four PL-lites from Class 3B3 represented PLMGSS in the finals of the Tourism Innovation Challenge 2013 organised by Temasek Polytechnic on 15 and 16 July 2013. They were to conceptualise a proposal aimed at turning Singapore into an attractive destination for youth travellers. 

Our girls put together a tour concept entitled ‘Youthoria’ that sought to weave in their experiences gained through the school’s unique Overseas Faithful-In-Service (FIS)programme by inviting youth tourists to engage in social projects – an idea which was commended as ‘heart-warming’ by one of the judges from the Singapore Tourism Board. 

The proposal ultimately came in 4 th overall in the competition, a testament of not only their creativity but also the school’s successful overseas service learning project! 

The school congratulates the team comprising Lim Ying, Natale Tan, Chloe Chan and Yvvyan Tan for their achievement! 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
“The competition was interesting for me as I am very keen in the tourism industry and may even consider a post-secondary course in Tourism and Resort Management. It helped me to gain insights on the Singapore tourism industry.” 
– Natale Tan 

“This competition taught me that cooperation and team work is important as the tasks were numerous. We would not have gotten things done without the efforts of one another!” 
Lim Ying 

“This competition has forced us to think out of the box and come up with new ideas and concepts.” 
– Chloe Chan 

PL celebrates Racial Harmony Day

This year, the theme for Racial Harmony Celebrations is ‘Celebrating Singapore’. PLMGSS commemorated this event with three activities on 19 July: a morning assembly presentation on Wedding of different races, a booth display and activities during LIVE lessons. 

The viewing of the video on wedding celebrations of different ethnic groups helped our girls to understand the importance of living in harmony with the different races. During Recess and lunch hour, our girls also enjoyed themselves by sampling snacks from different food booths that displayed food of the different ethnic groups. In addition, they also tried traditional costumes and henna hand painting. In class during LIVE lessons, Form Teachers facilitated a discussion on the theme of conflict resolution and loving our neighbours. Through the discussion and the follow up activities, PL-Lites learned the importance of staying united. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
“The most enjoyable part of Racial Harmony Day was to taste the different snacks from different cultures such as Muah Chee and Muruku. I also learnt about the cultures and games played by different ethnic groups.” 
Janice Heng, Secondary 2.7B 

“I did a presentation on the various cultures and their weddings and events to the school during Racial Harmony Day. I felt happy that I could contribute to the event and for being part of Racial Harmony Day.” 
Cynthia, Secondary 2.7B 

“During recess, the vendors were selling sweets like Ting Ting Tang which I really enjoyed. I also learnt a lot about food of the other ethnic groups.” 
K. Nivetha, Secondary 2.7B 

Sharing of Best Practices in Arts Education

Mr Ng and Ms Han with Professor Lucy Green at a workshopA group photo with the international delegates who visited PL
Presenting school gifts to the international visitorsOutside the Agape Concert Hall

On 17 and 18 July, 3 of our staff shared at the 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (APSMER) cum Arts Education Conference 2013 (AEC). Ms Adeline Loh and Mr Ng Eng Kee shared on "Working Together with Stakeholders and External Organisations for the Success of Arts Education - the PLMGS (Secondary) Experience", while Ms Sharon Han presented a paper on "Negotiating Power Hierarchy in Collaborative Learning - A Singaporean Music Classroom Case Study". In addition, Mr Ng also chaired a panel discussion on the topic "Towards Learner-Centred Music Education: Learnings from 2 Primary and 2 Secondary School Music Teacher-Leaders".

On 19 July, a group of international delegates accompanied by staff from MOE and NIE visited PL to learn more about the school's arts programme. They went away impressed with our efforts and achievements.

Graduands' Thanksgiving Service 2013

Pupils of 5A1 with Ms Pearl Lee and Mrs Wong Yu TingClass of 2012 singing the school anthem for the last time as a batch

It was a special day for the PL-Lites of 2012 as they came back for the Graduands’ Thanksgiving Service on 20 July. The theme of the Thanksgiving Service was "Homebase". Ms Jenny Koh was invited as the special speaker at the Service where she gave a speech based on the theme. This was followed by testimonials by Napatsawan Siwatkittisuk (Ling) from Secondary 4A1 (Class of 2012) and Christine Jeremiah from Secondary 5A1 (Class of 2012). The reunion between schoolmates was bittersweet, as they reminisced about fond memories of their PL days. We wish the batch of 2012 all the very best in their future endeavours. 

Lam Soon CC Salad Competition

The winning dish!Receiving award from MP Mr Zaqy Mohammad

Janae Chua and Larrinna Haverkamp, both from Secondary 3B2 participated in the Lam Soon CC Salad Competition on 20 July 2013 (Saturday) . They battled against 20 other schools and won the hearts of the judges with their enticing and tangy Vietnam Thai Salad. Finally, they emerged top in the upper secondary category. 

Breathing new life into unwanted books

The PLMGSS team at their stall displayThe clock and the mobile phone dock, fashioned out of recycled books, were the most popular products at the stallThe team in all smiles after receiving their prizes on stage

Five PL-lites from Class 3B3 represented PLMGSS in the finals of the National Youth Business Challenge 2013 organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic. In this competition, teams had to put together a sustainable business plan that is promotes environmentalism. 

Seizing the opportunity that was presented as the school library had just condemned some old books, our girls developed 5 products which massively impressed the judges and won the top prize - Gold Award for having the Most Earth Friendly Business Concept. 

The school congratulates the team comprising of Zeona Aw, Tay Shi Ying, Valerina Tang, Natale Tan and Keziah Teo for their achievement. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
"It was an eye-opener! We learnt how to develop our ideas and carry them through from concept into reality. We also learnt how to present our final products in a way that was appealing to our customers." 
Valerina Tang 

"It was a fun experience. Through this competition we learnt about the importance of teamwork and making preparations to deal with unforeseen circumstances." 
– Tay Shi Ying 

"It was really enriching on how we were able to plan out, produce and market our products. I have also picked up other recycling tips from other schools in the competition" 
– Natale Tan 

PL Guitar Ensemble helps to raise funds for Club Rainbow

A letter from the organiser 
At the 7th Guitar Ensemble Festival 2013, 12 schools and NUS guitar ensemble came together in the name of music, taking the stage with fascinating spectrum of pieces. Through the ticket sales and support of donors, a entire profit of $6006 was donated to Club Rainbow - a registered children's charity. 

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the teachers and students for your participation and for making a difference. 

Warmest Regards, 
Terence Choo and Michael Gaspar

Our New Colleagues Graduate from NIE

Mr Goh Chee Kok & Ms Goh Sze Nee together with Ms Adeline Loh, Dean of Humanities and the Arts
Ms Shena Tng with Mrs Selina Lum, Vice Principal 2
PL-Lites, Elizabeth Eng & Clair Chua, in a moment of celebration with their teacher, Mrs Lum

PLMGS(Sec) congratulates the following PL teachers who have completed their course of study in July 2013. 
  • Mr Goh Chee Kok (Chinese Language) - Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE/NTU 
  • Ms Goh Sze Nee (Chinese Language) - Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE/NTU 
  • Ms Shena Tng (Maths & English Language) - Bachelor of Science (Education), NIE/NTU 

We are very proud of our PL Lites who have received their degrees from NIE/NTU in 2013. They have been posted to serve in other schools and we know that they will bring God’s love and the PL Spirit to the communities that they serve in. 
  • Ms Elizabeth Eng (PLMGSS, Class of 2005), Bachelor of Arts (Education), NIE/NTU 
  • Ms Clair Chua (PLMGSS, Class of 2006), Bachelor of Science (Education), NIE/NTU

Sharing of EV Process with PLMGS(P) 2013

PLMGS(S) shared her External Validation Process with PLMGS(P) on the 9 July 2013. There were 20 Key Personnel, including Ms Chua Soh Leng, Principal, from the Primary school, and 7 from the Secondary School, including Ms Pamela Yoong, Principal. 

Mrs Selina Lum shared on the pre-preparation for the actual on-site visit and Mrs Sharon Tng on documentation. After which there was a question and answer session, in which there were fruitful exchanges between Ms Yoong and Ms Chua and the Middle Managers between the two schools. 

We would like to thank the Primary School for hosting the Secondary School with delicious lunch. 

PLMGSS.HKBUAS . Student Exchange Program 2013

The staff and pupils from Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School (HKBUAS) Wong Kam Fai Primary and Secondary School (Secondary School) visited PLMGS (Sec) on 2 July 2013.This year marked the second of a three-year link between both schools and this visit was the last of the three-part exchange. The purpose of the visit was to dialogue with our pupils on “Sustainable development of Hong Kong and Singapore”. This dialogue session was part of their Project Based Learning. 4 teachers and 38 pupils from HKBUAS had a fruitful exchange with 8 PL-Lites, including Tiffany Tan, Janelle Koh, Avienne Koh (from Sec 2.2), Manpreet Kaur (from Sec 2.3), Megan Ng, Ho Shui Han, Nicole Ng and Shermaine Lim (from Sec 3A3). Their discussion covered topics such as treatment of polluted water, housing policy, food culture and urban planning. Our girls prepared themselves well, and in turn benefited from the discourse. 

Pupils’ Reflections: 
“In communicating to the Hong Kong pupils about Singapore’s Housing Policy, I began to have a better understanding of Hong Kong’s housing policy. Those who could not afford a private apartment would be able to apply for a government-built apartment. The Hong Kong’s private apartments are very expensive. I have learnt to be more appreciative of Singapore’s Housing Policy and the prices of apartments in Singapore are considered very reasonable. We should treasure what the government in Singapore is doing and making sure that apartments are affordable to the majority of the citizens.” 
Ho Shui Han, Sec 3A3 

“It was an enriching opportunity for me to be able to interact with youth from another country. The Hong Kong pupils were not shy and they were open to share about how Singapore is different from Hong Kong. Even the language barrier, they still tried their best to understand and even recorded the discussion using their phones so that they could replay it and translate it into Cantonese. They were very task-driven and focused. It was enjoyable to be able to share about Singapore with them and I really hope that I will get the chance to be part of such a programme again.” 
Shermaine Lim, Sec 3A3