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November 2013

Family Matters@School 2013

Mrs Irene Anguilla with other recipients on stage  with the GOH, Ms Low Yen Ling
The token of appreciation

 Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) is an active advocate of FamilyMatters@School, a school outreach strategy which aims to make family education more accessible to students and their parents at schools. 

In appreciation of our commitment and contributions, PL received a token of appreciation by the Ministry of Social and Family Development for achieving more than 100 parents’ hours of Family-Life Education programmes for FY2012 (April 2012 – March 2013). 

Mrs Irene Anguilla represented PL to receive the award at the FamilyMatters@School Appreciation Lunch 2013 at Orchard Hotel on 5 November. 

The Straits Times interviews Ms Chia Yong Yong, an alumni PL-Lite

(Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission) 

Ms Chia Yong Yong is an accomplished corporate lawyer and has been president of the Society for the Physically Disabled since 2008. Last year, she was appointed to the 26-member committee overseeing Our Singapore Conversation, and sought inclusiveness for people with disabilities. To find out more about Ms Chia, please click here 

Sports Internalization Trip to Canberra and Sydney

From 20-27 Nov 2013, a group of 27 PL sportswomen and 3 teachers are embarking on an overseas sports learning journey to Canberra where they will learn from students in the Australia Institute of Sports. The programme includes lectures in the areas related to sports performance and dynamic practical sessions as our girls spar with the students from the Australia Institute of Sports. Beyond the indoor classroom programme, the PL-Lites will also visit Australian caves and wildlife parks. 

20 November 2013
The team arrived in Sydney, and now awaiting lunch. As there is free wifi, the girls managed to text their parents to announce their safe arrival.4.48p 

Upon the safe arrival at AIS in Canberra, the girls took dinner and were dismissed for the night.
21 November 2013 10.37pm  In the morning, the girls attended lectures on Skill Acquisition and Nutrition. They also went on a tour around AIS, which included Sportex - an interactive exhibition on Australian's sports history, and the Sports Science Physiology Laboratory. They also attended a high intensity fitness class called Mission Impossible which pushes the physical limits and test the mental toughness of the PL-Lites. The girls also had a taste of footfall, training with the institutes's best athletes. In the evening after dinner, they had an opportunity to meet Travis Passier, Australia's national volleyball player, who shared with them on his experience as an elite athlete.
22 November 2013 11.11am  The girls started their day with a lecture and practical on Strength and Conditioning. Then they proceeded with Super Circuit training, a high-power dynamic workout. After lunch, the girls took part in an interactive swimming session followed by pilates. They had a chance to pick up some netball skills and tips while rubbing shoulders with AIS coach and athletes in the evening.
23 November 2013 18.23pm  The students watched a few volleyball tournaments and swimming competition in the morning. They spent the afternoon attending lectures on Recovery and Injury Prevention. They also had a practical session where they went into the pool, a contrast immersion using the spa and plunge pool of 12 and at a temperature of 35 degrees.
24 November 2013 18.28pm  We set off early in the morning for a tour of Canberra. We also went to Mt Ainslie. After lunch at the McDonalds, we departed for Blue Mountain. We checked in at YHA Blue Mountain after going to Echo Point Lookout to view the "Three Sisters". The girls enjoyed a sumptous Chinese dinner before settling for the night.
25 November 2013 19.34pm  We checked out of YHA Blue Mountain and proceeded to Jenolan Caves. The students had a go at abseiling and caving adventure. After lunch, we departed for Sydney. We arrived at YHA Sydney Central at 16.30pm . We had Nando for dinner before the nightly debrief and reflection.
26 November 2013 10.34am  The students went to Coogee Beach for CIP. They did some weeding before planting some native plants. In the afternoon, they were at Featherdale Wild Life Park where they had first-hand experience with the famous native animals. They also went sightseeing in the city.
27 November 2013 11.19am  The girls spent the morning shopping at Paddys Market. Now we are all checked in and ready to go home.  21.52pm  Last debrief at the Changi International Airport before returning the girls to their parents.


Cambridge Dinner 2013

Our elegant graduating students
Ms Cambridge, Asmeera Aslindawati 
and the runners-up
A happy prize winner of the Blessed Draw

 On 19 November, PL held her annual Cambridge Dinner for the class of 2013 at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore. The theme was ‘Time of Our Lives’ and it was an enjoyable and memorable night for all. 

The highlight of the evening was the Miss Cambridge talent and beauty pageant, in which the contestants strutted down the catwalk and performed their dazzling talent items. The lovely Asmeera Aslindawati from 4D1 eventually took the crown with her graceful Malay dance performance and well thought out answers during the question and answer session. The graduating students also enjoyed song items by their peers and a video montage put together by the teachers. 

It was a delightful evening as the graduating PL-Lites come together to celebrate their time in PL. We wish them God’s blessings as they continue their journey in life after leaving the school. 

Pupils' Reflection: 
From cheering for the Miss Cambridge contestants to giving big hugs to one another, Cambridge Dinner was a special night for everyone. Many of the graduands were reluctant to part as a cohort at the end of this special event. During the Cambridge dinner, we reminisced about our time in PL as we viewed the video montage put together by our schoolmates and the teachers. The friendships forged and the experience as a PL-Lite will never be forgotten. Cambridge Dinner also proved one thing: Throughout the course of our journey in PL, each of us was groomed by our friends and most importantly our teachers into fine, elegant women. 

"Once a PL-Lite, always a PL-Lite." Although we may have left its sheltering walls, PL is, was and will always be our second home. 
Deirdra Ong (4A3) & Ho Yuning (4A2) 

Mega Camp 2013

From 4 to 8 November , a group of 118 Sec 2 student leaders will take part in Mega Camp 2013. This is one of the most anticipated leadership camp for the students as they have been specially chosen by the teachers. Through the various planned activities, the student leaders will gain knowledge and experiences that will help them improve their interactions in groups and to become more skilful as leaders in the following areas:
  1. Acquire the traits of effective leadership practices;
  2. Understand the need for constant support and encouragement; to be sensitive to others and aware of one’s influence on others;
  3. Give and receive constructive feedback; practise being assertive;
  4. Be aware of one’s responsibility in decision-making process; and
  5. Realise the importance of planning, scheduling and prioritising situations as effective stress management strategies.

04 November 2013
All Mega campers have arrived at Pulau Ubin safely. 

The girls are all well and had a fun day of team building. The girls learnt how to ration their food and pack their logistics efficiently today. In the evening, they had their first cooking session in the camp and worked together to build their tents for the night.
05 November 2013
The girls did many exciting activities today as a team including overcoming height elements in buddy systems, learning how to kayak and planning for their expeditions. The movement of the girls depended on weather conditions. There was a heavy downpour here. 4 groups were supposed to hike to Camp 2 but the girls were kept at Camp 1 to prepare their dinner instead. The other 4 groups went out earlier and reached Camp 2 before the storm.
06 November 2013
The girls pitched their tent indoor last night due to weather conditions, but thank God for the good weather today so that we could continue withtheprogramme. The girls did their sea and land expedition today.
07 November 2013 7:44pm  The girls were challenged to step out of their comfort zone and were tested for mental strength. They spent yesterday night out of the campsite and continued on their land and sea expedition today. They persevered and all groups are back in base camp.
08 November 2013
The girls woke up refreshed and those with sunburnt learnt to cope with their discomfort. They cleaned up and packed with a positive spirit. Some who are done earlier, sat together and sing praises to The Lord. Some others wrote notes of appreciation for their instructors who took care of them during the camp. 

We are leaving Pulau Ubin now. 

The girls landed in Singapore at 3.20pm and they are on their way back to school.


PL-Lites getting a pre-briefing  before departing from school
PL-Lites assembling at the  OBS reception centre
PL-Lites doing the PL Cheer  before departing for Palau Ubin
On the boat ride to Pulau Ubin  for their outward journey
Opening ceremony at the OBS base camp Ice breakers and setting team goals