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May 2014

Dean’s List 2014

Dean's List Character Dean's List Academic

The 5th Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Dean’s List was held on 23 May 2014. Thirty-three students received with Dean’s List (Academic Excellence) in recognition of their excellent academic performance and good conduct in first semester of 2014. Similarly, Dean’s List (Character Development) was awarded to thirty-seven students based on their excellent conduct and attitude, for displaying the H.E.A.R.T values towards work as well as contributing to the school and Co-Curricular Activities in the first semester. Parents of the awardees attended the certificate presentation ceremony which was followed by a celebratory breakfast in the AVA Room. It was an excellent opportunity for parents and their children to bond together. 

Secondary 3 FIS Camp 2014

3D1 preparing to serve the poor3D1 preparing meals for the poor at the Soup Kitchen
3C1 appreciating the cleaners in Serangoon3C1 appreciating the cleaners
With one of our cancer beneficiaryHappiness is experienced when we bless others
Group photo with the pioneer generation and foreign nurses

From 26 to 29 May 2014, the Secondary 3 students participated in the “I Influence” Faithful in Service camp in school as part of their Values In Action Programme. The aim of the camp was to serve 6 groups of disadvantaged people in society. The groups were as follows:
  • The Poor: Preparing, cooking and distributing food to some of the poorest in our society by helping at a soup kitchen. 
  • The Lesser Known Heroes: interacting with and teaching the pioneer generation and foreign nurses how to play the Ukulele and cheering them on. 
  • The Migrant Workers: participating in a cultural exchange programme and understanding the needs of migrant workers while they work in Singapore. 
  • The General workers: encouraging and giving gifts to the cleaners in Serangoon estate for the essential services they provide. 
  • The Sick: encouraging the kidney dialysis patients and cancer patients who are often neglected. 

The students spent the weeks prior to the camp preparing for their projects by raising funds through the sale of food and other items in school. They raised $5333 for the various groups. Through serving the community, the students learnt values such as compassion, empathy and perseverance. The camp culminated in a campfire on the last night, where the students cheered, sang and lit candles to symbolise their important role in society as PL-Lites – to be a light in their community. 

Pupils' Reflections
“Before embarking on this FIS project with cancer patients, I was afraid. I was only given 10 minutes of interaction time with the cancer patient, so how was I going to do something that will not just impact her momentarily but could influence and help her in the long run? When I first entered her home, I tried to make a connection with her by greeting her with humour and warmth. Because I spoke to her in Chinese and I do not look Chinese, she started to listen to me. Soon, she opened up to us and told us about her condition, how she received treatment and her journey fighting cancer. She also asked me how I would feel being in her position. All I did was to tell her sincerely that being just 15 years old there were many things that I had not done and that she was really strong to have persevered through the cancer treatment. She became extremely emotional. I am sure that our meeting that day greatly impacted both of us.” 
Natalene Vaswani, Secondary 3B1 

“I have learnt that in Singapore, there are many people who are not as fortunate as I am. For my FIS, I have learnt to appreciate the pioneer generation who have shaped Singapore to be as successful as it is today. Without them, Singapore would not be where it is today and we would not be enjoying all the modern luxuries that we have. Teaching them how to play the Ukulele and interacting with them has definitely bridged the generation gap. Thank you, our lesser known heroes!” 
Ruvindya, Secondary 3A2 

Curriculum Project by MLS Participants 2014

Between February and May 2014, PLMGS (Sec) collaborated with a team of HODs who were undergoing the Management and Leadership in Schools programme at the National Institute of Education on their curriculum project entitled “ Developing 21st Century Skills in Secondary One Physics”. The team comprised Mr Alvin Chen Jingyuan, Mr Lee Kwok Wei, Ms Tay Pei Yun and Ms Teo Jia Wen (from left to right in the photo) who presented their final curriculum project to school personnel of PLMGS (Sec) on the 8 May 2014. 

Using multiple learning theories as research evidence, the project aimed to bring about an engaging curriculum that would serve to develop 21 st Century Competencies (21 st CC) in students, particularly in the area of Physics.In developing 21 stCC through Science, an inquiry-based approach was used to tie in with sound reasoning and decision-making as well as promotion of reflective thinking among students. To this end, a comprehensive lesson package was developed with input from PLMGS (Sec). Focusing on a core set of big ideas and essential questions, the team hoped to help students in transferring their learning and applying the concepts learnt in new situations. The lesson package would be adapted and introduced into PL’s Secondary 1 Physics curriculum in Term 3. 

MIT girls win 2nd prize for the National Schools Digital Media Competition 2014

Earlier in March, teams from the Media Information and Technology Club took part in the National Schools Digital Media Competition 2014 organised by the Singapore Civil Defence Force. Two teams were shortlisted for the second round where they spent 2 days during the March holidays completing their projects under the mentoring of students from the ITE College Central to better equip them to share the importance of Emergency Preparedness to their families and peers at school. Out of the 100 entries and 13 finalists, the team represented by Joy Wong, Tan Pei Si, Tan Pei Qi and Mazel Ong won the 2nd Prize while the team represented by Holly Jee, Sim Lun Jean, Hosanna Tan and Brina Lim won the Consolation Prize. The winning entry 'Safety 101' has been selected by our panel of judges for the creativity and concise Emergency Preparedness messages on the dangers of Discarded Items Fire. The winning teams brought home a Canon powershot and a Sony thumbdrive together with an SCDF souvenir respectively. 

A bus chaser and winner

Source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited, Reproduced with permission) 

On 22 May 2014, Natalie Soh (Sec 4A1) was featured in the New Paper. In the newspaper report, Natalie shared how she set realistic targets and raised them subsequently to reach new heights in her journey as a long distance runner. 

Visit by Hong Kong Principals and Educators

PLMGS (Sec) was privileged to host a group of 11 Principals and Educators from Hong Kong on 19 May 2014. The delegation had a good dialogue session with the School Leaders and Middle Managers, exchanging ideas about Teaching and Learning and education processes in schools. The team had the opportunity to tour the PL and observe lessons in the classroom.

Direct Schools Admission Open House

Our ACE Music girls 

An Open House briefing session was organised on 10 May 2014 for pupils from the Primary 6 cohort who are interested in joining PLMGS(S) via the Direct Schools Admission route. An informative session for the parents and pupils that came, it was a time of getting to know more about the school, the programmes and the activities that are offered to the students. The parents and pupils also had a glimpse of one of the special programmes our girls go through via a performance by three of our ACE Music class students on the violin, cello and piano. 

Please click here for the powerpoint slides presented at the Briefing session.

Our Music Teacher performs at the Esplanade Library

Last Saturday, Mr Ng Eng Kee performed at the first ever public concert featuring music teachers organised by the Singapore Teachers' Academy of the Arts. Entitled Friends in Concert, this concert will feature music from diverse genres from classical, jazz to pop. The objectives for this concert are to provide a public platform for music teachers to perform, encouraging them to remain active in practicing their art form, and to build up the public recognition of the music teaching fraternity.

At the lunchtime concert, Mr Ng sang an English and a Chinese art song as follows:
(a) Silent Noon by Vaughan Williams
(b) The Mighty River Flows Eastward (Dajiang Dongqu) by Qingzhu