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July 2015

Korea Twinning with Kyung Hee Girls’ High School

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) hosted a group of students from Korea’s Kyung Hee Girls’ High School from 28 to 29 July. Earlier in March this year, our girls spent a fruitful week in Seoul with the same group of students from Kyung Hee. The Korean students sat in during lessons and even experienced a couple of English lessons when they visited PL. Meanwhile, our girls also took the opportunity to play host to their assigned Korean buddies in a one-day homestay programme. Together with their families, the Korean students experienced true Singaporean hospitality – PL style – as they explored various places of interests and sampled delicious local delights. 

Parenting Talk on Sexuality and Social Media

Our Speaker, Ms Carol Loi Our enthusiastic parents asking questions before the Q & A session.

On 31 Jul 2015, the Parents-School Support Groups from both PLMGS (Pri) and PLMGS (Sec) co-organised our first combined event. The parenting talk was entitled ‘Sexuality & Social Media: Parents – Be Prepared’. 

The objective of talk was for parents to proactively guide their children to stand against the pressures of culture that could be throwing them off course. Our speaker, Ms Carol Loi, has been facilitating family education programmes and supporting parents in various capacities for over a decade. A mother of two girls, she is able to juggle a corporate career with active voluntary work. 

Carol shared on developing of a roadmap for healthy character development throughout the three stages of Parenting Milestones. During the talk, she introduced some practical tips on how to naturally begin talking to the children and teens about healthy sexuality issues and relationships. 

At the end of the session, the parents gained insights into the issues our youths face in today's media-hyped world.

East Zone A*Star Science Fair 2015

On 28 July 2015, 3 groups of students from Secondary 2 ACE Science programme represented PLMGSS at the East Zone A*Star Science Fair 2015 organised by Victoria Junior College. They presented their science projects to researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star). During the course of their projects, they had to read up on science research papers to formulate their hypothesis and performed experiments using scientific methods. The students spent a lot of time and effort repeating their experiments to get conclusive results for their projects.  

We are proud to announce that one of the groups clinched the Merit Award under the Lower Secondary category with their project, “To Study the Effect of Different Types of Water on the Growth of the Money Plant”. The members of the winning team were Deborah Victoria Poon from Secondary 2.2 and Elizabeth Lee Ying from Secondary 2.1. 

Graduands’ Thanksgiving Service 2015

Mrs Quek welcoming the graduands back to PL
Rev Chin sharing a special message with the graduands
Girls worshipping God together again after 7 months

It was a time of reunion and thanksgiving – the Graduands’ Thanksgiving Service took place on 18 July 2015, attended by many teachers and graduands. 

It started off with a time of worship, remembering that God is faithful, followed by a time of sharing by both Mrs Quek, our Principal and Rev Christopher Chin, our Guest of Honour for the event. The sharing was on the theme of ‘Caravan’, which is a group of travellers journeying together, resonated well with many alumni present as they moved on from PL together and with God. 

Carissa and Christle from the class of 2014 also shared their testimonies of God’s goodness in their journey of O-Level and beyond. Both were thankful for the friends and teachers in PL. The meaningful time ended with a singing of the PL school song. 

After the service, many students had a wonderful time catching up with one another and with the teachers, with many interesting stories to share. 

May God continue to bless these ladies beyond the sheltering walls of PL. 

Students' Reflections: 
“The homecoming was memorable and I enjoyed myself because I finally got to see my friends after such a long time. It gave us an opportunity to meet up with everyone amidst our busy schedules.” 
by Matthea Loo, 4A1 (Class of 2014) 

“I am very happy to be back in PL once again. Seeing everyone again brought back memories of my four years of joyful experiences in PL. It feels like I was coming home again.” 
by Alicia Lim, 4B2 (Class of 2014)

Planning for the Future Today!

PL-lites crowding at the Singapore Polytechnic booth, eager to find out about their latest diploma courses.
Parents of PL-lites who turned up in support of our ECG Fair and their daughters.
Graduating students browsing through the course brochures and penning down their desired post-secondary option.

To support our girls in making an informed decision on their post-secondary options, our inaugural PL Education & Career Guidance (ECG) Fair took place on 1 July 2015 in the Shaw Hall, in partnership with the various Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). 

Attended by PL-Lites of all levels, together with their parents, the ECG Fair provided a platform for the IHLs to share about their unique programmes and enable our girls to explore their inclinations and passion. Graduating students were also given an exploration worksheet for them to put down in writing their desired pathways, in hope of motivating and spurring them to strive even harder for their National examinations. 

We would like to express our appreciation to the following IHLs for their partnership in this event: 
  • St Andrew’s Junior College
  • Nanyang Junior College
  • Serangoon Junior College
  • Millennia Institute
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Institute of Technical Education
  • LASALLE College of the Arts
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

We would also like to thank our parents who attended the event to support their daughters in their lifelong education journey.

PL commemorates SAF Day

On 1 July 2015, our school commemorated SAF Day by having a re-dedication ceremony to commit ourselves to serving the nation. At the start of the ceremony, Mr Nithia Devan shared on the importance and significance of the day. After that, Mr Wong Khai Yu led the male staff in taking the SAF pledge. The ceremony signalled the importance of a national defence force and nation building.