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May 2015

PL clinches 2nd prize in the School Award category in Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award 2015

Representatives from PLMGSS for Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2015 at Singapore Science Centre
Abery Chan and family
Valerie Lim and father
Abery explaning her product to the guest-of-honour
Valerie explaning her product  to the guest-of-honour
PLMGSS students preparing for Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2015 interview
Valerie, Sarah and Jie Ying - Commendation Award winners
Weina, Abery and Niko - Commendation Award winners
Kah Qi, Sarah and Jean Ee selected for 1st round interview

Rianne and Deborah selected for 1st round interview

The Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award seeks to stimulate creativity among the young generation and to promote scientific and technological research in Singapore. By organising the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award as an annual event, the Award Committee aims to achieve the following goals: 
  • to encourage our youths to use their knowledge and skills imaginatively and with daring innovation;
  • to stimulate creativity among our youths and promote scientific and technological research in the country;
  • to contribute to our talent pool;
  • to inspire our youths to constantly think of new and creative ways of solving problems;
  • to inculcate in our youths an innovative approach to their studies and life. 

Four teams from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Sec) were selected for the first round interview and two teams made it to the second round interview. We are proud to announce that two of our teams attained the Commendation Awards student category and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Sec) attained 2nd place for School Award category. 

Students' Reflections: 
“Despite facing many difficulties and challenges coming up with the idea and then making the prototype, I felt the journey was truly an enriching and memorable one. I really had a fun time working with my teammates on the project although at times we may have disagreement on things. Through this project I also forged greater friendship with my teammates.” 
Neo Jean Ee, 3A3 

“I feel that this has been a very rewarding and fun experience. Not everyone would get a chance in their life to take part in such a competition and I feel honoured and thankful that I am one of the lucky ones. Throughout this journey, my teammates and I have been through many rough moments but fortunately, we were able to put aside our differences and complete out project successfully.” 
Niko Tan, 3A3 

“I would like to thank the school for giving us such an awesome opportunity. I have really learnt a lot from this experience. From actual designing skills to public speaking skills, being in the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award was a really enriching experience.” 
Tok Jie Ying, 3A1 

“Through this experience, I learnt that we should persevere on tough times and shouldn't have so little faith on ourselves. I also learnt that everything is possible and hence we should never belittle ourselves. When it is tough, we should continue to press on; when the journey is smooth, we should appreciate it.” 
Chiu Weina, 3A4 

“This has been a very enriching experience for me and I really enjoy working with my teammates. The journey was tough but enjoyable. We came very far and though we did not make it to the 2 nd round, we really enjoyed ourselves and we are very proud of each other as we got selected for Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award 2015.” 
Ang Kah Qi, 3B1 

“The TKKYIA journey since 2014 has been an enriching and fulfilling one. It has taught me to keep trying even though our problem seemed to have no solution. This experience has also taught me to think out of the box. With guidance from the teachers' and feedback from our classmates, my team constantly modified our product and improved it. I am very grateful to the school for giving us the opportunity to participate in this competition and for their constant support and guidance.” 
Deborah Seah, 3A2 

“Being a part of a team in competing for the TKKYIA 2015, I feel that the competition has made me to work better with others and understand team members better. Our journey as a team has gone far and it has made me more “people-aware” as I am the type to be more task-focused. After managing to enter the second round of the TKKYIA competition, I know my team and I are fully capable to do presentations together with greater confidence while having fun. It is honour to be able to have participated in this prestigious national competition and I definitely will not forget my TKKYIA journey.” 
Abery Chan, 3A4 

“I have learnt about working together as a team even though my group consisted of two people in total, and I have also gained many unique experiences about the TKKYIA which would not have been possible if I was not even shortlisted for it in the first place. I have also come to appreciate the efforts that the teachers have put in to make our project possible, as well as the adjustments that my team-mate has made together with my teachers and I to improve on our product to ensure that we were fully prepared for the interview session.” 
Rianne Lim, 3A4 

“I feel very honoured to be in the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award this year. To be honest, I had never thought of getting chosen until the day our result was announced. I want to thank the school, teachers and the judges who gave us this opportunity to show what we as young inventors are capable of. I am really grateful to be able to go through this journey with a whole new set of ideas and way of looking at the world.” 
Sarah Siah, 3B1 

ignITE Science and Technology Challenge

The school congratulates Cloris Tan Kai Ting, Lau Jiayi Rachel and Lee Qianyu Sharolyn (all from Sec 3D1) for winning the 3 rd prize in the CanDIY in 3D competition of the ignite Science and Technology Challenge organised by ITE College East on 26 May 2015.

Sec 2 I Aspire Camp

On 21 May 2015, our Secondary 2 students participated in a 3 day 2 night level camp at the Jalan Bahtera Camp Site. The camp sought to help students develop their social and emotional competencies and leadership skills. It also aimed to build team spirit and forge strong relationships among PL-Lites. 

The camp programme included rock-climbing, abseiling, zip lining, tent pitching, outdoor cooking and conquering obstacle courses. Our students stretched, tested and challenged their limits and completed tasks they never thought they could. The camp ended with an outdoor campfire where groups went up to present their song and dance items. Our Secondary 2 students cheered and clapped wildly for their teammates and everyone left the camp feeling that they were more united as a cohort. 

Students' Reflections: 
“Through this camp, I faced trials and difficulties, but with the encouragement of my teachers, trainers and teammates, I managed to pull through. With every challenge, came a valuable lesson to be applied to my life. The camp brought me out of my ‘little coconut shell’ and opened my eyes to things I had never seen or tried before. I learnt that by having the right mindset, I can propel myself forward in life without much difficulty. I would like to thank the teachers for caring for us during this camp and the trainers for being really animated but still upholding discipline. Most importantly, I want to thank the Lord for his goodness to us throughout this camp. Praise the Lord!” 
from Eliana Yap, Secondary 2.6 

“The next activity was blind man’s trail and we had to blindfold our eyes and walk in the dark. I panicked when the trainers said they were going to place us in a different place and we were to follow the snap sound they were going to make. However, I trusted my friend in front of me leading me and kept on walking, but also fearing that I might step on a lizard. After this experience, I learnt to trust my friends more.” 
from Phoebe Chin, Secondary 2.6 

“Today, we did rock climbing. I felt very scared initially, but when I did climb, I managed to climb ¾ of the rock. After climbing, I felt a sense of accomplishment, as I have overcome my fear of heights.” 
from Goh Ying Xuan, Secondary 2.3

Faithful in Service (FIS) 2015


PLMGSS Faithful in Service (FIS) 2015 programme consists of 2 overseas Service-Learning (S-L) programme and 1 local S-L programme conducted for all Secondary Three pupils. 

PLMGSS Faithful in Service (FIS) 2015 programme is designed to develop PL-Lites into: 
  • Confident PL-Lites : who are articulate and respectful 
  • Passionate Learners : who learn more about themselves & develop resilience 
  • Inspiring Leaders : who lead by example & influence others positively 
  • Active Citizens : who are aware of the neighbouring countries, are appreciative of what they have and have a compassionate heart for others 
For daily updates of the 3 programmes, please click on the links below:  

SP features Edith Ng in its annual graduation publication

The final project by our alumna, Edith Ng Tse Pei (Sec 4B3, Class of 2011) is featured in Singapore Polytechnic Design School's graduation publication. Her final year project is a proposal to rethink healthy eating experiences for the youth. Please click here to read her project.

PL Open House (DSA)

On 9 May 2015, PL organised an open house to brief prospective parents on PL's Curriculum, Co-curricular Programme and the Direct School Admission processes. A total of 188 families turned up for the briefing session which was followed by a Question and Answer session. The attendees were treated to a performance put up by the school's Guzheng Ensemble. 

PL congratulates Ms Lee Si Ya, Ms Jean Jezeel and Ms Wendy Lai

PL congratulates Ms Lee Si Ya (Sec 5A1, Class of 2010) , Ms Jean Jezreel (Sec 5A1, Class of 2010) and Ms Wendy Lai Yanqi (Sec 4B2, Class of 2011) who graduated as top students of the Diploma in Technology and Arts Management course and the Diploma in Sonic Arts course respectively at the Republic Polytechnic in 2015. Ms Lee was also the valedictorian for her cohort.