As part of the annual Teachers’ Day celebration, Greendale staff and students took some time to nominate well-deserving staff for the following awards: The Caring Teacher Award, The Inspiring Teacher Award, The Skilful Teacher Award as well as The Service Excellence Award.
We celebrate with all nominees and awardees, and we look forward to scaling greater heights in our T&L!
On 7 July 2018, our students from various CCA groups (ODAC, Canoeing, NPCC & Student Leadership) set out for a Kayaking Expedition, the second running of its kind since 2017. Accompanied by the teachers from the LLP committee, the weather was perfect, as the 18 students departed from Sembawang Beach towards Pasir Ris Beach. Along the 12 km route, they had to paddle strongly against the currents and pounding waves.
Upon reaching the destination at pasir ris beach, the students built their tents and prepared for dinner.
The next morning of 8 July 2018, the students were awaken by the sunrise at 7 AM. They began packing up and had their breakfast, followed by a short lesson by Mr Halim on how to plan a sea expedition, and considering factors like tide table and earth movements. At 8.30 AM, they set off towards Punggol jetty, paddling towards their destination in about 90 mins. Upon arrival, they loaded the canoes and made their way back to school.
– Mr Abdul Halim Bin Mohamed Anwar (Senior Teacher, PE & OAE)
We are pleased to share the following achievements of the ALP @GreendaleSec!
First off, three of our Design Technology & Engineering(DTE) student teams were in the Top 10 of the Infineon Chips @ Schools competition for this year, organised by Infineon Technologies and themed “Green Energy for Today and Tomorrow”, with one of the teams coming in overall at second place.
Second Place Team 2: Sherlin Lee, Alicia Kok, Allyssa Francheska, Benjamin Yong (all from 2E3)
In the Top 10 Team 3: Zhi Yan, Chok Ying, Khalish Ukail, Kresnarendra (all from 2E4) Team 1: Shreya, Cabading Roanne, Kah Hang, Yi Cheng (all from 2E3)
Our school was awarded the Special Award of being the Most Active School as well, based on the most number of submitted and shortlisted entries for the finals.
The top 3 teams would be collaborating with the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), in the design and production of their respective prototypes. And the top 10 teams are also invited to participate in either a day or a week’s worth of work attachment opportunities and internship programme.
Secondly, Robotics clinched Second Runner-up for the Best Design Car Category at the recent Future Transportation Challenge, co-organised by Singapore Polytechnic and STEM Inc., Science Centre Singapore.
Second Runner-up (Best Design Car) Javier Lee (3E4), Rachel Him (3E2), Jerald Choong (2E2), Matthew Goh (2E1)
In Term 2, our Greendale docents also took on the role of being Humanities ambassadors during the Humanities Week. The Humanities week showcased how all the humanities subjects – History, Geography and Social Studies – are related to one another, and also allowed our Greendale students to learn beyond the classrooms. The docents were given opportunities to hone their public speaking skills through being presenters of the various events, as well as facilitators for the activities planned for the week.
Apart from helping out in the Humanities week, our docents also started to conceptualise and plan their very own heritage trail that will be conducted by the end of the year. The docents were given the task of selecting a heritage area to research and brainstorm for possible sites to include in their trail.
Do look forward to the trails that our docents have planned!
– Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)
In Phase 2 of the Greendale Docents Programme, the docents went on a heritage trail led by their very own teachers to the heritage site of Balestier. Our docents had an extremely fruitful and insightful experience learning about the changes and continuities of businesses in Balestier from past to present. Our docents were also able to see for themselves how History exists in their daily lives, waiting to be uncovered and shared.
Through this experience, our docents were also able to reflect on how they would like to conduct their own heritage trail by the end of the programme.
Do keep a lookout for future updates of our docents as they embark on the research of various heritage sites in Singapore!
– Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)
About 60 Secondary 1 and 2 students, in the Greendale Scientist Programme (GSP), participated in the Applied Materials Science Explorer Camp, held at United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) this year. This camp is supported by the North East Community Development Council (NECDC). The programme is a collaboration between NECDC and Applied Materials South East Asia Pte Ltd to inspire and spark off interest in children with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It aims to promote innovative thinking through Science workshops and hands-on experiments that could further their learning in Science.
This year, students learnt the science behind up-cycling and understand the circuitry in battery-operated toys. Working in groups of 4 or 5, the students repaired and used their newly acquired soldering skills to creatively use discarded toys to build their own mini-robots to compete in a robot challenge.
The Greendale Docents Programme was launched in January this year, where selected Secondary 2 and 3 History students were invited to join the programme. This is an initiative from the Humanities Department (otherwise proudly known as The HuManiacs!) as part of our Talent Development Plan. The programme aims to guide our students to become critical thinkers and confident speakers, who are able to spread their interest and love for History to their peers.
In phase one of the programme, our docents were engaged in a series of public speaking activities to build up their confidence. The first two sessions saw our docents putting their creative juices to use, as they came up with fictional life stories of their friends, as well as a fictional holiday they imagined to have gone on. In the third session, docents had to select an item from their wallet to discuss the significance of the item in their lives.
Through these experiences, not only have our students become more confident in speaking in front of a crowd, they also learnt about their role as ambassadors of History in sharing stories to people around them.
More updates on the Greendale Docents Programme will be provided in subsequent blog posts! Stay tuned!
– Reported by: Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)
Our very first Young Mathematician @GreendaleSec was launched in January 2018, opened to this year’s Sec 2 cohort. Students, from the Express and Normal Streams, were selected and invited to join the programme based on their Secondary 1 Overall Mathematics results in 2017.
Kickstarting the Young Mathematician programme, was an original “Escape Room” challenge designed by our Mathematics Department. On 23 January 2018, Young Mathematicians in training were tasked with solving a series of Olympiad questions which would eventually lead them to the key to escape their classroom.
It was heartening to see students display perseverance, teamwork and creativity!
“It was interesting! I initially thought it may be boring but it turned out to be challenging. It required a lot of teamwork and thinking.” – Vidhi, 2E2
“It was challenging but fun. I liked the challenge! I enjoyed the thrill of being locked up and having to escape by solving maths questions.” – Amanda, 2E5
“The escape room was fun and interesting!” – Kah Hang, 2E3
– Reported by: Ms Sarah Lee (Teacher, Mathematics Department)
Our 2017 cohort of Secondary 4 Express students have achieved many firsts for the School @GreendaleSec at the 2017 GCE O Level examinations!
We have our first straight A1 student, Fanny Xueqi Or, and more than 15% of our students achieved at least 4 distinctions. We also celebrate the good performance of our Secondary 5 Normal Academic students.
Congratulations to our 2017 cohort for their fine performance at the O levels! And a special mention of thanks to the Year Head, the Form and Subject Teachers, of the said batch who travelled alongside them in their journey.
– Reported by The School Leaders (Ms Amy Ng, Mr Joseph Peterson, & Mr Derek Lee)