We are pleased to share that the School @GreendaleSec was recently in the news! And the teacher featured in it is none other than our Subject Head of EL, Ms Tan Jie Qi!
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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)
[Photos Courtesy of: Ms Shafiqah (ICT Executive)]
We are proud to announce that, out of the 136 school unit entries, the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) @GreendaleSec has retained the Gold Award, at the NPCC Unit Overall Proficiency Award 2017!
It is awarded by assessing the overall performance of NPCC school units in an academic year. All NPCC Units are encouraged to participate in the assessment process.
Our heartfelt gratitude to the teachers, for their passionate commitment and efforts in the pursuit of Character Development excellence! In the words of the School Principal, Ms Amy Ng:
“It is most encouraging to see the NPCC students, past and present, coming together for their CCA and its achievements. We must believe that they will carry that great sense of belonging, commitment and excellence in all that they do, today, tomorrow and into the future.“
Well done NPCC @GreendaleSec!
The School @GreendaleSec welcomed the 2018 Secondary 1 cohort on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. By 7.20 AM, 320 Secondary 1 students had reported and were ushered in to the school hall for their very first morning assembly.
The School’s Principal, Ms Amy Ng, welcomed the new Secondary 1 cohort, shared the school’s mission and rallied the new students towards the realisation of the school’s vision of Committed Learners, Critical Thinkers and Confident Leaders.
Following the morning welcome, the student leaders led the Secondary 1 students through ice-breaking activities, to get them to know their new classmates. Here are some snapshots of the day’s session:
Photos Courtesy of: Mr Derek Lee (VPA) & Ms Tng Wee Li (Sec 1 Year Head)
– Reported by Mr Derek Lee (Vice-Principal, Admin)
The 2017 N level cohort performed well in the GCE N level exams!
The Secondary 4N results were the best in Greendale’s history, with 17.3% (as compared to the national average of 10%) eligible for Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP).
79.5% of students were eligible for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP), and 83.5% were promoted to Secondary 5 (as compared to the national average of 76.6%).
This is a result of the hard work of the students, Year Head and teachers.
Together as the Family @GreendaleSec, we were able to achieve this set of fantastic results, and many of our students have excellent post-secondary options. We look forward to many more good years ahead!
– Reported by: Mr Wee Meng Kiat (Lead Teacher)
[Photos Courtesy of: Ms Shafiqah (ICT Executive)]
From the National-level competition and onto the International stage, our Robotics @GreendaleSec took part in the World Robot Games (International) 2017, hosted by our country Singapore, on Friday (10 November) and Saturday (11 November). Not only did they participate in the SUMO Robot Showdown 1kg (Junior) Category, but also in the Battle Ballz (Open) Category:
We won the Bronze Award for it, after rounds of intense competition which included a University team from Thailand! And that’s not all: the best part is our only participating team beat them, fair and square, as their robots looked huge and intimidating!
For the SUMO Category, two of our three participating teams managed to get in the Top 8, and one of them came in 4th position!
On the overall, our school was awarded the Country Best Award for the exceptional performance during the competition!
Let’s congratulate the following teams, for these amazing accomplishments:
Team Battle Ballz
Jedd Laurance and Nabil Hussain (of 2E2), Lee Mingxuan and Javier Lee (of 2E3), and Kavinesh (of 3T1)
Theodore Ong (of 2E1), Maxwell Timothy (of 2E2), Odelia Chua and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4)
We would also like to congratulate and thank Mr Abdul Rahman, Mr Yusoff, and Mr Tan Hee Lam for their tireless effort and help, prior to and, during the competition, the OSOs for accommodating the work done for it through the late evenings, and last but not the least, our D&T Head, Mr Chang, and the School Leaders for their utmost support.
Well done Team Robotics @GreendaleSec!
The School Green Awards (SGA), organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), is a self-audited voluntary environmental programme which serves as a platform for students to develop and showcase their environmental efforts, through customised activities which will help them gain better understanding of the environment.
As the title sponsor of SGA for the second year of the SGA, StarHub Limited aims to further environmental outreach efforts to all schools across Singapore.
We are pleased to share, that the School @GreendaleSec has been awarded the Lotus Award at the SEC-StarHub SGA 2017!
Every year, submissions come from preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, international schools, schools for students with special needs and institutes of higher learning. SGA also receives submissions from schools overseas. In 2017, we continue to focus on the role of advocacy by students, who are required to initiate and lead their own environmental outreach project.
Based on the audits submitted, together with random site visits by SEC, schools qualify for one of four awards – the Palm, Hibiscus, Orchid, and the top level Lotus Award. Schools which receive the Lotus Award for at least three consecutive times will attain the Lotus Sustained Achievement Award. Preschools will be in running for the Daisy Award, with the similarly structured Daisy Sustained Achievement Award.
We would like to highlight the exemplary behavior of the following students, between September and October this year, in displaying our school values… caught in the act!
Bravo! Please do commend and encourage them if you see them around!
– Reported by: Ms Lynn Ang (Humanities)
[Featured Image courtesy of: Infineon Technologies AG]
We were at it again!
Well, for this time, we didn’t emerge as the Top 3 teams… But we sure did impress the judges to warrant ourselves in the Top 10, despite tougher competition from other schools as compared to the previous year!
5 teams were sent to the Chips@School Competition (C@SC) 2017, organised by Infineon (Singapore): a competition where students would need to come up with conceptual ideas on how chips could be used to “Build a Smart Welfare City”, the theme of this year’s C@SC.
Out of the 5 teams, 3 of them were honoured to be part of the 10 shortlisted teams for the C@SC 2017 Finals. One of them, Team 2, was commended for being passionate in presenting their idea of the “Tumour Detecting Chip“:
While another team, Team 5, awed the judges with their impressive video on the “Emergency Response Chip“:
And not forgetting Team 3, for their noble idea of “Let’s Lend a Wrist“:
For them to be amongst the shortlisted teams for the Finals, they had to present before a panel of industry-expert judges, comprising of two Management Personnel of Infineon, a Professor from SUTD, and the President of the Singapore Semiconductor Association.
Special mention of thanks to the Sec 2 DTE teachers for their dedication and excellence, in guiding our teams in this year’s C@SC!
Well done, Team DTE @GreendaleSec!
“Good things come to those who
wait persevere… And never give up” – Anonymous
For the first time in the history of Greendale Secondary School, we have achieved honours in the sports arena at the National level!
First up, our Softball @GreendaleSec B Division Boys Team, for clinching 3rd Placing at the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) National Softball Championships 2017:
And at the 2017 National Inter-School Taekwondo Championships:
We present Cheryl Ng (of 4A1), for winning the Gold Medal at the B Division Female Black Belt (under 56 Kg) Category.
These achievements could not be made possible, without the support and belief of everyone in the Greendale Family. And that includes the Teachers and Coaches who dedicated their time, and effort in tirelessly working with the winners, amidst the various challenges and surmounting odds that were constantly knocking on the doors, in order to achieve sporting excellence.
To the Softball B Boys, and Cheryl, we salute you. And congratulations!
“So today (6 Oct 2017) we hosted the PE Department from Naval Base Secondary…
… Had a good session of sharing and discussion of OAE practices!”
Taken and posted, with permission, from: Mr Halim FB
We are pleased to announce that eight of our students, from the Robotics @GreendaleSec, are awarded the “Young Engineer Award (YEA) Gold”!
With this, it recognises their active participation in the Future Transportation Challenge which they took part in June this year. Quoting a letter from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Singapore Polytechnic):
“During the course of the challenge, they have demonstrated a creative and innovative mind, which are important attributes of an engineer in making our world a better place.”
The YEA Gold also gives the students an added advantage when applying for SP engineering courses, as well as the Early Admission Exercise (EAE)! Let’s give them a round of applause for this amazing achievement, and a pat on their backs if you happen to see them around in school!
WRG (Singapore) 2017 Sumobot Winner, Lim Yuheng, and Theodore Ong (of 2E1),
Jedd Laurence, Maxwell Timothy and Nabil Hussain (of 2E2),
Our WRG (Singapore) 2017 Sumobot Winners:
Odelia Chua and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4),
and last but not the least, our dear Kavinesh (of 3T1).
Congratulations to all!
Did you know that our Robotics @GreendaleSec participated in the World Robot Games (Singapore) this year:
And we won the Gold and Bronze Award for the 1 Kg Category?
Congratulations Chew Tze Han and Lim Yuheng (of 2E1), and Odelia Chua and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4) for winning the two awards respectively! Well done!
It was, by no means, an easy feat. The competition is purely autonomous based (of having the freedom to act independently), so the robots must be programmed to function in ways without any human intervention during the game!
The students, under the guidance of their passionate DTE teacher, Ms Elizabeth Ong, carefully designed the two robots prior to the competition, and pre-programmed them with a few possible strategies, which they eventually selected the “best one” for each at the start of the game. And boy, did it turn out well!
Congratulations Team Robotics @GreendaleSec!
We had a fun-tastic moment just now… Our annual Graduation Day 2017!
Till our next Graduation Day!
The Physical & Sports Education Conference (PSEC) 2017 was held on 28 and 29 August 2017, at the Singapore Sports School. The conference was intended for PE practitioners to examine fundamental tenets of quality teaching and learning, and deepen their understanding and application of pedagogical practices.
The PE Department presented under Strand B – Innovative Learning and Teaching through Leveraging Technology. It is believed that technology, when used purposefully in PE, Sports and Outdoor Education, can have a significant impact on the engagement of students and help them to enhance their learning. The meaningful use of technology acts as a catalyst to enhance students’ appreciation of the application of skills in authentic situations, increase verbalisation of their deeper understanding, and enable a transfer of practice from one context to another.
Orienteering is typically conducted using a map and a compass. While this skill is useful to know, the current generation is more “tech-savvy” and prefer using technology to aid in navigating. This preference, coupled with a high mobile penetration rate in Singapore, provided the impetus for adopting technology in orienteering lessons.
At Greendale Secondary, we use a variety of free apps in mobile tablets for orienteering lessons, which allow student-centred collaborative learning to take place. Hence, students are more engaged and have become more responsible for their own learning.
It was a ‘delicious’ affair last Friday, 15 September 2017. And quite literally.
Led by Mdm Suriani and Mdm Gajae, the Class of 1T1 presented their Cafe Project, themed “Kampong Fusion Cafe”, to the Greendale Family. They had gone through a 10-Week programme on the project in Term 3 prior to it, to which they found the programme fruitful and engaging.
It was also a time where colleagues gather for a brief respite, away from their busy schedules, and are being treated to the sumptuous cuisine and service the students had put together.
Kampong Fusion Cafe Happenings on Vid!
The kitchen was abuzzed with activity, with little rest in between for the busy bees. In spite of this, the spirit was high and overwhelming.
And smiles were all around. Proof that the Greendale Family had a good time.
The cafe project was also a fund-raising project, to help the needy students of the school. Needless to say that the project, on the overall, was a success!
Till next year!
We would like to highlight the exemplary behavior of the following students, between June and August this year, in displaying our school values… caught in the act!
Bravo! Please do commend and encourage them if you see them around!
– Reported by: Ms Lynn Ang (Humanities)
On 26 August 2017, a group of Sec 3 students consisting of Student Councillors, CCA Leaders and Sports Leaders went on a trek as part of the School’s Level 4 leadership training programme.
The student leaders trekked from MacRitchie Reservoir all the way to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Along the way, there were ‘pitstops’ where they had to accomplish various tasks before continuing on their journey.
While it was physically demanding for some students, it was generally a fruitful and enjoyable trek. They had to work together to plan their route, and overcome the challenges along the way.
This strengthened their teamwork and planning skills, and more importantly helped them have a better appreciation of servant leadership traits, such as Foresight and Conceptualization.
– Reported by: Mr Chen Zijun (2IC Student Leadership)