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!
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!
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.
The Singapore National Day Awards are a means of recognising various forms of merit and service to Singapore. This year, a total of 4 322 individuals in 21 award categories received National Day Honours.
We are proud to announce that two of our staff members were awarded the honours as well. Mdm Halimah Bte Mohmad (Subject Head/Malay Language) was awarded the Commendation Medal, while Mr Goh Cheng Hian (HOD/Mother Tongue Languages) was awarded the Long Service Medal. We rejoice with both of them and look forward to more accolades for our staff!
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!
There has been a lot going on in Term 3 for Greendale Sec, especially with regard to its staff:
Education & Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor
The Greendale Family is pleased to welcome our ECG Counsellor, Ms Corinne Tan.
With an ECG Counsellor in school, our students can now look forward to even better guidance and direction to explore their strengths and interests, in relation to their aspirations and the changing demands of the workforce. They will be better able to plan and make informed decisions for their education and career pathways in future.
In addition to providing individual and group counselling on career guidance to students, Ms Tan will also be working with our teachers and the school’s ECG Committee to provide ECG resources and to organise activities to create a holistic and meaningful ECG experience for our students. We welcome Ms Tan to our Greendale Family, and look forward to her contributions to the school!
InfoComm Technology (ICT) Manager
The Greendale Family would also like to welcome our ICT Manager, Mr Azlan Shah Rahman.
A former Teacher (AED T&L) with 6 years of experience, Mr Azlan will assist with plans to improve and implement effective ICT systems for Teaching and Learning (T&L) and school administrative system.
We gladly welcome Mr Azlan on board, and look forward to the various ICT works of the School in the pipeline!
– Reported by: Mrs Joyce Kong (School Staff Developer)
The Interact Clubof Greendale Secondary School held their annual Installation on the evening of 25 August 2017 (Friday). Guests from Interact Club of Tanjong Katong Girls School, our sister club Interact Club of Evergreen Secondary School, and Rotary Club of Suntec City were present to witness the new Board of Directors taking over the leadership of the club.
We started the day with speeches by our Vice-Principal Mr Derek Lee and Rotarian Felix Tok, who read out a prepared script on behalf of Mdm Teresa Lim, current President of Rotary Club of Suntec City. Then we had some games before we dig into our sumptuous dinner!
We would like to thank all our guests for their presence despite their busy schedule, and wish the new Board all the best for the upcoming year!
Every year, hundreds of students from schools all over Singapore pit their skills against each other, in the Science & Technology Challenge (STC) organised by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), School of Engineering.
We are happy to announce that one of our teams emerged as Champions in the Projectile Launcher Category of this year’s STC! The winning team comprised of Liew Yoon Qing (of 2E2), Koh Tze Rui (of 2E3), and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4), mentored by Mr Ong Choon Kiat (Science Department).
The Media Computing (MEC) Competition is an annual competition that is organised by the Computer Education (CE) Unit, Curriculum Planning and Development Division. The objectives of the MEC Competition are to develop students’ interest in media design, and provide a platform to showcase students’ work.
Congratulations to Dany Zulhairie B Muhammad J (2T1), who won the Bronze Award in the Animation Category, and Jeremy Leong Kai Heng (3T1), who won the Gold Award in the Game Category!