Be the Difference in Time of Adversity

Greendale Secondary is proud of Beatrice Wong, a secondary 4 student, and her family for responding to nationwide movement to sew masks for fellow Singaporeans.

Beatrice and her brother Adriel,  under the guidance of their mother, starting sewing masks not long after the onset of COVID-19 to donate to those who need them. Beatrice does most of the sewing and Adriel helps with the measuring and cutting.

The school is proud of our student and her family for Being the Difference in time of Adversity.

Here is the article
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nationwide-movement-to-spur-spore-residents-to-sew-masks-during-covid-19-circuit-breaker published in The Straits Times on 9 Apr 2020.

SPF–NPCC Badge 2020 Award

Our NPCC team would like to take the chance to share with everyone a piece of good news!

Chintakunta Shreya from Class 4A has been awarded the most prestigious      SPF-NPCC badge for this year’s selection! The objective of awarding SPF-NPCC Badge to cadets is to identify and recognise outstanding cadets with good leadership qualities.

We would like to extend our congratulations to her for her achievement!

NPCC UOPA 2019 Gold Award

Our NPCC has achieved our 11th UOPA Gold Award for Assessment Year 2019, with the strong support from our Honorary Officers Haslam, the dedicated Cadet Inspectors, and our awesome team of school cadets!
It re-affirms the dedication and commitment demonstrated by Greendale’s students. They truly Serve, Lead & Excel!  We would like to extend our congratulations to them!

GDLSS Red Cross Youth Awarded Gold For Excellent Unit Award

Our GDL Red Cross Youth has been awarded Gold for Excellent Unit Award (EUA) for year of assessment 2019. This is the 10th consecutive year that the unit has achieved the Gold Award! Thank you for the hard and “heart” work! Congratulations to them!

Our Sec 4 cadets and their Youth Officer, Mr William Teng

Greendale Secondary SAC Member Daren Tang Set to Head UN WIPO

Greendale Secondary congratulates Mr Daren Tang for being the first Singaporean to be designated the Director-General of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organisation (UN WIPO). We are also proud to share that Mr Tang is a member of the school’s School Advisory Committee (SAC).

The school wishes him the very best in his new posting. And we thank him for flying the Singapore flag high!

Greendale Secondary Congratulates Alumni from Class of 2017!

Greendale Secondary congratulates Greendale alumnus Wang Haiyi (Class of 2017, 4E1) for her stellar performance at the 2019 GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations. Haiyi attained a H3 Distinction in Science Research, and Grade As for 4 H2 Subjects. She has also attained the A*STAR scholarship.  Haiyi, who joined Greendale Secondary in 2015 at Secondary 2, subsequently enrolled into National Junior College via DSA. Haiyi expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Greendale teachers for their guidance and support, and she particularly reached out to Mr Darius Tan (Head of Department, Math) when she received her results.

The school also received affirmation from the mother of alumnus Samuel (Class of 2017, 4E1), attributing Samuel’s good performance to the inspiring and hardworking teachers and the school’s caring culture. Samuel attained Grades A and B for his H1 and H2 subjects for his GCE ‘A’ level exams. His younger brother, from Class of 2019, 4E1, also did well in the 2019 GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations with a nett score of 6. Here’s the affirmation from the mother of alumni Samuel and his brother :

“… Teachers in Greendale Sec have made such an impact on both my boys’ secondary school lives and Sam is thinking of applying to NIE too. Sam is an example of how Greendale Sec has groomed students with a PSLE score of 185. Greendale Sec teachers are the best in Singapore! My boys have no tuition and their good results are all Greendale Sec teachers’ hard work. I can testify to that. The caring culture at Greendale Sec is second to none. … teachers in Greendale Sec are gems … I can’t thank all teachers in one note. So many and I haven’t even shared about my second son’s teachers.”

We wish all our Alumni the very best in their education pursuit and as a school, we will continue to SERVE, LEAD and EXCEL.

We Can Make a Difference!

Greendale chooses to Be the Difference during this difficult time as the world and Singapore manages COVID-19 together.

Last week (Term 1 Week 6) our Sec 1s designed posters/comic strips: what we can do for our family during this period. Did they share these strips and posters with you at home?  Here are just some samples of the amazing work they did in class!

Our Sec 2s went a step further.  They chose to make a difference by showing appreciation to the school staff.  They wrote appreciate notes to School Leaders, teachers, operations staff and cleaners.  Here is a video of Mdm Wong receiving the notes from our Sec 2 students.

Thank You Sec 2 Students!

An appreciation note by Mdm Wong!

Posted by Official Greendale Secondary School on Monday, 17 February 2020

The Sec 3-5s created an impact beyond family and school.  They wrote appreciation notes to our frontline healthcare workers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.  These notes were mailed out to them just in time for Valentine’s Day.  As a result, by Friday, 14 February 2020, the noticeboards of Tan Tock Seng were covered with the heartfelt notes from Greendale students.  We could tell the notes were well-received by the nurses because they sent a war, “Thank You” video!

From TTSH With Love!

A mass appreciation vid by TTSH staff!

Posted by Official Greendale Secondary School on Monday, 17 February 2020

Chinese New Year Celebrations!

We present you the video highlights of the school’s Chinese New Year Celebrations, which was held on last Friday, 24 January 2020, in school:

Chinese New Year Celebrations!

Chinese New Year Celebrations!

Posted by Official Greendale Secondary School on Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Hope you enjoyed viewing it!

Outstanding Results at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations 2019!

We are pleased to share that, once again, Greendale Secondary has achieved outstanding results in last year’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations, as compared to 2018 and 2017!

Our 2019 O-Level cohort has performed above expectation and broken through the score-barrier of both the mean Language 1 and Best 5 (L1B5) and Best 4 (L1B4) subjects, to below 20 points!

86.8% of our Secondary 4 E students are qualified for the Junior College/ Millennia Institute (JC/ MI) track in 2020, while 95.0% of them qualified for the Polytechnic track.

Our Secondary 5 N(A) students, they faired well too! With 66.7% of them qualified for the JC/ MI track in 2020, while 95.8% of them qualified for the Polytechnic track.

We wish them all the best!

For more information on post-GCE ‘O’ Level matters, please click here.

Value-Adding Results at GCE ‘N’ Level Examinations 2019!

We are pleased to share the school has achieved overall value-added improvement once again in the GCE ‘N’ Level Examinations!

Part of this year’s value-adding results in the N-Levels include the school’s core achievement in the English, Mathematics and Best 3 Subjects (EMB3) score, 90.4% of our Secondary 4 N(A) students’ eligibility to progress to Secondary 5 N(A) in 2020, and 82.6% of the Normal-stream students in general qualifying for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP).

We wish all of our students the very best in the next phase of their education journey!

For more information on post-GCE ‘N’ Level matters, please click here.

EAS Learning Journey!

The school’s executive and administrative staff (EAS) went on a learning journey recently to Sky Greens Vertical Farming!

The objective of the trip was to create awareness on the importance of food security, which is a national issue. During the journey, we tasted some samples of its produce where most of us found it tasty!

After lunch, we dropped by the Singapore Botanic Gardens! The first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore, admission is free for all Singaporeans (upon showing a valid ID card at the entrance gantry); non-Singaporeans will have to pay $5/visitor to gain entry. We learnt about the importance of greenery and agricultural development in a small country like Singapore.

We hope you enjoyed viewing the photos!

Greendale SRCY PYA Recipient@Berita Harian!

We are pleased to share that our school’s Singapore Red Cross (Youth) (SRCY) Presidential Youth Award (PYA) Recipient was featured in the national malay newspapers, Berita Harian, on 31 October 2019 (Thursday)!

You may read the online version of the article by clicking here.

For the benefit of our non-malay readers, below is a translation of the article in english:

“Serving as a volunteer for the Red Cross sincerely, without expecting anything in return”

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) celebrated its 70th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, volunteers have been the support of the organization in providing relief to the community, both in times of crisis such as national tragedies, and on ordinary days. Reporter NUR FATHIN AWALLUDIN nfathin@sph.com.sg ) tells the story of two SRC volunteers sharing their experiences. Follow the report.

WHEN the New World Hotel collapsed in 1986, every day for a week following the tragedy Mr Pungot S. was involved in helping the victims and their families.

In addition to providing emergency assistance, he and other Singapore Red Cross (SRC) officers also rushed to the mortuary at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), assisted in the tracking service to try locate those who were reported missing and help soothe family members.

With very little sleep and the emotional challenges of having to deal with affected family members, fatigue sets in and was surely felt.

However, for 71-year-old Mr Pungot, it was not a hindrance for him to do his job.

“In the past, when things happened, it happened. We were fully prepared to do the work, our thoughts foremost were to help,” he said when met at the Red Cross House (HQ) at Penang Lane.

He joined the SRC since Secondary One in 1962 and has been involved in community work at the national level.

These include operations such as the MH653 plane crash in 1977.

He was also involved in ambulance services provided by the SRC in the 1960s.

Sharing more, Mr Pungot said:

“In the past, we supported ambulance services in Singapore because at the time there were not many hospitals that had private ambulances.

“So from 7pm to 7am we will be on standby. Some of us work (at our full-time jobs during the day), so after work we will come here (at HQ), sleep here, and we returned to work (at our jobs the next day).”

In volunteering with the SRC, he has never received a single cent.

In fact, monetary rewards was the last thing in Mr Pungot’s mind for volunteering his services to those who is need.

“We never thought about getting paid or being recognized, we never thought about it – we simply just do our best in helping people.

“When we do charity, let us not expect anything in return. The heart must be sincere,” he said frankly.

Nodding as she listened to the former’s advice was a young woman, 16-year-old Nuha Sabrina S., who is also a member of the SRC.

A Secondary Four student at Greendale Secondary School, she was a recipient of this year’s SRC Presidential Youth Award.

The award was given to the outstanding cadets in recognition of their contributions and exemplary achievements in their service to the SRC.

Since joining the SRCY in secondary school, Nuha Sabrina said her interest in helping others grow, and she intends to explore opportunities in the field of medicine in future.

Graduation Day 2019!

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams”

The annual GDLSS Graduation Ceremony for the Secondary 4/5 was held on 4 October 2019 (Friday).

It was an emotional ceremony for the students, teachers and parents. This ceremony marks the closure of a chapter, but it also signifies the beginning of another.

Teachers and many of the parents present had said they would not shed a tear, but the emotional moments of tenderness was too much to contain.

Planned and organised by the school management and teachers, every detail was meticulously looked into and carefully planned.

It was a special moment for all graduands when the Sec 4/5 Form Teachers took to the stage and sang a moving rendition of “If we hold on together”, sending out the message of “live believing; dreams never die”.

In return, the cohort delivered an emotional rendition of “Do I make you proud” to thank and appreciate the school, teachers and parents.

Not a single dry eye in the school hall on this day and this is the strongest testament of the bonds built between the teachers and students.

This graduation ceremony is the finale of the Class of 2019 in Greendale Secondary, where talents were nurtured and lives, inspired.

Every student received an unique graduation bear dressed in the school’s polo tee, and with a class gift filled full to the brim with loving thoughts and blessings from the Form Teachers of the graduating classes.

Indeed, the students went away with not only the memories of their life as a GDLSS student, but also the blessings of the school leaders and each and every teacher for their journey ahead.

As parents, we are more than heartened and appreciative of what had become of our children – Committed Learners, Critical Thinkers, Confident Leaders in their own rights.

All these would not be possible without the dedication and nurturing of the school leaders and teachers. ❤

To the Class of 2019, happy graduation 🎓! Remember, the best is yet to come! Game on and all the best for the rest of the N and O levels papers! 💪

– Greendale Secondary School Parents Support Group

National Inter-School Team Chess Championships!

We are pleased to announce that the school now have a Chess Club for our students, under the Library CCA. We met for chess practice and study after-school on Tuesdays and Fridays for the last 3 months, to prepare for the 60th National Inter-School Team Chess Championships.

It was held at Rulang Primary School on 10 September 2019 (Tuesday). We were two out of thirty-three teams who had registered for the Under-14 Open section.  We knew that there would be many experienced chess players in the competition and were prepared for tough games ahead.

Each team consisted of 4 players, and at the end of 6 rounds the team with the most points wins the championships. Every win is a point and a draw is half a point. In the opening round, Team 1 was pitted against Hwa Chong and Team 2 against Raffles Team 1. They were the top rated teams and both our teams gave them a good fight, but we weren’t able to secure any points.

After 5 rounds both our teams picked up 6.5 points, and ended up playing against each other in the final round. Team 1 beat Team 2 three games to one and captured the Bronze Zonal (North) Prize!

We played against some of the best Under-14 chess players in Singapore and know we can give them a good game. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, learnt a lot and look forward to being more competitive at the National Individual Inter-School Chess Championships in March 2020. The detailed results of the championships are available in the Singapore Chess Federation website.

– Mr Quek S S (Teacher, EL Department)

SIT-Greendale Community Challenge!

One of the strategic initiatives’ goals of the school’s applied learning programme (ALP) is to bring about the “joy of learning” and engage the students’ understanding of a subject matter more effectively. Hence, by adopting “The Maker Education Mindset”, which is closely associated with science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) learning, we hope to bring leverage on the initiative’s goal and to provide the applied learning opportunities and experiences to students where possible.

An activity that revolves around the Makers’ Mindset is the SIT – Greendale Community Challenge. Involving the Secondary 2 cohort, the students are given the opportunity to visit the various host community organisations, attend design-thinking workshops organised by the SIT, and to research, design and create practical solutions to real-life aid technological problems faced in the welfare-community homes.

There were quite a number of entries submitted. But only 11 teams were shortlisted and made it to the finals of the Challenge. For these teams, as part of the Challenge they attended The Makers’ Workshop conducted by the SIT.

At the finals, the teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges. And here we present the top 3 winners of the Challenge:

It is worth to note that the winning ideas would be adopted for implementation for the welfare-community homes’ usage in future. In tandem with the school’s theme for this year: Maker Empowerment, Thinking Tinkering.

VR in the Classroom!

The school recently embarked on a project on virtual reality (VR) in the classrooms in Term 3, which aims to supplement the student’s understanding of the lessons learnt in there. This initiative is undertaken as part of the school’s applied learning programme (ALP), and a select few teachers and classes were enrolled to pilot it.

It encourages collaboration work amongst the students, after the lesson was taught in-proper by the teacher. Overall, it was well received by the teachers who piloted the VR project as they found it useful in their lessons. And as for the students in general, they find it unique, are able to comprehend what is taught earlier during the lessons and they thoroughly enjoyed the new learning experience!

Moving forward, the school plans to continue with VR as part of the school’s curriculum-programme from 2020. Exciting times ahead!

Toy Design Competition 2019!

Robotics@Greendale sent in 3 entries by our Secondary 1 students for this year’s Toy Design Competition (TDC) organised by Singapore Polytechnic.

We are pleased to share that two of their TDC entries were awarded the Merit and Commendation Awards!

  • Merit Award – Gonzales Zach & Mingyang (1E2)
  • Commendation Award – Dave Matthew (1E5)

Congratulations Robotics@Greendale!