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)
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.“
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!
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.
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.
The School celebrated National Day by having a formal parade in the morning led by our distinguished three Uniformed Groups: NPCC, NCC and Red Cross Youth.
Students watched the parade from the hall, via a live video feed, to ensure that all were able to see the parade in full. This was followed by National Day classroom lessons, which focused on commemorating 50 years of National Service. Some male teachers came to school in their National Service uniforms, and shared their national service stories with the students.
After the lesson, it was back to the hall for the concert segment and the annual Greendale’s Got Talent event, in which students get to showcase their hidden talents ranging from singing, playing musical instruments and dancing.
The event also featured guest performances by our very own Greendale Orchestra and Greendale Chorale.
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!
The school conducted a fire drill on Tue, 29 Aug to familiarise staff and students with the evacuation procedure in the event of a fire outbreak. Students, staff and even school-based service providers responded to the alarm and evacuated via the designated routes to the assembly area in orderly manner.
Students of Secondary 1 were also introduced to the drill to evacuate to an external holding (EHA) area, which is located approximately 500m away from the school. This exercise prepares students for school emergency that renders the school unsafe for staff and students and, hence, the need to vacate the school premises.
The school implemented a Key Management Apps to manage the loan of keys. The system uses QR code to tag the key to the user. With the apps, the General Office is able to have an overview of the loan status. The system also sends SMS to remind users to return the key if key are not in by the stipulated time.
The construction of the school’s long-awaited indoor sports hall (ISH) has finally begun. The two-storey building with eco-friendly fixtures will house a basketball court on level 1 and an indoor multipurpose court on level 2. These new facilities will provide additional spaces for PE and CCAs. The construction of ISH project is expected to complete towards the end of 2018.