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!
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!
“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!
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).
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.
Students, from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3, participated in the Malay Language Fortnight programme during the September 2017 school holidays. They participated in batik painting, poetry writing and recital, Malay traditional games, and debates.
They enjoyed the sessions as they were given opportunities to showcase their talents to their peers. They were very engaged as all the activities were hands-on.
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.
The theme for 2017 Art Club / NE National Day Competition 2017 was #onenationtogether.
Students, from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3, submitted their entries in either 2D or 3D.
The winners’ artworks were displayed at our Vanishing Trades Area (VTA) at Level 2, Outside the Main Staffroom. The competition was held for a month, prior to the School’s National Day 2017 celebrations.
Art Club teachers and students, together with the National Education (NE) department, made this competition a success!
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 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!
Greendale Secondary NCC and NPCC participated in the Punggol North National Day Observance Ceremony on 9 Aug 2017. The 36-member strong contingent, in their ceremonial No 1 uniform, formed main parade contingent of the ceremony. All eyes were on the cadets as they stood tall and proud on hard court of the Social Innovation Park to welcome the arrival of the reviewing officer, Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education, Second Minister for Transport, Advisors to Pasir-Ris Punggol GROs cum MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.
The drills were flawlessly executed throughout the ceremony under the command of their parade commander. Their sharp and well-synchronised movement impressed the spectators and made the entire parade looked like a mini NDP.
The cadets truly did the school proud on our Nation’s 52nd Birthday. Go Greendale!!!
Here is the post on Minister Ng’s Facebook and highlights of the observance ceremony:
On 28 July, student Sylvia Lee, Ally Wong, Nicholas Chan and Yeo Choy Tuang from Class 1E5 took part in Montfort Secondary School’s Cyberwellness Conference. The Montfort Secondary Cyberwellness Conference 2017 was organised by Montfort Secondary School in collaboration with King Maker Pte Ltd. The conference served as a platform for Cyberwellness ambassadors and student leaders to come together to share best practices and initiate collaboration to raise awareness on issues related to Cyberwellness.
The team came in third for the poster design segment! Well done and congratulation!!!
Student Sherlyn Lee was one of the 4 proud recipients of the 2017 Red Cross President Youth Award. Sherlyn received the prestigious award from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the award ceremony held on 25 July. Sherlyn Lee, a Warrant Officer in the school’s Red Cross Unit, impressed her peers with her leadership skills as the Chairperson of the unit and helmed many unit activities. Sherlyn also volunteered her services in school and the community. Congratulation for doing the school proud!