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!

GCE ‘O’ Level (MTL) Results!

We are pleased to share that the school has achieved yet another milestone in the national examinations: 100% pass for every O-Level Mother Tongue Language (MTL) subjects!

This is the result of both the students’ and MTL teachers’ hard work and perseverance throughout its preparation. Well done and congratulations to all Greendale Secondary O-Level students!

SkillsCraft Youth Makers Programme!

A programme in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), SkillsCraft aims to inspire students and spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and participate in meaningful STEM activities and projects that contribute to the community!

16 students were selected to attend the programme’s 3D Printing Workshop and DIY Hacks (Household) Workshop held at the SIT MakerSpace at Punggol 21CC and, the Design Thinking Workshop held at Greendale Secondary School.

@ Punggol 21CC
@ Punggol 21CC
@ Greendale Secondary School

The future is bright for these geniuses and philantrepreneurs!

Singapore VEX Robotics Championships!

Team Robotics are at it again! 2 teams participated in the Singapore VEX Robotics Championships, where they designed and built a robot to pit against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge!

We are pleased to share that we have achieved two awards – the Best New Comer Award and the Secondary Division – Silver Award!

Congratulations to Danial Haziq and Jackie of 2A1, Subbayan of 2E2, Jonathan James of 2E3, and Yi Jie of 3E4! If you happened to see them around, please congratulate them too!

IDE Series 2019!

The Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDE) Series is a national technology and engineering event, which Greendale Secondary School participated recently.

There are 2 categories under the IDE Series: the Arduino Maker and IDE Challenge.

Under the Arduino Maker category, students need to use Arduino micro controller technology to come up with projects to solve problems faced by the elderly, showcase their idea through a video, a working prototype and a presentation to the judges.

Whereas in the IDE Challenge category for this year’s event, students have to build a glider to be released from a predetermined height, a landing pad to prevent eggs from breaking when dropped from a certain height and a height to withstand weight of drink cans loaded on it.

We are pleased to share that our students Jackie, Danial Haziq and Shreeya were awarded the Engineering Award in the Arduino Maker Category!

Engineering Awardees: Arduino Maker Category (IDE Series 2019)

In the IDE Challenge Category, Subbayan, Moliparambil and Yi Jie were awarded the Design Award!

Design Awardees: IDE Challenge Category (IDE Series 2019)

Congratulations!

National Schools Literature Festival 2019!

Greendale Secondary School participated in the National Schools Literature Festival 2019.  Two of our students won the Lower Secondary Category of the Flash Fiction Competition and they are:

  • Jeanna (1E3) – National 5th Position
  • Ro En (2E5) – National 10th Position

This is the third consecutive year that the school has won in this keenly contested category. Congratulations to our budding writers!

Here are their winning entries:

Mirror, mirror on the wall!  (by Jeanna)

Friday, 22nd October.

The house was empty. The entire town experienced blackout and the only light source was the moon that casted an eerie shadow.

Tick-tock!

The sound of the clock echoed throughout the room. I stared at the ceiling, unable to sleep. Even at this hour, there were children running on the streets, outside.

Clank!

Annoyance grew in me as the children threw stones at the window. I stood up and marched over to the window, flinging it open to yell at them.

There was nobody in sight.

Clank!

I heard it again. But this time, from the mirror.

Marriages don’t end in heaven (by Ro En)

Today, is the day I had highly anticipated. I was going to reunite with my beloved husband. I woke up in bliss as I nimbly walked over to put on the dazzling black dress that I had bought just for this day. I winged my eyeliner and slipped into my stilettoes. I could not contain my excitement. I want to wipe those tears away. I want all of our misery to end today and for all the bitter days to vanish. I then made way down. The gates have finally opened. It is the first day of the seventh month.

Yet Another Value-Added Improvement at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations 2018!

We are pleased to share that the school @GreendaleSec has achieved yet another value-added improvement in last year’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations, as compared to 2017 and 2016!

80.7% of our Secondary 4 E students are qualified for the Junior College/ Millennia Institute (JC/ MI) track in 2019, as compared to 76.8% (2017) and 75.6% (2016), while 95.0% of them qualified for the Polytechnic track in 2019, as compared to 92.9% (2017) and 92.4% (2016).

As for our Secondary 5 N(A) students, they faired well too! With 24.3% of them qualified for the JC/ MI track in 2019, as compared to 23.1% (2017), while 83.8% of them qualified for the Polytechnic track in 2019, as compared to 71.8% (2017) and 70.8% (2016).

We wish them all the best!

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

Record-Breaking Results at GCE ‘N’ Level Examinations 2018!

We are pleased to share that the school @GreendaleSec has achieved a record-breaking, value-added improvement in this year’s GCE ‘N’ Level Examinations, as compared to 2017 and 2016!

92.3% of our Secondary 4 N(A) students are qualified to take the GCE ‘O’ Level Programme under Secondary 5 N(A) in 2019, as compared to 83.5% (2017) and 77.1% (2016); 29.5% of them qualified for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), as compared to 17.3% (2017) and 6.8% (2016), and 89.7% of the Normal-stream students in general qualified for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP), as compared to 79.5% (2017) and 67.8% (2016).

We wish them all the best!

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

 

Greendale Sec in Semi-Finals of National Science Challenge 2018

Congratulations Team Greendale, for making it to the semi-final of the National Science Challenge 2018!

The team made headlines in the school’s history by achieving outstanding results at the first semi-finals, by finishing second of the 4 top teams!

To see our team in action, please view the video below:

Applied Learning Programme (ALP) Achievements

We are pleased to share the following achievements of the ALP @GreendaleSec!

First off, three of our Design Technology & Engineering (DTE) student teams were in the Top 10 of the Infineon Chips @ Schools competition for this year, organised by Infineon Technologies and themed “Green Energy for Today and Tomorrow”, with one of the teams coming in overall at second place.

Second Place
Team 2: Sherlin Lee, Alicia Kok, Allyssa Francheska, Benjamin Yong (all from 2E3)

In the Top 10
Team 3: Zhi Yan, Chok Ying, Khalish Ukail, Kresnarendra (all from 2E4)

Team 1: Shreya, Cabading Roanne, Kah Hang, Yi Cheng (all from 2E3)

Our school was awarded the Special Award of being the Most Active School as well, based on the most number of submitted and shortlisted entries for the finals.

The top 3 teams would be collaborating with the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), in the design and production of their respective prototypes. And the top 10 teams are also invited to participate in either a day or a week’s worth of work attachment opportunities and internship programme.

Secondly, Robotics clinched Second Runner-up for the Best Design Car Category at the recent Future Transportation Challenge, co-organised by Singapore Polytechnic and STEM Inc., Science Centre Singapore.

Second Runner-up (Best Design Car)
Javier Lee (3E4), Rachel Him (3E2), Jerald Choong (2E2), Matthew Goh (2E1)

Congratulations and well done, ALP @GreendaleSec!

The Greendale Docents – Humanities Week 2018

In Term 2, our Greendale docents also took on the role of being Humanities ambassadors during the Humanities Week. The Humanities week showcased how all the humanities subjects – History, Geography and Social Studies – are related to one another, and also allowed our Greendale students to learn beyond the classrooms. The docents were given opportunities to hone their public speaking skills through being presenters of the various events, as well as facilitators for the activities planned for the week.


Our docents who helped spread the message of how precious clean water is.


Our docents giving a briefing for a card game tournament.

Apart from helping out in the Humanities week, our docents also started to conceptualise and plan their very own heritage trail that will be conducted by the end of the year. The docents were given the task of selecting a heritage area to research and brainstorm for possible sites to include in their trail.

Do look forward to the trails that our docents have planned!

– Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)

The Greendale Docents – Balestier Heritage Trail

In Phase 2 of the Greendale Docents Programme, the docents went on a heritage trail led by their very own teachers to the heritage site of Balestier. Our docents had an extremely fruitful and insightful experience learning about the changes and continuities of businesses in Balestier from past to present. Our docents were also able to see for themselves how History exists in their daily lives, waiting to be uncovered and shared.


Our own teacher docent Miss Liu Jiamin making traditional Nanyang kopi for students to taste during the heritage trail.


Students finding out about the purpose of two water tanks in the middle of Balestier.


Our docents interviewing the caretaker of the Shaw Brothers Malay Film Studios.

Through this experience, our docents were also able to reflect on how they would like to conduct their own heritage trail by the end of the programme.

Do keep a lookout for future updates of our docents as they embark on the research of various heritage sites in Singapore!

– Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)

Honours Day 2018 & Eladneerg II Highlights

We present you the video highlights of the school’s Honours Day 2018 and Eladneerg II The Musical events, held on Friday, 6 April 2018, at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD):

We would also like to share the achievements of the school for 2017 on video, presented at the Honours Day 2018 event:

Please enjoy!

Science Explorer Camp!

About 60 Secondary 1 and 2 students, in the Greendale Scientist Programme (GSP), participated in the Applied Materials Science Explorer Camp, held at United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) this year. This camp is supported by the North East Community Development Council (NECDC). The programme is a collaboration between NECDC and Applied Materials South East Asia Pte Ltd to inspire and spark off interest in children with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It aims to promote innovative thinking through Science workshops and hands-on experiments that could further their learning in Science.

This year, students learnt the science behind up-cycling and understand the circuitry in battery-operated toys. Working in groups of 4 or 5, the students repaired and used their newly acquired soldering skills to creatively use discarded toys to build their own mini-robots to compete in a robot challenge.

– Reported by: Mr Chen Poh Keong (Head of Department, Science)

The HuManiacs “Greendale Docents” 2018!

The Greendale Docents Programme was launched in January this year, where selected Secondary 2 and 3 History students were invited to join the programme. This is an initiative from the Humanities Department (otherwise proudly known as The HuManiacs!) as part of our Talent Development Plan. The programme aims to guide our students to become critical thinkers and confident speakers, who are able to spread their interest and love for History to their peers.

In phase one of the programme, our docents were engaged in a series of public speaking activities to build up their confidence. The first two sessions saw our docents putting their creative juices to use, as they came up with fictional life stories of their friends, as well as a fictional holiday they imagined to have gone on. In the third session, docents had to select an item from their wallet to discuss the significance of the item in their lives.

Through these experiences, not only have our students become more confident in speaking in front of a crowd, they also learnt about their role as ambassadors of History in sharing stories to people around them.

More updates on the Greendale Docents Programme will be provided in subsequent blog posts! Stay tuned!

– Reported by: Ms Bernice Lek (History Teacher, Humanities Department)

Greendale Sec In the News!

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!

Do click on the below article to magnify further, for your reading purview.