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.
The future is bright for these geniuses and philantrepreneurs!
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!
In the IDE Challenge Category, Subbayan, Moliparambil and Yi Jie were awarded the Design Award!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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!