Staff and students of Greendale Secondary School embarked on a MOE initiated exchange programme to Brunei from 21 Nov to 24 Nov 2018.
The 4-day and 3-night twinning programme aimed to allow both staff and students to learn more about the culture of our ASEAN neighbour. The delegation was hosted by Sekolah Manengah Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Radhidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (SMAPHRSB, a local secondary school located in Kulau Belait). They had the opportunity to interact with the teachers and students of the school and learnt more about schooling in Brunei through the 1-day school visit.
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!
From the National-level competition and onto the International stage, our Robotics @GreendaleSec took part in the World Robot Games (International) 2017, hosted by our country Singapore, on Friday (10 November) and Saturday (11 November). Not only did they participate in the SUMO Robot Showdown 1kg (Junior) Category, but also in the Battle Ballz (Open) Category:
We won the Bronze Award for it, after rounds of intense competition which included a University team from Thailand! And that’s not all: the best part is our only participating team beat them, fair and square, as their robots looked huge and intimidating!
For the SUMO Category, two of our three participating teams managed to get in the Top 8, and one of them came in 4th position!
On the overall, our school was awarded the Country Best Award for the exceptional performance during the competition!
Let’s congratulate the following teams, for these amazing accomplishments:
Team Battle Ballz
Jedd Laurance and Nabil Hussain (of 2E2), Lee Mingxuan and Javier Lee (of 2E3), and Kavinesh (of 3T1)
Theodore Ong (of 2E1), Maxwell Timothy (of 2E2), Odelia Chua and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4)
We would also like to congratulate and thank Mr Abdul Rahman, Mr Yusoff, and Mr Tan Hee Lam for their tireless effort and help, prior to and, during the competition, the OSOs for accommodating the work done for it through the late evenings, and last but not the least, our D&T Head, Mr Chang, and the School Leaders for their utmost support.
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!
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).
Did you know that our Robotics @GreendaleSec participated in the World Robot Games (Singapore) this year:
And we won the Gold and Bronze Award for the 1 Kg Category?
Congratulations Chew Tze Han and Lim Yuheng (of 2E1), and Odelia Chua and Shermaine Yeoh (of 2E4) for winning the two awards respectively! Well done!
It was, by no means, an easy feat. The competition is purely autonomous based (of having the freedom to act independently), so the robots must be programmed to function in ways without any human intervention during the game!
The students, under the guidance of their passionate DTE teacher, Ms Elizabeth Ong, carefully designed the two robots prior to the competition, and pre-programmed them with a few possible strategies, which they eventually selected the “best one” for each at the start of the game. And boy, did it turn out well!
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 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!