Greendale Sec Celebrates O Level Milestones!

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.


Top Students of 2018! [Photo Courtesy of: Ms Shafiqah (ICT Executive)]

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)

[Photos Courtesy of: Ms Shafiqah (ICT Executive)]

NPCC Retains Gold Award

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!


Photo Courtesy of: hometeam.sg

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.

Well done NPCC @GreendaleSec!

Sec 1’s First Day of School

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)

Release of GCE N Level Results

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!

– Reported by: Mr Wee Meng Kiat (Lead Teacher)

[Photos Courtesy of: Ms Shafiqah (ICT Executive)]

World Robot Games (International) 2017

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:


WRG (International) 2017: Battle Ballz! [Photo Courtesy of: World Robot Games FB]
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)

Team SUMO

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 done Team Robotics @GreendaleSec!

Celebrate the Good!

We would like to highlight the exemplary behavior of the following students, between September and October this year, in displaying our school valuescaught in the act!

Bravo! Please do commend and encourage them if you see them around!

– Reported by: Ms Lynn Ang (Humanities)

Chips@School Competition 2017

[Featured Image courtesy of: Infineon Technologies AG]

We were at it again!

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.


[Image Courtesy of: Infineon Technologies AG]

Students @GreendaleSec in the Background! [Photo Courtesy of: Infineon Technologies AG]
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“:


Team 2 – Phoebe Lim, Gilaine Ong, Muhammad Naqeeb, and Muhammad Isa (of 2E1)

While another team, Team 5, awed the judges with their impressive video on the “Emergency Response Chip“:


Team 5 – Javier Lee, Lee Mingxuan, and Janeese Tiang (of 2E3)

And not forgetting Team 3, for their noble idea of “Let’s Lend a Wrist“:


Team 3 – Muhammad Danial, Lynn Ng, and Nur Quraisyah (of 2E1)

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.


The Panel of Judges of C@SC 2017 [Photo Courtesy of: Infineon Technologies AG]

Team 2 Presenting their Motion before the Panel

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!

Well done, Team DTE @GreendaleSec!

National Sports Achievements 2017

“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:


3rd Placing – 2017 SSSC National Softball B Division Boys [Photo Courtesy of: Red Sports Twitter]

As it Stands in 2017… [Info Courtesy of: National School Games @ MOE]
And at the 2017 National Inter-School Taekwondo Championships:


[Photo Courtesy of: Singapore Taekwondo Federation]
We present Cheryl Ng (of 4A1), for winning the Gold Medal at the B Division Female Black Belt (under 56 Kg) Category.


Alongside the TKD Champion, at the recent Graduation Day 2017 [Photo by: Mr Halim]
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!

PEeps @GreendaleSec Hosts NBSS PE Team!

“So today (6 Oct 2017) we hosted the PE Department from Naval Base Secondary… 


Hello NBSS! And Mr Colin Phee… And Mr Augi Seah… Hey, isn’t that Ms Edna Tay?! [Photo by: Mr Halim]

Nice right, the new Staff InnoHub… “The Teaching Lab” sounds nice too [Photo by: Mr Halim]

My ex-Boss going through the Paces… [Photo by: A PEep]

Activity Time! Off We Go! [Photo by: Mr Halim]

Run Forests… Run! [Photo by: Mr Halim]

The Aftermath, Cool & Chill people… Not Netflix ah [Photo by: A PEep]
… Had a good session of sharing and discussion of OAE practices!”

Taken and posted, with permission, from: Mr Halim FB

Young Engineer Award (Gold)

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).

Congratulations to all!

World Robot Games (Singapore) 2017

Did you know that our Robotics @GreendaleSec participated in the World Robot Games (Singapore) this year:


WRG (Singapore) 2017: Sumobot Showdown! [Photo Courtesy of: World Robot Games Singapore FB]
And we won the Gold and Bronze Award for the 1 Kg Category?


Look at All the Medals… [Photo Courtesy of: World Robot Games Singapore FB]
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!

Congratulations Team Robotics @GreendaleSec!

Graduation Day 2017

We had a fun-tastic moment just now… Our annual Graduation Day 2017!


Look at All the Goodies… Eh wait, Who is… That? [Photo by: Mr Derek Lee]

Getting Ready to be Taken Home… [Photo by: Mr Derek Lee]

The Stage is Set… Awaiting the Audience [Photo by: Mr Halim]

Here they come… [Photo by: Mr Halim]

And not forgetting the Parents… [Photo by: Ms Shafiqah]

Let’s Monkey around, before we start Jamming! [Photo by: Mr Halim]

After the Jam, a Wacky Skit… by “The Talented Teach” [Photo by: Mr Halim]

The Crowd simply Loved it! [Photo by: Mr Rahman]

Our Honoured Guests enjoyed It too! [Photo by: Ms Shafiqah]

And not Forgetting our Passionate Teachers! With one acting Clueless… [Photo by: Ms Shafiqah]

Official Sending Off? Nooo, Not yet… [Photo by: Mr Rahman]
Till our next Graduation Day!

Physical & Sports Education Conference 2017

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.


PSEC 2017 Keynote Address by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister (MOE Schools)

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.


GDLS PEeps Presenting to Fellow PE Practitioners

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.


Our HOD PE/CCA Presenting the Orienteering App

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.


Look who Came to Visit our Booth… The Legend, C Kunalan!

Current & Ex PEeps of GDLS!

Malay Language Fortnight 2017

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.


“Tell Me… What is…”

Budding Artists in the Making

Intrigued and Focused

One of the Many Beautiful Paintings

National Day Celebration 2017

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.

#onenationtogether


GDLS Salutes You, Singapore!

Yo Yo… Let’s Sing Together, Y’All!

 

Malay Debate Competition – Bahas 4PM 2017

Three students, from Secondary 3 Express, participated and represented the School in a Debate Competition, organised by 4PM.

They participated in two sessions in the qualifying round.

The experience has given Amsyar Bin Azlan of Class 3E1, Nur Hefleyna Binte Mohd Fairuz and Nur Zakirah Bte Noor Azman of Class 3E4 confidence in public speaking.


Presenting… Our Speakers!

Preparation in Progress

Art Club / NE National Day Competition 2017

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!


Beautiful Entries

A Showcase of Artistic Talent

Looks Real… Makes You Wanna Eat It!

 

Teachers’ Day 2017

The theme for this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebrations was Hollywood.

Our teachers have the talent, and were the Hollywood Stars of the day. It was definitely a day for students to express their gratitude to all teachers who shaped and nurtured them.

The first part of the celebrations was the ‘class party’, uniquely planned per each class, for their form teachers to show their appreciation.

After the class parties, teachers proceeded to the hall for a concert, filled with games and impressive performances by 1T1, 2E4 and the finalists of Greendale’s Got Talent.


Surprise!

A Time for Fun!

The Teachers’ Pledge

Thanks for being Awesome!

 

Kampong Fusion Cafe

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!


1T1 in Action!

The DM and OM being Served Delicately

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.


Behind the Scenes

The Energetic Kitchen Crew

And smiles were all around. Proof that the Greendale Family had a good time.


After a Glorious Feast… Thumbs Up!

Smile, You’re on Camera!

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!

Till next year!