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!
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.
The School Green Awards (SGA), organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), is a self-audited voluntary environmental programme which serves as a platform for students to develop and showcase their environmental efforts, through customised activities which will help them gain better understanding of the environment.
As the title sponsor of SGA for the second year of the SGA, StarHub Limited aims to further environmental outreach efforts to all schools across Singapore.
We are pleased to share, that the School @GreendaleSec has been awarded the Lotus Award at the SEC-StarHub SGA 2017!
Every year, submissions come from preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, international schools, schools for students with special needs and institutes of higher learning. SGA also receives submissions from schools overseas. In 2017, we continue to focus on the role of advocacy by students, who are required to initiate and lead their own environmental outreach project.
Based on the audits submitted, together with random site visits by SEC, schools qualify for one of four awards – the Palm, Hibiscus, Orchid, and the top level Lotus Award. Schools which receive the Lotus Award for at least three consecutive times will attain the Lotus Sustained Achievement Award. Preschools will be in running for the Daisy Award, with the similarly structured Daisy Sustained Achievement Award.
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).
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 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!