Saturday, November 1, 2014

Graduation Ceremony 2014

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“Appreciate the culture here - the staff and the friends here. Take what you learn here and grow as you continue the journey,” said Kimberly Ong, an alumni from the pioneer batch, to the Class of 2014 at SST’s second Graduation Ceremony.

The Secondary 4 Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday, 10th October, with the theme: “Here we start our journey...” The principals, teachers, graduating students and their parents gathered in the Multi-Purpose Hall in celebration of the growth that the students have undergone throughout their 4-year journey in SST. The Secondary 3 students were also present to witness the occasion. 
Parents, teachers and students gathered to witness the occasion
When the event began, after the introduction by the emcees, the students of the Class of 2014 made their grand entrance with a march-in as the audience congratulated them with a warm applause. After the students were seated, Mr Chua gave his opening address. He reflected on the years that have passed and how the students and the school have grown. Ending off his speech, he gave the graduating students a final “performance task” - writing words of encouragement to their juniors on the T-shirt shaped cards in their goodie bags. He also shared his message to the Class of 2014, thanking them for their contributions as SST students and their future contributions as SST alumni.
The graduating batch of students completing their final performance task
Next, the first class video was shown. The video gave a lovely and humorous insight into the shared memories of S4-02 and the best moments during their time together. 

Following that, the graduating students were individually presented their final progress reports by Mr Chua. Before each class went up on stage, the form teachers of each class were invited on stage to make a short speech about their experience as the form teacher of the class and to say a farewell message to their class.
A group photo of class S4-06
The second class video was then shown. This showed the experiences of class S4-07 and the ups and downs throughout the 2 years they had spent together. 

Subsequently, the Top Student of 2014 was revealed. It was Ho Zong Han of S4-03. First, the form teacher of S4-03, Ms Lim Ching Ching, was invited on stage once again to introduce the valedictorian of the Class of 2014, speaking about his skills in academic and leadership, as well as his “unassuming character and willingness to help others”. Next, Zong Han gave his valediction and talked about their shared experiences, highlighting their time in the old campus of SST and the unique programmes that they had been given the opportunity to participate in, such as the Global Citizenship Programme and Outward Bound Singapore. He concluded his valediction by thanking the parents and teachers and wishing the graduating students success in their future endeavors. 
Ho Zong Han, S4-03, giving his valedictory speech
Two students from the pioneer batch of SST were then invited on stage to share about the journey ahead. Kimberly Ong, now in Singapore Polytechnic, shared about how life in a polytechnic was like, emphasising the need for self-discipline and how SST has helped her in collaboration and presentations even in her tertiary education. Bryan Goh, now in National Junior College, talked about his hectic lifestyle in a junior college and how SST has taught him the competencies and values to excel and stand out from the rest.
Alumni Bryan Goh and Kimberly Ong speaking to their juniors
The final class video was then shown. This was produced by S4-08, depicting the special moments that they have shared and the class culture that they had built up. It was heartwarming to watch as the students spoke about the journey with their class and how they will treasure their time together.

After that, it was time for some performances by students from the Class of 2014. The first performance was a solo piece by Ng Kai Chek, who performed Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. The second performance was a duet by Mark Tay and Rhea Chatterjee. The two of them sang Count on Me by Bruno Mars while Rhea played the guitar. This song is about friendship and the bonds that they had forged over the years. The audience was also encouraged to join in with the lyrics found on their programme sheets. This display of talent showcased how the batch of students excelled in a wide variety of areas, from academics and sports to music.
                                                                                                                      Ng Kai Chek singing Tears in Heaven
Rhea Chatterjee and Mark Tay singing Count on Me

Finally, the ceremony ended as all the students and members of the audience rose to sing the school song. The Peer Support Leaders and Student Councillors then went up on stage to lead the school in carrying out the school cheer.

All of us would certainly like to wish the graduating batch of seniors all the best for their upcoming GCE O Level Examinations. To the Class of 2014, we hope you will strive for the best in all your future endeavors and all the best in whatever path you choose to pursue!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Post-Examination Activities 2014

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Every year, the school organises a variety of year-end post examination learning activities for all students. This year 2014, Secondary 3 students were given a series of exciting activities to have fun with their friends after the stressful examinations. These activities include dragon boating, golf, workshops and presentations. 

On 8th October, Wednesday, the Secondary 3 students had an opportunity to indulge in sports that are not available as co-curricular activities in school. They either went to dragon boating or golf according to their choices made beforehand. Dragon Boating was held at Kallang Sea Sports Centre, while golf was held at Executive Golf Course & Driving Range. Through these two sports, students got to mix with students from other classes as they form teams to play the sport. Needless to say, Dragon Boating requires teamwork and it was definitely a challenge to work with others, whom one have not worked with. It was also a great chance to discover new hobbies and things about oneself. On the other hand, golf was also much enjoyed by the students as they learnt about this new sport. 
Students listening to a briefing by the Dragon Boating instructor
On 13th October, Monday, it was the annual Inter House games. It was the day when the 5 different houses competed against one another in different sports. These sports include floorball, basketball, frisbee, soccer. It was definitely exciting to see everyone taking part actively in the sports with sportsmanship and teamwork. Through this, the students got to understand the importance of sportsmanship and at the same time, got to participate actively to win points for their house. It was a close fight between the houses as they were just a few points away!

On 17th October, Friday, the teachers designed a Study Skills Workshop specially for the Secondary 3 students. It included different techniques of learning, which includes mindmapping, Cornell notetaking. This helped to prepare the Secondary 3 students for the intensive studying next year, so that they will be able to grasp information more efficiently and effectively. It is not too late to start now! 
Secondary 3 students finding out their learning styles
On 23rd October, Thursday, it marked the last assembly of the year. It was also a farewell tribute to Principal Mr Chua Chor Huat, who will be posted back to Ministry of Education with effect from 15th December 2014. Firstly, emcees Qadirah Baw and Metta Ni started the ceremony by addressing the school community. After that, there were great performances by students. Dawn Lim and Sean Lim performed ‘A Thousand Miles’, while Kenric Tan did a free style dance to the song ‘Catgrove’. Next up, staff and students delivered their message to Mr Chua. HOD, Special Projects, Miss Loh Kwai Yin presented on behalf of all teachers, while Millie Thng presented the message on behalf of the pioneer batch 2013. Mr Chua was then presented with tokens of appreciation from the students, the Pioneer Batch 2013, the Student Council, ADMT Department together with Vice Prinicpal, Mrs Chew and Vice-Principal, Mr Vincent Tan. To end it off, Mr Chua gave his closing address to the school community. As usual, the ceremony ended with the School Song, as Mr Chua sang it with the school for the very last time.  
Mr Chua singing the school song with the school for the last time
“Thank you once again to all the staff, students and parents (past & present) for making my stay in SST a very memorable one. Collectively, we have built a great learning community and I am confident that it will continue to prosper under the able leadership of Mr Hoe Wee Meng. My wish for the school would be for the staff and students to continue to do our level best (and beyond) to make SST a great place for learning and growth! Take care...” - Mr Chua Chor Huat 

On 24 October, Friday, it was School Parent Meeting and Celebrations of Learning. It was SST first year to have Celebrations of Learning. It was the day for students to showcase their work to staff and parents and also a chance to appreciate the efforts by other students. Secondary 3 students’ works were displayed at the Indoor Sports Hall. Each class were designated to 2 subjects. Each class sent out representatives to present their work to the parents. Parents participated in this by voting for the best presentations in the level. S303, S308 and S304 were the top three scoring classes that receive the Best Presentation Award for Secondary 3.  
Jericho from S306 presenting about Physics to parents
Written by: Chew Yunhui (S308)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Outdoor Education Expedition 2014

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From 16th October to 17th October and 20th October to 21st October, SST organized an outdoor expedition for all the Secondary 2 students. Secondary 2 classes were split into two large groups. Classes S201 to S205 went on the 16th October while classes S206 to S209 went on 20th October.

The students participating in the Outdoor Expedition Camp were split into their respective houses, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Black and they would be trekking to Diary farm. To ensure safety, a teacher would accompany the group. Then, they were further split into smaller groups of around 4 people each and each group was to share 1 tent.

The expedition then started as the school arranged transport for the students, taking them to MacRitchie Reservoir Park. After they reached the place, the teachers conducted a briefing and told them the task which they needed to complete. Firstly, students of each house were then split into 2 smaller groups. Picture cards were issued and the task given was to find the places on the cards and then taking a picture of that place. After taking the picture, the group needs to show it the teacher for verification. Afterwards, they would proceed to complete the next picture card. The time given for each task is 15 minutes.

Blue House group starting their expedition
The house that won that particular task would get a head start for their trek to Diary Farm. During the entire trek, there were checkpoints and even bonus checkpoints! The students stopped at a checkpoint for lunch. They were required to count the number of prints on the floor at a certain area before they can move on to the next checkpoint. On top of that, there were also tasks to complete so that the group could earn points at certain checkpoints. Some of these tasks included knot tying.

Black House group working together to complete a checkpoint
Yellow House group after completing a different checkpoint
Most houses reached Dairy Farm at about 6pm. After they arrived, the tent groups start to cook their dinner. After everyone finished their dinner, they washed their own dishes. After that, the students cleaned themselves up with wet cloth or powder. Then, each tent group was given a tent to set up.

Green House group has reached the campsite
Red House group having their dinner after a long day of trekking
After the tents were set up, the students went into their tents and slept. At approximately 2am, they were woken up for the night-walk. They walked to an open area to find the ‘missing’ utensils. After the utensils were found, the students went back to their tents to sleep. 

The following day, everyone trekked back to school from Dairy Farm together.

Written by: Shirley Low (S208)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I&E Bazaar 2014

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On 9 October 2014, SST organized its I&E Bazaar that involved Secondary 1s (games station), Secondary 2s (food and drinks) and lastly Secondary 3s (DIY items/bookmarks/notebooks). The students would then buy from the various stalls, generating revenue and profits that would be donated to various charities and our class funds (50% respectively).

For the Secondary 1s, they organized fun and exciting games; with attractive prizes involved too! There were games such as 'Pillow Fight', 'Tic-Tac-Throw' and many others. These games helped students to bond with their friends and allowing the students to enjoy themselves after months of hard work for their End-Of-Year.

As for the Secondary 2s, they sold food items such as Nasi Lemak, Bee Hoon, egg tarts, polar cakes, curry puffs, Oreo biscuits, Mcmuffins, soft drinks etc. It was the highlight of the bazaar as all the stores in the canteens were closed and the only source of food during the day was from those stalls. At the end of the day, most of the items from each stall were sold out due to the overwhelming business they had received. This meant more revenue and profits for the groups, which will result in more money donated to the various organisations.

Lastly, Secondary 3s were able to come up with their own ideas for the booth. There were a variety of ideas for the booths; including temporary tattoos, DIY items (notebooks, dream catchers, bookmarks, keychains), gaming stalls (X-box- Halo 3 etc) and many others! One of the most interesting and creative stall was ‘String Surprise’, which required students to pull various strings and in the process, the students would actually draw up their own prize. Stalls that attracted the crowd were the ‘Photo Booth’ and ‘Halo 3 gaming station’ where students were able to capture the memories from the I&E Bazaar, as well as interact and have fun with their friends.

Not forgetting the Secondary 4s, they also had a part in the bazaar too! As they have to study for their upcoming O-Levels, they only participated during their recess. They had fun as they went from stall to stall to savour the food and try out some of the games by the Secondary 1s! It was a great experience that marked the last few moments of their SST journey.

Overall, the I&E Bazaar was a success and it has not only benefitted the students but also the various organisations. This bazaar is not only just a day to bring out our creative ideas on what to sell, but also a day to appreciate what we have and give to others.

Written by:
Johanna Lim (S209)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Student Leaders' Investiture 2014

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On 11th July 2014, it was SST's third student leaders' investiture. This ceremony aims to give recognition to the new invested leaders in SST and officially welcome them into the leaders' boards. Parents of leaders and the SST Alumni were invited to attend the ceremony. Not only that, other schools, like Nanyang Girls High School and National Junior College were also invited. SST Secondary two and secondary three students were also present to witness the ceremony.

The various student leaders being invested in the ceremony were the Peer Support Board, Student Council, house captains and vice captains, CCA chairpersons and vice chairpersons, class chairpersons and vice chairpersons. 

Dr Jimmy Tang's Address to SST
Dr Jimmy Tang is the invited Guest of Honour for this ceremony. Dr Tang is the group editor of Singapore Press Holdings Pte Ltd and founder of Hardwarezone. Emcees for the ceremony were Kuzhalini and Pey Rong Song, both of whom were former Vice-Chairpersons of Student Council 2013. 

The ceremony started off with a walk in parade by all student leaders. After the leaders took their seat, Dr Tang gave his opening speech. Then, it was the time to present the badges to the student leaders. Mr Chua was invited on stage to give out the badges to the class chairpersons and vice chairpersons, CCA chairpersons and vice chairpersons. Dr Tang was then invited on stage to give out the badges to the Peer Support Board, Student Council, house captains and vice captains. 

                                                                                     Current Chairperson of Peer Support Board
Current Chairperson of Student Council

Next up were the speeches by former and current chairpersons of Peer Support Board and Student Council

Student Leaders reciting the Student Leaders' Oath
The leaders were then invited up once on stage again to recite the student leaders’ oath, which was led by current chairpersons of Peer Support Board and Student Council, Marcus Chan and Metta Ni, respectively. Following the SST tradition, the school sang the school song and did the SST’s cheer before officially closing the ceremony.

Written by:
Chew Yun Hui (S308)

Friday, August 1, 2014

SST Talent Showcase cum Inter-House Cosplay Challenge 2014

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On the fourth of July, students and teachers were gathered in the multi purpose hall for the SST Talent Showcase cum Inter-house Cosplay Event in celebration of the upcoming Youth Day. The SST Youth Day celebration was started of with a speech by our student emcees.

Kicking off the Talent Showcase were the rock band ‘Of Ree and Minions’, who performed a Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’. They certainly left a strong, confident impression on the audience with their singing and amazing electric guitar and drum solos. The band members seemed to be very comfortable in the spotlight as they rocked their head to the beat and interacted with each other. Their performance ended with a roaring cheer from the students.

Up next were the violinist duo performing Scent of a Woman (Por Una Cavesa). Starting off the stage with a dramatic darkness, the duo played excellently. The silent audience could tell that the both of the violinist were especially concentrated and coordinated in their playing. In a contrast to the previous act, Scent of a Woman was melodious and an overall classic piece which left the audience clapping in awe.

The third act was a poem titled ‘Metamorphosis’. A poetry that coincided with the theme of Youth Day, it was a touching piece that brought out the many insecurities of today’s youth, yet empowered them. The piece was great, with its wonderful rhymes and its wide vocabulary but what made it impactful was the student reciting it. The student reciting the piece brought out its many emotions with large, animated gestures. His voice also brought out the assorted sensations of the piece, leading the audience to laugh along at its light hearted parts. The recital received a great round of applause.

Taking a break from the many assorted talents, the Inter-House Cosplay event took place. Opening the event was Red house, with their cosplay character of Kousaka Kirino of the anime, Oreimo. A one minute video introduction of the character was played, whilst the cosplayer herself acted out the scenes accordingly. She was dressed like the character to the tee which made her introduction very believable.

Next up was Black house with their cosplay of Teemo, a character found in the popular online game, League of Legends (LoL). She was greeted readily with a loud round of applause, probably mostly from the fans of LoL and black house members. As another student onstage introduced Teemo, the cosplayer herself acted in accordance to what he had to say.

Yellow house came after, starting with a student with a rubber head of a horse running onto stage to greet the audience. The main act came on soon after. A fellow student dressed as Miley Cyrus, or Hannah Montana, danced and lip-synced to the songs Best of Both Worlds and Hoedown Throwdown by Miley herself. The audience were excited as they cheered along to the performance.

Then came Green house’s cosplayer, dressed as Vendetta from the movie ‘V for Vendetta’. Besides a small slip up, the student executed well practised throws of knifes onstage, according to a video which was played at the same time. After showing off his wonderful skills, the student then proceeded to throw a rose off the stage into the audience, marking the end of his performance.

Lastly, Blue house took the stage with a beautiful cosplay of the Joker from ‘The Dark Knight’. Supposedly being introduced by an emcee, Joker appears and shoves her onto a chair, starting off with the famous line, “Do you wanna know how I got these scars?” which roused the audience. Another familiar quote, “Why so serious?” was brought up as well, as the cosplayer, told the story of Joker’s scars.

After the amazing cosplay event, the Talent Showcase continued with a student performing ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. With a melodious voice he sang soothingly despite the few technical issues at first. Some of the audience waved their hands in the air along with the beat. As his singing finished, the audience cheered loudly.

Following after, a beatbox by Jericho was put up. He was practised and professional in how he carried out his act. With elements of dubstep integrated into his act, the students were certainly entertained with this unique act.

Four members of the guitar ensemble came onstage next with their band named ‘4:20’ which meant that they had four members and a total of twenty strings of their three guitars and one ukelele. They played and sang ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz. The audience sure enjoyed this performance as they clapped along to the beat.

The last act was put together by the SST Dance Crew. This dance was also performed as an anti-drugs campaign. The performance was not only a dance but it had a storyline in it as well. Filled with strong and powerful movements, the audience were amazed by the dancing. At the end, a banner which read ‘Say No To Drugs’ was held up. Loud cheers and claps applauded the Dance Crew for their performance.

Closing off the Talent Showcase cum Cosplay Event, the results of the inter-house cosplay event are revealed. From first to fifth place, Blue, Green, Red, Black and Yellow respectively. Mr. Chua presented the prizes to the first, second and third placed houses.

Written by: Klaudia Oey (S104)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NTU Flagship Programme 2014

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On the 3rd June 2014, the Secondary Two students made a trip to NTU for the course of 3 days, without any overnight stay, unlike the previous cohorts did. There were lectures which they sat through but the most exciting part of it was the Applied Project Challenge, where students were given the chance to venture into their most favoured areas, be it in Arts, Sciences (Engineering etc) or ICT.

For today’s journalism update, it will be focused on Project 8, which is the Tensile Testing of Engineering Materials, Scanning of the Electron Microscope, as well as Composite Material Processing. In the first half of the day, we went through a briefing conducted by our teacher mentor, Professor Tan Lay Poh. She told us more about materials in our everyday lives, including composites, sports materials, nano materials, bio-materials and many others! Other than that, she gave a short explanation of how NTU's Engineering and Material Science school came to what it is today. Lastly, she talked about the itinerary, as well as the Professors who would be conducting the experiments with us. We then split up into our various groups.
Our first activity was the tensile testing of engineering materials. It was conducted in the Undergraduates Lab and we were guided by Professor Huang Jing Feng. He was an engineer and walked us through the basics of engineering materials. Other than that, through the slides, he mentioned several terms and graphs (which we had to take note of when testing). After that, we started on the activity! First of all, we tested for aluminium, PS, then PP (Polypropylene). We had to set up the experiment via the computer, as well as screw and clam the specimen into the machine. Aluminium took 1.5 min to break while PS took 45 sec to break whereas PP did not break! In conclusion, PP was the most ductile material, while Aluminium was the most brittle. PS was slightly less brittle than Aluminium. We had a really fun time playing around with the materials and their properties!

Now moving on to the second activity, “Composite Material Processing”. Thereafter, we went for the next activity, which was 'Composite Material Processing'. As we sat through the screening of the slides, we had gotten a better understanding of composites and what they are used for in our daily lives. In this activity, we had the chance to fabricate the composite materials. We had to mix the epoxy and harder to form a sticky substance, that would actually allow the fabrics to stick to each other. After that, we started forming up the materials, stacking them one by one and gluing the cloths (either black or white). We had a fun time and the composite materials would be heated up, returned to us tomorrow to keep!

Lastly, we went for a tour around the labs! We looked at the actual chromatography machines and the engineers at work. Other than that, we were introduced to the many projects that NTU has worked on over the years, inventions were also showcased, which inspired and shocked us as young teenagers (18 years to 21 years) were capable of creating this.

That marks the end of 3rd June 2014, but wait, there’s more! On the 4th June, we continued onto our projects and finished up our activities. Our last and final activity was the “Scanning of the Electron Microscope”. From the start we went to the Undergraduates Lab, to sit through a lecture regarding the Scanning Electron Microscope component. They told us that scanning the electron microscope was a complicated process (you need to vent the machine, then evacuate it). Electron microscopes were actually invented because light microscopes could not magnify up to a certain extent (like to the specimen's body parts etc) Anyway, as we did the experiment, we scanned the specimens of a sponge, a mosquito and an insect. Their intricate pictures were really cool and every part of them was so focused and magnified (as seen by the computer interlinked with the machine). Afterwards, we then worked on our presentations, compiling the information and details over the past day. Our presentation included our findings, what we learnt and what we did. Once we had added in all the details, we split up the parts and rehearsed. It was a rather fun and enjoyable time. Although our presentation had over 20 slides, we spent hard work on it and hoped for the best project award. In the end, after relentless times of presenting, it paid off as we knew what to say during the presentation process and how to engage the crowd. The other groups then presented their learning experiences at NTU. In the end, there was a clear victor. It was from group 4. The other groups then cheered for group 4 as they needed a lot of encouragement for tomorrow’s closing ceremony presentation.

Now moving on to the 5th June 2014. Students gathered at NTU’s Lecture Theatre and sat for the plenary session which talked about 3D-Printing. It gave us an in-sight on what 3D-Printing can print (ranging from clothes to food etc) and how the procedure is like. Other than that, Mr Phua (from NTU), also gave us a brief history of NTU and its progress over the past few years. They have made significant improvement throughout the years!

After that, the closing ceremony commenced and all the 9 project groups began to present their learning experiences and what they did over the past few days. It was truly enriching as we got to hear what they did and some of the groups even had a live demonstration for us! Once Group 9 had finished presenting, the awards were given out to the respective recipients and we were all requested to go outside for a group photo to commemorate our wonderful experience in NTU.

Overall, this was what happened throughout the three days. The experience that the students shared was truly enriching and they have gained more knowledge and lifelong skills that would aid them in their future endeavours.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SST Open House 2014

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SST Open House 2014

On the 30th of March, SST’s staff and students banded together to help create the grand event known as the SST Open House 2014.

SST Open House 2014 is an important event in which parents of Primary School students and the young ladies and gentlemen themselves are invited to be displayed the many unique aspects of SST, and most importantly, advocate SST as a promising choice of Secondary School to the PSLE-examinable students.

Many events were conducted within the grand event, from Principle/Vice-Principle Talks to student demonstrations of certain subjects, by the many teachers, student volunteers and our Principle and Vice-Principle, Mr. Chua and Mrs. Chew.

Parents are given goodie bags once entering, with a stamping card given within it. Many booths, ranging from the subject booths, to Science Lab Sessions to CCA stalls provide activities in which the parents and their children can participate, and receive chops. Guided tours by the Student Council were provided, in order to give a brief overview of SST to the parents and their children.
                               Activities at the Mathematics Subject Booth
Student Councillors conducting guided tours
Activities at the Singapore Youth Flying Club Booth

Parents of these students were encouraged to attend the Principle/Vice-Principle Talk, a session in which the Principle or Vice-Principle would talk about the important aspects of SST, and why their child/children should enroll in this school.

“Students engaged in not only the head, but also in the heart and hands do well,” Said the Vice Principle, as she explained the unique attributes of applied learning. Applied Subjects, Talent Development Program, so on and so forth were shown and explained too. 

“You don’t want to work for your lunch? Someone else will come and take it. And do not come crying when someone else comes to take your lunch.” Said the Vice-Principle, as she explained how SST teaches their students about the real working world, the necessary work habits needed, along with interpersonal and leadership skills.

Another event which parents were encouraged to attend was the Student Panel, where SST students from Sec 1 to the Pioneer Batch talk about their experience in SST. 

A Secondary One student talked about how unsure he felt when deciding if SST was the right school or not, and how he is enjoying his three months in the new year. He also added how smooth the transition from Primary Six to Secondary One was, due to the fun and unique Orientation.

A Secondary Two student talked about the compulsory Global Citizenship Program, how he travelled to Thailand on a Scientific Trip. He learnt more than just Science, however. He also learnt about the importance of looking out for each other, and teamwork. He also talked about the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Camp, in which Secondary One students, after their major exams, studied about I&E in Ngee Agn Polytechnic, our sponsor and partner. He learnt about the importance of working hard to get results.

A Pioneer, now in a Junior College, talked about how SST helped her greatly in time management and skills needed to help her along her years. Another Pioneer, pursuing Psychology in a Polytechnic, talked about how as former SST Students, they had more exposure to the real world. This has made her more independent, proactive and participative in competitions.
SST Students at the Student Panel
Science subjects such as Physics were set up in labs, along with entertaining experiments for the young ladies and gentlemen. They were welcome to perform exciting activities, from making crystal gardens in Chemistry to assembling circuits in Fundamentals of Electronics.

While the children have their fun, parents are invited to attend Educamp at SST Incorporated, a display of the ongoings within the ICT TDP. Students went up to share their experience under the Talent Development Program. 

A particularly eye-catching presentation was from Ding Wen, one of the youngest iPhone programmers in the world. He gave a presentation of what exactly we are doing wrong in life, and thus help us realise how we could improve, in a rather crude, yet true and frank manner.

Parents were also invited to In Conversation, a session in which the subjects ADMT, I&E and IRS were presented by their head teachers and student volunteers. Many projects evident of the application of these non-traditional subjects were shown, impressing parents.

Subject booths were set up to display the many other subjects offered. From compulsory academics to Talent Development Programs. Many parents were awed at the display of the student’s works, evidence of the Applied Learning Process.

This Open House is none but the work of SST Staff whom banded together to plan this event. But let us not forget the student volunteers, who not only held expertise in a certain subject or CCA, but also gave up the weekend following up to their holiday to help out in the actual event itself. To hold everything together. To actually make it all happen. To be the living example of an SST student.

Overall, the SST Open House 2014 was a marvelous event that helped portray SST’s finest and best to the potential ladies and gentlemen, and especially their parents.

Written by: Athiyah Tamanna Azeem (S307)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cyber Wellness Student Amabassador Programme (CWSAP) 2014

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Launched in 2009, the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP) is an initiative under BackPack LIVE!, a collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MOE), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Microsoft Singapore to inspire, explore and promote safe and responsible use of ICT among our students.

In line with the theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day which we commemorated on 11 February 2014, the theme for this year’s conference is “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together”. It focuses on how student ambassadors can take the lead in becoming a positive online presence by creating meaningful and responsible relationships online.

This year, the 2014 conference was organised by SST for primary schools and secondary schools and by Innova Junior College for junior colleges and IP schools. It was held over three days for students from different levels. 

On the 12 February, SST held the first conference for primary schools.  

On 26th March, SST held the third conference for secondary schools. 200 secondary schools joined the conference. The focus of this conference is Creating a Positive Online Presence

The Secondary CWSAP 2014 conference started off with a showcase of student efforts in various schools by The Cyber Wellness STudent Ambassador Recognition (STAR) Award nominees. This award is given to schools in recognition of their cyber wellness ambassadors for their active involvement in promoting cyber wellness to their peers. This year, SST nominated 2 student ambassadors who fulfilled the criteria. They are Ryan Tan Zheng Ning and John Cheong Zhan Hao. All nominees presented about their school's activities and efforts to promote cyber wellness among students. They were judged by a panel of 3 judges and audience votes.

Next, Mr Wong Siew Hoong, Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum), MOE, gave the opening address. After that, the keynote speech was made by Dr William Wan, general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. A token of appreciation was then presented by SST to the speakers. Lastly, the top 3 schools from the showcase were awarded the CWSAP STAR Award. The winners of the award are SST, River Valley High School and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School. After the presentations, the students moved to the classrooms to participate in discussions facilitated by SST students based on the Cyber Wellness Framework.

                       Opening Address by Mr Wong Siew Hoong
Keynote Speech by Dr William Wan

There are 3 segments in the Cyber Wellness Framework, ‘Sense’, ‘Think’ and ‘Act’. For ‘Sense’, students played a bingo game, to sense the online habits of children in Singapore. For ‘Think’, students had a scenario based discussion to think of options and consequences of their online behaviour. They watched two videos, focusing on online footprints and digital dossiers. Next, students were introduced to the idea of advocacy. They were given a question, which they have to advocate their stand on. They then pen down their ideas and compile them in a video. For ‘Act’, students and teachers come together to plan a cyber wellness programme to benefit their school community. The entire CWSAP event ended off with an evaluation & feedback session to gather the participants' views on how to improve the programme.
Finding out about online habits of Singaporean children
Discussion on options and consequences
Planning a Cyber Wellness Programme for their school

Written by: Chew Yun Hui (S308) & William Ming (S308)