Monday, September 13, 2010

Microbiology workshop and Speaking with impact workshop

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Micro biology and Speaking with impact workshop

During the September holidays, the school arranged a two-day programme with Ngee Ann which took place on 6th and 7th August.

For my class, we did the the micro biology workshop on the first day. Upon arrival, we gathered in the lecture hall for a one hour talk on Microbiology before moving up to the labs for the practicals. We did a total of four practicals.

First, we were given a sample of pond water and were asked to look

at it under a microscope to observe the cells of the living organisms in the pond water. Most of the cells I saw were the cells of Algae. They were green and rectangular, although there were a few cells that were circular.

The rectangular and circular cells in the pond water.

The second practical was to observe the bread mould. Before we did anything , we had to first stain the mould so that it could be seen through the microscope. The ideal structure ( of the bread mould ) we were supposed to see through the microscope was a flower shape. Unfortunately, some of us did not get it. I was one of the unfortunate ones but luckily, Michelle , who was sitting beside me got the structure so I got to see how the bread

mould looked like through her microscope.

Stained bread mould

For the next experiment , we got to wear gloves as we had to completely st

ain the slide with a crystal violet stain. It was such a messy job! No wonder we had to wear gloves!

Before we proceed on with the last experiment, we did something a little less serious. We scrapped the insides of our noses and put the sample on a blood-agar petri dish. This was to test for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus , a harmless virus in which 30 % of the human population are carriers. We were told

to proceed to the lab preparation room the next day to check out our samples. Luckily, I did not have the virus.

Finally it was our last experiment. For this experiment, we had to observe bacteria move under the microscope. Many of the students did not get moving bacteria on their slides but one or two students did managed to get it and of course, all the other students crowded around to see the moving bacteria.

The moving bacteria is in the 'donut'. However, quite a few students

pushed the lens too closely on the cover slideand broke it.

The ' moving bacteria ' that could be seen through the microscope.

After lunch break , the nine of us from my class had to attend the speaking with impact workshop. What I initially thought would be a series of lectures turned out to be a series of fun and game

s programmed to enhanced our learning. In total, there were five stations, each focusing on a different area of learning. Due to the time constraint, I only got to visit three stations.

The first station was station four, ‘ The slick salesman ‘ . Here, we were taught on how to be a perfect salesman. The lesson also provided us with a chance to practise what we learnt as each group sent out a representative to promote on the product we were assigned to.

Next was station five. The session there was full of laughs as there was a very free-style way of learning and the lesson was based on what the students said. In other words, it seemed more like a chit chat session rather than a proper lesson. After that we had a short break.

Then it was time for our last station, station one, ‘ Finding our communication styles’ . At this station , the facilitator introduced to us the four communication styles, namely , director, socializer, thinker and relator. We also did a test to find out which communication styles we belonged to. The facilitator also shared with us the importance of knowing someone’s communication style through a case study. Finally, we split into groups and did role plays of the different communication styles and had others guess who we were after we had finished acting.

After all that, it was time to go home.

Written by

Emily Wu


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Applied Physics Workshop @ Ngee Ann

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Applied Physics Workshop

For this workshop,we had to convert gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy and let the specimen,ping pong ball, roll down in the slowest timing.We had to use the only the items provided by them to make a structure which can slow the ball for the longest timing.We also had seen some of the people from S.O.E (school of engineering) presenting their structure and some of us had learn or gain a few tips from them.Our goal was to have the longest time to reach the base of the structure without the ball stopping.

The materials given were
1. Blue tack
2. 2 rolls of thin masking tape
3. 20 straws
4. 60 satay sticks
5. 2 boards
6. vanguard sheet

We had two hours or so to do the structure.During the time everybody was busily building the structure,all were trying to figure out a way to slow down the ball, cutting strips of straws and satay sticks,making the structure filled with 'bumps' and making it as tall as possible.While after that,we went back to do our trail run.Everybody was rushing for time as they prepared their structure and made last minute changes.Finally it was time to compete.Everyone looked and waited for the result.And finally,the results were out.In first place for the first day,the winning group was group 19.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Teacher's Day celebration

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eacDuring the few days before teacher’s day, HTD FM, run by Mayur, Harsh, Shamus & Shakti was played on the radio during Lunch every day, providing a platform for students to be able to dedicate songs and messages to teachers. Also, students were putting in all their effort while preparing the performance items to showcase to the teachers during the Teacher’s Day celebration itself.

On 31 August 2010, we celebrated our first ever Teacher’s Day celebration in SST. Our Teacher’s Day celebration started off with our principal, Mr Chua giving us the Teacher’s Day message,

Mr Chua giving the Teacher's Day message.

followed by Preston, from S1-09 giving an appreciation message to the teachers on behalf of the students .

S1-01 kick-started the student’s own performances with Zi Ying, Sher Li and Shamus dressed up as angels to sing ‘听老师的话’ (Listen to your teacher’s words) a remix to ‘听妈妈的话’ (Listen to your mother’s words).

1-01's performance where they dressed up as angels to sing.

Then S1-02 danced and sang their way through hip-hop music --‘Somebody to love’ by Justin Bieber as well as a surprise act done by Abilash and Hao En to present a message and a rose to their Form Teacher, Ms Seah Yen Sin.

S1-03 then showcased a video -- a literal trailer. For those who would like to view the trailer again. Enjoy!

After the trailer, S1-04 showcased a compilation of video messages written by students from various classes to the teachers.

After that, S1-07 presented a simple dance performance item while dedicating a song, ‘Stand by me’.

S1-08 continued by showcasing a video drama re-enacting the worst of what a teacher goes through--students bad behavior along with a photo montage of the teachers.
S1-08's video drama

This was followed by S1-09 performing a Radio DJ skit, making the crowd burst out laughing half-way through the skit.
Hardy & Yu Chong--the stars of the S1-09's Radio DJ skit

Last but not least, ending off the students performances for the teachers, S1-06 showcased a dedication video to the teachers followed by a group of 4 singers sang ‘You raise me up’ as a dedication to the teachers.

The students standing up to sing Wings Beneath My Wings to the teachers.

The students presenting the teachers their gifts.

Students were then invited to give their gifts and thanks to the teachers, leaving the teachers more than a handful of gifts to carry back to the staffroom. Parents for SST has also created a Teacher's Survival Kit for the Teachers which was given later at the Staff Appreciation Dinner. The Teacher's Survival Kit consist of the following items.

1. Aspirin: When all else fails, take two and have a timeout.
2. Band-Aid: For when things get rough
3. Paper clip: For when you need help holding things together
4. Peanuts: To remind you to be a little nutty sometimes.
5. Hershey kisses: For when you need hugs and kisses
6. Crayons: To colour everyday bright and cheery
7. Puzzle: Because you are a big piece of out child's life
8. Marbles: To replace those you lose from time to time
9. Rubber bands: To remind you to be flexible
10. Mint: You are worth a mint!

After all the performances are over, there was a bonding session where students challenged the teachers to a game of Captain’s ball. Each game, lasting 5 minutes, had 7 people from each class playing against 5 teachers. But this game, has a twist, when a female player scores the team get 2 points instead of the usual 1 point per score.

Surprisingly, the teams did not have many girls playing.

Some students "hanging out" to get a better view of the action.

The match started off with S1-01 playing against the teachers, beating the teachers with a score of 10:8, which was quite a close match with Mr Chua, Mrs Chiew and Mr Soh playing in that round. But tables turned when S1-02 was playing against the teachers, bringing the total score to 4: 24, especially when the teachers had Mr Glenn Wong as their best catcher.

Sprits weren't lifted as the students still have not managed to beat the teachers in the subsequent matches with S1-03 and S1-04 playing, but at the end of the match with S1-05 playing, with the total score being 51:67, the teachers decided to be kindhearted enough to allow 2 points when every boy scores and 3 points when every girl scores.
This turned the tables around for the students.

So the game went on with 10:5 for the match with S1-06 playing, until the total scores were almost tied at 76:77 after the match with S1-07 playing. A slight disappointment was seen when the teachers bounce back during the match with S1-08 playing bringing the total score to 85:87. It was up to S1-09 to decide who will win the match.
The students from S1-09 and teachers playing a friendly handball match.

S1-09 did not disappoint as they wowed the crowd with their amazing tactics and won the whole round with a total score of 113:97, therefore the students won the challenge of Captain’s Ball, but it was all in a name of good fun.

The teachers definitely have such good tactics and skill, some students even stayed back after dismissal at 10:30am to play another round against the teachers.

Teachers and students alike were definitely enjoying their teacher’s day celebration. The first ever teachers day certainly impressed the teachers.

To all the teachers, Happy Teacher’s Day!

The whole Teacher's Day celebration

Text by Cherin
Edited by Ms Seah

Teachers Day--the photos

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These are the highlights of the Teacher's Day celebration. Enjoy the photos! :)
Photos taken by Reuven

Mr Chua giving the Teacher's Day message.

The teachers watching the Teacher's Day performances.

1-01 Performance where they dressed up as angels to sing.

1-08 performance which showed a previously filmed video.

Hardy and Yu Chong doing a humorous talk show.

The students standing up to sing Wings Beneath My Wings to the teachers

The students presenting the teachers their gifts.

The students and teachers playing a friendly handball match.

Some students "hanging out" to get a better view of the action.