Thursday, May 30, 2013

4th Annual Track and Field Meet.

11:47 PM Posted by Genevieve No comments
On the 23rd of May 2013, SST held its 4th Annual Track and Field Meet at Clementi Stadium. It was  a day for students to participate in the remaining races to boost their house points, get the medals they have previously won and to cheer on their house members as they participate in the races. 

At the start of the day, students started to flow into the stadium to get ready for their races that they were going to run or to help with the setting up of the banner and the house flags. Teachers also started to stream in slowly, all dressed in their house colours. Once all the teachers and students have entered and attendance has been taken, we started Morning Assembly. Once Morning Assembly was over, students were asked to move over to the respective areas for their house to sit at, house by house to try and minimize chaos. Once everyone was sitting with their houses, the torch baring started. 

House Captains carried their very own house torches while the House Vice-Captains carried the house flags towards the main Cauldron, where Mr Chua lighted once all the Captians and Vice-Captains were there. A Party Popper was shot to officially open the Track and Field Meet. Of course, before the races and prize presentations started, everyone stood up and recited the Athlete’s Oath, led by Chio JiaLe. 

After that, the first of the races started and participants were warming up at the start of the track. Meanwhile, in the spectator area, house members were preparing themselves to cheer their fellow house mates on as the races all started. Nearing the end, the cheers got louder as each house cheered their loudest to encourage the runner or runners to do their best. Not only that, they all tried to cheer louder than other houses to earn some points for their house. For example, Green House members set up blinking lights to cheer the Green House members

Before the relays started, the Cheerleading competition was held. The houses went accordingly to alphabetical order to perform their cheerleading moves. Loud applause followed each and every performance, showing not only the house but also the school’s support for the people who put in hard work and effort to come up with the routine.  

After the performances, the relay races started. Cheers were louder than before as every house’s runners ran across the their portion of the track and eventually win the race for the team and for their house. 

Once that was over, the Parent-Student novelty race and the Parent-Staff relay started. The objective of the Parent-Student novelty race was the 3-legged race to the other end to pick up a puzzle piece and piece all the puzzle pieces together. For the Parent-Staff relay, staffs and parents are to run in a 4x100m relay to help the house win some points. 

Finally, the final prizes were given away and there was suspense hanging in the air as the students and teachers waited to find out the ranking. At last, the emcee announced the positions of the houses, starting with 5th position.

Positions of the Houses [3rd to 5th]:
5th- Yellow House 
4th- Green House
3rd- Blue House

Finally, we were left with the top 2 positions. Everyone was looking nervous, especially the black house members and the red house members. Of course, not before long, the emcee finally revealed the Second Place winner, resulting in extremely loud cheers coming from the Red House area as they were announced the Champions of the Track and Field meet once again. With that, the Track and Field Meet ended.

Positions [2nd and 1st]:
2nd- Black House
1st- Red House

Written by: Genevieve

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Student Congress 2013

12:10 AM Posted by Abu Ubaidah No comments

On 22 May 2013, SST held it’s very first Student Congress. This event is to allow studentsto share their positive experiences and memories with their class, with the help of the Student Council (SC), Peer Support Board (PSB), Class Chairpersons, Junior Student Council (JSC) and Junior Peer Support Board (JPSB), who helped in planning this entire event and were also the facilitators to each class in the school. Each class was assigned 2 or 3 facilitators.

During morning assembly, students were shown a video of SST’s milestones so far, before heading back to their classrooms to start off the discussion for the Student Congress. In the classes, the Student Facilitators started off by introducing themselves, followed by giving a task to the students which require them to reflect back on the video, that was played during the morning assembly, and  what did they think about it and how it helped them to actually move forward towards the future.

After the class shared their reflections on the video, Student Facilitators started to introduce the next activity, which started off with an introduction on what they were going to do. The first stage of the Student Congress was “Discover”, in which students are to discover what are the strengths of the school through sharing their own personal positive moments in SST with the class. Students were split into groups of 4 or 5 and they had to write down their positive moments in SST on the post-its and stick them onto a piece of butcher paper. Students were then asked to categorize their stories into their own self-created categories within their groups before they chose one student from their group to share his or her experiences, students facilitators would pick out the main points in the shared stories and write them down on a piece of butcher paper.

After going through all the groups, the facilitators started to discuss the main points that have been picked out from the stories shared. Students were asked to come up with themes for the strengths listed out by the student facilitators and share them with the class so that they were able to categorize the points. Once the themes were settled, facilitators went through theme by theme, asking students to mark out some words to describe that certain theme.

Once that was done, the groups were asked to choose one theme to work with before they headed off for their recess. After their break, the facilitators went on to talk about the next stage “Dream”, which was the last stage that they touched on. Students got back into their groups and from the chosen theme, they were asked to write down on a new piece of butcher paper what they expect to see of SST about 5 years down the road. They were allowed to use drawings or any form of representation of their dreams for SST. Once they were done, students were asked to present the points that they have written down as their dreams for SST.

After that, students headed down to the Indoor Sports Hall (ISH) for the Closing Ceremony for the  Student Congress. To close it off, level representatives were asked to stage to discuss what they have learned and their thoughts and views on the Student Congress. After that, we watched a video where Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam made a short speech about the future of SST before Mr Lim Boon Tat came up to stage and talked a little and showed us another video. He mentioned that SST is our only Secondary School, and we should protect it. After that, we did the school cheer which ended off SST’s very first Student Congress.

Done By: Genevieve Foo
Vetted By: Chew Yun Hui