On the 2nd January 2014, it was the first day of school for the new batch of students. Tension hung in the air as the Secondary 1s entered the school with mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement. The school year kicked start with a welcome address from the Mr Chua, and then they were dismissed to their classrooms where they got to meet their form teachers and PSLs that will lead them through the 3 days orientation camp. This year’s orientation theme was “With your hands, heads and hearts”.
As usual, Orientation Camp started off with icebreakers like ‘whacko’ and ‘blow wind blow’, which is interactive and requires everyone’s participation, which will help them to know their classmates better.
They were then given a short break to refuel before the next round of exciting activities.They played games like, ’Pass the ball’, ‘Flip the mat’, which challenged them to complete the task in the shortest time. The students managed to complete all challenges with teamwork and participation from everyone. They were then sent back to their classrooms to settle admin matters and have a proper meeting with their form and co-form teachers. They were also given their very own orientation t-shirts to where for the next to days of the camp. Once those were settled, they were sent to the ISH for a mass cheer where they got to know the school cheer. They were also briefed about the activities and the items to bring for the next day of the camp before their dismissal for the day.
The next day was equally eventful. After arriving in school the first 4 classes were taken to boon kent for high elements. The sec 1’s had to trust each other as they faced their fears and conquered the obstacles there. This helped strengthen ties between them and their classmates as they helped each other through the course.
While the first 4 classes were having a whale of time in high elements, the other 4 classes were having equally as much fun. They had team building games which focused on trust and teamwork. For example they had a game where they had to prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from the 4th floor using the given materials. In the afternoon,the groups of classes were then switched and those who went for high elements in the morning had the team building game vice-versa. Once everyone was back they had badge night preparation and were then dismissed.
The next day they settled administrative stuff in the morning before having an amazing race in which they were challenged against their schoolmates from different classes to complete a series of games. They got to play many games which enabled their class to get more bonded. They then bid farewell to their PSLs thanking them for the enjoyable and memorable experience they had over the past 3 days.
Written by: Sneha Vinod S205