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)