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Finest among Equals: Interview with Timothy Yap, Our 53rd President’s Scholar
Hwa Chong Family’s Walkathon Fundraiser and Celebration of World Water Day
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STUDENT EDITORS Melissa Tay Tan Si Qi
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CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS | 04
PASSION | 34 Budding Number-Crunchers did Hwa Chong Proud at the World Mathematics Team Competition Foiling His Opponents to Victory
Hwa Chong in the News
Hwa Chong Art Elective Programme is the Canvas for Esmond Loh’s Success
Peaks of Excellence
Serving the People, Leading by Example – Hwa Chong’s High School Consortia CIP ART!iculture – Service Learning with a Difference
CELEBRATION | 12
Nurturing the Next Generation of Hwa Chongians at the Secondary One Annual Camp
Finest among Equals: Interview with Timothy Yap, Our 53rd President’s Scholar Hwa Chong Celebrates Splendid Holistic Achievements at the 2012 GCE A-Level Examinations
EXPLORATION | 50
Hwa Chong Family’s Walkathon Fundraiser and Celebration of World Water Day
New Pals in Nepal – A HCI-ITE College West Partnership 用音乐构建大同世界—— 华中华乐团台湾音乐与民俗交流之旅 向幸福出发—— 高中部人文学科特选课程师生不丹行
INSPIRATION | 20 Breaking Through Scientific Barriers at the 5th International Science Youth Forum
温暖热情的台湾—— 台湾南山中学交流侧记 南靖做义工，难忘的经历 Stanford International Youth Program 2012
勿忘珍惜·随时感谢——记2012年感恩月 Solving Regional Issues at the Hwa Chong Model ASEAN Summit Hwa Chong’s Aesthetic Flair Demonstrated by “Arts for All” Initiative Table Tennis Driving Hwa Chong towards a Healthy Lifestyle 怎一个“赞”字了得： 华中寄宿学校生活体验
SPOTLIGHT | 62 A Chat with Mr. Lim Hwee Leng (Lin Weiliang), President of the Hwa Chong JC Alumni 勇敢的追梦人—— 访问总理书籍奖及新科工程奖学金得主吴桐学长 Hwa Chong’s Top Debater, Darion Jin Hotan, Shines on the International Stage
IN THE NEWS
Notable Stories • Joshua’s dreaming big, Today, p31, 13-02-13 • Schools highlight the tenacious and all-rounders, ST, 02-03-13 • Hwa Chong rule the waves, Today, p67, 12-04-13 • Singaporean students bag literature awards, ST, 01-05-13 • A cheap and simple way to purify water, Sunday Times, p42, 05-05-13 • Myanmar-born but driven to serve, ST, 30-07-13
• 积极参加社区服务 华中学生考 获佳绩, ZB, p10, 02-03-13 • 华中年底将兴建两座大楼, ZB, p12, 22-03-13 • 华中校庆义走传达饮水思源的 重要性, ZB Now, p3, 27-03-13 • 华中詹声耀撑竿跳创全国纪录, ZB, p20, 06-04-13 • 傅海燕：青年领袖应了解全球 议题, ZB, p7, 23-07-13 • 五总统奖学金得主认同公共服 务重要性, ZB, p14, 17-08-13 • 宗乡总会奖学金得主假期可到 不同会馆服务, ZB, p7, 21-08-13
PEAKs OF EXCELLENCE January – August 2013
Academic Achievements 2012 GCE A-Level Examinations • One of Singapore’s Top Scorers with
Singapore mathematical olympiad
9 Distinctions at 13 Academic Units
• 18 Gold Medals (Junior Section)
• 2 Angus Ross Prize Winners (Awarded to the
• 10 Gold Medals (Senior Section)
best performing English Literature students in the world, outside the UK)
MOE Special awards • 2 students conferred the Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence (Highest number among all institutions) • 2 students conferred the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics & Science • 2 students conferred the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding Bicultural Students (Highest number among all institutions)
• 6 Gold Medals (Open Section)
National Olympiad for Informatics • 1 Gold Medal Singapore Science and Engineering Fair • 1 Gold Medal Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition 2013 • Champions
• 8 students awarded the Prime Minister’s Book Prize
Planning a Clean & Green Waterfront 2013, Iskandar Malaysia • Champions
World Scholar’s Cup 2013 • Regional Round Champions (Junior Category)
Sembcorp Water Technology Prize • Champions
International Young Physicist’s Tournament • Champions
senoko sustainability challenge • Champions
International Biology olympiad • 3 Gold Medals International biomedical challenge • 1 Gold Medal
singapore mathematics society essay writing competition • Overall Winners (Category A)
SPORTS SouthEast Asian Fencing Federation Championships • 6 Gold Medals Best ever performance by a Singaporean
19 National Championship Titles • Basketball (‘A’ Boys and Girls) • Canoeing (‘A’ Boys and Girls, and ‘B’ Boys) • Fencing (‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Boys) • Gymnastics Artistic (‘B’ Boys) • Gymnastics Trampoline (‘C’ Boys) • Judo (‘A’ Boys and Girls)
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Shooting - Air Rifle (‘A’ Boys) Squash (‘A’ Girls) Taekwondo (‘A’ Girls) Tchoukball (‘A’ Boys and Girls) Track and Field (‘A’ and ‘C’ Boys)
PERFORMING arts GROUPS, UNIFORMED GROUPS AND OTHERS 15 Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Distinctions • Chinese Drama (High Sch) • Chinese Orchestra (High Sch) • Choir (High Sch) • English Drama (High Sch) • School Band (High Sch) • String Orchestra (High Sch) • Chinese Dance (JC) • Chinese Drama (JC) • Chinese Orchestra (JC) • Choir (JC) • Guitar Ensemble (JC) • Harmonica Ensemble (JC) • Music and Dance (JC) • School Band (JC) • String Orchestra (JC) InnovateIT - Business-IT integration Competition • Champions
National Mandarin Oratorical Competition • Champions Robotics Challenge 2013 • Champions Singapore Polytechnic Debate Opens • Champions Weiqi Competitions • 9 Gold Medals Chinese Chess Competitions • 5 Gold Medals Chinese Calligraphy Competitions • 4 Gold Medals International Chess Competitions • 2 Gold Medals Othello Competitions • 2 Gold Medals First Aid and Home Nursing Competition (Ambulance Adult Team) • 1 Gold Medal
创建绿色校园 优化育人环境 2016年，如果你路过武吉知马路的华中高中部校园，
洁的道路旁，壮观的育人楼与周围挺拔的树木，自然地融合 在一起，茂盛的枝叶在艳阳天里为华中人撑起一片清凉的 树荫，陪伴着我们走过一年又一年。
从1974年高中部成立至今，黄城见证了莘莘学子的成 长。在两年的学习生活中，华中人留下了值得终生珍藏的友 谊和回忆。近年来，随着学生人数的日益增加，原有的基础 设施已不胜负荷。课室、研讨室、实验室、课程辅助活动 室、运动场等已无法应付需求，这促使校方决心斥资兴建育 人楼，以打造多元化的学习环境，为学生提供高素质的全方 位教育。
2 计划中的新建筑楼高六层，包括第一层供举办各类活动 及校友聚会的活动区、以及分布在其他楼层的教学区、阅读 讨论区、室内体育馆、篮球场、射击场、壁球室、舞蹈室、 电子图书室、会议室、高等教育咨询处、天台花园以及康乐 休闲空间等。
among E q uals Interview with Timothy Yap our 53 rd president’s scholar
Contrary to his imposing stature, Timothy Yap (11A15) comfortably eased into conversation with his down-to-earth nature. This August, Timothy was conferred the prestigious President’s Scholarship 2013 to read Law at Oxford University. He is both flattered and humbled by this recognition. During his time in Hwa Chong Institution, Timothy took advantage of the numerous opportunities the school provided to hone his leadership potential. With the firmest belief to contribute his time and effort, he served as the President of the High School Council and Chairperson of the Social and Relations Committee of the 38th Students’ Council. The multiplicity of his school experiences in organizing the 5th Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit and an overseas community project in Cambodia is testament to his capabilities and
By Rachel Er 13A12, Pearly Ang 13A15
passion to serve. Most of us are familiar with peer pressure
and stress in Hwa Chong, and Timothy is no exception. His advice is to take peer pressure as an encouragement and be resilient facing it. “Failure is an important lesson,” he articulates. Knowing how to improve the next time round is an important ingredient for his success. To handle failure, Timothy advocates a three-step process by which one should acknowledge one’s mistake, resume one’s responsibilities while reflecting and ultimately, learn from the error. Public service, to Timothy, has a dual meaning — that of policy-making and a personal conception of the phrase. At an administrative
level, he agrees that civil service is essential to a society’s well-being. His personal view is grounded in the school value of 饮水思源, which he feels is an imperative to help the less fortunate and marginalized. Timothy’s family plays an indispensable role in shaping his values. He attributes his unyielding belief in service to others to his mother, who epitomized the notion of sacrifice, by giving up her job to take care of him and his brother; and his faith in tenacious hard work to his father. More importantly, the flame igniting Timothy’s aspiration to take on a uniformed career in the police force is his older brother. From him, Timothy learnt the importance of taking ownership of one’s country not out of calculated, transactional benefits, but out of the loyal desire to serve. We congratulate Timothy on his achievements and wish him all the best in his future endeavors!
Timothy at the Istana with President Tony Tan Keng Yam Timothy (left) at an Overseas Community Involvement Programme trip in Cambodia
Hwa Chong Celebrates
Splendid H olistic ACHIEVEMENT
at the 2012 GCE A-Level Examinations By Melissa Tay 12A14, Tan Si Qi 12S72 Hwa Chong Institution has once again
Even before the release of the A-Level results, many
achieved stellar results in the 2012 GCE
A-Level Examinations. We have achieved the
university offers from top universities, including Oxford,
best results in 5 years for students who have
Cambridge, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, Princeton,
scored at least 3 H2 Distinctions and better,
NTU and NUS.
making them eligible for admission to top universities worldwide.
The Class of 2012 also clinched the highest number of Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarships
The school is also proud of our students’
among all institutions. PSC also awarded Timothy Yap
holistic achievements beyond the academic
Wei Hang the 2013 President’s Scholarship, based on
arena. The batch of 2012 helped Hwa Chong
his leadership capabilities, calibre and passion to serve
bag 3 World Championship Titles at the World
Scholar’s Cup, 60th European Music Festival for Young People (Choir) and the Dance
The offers received by our students emphasise the
Grand Prix Italia 2012.
importance of all-round excellence.
By Zou Yan Hong 12A12, Kevan Chew 13A10
Led by Dr Hon Chiew Weng (Principal) on 1st March, the Class of 2012 congratulated inspiring all-rounders and celebrated holistic achievements. While the release of the A-Level results is undoubtedly an important milestone for many Hwa Chongians, it is but one of the first steps in their life journeys. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Here are some memories of that wonderful day.
Snapshots: Some of
hwa chong’s all rounders By Yap Lay Sheng 12S77, Darrel Long 13A15, Joel Tan 13A15
Toh Zheng Xiang Zheng Xiang owns an impressive portfolio, being the Section Leader of the military band, as well as organizing his service learning project that targets the under-represented elderly. He staunchly believes that he has not done enough to contribute to Singapore, and feels that he has gained more from others, and wants to do much more. His years in HCI are chronicled by many meaningful experiences, including his participation in the Integrated Boarding Program and being an active member of the High School Council. For someone who has experienced a wide variety of opportunities that HCI has to offer, he still would like more time to be spent in school and advises his juniors to treasure their experiences. He is a recipient of the Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship (Open) and wishes to read economics at Yale.
Marcus Lee A quiet and reserved gentleman, one can yet immediately feel the authority Marcus had as Captain of the canoeing team. He has a lot to be thankful for, especially when it comes to his teammates who had shed blood and tears alongside him, and his teacher mentors who shaped his philosophy and outlook on life. He is a fervent believer in the values of hard work and perseverance, and wants to pass them on to his juniors. However, he places equal importance on rest and relaxation and abides by his motto of “living one day at a time”. He has been awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship to study physics at Oxford.
Timothee Yap Timothee served as the sprints Captain of the Track and Field team, winning multiple medals at various regional competitions and setting a new record in the 4 x 400m relay. The winner of the 2011 New Paper School Sports Star Award, Timothee used the prize money to buy new sports equipment for HCI as a sign of gratitude. He is driven by the desire to raise the bar continuously, and cites his teammates and tutors as the driving force behind his achievements. His advice to his juniors is simple: To succeed, sportsmen must apply the same determination and discipline in training towards their studies. Timothee hopes to study Statistical Science or Financial Engineering in Princeton or Stanford.
Lee Shi Yan Shi Yan is, at first glance, disarmingly affable; in no way does she give the imposing vibe usually expected of those in authority. Yet, her undeniable inner courage earned her the post of President of the College Students’ Council, despite facing candidates vastly more outspoken than her. As President, she organised events such as the Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Youth Leaders Summit (APYLS), backed by her fellow councillors whom she valued highly. She puts her success down to sheer perseverance and, more importantly, the support of her friends and teachers (chief among them Ms. Sophie Bobillier, her council mentor). She will read Medicine at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
Audrie Foo Audrie served as both a councillor and the President of the Students’ National Education Committee. Her commitment to serving the student body was seen in her decision to prioritise service to her peers. She gave up Chinese Dance, one of her greatest passions, and dropped a H3 subject, neither of which were small sacrifices. Nevertheless, she flourished, organising many school events while doing well enough academically to receive offers from top UK universities. She will read Medicine at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. Her never-say-die attitude, she says, was inspired by a teacher from Nanyang Girls’ High, who came back from an illness-induced hiatus in her career to carry on teaching.
Hwa chong Family’s Walkathon fundraiser and Celebration of world water day By Wong Yang 201 1
“Through this experience, I have learnt about the importance of water to Singapore’s future. As a team, I believe we put in a lot of effort and it definitely paid off.” – Lawrence Liang (303)
16th March 2013 was a day of celebration for Hwa Chong. The 4000-strong HCI family had
come together to commemorate Founders’ Day with a fundraising exercise. At this great occasion, Hwa Chong staff and students walked by Gardens by the Bay towards the Marina Barrage. The funds are meant for the development of an ambitious new Holistic Education Centre, which will host seminar rooms, a student services wing, Special Programme areas and an Indoor Sports Hall. The walkathon was held in conjunction with Singapore’s observation of World Water Day. HCI contributed by raising
their pieces of blue paper for the cameras to
An annual competition to groom young
awareness for water conservation.
capture a glorious aerial shot.
Hwa Chong students from the High School
For some Hwa Chongians, there was an
Sembcorp Industries Ltd. Lawrence Liang
section played a part in forming a symbolic
additional accomplishment to rejoice in.
water droplet formation along with students
Sun Yudong (3S1), Preston Teng (3S4),
I have learnt about the importance of
from the CHIJ family of schools. Students
Lawrence Liang (3O3), Walter Kong (3O3),
water to Singapore’s future. As a team,
were handed large pieces of blue paper
Jaye Chan (3S1) and Lim Ming Chong (3O2)
I believe we had put in a lot of effort and it
when they entered the formation. Prime
were the winning team of the Sembcorp
definitely paid off.”
Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined the water
Water Technology Prize 2013, and the
droplet formation, and upon a countdown
team received their award as part of
It was a truly meaningful experience for all
of ten seconds, those in the formation lifted
members of the Hwa Chong family.
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Mr Chan Kwok Leong (Deputy Principal / Student Development) flagging off the walkathon (Credit: Lu Zhen) Competitors enjoying the fun run (Credit: Li Xumeng) Forming the water droplet (Credit: Mr Almeo Tan)
scientific barriers at the 5 th international science youth forum By Elaine Ng 12S7D, Rachel Er 13A12 Breaking through. The theme of the 5th
Medicine, 2002), Professor Albert Fert
International Science Youth Forum (ISYF)
is a very apt one. The breakthrough is the
Professor Dan Shechtman (Nobel Laureate
hallmark of science. Many great scientific
in Chemistry, 2011) and Professor Vladimir
discoveries are products of that eureka
Aleksandrovich Voevodsky (Fields Medalist
moment after months or even years of
in Mathematics, 2002).
seemingly fruitless experimentation. Finding out how to become successful
Perhaps hoping for similar success, the
scientists like the Laureates themselves
participants were all agog to hear from the
was indubitably of great interest to all
very individuals who had achieved that.
participants. At the heart of it all, the driving
91 budding student scientists hailing from
force behind any successful researcher is, as
16 different countries participated in ISYF
Prof Shechtman puts it, â€œa burning passion
2013, which was held during the 20th to 24th
January 2013. In addition, the panelists unanimously Hwa Chong was privileged to play host to
underscored the importance of a desire
five eminent scientists and mathematicians,
to learn and a capacity for hard work.
Professor Douglas Dean Osheroff (Nobel
Laureate in Physics, 1996), Professor Sydney
everyone never to stop questioning and
Brenner (Nobel Laureate in Physiology/
instead, always seek answers zealously.
In Prof. Brenner’s words, “we need to teach ourselves.” The eminent scientist is the
perfect epitome of proactive self-learning. His education was not restricted within the classroom. In fact, he made the library, a place where “all the answers are waiting to be discovered,” his second home. However,
information, we are sometimes overwhelmed by the endless quantity of knowledge that we do not understand. Addressing this, the Laureates advised all students to identify where their passions and strengths lie. Next, work extremely hard to become an expert in that area. Then, we can set about harnessing our skills to make the world a better place. The 21st century is one that calls for bold experimentation
significant breakthroughs, not only in science endeavor, but also in fields as varied as policy-making and governance. Indeed, ISYF 2013 has inspired everyone to embark on their flights of wonder and work towards their breakthroughs.
“At the heart of it all, the driving force behind any successful researcher is a burning passion for science.” – Professor Dan Shechtman
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Prof. Albert Fert conversing with the student delegates Delegate from Nanyang Girls’ High School explaining her research findings to Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education The eminent scientists and Hwa Chong student moderators in attendance at the Grand Forum
In Conversation with Our Distinguished Guests at the 5th ISYF By Melissa Tay 12A14, Tan Si Qi 12S72, Goh Mun Shuen 12S7A
Panorama had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Vladimir Voevodsky, a distinguished Fields Medalist and Professor Douglas D. Osheroff, an eminent Physicist and Nobel Laureate.
Professor Vladimir Voevodsky is a Russian-American mathematician who attended Moscow State University and Harvard University. In 2002, Professor Voevodsky won a Fields Medal for developing a homotopy theory for algebraic varieties and formulating motivic cohomology. Currently, he is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. “The real thing happens between the students” was how Professor Vladimir Voevodsky summed up the International Science Youth Forum (ISYF) 2013. Professor Voevodsky quipped that “[the Nobel laureates and I] are here to kind of keep you entertained”, but added seriously that the “interactions between the students” are at the heart of the ISYF. The professor further lauded the ISYF as an interesting idea and an excellent platform which allows students to discuss ideas with one another and develop a network of future collaborators. He pointed out that although “mathematicians do their work individually for the most part, [they] interact a lot and sometimes [they] cooperate”. Personally, he has a circle of friends whom he consults whenever he encounters problems in areas that are not his expertise. Such collaborative efforts are vital in shaping the landscape of Mathematics research in the future. Professor Voevodsky is of the opinion that “there are very interesting changes that are going to occur in
to pursue Mathematics research. For prospective mathematicians,
the next 50 years [in Mathematics]. It is a very active area and there are
the professor has this piece of advice: Perseverance is the most
still some cool people in it.” As such, he encourages interested students
important quality that a mathematician should have.
Professor Douglas Osheroff is an American physicist known for his
Professor Osheroff uses a wide array of intriguing demonstrations in his
work in experimental condensed matter physics. He won a Nobel Prize
lectures and classes. One of his favourite demonstrations is the Polage
in Physics with David Lee and Robert C. Richardson in 1996 for their
- colourful pictures created when cellophane sheets are cut into many
discovery of superfluidity in Helium-3. He currently lives in San Francisco
small pieces at different angles, and this differing plane of polarization
with his wife, Mrs. Phyllis Liu-Osheroff.
between two polaroids determines the image formed. These experiential lessons are what Professor Osheroff believes would help students best
The ISYF marks Professor Osheroff and his wife’s fifth visit to Singapore,
learn and remember, and are those they enjoy most.
and so they have seen much of Singapore. Yet, one place we will find the good professor on this visit is the Jurong Bird Park. It remains a favourite
In a similar vein, Professor Osheroff hopes that the participants of
of his because of his avid passion for photography – it began when he
ISYF will be “stimulated and go away from the event with feelings like,
started taking pictures at age five with a Brownie Hawkeye camera that
‘I can do things, I can make a difference and I want to go into science
his father gave him. This hobby followed him into his adulthood and has
to do that’.”
remained close to his heart. This passion for photography has helped him in his professional career. Professor Osheroff used photography to introduce physics to the freshmen and sophomore classes he taught at Stanford University.
“I can do things, I can make a difference and I want to go into science to do that.” – Professor Osheroff’s Wish for Every ISYF Participant
Prof. Vladimir Voevodsky making his point at the Grand Forum Prof. Douglas Osheroff receiving his token of appreciation from the Guest-of-Honour, Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education
朱瀚晖 12A11、李宜幸 12A11 “滴水之恩，当涌泉相报。”懂得感恩，我们才能
学会善待他人；懂得感恩，我们才能以常乐之心面对 生活。2012年8月是我校高中部的“感恩月”。这项活 动由育人学团委员会发起，目的是让全体学生有机会向 老师、学校职工和朋友表达谢意，以培养感恩的心，加强 学生的情绪商数和人文素养。
这期间，靠近食堂的走廊上立起了感恩展览板，让同 学们随心所欲地贴上便利贴，写出感谢的话语。四大育 人学团也分别负责不同的任务，例如：配合教师节，阿波 罗育人学团和阿特密思育人学团的学生分别向全体教师 赠送了自制的环保袋和可口的珍珠奶茶。阿波罗育人学团 心思细腻的学生更访问了学校的清洁员工，并制作成一部 短片，让学生加深对他们工作性质的了解和表达谢意。
雅典娜育人学团委员会别出心裁，制作“感恩盒”， 摆放于食堂各摊位前，让同学在排队购买食物的同时， 利用几分钟的时间写下感谢卡，再投入盒里。阿瑞斯育人
这整整一个月，学校里处处弥漫着温馨的气氛。感 恩展览板上密密麻麻布满了同学们的笔迹，写下他们对 朋友、老师等人的真挚谢意。对于清洁工叔叔阿姨们 而言，来自同学的一句“谢谢”、“辛苦了”就会让他们 感到惊喜而温暖。食堂的叔叔阿姨们也说，同学们的卡片 字条中流露出对他们辛苦烹煮食物的感谢以及美味食物的 喜爱，这些都激励他们更加勤恳地工作。
日升日落，在忙碌的日子中，我们常常忽略身边的人 或对一切事物习以为常。“感恩月”提醒了我们，生活中 有那么多值得珍惜的人和事，不要忘记随时感恩！
Solving regional issues
at the hwA chong model asean summit The Hwa Chong Model ASEAN Summit (HCMAS) came to a momentous
By Ng Wei Kai, Gabriel Tan 3H1
close on 15th March 2013, lasting five days of intensive debates and negotiations. Being one of the pinnacle events of the Hwa Chong
Humanities Programme, HCMAS is an intellectually engaging conference that provides students the platform to discuss pertinent issues of our region. Additionally, HCMAS also gives students opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue, forge friendships, and interact with 82 participants from different Secondary Schools. It was held at the SALT Centre in HCI. Rather than pitting delegates against one another in a rigorous, competitive conference, the primary goal of MAS is to educate amateur â€œMAS-ersâ€? with an understanding of Summit procedures, introduce them to various concerns within the ASEAN community, and learn diplomacy and politics first hand. Through four days of intensive debates and discussions, participants are taught how to debate, collaborate, and write papers to resolve real-life transnational situations of concern. During the conference, participants wrapped their heads around various ASEAN concerns such as the environmental costs of the dam construction on the Mekong River, the protection of Rohingya refugees, and the dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Wu Chin Ying, a delegate from Raffles Girls School, said that MAS gave her a better understanding of the key issues in ASEAN and the “complexities involved while taking into account each country’s needs and interests.” At the same time, delegates learnt to collaborate and share their ideas. Ryan Neo from Greenridge Secondary School found that participants were “able to form allies with other countries, create joint declarations and speak up for them.” Outside the seriousness of being a diplomat in a MAS conference, participants were also able to forge invaluable friendships with delegates from other schools, and everyone got to see each other’s quirky side. What was most heartening at the end of the day, however, was seeing the passion to continue learning and improving as displayed by many of the participants this year. We wish the delegates all the best, and hope to see them next year at HCMAS again!
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The Keynote Speaker, Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Listening to the address by the Keynote Speaker Student delegates intently planning their arguments
H wa C hong ’ s A esthetic flair demonstrated by
“arts for all” By Bryan Yan 3H1, Ang Kai Ren 3I1
I N I T I AT I V E
Photography has often been considered as a specialized hobby taken
On a larger scale, the entire student body is invited to share their
up only by a select group of individuals. However, the HCI “Arts for All”
photographs, taken during key school events, on a Facebook group
initiative looks set to change that.
where everyone can view and enjoy. These photographs can range from simple ones taken on camera phones to professional-looking ones by
Launched in 2012 by the Art Department, the initiative is aimed at
DSLRs. Selected photographs taken by students are also displayed along
stirring up interest in photography, not only as an artistic form, but also as
panels outside Ooi Teong Ham hall, allowing both students and visitors
a form of communication and a way to appreciate a sense of aesthetics
to appreciate them.
in the world we live in. The Art Department looks forward to expanding its outreach for this After all, a picture speaks a thousand words, and this is only because
initiative and hopes more students would share their enthusiasm online.
of the fine details within each image. The focus on photography is to
There would be advice on photography etiquette and even discussion of
encourage students to take notice of the details around them and
various photographs on the Facebook page.
through that, slow down and take time to appreciate the beauty in the little things around them. As part of this initiative, Secondary One students attended an assembly talk to spark their interest, and were taught basic photography skills during their art lessons. In addition, the Art Department conducts teachers
encouraged to incorporate photographic
their lessons and pass on the skills to their students.
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Victory at the Pool by Goh Kai Jie (3S3) Lion Dance by Lim Yong Kien (3O1) Morning by Shaun Lee (2O4)
Table tennis driving hwa chong towards A
It is not every day that one’s Principal plays table-tennis in front of the entire cohort at Assembly. But then again, “Sports for All” is a daring venture to shape Hwa Chong’s sporting culture. “Sports for All” is a new initiative by HCI’s Physical Education Department in 2012 to encourage Hwa Chongians to be more active in sports. Led by Mr Ken Toh, the school is equipping students with basic skills in table tennis, and inculcating a passion in sports. Taking the lead, the school’s Deputy Principals have demonstrated their considerable skills during Assembly. Mr Toh said, “Table tennis is chosen as the pilot initiative because it is a simple and fun game to play and pick up. Students can enjoy playing table tennis while in their school uniforms.” It is not all just fun and games, of course. Last year, the inaugural Inter-Class Table Tennis Championship was held for Secondary One students who faced off in a series of engaging table tennis matches during the Combined Sports Meet. Competitive table tennis made a re-appearance at the end-of-year Festival of
By Benjamin Tan Kye Jyn 3S2, Shaun Lee Yi Xian 2I1
Sports, Health and Arts, when classes duelled
“Table tennis is chosen as the pilot initiative because it is a simple and fun game to play and pick up. Students can enjoy playing table tennis while in their school uniforms.”
One might doubt whether “Sports for All” will
– Mr Ken Toh (Lecturer / Physical Education)
used, as students play the sport there during
in an exhilarating tournament.
be a lasting success with the students. Hearteningly, students today are continuing the initiative on their own accord! The table tennis tables near the canteen are very well recess and lunchtime. Many Secondary One students commented that they exercise there regularly, playing at least twice per week.
According to Jit Ping (1I3), “Sports for All” is a great initiative and there is great participation in his class. Also, the spirit of learning to help others is formed when the stronger players coach the weaker players. Yinn Ray (2I1) said that he enjoys “Sports for All” as he “not only get to have fun and keep fit, but also learn to forge strong bonds with (his) friends”. This shows that “Sports for All” is promoting a healthy sports culture within the school. Ultimately, “Sports for All” may not discover the next Feng Tianwei, but more importantly, it will certainly ingrain the love for sport and table tennis in Hwa Chongians for years to come.
Our paddlers engaged in a competitive rivalry Dr Hon Chiew Weng (Principal) in action
“赞” 字了得： 华中寄宿学校生活体验 孙雨凡 中四启元三班 、任睿哲 中四汇聚三班 一排排别致的白色楼房整齐地排列着，在赤道明媚
不同国度、不同学校、不同年龄的学生在里面自 在地生活、快乐地学习着。就让我带你走进华中寄宿 学校，看看那里的寄宿生如何生活。
华中寄宿学校为寄宿者提供了良好的生活环境。 一名从中国过来的奖学金得主说：“寄宿学校给我的第 一个印象就是很漂亮，也很干净。住进来以后，我觉 得这里各项设施都很齐全，很方便。比如说洗衣服， 我们既可以选择送去洗衣公司洗，也可以用自助洗衣 机洗——如果有些衣服急着用的话，只要一个多小时就 能洗完烘干，很方便。而食堂则会提供多种食物，这些 食物荤素搭配，营养均衡，比较健康。”
寄宿学校也为寄宿生创造了舒适的学习环境——他们 可以使用个人书桌、自习室、电脑室、也可以使用楼下庭 院里流水边、鱼池旁的桌椅。寄宿学校还提供了高速稳定 的无线宽频上网服务，让学生可以方便地使用电脑和借助 高科技完成作业。
学校设有专门的音乐室和健身房。音乐室给需要练习 乐器的同学提供了一个不受打扰的练习场所。而一名常使 用健身房的男生则表示：“健身房里备有各种锻炼器材， 哑铃有多种不同重量供选择，可以适应不同要求；而且健 身房内设有空调，所以不会感到闷热。我觉得很不错。”
更值得一提的是寄宿学校也十分关注学生的情绪健康 和心理成长。寄宿学校设有学生理事会，他们总在一些重 要的节日如中秋、春 节时组织一些大型的 联欢活动，让寄宿生
参加，也会举办一些 才艺比赛、集体出游 等活动,
生活，加强学生之间 的凝聚力和归宿感。 此外，每层寄宿楼都 有两名舍监，关心学 生的日常卫生、学习 成绩及心理状态，并 为他们解决生活中的 一些问题。
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华中寄宿学校外观 除夕晚宴给寄宿学生带来家的温暖 宿舍学生理事会成员合影
B udding N umber - C runchers did H wa C hong proud at the
World Mathematics team
competition By Lim Zhe Hui 3S1 1
For most students, November would be relaxing as it signalled the start of the end-of-year school holidays â€“ a time for some much-needed rest after a hectic school year. It was definitely not the case for me and five other schoolmates. Immediately after our examinations, we began preparing for the World Mathematics Team Competition (WMTC).
After intensive training sessions in Singapore and Shanghai, our entourage, consisting of twelve students and two teachers, flew to Beijing, where the competition would be held. The six of us from HCI formed three teams â€“ Tin Jun Hao (3A2) and myself in the first, Natanael Wijaya (3S1) and Ho Jie Feng (3O2) in the second, and Goh Hong Pei and Bryan Wang (2I3) making up the third. This competition featured a novel relay round, apart from the usual team and individual rounds. This round required the first person to solve one problem, derive an answer that provided a clue to the second question, allowing the next person to solve it. Putting in a valiant effort, we completed two out of the three tasks.
In the team component, we had to solve as many questions as possible in 40 minutes. Despite our different approaches to certain questions, we slowly learnt to cooperate and trust each other, allowing us to complete the task successfully. Finally, we had the individual round. Relying on our individual
Mathematics equations, using every bit of knowledge that we had gained from our many practices and trainings over the past months. Ultimately, all our efforts paid off. Our contingent won 4 silver and 2 bronze medals in the individual round! This was made possible by the following people, whom we register our heartfelt gratitude: firstly, our parents, for being there for us; Mr. Zong Lixing and Mrs. Ooi Teong Lin for the endless stream of support and training materials; Dr. Hon Chiew Weng (Principal) and Mr. Ng Seaw Choon (Dean / Student Development) for giving us this opportunity; as well as Ms. Irene Lee and Mrs. May Chen for constantly giving us encouragement and providing a listening ear whenever we needed it. We will continue to work hard to qualify for the next WMTC! 自强不息!
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Team photo with their prizes Team round at the Math Competition Taking time off at the Great Wall
By Foo Jie Min, Jamie 13A14, Ang Hui Xuan, Pearly 13A15 1
At 17, few would be as well-travelled as Joshua Ian Lim (13S7H), whose extensive trips overseas in the past 6 months alone have spanned many nations from Southeast Asia to Europe. Yet, his exploits were not for leisure, as Joshua competes as a formidable national fencer. While adept with various weapons, his specialty is the foil. A force to be reckoned with in the fencing arena, he is the first Singaporean to win a record six gold medals at the Southeast Asian Fencing Federation (SEAFF) Championships and was placed 8th in the Under-17 category during the 2012 World Cadet Fencing Championships in Moscow. Since his overseas competitions take him away from school for weeks at a time, Joshua admits that it has been difficult to juggle both his academic and sporting commitments. Nevertheless, he invests his all in both, even waking up at the crack of dawn in Moscow to complete his schoolwork. To him, there are similarities in the approaches towards fencing and studying. He cautions about the two extremes of self-deprecation and overconfidence in both competitions and examinations.
Furthermore, he believes that overcoming fear is pivotal for self-improvement. Sharing his personal experience about his bouts with European combatants in his first international competition, he believes that he achieved his current standard through self-motivation and sheer hard work. Joshua hopes that the fencing community in Hwa Chong and
“Success only comes through diligence, commitment and passion.” – Joshua’s advice for all the budding fencers and his peers
Singapore will continue to thrive. After his team proposed improvements to the school management, they were elated at HCI’s generous support and improved fencing facilities within the school. His friend, Lee Dao Ming (13S63), shared that Joshua is “an ordinary guy who is extraordinary at fencing”. Joshua laughs and agrees only to the former. He refutes the term “extraordinary” because he believes that anyone can be a champion. Well beyond his years, Joshua leaves us with advice for all the budding fencers and his peers, saying that “Success only comes through diligence, commitment and passion.”
The pride of the Hwa Chong Fencing Team Our representative in Russia
Determination etched in Joshua’s demeanour
for esmond loh’s success In 2012, Esmond Loh Fah Rong (12A12) won the UOB Painting of the Year for his oil and acrylic
piece, “Just Let Me Sleep”. It was a remarkable
By Daniel Lye, Melissa Tay 12A14
achievement, considering that he was competing against professional artists. A student of the Hwa Chong Art Elective Programme (AEP), Esmond shares with Panorama regarding how the AEP has nurtured his artistic instincts.
Esmond credits the AEP with providing him the “practical and technical skills” to work with, and helping him to “build his
confidence through meticulous practice”. The AEP has also guided him in organizing his thoughts and translating them into an appropriate artistic medium. Esmond sums up his AEP journey as having helped him gradually mature and create more sophisticated artworks. How does the Hwa Chong AEP differ from those of other schools? Miss Grace Ong (Lecturer / Art Elective Programme) shares that in HCI, Art is taken at both the H2 and H3 levels. The rationale is that AEP students are considered forerunners of their generation in Art, and are thus required to delve further into the philosophy behind Art. The Art Department has also given students opportunities to attend workshops providing students a valuable platform to learn from established artists, exchange ideas and gain inspiration. Esmond also showed us the other works he has embarked on, including a series of portraits of family members and friends, as well as his first foray into installation art, “Building Nothing in the Air”. He explained that “the project was primarily inspired by the painting “Just Let Me Sleep”. With this, I aimed to explore a more literal representation of the euphoria of a temporary death.” “The installation explores the state of ascending into the realm of the unconscious where the psyche loses its affiliation with reality. The final artwork is composed of a realistic human sculpture sleeping in a bed with pillows seemingly floating in mid-air above it. A surreal atmosphere is created with the intention of expressing the transition from consciousness to slumber,” said Esmond. Hwa Chong eagerly anticipates more thought-provoking art pieces from this talented student and encourages him on his creative journey.
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Our budding artist Esmond Loh Esmond’s installation artwork – “Building Nothing in Air” Esmond’s works in the Art Gallery
戏剧 丰富了我们 的华文学习 张昊元 中二启元四班
编者按：戏剧课一直是华中的旗舰课程。高中部 中文学会每年举办的“黄城夜韵”演出赫赫有 名。除此之外，所有中一中二学生都会经历一年
我们每周都有华文戏剧课，这是我们最 期待的一堂课，因为每次都为我们带来不 同程度的惊喜：绕口令、寓言改编、诗词朗 诵、情境对话、故事编讲、作品鉴赏、剧本 写作、小品表演等等。这些活动不仅丰富了 我们的华文学习，还让我们学到了很多其它 技能。
例如在即兴对话练习中，两位同学要在 没有事先准备的情况下，临时演出老师给的 题目，如 “下雨了”、“我是推销员”、“你 走吧”等, 必须演得生动有趣，三分钟内不能 出现冷场。 这不仅锻炼了我们的演技，也刺 激了我们的思维，激起我们的创造力。
华文戏剧课也为我们提供了更多表演和 上台演讲的机会，让我们的自信心增强了 许多。不少同学说：“上了一年多的戏剧课 后，我的表达能力，不论是华文还是英文， 都有了明显的进步！”
事实证明，华文戏剧课程是一种非常有 效的学习方式。通过戏剧练习，它让我们学 习了怎样流利、精准地运用华文华语传情达 意；它也培养了我们的胆量和信心，让我们 在公众面前可以镇定自如，侃侃而谈。许多 学生都认为，华文戏剧课让我们获益不浅， 为我们学习华文的旅程添加许多乐趣。
Serving the people, leading by example
Hwa Chong’s High School Consortia CIP By Kevan Chew 13A10, Cheong Han Long 13A16, Tan Ming Shi 13S6Q, Koh Jia Sheng 4A2, Edgar Foo 3B1, Mr. Chia Kok Pin
Hwa Chong’s Community Involvement Programmes (CIP) are excellent opportunities for experiential learning, emotional growth, expression of empathy towards the community and self-reflection. Here is an account of the efforts by HCI’s four High School Consortia over these two years.
The Aphelion Consortium and the South-East Community Development Council began a dynamic collaboration in 2011 on the Community
Laboratory Programme (CLP). It aimed to nurture students to be empathetic community leaders. Students learnt about the roles of a CDC and the assistance provided through legal clinics, interviews with the needy and home visits. In “Project Refurb 2012” with Tung Ling Community Services, students refurbished the homes of senior citizens by putting up curtains, changing old light bulbs and replacing broken furniture. The seniors also enjoyed a special treat - a half-day tour to Gardens By The Bay. The Tembusu Fiesta, organised with the Tembusu Senior Activity Centre in late 2012, was a carnival to get more elderly living in the Eunos
Participants were highly engaged and entertained by lucky draws and
Crescent area to be actively involved. Associate Professor Fatimah
a Christmas tree decoration contest. A delightful and surprising extra
Lateef, MP of Marine Parade GRC, was the Guest of Honour, and
– we broke the local record for the most number of people doing
we were humbled by the presence of over 300 elderly citizens.
Aphelion’s joyous day with the elderly at Gardens by the Bay Making handicraft (Aphelion)
iSpark In 2013, under the guidance of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC),
the iSpark Consortium organised a Chinese New Year Food Drive. The gifts of food items came flooding in within days. Class Management Committees collected food from their classes in huge packages. Parents generously donated large amounts of rice and tins of canned food, and offered their time to transport them. In just three weeks, the iSpark Space transformed
classroom into â€œa comfortable fort with edible fortificationsâ€?, as the iCouncillors affectionately called it. On 4th and 5th February 2013, the student organising team delivered the food packages to four CDAC Centres and distributed the items, greeting each recipient with two oranges and a friendly smile. The iCouncil thanks Ms Clarinda Choh (Director / iSpark Consortium), Mr Eugene Chua (Assistant Director / iSpark Consortium), Miss Lena Koh and Mr Low Swee Xiang, iCouncil parent
donated generously. Finally, we make a special shout out to the Food Drive student organising team for their effort in planning and execution, as well as for staying committed and true.
Ortus youth leaders from various JCs for the benefit of children from
underprivileged families in Ulu Pandan. The programme involves Ortus members providing weekly tuition and character guidance coaching to Primary 5 students. Academic tutoring is largely centred round English and Mathematics for these students to develop sufficient competency to excel in the PSLE. To accomplish this, tutors first conduct a series of diagnostic tests to determine the existing level of subject competency. Tutors can then customize worksheets to suit the individual needs of each student.
Since March 2012, Ortus Consortium has participated in the
Student tutors are also given leadership opportunities through the
Ulu Pandan STARS Programme, a joint initiative between the
chairman roster system, where tutors take turns to be the chairperson
Ulu Pandan PAP Community Foundation and the Ulu Pandan
of the tutor committee on a monthly basis, making important decisions
Citizen Consultative Committee. Student tutors collaborate with
on the direction of the Ulu Pandan STARS programme.
ProEd ProEd Consortium is actively participating in “The Young Student” programme, which is organized by Mr Tan Yong Soon (former Permanent
Secretary of MEWR) and his team of adult volunteers. It provides opportunities for ProEd student mentors to spend quality time with Primary 1 schoolchildren from low-income households to strengthen the children’s literacy and numerical foundation, develop their personal and interpersonal skills, inculcate good values and broaden their knowledge of the world. In this programme, a group of Sec 2 ProEdians play “Big Brothers” to selected Primary 1 students from Westwood Primary School, coaching them in Reading and Mathematics skills, playing games and bringing them out for excursions. The programme is held every Tuesday during the school term and 16 ProEdians are present at any one session on a rotational basis. A ProEdian “Big Brother” is entrusted with two primary school children. This pilot programme will be pitched to the MOE for implementation at the national level, in the hope of benefitting more children throughout the country.
iSpark’s fort with edible fortifications iSpark’s show of appreciation
Ortus Peer Tutoring Programme Building up numeracy skills (ProEd)
Service Learning with a Difference By Eunice Kok 12S71 ART!iculture, a pun on “Architecture” and also a fusion of “Art” and “Culture”, was a Service Learning (SL) initiative by Grace Ng (11S71) and Tan Jia Yi (11S7G). The project fostered an aesthetic appreciation for Singaporean architecture amongst Singaporeans.
Panorama (P): What inspired you to embark on an SL project that focused on promoting the arts in Singapore? Interviewees (I): ART!iculture was initiated with the primary aim to foster
ART!iculture consisted of four elements: informative brochures, a
an aesthetic appreciation and national pride in our local landmarks.
“Facebook/Instagram Photography Contest”, an “ART!iculture Heritage
Despite our daily exposure with the permanent structures around us, the
Trail” and the “Architecture FYI Virtual Media”. The brochures, contest
majority remains ignorant towards the rich historical, artistic and cultural
and heritage trail introduced interesting landmarks around Singapore to
essences that these buildings contain.
the participants, while the “Architecture FYI Virtual Media” provided a Facebook page to deliver updates to the public.
We are both largely interested in architecture because of its dynamism and meaning. These are features that most people tend to overlook.
Panorama finds out more from the two alumni.
We figured that through such an initiative, we would learn more about the diverse structures in Singapore while educating others about them.
P: How successful were your events and what could have been improved further? I: The turnout for the heritage trail was surprisingly good. We had students ranging from those in kindergartens to junior colleges participating in them. In future, we could expand the scope by exploring the buildings beyond the architecture, such as those of its inhabitants and their daily activities, so as to pique the interest of our participants.
P: In what ways was the project fulfilling? I: This project taught us invaluable skills, such as liaising with companies, working with professional organisations, writing reports, and planning and executing events. All of these areas would be greatly beneficial to us in the future.
conventional path! Follow your passion and let it guide you. It will be a
“Do not hesitate to take up a project that deviates from the conventional path! Follow your passion and let it guide you.”
much more fulfilling journey!
– Grace Ng and Tan Jia Yi
P: Do you have any words to offer your juniors who are embarking on an SL project? I: Do not hesitate to take up a project that deviates from the
Rediscovering the Marina Bay Sands - one of the ART!iculture tour destinations
nurturing the next generation of
Hwa Chongians at the Secondary one annual camp 2013 By Sean Lee 3O1, Thung You Xuan 2I3 Aristotle once said that “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. The Secondary One Annual Camp (SOAC) 2013 was indeed held with this mindset. Organised by the ProEd Council at the Sarimbun Scout Camp, SOAC never fails to provide a learning platform for the freshmen. It was a rite of passage for over 400 new students, overseen by 60
and organizers). Class bonding activities included the classic waterbomb contest and hill climbing. Tang Han Shin (1A4), said, “Even if we do not manage to have a good result in the end, it does not matter. We learn from our every mistake, and try our best. We became more considerate about others and worked as a team. Gradually, we understood different people’s needs and respected them. Growing as one class, we helped each other.” Through the cheering and games, the freshmen become part of the Hwa Chong family. It is an identity that SOAC has permanently imparted to them.
Han Shin also commented that “From the very start, we inherit the spirit through living and learning as a Hwa Chongian, and that will be carried on by us. This is the strength that bonds everyone in the school through thick and thin, and the same pride in each student’s heart.” SOAC 2013 is not only a learning experience for participants but also for the student organizers. Through facilitating this camp, they received valuable lessons from this process. Choo Ying Jie (2I1) made the observation that “It was challenging getting the students’ attention because they seemed to be reluctant initially. However, once we showed them that we were sharing their experiences, they became more willing and even displayed initiative in cooperating during discussions.” See Yong Song (3B1) reflected on improvements that could be made at next year’s SOAC. The event could revolve around a theme and the freshmen could be given some sort of motivating element to complete all the activities to the best of their abilities. A points system and various themed games could also be introduced. As the chapter is closed for this year, it is time to look forward to a better SOAC as Hwa Chong welcomes the next batch of Secondary One students in 2014.
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Bonding game with grids The Secondary One cohort readies for the challenges ahead The class spirit of 1I1
“It was indeed an incredibly enriching experience as we forged strong friendships and learned a lot from one another.” - Audrey Kwok (12A15)
NEW PALS in nepal A HCI-ITE College West Partnership
By Tin Shu Min 12S70, Wee Lin 12S7F
During a pioneering initiative in the 2012 December holidays, a team
Audrey added, “It was heartening to know how well we
of 24 HCI students and their peers from the Institute of Technical
gelled as a team.”
Education (ITE-College West) travelled to Nepal for adventure and community service.
Fan Jun Wei (12S6A) echoed similar sentiments, sharing that “all the HCI team members were glad for the joy,
The participants of this Overseas Community Involvement Programme
laughter and invaluable contribution that the ITE team
(OCIP) trip plastered walls for new classrooms at the Shree Janakalyan
members have given. More importantly, the trip allowed
Lower Secondary School. These warm-hearted teenagers also taught
us to apply diverse perspectives in solving problems.”
the Nepalese pupils Mathematics, English and Science. While the trip went smoothly, the students faced Service learning was evident as the students from both schools bonded
unexpected challenges. For one, neither group of
and cultivated a sense of compassion and active volunteerism. This HCI-
students had any prior experience in plastering walls.
ITE venture was both schools’ first collaboration and integrated students
Thus, they had to pick up this skill from the patient
from all walks of life. It was an invaluable experience to explore new
construction workers who provided valuable guidance.
working dynamics. Also, the Nepalese children proved to be quick learners Audrey Kwok (12A15) said, “It was indeed an incredibly enriching
and these inexperienced Singaporean teachers had
experience as we forged strong friendships and learned a lot from
to improvise their lessons. Circumstances required the
students to adapt quickly and flexibly.
“Although we had different working styles, we were able to tap on each
When asked if the team would recommend this
other’s strengths to make the trip a huge success.” Showing great
trip to their juniors, all members heartily endorsed
teamwork, the two schools at different times demonstrated meticulous
it. One should definitely go with an open mind and
planning and preparation, initiative and improvisation.
A spectacular view of the Nepalese mountainscape Sharing the joy of the Nepalese children
用音乐构建大同世界-华中华乐团台湾音乐与 民俗交流之旅 张智信 12S6E
向幸福出发 高中部人文学科特选课程 师生不丹行 高歌 12A14 2013年1月3日，华中（高中 部）人文学科特选课程( Hu m a n i t i e s
P ro g ra m m e ) 的老师和同学一行40 多人，浩浩荡荡前往喜马拉雅山脉的 不丹，展开为期10天的探索幸福之旅。
走进不丹，雄伟壮观的山岭映入眼 帘，五彩斑斓的“风马旗”在微风中缓 缓飞扬，给独特的自然风光增添浓厚的 异国情调。我们不禁感叹景色之迷人， 而令我们印象更为深刻的是挂在每一 个不丹人脸上那发自内心的温暖满足 的笑容。
在首都廷布，不丹研究中心的主席 为我们详细介绍由不丹前国王提出的发 展模式：追求经济增长虽重要，但不应 以牺牲生活品质和世代珍重的文化传统 作为代价。
引入社会经济发展统计的国家。从1972年 起，这个高山小国就放弃了国内生产总值等 传统统计办法，开始用“国民幸福指数” (Gross National Happiness)来衡量社会经济发 展的状况。
不丹是信仰佛教的国家，我们的行程当 然少不了参观富有宗教意义的寺庙，其中包 括了坐落在巴罗山悬崖上的虎穴寺。在这 里，我们体会了藏传佛教所蕴含的智慧和虔 诚佛教徒真正的快乐。我们也参观了联合国 儿童基金会作为试点的村庄，了解国际社会
及不丹政府携手为支持农村儿童教育、提高 健康水平采取的措施。此外，我们还学会传 统射箭和飞镖，观赏不同区域的传统音乐和 舞蹈表演，深度体验了不丹浓厚的文化色彩 和悠久的历史。
所谓“读万卷书不如行万里路”，诚如 带队的麦克•怀德老师所说：“这趟旅程意 义非凡，因为不丹与新加坡的风土人情有天 渊之别，同学们在接触截然不同文化的同时 也开拓了视野。”能够通过学习之旅环游不 丹，让我们收获良多，回味无穷。不丹是一 个淳朴的美丽国度，是地球人心灵的故乡。 在繁忙的都市生活中，我们不妨时时提醒自 己多欣赏身旁的美丽，或许你就会发现：原 来平凡中的幸福，就是最大的福气。
师生们在不丹最大的佛像前合影留念 经幡也称为“风马旗”，据说每一次被风吹拂， 就如吟诵一遍经文，给万物带来福分
温暖热情的台湾 ——台湾南山中学交流侧记 郭雍杰 中四双文化二班 华侨中学自从1993年就与台湾的南山中学结为兄弟 学校，每年互派师生进行交流，十九年过去了，两校师生 的感情益发深厚。
去年年底，我们师生一行人飞往台北。虽说之前一直 在“面簿”上跟三个月前来华中交流的台湾同学保持联 络，我们还是很期待能够和这些伙伴们重逢，也很期待南 山中学为我们安排的活动。
1 来台的第一天，我们各自去交流伙伴们的家。我一 开始还有点紧张，后来发现，交流伙伴的家庭对我非常 好，和我交谈时亲切自然，让我感受到宾至如归的温暖。
接下来几天，我们参观了台湾的著名景点、体验了台 湾的风土文化。我们在西门町感受都市的繁华，在野柳欣 赏美丽的大自然，在九族文化村接触台湾原住民的多元文 化，在各大夜市品尝各式各样的街头美食，如珍珠奶茶、 台湾香肠、炸鸡排、蠔煎、肉串等等。在人山人海的夜市 里边吃边走，大概是只在台湾才拥有的独特体验。当然， 夜市不只有吃的，也卖其它各种货品，如服装、文具、电 子产品、玩具以及动漫收藏品，令人目不暇接。
和当地同学一起上课。南山的师生们非常热情地欢 迎与接待我们。除了国文、理化（物理与化学）、 英文等课，我们还参加了童军课程中的野炊比赛， 也在体育课中与大家打羽毛球，玩得十分尽兴。
要回新加坡时，我们都有些不舍。这次的交 流，不仅让我体验不同文化的差异，还给我带来一 份深情的友谊、一段美丽的回忆。台湾的朋友们， 后会有期！
南靖做义工， 难忘的经历 林万杰 中四双文化一班 去年学校年终假期，高中部和中学部的50名学生启程前 往福建南靖县的长教小学做义工。
我们还是勇敢地去尝试。通过接下来几天的不断改良及完 善，我们的教学终于得以顺利进行。长教小学的孩子们都很 热情，几天下来大家朝夕相处，情同兄弟姐妹。在大姐姐、
神情，让我们倍感温馨。 短暂的相处，却是如此难忘的体验。在小孩子们天真无 这次海外做义工，我们最重要的“使命”就是教长教小
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华中哥哥姐姐们送的礼物——小书包 来张合照，背后是田螺坑土楼群 同样的笑容，共享的温暖
Stanford international youth program 2012
By Nathan Ang 4S1
In August 2012, a group of iSpark students, accompanied by Ms Clarinda Choh (Director / iSpark Consortium) and Mr David Woon (Education Consultant / PE, CCA & Outdoor Education), visited Stanford University on a learning journey about entrepreneurship. Here is one participantâ€™s account.
What is this about? Two teachers, twenty students and one memory We flew to Stanford overwhelmed by excitement all-prepared to learn
Entrepreneurship A complicated idea broken down for us Renowned, successful Business people came to share their experiences
Business strategies Marketing, branding, contracts, Biotech were taught! Start-up site visits, Venture capitalism, Cash management too!
Plenty o’ skills learnt from outstanding lecturers before the day ends When evening drew near all the classes ended Partying began!
Shopaholics shopped, sports maniacs dashed round the fields “No one left behind” We traversed streets Admiring architecture Within the campus Explored Monterey and San Francisco, CA on weekend field trips
Forged strengthened friendships Experienced Stanford culture Lived a Stanford life Fourteen days were gone Time to bid Stanford farewell Bye, our sweet solace…
a chat with Mr.Lim Hwee Leng (Lin Weiliang) President of the Hwa Chong JC Alumni By Benny Cheong, Joy Wong 12S7D
“School is the best time of your life, so make full use of it,” said Mr. Lim Hwee Leng (Lin Weiliang), President of the Hwa Chong JC Alumni, to the current HCI cohort. Mr Lim’s advice is ample evidence of the strong love he has for the school. Recollections of Life as a Hwa Chong Student Mr. Lim has fond memories of his Hwa Chong days. He, alongside his batchmates, experienced a milestone in the school’s history – the move to our present Bukit Timah campus, which he described as his “most memorable moment” in Hwa Chong. “Everyone was in great spirits [after the move],” reminisced Mr. Lim, “we formed a long chain and danced the ‘worm’ dance with our then principal, Mr. Lim Nai Tian leading.” He was struck by how he and his friends worked as one during Hwa Chong’s return, making “the moving itself a great experience”. Another highlight of his JC life was the “great college spirit” and “the camaraderie amongst students [that] made a great impression, and [enabled him to forge] deep and long-lasting friendships.”
The Present - A Distinguished Member of the HCJC Alumni After graduating, Mr. Lim started an Information Technology company, and led it to the stock market. Whilst having a fulfilling career, Mr. Lim had the urge to give back to his alma mater, and spend time doing meaningful things for the school. This motivated him to step forward and join the HCJC Alumni. Today, Mr. Lim has been the key driving force behind fervent efforts to raise funds. Several significant fund-raising events included Charity Golf 2012, the Year-End Dinner cum Auction, and the Celebrity Chef Series. Despite his success, Mr. Lim feels that the HCJC Alumni can do much more, and has “lots of potential” to make a greater impact. He said, “What we need is more people coming forward to serve the alumni and to be a part of it.” Lessons from Our Senior “One should enjoy one’s friends as much as possible during these two precious years,” advises Mr. Lim, “Take time off your studies to form strong bonds, and do well in your exams but don’t fret too much about scoring A’s.” Mr. Lim, through his desire to contribute to the school and society, embodies Hwa Chong’s guiding principle 饮水思源, something we should always keep in mind.
“School is the best time of your life, so make full use of it.” – Mr. Lim Hwee Leng (Lin Weiliang), President of the Hwa Chong JC Alumni
Mr Lim Hwee Leng (Lin Weiliang) speaking at the HCJC Alumni Year-End Dinner cum Auction
勇敢的 追梦人 访问总理书籍奖及新科工程奖学金得主吴桐学长 柳婷婷 13A12、张珊珊 13A12 为了访问吴桐，我们特地约他在一间连锁咖啡厅见 面。抵达时，只见吴桐学长悠闲地靠在椅子上，脸上带着 微笑，给人亲切的感觉。当我们请他用一个词来形容他的 华中体验时，他毫不犹豫地说道：“回味无穷”。
在华中时，吴桐除了是双文化自理会的副主席，也参 加了 “黄城夜韵”和 Youth Leaders Experiential Programme (YLEP)等活动。这给他许多机会举办一些意义非凡的活 动，如为学生举办讲座及为视障人士举行夏令营。虽然准 备“黄城夜韵”演出的过程备受煎熬，但吴桐并不畏惧艰 辛，因为他由始至终都对戏剧有着一股不可动摇的热爱。 吴桐认为能够与其他同样热爱“黄城夜韵”的朋友一起熬 夜、一起奋斗、是一种享受，也是他在华中最美好的回忆 之一。
Hwa Chongâ€™s Top Debater
Shines on the International
Stage By Clarence Cheong 13S6C
Few activities are as daunting as standing before a podium, facing fierce opponents, and
pressing issues. Darion Jin Hotan, however, is fearless. He holds the honour of being ranked fourth overall at the 25th World School Debating Championships (WSDC) held in Antalya, Turkey between 27th January and 6th February 2013.
To Darion, debating is about far more than giving impactful speeches
Many people often wonder how one reaches such commendable
- the opportunities he gets to interact with a closely-knit community
heights in the field of debating. Hence, his advice to aspiring debaters
of friends and coaches are also a vital part of his debating experience.
and orators? Darion said, “Be intellectually honest. Aim to win through superior argumentation, greater stylistic flair, and a sharper
Being a debater has allowed Darion to do the activity he loves with the
people he enjoys working with. This motivates him to give his all during competitions, a group endeavor in which teamwork is essential.
Perhaps, the secret to success is that there is no secret to it; that there is no short-cut to be taken. Darion Jin Hotan, with his rigorously honest
Juggling academic commitments with unwavering commitment and
work ethic, embodies a constant drive towards self-improvement through
passion for debating has certainly not been easy. Indeed, sacrifices in
sheer grit and hard work. His achievement is indeed well-deserved. Hwa
personal time have to be made to achieve the best in both fields.
Chong wishes him every success in the future.
Darion is grateful to the following people for inspiring and helping him to where he is today: Mr. Loy Hui Chun, his Civics Tutor; Mr. Ken Yeow,
Mr. Tan Wah Jiam, his KI tutor and JC debate coach; and Mrs. Geetha
“Be intellectually honest. Aim to win through superior argumentation, greater stylistic flair, and a sharper strategic sense.”
Creffield, his coach on the national debate team.
— Darion Jin Hotan
his Math tutor; Mrs. Loh Yen Ling, his Physics tutor; Mr. U.K. Shyam, his Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) tutor; Mr. Melvyn Lim, his supervising tutor for his KI Independent Study; Mrs. Sheila Chia, his Project Work tutor;
Darion back at his alma mater Darion (seated first from right) celebrating victory with his team-mates
Graphic Design by Nguyen Ha Thien Kim (13S6D)
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