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Primary 5 Camp (PRIMARY)

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t was a memorable experience for 186 Primary Five pupils who had embarked on a three-day, two-night camp at the MOE Jalan Bahtera Adventure Centre on 16 January 2012. Through completing challenging activities such as rock wall climbing, zip-line, abseiling and the challenge rope course, the pupils faced their fears and displayed values like courage and resilience. They also learnt the importance of respect, responsibility, self-discipline and team work. Their bonds of friendship were strengthened when they persevered to complete the given tasks together, offering each other support and words of encouragement. The camp was a time of deeper selfawareness as many returned with a newfound confidence. Written by Alethea Ling and Emma Choo (Pri 5C) Pupils’ Reflections:

I learnt to conquer my fears. Sharon Lim Pri 5SY I learnt that courage is about facing our fears; it is about going beyond your comfort zone and pushing yourself to try new things. Ashley Khoo Li-Ann Pri 5C Through the P5 Camp, I have learnt how to manage my time, be independent and to cooperate with my peers. Now, I am more willing and ready to face challenges in life and if I had a choice, I would want to go back and do all those activities again! Loo Jia Ying Stephanie Pri 5G The high elements obstacle was difficult and I was really scared when it was my turn, but in the end we managed to do it as a team, helping each other along the way. Looking back, I am proud that I conquered my fears and completed all the obstacles. Chloe Ng Pri 5SE My experience at the camp led me to learn that tolerance is an effort to understand another's beliefs and habits even though you may not share or accept them. Anjali Dhawn Pri 5P

Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 2012


Chinese New Year (FULL SCHOOL)

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oth the Secondary and Primary divisions held level activities to heighten awareness of the Chinese culture as part of the Chinese New Year celebration. The Primary Division had a Chinese New Year classroom decoration competition, Chinese Calligraphy and a quiz on idioms related to the 12 zodiac animals. During recess, the library also organised activities related to the Chinese New Year, for example, a writing competition on the traditional Chinese character dragon (éž?). The CLDDS (Chinese Calligraphy) sold couplets for four consecutive years to raise funds for the Toa Payoh Care Corner.

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n 20 January, to usher in the Year of the Dragon, the school invited a dragon dance troop to perform a dragon dance in the courtyard after flag raising. The staff and pupils dorned their colorful costumes in eager anticipation of the fascinating performance. A couplet in Chinese calligraphy was then presented to our principal, Mrs Low on behalf of the school. The Primary Division had a Chinese New Year concert in the Alice Hall. The concert items included a skit by the CLDDS (Speech and Drama), a Cross Talk by 2 pupils from Pri 6P, a Chinese dance by the Secondary division dance group and a quiz on Chinese New Year customs presented by the CLDDS (News Reporting). The celebrations ended with a sing-along session of Chinese New Year songs.

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Visit to Toa Payoh Care Corner

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(PRIMARY)

rom 1 to 6 February, Primary 3 pupils visited three seniors activity centres in Toa Payoh. These centres are run by Care Corner, a non-profit organisation which has built a strong relationship with the school over the years. The pupils brought Chinese New Year joy and cheer to the elderly. They led them in sing-along sessions and interacted with them through various games. Pupils served them food and drinks and exchanged Chinese New Year greetings with mandarin oranges. The elderly were also delighted to receive Chinese New Year cards designed by the Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils. It was a memorable occasion for all.

Pupils’ Reflections: I will grow old one day and I hope the young will visit me then. Abigail Teo Pri 3SY The visit was very uplifting for the elderly. It was heartening to know that the short amount of time we spent there brought so much joy and happiness to them. Caring for the elderly in our community should be our responsibility. Emma Woodworth Pri 3C I felt elated and excited as it was my first time visiting an elderly care corner. At the end of the visit, I felt reluctant to leave. I could tell that I made a difference to their lives as they were smiling and laughing when we were playing games with them. Kymie Leong Pri 3G I felt excited and nervous when we visited the Care Corner. During the visit, I learnt a bit of Hokkien. I learnt that the elderly must be treated nicely and politely. Leia Ong Pri 3SE I learnt how to be patient with the elderly. Even though at times I do not understand what they said, I smiled and nodded my head. I knew they enjoyed our performances when I saw their toothless grin. Alixandra Swee Hebblethwaite Pri 3P

Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 2012


Total Defence Day

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Full School

CGS commemorated Total Defence Day with various activities in accordance to this year’s theme, It’s My Turn. Displays were placed around the school to increase pupils’ awareness and reflect about their role in Total Defence. The school began the day with the Emergency Evacuation Exercise, where the pupils had a feel of what it could be like if our nation had met with an emergency. A thoughtprovoking play put up by Drama4All on Survivor Stories, highlighted how everyone has a part to play in defending Singapore. At the Primary Division, several hands-on activities were conducted. During recess, they experienced what food rationing was like as they exchanged their “banana notes” for biscuits and condensed milk. At the Secondary Division, a video of the British handover of Singapore to the Japanese with original footage was screened, followed by a video clip that featured interviews with students in the Uniformed Groups.

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Learning Journey to the Land Transport Gallery

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(PRIMARY)

n 16 and 17 February, Primary Six pupils visited the Land Transport Gallery. This learning journey was arranged to complement the topic on Transport and Communications in the Social Studies syllabus. The pupils witnessed how land transport in Singapore had developed since the olden days and had the opportunity to experience how it is envisioned in the future. Evidently excited, the pupils took an active role in the Challenge Theatre where they assumed the role of transport planners in an interactive multi-player game and deliberated on various measures in managing Singapore’s transportation system. They also took a peek at the different modes of transportation used in the past, such as trishaws and mosquito buses. All in all, the pupils had an enriching experience and an enjoyable time at the Land Transport Gallery.

Pupils’ Reflections: There is a lot of connectivity involved in our land transport system. The rail network has to be expanded to reduce the traffic congestion on the roads. Dana Kurniawan Pri 6SY The means of transport used in the past looked uncomfortable. I feel very fortunate to have the safe, air-conditioned buses we have now. Megan Rei Tan Pri 6C Transportation in the future includes autocars and highly-interactive electronic devices in cars. Chrystal Pang Pri 6G The challenge now is to build a sustainable transportation system that is inclusive and able to support a vibrant Singapore well into the future. Teo Kai Hui Pri 6SE Land transport has a definite role in ensuring a high quality and sustainable living environment. Yeoh Su Min Pri 6P

Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 2012


Befrienders (PSG)

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efrienders is a group of Parent Volunteers (PVs) who befriend the Secondary Division scholars. They are also guides when accompanying them on tours such as the Heritage Trails organised as part of their orientation programme in October 2011. They visited local places of interests and even attended a musical The Nutcracker with them. 2012 began with the PVs continuing the yearly tradition of hosting our foreign friends over the Chinese New Year season. These occasions turned out to be both fun and enriching as scholars and families bonded over scrumptious food and fellowship. In the words of a host parent, “The scholar guest was very sporting. We found the hosting enriching. Overall, it was a fun-filled day for all.” Mrs Claire Mow Parent Volunteer Befrienders

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Junior Achievement Primary 3 & Primary 4

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n collaboration with SCGS and Junior Achievement (JA) Singapore, parent volunteers taught the JA modules to Primary 3 and 4 pupils. These modules help students assess their personal skills, interests and values, learn financial responsibility and literacy as well as the roles of jobs and businesses within the community. To keep things lively and interesting, these concepts are taught using various games, role-plays and simulations.

The Pri 3 module, Our Community, introduces the pupils to various jobs, how jobs create value, and the inter-dependency of people/jobs in communities (e.g. why government and taxation are necessary to provide social goods like police, ambulance). They also learn how to make choices through a simple decision-making model, and about the flow of money in a community. The Pri 4 module, More than Money, builds on these concepts. The pupils learn to record their income, expenditure and savings, as responsible stewards of money. They explore sources of income (employment, entrepreneurship), as well as their dispositions (to spend or save). These techniques are then applied to businesses. Ideas like market research, business planning, ethical decision-making are also introduced, before these are applied to a business simulation game. As parents, it is gratifying to know that we can play a role in teaching children about responsible financial stewardship. Mr Wong Heng-Vee Parent Volunteer Junior Achievement

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Primary Library and Chinese Reading Programme Welcome the Dragon (PRIMARY)

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arent volunteers conducted activities and painstakingly handcrafted prizes and candies during the Chinese New Year season. Activities included Dragon Craft, Couplet Matching, Chinese Zodiac Matching Games, Dragon Quiz, Chinese Paper Cutting, Draw Your Favourite Dragon and Lucky Dragon Draw. Volunteers from the Chinese Reading programme organised Lighting the Dragon's Eye and taught pupils to write the word, “dragon”, in Chinese. Pupils also enjoyed writing their wishes on pieces of paper and hanging them onto the Wishing Willow. Wishes ranged from wishing for happiness and peace to less homework! Time passed swiftly, and many pupils left the scene clutching their treasured prizes - candies, pencils and mandarin oranges! Valerie Cheah Parent Volunteer Library & Reading Programme

Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 2012


Primary One Induction Programme

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uesday 3 January 2012 was a milestone for Primary One pupils as they embarked on their 10-year journey in SCGS. For the group of parent volunteers helping out in the programme, it was déjà vu as receiving the new pupils invariably reminded them of the day when their own daughters started in SCGS. Over the next few days, parent volunteers worked like elves collecting, sorting, labelling files, books and miscellaneous items for the pupils. The parent volunteers were also around to calm first-day nerves and to assist those who needed help in class, during recess and dismissal time. The greatest satisfaction for the group of volunteers was when the pupils smiled at them upon recognition when the induction week was over. Mrs Ow Tso Ling Coordinator Primary One Induction Programme

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P5 Trip to the Road Safety Park

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he Primary 5 pupils went to the Road Safety Park on 17 February 2012. Through participating in this activity, pupils had a greater awareness of road safety and understood the importance of giving way, staying alert and being careful on the road at all times. During the games, the pupils were assigned the roles of traffic wardens, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and were given the opportunity to practise the road safety habits that had just been taught. The first ten percent of pupils who completed the game without breaking any traffic rules were awarded a certificates.

Pupils’ Reflections: I learnt we should be alert at all times. Marilyn See Pri 5SY I learnt all about the road safety rules and had lots of fun in the process. Michelle Leong Pri 5C Through the fun and interactive activities, I learnt more about traffic rules and safety on the road. Everyone has a part to play – if everyone abides by the traffic rules, fewer accidents will occur. Quek Jia Ying Rachel Pri 5G I learned about road safety. I took on the role as a pedestrian and I did not receive any demerit points! We must all follow the traffic rules in order to be safe. Larissa Wong Pri 5SE I will put what I have learnt into practice and will even teach my stubborn old dog some new tricks such as how to cross a road safely. Wish me luck! Lee Hui Lyn Pri 5P

Singapore Chinese Girls’ School 2012


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