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Generation NY NANYANG GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER (2018 ISSUE 3)

Creative Arts Programme (CAP) 2018

12 girls were selected for this year’s Creative Arts Programme (CAP), the 27th run since CAP started in 1991. Jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education, Singapore and the University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, the 4-day programme provides aspiring writers a writing platform. ‘Cappers’, as they are fondly known as, interact and exchange ideas with fellow writers from different schools. Successful Cappers get a chance to be mentored in publishing their work and become part of the local writing community.

“For me, CAP wasn't just another series of lectures - it was a community. I made friends from incredibly diverse backgrounds as we came together to discuss literary ideas and more importantly, have fun as we did so. The experience as I danced, laughed, and wrote my way through this 4-day programme is truly something I will treasure and appreciate for years to come.” - Angelina Ng

“CAP allowed me to explore the different genres of writing other than narrative and further polish my writing techniques. It also provided me with the chance to interact with students across Singapore. In addition, I truly enjoyed A Capalla, which required me to step out of my comfort zone. CAP was an enriching experience!” - Foong Wei Qi

“CAP allowed me to explore the local arts scene and gave me the opportunity to hone my skills as a writer. It has further allowed me precious opportunity to meet fellow writing enthusiasts from other schools. CAP has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and has created memories that will last a lifetime.” - Shieh Wensy

“CAP is a very enriching and meaningful experience. I got to learn more about different forms of art and appreciate others’ writing. Also, the workshops provided me with new “lenses” through which to see the world. It was truly enjoyable.” - Wang Nan

“CAP is a very enriching and fulfilling experience. It allowed me to learn different styles of writing. I also made friends with people from different schools. I like CAP very much.” - Zheng Xinning

Ubin Day

presented their projects to GOH Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade & Industry, and the event was hosted by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social & Family Development and Second Minister for National Development.

The school was invited by NParks to present student projects in the form of posters for Ubin Day 2018, held on 24th June at Pulau Ubin.

This year, three groups of Secondary Three students from the Extended Classroom Programme – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (ECP-STEM) had the opportunity to work directly with NParks. The projects were Reforestation, Study of Birds@Ubin, and Study of Bats@Ubin.

In the Reforestation presentation, our students tagged trees to monitor their growth, and identified birds and butterflies as indicators of the biodiversity in the reforested areas. In the Study of birds@Ubin, they tagged birds using a harmless method called the ‘bird ringing method’, and identified bird species encountered in eastern Pulau Ubin. And in the Study of Bats@Ubin, they collected data of the types of bats found in Ubin and discovered certain species of bats found only in Ubin. The experience the students went through was real and beyond the classroom, and they were glad to share their learning from Ubin Day with their peers.

Mr Benny Koh, teacher in-charge

RoboCup 2018

“This year’s Robocup was undoubtedly stressful, but also an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and it has filled me with the desire to improve and aim higher.“ - Samantha Low (Lightweight Soccer category)

From the 20th to 22nd of April, Nanyang Infocomm Club participated in Robocup 2018 Singapore Open at the Singapore Science Centre. Robocup is an annual competition in which teams build and program their own robots to compete with robots from other schools. This year, teams from Nanyang Girls' High excelled in the competition and qualified for the world finals in Montreal, Canada.

In Robocup Soccer, teams build and program two robots to play soccer against the opposing team’s robots. 2 Nanyang teams participated in the lightweight category and came in second and third place, respectively.

As for the open category, our team came in first place which qualified the girls for the finals on the international stage. In the finals, our CCA’s team spirit was really strong.

I'm thankful that our hard work has come to fruition, and I have also learnt much not only from teams from our school, but also teams from other school. - Peck Chin Yun (Heavyweight Soccer category)

校园庆中秋活动

中秋节是一个重要的传统节日,它传承着丰富而重要的传统文化与价值观。南洋女中华文部从去年开始,在中秋佳节来临之际都会筹划一次学生的校园庆中秋活动。

今年的校园庆中秋活动在9月12日如期进行。活动时间安排在学生的休息时段,分为低年级与高年级学生各一场,活动包括猜灯谜游戏和月饼品尝。老师们在食堂将一百多条谜语悬挂起来,远远看去如五彩飘带。学生们休息时间一到就迫不及待来到食堂,翘首凝思猜谜语。猜对了的兴奋欢呼;猜错了的也不懊恼,有说有笑继续尝试。在学生们的踊跃参与下,谜语很快就被“消灭”了,热闹的食堂充满了中秋猜谜的节日气氛。猜谜的同时,老师们也准备了不同口味的月饼供同学们品尝,同学们拿起小块月饼放入口中细细品味,一个个都似品尝师一般,庆祝活动中的月饼在学生口中也似乎更为好吃。

传统节日的庆祝活动是加强学生对传统文化与价值观的认知体验的良好机会。这次中秋节的庆祝活动不但让学生对中秋节的传统与意义有更深入的了解,也为学生提供了一起讨论,一起交流,增进彼此感情的平台与机会。

Festival of Biodiversity

This annual event helps to raise awareness of the biodiversity that our country has by engaging youth in workshops and activites. This year, it was held from 2-3 June and NYGH students were involved in setting up an information booth. Here, Alicia Goh of Sec 304 tells us about it.

Under the guidance of our mentor, we put up a booth on general information on marine trash, the ways in which it affects our environment, types of marine debris and where it comes from. It was interesting to show young children the types of animals present in fresh and seawater, as well as show them about how different types of marine trash affect these animals.

Many visitors knew about the presence of marine debris but not the extent of pollution in our seas.

Interacting with visitors was a both an enriching and fulfilling experience. Through participating in the Festival of Biodiversity, we were given the opportunity to learn more about marine debris and the severity of environmental pollution. We became more aware of the threats that marine debris poses to our immediate environment and we are more careful of the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives as well as the proper disposal of our trash. This experience not only allowed us to share this important information with the public but also gave us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the problem and see how we can take small actions in own own way to attend to it.

President’s Scholars

This year we are delighted that 2 of our students Penny Shi Peng Yi and Sharmaine Koh Mingli, class of 2017, were recipients of the scholarship.

The President’s Scholarship (awarded since 1966) is the most prestigious of awards presented by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to undergraduates. The selection is based on character, leadership potential, and excellent co-curricular and academic attainments.

Look out for more on this, to read about their motivation, their aspirations and more, in our next issue as the girls share their road thus far.

Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE)

Initiated by NYGH in 2012, Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE) comprising 10 member schools from Australia, China, UK, USA and Singapore, was founded on 15 Aug 2012, with three areas of focus: Bilingualism and Biculturalism, Digital Education and Experiential Learning.

In Sept 2016, at the 3rd SAGE Conference hosted by The Perse School, Cambridge, UK, the fourth area of focus was introduced as a critical strand that schools of the 21st Century should actively work on - Positive Thinking and Empathy.

At the 4th SAGE Conference hosted by Avenues: The World School, New York, USA, Empathy, as a theme, was extensively discussed: topics shared included Cultivating Empathy through Writing, Student Leadership and Empathy, and The Importance of Teaching Empathy. As a school founded on the belief in nurturing educated ladies who will contribute back to society, empathy is an intrinsic part of the NYGH education. The power to understand perspectives other than our own and the ability to see things charitably are important skills and qualities that we want all our students to have, and we are proud that our colleague, Ms Agnes Ng, had the privilege to share our school's practices during the forum, entitled Importance of Empathy.

Bilingualism and Biculturalism was another hot topic covered at the 4th SAGE Conference. Having years of experience teaching bilingualism and biculturalism, schools from Singapore had much to share on this topic, but there was also much to learn from the myriad strategies used by educators from different parts of the world to cultivate a love for learning two languages and to achieve mastery. It is heartening to know that there is a growing recognition that learning two languages is not just about acquiring two languages but also about widening one's horizons to understand and appreciate different perspectives and world views.

Since its founding, SAGE has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is a strong alliance comprising 17 schools from different parts of Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The alliance looks forward to the 5th SAGE Conference to be hosted by Pathways School, Gurgaon, India in 2020.

SEA² Conference, Brunei

The Strategic Educational Alliance of Southeast Asia (SEA²) brings schools from Southeast Asia together to create greater synergy between educators and students in the region. Founded by NYGH in 2014, the alliance currently has eleven member schools from seven ASEAN counties.

The fifth annual SEA² conference was this year hosted by Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, Brunei Darussalam, from 13th to 17th August. The opening address was given by Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education, Brunei.

The theme of this year’s conference “ASEAN Speaks: Origin of Language”, was the topic of the main student forum. Students also got a chance to do some sight-seeing, give project presentations on the topic of “Lack of Control of Technology”, and participate in a number of cross-cultural activities and showcases.

Teachers engaged in networking activities, cultural visits, and shared best practices on teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Next year’s SEA² conference will be held at Assumption College, in Manila, Philippines.

Babble and Speak

Babble and Speak is a competition organised by NYGH about communicating clearly in the English language and thinking critically and creatively. The competition is open to all primary schools, including madrasahs and international schools. It is open to students aged 10 to 12.

Workshops are designed and conducted by our students from English Society and Nanyang Theatre Club for both individual and team participants. The workshops are a good platform for our students to apply their knowledge and skills and to extend what they have learnt to the community.

This year's workshop was held at Maritime Experiential Museum, Sentosa at the invitation of our sponsor, Resorts World Sentosa. Students from Nanyang Debate Club planned and ran language games booths on the day of the finals as well.

Here are some responses gathered from the survey conducted after the competition.

The competion helped me to enhance my English skills.
It was fun to write and present my stories at the team challenge!
Fun and informative! I just loved watching the contestants speak!
Although scary, it was fun and meaningful.
I enjoyed the pre-competition games and it was a good experience

Literature Seminar

This year, the seminar took place at Temasek Junior College and NYGH was represented by teams from the Sec 3 and 4 Advanced Literature (HP) as well as one student from Sec 3Advanced Lit class.

Believing that the value of literature is greatly understated, I was delighted to find out about and quickly signed up for the Literature Seminar - a yearly daylong event with the aim of stimulating interest in literature by exposing students to literary issues beyond the normal curriculum.
There, we got to participate in enthralling workshops facilitated by academics and literary practitioners, ranging from “The Poetry of Prose” to “Staging Hell: Performing Dante's Inferno, Then and Now”. In the afternoon, there were concurrent presentations by secondary school students. It was fascinating to hear about forms of literature such as graphic novels that are rarely explored in school!
The Literature Seminar was definitely a rewarding experience, and one that has allowed me to deepen my engagement with a subject that I love - outside the classroom.

Sonia Teo Xhyn, 311

Literature Seminar was an experience both humbling and emboldening. Humbling because interacting with academics who are far more experienced than you really puts into perspective your understanding of literature. Emboldening, because the rare opportunity that you get to present about something that is close to your heart gives you more confidence to wade further into the depths of literature.
I first decided to present on the Chinese Identity because I was drawn to David Henry Hwang and wanted to base my presentation off his works. Initially I was still debating between M. Butterfly and FOB, the latter in which I eventually chose, and it had allowed me greater insight into my heritage. Despite the sleepless nights, frustration and self-doubt, to see everything culminate in the presentation was very rewarding.

Ng Bei Le, 414

From beginning our journey with a short 20 minute recess discussion when we first agreed to explore the genre of Japanese literature, to the moments the words "We have come to the end of our presentation, thank you!" left our lips, the 4 months leading up to Literature Seminar 2018 saw a huge learning curve for all three of us.
When we first decided to research something obscure and a little terrifying, it felt a little like throwing caution to the wind as we decided to just embrace our interests. "Let's just have fun!" This was the mentality we had as we went into this research project, and somehow, it paid off. It took a lot of grit, a lot of frustration, and a little courage as we scrambled to find as many works of Edogawa Ranpo as we could, analysing and re-analysing the limited works we had access to as we tried to come up with the best presentation possible.
Ultimately, its completion required skill sets beyond the average literary response essay, and the yardstick for standard was higher than usual. As an amalgamation of the several years exploring the subject that is “Literature”, this project served as a milestone in our journeys as Literature students. After all, this is just the beginning of discovering the vast world of knowledge, perspectives and cultures that makes up Literature, and never bound by the restraints of language.
We are honoured and grateful to have received this opportunity that really pushed us beyond what we know to be our limits and helping us grow.

Ashley How, Luo Wen and Wang Yi En, 414

I truly enjoyed presenting at this year’s Literary Seminar. Literature brings words to life – and sharing my love for reading with other passionate bookworms was a genuine joy. We had two fabulous and tough critics, with an engaged audience, creating a winning repartee that pushed us to read deeper and wider. I am proud I had the honor to attend and present.

Happy Rogers, 314

The literature seminar was very meaningful and engaging in allowing us to explore literature and poetry at a much greater depth than in the current syllabus. Beyond attending lectures pertaining to the literary world, we were also given the opportunity to present our literary project on our comparison of literary texts on social mobility. This seminar truly helped us to explore the beauty and meaning of literature, and piqued an even greater interest in literature in us.

Zheng Zhixin, 314

The seminar was an eye opening experience, from learning more about the books we studied this year to presenting in the seminar, I have gained several new insights. In addition, I have also learnt more through the other presentations, which exposed me to different literature books and analysis.

Jolin Chua, 314

The Seminar gave me an opportunity to delve deeper into various literary texts under the theme of social class and mobility, an issue that plagues our society. I had learnt how to analyse and write a literary research presentation, something I had never been able to do in a literary field before. From the sharings of other groups, I had realised just how massive the literary world is, how much of it I have yet (and do look forward!) to explore.

Lee Jie Yu, 314

Haircatchers Launch Ceremony

HAIRCATCHERS is a student-initiated service learning project, partnering the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) to engage the Nanyang family in supporting the local cancer community. Our Principal Madam Ng Chuen-Yin and Vice-Principal Liu Shiueh Ling launched the hair donation drive at our school assembly on 19 October.
It was heartwarming to see so many students supporting the project by donating their hair that day. This was the highlight of the project and we witnessed a touching moment when students allowed their precious locks to be cut off to show their concern and support. The hair will go towards the manufacture of wigs and will be donated to BCF.

Leena Gan Lian Yi

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