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School Life

When someone asks another “How is school?”, the most expected answer would be “it’s fine” or even “great!” However, little do they know about what we students deal with nowadays in school. In Secondary 3, results are highly regarded and even more so in Secondary 4. With every student drowning in both tests and homework, it is not surprising to see most under extreme stress. The jump from Secondary 2 to Secondary 3 is tough, as we are challenged mentally everyday with the never-ending list of things to do. Trying to balance our CCAs and studies as well as our personal hobbies is not easy, especially with SYF for the performing arts CCAs.

Petite-sized girl lands 50 gangsters in the hospital with fractures from head to toe

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon - one of South Korea’s leading dramas now with only 2 episodes left, is a mix of genres [romantic comedy , thriller , action & fantasy]has been a go-to for many of the korean drama fanatics as they swoon over the main characters , Ahn Min Hyuk, Do Bong Soon and In Gook Doo. The storyline goes a little like this: Bong Soon is an extremely unique but petite woman who was born with superhuman-like strength. She puts this strength to good use, fighting off gangsters who harass citizens and lending In Gook Doo (her best friend and ex-crush) a helping hand, to solve the mystery of the kidnappings of women in the neighbourhood. In the whole process, she also winds up falling in love with her CEO , Ahn Min Hyuk who at first hires her to be his bodyguard as he was aware of her superhuman abilities. The drama’s most iconic scene, the scene where she fights off 50 gangsters [who later ends up hospitalised with severe injuries] single-handedly which displays the extent of Bong Soon’s strength and emphasises on her feisty but adorable character.This drama is highly recommended by many due to its exciting, suspenseful, humorous and heart fluttering scenes that the main characters share, and by watching it, it helps us to destress after a long and arduous day of studies and work.

Korean Drama "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon"

Concert Band SYF

Anglican High School Concert Band definitely did not let their conductor’s tears go to waste as they achieved the award of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) competition in 2017. The band has been through many ordeals and setbacks on the bumpy road of their preparations for this competition. The conductors and members had a hard time settling down on their choice piece “Kiki’s Delivery Service” as it was undoubtedly a difficult piece of music. Their conductor for the SYF, Mdm Tan Soh Hwa, showed how she cared for the band so much she broke down into tears during a practice session seeing that time was running out and yet the pieces were still not up to standard. Under immense pressure, the band worked exceptionally hard to prove to the seniors, instructors and teachers-in-charge that their efforts and faith in the band would not go down the drain. After countless intense practice sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the band was finally ready to showcase the fruits of their labour on 4 April 2017 at University of Cultural Centre (UCC) in National University of Singapore (NUS). With in mind the constant words of encouragement from the alumni and teachers-in-charge, they performed the music expressively from the bottom of their hearts and made sure they left no regrets. The band performed two heartwarming pieces -- the set piece of “March-Sunny Island” composed by Mr Wong Kah Chun and the choice piece of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” composed by Joe Hisaishi. These two pieces of music had sections of different moods and styles to portray the band’s strong abilities to perform ranges of music. Finally, the band lived up to the expectations of the conductors and teachers-in-charge, clinched the Distinction award and did the school very proud of them indeed.

English Drama SYF

As we look back on our preparation for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) this year, we, the English Drama Club members can’t help but be proud of our final product that was showcased on 4 April. In order to present our adaptation of “Boom” by Jean Tay, the English Drama Club members have definitely come a long way, from editing the original script to gruelling rehearsals every week, including Saturday rehearsals from 8am to 5pm. It was definitely very heartwarming seeing how every member put in their absolute best, and that it all paid off on the stage. “Boom” tells the story of a mother and son who are struggling over the potential en bloc sale of the house. Their differing opinions reveal the strive of the individual against the pressure to conform to the needs of the majority. Their destinies become interwoven with that of an idealistic civil servant, Jeremiah who was facing the his life’s toughest challenge - persuading a reluctant corpse to leave its grave. It is a tale of finding oneself through loss, and how memories get lost amongst the relentless march of progress. Throughout this process, we certainly learnt many skills and values, from new drama skills to trusting building up team spirit. We bonded a lot as a whole club, with many members stepping up to encourage one another. It was really heartening to see everything come together so nicely despite some hiccups along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed this journey with the team, and as secondary three drama club members, we are definitely proud of our first and last SYF in secondary school.

Teens' Favourite Thing

To those who don’t spend enough quality time on such sites as Instagram and Twitter, memes might sound like a fever dream. These days, meme is the catchall for freely copied and altered tidbits of amusing online content, from animations and photo captions to viral videos that inspire a flood of parodies. Within weeks, most fade to oblivion, but those with endurance make the leap to the commercial world. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them, usually with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background. The hashtag #MannequinChallenge was used for popular social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. American Danielle Bregoli, who has sprung to global attention at the age of 14, is quite the little menace. She says her signature accent, which has won her viral meme fame, is from “the streets”. Danielle also claims to have stopped going to school in the seventh grade. She’s become something of a celebrity, with Danielle reportedly charging £32,000 for a public appearance at Rolling Loud Music Festival. According to TMZ, Danielle is being paid the five-figure sum for meet-and-greets with her ‘fans’. Ahead of turning 14, she revealed that she wants a Maybach Mercedes – worth £200,000 – as a present. The viral sensation could now be set to ‘become a millionaire’ by the end of the year. Another popular meme is pepe the frog, a fictional green anthropomorphic frog with a humanoid body, a character from the comic series Boy’s Club. Yet another popular meme which died down is a frog, called Dat Boi. It is a colloquial pronunciation of ‘that boy’ which depicts a frog unicycling, typically accompanied by catchphrases like “here come dat boi!” that went viral in early 2016. And lastly, the infamous spongebob and mr krabs meme which also flooded the internet, taking the internet by storm.

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