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Generation NY Nanyang Girls' High School Newsletter (2018 Issue 2)

AEP students Visit Local Artist @ The Esplanade

Meeting local artist Tang Dawu at the Esplanade

In March this year, our Sec 1-4 AEP students had a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from our local artist. As a prelude to the outing students watched the newly released animated film titled Loving Vincent on Valentine’s Day. They then enjoyed some hands-on activity.

Students sewed on local artist’s 5m long embroidery that would be part of his performance art titled ‘Letter To Theo’
Students learning about Vincent van Gogh from the artist, as they paint on the classic van Hogg’s chair fabricated by Tang
南中古筝团滨海华艺节表演 Ode On Spring

2月27日晚,南洋女中古筝团应滨海艺术中心之邀在华艺节献演多首古筝曲目庆贺新年。当晚,在滨海艺术中心的户外剧场,南中古筝团以新加坡滨海湾的夜色为背景,呈献主题为“筝情缭绕报春风”的古筝表演,为人们带来节日的喜庆与祝福。

演出的曲目以传统新年曲目为主,如《喜洋洋》、《恭喜恭喜》、《金蛇狂舞》等,也有传统的民乐曲目,如《丰年祭》、《美丽的壮锦》等。古筝团林珠莉导师也成功将流行歌曲进行改编,一首电影《神话》的主题曲《无尽的爱》,博得观众阵阵掌声。

本次古筝演出在当晚共分两场进行,吸引众多观众欣赏。有一位观众在观看演出后,还为演出题词:“靓姿精才古音美,丽色湛艺筝韵雅。”

滨海艺术中心是新加坡的国家级艺术殿堂,几年前南中古筝团曾在滨海艺术中心室内表演馆表演,这次的户外演出又是一次难得的经验。学生们通过精彩的艺术表演回馈社会,为推广华族艺术与文化尽了一份力。

南中古筝团队长 胡濯尘

“华文大比拼” 我校四连冠

今年的“华文大比拼”在经过了初赛的角逐后,半决赛与决赛终于在4月13日拉开序幕。南洋女中代表队不负众望,一举拿下中学组冠军,卫冕成功,这是我校在此赛事中连续第四年夺冠。

本次“华文大比拼”继续由我校与新加坡报业控股华文媒体集团联办,由中国工商银行联合呈献,并获得星悦汇、推广华文学习委员会、全国翻译委员会和推广华语理事会支持。比赛分小学组与中学组,在初赛阶段,共吸引1900多名中小学生参赛。比赛以有趣的知识性问答的方式,鼓励学生多接触和学习华文华语。

我校学生胡濯尘、沈天仪、王宇佳、江丽嘉在初赛脱颖而出,代表我校进入半决赛角逐,并有惊无险地战胜对手,进入大决赛,与莱佛士女中、华侨中学以及德明政府中学一决高下。决赛的较量异常激烈,题目涵盖范围广,真正考验学生的华文功底。我校代表队曾一度落后,处于不利局面。但队员们沉着应对,始终坚定取胜的信念,一点一点缩小比分差距。在比赛的最后阶段,四支代表队的比分不相上下,非常接近。在关键时刻,我校队员保持冷静,连连抢答得分,最终反超各队夺冠。队员们在夺冠一刻激动相拥,台下老师、同学、家长与观众们也为学生们出色的表现报以热烈的掌声。

当天,南洋三校董事会名誉主席黄美云女士、南洋女中黄君颖校长与郑爱丽副校长也到场观赛,为参赛队员加油打气。感谢黄学明、吴广智老师在赛前指导学生,做足赛前准备。

南中学生的出色表现再次为南洋争光,也为本次比赛画上圆满的句号。

Positive Education @ NYGH

In this issue, we share two short articles by two teachers as well as thoughts and approaches towards developing positivism from students. Also, read on, for tips and strategies on being positive and staying positive.

What teaching means to me - by Ms Natalie Teng

We teach who we are – it is about connecting heart to heart with the students because they see us as who we are. If we are real in connecting with them, they will see it and feel it. It is about genuine relationships and how we see our roles in their lives. Many students just need someone to believe in them and to instill hope in their lives. It is quite impactful if there is an adult to tell them that he or she believes in them. I hope to be a good role model and a mentor, to impart life skills and knowledge to the students. My interaction with the students may be short but that can develop into a longlasting friendship. Whatever it is, I treasure every single moment I have with my students. This is what someone had written about me: “Natalie is very patient and caring in working with students, especially those who may be in trouble or struggling. Once, she got to know a Sec 3 girl who was not doing well in her academic work and was not active in her CCA. Natalie offered to take her in to volunteer at the Backyard Café. She spent a lot of time talking to her and building up her self-esteem. Natalie patiently guided her to navigate around her problems and helped her gain confidence to do well in school.”

Those Who Can, Teach (With apologies to George Bernard Shaw) - by Ms Karen Kang

To be a teacher is to be granted a position of immense privilege and power: the privilege of being an important part of a child’s journey through life; the power to leave one’s imprint on that child for life.

I have been a teacher for 24 years in a range of schools – independent, autonomous and neighbourhood – and I have discovered that no matter what type of school a child is in, children are all the same. They need encouragement, affirmation, love, sometimes tough love, sometimes very tough love.

My philosophy as a teacher is that behind every student is a person and it is incumbent on me, as a teacher, to know who that person is. I make it a point to have individual chats after school with as many of the children I teach, as possible. I am interested in knowing who they are as people and their lives outside of school. Because school does not make them. Because results do not make them. I am interested in the story behind every child because every child has a story.

As teaching becomes more demanding, society more complex and children more delicate, all the more we must love the children placed in our duty and care. To love them does not mean to give them what they want, but to let them know:

That we recognise they exist as individuals with unique personalities and special stories of their own.

That we want to take the time to listen to these stories.

That we want to enter their world to know them.

That we want to equip them with the values, morals and principles to navigate the journey of life.

That we want to be part of their lives.

Because their lives matter.

Because we care enough.

Message from Class 403

Small acts of kindness go a long way.

When we were appointed as members of Board Of Monitors and Assistant Board Of Monitors, we were eager to come up with many ideas for new initiatives in class so that our friends could take their minds off studying, even for a little while, to de-stress. What better way than to ask them to show a little kindness to their peers?

We came up with the #startyourmonthoffright initiative. At the start of every month, our classmates write small notes of encouragement to another classmate, chosen at random, by drawing a name from a bag. So at the start of the month, all our classmates not only give, but also receive. We also hope for our classmates to forge stronger bonds and feel a sense of belonging within the class, feel support from others, and also give encouragement to their peers. In this way, we also believe we can create a more positive class environment.

Happiness and positivity may come in any form. Our wish is for more of our school mates to take a little time off and try to make someone else's day.

Message from Class 414

February 14. Love is in the air!

414 decided to spread the love around the Secondary Four cohort for Valentine's Day.

It was a simple plan - twenty-two people to split into pairs and each pair to handle about half a class' worth of Valentine's Day cards. We sourced namelists and divided the writing equally. Each card was personalised, containing humorous pick-up lines and words of encouragement. The cards were prepared the day before and lined up neatly along our side table. On the big day, the cards were placed in the respective classes.

We hope the small gesture brightened someone’s Valentine’s Day and touched their hearts! We are extremely keen on contributing to a healthy, happy school environment, and would like to pursue similar initiatives to continue to cheer one another on!

In this year of high stakes and stress, we hope that all Secondary Fours will continue keeping a positive mindset and maintain our culture of encouragement! We're all in this together. JIAYOU!

Whenever I am feeling low, I turn around to look for them, knowing that they've always got my back. All 26 of them. - Hu Zhuochen 411
The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time. - Shannon Tho Sec 103
Don’t dwell on life’s misfortunes. Because in that time, some fortunes would have been missed. - Liu Jiaying 209

Tips on How to Stay Positive: 3 Smart Habits

1) Cultivate and live in a positive environment.

To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down.So carefully consider what you let into your mind.

2) Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast, so before a molehill can become ‘a big and terrifying mountain in your mind’ - Say Stop Breathe Refocus.

3) Add value and positivity to someone else’s life.

What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it. So give value and spread the positivity by for example: Helping out Just listening Boosting the mood

Source: https://www.positivityblog.com/how-to-stay-positive/

自己试着去改变 - 张荣华老师

很多时候,我们会被各种“标签”定性,比如我不善于表达,我华文不好等等。这些标签,有些是别人给自己“套”上去的,有些是自己给自己“套”的。时间久了,有些人会把这些标签作为“挡箭牌”,成为躲避与放弃的理由。其实,标签可以套上来,也可以拿下去,关键就看你是否自己试着去改变。

我曾接手一个中三班级,这个班大部分学生的华文都很弱。弱一点没关系,可以慢慢学和提高,问题是因为长期以来把自己定位在华文弱的“标签”,很多学生对学好华文没有信心,也不知从何下手。她们对自己写的作文缺乏期待,更不要说自豪地将自己写的文字发表出去。其实,每个学生都有自己的长处,如果能正视并发挥自身的优点,克服自己的缺点,就能够改变自己。

我试着先让同学抛弃“我的华文学不好”的标签,让她们明白只要努力学习有进步,你的华文就是学得好的。我也进一步鼓励学生们要对自己写的华文内容有信心,自己写的东西自己都不爱,怎么去要求别人接受与欣赏呢?我不可能让学生们一下子变成华文高手,但两年的努力,我看到了孩子们的进步,曾有一个学生在马路上看到我,高兴地对我喊:“我的华文进步了!”

自己试着去改变,可以打开许多自己曾经自我关闭的大门。我鼓励学生们写作,努力发掘自己的长处,大胆地去尝试。在一次寓言单元学习之后,我让学生们自己创作寓言故事。我选了一个学生创作的故事,推荐她投稿给早报。最后,她的寓言发表了,而且,她还自己创作了插画也一并发表。我相信,这次的文章发表,一定让学生们更坚信了,自己试着去改变,一切都会不一样的。

第十五届新马小学双语奥林匹克赛决赛于4月19日在南洋女中举行,经过激烈的角逐, 南华小学夺得冠军。SMBO为新马小学生提供了双语能力切磋的平台。

第十五届新马小学双语奥林匹克赛决赛于4月19日在南洋女中举行,经过激烈的角逐, 最后南华小学夺得冠军,南洋小学、马来西亚宽柔国民型第一小学分别获得亚军和季军。新马小学双语奥林匹克赛是新加坡、马来西亚小学间的一场翻译比赛,至今已经进入第十五个年头了,每年都吸引数百名新加坡和马来西亚的小学生参加比赛,十五年来一共有超过7000名新马小学生参加了这项比赛活动。比赛的宗旨是促进新马小学中英双语人才的培养,并让本地小学生与马来西亚小学生有机会进行中英双语的学习与交流,多年来取得了丰硕的成果。

比赛分初赛及决赛,初赛于4月3日在南洋女子中学校举行。今年共有53间新马小学派队参加,共有将近800名小学生参加了这项比赛,人数是去年的两倍。初赛的形式是听力和笔答。 前三名学校进入大决赛。前30名学生获得个人优异奖。

大决赛分成三个回合:第一回合是即席演讲和现场短文翻译,包括英文翻译中文及中文翻译英文两个部分。第二回合是必答题。第三回合是抢答题这项比赛是由南洋女子中学校及华文媒体集团属下《大拇指》联合主办。今年由全国翻译委员会,华文媒体集团属下《大拇指》联合赞助。

Orator’s Trophy 2018

Two students, Samantha Tan and Elena Wee, took part in the Orator’s Trophy in February. Samantha emerged finalist in the Senior League and Elena was a semi-finalist in the Junior League. Here, they share some thoughts and feelings on their experience.

It was a wonderful experience getting to meet my fellow competitor-turned-friends who share the same passion: We believe in the power of words to impact and conquer. I also appreciated the opportunity to listen to other speakers and to be inspired by them. The competition was a breakthrough for me as usually, stress gets the better of me in such competitions but for the first time, I felt a connection and enjoyed speaking passionately on what I believe in. This is one experience that will stay with me for a long time.

Samantha Tan, 401

I have always been afraid of public speaking, and in all honesty, did not expect to achieve much at the competition. I also found myself intimidated by my senior, Samantha Tan, and felt that little bit of confidence in myself disappear. I was also afraid that I would not be able to live up to the expectations of everybody who believed in me. On the day of the competition, it was an incredible honour to don the yellow blazer and walk into that lecture theatre. The sheer exhilaration I felt propelled me through the competition. I was able to mingle and make friends with so many people. All in all, it was a new experience that opened me up to new possibilities and I would like to say that one should not be afraid to try something new as it might turn out to be a wonderful surprise.

Elena Wee 212

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