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August 2010

ACES Day


In conjunction with the National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign, the Ministry of Education has designated 31 Aug of every year as All Children Exercising Simultaneously (ACES) Day. This activity, in which pupils participate as a group in an enjoyable and non-competitive activity, serves to promote physical activity and fitness. This year at PL, all levels took part in the ACES Day. The whole school participated in the Hip Hop where we had instructors who led us in the dance. Teachers also joined in with the activity and we all did our best to follow the steps of the instructors. Most pupils were enthusiastic and had fun during this year’s programme. Dance is a good way to help to promote exercise to the youths. I hope that next year we will be able to learn to dance during ACES Day. 
Rachel Loh, Sec 2.3

National Day Thanksgiving Service

It has been PLMGS’s tradition to have an annual National Day Thanksgiving Service, in remembrance of what God has done for our nation, and to raise awareness of our need to be a blessing to our nation and community. This year, a prize presentation to last year’s academic awardees was held in conjunction with the service. We had the honour of having Mrs Eunice Tay, Chief Executive Officer of National Kidney Foundation, who is also an alumni-PL Lite, to give a message of reminder and challenge to the girls. Mrs Eunice urged the girls to emulate the example of Dorcas (a Bible character in Acts 9:36-39) who sacrificially cared for the widows of her days, an under-privileged group of people, which in the girls’ context, can be some classmates and friends at their very doorsteps, who are friendless or in need.

14th International Handbell Symposium

Taking a group photo in front of the flags of the participating guilds
The group at Kinkaku-ji
The girls with the cranes that they folded
Taking a picture with conductor John Hooper
Making a new friend from Australia!
The girls rehearsing for their performance

19 students from the PLMGSS Handbell Choir attended the 14th International Handbell Symposium that was held in Osaka, Japan from 3-8 August. PL had a strong showing at the symposium and the girls had a memorable trip. 

The girls were invited to perform at the finale concert (Fuji) and they performed Bengawan Solo (???????), in tribute to Gesang Martohartono, the song’s composer, who passed on in May 2010. 

Apart from attending workshops, mass ringing rehearsals and concerts, the group had a chance to visit Kobe Kacho-en, a bird and flower park, and the Kinkaku-ji (Gold Pavillion) and Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto. 

Pupils' Reflections 
An estimated 1200 Handbell ringers from all over the world attended this symposium and we spent months preparing for the performance with our conductor, Mr Christopher Fong. 

At the symposium, we participated in mass ringing rehearsals with ringers from other handbell ensembles and attended workshops conducted by ringers and conductors from all over the world. We learnt about different cultures and backgrounds of the people from all over the world. We also attended daily solo concerts and went on sight-seeing excursions. 

On the final day of our trip, we performed in our colourful and beautiful sarong kebayas (traditional Peranakan outfit). We did our best and played with our hearts. At the dinner banquet, we took pictures with the friends we made as mementos. 

We would like to thank our principal, Ms Yoong and the school for the support, as well as our teachers-in-charge, Mrs Wong and Ms Gomes, for bringing us on the trip. 
Melissa Wong and Jasley Pay, Sec 2.2 

This trip to Osaka, Japan, has indeed taught all of us the importance of team work and co-operation. We have certainly deepened our friendship through preparing for trip and being on the trip itself. Even before we left for Japan, we wrote little notes to encourage one another and to spur each other on to perform our best. The tight schedule planned out for us during the trip has made all of us realise that having good time management and being on time for everything is very important and we have also learnt to be more independent. When we faced obstacles and challenges, we persevered and never gave up. 

Overall, this trip has been an enriching one. It has taught us many important life values and has left us with many memories worth cherishing. It has taught us the need of constantly seeking to improve ourselves not only in the way we play, but in the way we carry ourselves as well. It was undeniably a fun journey and we all wish to go back to Osaka, or even to any other International Handbell Symposium in the near future, together. 
Rebecca Ong (3A4), Grace Goh (3A1), Calista Chin (3B2) and Kimberly Wong (3A3) (PLHB Exco 2010 - 2011)

Sharing at the East Zone Cluster 4 Professional Leaning Communities on Student Leadership

Ms Gan receiving the token of appreciation from Ms Helen Hong, Advisor of E4 Cluster PLC of Student Leadership
Ms Hong giving the opening speech for the sharing
A moment of sharing from the teachers
The team of teachers from E4 cluster

On 3 Aug 2010, PLMGS (Sec) was honoured and privileged to be invited by the East Zone Cluster 4 Professional Learning Communities (PLC) on Student Leadership to share on our best practices and success stories on building a strong culture of student leadership in PL. The PLC teamconsists of 2 Vice Principals as well as 14 Heads of Department and Subject Heads who have a stake in their schools’ journey in the development of student leadership.It was an enriching session as the teachers came together to learn and share ideas on strengthening the system and programs in developing the student leaders.

East Zone Arts Festival

Chinese Dance by Manjusri Secondary School
Guzheng Performance by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
Concert audience learning body percussion
Learning the basic Indian dance steps from Bedok South Secondary School

On 3 August 2010, as the East Zone Centre of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Pri & Sec) organised and hosted the 2nd East Zone Arts Festival. More than 550 primary school pupils and teachers enjoyed the performances put up by the various performing arts groups. 

There were 2 segments in this Arts Festival, ie Arts Experience and Concert Presentation. The Arts Experience comprised a mini-performance followed by hands-on activities for the primary school audience to learn basic dance steps or introductory instrumental technique. Amongst the school which presented at the Arts Experience were as follows: 
  • Bedok South Secondary School – Indian Dance  
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) – Guzheng Ensemble 
  • Manjusri Secondary School – Chinese Dance
  • St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School - Drama
  • St Hilda’s Secondary School – Body Percussion
  • Bedok West Primary School – Chinese Dance

After the invigorating Arts Experience, the pupils were ushered into the Agape Concert Hall to await the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Mrs Tan Wie Pin, Assistant Director, CCA (Music), Education Programmes Division. The Concert Presentation commenced after the Welcome and Opening Speeches and presentation of certificates to the performing schools that achieved Gold with Honours or Gold awards in the 2010 Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging for Primary Schools. In addition, the concert also featured two soloists who impressed the audience their musical rendition and dazzling technique. The schools which performed at the Concert Presentation were as follows: 
  • Bedok Green Primary School – Choir 
  • Bedok South Primary School – Indian Dance 
  • MacPherson Primary School – Angklung and Kulintan Ensemble
  • Ngee Ann Primary School – Malay Dance
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Pri) – Handbell Ensemble
  • Poi Ching School – International Dance
  • St Hilda’s Primary School – Violin Solo
  • Tao Nan School – Guzheng Solo

Judging from the enthusiastic applause from the audience, they have indeed enjoyed the concert presentation.