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July 2010

SAF Day Rededication Ceremony 2010


Mr Victor Go, receiving the certificate from Mr Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Defence

PL Homecoming 2010


PL’s second Homecoming was held on the 24 July in the Shaw Hall. The camaraderie between the PL-Lites and teachers was palpable. A cherished tradition, the singspiration, brought back fond memories and a sense of belonging for all. All of us enjoyed a time of fellowship and reminisced over a good lunch as we watched a video montage to celebrate PL’s victories over the years. The PL-Lites were also able to share their memories and well wishes for PL on an online Post-It board that was screened ‘live’ during the lunch.

Thanksgiving and Graduation Service

About 100 graduands of 2009 came back to their alma mater on 24 July 2010 for the Thanksgiving and Graduation service. The theme of the service was “Never forget your roots. Keep memories of your past. Move on with your future“. Donned in their current institution’s school uniform or in white attire, they celebrated each other’s academic achievements. The girls were excited about reuniting with their class after 6 months of being away from the sheltering walls of PL. In his message, Rev Reuben Ng encouraged the girls to be grateful under all circumstances as well as to remember God’s goodness and press on.

Racial Harmony Day 2010

  
Teachers dressed in fusion ethnic wear with this year's best dressed Female teacher, Ms Joycelyn Wong (centre)
  
Mr Chow Kar Fai, Best Dressed Male Teacher for RHD

Racial Harmony Day 2010 brought back again the Miss Racial Harmony Pageant, which has always been part of PL’s tradition when commemorating Racial Harmony Day on 21 July 2010. As part of this year’s theme, ‘Embracing Diversity, Building Communities’, the PL international pupils put up unique performances that entertained the audience. Pupils had a chance to see the cultures of other races and nationalities living among us apart from the four main racial groups in Singapore. Staff and pupils alike stood together to recite the Declaration of Religious Harmony, a statement that affirms the importance of and the commitment of Singaporeans towards religious harmony which was issued in 2003 by a working committee chaired by Minister of State Chan Soo Sen. It is a basis for Singaporeans to reflect on religious harmony, and what should be done to achieve it.

Secondary Three “Camp Conquer – I Influence”


PLMGSS seeks to continually develop the characters of our pupils. In order to work towards this objective, the school organized the “Camp Conquer – I Influence” camp for the Secondary Three student cohort. The camp was held from 30 June to 3 July 2010 at St. John’s Island. 

The camp programme was designed to build up the spirit of resilience in the pupils and provide them with opportunities to exert positive influences on each other, and spur each other on to realize their leadership potential. Through the range of activities such as water rafting, exploration of the island, team outdoor cooking, our pupils were challenged to learn to develop teamwork and leadership skills, improve their social competencies, and mold their moral character. The difficulty levels of the activities also challenged them to step out of their comfort zones. 

The camp programme culminated in a campfire, with PLMGSS Principal Ms Yoong as the guest of honour. Ms Yoong officially declared the commencement of the campfire by lighting the campfire flame. She also gave a stirring speech, during which she challenged every pupil in the cohort to become positive influences to each other, and to “leave no one behind”.

East Zone Professional Sharing

  
Our Guest of Honour, Mrs Wendy Lim, Deputy Director,  Schools Division (East)
  
Presenting a token of appreciation to our keynote speaker, Dr Liu Thai Ker

On 27 July 2010, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Pri & Sec) organised and hosted the East Zone Professional Sharing for school leader, heads of departments and teachers involved in arts education. 350 educators from more than 100 schools attended the sharing session. 

The theme of the sharing was ‘The Importance of Arts Education’. Mrs Wendy Lim, Deputy Director, Schools Division (East) graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour, while Dr Liu Thai Ker, Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd was the Keynote Speaker. In Mrs Lim's Opening Address, she traced Singapore's journey to be a Renaissance City and elaborated on the efforts by the Ministry of Education to develop and enhanced arts education in Singapore. The topic of Dr Liu's keynote speech was 'Valuing Arts and Cultures - Why?' He shared his experiences and perspectives in developing Singapore into a creative economy and how this vision would shape arts education in time to come. The keynote speech was followed by an engaging dialogue session between himself and the participants. 

After tea break, the participants were ushered to the different venues for the concurrent workshop sessions. The 7 organisations which presented at the concurrent workshop sessions were as follows: 

Education Technology Division, Ministry of Education  
  • Media Development Authority 
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts 
  • National Arts Council 
  • National Institute of Education 
  • Singapore Drama Educators Association 
  • Singapore School of the Arts 

It was indeed an enlightening and enriching afternoon of learning and interaction.

Dean’s List for Academic Excellence and Dean's List for Character Development 2010

PLMGS (Sec) Dean's List for Academic Excellence 2010 

 
PLMGS (Sec) Dean's List for Character Development 2010 

The inaugural Dean’s List for Character Excellence and Academic Excellence took place on 6 July 2010. Upon teachers’ recommendations, pupils were nominated for the Dean’s List. 

Pupils who were exemplary in exhibiting the H.E.A.R.T values were shortlisted for the Dean’s List - Character Excellence. Pupils nominated to be on the Dean’s List - Academic Excellence obtained excellent academic results and had regular attendance. After several rounds of discussions between the teachers and the school leaders, the list of awardees was finalised. A certificate of recognition was given to each awardee and all were treated to a sumptuous lunch.

Secondary Two Camp – “I Aspire”

Sec 2 pupils with their camp instructors 

 
 

PLMGSS has continually sought to develop our pupils’ character, and to help them reach their fullest potential by challenging their limits. The Secondary Two Camp – “I Aspire” – was designed with this in mind. The name of the camp also contains a significant connotation: The letter “P” appears before “I” in the word “aspire”, reminding all PL-Lites that PL comes first before themselves. 

The Secondary Two cohort spent three days and two nights at the Jalan Bahtera Adventure Centre, during which they participated in a camp programme that required them to learn teamwork, display leadership skills, develop social competencies, and mold their moral character. Activities included wall-climbing, rafting, conquering obstacle courses, and outdoor cooking. The camp culminated with a campfire, during which PLMGSS Principal Ms Pamela Yoong addressed the entire cohort. 

PSSG Report from May to July 2010

  
Ms Yoong meets new PSSG Committee 2011
  
Workshop with Dr Low Guat Tin

On 10 July 2010, Mrs Guna Feroz Khan, Chairperson of the Parents-School Support Group, organised a morning tea session for the PSSG Committee 2011. Ms Yoong was formally welcomed the new committee. After the introduction, Mrs Guna shared on how the PSSG could support PLMGSS to achieve its mission, vision and goals. Ms Yoong thanked the committee for their willingness to spend time and and effort to serve in the PSSG Committee. She acknowledged the constant strong support of the PSSG in PLMGSS and reiterated the school’s commitment to continue to work closely with the new committee to provide PL-Lites with a holistic education. It was indeed a good time for the school staff and parents to get to know each other better. 

16 July 2010 was the PSSG Dialogue Session 3 for 2010. Dr Low Guat Tin was the guest speaker for evening. Her topic was “How to Ignite the Passion in our Teens on Life and Learning”. Throughout the two hours of sharing, she was able to keep the audience captivated with her humour. She touched on issues concerning bringing up teenagers and gave the participants practical tips and skills on how to help their children to have passion for life and learning.

Careers Day @ PL

2 July 2010 was a school day packed with Post Secondary Education activities for our graduating cohort of pupils. Careers Day @ PL hoped to inform our Sec 4 and 5 pupils of current career trends and employability skills, to advise them on job compatibility base on student’s personality and interest, to learn interview skills and etiquette and resume writing. In addition, the students attended a wide variety talks from JC, ITE, Polytechnics, the National Arts Council and Ministry of Health. 

Pupils’ Reflections 
These are important skills I learnt today, which will be useful for the future. 
Jo-Ann Elicia Teo, Sec 4C1 

The talks have been very useful for me. 
Niki Lee, Sec 4A1 

I had fun during this Career Guidance Programme. It taught me how to write a CV and resume. 
Hee Yee Kee, Sec 5A2 

  
Our Resumes 
  
Browing the books at the exhibition 
  
Hard at work