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November 2012

Staff Retreat 2012


Ever heard of the saying that goes, “Raising a child is like flying a kite”? There are many technicalities involved in making and flying a kite that we can learn and relate to our lives as educators. Many of us in the PL family realised this on 14 November 2012, as we embarked on our learning journey to Marina Barrage where we learnt to make and fly our own kites. 

Within the allocated time, the staff produced many interesting and creative designs of kites. Joy and excitement filled the air as cheers were heard when some of the self-made kites caught the wind and flew up into the sky. In that short span of time, the staff ran after their kites, helped one another while competing to fly the kites higher into the air, and truly having much fun as a family. 

Through this, the staff realised that as educators, we also learn to raise the child like how we fly a kite, learning to let go when it is time and to tug when needed, so that the child/kite may fly higher. We also learnt that we all put in part of ourselves in the making of the kites. Some of our kites reflected our characters and life experiences, just like how some of our students may also model after us. 

As a tradition, the PL family will always come together for a time to remember Christmas as well as to end the year with celebration. This year our Christmas dinner was held at Furama Hotel (Riverfront). Amidst the prize presentations, great joy was shared as those who did well for the year were recognized and rewarded. Touching tributes were also paid to 5 teachers, Mr Desmond Pang, Mrs Tang Hui Huang, Mrs Ho See Ling, Madam Su Rongmei and Ms Seow Shiyun, who would be be leaving the PL family. We wish them all the best. A Christmas party cannot end without Christmas caroling and gift exchange. With the joyous singing and merry spirit of well wishes, everyone enjoyed the party and had a great time with the people they call the PL family. 

A Thanksgiving Service in honour of Mrs Christine Ho 


14 November 2012 was indeed a very special day as a thanksgiving service was organised in honour of Mrs Christine Ho’s 13 years of service as Principal, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary). It was a heartwarming service well attended by the staff from PLMGS (Pri & Sec) as well as the primary pupils. Besides expressing her heartfelt thanks during her thanksgiving speech, Mrs Ho also gave some advice to the PL-Lites. She shared a beautiful video by Chris Rice, entitled ‘Go Light Your World’ to encourage the girls to serve the community by faithfulness. Mrs Ho was presented with gifts from the PLMGS (Pri)’s Head Prefect, pupil representatives from PLMGS (Pri & Sec) and a representative from PLMGS’s Parents Support Team. This was followed words of appreciation from the Head Prefect and a staff member, both from PLMGS (Pri) and finally by Ms Pamela Yoong, Principal, PLMGS (Sec). The thanksgiving service ended with a melodious rendition of songs by the primary school’s Angklung and Handbell ensembles before all guests and staff were ushered to the covered parade square for Mrs Ho’s farewell lunch.

11th Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme

The Singapore-PL team
120 participants in the 2 nd leg of the 11 th Sin-HK Exchange Programme
Pupils using Physics concept to  build roller coaster at HK Disneyland
At the farewell ceremonyFriends forever

10 Secondary Two pupils from PLMGS (Sec) spent 11 delightful and memorable days with their counterparts from Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School and Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School in Hong Kong between 10 and 20 November. 

We were indeed privileged to be one of the schools participating in the 11 th Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme 2012. The exchange programme was organised with the aim ofpromoting cultural exchange between participating schoolsand providing opportunities for the pupils to broaden their perspectives, learn social and language skills as well as cultivate respect for differences in culture. 

During the homestay with the HK families, the hosts brought the girls for sightseeing and feasted them on the local delights. The HK principals and teachers also shared generously about their schools’ practices and lesson observations. A close bond of friendship has been fostered and it would be further strengthened, as both Sin-HK participants remained connected via social media. 

Pupils' Reflection: 
I have learnt to step out of my comfort zone and experience life in a new environment. I now realised how blessed I am to be living in Singapore and I have learnt to appreciate what I have back home. 
Evangeline Tong, Secondary 2.4 

‘In Hong Kong, land is expensive and apartments are small. The quality of air in Hong Kong is poorer compared to Singapore. I have learnt to appreciate the clean and green environment and the many smoke-free places in Singapore.’ 
Claire Ng, Secondary 2.4 

‘Through the Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme, I have formed a greater bond of friendship with my buddy by learning to give and receive when the needs arose. I have also learnt to care for others.’ 
Jolene Nah, Secondary 2.5

perPETually Yours!

The desktop clocks that were designed, assembled and marketed by our PL-Lites.Melissa and Siu Ching presenting their merchandise to Guest of Honour, Mr Seah Kian Peng, MP (Marine Parade GRC) and CEO, NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Limited.Article featuring the team from PLMGSS, as published by The New Paper on 22 nd November 2012.

Owning a pet is a life-long commitment – that was the message five girls from Secondary 3D1 zealously shared with shoppers at Causeway Point on 17 and18 November 2012. This entrepreneurship activity was part of the National Pushcart Challenge Finals 2012 organised by Republic Polytechnic. 

In this competition, teams had to collaborate with social enterprises to innovate and market products to help them raise funds as well as spread awareness of their causes. Our team comprising of Melissa, Durgeswary, Letchimi, Min Shan and Siu Ching worked with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) and fashioned desktop clocks out of unwanted CDs. This innovation, coupled with their dedication in working twelve-hour shifts, earned them the 4 th overall position out of a total of 15 finalists. 

Pupils' Reflection: 
‘The competition taught me how to face challenges and find ways to overcome them! It also helped me build confidence in public speaking.’ - Melissa Lim 

‘It was a very good learning experience. I learnt what entrepreneurship is all about and now I am more confidence in my own abilities.’ - Hoi Min Shan 

‘I am now able to speak up with more confidence! I really enjoyed myself!’ - Letchimi 

Infusing Love, Touching Lives

 

The staff of Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary) volunteered to spend time with the children in KK Hospital from August to November as part of the Staff Community Involvement Programme. They used the time to revise schoolwork with the pediatric patients and engaged them in activities such as crafts, games and story telling. It was well received by the children and the staff found it to be a meaningful experience. 

Staff's Reflection: 
It was a very meaningful CIP which brought smiles to the children. We should continue to do such activities. 
Ms. Kok Lai Fong 

Cambridge Dinner 2012

A table shot of the VIPs
The ladies who made the night possible –  The Cambridge Dinner Committee
Song item by our creative teachersMs Cambridge, Ashley Sim and the runners up, with Ms Yoong

On 20 November, PL held her annual Cambridge Dinner for the class of 2012 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The theme for the night was ‘Happily Ever After’ and it was an enjoyable and memorable night for all. 

Highlights of the evening included the Miss Cambridge talent and beauty pageant, in which Ashley Sim of 4A3 clinched the title, song items by the pupils and the teachers and the blessed draw. 

It was a lovely experience for all to see the graduating PL-Lites come together to celebrate their time in PL. We wish them God’s blessings as they continue their journey in life after leaving the school. 

Pupil's Reflection: 
Having dinner and taking pictures with my friends in their pretty dresses was really a good way to round up the four wonderful years I have spent in PL. This is the night to celebrate the friendships I have made in school and it has provided me with many beautiful memories that will last me a lifetime. 
Hui Wen Jing, Secondary 4A1