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May 2017

IGNITE Skills Challenge 2017



On 23 May, girls from 3D1 represented PL in the IGNITE Ignite science challenge organised by ITE. The girls did the school proud as they emerged as finalists.

Team AVA:
1.    Ariel Kok Ci En
2.    Aishwini Michelle d/o Arsan
3.    Valerie Toh Chang Yun

Team The Queen’s Lounge:
1.    Sneaiha d/o Saravanan
2.    Koh En Hui Natasha Elizabeth
3.    Soh Beatrice

Humanities and Science Trip to Hong Kong


From 27 May to 2 June 2017, 20 students and 3 teachers will be embarking on a Humanities and Science trip to Hong Kong with the following objectives:
•    To apply concepts covered in the Geography and Science syllabuses in daily life
•    To study Geographical concepts such as coastal studies, tourism, tectonic features and housing
•    To study Scientific concepts such as ecology, man and his impact on the environment and effects of pollution
•    To engage in field enquiry in geographical investigation

The activities planned for the trip are as follows:
•    Looking at tectonic processes such as formation of dykes
•    Visiting a dam to learn its importance for Hong Kong’s water supply
•    Looking at coastal processes and coastal landforms
•    Studying coastal protection mechanisms
•    Conducting coastal & weather geographical investigations
•    Studying wetland and marine life and conduct investigations
•    Studying living conditions of “shoebox housing” in Hong Kong

Day One (27 May 2017)
08:00 pm - We arrived safely in Hong Kong and visited the Peak. Our local guide shared about how Hong Kong has developed over the years at the City Gallery.
Day Two (28 May 2017) 09:22 pm - We had an enriching field trip to Tung Ping Chau to study coastal fieldwork, tectonic features and biodiversity. We are safely back in Hong Kong Island. We just finished dinner and will be going back to hotel in a short while. All girls are well.
Day Three (29 May 2017)
9:50 pm - Today was a sunny weather with cool breeze. We visited Pooi To Middle School this morning and observed a Physics class and an English class. Our students interacted with the Pooi To students and to to know them better. They shared about favourite food in Hong Kong and Singapore and other facts. We took part in their English day activities by setting up booths to show traditional games as well as share about Singaporean culture. This was followed by a friendly debate. After our school visit, we went to Sharp Island to look at more coastal and tectonic features. We were blessed with great weather and managed a see a tombolo (only visible at low tide). After dinner, we went back to the hotel and had our debrief and devotion. The girls are now resting in their rooms.
Day Four (30 May 2017)
07:41 pm - Today we visited the High Island Reservoir to study water supply and also look at volcanic features found in the area. In the afternoon, went to another part of the Geopark to study Marine biodiversity.
Day Five (31 May 2017)  08:09 pm - After a good night's rest, we visited the Hong Kong wetland park today to study its ecology. After that was a wholesome lunch. In the afternoon, we visited the Urban Renewal Authority exhibition area looking at housing and how it has renewed over the year and looking at how environmental sustainability and heritage preservation was integrated. 
Day Six (01 June 2017)
07:10 pm - In the morning, we went to Cheung Chau and explore the town as we did our fieldwork. After a good lunch, we collected the weather data around the around. We had an early dinner today. While waiting for their dinner, the girls were on their phones keying in their reflections in the Google classroom created for the trip. Throughout the trip, they have been uploading their reflections as well as reflecting to reading resources for the trip. After dinner, we went back to the hotel, so that the girls could rest early and pack the luggage.
Day Seven (02 June 2017)
09:06 am - We have checked out and are on the way to the airport. 

Photos taken on Day One (27 May 2017)

Photos taken on Day Two (28 May 2017)

Photos taken on Day Three (29 May 2017)

Photos taken on Day Four (30 May 2017)

Photos taken on Day Five (31 May 2017)

Photos taken on Day Six (01 June 2017)


Secondary 2 iAspire Camp 2017





After a busy semester, the Secondary Two students participated in their first outdoor camp out of school as a cohort, the Secondary Two iAspire Camp. The camp was held at the MOE Jalan Bahtera Outdoor Adventure Learning Centre from 22nd May to 24th May.

The students embarked on a series of challenges such as the High Challenge Course, Vertical Play Pen, outdoor cooking, team-building and problem-solving activities which aimed to develop teamwork, leadership skills, social competencies and moral character in them. The camp challenges each PL-Lite to aspire to be responsible leaders and be a light for their community.

The students had a memorable time at the campfire on the second evening of the camp. This year's campfire was very special as it was the first time that students were given an open microphone to express their gratitude to their friends, instructors and teachers who have helped them throughout the camp. The camp allowed the Sec 2 PL-Lites to forge new friendships with one another. It was also a great way for them to go beyond their comfort zones to build resilience, confidence and valuable life skills.

Students' Reflections
The Sec 2 iAspire camp was a very meaningful and exciting one. There were many obstacles and difficulties that we had to work as a team to overcome, learning about teamwork and determination in the process. The campfire was definitely unforgettable as we expressed the value of thankfulness, expressing our gratitude and thanks to the teachers, instructors and friends who had helped us in all ways possible.
Ang Yien Ning, Class of 2.2

The Sec 2 iAspire camp was definitely an exciting and memorable experience for everyone. We learnt many skills which helped us to step up as leaders and as team players. This year’s campfire was more meaningful as we showed our gratitude to everyone during the campfire.
Edwin Amanda Grace, Class of 2.2

PLMGSS - Centre of Excellence for Creative Arts





It was a day of learning at the Centre of Excellence for Creative Arts at PLMGS(Secondary) on 31 May. We were glad to have hosted 280 students from the following secondary schools:

a) Bedok South Secondary School
b) Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
c) CHIJ (Katong Convent)
d) Dunman High School
e) Pasir Ris Secondary School
f) Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School
g) St Hilda’s Secondary School

It was an honour to have been able to invite Mr Jeremy Monteiro, a Cultural Medallion recipient, as our keynote speaker. The day ended on a high note involving all participants reflecting on their learning with a shared drum circle performance.

Art Exhibition 2017



From 30 May to 3 June, our girls' artworks were on display at the National Library Building as part of the East Zone Roving Art Exhibition. It is a collaborative project between PLMGS (Secondary), St Hilda's Secondary and Australian International School.

Overseas Faithful-in-Service to Cambodia

Objectives
The trip objectives are to achieve the following desired outcomes of education:
(a) Confident PL-Lites: who are articulate and respectful
(b) Passionate Learners: who learn more about themselves & develop resilience
(c) Inspiring Leaders: who lead by example & influence others positively
(d) Active Citizens: who are aware of the neighbouring countries, are appreciative of what they have and have a compassionate heart for others

Service Projects
The service projects that PL-Lites will engage in include:
(a) Help in painting playground facilities for local school in village
(b) Educational activities to inculcate good values in children in orphanage and local school
(c) Lively activities to strengthen esprit de corps amongst school children
(d) Planting crops in the eco-lodge for self-sustenance

Period of Trip: 20 May 2017 (Sat) – 24 May 2017 (Wed)
Group Size: 20 students, 3 teachers, 1 Tour Manager
Accommodation: Community Services Outreach Eco-lodge (COSEL), Angsnoul District, Kandal Province, Cambodia

Day One (20 May 2017)
07:15 am - Boarding the plane now.

10:36 am - Landed safely and everyone is fine. On our way to the Genocide Museum! Thank you for your prayers.f

10:29 pm - Everyone is in high spirit! We are getting ready for tomorrow.

Day Two (21 May 2017)
08:34 am - Our girls had their first session of farm work in the morning before they had their devotion and breakfast. They are looking forward to interacting with the children in COSI orphanage and visiting a neighbouring village to bless the villagers after lunch.

09:37 pm - Our girls visited the 15 poorest village households to learn about the families and to bless the villagers with clothes and foodstuff. They learnt about circumstances which caused the families to fall into poverty, and to be more thankful for what they have back home. We wrapped up the day with an emotional reflection session. Many students were very touched by what they saw during the home visit.
Day Three (22 May 2017)
12:48 pm - We continued to prepare the ground for seeding followed by devotion and breakfast. At visit to the Tuan Or School, PL-Lites experience teaching a class for the first time.

09:30 pm - After lunch, the girls returned to the sparkling new playground and continued their painting. Many of them ended up with paint on their hair and faces, but pressed on to complete the task for the day. Unfortunately, the dark clouds then prevented us from going on with farming as planned. The girls engaged in a deep session of reflection to build up for the remaining service, and ended the day in high spirits.
Day Four (23 May 2017)
12:30 pm - After breakfast, we returned to Tuan Or School to conduct activities with a different class from yesterday. Our Vice Principal, Mr Alfred Tan, presented a token of appreciation to the Principal of Tuan Or School to express our thanks for the welcome we received. In one of the classes, we witnessed how it was taught by a peer when the teacher was absent from school.

04:12 pm - Team Cambodia has completed our service tasks! The girls worked doubly hard and accomplished their aims for the framework and painting project for the newly donated playground equipment. We wanted to press on and do more, but the subsequent downpour meant that everyone got an early shower instead!

04:52 pm - The girls learnt how to make a local dessert.
Day Five (24 May 2017)
09:40 am - We had yummy porridge for our breakfast at COSEL. After breakfast, the team cleaned up all the areas that we have been occupying. PL-Lites leave the place cleaner than we found it.

Photos taken on Day One

Photos taken on Day Two

Photos taken on Day Three

Photos taken on Day Four

Photos taken on Day Five


Overseas Faithful-in-Service to Brunei


Objectives

The objectives of the overseas trip are to help the PL-Lites achieve the following desired outcomes of education:
(a) Confident PL-Lites: who are articulate and respectful
(b) Passionate Learners: who learn more about themselves & develop resilience
(c) Inspiring Leaders: who lead by example & influence others positively
(d) Active Citizens: who are aware of the neighbouring countries, are appreciative of what they have and have a compassionate heart for others
 
Service Project
The OFIS projects that PL-Lites will engage in include:
(a) Humanitarian work with painting of two homes in Kampong Ayer
(b) Opportunity to do Batik drawing of Kampong Ayer scenes
(c) Practical and meaningful games with children with special needs
(d) Educational activities with primary school children at Kampong Ayer
 
Period of Trip: Saturday to Wednesday, 20 May - 24 May 2017
Group Size: 20 students, 3 teachers, 1 Trainer

Day One (20 May 2017)
02:30 pm  - We are in Brunei. Salemat datang.

08:34 pm - Today, we visited the Malay Technology Museum, Sultan's Palace and the 28th Sultan's Mosque. After our dinner in the hotel, we are preparing for Day 2 Lavida Games. The girls look fresh despite the long day.            
Day Two (21 May 2017)
07:14 am - We had our devotion at the Venice Lodge and are now having our hearty breakfast.

08:45 pm - After breakfast, the girls set up the games stall for the young children from disadvantaged background. At the end of the day, there was a debrief session with the rest of the volunteers from all over the country. We are now back in the hotel. After washing up, the girls will rest early for another day of learning and serving tomorrow.
Day Three (22 May 2017)
12:45 pm - We arrived safely at Kampong Ayer School this morning to teach the students English, Science and Geography. The students even built a boat together. After the sports carnival, we had a healthy and nutritious lunch to get our bodies ready for the paint work later.

08:00 pm - The girls were hard at work trying to complete the paint work of a house. The house was painted by the Mach OFIS group and the May Brunei team was finishing the work. We are safely back in the hotel, reflecting on our day's work.
Day Four (23 May 2017)
08:02 am - We are breakfast now before going out to repair another house today.

01:24 pm - Besides repairing and painting house, the girls also blessed the children with donated gifts and interacted with them. They also learnt to greet teachers in Bruniean way.

10:43 pm - After a hard day's work painting and repairing the second house in Kampong Ayer, everyone is tired but happy that they had done their part to help make the house a better and brighter place to live in. For dinner, the girls learnt how to make a Brunei dish called Ambuyat. They also had the opportunity to try out local dishes. After dinner, the Lavida volunteers organised a surprise ice-cream party to treat the girls after 3 days of service in Brunei.

11:15 pm - Team Brunei is so humbled by today's service. The girls shared that they are more appreciative of their parents and the living conditions in Singapore. They shared that they are more aware now not to take things for granted. We are so proud of the girls for putting their best effort in everything that they do throughout the service learning trip.
Day Five (24 May 2017)
12:01 pm - Today, the girls learnt how to do batik painting.

Photos taken on Day One

Photos taken on Day Two

Photos taken on Day Three

Photos taken on Day Four

Photos taken on Day Five

PSSG Father & Daughter Bonding-Archery



Thirty pairs of fathers and daughters gathered at the Shaw Hall for a time of great fun and bonding through archery on 20 May 2017. It was a morning filled with great excitement and high energy as fathers and daughters worked in pairs and teams to challenge one another. The highlight was the final challenge where fathers had to protect their daughters from the flying arrows. What a heartwarming sight to see the strengthening of father and daughter bond through this archery challenge. During lunch, the fathers and daughters were quizzed on how much they knew each other. It was a meaningful time well spent.

Education and Career Guidance Fair



On 19th May, we were happy to welcome our distinguished aluma and guests to PL Secondary, to share with our PL-Lites tips on deciding and working towards the career path they are interested in. Jill Neubronner, an old girl, conducted her career talk on media and journalism.

Our heartfelt thank you to all our special guests for taking some time out of their busy schedule to share their experiences with our girls.

39th International CB Paul Science Quiz


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12 PL-Lites were presented with the following awards at the 39th International CB Paul Science Quiz.

Category 2- Award

Name

Class

Silver

Deborah Victoria Poon

4A1

Kor Kai Ling Kalyn

4A1

Haw May Ann

3A1

Bronze

Lau Jing Xuan

4A1

Regina Limanta

3A1

Honourable Mention

Fong Chuyi, Raeanne

4A1

Angelica Fidelia Fernandez

3A1

Isabel Ong Qian Hui

3A1

Janice Khoo Shi Ann

3A1

Merit

Yam Hui Jing

4A1

 

Category 1- Award

Name

Class

Honourable Mention

Carissa Tan

2.1

Merit

Elisa Chew Wai Yin

2.1

ICBP Science Talent Award

Name

Class

Deborah Victoria Poon

4A1

Carissa Tan

2.1

 

NPCC Day



On 16th May, we commemorated NPCC day at PL Secondary. We thank God for this opportunity for PL-Lites to grow in character and leadership through NPCC.

Assembly sharing by Mrs Annie Teo


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On 15th May, in conjunction with our Mother's Day celebrations in PL Secondary, Mrs Annie Teo, member of PLMGS Board of Management, our PL-Lite from the Class of 1973 shared with the girls her journey of motherhood.

We are inspired by how she has always sought to give her unconditional love to raising her sons - Michael and Alex. Alex was brain-injured since birth and was called home to glory when he was a teenager.

We thank God for raising godly mothers and faithful alumna in our midst, like Annie. We seek to raise our PL-Lites girls to be strong women so that they will be a blessing to their families now and in the future.

Singapore Maths Project Festival


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On 2 May, our upper secondary ACE(Maths) team took part in the Singapore Maths Project  Maths research project has achieved a Silver Medal with Excellent presentation award in their Math research title 'Kakeya Needle Problem'. Read more about their research here.

PL Dance - SYF Distinction


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On 2 May, PL Dance attained Distinction in SYF 2017. This year we are truly grateful for how the Lord has blessed the efforts of the girls and the staff. To God be the glory!