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The Grand Prix Online Challenge
In mid-September two teams from the Library Club participated in the Grand Prix Online Challenge a competition conducted by Civica, called. The objective of this competition is to foster teamwork and encourage the use of both physical and electronic resources which help us to develop our research skills.
On the actual day of the competition, we were all very nervous as we waited eagerly for the questions to be sent to us. It was a race against time as we all flipped our atlases and dictionaries frantically to search for the correct answers in the shortest time possible and afterwards submitting our answers online. It was indeed a great experience. One of our teams managed to clinch the first place, earning themselves a free Luge ticket at Sentosa. This competition helped us to increase our knowledge about the Formula One Grand Prix. It was also a perfect opportunity to sharpen our research and time management skills and bond with our fellow CCA mates. We are definitely looking forward to participatng in this competition next year again. We would like to thank our teachers-in-charge, Ms Namita and Mdm Tan Yong Kiang, our CCA teachers, for their endless support and guidance in preparing us well for the competition and perform to our best.
Reported by Ein Gyin (2C2)
The DEEP and LIVING in YANGTZE
On 14 October, the Secondary One cohort went on a learning journey to the ArtScience Museum for the post exam activity to visit the exhibits: The Deep and Living In Yangtze.
The exhibition on The Deep is about the creatures that lurk in the dark waters of the ocean and is structured into eight zones, with a unique, pitch-black environment to help create an immersive experience for us. In this exhibition, we saw many creatures we had never seen before such as the goblin shark and the giant isopod. Although the creatures looked like they had just come out of a horror movie, they had a certain beauty in them that we couldn’t help but to stop and admire. Through this exhibition, we learnt a lot of things, for example, at 150 meters below the surface, 99% of light has already been absorbed by seawater which makes it a highly dangerous zone for the prey, as they can be seen by their predators but they cannot view the predators, which make it impossible for them to escape.
For the Yangtze River exhibit, we were able to view the living conditions of the people living near the Yangtze River and what they did there, enabling us to learn about the lifestyle of people in that areaand how they survived without the constant need for the internet. We were able to learn about the profile of Eric Valli and view his photos of the Yangtze river and the inspiration they brought to people, making it a very interesting exhibition.
It helped that the teachers created a customized trailshuttle to guide us along the trail. During the Learning Journey, we had to complete tasks like taking pictures and answering questions.
After the journey, the teachers took us on a review session where we learnt a lot more about what makes a good photograph, and we then had to apply what we had learnt by going around the school to take a photograph of our choice. The pictures were then used as part of a level-wide photography exhibition.
Overall, I think a phrase to describe this learning journey and review session is: eye opener. We were able to not only learn many things we do not learn in the classroom, but also venture beyond the confines of the classroom and learn together, making it a very fruitful experience.
Reported by Tanya Lim and Rachel Aow (1S2)