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On the 6th of September 2017, our Secondary 3 Crescentians took part in the Crescent Model United Nations (CREZMUN) 2017. Model United Nations, more commonly known as MUN, is a simulation of what goes on in various UN committees. Crescentians took on the roles of delegates representing different countries to deliver their respective country’s stance on a myriad of issues, such as the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar or the Syrian War. Each committee was tasked to debate upon and come up with resolutions on their assigned issue.
There were three General Assembly councils: The Economic and Financial Council (ECOFIN), the Social, Humanitarian, the Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) and the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (SPECPOL). There were also two Economic and Social Councils, the Human Rights Council and the Security Council. During CREZMUN, delegates had to consider the perspective of not only their own country’s delegation but also that of other countries’, and this was especially important when merging of resolutions took place. Delegates were also required to effectively present their ideas, points, and solutions through speeches.
The Organising Committee of CREZMUN 2017, together with the teachers, had been planning this MUN for close to two months. As council chairs, we prepared specific study guides to help delegates better understand their council’s issue and to aid in writing their position papers and resolutions. Chairs from the organising committee as well as external chairs ensured that things went smoothly during the debate session itself, and encouraged the delegates to speak more and stick to the correct stance.
Overall, this experience was enriching for both the delegates and the chairs. CREZMUN has helped us open our eyes to real world issues that currently affect our society. We applied what we learnt during Social Studies lessons when attempting to tackle these complex issues, which in turn helped to broaden our perspectives and views on current global affairs. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this year’s CREZMUN organising committee, and I hope that after this event, more Crescentians will be willing to participate in future MUNs!
Reported by: Kamalini Krishnamoorthy (3S3)
Teacher’s Day 2017
‘Aionia’ means Evermore in Greek. This theme was chosen as it portrays how our teachers constantly go the extra mile to help us. They give us the knowledge and values that we will bring with us throughout our lifetime and for this, we will always need to be grateful to the many teachers we have in our lives.
This year’s Teachers’ Day celebration started off with a bang. The teachers, in their respective departments, entered the auditorium and walked down the path that was lit by roses in mason jars while doing entertaining movements like blowing bubbles. Their excitement was riled up even further when the student performances began shortly afterwards with amazing vocal and dance performances! Throughout the celebration, awards were given out to teachers whom Crescentians felt exhibited certain traits.
This celebration was indeed a way to show our thanks and utmost appreciation to our dear teachers who always go that extra mile to guide us. They truly are everlasting roses that we should treasure and appreciate.
Reported by: Cayla Khurana Hiruan (2S1) and Arthena Anushka Thenpandiyan (2C2)
Pulau Semakau Landfill Tour
On 2 September 2017, 29 students, along with 2 teachers, embarked on an educational trip to Semakau Landfill, Singapore’s only landfill for waste disposal, to learn more about the waste management problem faced by Singapore.
At 9am we took a ferry from Marina South Pier to Semakau Landfill. We enjoyed the sea breeze, picturesque view and caught glimpses of different islands along the way. When we arrived, many of us had expected the place to be dirty. To our surprise, it was very clean.
Land is scarce in Singapore. So, Semakau Landfill was commissioned in April 1999 and completed in July 2015 at a total cost of $36 million. It covers a total area of 350 hectares. Semakau Landfill, named after a mangrove, was once a kampung in the 1960s. Located about 8km south of Singapore, it has 11 small cells for the first phase and another huge cell for the second phase. The cells are lined with a geo-membrane that is designed to prevent leachate of ash from seeping out of the landfill area which can pollute the water and affect marine life. The landfill is made up of two islands, Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sakeng; a 7km perimeter was constructed to combine the two islands.
The waters surrounding Pulau Semakau are rich in biodiversity, with corals, sea urchins and a profusion of other forms of marine life. As we went around the island to learn about the process before the waste-turned ash was dumped into the cells, it was surprising that the place did not reek at all. This is because the after the odourless ash is dumped into the cells, a layer of topsoil is added and seeds of different plants germinate on the land. The once ash-filled cell is turned into a plot of land where nature can grow and provide an aesthetic scenery.
We were shocked to learn about the amount of waste Singaporeans are generating and how fast we are filling the landfill. What was initially expected to be filled up many years later is now estimated to be filled up in only another 15-25 years!
As the cost of disposing trash is very high we learnt that we should reduce wastage by managing our waste properly by being more environmentally friendly in whatever we do such as buying products which can be easily recycled, and bringing our own bag. This trip has made us more aware of this serious problem faced by Singapore and has helped us to manage our waste more effectively.
The trip to Semakau Landfill has inspired me to do my part in minimising my waste and to spread awareness on this issue. It was truly an eye-opening experience which has made me realise that we are responsible for all the waste we produce. A question that was raised by one of the guides has still left its impact. Is Singapore clean or cleaned? In order to maintain the cleanliness of Singapore, we should play our part in reducing waste by adopting a more environmentally friendly mindset.
Teacher’s Day Breakfast Buffet on 29 August 2017 by Crescent PSG
Crescent Parents’ Support Group (PSG) parents often witness up close how much time and effort the teachers put into their work to help our daughters do well in their studies. Teaching is not a job for the faint-hearted, especially in a school like CGS, so the PSG wanted to show our support and appreciation to the teachers in the way we know best....through food!
The PSG started planning in late June for a Teacher’s Day Breakfast Buffet with a group of 20 parent volunteers, many of whom were newly-certified NEA food handlers. We carefully worked out a menu of catered, home-made, savoury and sweet treats, food and drinks we thought the teachers might enjoy.
On 28 August, PSG took over the General Office Conference Room. Bright yellow balloons and paper banners hung from all corners of the room and a fun photo backdrop was prepared using one of the whiteboards in the room. Bright pink tablecloths and simple jars of flowers were set out on the large meeting table, and just like that, the Conference Room transformed into a beautiful and colourful place for teachers to have their breakfast.
In the early hours of the 29th of August, we hurried to school to deliver and lay out all the food. Some mothers even woke up as early as 4:00 am to cook their food. Our lovely drinks stall auntie also helped by steaming and packing the dim sum items first thing that morning. This was PSG’s first time organising a breakfast buffet so we weren’t entirely sure if there was enough or too much food, but then the teachers started filing into the room so the parent volunteers, looking very smart in their PSG T-shirts, got down to work, serving and pouring. Very quickly it was clear that the teachers were really enjoying themselves! They were happily taking photos of the food and of themselves, piling food into their bento boxes and filling the Conference Room with their big smiles and peals of laughter. Some teachers even came back a second time to pack extras for themselves and colleagues who could not attend the breakfast. More photos were taken, more coffee was brewed, and before we knew it, practically all the food had been taken and the breakfast buffet was over. We are happy to report that in the end there was enough food and drinks for everyone, plus some extra for the parent volunteers to enjoy afterwards.
A delighted Mrs Chong came in shortly thereafter to express her heartfelt thanks. It was truly a wonderful event for all involved. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this event such a great success. Though it was our first time doing this for the teachers, it came off without a hitch; we all had a fun morning and no food was wasted. It was immensely gratifying to know that the teachers and school staff enjoyed the buffet food and decorations, and we can’t wait to start planning PSG‘s next Teacher’s Day party!
Reported by: Crescent PSG, 2017