Mother Tongue Department aims to instill in our Patricians the passion for
their respective MT languages and culture. We envisage them to be
confident communicator of their MT and to achieve a deeper
appreciation of their culture, history and values.
Focusing on the authentic usage of Mother Tongue (MT) Languages, this year’s Mother Tongue Languages Fortnight provided our students a variety of cultural and literary activities.
We have split the fortnight into one week of activities in Term 1 and Term 3, to provide our students with more opportunities to participate in different programs. The Chinese students were given the choice of selecting from a wide range of activities, such as appreciation of Chinese pop songs, playing Chinese-based board games, visit to the Tea-Chapter, learning to play the ocarina, and learning idioms through comics. In addition, a selected group of students were given the opportunity to participate in a video making session outside school while another group enjoyed a day of “Amazing Race” at the Fort Canning.
Our Malay students had the
opportunity to try their hands on traditional games. They played Congkak,
Chapteh, Batu Seremban (5 stones) and Gasing (spin the top). Sec
1 students were exposed to Zapin dance meanwhile our Sec 2 students learnt
about the history and the preparation process of Nasi Ambeng (a Malay
traditional food), besides experiencing the togetherness of eating Nasi Ambeng
from the same tray with their friends.
Sec 3 students visited the Malay Heritage Centre where they learnt about
the roots, identity and culture of the Malays. Our Sec 4/5 students experienced
kampung life at Kampung Buangkok, the very last surviving kampung in
this modern metropolitan city of Singapore.
Our TL students participated in
various activities such as literary competitions, mobile app creation workshop,
Tamil traditional cultural activities like stone drawing and cloth painting. Secondary
1 and 2 students were given the opportunity to explore the importance of the
language through a learning journey to the Indian Heritage Centre. They learnt
the significance and value of the arts, literature and various customs. The
cluster level camp is another programme that was designed to help students
learn Tamil in a more interesting and engaging way. Mr Arjunan conducted a Solli
Adi workshop whereby students expand their Tamil vocabulary with the use of
The second week of the MTLF was arranged to coincide with the
Racial Harmony week in July. A fun-fair was set up during recess where exhibits
of different traditional arts and games along with stores selling favourite
traditional food were set up.
MT Awards - The Arif Budiman Student's Award, Hua Wen Zhi Xin & Bharathiyar Award
The above mentioned awards are given to students who excel in their Mother Tongue. In addition, these students have shown a passion for their Mother Tongue, are exemplary in character and possessed the ability to inspire and motivate others to better themselves in the language. A “Most Improved Award” has also been included this year to affirm students who do not have good foundation in their Mother Tongue but had displayed our school value of “Potest Qui Vult” by making tremendous effort to do well in their Mother Tongue in their past few years in our school.
For the “Most Improved Award” we have the following students:
Chinese Language: Ayden John De Rozario (33) and William Rachmadi (3E)
Malay Language: Jami’ Rakyan Dharmawan B. Abdullah (41)
Tamil Language: Aditya Jude Keloth (3A) and Muhammadh Shahriyyah Khan (4E)
Well done boys!
National Creative Chinese Reading Competition 2016
At the 2016 National Creative Chinese Reading competition organised by Popular bookstore, our team comprising Kenji Ng Chen Yi (3C), Fredrick Quek Wei Quan (3C) and Yeo Ding Qin (2DR) won 2nd place.
It was indeed a very close and challenging competition in their finals during BookFest @ Singapore 2016. Their performance gave the public a good impression but their final scores revealed they were 1 point away from Nanyang Girls, thus being the runner-up. Nevertheless the trio demonstrated resilience and did not allow themselves to be intimidated by others.
We affirmed them for their achievement and continue to encourage more students to manifest the POTEST QUI VULT spirit!