MTL Fortnight Programme 2014
To create a cohesive environment for the learning and appreciation of Mother Tongue Language, the MTL Department has introduced MTL Fortnight Programme to promote MTL learning beyond the classroom. As part of the programme, a wide range of activities are conducted to promote the culture of learning the languages.
In Week 9 and 10 of Term 1, the MTL department conducted workshops to develop Upper Secondary students’ Oral and Creative writing skills. In Week 10 of Term 3, MTL department conducted a variety of cultural programmes and cross-cultural activities to expose the students to more aspects of their Mother Tongue Languages.
The first week of the Mother Tongue Fortnight started off with three students from the three different ethnic groups who shared Values for Breakfast in their own Mother Tongue Languages during the morning assembly. Their fellow schoolmates were captivated by their engaging sharing on “Why they should love their Mother Tongue Languages”.
A series of interesting cultural activities and workshops were conducted for our Sec One to Three students.
They were introduced to traditional games and participated in workshops on Lantern-making, Tiles-painting, Clay-modelling and the traditional craft of making Rod Puppets.
The Sec One Express and Normal Academic students joined the Lantern-making workshop and make lanterns from scratch with bamboo sticks and coloured plastic sheets.
The Sec Two Normal Academic students had a Clay-modelling workshop, the main takeaways are mini clay mooncakes that look like the real mooncakes. Students learnt more about the making of this festive delicacy through this workshop.
The Sec Three students made Rod Puppets which were used in the shadow play in traditional Chinese theatre art scene.
During the second week of the Mother Tongue Fortnight 2014, the Sec One to Three students participated in various activities that were designed and customized to meet the desired objectives. During curriculum time, the Malay language teachers conducted fun and interactive language games/competition and cultural activities/competition of which winners were selected. For example, the NT students did a marvellous task of designing and colouring batik motifs which were a testament of their creativity! On the last day of the Mother Tongue Fortnight Programme 2014, prizes were given out to the winners by our principal, Mdm Shanti Devi.
Indeed, the students had a great, activities-packed afternoon session which was both educational and fun! The day after the enriching sessions, the MTL department organized a showcase in which the outcomes of the hands-on session of the Secondary 3s were proudly displayed, the Sec One students demonstrated simple silat moves to their peers and the Sec Three students put up a wonderful Gamelan performance (albeit only learning the basics the day before) during their respective recess breaks.
Conversation Chinese and Malay (CCM) 2014
CCM (10 sessions) was held in Term 2 for all Sec One students. In the programme, they learnt conversational Chinese and Malay language. The purpose of this programme is to promote racial harmony and strengthen the bonds among students of different races by helping them to acquire the languages used by other communal groups. National Education values were weaved in the programme to ensure that students understand the utmost significance of embracing diversity and appreciating the multi-lingual and multi-racial social fabric of Singapore.
Chinese Language Unit
Chinese New Year
In 2014, the Chinese New Year celebration in Ping Yi Secondary School began with a spectacular performance by the Lion Dancers, followed by performance by Guzheng, Angklung, Indian Dance and Modern Dance. Every year, we invite seniors staying in the Chai Chee area to celebrate the occasion with us. This is one of the Values In Action [VIA] activities for our Sec Three students. We created a platform for them to interact with our senior citizens and share the joy in this festive occasion.
This year, we had a series of interesting cultural activities for all levels to participate in Calligraphy-writing workshops. A quiz on the origins and traditions of Chinese New Year was held and students participated enthusiastically.
To end the celebrations on a high note, oranges were distributed to all teachers and invited guests. To mark the end of the Chinese New Year Concert hampers wrapped by our staff and students were also presented to the senior citizens, as a token of our appreciation.
2014 YMCA 8th Mandarin Speaking Competition
Mao Lin and Tang Zuqing from Sec 102 participated in the 2014 YMCA 8th Mandarin Speaking Competition, Tang Zuqing got into the semi-finals and was awarded Merit award.
The Malay Language Unit embarked in many language and cultural events in Terms 3 and 4 which aims to inculcate the love for the learning of the Malay language and instill a sense of rootedness to their own culture and traditions. In Ping Yi Secondary School, a Malay Language student should be able to:
E7 Cluster Activities and Publication Collaborations (Bunga Rampai 2014)
Bulan Bahasa 2014
Tamil Language Unit
The Tamil Unit started the year by celebrating the Pongal Festival, The festival of Harvest in Mid- January. The main objective is to create an awareness among the Non-Indians on Pongal Celebration, to understand and appreciate Indian Culture and finally to create the festive mood amongst the Indians.
Pongal, the sweet rice was cooked in school by Tamil teachers in the presence of Tamil students. Pongal and other related items were displayed in Library for the Ping Yians to view in their own time. Malay and Chinese students were brought to the Library to view the display and they were given quiz on Pongal Festival. Prizes were given to the best three students.
Competitions (Cluster, Zone, External, National)
Our Tamil students participated in many competitions in cluster, Zone, External and National level. These competitions gave opportunities to showcase their talents.
Sorkalam (Debate), Creative –Writing , (National Level)
A team of five students from all levels participated in the National Level Tamil Debate. Ping Yi managed to compete successfully in two rounds of the competition. It was good exposure and experience for our students. Our students had the chance the showcase their fullest potential during the whole process.
Our students from all levels participated in Essay-Writing, Singing, Oratorical and Touch- Typing Competitions. Our students have clinched many prizes in all the competitions and made Ping Yi proud.
Our students attended Tamil Cluster Camp and Cultural Camp. They also attended the Enhancing Oral Skill Workshop. A Special Study Skill Workshop was carried out for graduating classes and the students found it very beneficial.