A Chat with our Olympian, Mr Clarence Chew

What are your struggles when playing table tennis?

What are the factors to your success in table tennis?

How has Covid-19 affected your table tennis training schedule?

These were some of the questions our Blangahnites had for Mr Clarence Chew, Singapore’s first local-born male to qualify for the Olympics. Bright and early on the morning of 25 May 2021, our Blangahnites signed on to Zoom for an e-assembly talk, excited to meet Singapore’s very own table tennis legend-in-the-making.

In partnership with Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), the talk was originally planned as part of our school’s in-person assembly programme. However, with the announcement of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures, we quickly adapted this talk to an e-assembly format to complement our Full Home-Based Learning (FHBL) Student Development curriculum. This exemplifies our commitment to continuous learning and student development during FHBL.

Our parents were also invited to attend this e-assembly talk with their children to learn more about Clarence’s sporting journey. Clarence shared about the dreams he had of being a professional table tennis player since he was five years-old, and the sacrifices he had to make along the way. Callis, a Primary 4 student, shared, "Mr, Chew is a proactive person and some day I want to make Singapore proud by entering in a dance competition! I learnt that sometimes you have to take the hard way instead of the easy way."

Clarence also shared his personal disappointment when losing to his team-mate Mr Koen Pang at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. He later channeled that disappointment into success when he defeated Mr Koen Pang at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament 2021, thus earning the privilege to represent Singapore at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. From his sharing, our students learnt that undergirding the endless hours of training is Clarence’s indomitable spirit of excellence. Choo Zhi Lin, a Primary 5 student, reflected, “I learnt that self-belief and hard work will always lead us to success.”

At the end of the session, Clarence had the following words of wisdom for the young ones in attendance: “Always have a little faith and belief. When you are facing defeat and tough times, always believe in yourself. Only with that belief can you work harder and turn defeat into success.”

Our students left the session inspired to persevere in the face of challenges and to overcome difficulties in pursuit of their dreams. Amelia, a Primary 4 student, shared “The talk was really motivating, and it was really fun to watch all the different videos about the Olympics!” Following the session, students will pen postcards to convey their heartfelt support to the local athletes bearing the Singapore Flag at the Tokyo Olympics.

BRPS wishes Clarence all the very best at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, flying our Singapore flag high!

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International Friendship Day 2021

Singapore in the World is the theme for 2021’s commemoration of International Friendship Day, which was held from 7-13 April 2021. A series of activities held throughout the week exposed students to a rich diversity of cultures.

During CCE lessons, students learnt different languages, cultures and traditions of various countries. In line with the theme, students learnt about the importance of collaborating with other countries. In addition, students designed a “virtues card”, using one virtue to expound on the meaning of friendship.

A lesson package was created on the Student Learning Space (SLS) for students to learn more about ASEAN cultures and traditions. Singapore Kindness Movement also conducted a virtual assembly, on the themes of care, respect and friendship, regardless of nationality.

During recess, students were given the chance to experience playing different traditional games. A video screening booth was also set up in canteen for students to learn more about their schoolmates of different nationalities. In the video, International Students introduced their countries and traditions.

It was indeed an engaging and meaningful week for our students. Through the various activities, they learnt to understand and develop the spirit of friendship across different nationalities.

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“I enjoyed playing Capteh during recess. I learnt some techniques of playing the Capteh from my friend. I think it was really fun! I tried Kendamd as well. It was challenging but I managed to do it!”

           Michael, Primary 5

 

“I am happy to share about New Zealand’s culture and traditions to my schoolmates. I felt nervous to be on camera. However, I am glad that my friends can know more about my hometown.”

Alra, Primary 4

Upcycling! Recycling! We Celebrate Earth Day

Giving new life to waste products through upcycling, challenging students to recycle right and classrooms which open up to a garden— these are some of the environmental education programmes in Blangah Rise Learning Campus. On 22 April 2021, students commemorated Earth Day with a series of upcycling activities, where students transformed used toilet rolls and bottle caps into animal sculptures, pencil holders, bottle cap coasters and money banks.

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Besides upcycling, environmental ambassadors in each class encouraged their peers to recycle right with recycling bins in every classroom. The school collaborated closely with South West CDC and SembWaste for their recycling outreach programme, and worked with the pre-schools around Telok Blangah such as MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise and E-Bridge Pre-School Telok Blangah. On our campus, classrooms on the ground floor open up to a Blooming Garden. Each class owns a gardening plot, providing authentic opportunities throughout the year for students to flex their green fingers— growing and harvesting produce to share with the school community. Through these platforms, students grow, learn, and serve as future Eco Stewards.

 

 

Student Reflections

Our activity is to make a coaster. I learnt that we can reuse unwanted items and make them into new things. In the activity, we could use our imagination to create the shapes and use bottle caps of different colours to make the coaster. We could make it into a square or a flower, into whatever we wanted to. I would use my coaster when I have my next drink!

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I have learnt that we can recycle bottle caps and we can make a coaster out of them. I like the activity because we can recycle bottle caps and not waste them. I will use it when I have a drink and I will place my drink on the coaster.

Kerine, Primary 3

 

I learnt that upcycling is using a recyclable material and changing it to something useful in life. I like the activity because it has taught me how to recycle and I will put my new piggy bank to use!

Athan, Primary 4

 

 

Preparing our MK Pre-schoolers through the K2 Transition Programme

In Term 2, our K2 pre-schoolers had an insight into what they can experience in Blangah Rise Primary school (BRPS). As part of the K2 Transition Programme, two unique BRPS programmes were introduced to the K2 pre-schoolers.

The first programme was Young Photographers where Ms Teresa Leong talked to our pre-schoolers about important tips to bear in mind when taking a photo. The MK pre-schoolers were very excited to apply the tips gleaned from this session. With an iPad in hand, they sought -out what they wanted to focus on in the school and MK garden.

The second programme our MK pre-schoolers experienced was Junior Reporters. Our pre-schoolers listened intently as Ms Chong Jie Shi explained to our pre-schoolers the special green screen effect used for the broadcasting. The pre-schoolers also took turns to try this out and were amazed when they saw the background change from green to the intended back drop. “Wow, see the background change!” exclaimed Shaheeda from K2 Integrity. This “wow” moment of magic for the pre-schoolers definitely left a lasting imprint in the minds of our kindergarten pre-schoolers.

Our primary school teachers also came into the MK classrooms to observe and understand how our MK students learn in class. Their observation of the MK Starlight and Hi-Light lessons impressed upon the teachers the notion of engaged and purposeful play through hands on activities. The teacher-made resources also inspired the primary school teachers to apply the same strategies in the primary school classroom. 

Such sessions, integrating learning across MK and primary school, be rolled out throughout the year to allow our MK pre-schoolers to better understand what they can expect when they go to Primary 1. With such preparation, our MK pre-schoolers will definitely have a smooth transition to primary schools!

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Engineering-related Learning Activities (ERLA) and Robotics

"Students learn by applying and by doing, and they learn beyond the classroom. They see for themselves how they can apply what they have learnt to the real world."

- Former Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng

(during a parliamentary speech in 2018)

In the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world we live in today, change is the only constant. To prepare our students to be future-ready, our Applied Learning Programme (ALP), also known as Aspiring Confident Engineers (ACE) @ BRPS, aims to develop creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our students.

In Semester One, our students got to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities which consist of Engineering-related Learning Activities (ERLA) and Robotics as shown in the table below.

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ERLA Robotics
P2 Man’s Landing on the Moon Let’s Move It!
P3 Designing a Maglev System

(To be carried out in Term 3)

Let’s Cool It!
P4 Theme: Water Filtration Let’s Recycle!
P5 Making a Solar Oven

(To be carried out in Term 3)

Let’s Clean Up!

The STEM Activities required students to collaborate together in teams to solve real-world problems. During the process, students were given the platform to explore, investigate and ask questions as they analysed the problems that were given to them. Such a systems-thinking approach to problem-solving and decision-making not only help students develop their communication and social skills, but also build their self-confidence.

“I got to use the laboratory thermometer to measure temperature. From the hands-on experience, I understand how heat travels from a hotter to a cooler place.” -Naziha Binti Mohamad Nasir, 3 Sapphire

“I enjoyed the P5 Robotics session as it challenged me to think of how to design a robot out of Lego to clean up the beach. We had to do research on how we wanted our robot to reduce water pollution and prrogramme it with the use of an iPad to pick up trash. I felt that the project was very meaningful as beach pollution is a real-world issue faced by many countries!” -Reflection by Nguyen Minh Dat (Richie), 5 Sapphire

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Houses shined at the Inter-House Games

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BRLC organised the Inter-House Games to celebrate students’ consistent effort and character excellence during Modular CCA (House System). Adhering to the prevailing national posture on Safe Management Measures, the Inter-House Games were organized by level where students from the 4 Houses competed against one another in Athletics and Floorball.

The P3 Games was eventful as it rained heavily and we could not use the school field which was all set up for the Games. To keep the Games going, the teachers came together and transformed the Indoor Schools Hall (ISH) into the Games venue in a very short time. 

Our students share their reflection of the Inter-House Games.

Yeo Zheng Hao (3T, Gillman)

It was awesome because all the Teachers worked hard for us to play the Games at ISH. It was raining heavily and the field could not be used but the Teachers thought of an idea and prepared the ISH for us to continue to play the Games.

Richelle Arnaiz Gomez (4S, Redhill)

It was very fun because we get to work as a team together. We planned the order of runners like who should run first and tried our best to be the fastest team.

Ibtihaj Sidqi (5S, Keppel)
I like it. It was awesome. Richie and I had a plan and it worked. We scored 8 goals. Our plan was for me to defend and for him to attack. I will pass him the ball and he will try to score.

Luacan Hannah (6O, Delta)

We want to play more! I like Floorball. It is a new sport we learnt together as a House. I also enjoyed our friends cheering for us during the Games.

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K1 Love’s Weeks of Wonder (WoW) Project on “Rainbows”

Each term the children from MOE Kindergarten will embark on a Weeks of Wonder (WoW) project to investigate a topic of their interest. This term, the K1 Love class was interested to learn more about rainbows. The teacher took them through a process of “I Wonder, I Find Out, I Know” to guide their learning.

After brainstorming what they wanted to learn, the children asked; When do rainbows form? How many colours are there in the rainbow? How do rainbows form in the sky? Why do rainbows appear in the sky? Where do rainbows come from?

Our children brought these questions home to their parents, and the parents brought their children to the library or searched the internet to seek answers. When they came back to school with the answers, the children shared the information in class with their peers.

The children learnt through two simple experiments that a rainbow is formed when there is light and water. They watched a video clip that explained how when light shines through a water droplet, it bends, reflects and separates into the seven colors of the rainbow. In the first experiment, the children submerged a mirror into a bowl filled with water. Then, they went outdoors and positioned the bowl such that the sunlight shone directly at the mirror. Through this, the children observed a rainbow forming on the wall! In the second experiment, the children took turns to use a water hose to spray water up in the air. Against the strong sun rays, the preschoolers were able to see the reflected light on the ground. They were delighted to see the beautiful rainbow that formed!

To cap off the learning, the K1 Love children painted their own rainbow art piece and composed a song about rainbows, which they sang proudly via zoom to their K1 Respect friends and teachers. Indeed, this WoW session was a colourful and memorable time of learning for the K1 Love preschoolers!

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P4 Discovery Camp

Among the hectic schedule of Term 1, including robotics lessons, and Modular CCA (House System) practices, the P4 Discovery Camp stood out as one of the most memorable events for our Primary 4 students. Through the 2 days of camp, flashes of smiles, laughter and team spirit were seen. The purpose of discovery camp was to honor our students' team spirit, and to celebrate the effort that they have put into learning in Term 1. The activities were designed to foster teamwork, teach life skills, and inspire new interests.

The highlight of the camp was surely Captain’s Ball, where students were highly energised as they competed against their classmates in teams. They learnt to trust and understand that teamwork and adjustments in strategies were necessary to win. Yuan Xiang shared excitedly, “Captain’s Ball was enjoyable! I hope we can play against more teams!”

Another focus on the camp was on communications skills. Using games, students learnt that listening patiently, questioning respectfully, expressing their needs courageously, and cooperating harmoniously are key to understanding each other. “It was a fun day. We learned some important skills about communication. I look forward to more mystery games and treasure hunt in future!” George shared.

The camp also unearthed some hidden talents of our Blangahnites. At the Boomwhackers Orchestra activity, students used tuned percussion tubes and synchronised with their friends to create a musical tune together. Students were intrigued by the novelty of the new experience and some showed musical talents in their quick grasp of a new musical instrument. Sophia shared, “I like the Boomwhackers activity as we get to synchronise and create a melody. I hope for more orchestra-like activities in future!”

Working and learning together as a family was an amazing experience for our dedicated teachers and curious students. Ultimately, it is such little moments of engaged and experiential learning that creates the fondest memories of our school life.

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BRLC Commemorates Singapore World Water Day 2021

On 23 March, BRLC commemorated Singapore World Water Day through a series of activities. Students were educated on the importance of using water wisely and cherishing our water resources. In view of safe management measures, an assembly talk was conducted by form teachers in the classrooms with resources prepared by the school’s Learning for Life Program (LLP) team.

To enhance learning, recess activities such as Learning Stations at out Mini Library and Video Screenings at our school canteen were organized. Science teachers took the lead to run two hands-on activities at these learning stations. At one station, students had the opportunity to view water samples using digital microscopes, and observe the presence of sediments and microscopic organisms. “The activity was very fun. I learnt that water that looks clean to us may not be suitable for drinking as there may be germs or chemicals in it,”  Ghim Suan, a Primary 4 student, shared.

At another station, students were provided with litmus papers to test pH levels of different sources of ‘rain water’. “I learnt that different water sources have different pH levels. Some may be acidic while others are too alkaline. It is important to ensure the water we have is safe for drinking. I enjoyed the activity as I got to learn something new,” Qihan, a Primary 6 student, reflected. Through the two activities, students learnt that not all sources of water are potable.

Students also learnt how Singapore harnesses the power of technology to conserve water, in our effort to be a self-sustaining nation. The canteen was converted into a mini cinema so that students could watch these videos while having their meals. To extend the learning, our APEX students had the opportunity to conduct their own research on Marina Barrage to find out how our government constructed a barrage to solve the problem of flooding as well as to create a catchment for rainwater. In line with our Applied Learning Programme (ALP), the APEX students then created a simple robotic floodgate to simulate those used at the barrage.

All in all, it was a holistic commemoration of World Water Day, as our Blangahnites came to appreciate why we should waste no drop!

 “World Water Day is meant to be a call to action. Responsibility lies with all of us. Governments, associations, private partners: we must all recognize the multifold value of water and take action to conserve this basic resource, the resource which gives our planet its unique colour.”

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, on the occasion of World Water Day 2021

BRLC Commemorates
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