Participate in our BRPS Circuit Breaker Challenges on the following dates! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook to find out more!
We would like to congratulate our Red Cross Links for achieving the Gold Excellent Unit Award for the year 2019! For the excellence that our links have displayed, our unit has once again achieved this award for the twelfth consecutive year since 2009.
As a Uniformed Group, Red Cross brings together a team of passionate individuals committed to serving the school and the community for the greater good. We instill the values of self-discipline, order and teamwork to our links. Our links were engaged in a series of activities which created opportunities for our students to acquire lifesaving skills and habits, be socially responsible citizens and display a sense of global citizenship. Through these activities, our links develop into leaders who promote the humanitarian values of the Red Cross!
Ever wondered how you can build a toy car using materials you can find at home? How do you design it to get it to travel the farthest?
During the May holidays, we invited Dr Ho Shen Yong to carry out “Project Toy Car” to engage our STEM Club students. Dr Ho is the Associate Dean (Academic) of the College of Science in NTU and Principal Lecturer in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He teaches Engineering Physics and was designated NTU Educator of the Year in 2018.
The students were excited to participate in the ‘Live’ Zoom session upon hearing the title of the activity – Project Toy Car. Everybody had the same question – “Are we really going to build a toy car?”
At the start of the session, Dr Ho, who believes in giving students the opportunity to think for themselves as that helps them to be challenged and motivated to learn, wanted to find out more about the students’ prior knowledge. He asked if anybody knew about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. To his surprise, a number of students were able to respond correctly as well as provide examples about it. One of the Primary 5 members, Qihan, answered proudly, “Yes! We had learnt this during one of the STEM Club activities.”
Dr Ho shared with the students numerous advanced physics concepts. Although those concepts were not usually taught at the primary level, he made them come alive for the students by sharing their applications in daily life. Dr Ho went on to discuss various considerations for building the car by showing videos of ingenious inventions. He asked the students to think about the materials that they could use to power and propel the toy car forward.
Then came the challenge. The students had one week to create a toy car using only materials that they could find at home. There would be a competition to find out whose toy car could travel the farthest distance.
Jonathan from Primary 5 could not decide which type of energy he should harness for his design. “I’m not sure if a toy car using wind energy from an electric fan or elastic potential energy from a twisted rubber band would move further.”
His classmate, Kristelle, suggested, “Why not use both types of energy?”
Qiyu from Primary 3 had a longer list of considerations. From the interaction with Dr Ho during the session, he realised that many variables such as the size, texture and thickness of the wheels, the mass of the car, the tightness between the wheels and the axles, and thickness of the axle were factors that could affect the distance travelled by the toy car.
The students submitted videos of their prototypes, which ranged from using balloons and sails to rubber bands to power their toy car. Dr Ho looked through them and provided individual feedback to the students. For some, he suggested adding rubbery tape around the circumference of the wheels or adding a weight to help improve the grip with the ground (desired friction). At the same time, he noticed that undesired friction was created for some of the cars, for example, when the wooden stick axle connecting the wheels was rubbing against the styrofoam body of the car. He also gave other suggestions to improve the design, such as aligning the wheels for smoother motion and controlling the release of the energy by slowing down the uncoiling of the rubber band.
Dr Ho shared, “It was a fun experience explaining Science and Technology to primary school children. Probably until we try to create or make something, we will not see the challenges. This toy car project is an opportunity to learn about Science and also learn about learning. It is important that the children have taken a first step, as ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ – no matter how small the first step is. We also often just look at the end product but not the hard work in the process, but ‘all things are difficult before they are easy’.”
To bring home the point that we should persevere and not be afraid to learn from failure, Dr Ho shared a video, “Early Flying Failures Stock Footage”. The airplane that we take for granted today had gone through many iterations and the early inventors did not give up despite not succeeding at first.
As our students work on improving the design of their toy cars, may they also embrace the spirit of trying and improving an important part of the learning process!
Active Lifestyle continues in a different form!
In view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we modified the annual Active Lifestyle Day. Instead of hosting a mass event on one day, we spread out the activities over a week and organised them at the class level. Through a series of activities, students were encouraged to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, which is all the more crucial during this period to build up our immunity.
Students began the week by participating in an intra-level poster competition using health-related themes of eating well and staying well. The students' posters were then put on display at the school canteen, where every student could vote for the best poster in each level.
To build better awareness of their diet and to develop healthier eating habits, Gavin from 5 Sapphire took part in the NKF “No Sugary Drink Challenge” and challenged himself not to drink sugary drinks. Arianna from 4 Sapphire said, “Using the food log, I wrote down what I ate every day and reviewed it for two weeks to make healthier food choices.”
Students also had the opportunity to participate in an indoor obstacle course, applying the fundamental movement skills taught in PE lessons.
To start them young, our Primary 1 students took part in a bento-making session organised by SATS. They were first introduced to the “My Healthy Plate”, then had an opportunity to be little chefs by preparing a Rainbow Bento for themselves. The session reinforced the importance of personal hygiene as the students practised washing of hands and wore gloves, an apron, a mask and a chef’s hat. “I learn to eat vegetables of different colours – green, orange and yellow. The food is so colourful!” said Katie from 1 Sapphire.
Eeden from 1 Opal added, “I learn not to eat too much sauce and I like the smiley face my teacher put on my bento using the sauce.”
Our K1 and K2 children also participated in a workout at the class level conducted by PE teachers from the primary school. They were taught to stay active and participate in physical activity as this helps to boost their immune system and reduce their risk of falling sick. The children also learned about the importance of good nutrition such as eating more fruits and vegetables. To reinforce this message, the children enjoyed a fruit cup during their snack time.
Kadyon See Kai from K2 Integrity said, “I do some exercise and I sing our Singapore song. It was fun because I get myself healthy. I eat fruit cup and bread.”
At the end of the week, Aqeel Qushairy from 4 Sapphire said, “I learned to exercise regularly and eat healthily. Exercising is good for me and I like it. I also learn to stay safe from the coronavirus situation – I can exercise at home, try not to go out and eat healthily if possible.”
Our 8-year-olds really want to say thank-you to our Covid-19 heroes…their way. Check out this video which we had produced in Term 1!
In February this year, our APEX (Mathematics and Science) students as well as students from the STEM Club participated in our in-house BRPS Amazing Flying Competition. In their teams, they researched and explored different ways to achieve the longest and farthest flight. Under the guidance of the teachers, each team designed their own plane. Students had the opportunities to present their ideas and findings to their peers. After rounds of trials and errors, the teams finally got had their planes taking flight. A mini-competition was also held for the teams to compete with one another. Through the activity, it showed that the students have a wealth of talent and resilience to help them achieve their goals.
"You must learn to fail intelligently. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails forward towards success.”
“Selemat Tengah Hari, Cikgu Azlin!”
These would have been typical greetings, except that they were uttered by Primary 3 and Primary 4 students who were learning Chinese and Malay for the first time.
Our students had the opportunity to learn a different Mother Tongue Language during the Conversational Chinese and Conversational Malay (CCM) Programme on the 11 March. In our multiracial society, learning a different language will help our students to interact with friends of different races in the community. They will also better understand and appreciate their friends’ culture and values. When they are older, it will help them to engage their counterparts in the region.
“I like CCM lessons because I get to learn a different language,” said Carllh.
Zhi Lin, whose parents speak Malay, exclaimed, “I can finally speak Malay to my parents!”
We can be sure that our students are looking forward to the next few sessions of CCM!
Blangah Rise Learning Campus shows our appreciation to the frontline workers at SingHealth @SingHealth Polyclinics! Our children, parents and staff from our primary school and MOE Kindergarten presented thank you notes to CEO Dr Adrian Ee and the management. We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication! #StrongerTogether #SGUnited #SingHealth
Our school was invited to take part in the Singapore Red Cross Grateful Hearts Day 2020 . Aimed to multiply the power of humanity, the campaign presents a meaningful opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to come together to raise funds to support the vulnerable in Singapore. It was a meaningful experience for our students as they helped to collect donations from their fellow peers. Students took this opportunity to contribute back to the community and we were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Singapore Red Cross for our fundraising efforts and support!
Journalists are desk-bound and write their articles in the comfort of their workstation. True or false?
“I used to think that journalists only write articles at their desk. Today I learnt that sometimes they have to brave harsh weather conditions to obtain newsworthy stories,” said Mikhael, a Primary 4 student.
His friend, Jun Yang, also commented, “It is not easy to be a journalist!”
Our Junior Reporters were treated to an engaging session by Mr Yap Jun Weng from the Chinese Media Group Newshub (Singapore Press Holdings Limited). He shared candidly about his experiences as a News Desk Journalist.
Wai Yin and Zhi Lin realised that journalists often did not have enough time to eat and rest. They were always on the go to get the latest news. Finally, Yi Kai thoughtfully reflected that during this period of time, journalists would need to overcome their fear and interview patients in order to bring the latest news on COVID-19 to readers.
May this session help to inspire our budding journalists!