Saturday, May 24, 2008

VS Arts Day

On Thur 22nd Apr, we had our VS Arts Day,

Various groups of performing artist came to VS to showcase their various talents and artforms.
I was stationed with the Drumming Circle and that was a fun event.

It was a cool experience watching, listening and participating as our boys learned how to drum together from scratch.
Initially, we 'kalang kabot'- sounded really bad; but as we got along, the rhythms started to meld more.
Must be the VS Spirit!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Visit to Pulau Bukum Shell Refinery

The VS ASEAN and PRC scholars visited Pulau Bukum Shell Refinery today.
It was an eye-opening experience for them to see the various parts of the refinery and to learn how crude oil is transformed into useful petroleum goods.

Those boarders who are writing your on-line journals for me, please write about your learning experience during this trip on your blogs

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A touch of Zen - our Rock Garden

Well, the exams are over and we finally managed to find some time to do up the open area on 4th Floor in the hostel.
Since the beginning of the year, my boarders and I have had the idea of turning this open space into a Rock Garden.
After some planning, we managed to source some white granite pebbles (Courtesy of Mr Lim Chap Huat, Old-Victorian-- Thank you Mr Lim for your continous support of VS)
The boys made a 'tactical' trip to the beach under the cover of semi-darkness to procure some sand.
Once they were back, Operation Rock Garden began.
First, we laid the borders with our pebbles.

While the boys laid the pebbles, I began assembling the water feature I had purchased earlier today. The goal was to line the area with pebbles and create two sand islands in the middle. Here you can see how we gradually transformed the empty space and filled it 'artistically' with rocks and sand.

By the time the sand was laid out, I had managed to assemble the pump and connect all the wiring without electrocuting myself or short-circuiting the entire block (phew!)

Zun, our 'secret agent' from the other floor, very sportingly agreed to help out as well! Here he is helping to sift through the sand-- looks like our pristine beaches in Singapore are not as pristine as we thought. Zun had to pick up everything from cigarette butts, leaves, etc to make sure the sand was fine and uniform.

While Zun was sifting through the sand, Fung Jin Jie was having an equally tough job of levelling the pebbles. As we poured the pebbles down, there were uneven patches that started to show up. So Jinjie's job was to get the pebbles levelled- tough one ar!What was I doing? Ah, donch worry, Mr Siow never 'keng' wan. I was assembling the fencing for the area. This was to help section our new garden area from the common study area.
Finally, after a few hours of back-breaking work, we managed to put everything in order.

I was very proud of the boys- in a short 3 hours, we managed to turn an empty open space into a nice rock garden!

The greatest credit should go to our 2 seniors- Chris Tang Boon Shiun and Ng Pei Xiang who did the bulk of the work and organised the rest of the juniors in ferrying the sand from the beach and layering the pebbles.

Well done boys!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sem 1 Post-Exam Activities

Finally, the exams have drawn to a close.
Here, we are doing what we love most-- Playing Sports!

As part of our post-exam activities, Sec 2s will be having their PE Soccer and Hockey assessment.

Friday, May 9, 2008

GCE PE Revision Session

Sorry for being late for PE remedial today- got held up at the German embassy.
We have 4 main topics to cover for the coming Mid-Year Exams in PE
3)Mental Skilss & Motivation

We covered topics 1-3 today with the guys that waited patiently for me to come back.
On Monday 12th , after History paper, will conduct a second session of remedial at 1000am.

Monday's itinerary is:
- Fitness
- Revision Quick Quiz
- Video Analysis Practice

Meet at Flexsi Room (Gentleman Room 1)
Do the following preparation over the weekend:
1) Revise textbook- (According to the topic index I gave out to your all yesterday)
2) Revise notes
3) My powerpoints are available on LMS as well