Date: 28th February to 28th March 2015
On 28th February, our team of 4 took part in the NUS Geography Challenge (Preliminary Round) which was held at National University of Singapore (NUS) itself. Upon arriving there at 7.30am, we were overwhelmed by number of good schools that were participating and competing with us in the Challenge as well.
The preliminary round required us to complete questions in relation to Singapore Geography and Globalisation. We also had to create a suitable living space in Woodlands area from scratch within only 90 minutes.
After all that anxiety and fear, we received news that we emerged as the top 40 schools qualified for the second round; the Semi-Finals!
The infographic map that we created, that studied Hougang’s past, present and future plans, has earned us many votes on Facebook. Another component, the Geo-trail, was an eye-opener for all of us. It was an amazing race with stations located all over Singapore. Without the use of any electronic devices or asking for anyone’s help, we had much difficulty to complete the entire challenge that lasted for 9 hours in total. However, with effective teamwork and endurance, we completed the challenges on time.
Overall it was truly an amazing experience for us. Never have we experienced fun and intense pressure at the same time. Though we did not get into the grand finals, we learned a lot of things especially about Singapore. This competition has really strengthened our bonds and appreciation in Singapore. There was a lot of sweat and debate throughout the whole NUSGC journey but it was all worth it.
Report by: Cathy Caroline, 4N7
Team members: Kim Ji Young (4N4), Punyavadee Srimongkol, Ong Hui Xuan, Cathy Caroline Lim (4N7)
Infographic map on Hougang estate.
Semi-final round - Amazing race around Singapore.
2. National Stamp Collecting Competition 2015
8 teams of students from Serangoon Secondary School participated in the National Stamp Collecting Competition in July 2015. Each team had 4 students who worked on a presentation of philatelic materials based on a specific theme. 32 selected students from Sec 1,2 and 3 researched on various themes ranging from transport to the history of Singapore. They were guided by the teachers in the Humanities Department.
This competition promotes the study of postage stamps and philatelic material to learn more about Singapore and the world. 7 teams received the bronze awards for their efforts. The team from Sec 317 won the Gold with Special Prize Award for their presentation on the development of transport through the ages. The 4 students, Satukunlasan, June Piyawannasuth, Sree Krishna Praharshitha and Wang Zixuan worked under the guidance of Mrs Sue-Ann Lim. They received their certificates and trophies during the prize presentation ceremony on 15 August 2015. Tis ceremony was held at the Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.