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The Extensive Reading Programme took on another rich journey as the classes engaged in silent reading every Monday and Tuesday morning at the Parade Square. It was supported by books from the school library and the Ang Mo Kio NLB. The exciting flood of fiction and non-fiction whet the appetite of book lovers among our students. Once again, the NLB, our valued partner, organised a Book Buzz at our mass assembly in Term 1, after which students headed enthusiastically for the Books To Go – a display of books on loan from the NLB held in the school – to grab a copy of the books recommended.
The Newspaper Reading Programme opened up the minds of the students to see beyond their world, to explore a gamut of social and global concerns. It creates better understanding of issues related to the presidential election in Singapore, the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and many other pertinent matters affecting the world.
The intent to prepare our students well for the challenges of the 21st cc by grooming them into effective communicators prompted the Performance Poetry Module for the secondary ones. It provided learning amidst fun. It was made even more effective with feedback as the students’ reading was also recorded for the teachers’ critique. The experience was further enriched by participation in the National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF) held in July, through choral reading for the lower secondary and set text debates for the upper secondary teams who won two of the rounds.
The academic performance of our students was a major interest that was given much support. Regular timed practices provided our graduating classes with simulations of the national examinations, enabling them to develop their language skills and time management in an examination setting. The Oral Mentoring Programme offered them close guidance on an individual or small group basis. Sessions were held after the morning assemblies. Further support took the form of consultations with the teachers. Students sought guidance to improve their writing or reading comprehension skills. Skill-based supplementary sessions catered to the needs of students who needed customised remediation. A special category of students were given additional support – those in the Subject-based banding (lower secondary) and Out-of-stream (upper secondary) programmes. These were students who took up English Language at the more demanding streams. All these initiatives garnered the support and commitment of the entire department of English Language teachers who rallied behind the students in their preparation for the national examinations.
The year has been a rich learning journey for the students in their acquisition of language skills.