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In this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition, three of our four teams emerged in 1st and 2nd places in their respective divisions, whilst in the inaugural National Youth Business Challenge, our Normal Academic students achieved Bronze and stunned the competition by also clinching the special award of “Most United Team”.
In the National Schools Straits Times Newspaper Competition, our team of journalists comprising David Aw, Lim Jia An, Joshua Rong, Joshua Ho and Jonathan Seet, participated, and emerged victorious, winning the top award. Their passion, teamwork and creativity shone through with their winning newspaper, which displayed high quality writing and photography, as well as stunning design and layout.
Our gymnast, Tay Wei-An Terry from Sec 3 Humanities 3, achieved excellent results this year. He won gold medals for Floor and Vaulting events, together with a silver medal for the Rings event at the National Inter-Schools’ Gymnastics Championships. He achieved a Gold for the Floor event, Silver for Rings and Bronze for the High Bar, Pommel and Parallel Bars in the Singapore National Gymnastics Championships. He also emerged overall 3rd in the Nationals. This year, he attended the Ist ASEAN School Games held in Suphanburi, Thailand and achieved a Bronze in the Team event. Congratulations to Terry on his achievements!
Character and Leadership Development
The school embarked on a level-wide mentoring programme for all sec 3 students with the purpose of providing them with access to a significant adult that they can look up to in times of need. The role of the teacher mentor is to care, provide support for their emotional well being and provide focused monitoring. Allocated time was provided during the Thursday assembly periods for teacher mentors to meet up with their students.
This year is a significant year for student leadership as students were given the chance to vote for their Head Prefect, who is also the de facto President of Student Council. This move was made by the school to give more ownership to students and allow them to elect their leader to represent their voice. New initiatives were also launched by the Student Council, for example, dialogue sessions with students and the proposal and development of a student lounge.
Once again, this year our students were provided with opportunities to broaden their horizons by participating in the overseas trips organized on their behalf by the school.
A group of 28 ACS (Barker Road) students participated in a twinning programme with a French school, Sainte Jeanne d’ Arc in Brittany. This trip was organised to give students a home stay experience in France and to learn about French history and culture. Prior to the trip, the students underwent intensive lessons in the French language.
In March, 28 students and 4 teachers went on a Science and Technology Trip to the USA. The purpose of the trip was to give our students under the ‘Nurturing the Best’ programme, a broader perspective of science and technology beyond their academic scope – and to turn highly theoretical concepts learnt in class into real knowledge which will be relevant for the new century. The experience also provided our students with a glimpse into possible educational and career futures for themselves in USA.
Outdoor Education Programme
Our Secondary 1 and 2 students once again attended their respective level camps as part of the school’s Outdoor Education Programme. The Secondary 1 Outdoor Education Camp was held at the Jalan Bahtera Ministry of Education campsite from 7 to 9 January. The camp is the finale of the Secondary One Orientation programme and it seeks to develop self awareness and self management among our students. The Secondary 2 Adventure Camp took place in Bintan, Indonesia, from 21 January to 23 January. The highlight of the camp was climbing Gunung Bintan, the highest mountain in Bintan Island. It was an amazing feat as all the students managed to conquer the mountain in an average time of one and a half hours. The objectives of this camp were to develop social awareness and relationship management skills. Students who participated in the camps were awarded the exclusive outdoor attainment badges.
By the Grace of God, ACS (Barker Road) has truly been showered with blessings during 2009, for which we humbly thank Him. As we approach and embark upon a new year we do so with confidence and will continue to fulfil our mission of ‘Touching Hearts, Empowering Minds and Enriching Souls’ with commitment from the teachers and staff and strong support from our parents and stakeholders.