With their eyebrows knitted, eyes averted and lips pursed, student-writers sat deep in thought as they analysed sample texts and pondered on feedback given on their submitted work. Due to the Circuit Breaker in May, the discussions for this year’s workshop were held online.
“Authenticity! Authenticity!” The students were hounded on the need to write from their hearts to capture the real essence of everyday life in their works.
Despite the psychological distance inherent on virtual platforms, the students rose to the challenge and made each session vibrant with their insightful sharing. Their creative works will be consolidated in this year’s edition of Contemplations!, supported with student illustrations.
“Tap, tap, tap” is the crisp sound of the keyboard that brings words to the page. Slowly but surely, a conflict is brewing, a character is breathing, a scene is forming… and a story is born. Its creators are none other than aspiring student writers at the Creative Writing Camp. This is where they learn to craft effective dialogue, create engaging plots and bring their characters to life.
If one thinks that story writing is a lone, arduous process, we have new forms of assistance this year. Student facilitators – campers from the year before – were roped in to guide their peers. Teacher mentors were also assigned to provide close support throughout the journey. We hope that with the support of teachers and friends, student writers will embrace this long-drawn but gratifying process of story-making!
In fact, this endeavour to stretch our budding young writers began just 3 years ago, and in celebration of their talents, their stories were showcased in a Book Launch and Signing session. Contemplations, a collection of short stories written by students from the previous 2 years, was published. They had the coveted opportunity to do what professional writers do – share their stories in a teacher-facilitated interview before student fans and supporters. Rewarding was it to see friends and schoolmates marvelling at these handwritten works… and not forgetting, jostling for an autograph!
The Queens’ Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens. This year’s theme invited young people to reflect on the topic of ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’. Over 12,300 young people from across the Commonwealth entered the Competition. Among the 18 entries from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, the following three students achieved commendable results:
Gold Award: Allyn Tay Shi Yi (2E4) Silver Award: Leong Wai Yip Winston (1E3) Bronze Award: Chloe Kaitlyn Leung Hui En (2E2)
Creative Writing Camp 2017
15 students were selected to participate in the Creative Writing Camp held from 1 to 2 June. Students were exposed to different approaches to writing, the creative process, writing tips and various other skills. They were also offered a glimpse into the world of publishing and had a go writing as professional writers write. It was truly an eye-opening experience.
Through the activities and gruelling hours spent at the camp, students built on each other’s strengths, sharpened each other’s writing and enhanced their own writing style and story. The results? Breath-taking short stories that deserve a place in a book. No less.
English Language Day
The annual English Language Day is designed to develop students’ English language skills through fun and interactive platforms.
This year, the event was divided into two segments – the Dare to Read segment and the mini games. In both segments, the students were involved in interactive games which build on their English skills, such as listening, viewing, reading and speaking.
In the Dare to Read segment, students were challenged to read snippets of short stories and infographics to answer quizzes. The students were competitive and won themselves many prizes.
For the mini games, students competed with one another in group-based games that widened their library of idioms and vocabulary. At the Taboo station, many of the students had to delve deep into their vocabulary bank to find suitable words to describe what were on their cards. They sure had a lot of fun!
Izwan Bin Indra, 2018 Chong Pang's Next Top Speaker
Izwan Bin Indra (3E2) was declared 2018 Chong Pang's Next Top Speaker after battling with 8 other finalists. He exuded commanding stage presence and delivered his speech with conviction and flair. A pertinent speech (entitled Anti-social Social Network) wrapped in sincerity and adorned with a sprinkle of humour, it made us laugh, and it made us think. He also won the Crowd Favourite for Prepared Speech. Watch Izwan in action below.
Mercado Jose Gabriel Domingo (1E1) was the other finalist from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary. Although he is only Secondary One, he delivered his speech with much confidence. Watch Gabriel in action below.
Winner of Unseen Poetry Debate at National Schools Literature Festival
One may say it was beginner’s luck that 4 students bagged a trophy in their maiden debate competition, but a stroke of luck it wasn’t. With all the weeks of practice, mock debates with teachers, and video-calling to discuss and hone their arguments, these Pure Literature students from 4E3 demonstrated nothing less than pure grit and determination, scrutinising two poems in preparation for the Unseen Poetry Debate. New and inexperienced in debate they might have been, but won the praise of the judges they did for their close analysis. Winning despite being up against a debate-trained team from Evergreen Secondary School really gave these 4 young ladies a boost of confidence! Congratulations, Sarah, Sarefina, Serena and Chi Rou!
Winners 1. Sarah Tan Xin Hui 4E3 2. Sarefina Sindhu Victor 4E3 3. Yong Yi Xuan, Serena 4E3 4. Tay Chi Rou 4E3
The Queens’ Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English Competition
62 students from Secondary One and Secondary Two took part in the 2017 ICAS English assessment organised by the University of New South Wales. In this international assessment, students are assessed in their reading and language skills, where they are required to locate, identify, interpret, infer and synthesise information in and about texts.
This year, the school achieved a total of 5 Distinction, 22 Credit and 5 Merit awards.
1E1 Hulda Grace Teo
2E3 Beer-Sheba Tan
1E4 Alysia Nadia Binte Mohamed Satria
2E4 Chaves John Benryk Barnedo
1E4 Lim Yue Long, Xavier
1E1 Muhammad Mujahid Bin Nazaruddin
1E4 Hiap Xin Yi Darleene
1E2 Tan Qing Wen
1E4 Lee Yong Wei
1E2 Ammar Fariheen Bin Shaffiq
1E4 Lucas Tan Jia Le
1E2 Angel Oh Shi Qi
1E4 Shanice Tan Hui
1E2 Chong Kar Yan
2E2 Erni Faizah Bte Iskandar
1E2 Heng Jin Long
2E2 John Kenneth Layba Agpaoa
1E2 Isabel Hah Rui En
2E2 Nicole Kayle Penaanda Dacumos
1E2 Muhammad Ilhan Bin Emran
2E3 John Rajan Kenisha Janet
1E2 Sammi Wong Zi He
2E3 Ernest Ng Ming Yi
1E2 Seah Ka Min
2E4 Nyimas Fasya 'Ayuni Bte K M H
1E3 Beh Long Jek Lucius
2N1 Nyla Chempaka Dewi Bte I
1E2 Chua Chong Yee Keith
2E4 Nova Litty Augustine
1E3 Leong Wai Yip Winston
2N2 Ariel Kwa Jie Yun
1E4 Puar Chin Yi, Theseus
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) assesses and measures how students fare on an international scale, involving over two million students from over 20 countries each year. In 2016, 35 Secondary One students were selected to participate in the ICAS English Competition, of which 14 received Certificates of Credit and Merit. Mave Ong (1E2) was awarded the Certificate of Distinction, which recognises participants who scored the top 11% of their cohort.
ICAS English Competition Awardees
Mave Ong Qing Xuan(1E2)
Austin Q. Hilario (1E1)
Deen Latoza Ferozdeen (1E1)
Wong Wai Yi (1E1)
Erni Faizah Bte Iskandar (1E2)
Nicole Kayle Penaanda Dacumos (1E2)
Chaves John Benryk Barnedo (1E4)
Jessie Phay Jie Xin (1E4)
Nova Litty Augustine (1E4)
Zuryn Aisyah Bte Zainudin (1E4)
Ariel Kwa Jie Yun (1E2)
John Kenneth Layba Agpaoa (1E2)
Beer-Sheba Tan (1E3)
Ernest Ng Ming Yi (1E3)
Amanndave Singh Bessi (1N2)
Chong Pang’s Next Top Speakers 2016
Chong Pang’s Next Top Speakers (CPNTS) is an annual inter-school public speaking contest organised by Chong Pang Toastmasters Club. Gladys Law from 2E2 and Izzarilhan bin Selamat from 2E3 were among the 9 finalists in CPNTS 2016, which saw 67 contestants from six secondary schools in Yishun participating in the competition.
Finalist- Gladys Law (2E2)
Finalist- Izzarilhan bin Selamat (2E3)
Mdm Nah Ser Yen (HOD / EL)
Mr Burton Row (ST / Lit EL)
Mdm Heng Chun Wei Esther (ST / EL)
Mr M Siva Balan (HOD / CCE)
Mr Kesavan Ramakrishnan
Mrs Lilian Cheong
Mdm Koh Pei Pei Jennifer
Mr Tan Hong Chan
Mr Tan Wei Hong
Miss Toh Hui Teng, Hazel
#### 2022 Creative Writing Camp
Picture this. The words you have penned on paper dances to the beat of spoken word poetry or plays with images to form multimodal works of art, enchanting your audience.