PassionArts 2018 – ‘A 1000 Starlights’
On 30 June 2018, Northland Secondary School held our PassionArts concert at School of the Arts (SOTA) concert hall. Held every two years in lieu of SYF, the concert provides a platform to showcase students’ artistic talents as well as to develop in students an appreciation of the Arts. This year’s PassionArts theme is ‘A 1000 Starlights’. The concert featured performances from our school’s performing arts groups, Wushu and some of our gifted Northstars. It was a performance to behold.
Northland X-Cite Games 2018
Our school ended term 2 on a high with the X-Cite Games. The X-Cite Games is part of the school’s Learning of Life Programme (LLP) - Game for Life (GfL). The programme aims to empower Northstars to live a healthy and active life and through sports, prepare Northstars for life, with a strong foundation in values, socio-emotional competencies and 21st century competencies. After the taking the Athletes’ Oath, students participated in a myriad of activities such as the 100-metre dash, Captain’s Ball, Ultimate Frisbee, Handball, Soccer, 4x100m relay races, telematches and the inter-level Staff Race. It was a day of fun and building camaraderie amongst classmates and friends. The event finished off strongly with a powerful rendition of our school song – Responsible and Resolute.
Northland Secondary School Speech & Prize-Giving Day – True North
Our school held our Speech and Prize-Giving Day on 20 April 2018. This year, our theme is ‘True North’ – which symbolises how our school’s vision, mission and values guide our journey and aspirations to be beacons of our community. The school was humbled by the presence of our cluster superintendent, Mrs Becky Neo and Mr Daniel Ong, alumnus of the school and entrepreneur. The event started off with the unveiling of our school vision - Learners who Share, Citizens who Care, Leaders who Dare. This was followed by the prize-giving ceremony where we were also enchanted by performances from the Symphonic Band, Indian Dance and Malay Dance. The event ended with a wonderful reception, aptly named, ‘Journey of Wonders’, where guests viewed the mesmerising art pieces done up by our Northstars. It was an evening to behold.
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 4N Elective Modules
During SPARCLE Week, our graduating students were given the opportunity to choose from a variety of eight different Institute of Technical Education (ITE) elective modules: Aeronautical Engineering, F1 Engineering, Beauty Services, Digital Photography, Food and Beverage Services, Fashion design, Events Management and Mobile Application and Design. These courses allowed them to explore their interests and allowed them to experience the curriculum covered in the courses.
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 4 and 5 Camp SPARCLE
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 3 Northland Overseas Values in Action (NOVIA)
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 2 Camp Responsibility
In our Camp Responsibility, students were exposed the elements where students took part in Dragon Boating and Rock Climbing. The key highlight of this camp was our inaugural activity – Snow Challenge which was held at Snow City where students experienced and learnt about taking responsibility for their safety and survival skills in cold climates.
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 2 Career Talk
To help our Northstars explore viable education and career options, Northland Secondary School conducted its annual career talk for our Secondary Twos during SPARCLE Week 1 on 6 March 2018. Our invited speakers span various industries including media, banking, health and hospitality.
Through the talk, our Northstars got to understand the workings of the various industries, and the competencies and qualifications needed to work in these fields. Our speakers were alumni of Northland Secondary School and North View Secondary School, who keenly shared on their professions, and urged the young ones to reach for their aspirations.
Northland Secondary School would like to thank the following speakers for their time and for sharing their passion with our Northstars –
• Mr Shaik Firdaus Bin Shaik Ismail
• Miss Pristina Prakashini Philip
• Mr Desmond Ng
• Miss Annabelle Maria Jeffrey
• Mr Robin Chua
• Mr Ian Soh
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 1 N.S.S. Trail
During SPARCLE Week, our secondary one Northstars went through the Navigating Success in Subjects (N.S.S) Trail. The objectives of the trail are to enable our secondary one students to experience a multi-disciplinary learning trail that
develops confidence and skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration; inspire learning by enabling students to appreciate that knowledge from different subject disciplines can be functional and effectively applied and nurture students of character through learning in a cooperative and fun setting. The activities
include proposing a NorthStar Meal, drafting a pricing and budgeting plan, designing publicity materials to promote the
meal and investigating about food fare in the Northland canteen and pledge against food wastage.
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - Secondary 1 Camp Respect
During SPARCLE Week, our secondary 1 students were engaged in academic-based outdoor and real-life activities that helped them understand how the various subjects play a part in their every-day lives in the Navigating Success in Subjects (N.S.S) Trail. Northstars also visited Kidzania and explored a variety of occupations and appreciated what life would be like
as an adult. In addition, our Northstars interviewed our cleaning staff to appreciate the demands of their jobs and resolved
to keep their school environment clean. They ended the week with a trip to Gardens by the Bay where they built camaraderie while appreciating Singapore’s nation-building efforts.
SPARCLE Week 1 2018 - GfL X-treme Run
On 5 March 2018, Northland kicked start our SPARCLE Week 1 with our annual GfL X-treme Run at MacRitchie Reservoir. The run is part of the school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP), cultivating lifelong love for physical activity and sports in students. Students and staff gathered at MacRitchie Reservoir to enjoy the early morning run, overcoming challenges and showing resilience in completing the run. It was a fun day building camaraderie and doing some physical exercise.
Northland commemorates Total Defence Day
Northland celebrates Lunar New Year
Northland Secondary School celebrates Pongal
Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 19 January 2018. Organised by the Tamil Unit, the event sought to educate the students on the significance of Pongal. Pongal is a festival celebrated in South India over four days, by farmers who give thanks to the Sun God for the blessings of a rich harvest. The event was marked by a concert as well as a display on how to make pongal.
2017 Release of GCE-O-Level Results
2017 Release of GCE-N-Level Results
On Monday 18 December 2017, graduating students from the newly merged Northland Secondary School received their GCE N-level results. All of them were warmly welcomed by Mdm Jennifer Tan Siew Woon, our principal. In the Normal Academic course, 41 students qualified for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP). In the Normal Technical course, 100% of the students qualified for post-secondary education in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
OPEN HOUSE 2017
Thank you for your support for our Open House!
Humanities Week 2017 – ‘Stewards Of Our Future’
In conjunction with National Day, the Humanities Department held its week-long signature programme, from 7th to 14th August 2017. It was aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our role as stewards for a future sustainable Singapore. Northstars experienced impersonation of our founding immigrants, collaborative projects with discussion of social issues, challenging inter-class current affairs quizzes, school-wide recycling trivia, imaginative political cartoon-sketching and poster-drawing. There was even an exhibition that showcased outstanding students’ works and appreciation of the value of the Humanities subjects. The finale item was a captivating skit that drove home the message that as Singaporeans, we take pride in celebrating as #onenationtogether.
Northland celebrates National Day with the community!
On 6 August 2017, Northland’s National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC), National Cadet Corps (NCC) Land and National Cadet Corps (NCC) Air participated in the Nee Soon East National Day Carnival as part of our community efforts to celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday together with the community. The members of the three uniformed groups were in high spirits and did our school proud by being uniformed group contingent in the carnival.
Northland welcomes back alumni
On 29 July 2017, Northland Secondary School welcomed back alumni from North View Secondary School. After a short sharing by our vice-principal, Mr Yip on the efforts leading to merger as well as the school’s progress, the alumni went on to tour the Heritage Gallery, which celebrates the legacies of both schools. Our staff, Mr Latiff, Mrs Rufus and Miss Daphne Chong as well as alumna, Miss Siti Fathona, also attended the session and had a wonderful time reconnecting back with our ex-students. It was a day to remember!
Mathematics Week took place from 24 July to 28 July 2017. Several exciting programmes and activities were conducted over the week to increase our Northstars’ understanding of and appreciation for Mathematics. The signature programme was the “Hello Panda Hunch” competition, where students used their estimation skills to guess the number of “Hello Panda” packets in a container. During Mathematics lessons, students worked on real-life problems to better understand the relevance of Mathematics in their daily lives. Selected students also represented their classes in Mathematics-based games, in a match of their mathematical problem-solving skills with students from other classes.
International Friendship Day
Teachers' Day Celebrations
Northland celebrated Teachers’ Day on 30 August 2017 with a myriad of activities to revel the day for our dedicated educators. Students made handmade flowers for their teachers to show their appreciation to them. This was followed by a class party. Teachers and students had a wonderful time before proceeding to the hall for the finale, the Teachers’ Day Concert. The theme for the concert was “Wind beneath my Wings”, which illustrates the care and concern that educators show to their wards. The school witnessed wonderful performances from students, the NCC Air unit and Northland Got Talent (NGT) finalists.
PAssion Arts HDB Mural Painting Facade Art 2017
Northland celebrates National Day 2017
On 8 August 2017, our school celebrated National Day with the theme of #OneNationTogether. The morning started with a Parade Observance Ceremony. Our school’s uniformed groups have put in a lot of time and effort to organise the parade, which lent the celebrations ceremonial splendour, and gave it significance. After the parade, the students proceeded back to class to do a Zentangle Art activity as well as dressing up a SG Icon. The students had a lot of fun bonding with one another. The day ended with a showcasing of the SG Icons and an entertaining performance by our teachers and our Northland Got Talent contestants, who led us in the community singing.
National Day Celebrations
National Day Parade
Nanyang International Music Competition
National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF)
National Day Celebrations
Youth Day 2017
Hari Raya Celebrations
Northland Cross Country
On 26 May 2017, Northland had our Cross Country at MacRitchie Reservoir. The Cross Country is part of the school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP), cultivating lifelong love for physical activity and sports in students. Students and staff gathered at MacRitchie Reservoir to enjoy the early morning run, overcoming challenges and showing resilience in completing the run. It was a fun day strengthening bonds and doing some physical exercise.
Northland Secondary School Inaugural Speech Day 2017
Northland Secondary School celebrated our Inaugural Speech Day as a merged school on 21 April 2017. The theme for our Speech Day is ‘Asfire’. It is an expression of our noblest aspiration for the merged school, just like two glowing flames that unite to burn more brightly. The guests-of-honour for the event were our former principals of Northland Secondary School and North View Secondary School, Mr Koh Yiak Kheng and Mr Remington Chen. The highlight of the day was the official opening of the Heritage Gallery, where we celebrated our past heritages and also serving as a reminder to continually strive for success.
Secondary 1 and 2 Historical Investigation (HI)
Northland’s Historical Investigation adopts a multimodal approach in learning history. For both cohorts, a fieldtrip to examine real artefacts was the key pedagogy to pique students’ curiosity about the past. Students were tasked to craft fictional accounts based on the concepts learnt to raise their historical awareness. In addition, role-play was an important component to enable Secondary One students to ‘immerse fully’ in the experiences of our immigrant forefathers. For the Secondary Two students, greater emphasis was placed on historical knowledge and the use of ICT to bring ‘history to life’ by creating a historical artefact (diary) using relevant sources and videos.
Secondary 3 and 4 Geographical Investigation
For Geographical Investigation (GI) this year, the Secondary Three cohort investigated the microclimate of Northland Secondary School in April while in May, the Secondary Four cohort researched on how Marina Bay Sands caters to business travellers. The teachers designed the learning packages for our Northstars to engage in enquiry processes and bond through teamwork as they participated in the fieldwork. For many, it was the first time to have held a sling psychrometer or conducted a survey and interview. Such opportunities bring out the joy of learning for our students as they are able to relate to the environment instead of simply being armchair geographers.
EBS Learning Journey to Sentosa Island
‘‘In Youthful Company” Performance at the Esplanade
Secondary 1 SPARCLE Week 2017
During SPARCLE (School programme for Physical, Academic, R3 (Respect, Responsibility and Resilience), Character, Leadership and Education & Career Guidance) Week, a suite of programmes is designed to provide opportunities for students to practise and reflect on their values and social-emotional competencies, enhance their school experience and learn experientially. The Secondary 1 students went through the NSS Trail in school, ABC Water Trail @ Lower Seletar Reservoir, a learning journey in the National Museum of Singapore and had fun at Kidzania @ Sentosa. They also did a Values In Action in school.
2018 Secondary 3 Subject Combinations Briefing
The Secondary 2 students and their parents attended a Secondary 3 Subject Combinations Briefing on 31 March 2017 to be aware of the various choices that are available to them when they are Secondary 3. During the briefing, the heads and coordinators of various departments shared about the nature of their subjects, their desired learning outcomes and their relevance in today’s world. Both parents and students are more informed about the choices available at the end of the session.
Parent Teacher Communication for Secondary 4 and 5 students
The Parent Teacher Communication for graduating class students was held last Friday 31 March 2017. During that useful session, Form Teachers got to touch base with parents and discuss about the child’s aspirations and academic performance and also about possible pathways that the child can go towards.
Secondary 2 SPARCLE Week 2017
Northland Overseas Values in Action (NOVIA)
Total Defence Day
The theme for our Total Defence Day this year is ‘Together We Keep Singapore Strong’, which reminds us to continuously take pride in our national identity, have a sense of belonging to Singapore and be committed to nation-building. There was a differentiated learning experience for the students in this year’s commemoration of Total Defence Day, with each level focusing on one of the five pillars of Total Defence Day. We also had an emergency exercise to stress the importance that emergency preparedness is everybody’s business.
Mother Tongue Fortnight 2017
Mother Tongue Fortnight kicked off this year on the eve of Chinese New Year with the Chinese New Year concert. This year the theme of the Mother Fortnight is ‘Love our language, Appreciate our Culture’. Students were given various platforms to delve deeper into traditions upheld in the past, appreciating tea sessions, calligraphy and making delicious traditional delicacies! The students definitely enjoyed learning more about their culture through food and traditional games.