Education Minister Mr Ong Ye Kung visits Northland Secondary School
Education Minister Mr Ong Ye Kung visits Northland Secondary School On 16 October 2018, our school welcomed the presence of a very important guest - our very own Education Minister, Mr Ong Ye Kung. Mr Ong enjoyed a lunch dialogue with our Northstars and encouraged them to focus on learning and doing their best. Mr Ong also had a dialogue with our teachers and wanted to know more about their views of the recent Workplan Seminar announcements on reducing assessment load and shared his perspectives on focusing on better teaching and better learning. It was definitely an enriching experience for both Northstars and staff.
Graduation Day 2018
28 September 2018 marked the end of the secondary school education for the class of 2018. The momentous day kicked off with a nostalgic video clip taking the students down memory lane. Mdm Tan also congratulated the students and gave them some advice on the importance of making their time meaningful. This was followed by the speeches by the representatives of each stream and a video of well wishes from the staff of Northland. It was a day of pride and joy and tears as students marked the last day of their secondary school life with the loudest rendition of our school song, “Responsible and Resolute”.
Teachers’ Day Celebrations
Northland celebrated Teachers’ Day on 30 August 2018 with a myriad of activities to revel the day for our dedicated educators. Students designed personalised dedications on canvas boards for their teachers to show their appreciation. 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 “Guardians of our Northstars”, which exemplifies the sense of mission and care and concern that Northland teachers show to their wards. The school witnessed wonderful performances from students and Northland Got Talent (NGT) finalists.
Northland celebrates National Day
On 8 August 2018, our school celebrated National Day. It was a wet morning but that did not deter our uniformed groups from carrying on with the 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. The parade really showed the resilience of our Northstars.
Northland celebrates National Day with the community!
On 5 August 2018, 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 53rd 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.
SPARCLE 2 Week - Secondary 3 Activities – Eco-Smart Towns
The Secondary 3 students participated in learning journeys to the City Square Mall and Centre of Building Research, where they examined how smart technology and eco-friendly features are embedded into our towns and homes to promote energy and water conservation. In a bid to promote a green lifestyle, our students worked in groups and innovated eco-smart products that can be used in everyday life. They presented their products to the school through self-made videos and inspired their peers to use energy and water more efficiently.
SPARCLE 2 Week - Secondary 2 Activities – Towards a Zero-Waste Nation
The Secondary 2 students were champions of a zero-waste nation. At the Tuas Incineration Plant, Semakau Landfill and NEWater Visitor Centre, our students were awed by the high- tech infrastructure that manages and disposes all the waste in Singapore. Faced with the reality that Singapore has limited land for solid waste disposal, our students embarked on an important mission to be Northland Waste Busters. They designed posters to advocate the 3Rs and shared enthusiastically with the school on the impact of waste on the environment.
SPARCLE 2 Week - Secondary 1 Activities – Living in Harmony with Nature
The Secondary 1 students put on an explorer’s lens and uncovered the biodiversity at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve. Inspired to do their part in nature conservation, our students worked in groups and designed interesting games to raise awareness of biodiversity and promote conservation. They engaged the Secondary 2 and 3 seniors who eagerly participated in the games which involved rescuing animals from harmful human activities.
SPARCLE 2 Week
The theme for Northland Secondary School’s inaugural SPARCLE 2 was Green Earth for Everyone. SPARCLE 2 started on a high note with a tree-planting ceremony by our School Leaders, Mdm Tan, Mr Yip and Ms Bian. Our students then participated in a myriad of activities and endeavoured to be stewards of the environment. The learning activities were designed to be interdisciplinary, weaving concepts across various academic subjects together, thereby allowing our students to see the relationship between the different disciplines and the SPARCLE 2 theme, Green Earth for Everyone.
Northland commemorates Racial Harmony Day
Our school commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 20 July 2018 with the theme "Diverse City". The Cultural Bites during recess were very well-received by the students as they indulged in the traditional food of the other races. During the assembly, Northstars were entertained with an interesting skit on Racial Harmony. This was followed by The Harmony Runway, which showcased our teachers and students who donned the traditional outfits and strutted down the runway. Students were able to understand the significance of Racial Harmony Day and also gained deeper appreciation of the different cultures in Singapore.
Northland Celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri
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.