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Northland celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

Northland celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year on 20 January. This year, the theme for the New Year celebrations is ‘Leaping to an auspicious year’ to usher in the year of the Rabbit. We started the week with a classroom decoration competition and also a lesson on making rabbit lanterns. On 20 January, the celebrations started with entertaining performances by the Guzheng Ensemble, Wushu and MCAC and then the school was then visited by some special guests – 2 LED lighted lions and the ‘God of Fortune’!

Northland celebrates Pongal

Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 13 January. 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 and our school seeks to educate our Northstars on the significance of Pongal in our community and also stress on the importance about learning about other cultures and practices.

Northstars Shine! - Release of 2022 GCE O-level Results

On Monday 12 January, graduating students from Northland Secondary School received their GCE O-level results.  All of them were warmly received by our School Leaders and Year Head.  After a short JAE briefing, the graduating students received their result slips from their respective Class Mentors.

Our top students paid tribute to their family, friends and teachers for being with them in this journey. Lyu Jiayin (4R1) is thankful for her parents’ faith in her and Anna Aaditya (4R1) is grateful for an inspirational Class Mentor in Mr Chen Weizhong. Lyu Shuchang (4R1) is appreciative of the valuable lessons imparted to her by her teachers, not just subject content, but also lifelong values such as responsibility and resilience.

Lok Yong Ching (4R3, Nicole Low (4R1), Aadi, Jiayin and Shuchang have all set their sights to going to the junior college of their choice to complete their A levels. Our top scorers would also like to share some tips with their juniors about preparing for examinations. Shuchang philosophises, “Our boat would inevitably face the danger of capsizing while sailing in the interminable sea of life challenges. We should not avoid boarding the boat because of fear, but to learn to sail with better skills so as to not let the waves devour us. Most importantly, you must always have belief in yourself.” Nicole advises, “Work hard , play hard. Truly immerse yourself in the activities that are provided by the school. While enjoying and having fun, don’t forget to focus and put in effort in your studies. Plan your time well and do the right thing at the right time!” 

Once again, congratulations Northstars for your stellar performances!

Welcome back to school – Start Right 2023

Northland Secondary School welcomed our Northstars back to school and began our Start Right Programme. During the week, Northstars had a good time reconnecting with their Class Mentors and their friends. Our new Secondary 1 Northstars also had the opportunity to know new friends, teachers and their new school. The year definitely promises to be an exciting one for our Northstars!

Northstars Shine! - Release of 2022 GCE N-level Results

On Monday, 19 December 2022, graduating students from Northland Secondary School received their GCE N-level results.  All of them were warmly welcomed by our School Leaders and Year Head. In the Normal Academic course, 50% of our 4NA students qualified to come back for Secondary 5 and 38 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).

 

Our top performers paid tribute to their teachers, parents and peers for their tremendous support. Shawn Yo (4R4) dedicated his success to his mother and thanked Mr Derek Han and Ms Lim Hwee Peng for their dedication in supporting him and moulding him to be the person that he has become. Kok Wei En (4R4) is also appreciative of the engaging lessons given by Mr Han that allowed him to improve his English Language. Aiw Rui En (4R6) is grateful for having a great friend in May Thu Nyunt (4R6) who supported her through arduous times. Rishikka (4R8) is also grateful to her parents as well as teachers like Ms Haw Yubin, Ms Nora and Mr Aaron Rajoo for helping her to realise her potential.

 So what’s next for our Northstars? Shawn has set his sights on the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). May wants to continue to Secondary 5 to complete her Secondary Education and Rishikka wants to fulfil her lifelong dream of being a nurse.

The students were asked what advice they would like to share with their juniors. Sneha (4R5) reminds her juniors to not underestimate themselves and with enough effort, they can achieve their dreams. Rui En reminds our Northstars that the national examinations is just a journey and if they have done their best, there is nothing to worry about. Rishikka also reiterates the importance of being focused in class.  Jane exhorts her juniors to never ever give up and Shawn echoes, “Work hard and don’t give up as hard work truly pays off!” Wise words from our top performers indeed.

 Once again, congratulations Northstars for your stellar performances! 

Learners who Share - Body Positivity Workshop

The Body Positivity Module introduced during the Sec 2 SPARCLE lesson culminated in a grooming workshop held on Tue 18 Oct. The students and trainers both had very positive feedback for each other, and the students enjoyed their morning of learning about etiquette related to grooming and posture.

Northstars Shine! - Historical Scene Investigation competition

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We are very pleased to announce that our Sec 2 Northstars have done well in the Historical Scene Investigation competition organised by NLB. Students had to research on an aspect of WWII and present their findings in a write up and in a video.  We sent 2 teams. Team 1 achieved the silver award. Team 2 achieved the gold award. 

Team 1 
Nuraz Ahamed (2T1) 
Sasmita Bufete (2T1)
Leah Marie (2T1) 
Arjunan Annadurai Aparna (2T1) 

Team 2
Faye (2T3)
Khloe (2T3)
Karl (2T4)
Dewi Sari (2T5)

Congrats to our Northstars and a big thank you to teachers for coaching the students!!

Graduation Day 2022 - Pursuing Excellence with Grit

23 September 2022 marked the end of the secondary school life for the class of 2022. Our students took a trip down memory lane and witnessed how they have grown from boys to men and for the ladies; from girls to young ladies. Our School Leaders and Year Head also congratulated our graduates and exhorted them to continue learning and to cherish the friendships that are forged in Northland. Our representatives from each stream recollected how experiences in school have shaped them to become the person that they are. Finally, our students marked the last day of their secondary school life by singing  their school song, “Responsible and Resolute” for the last time.

Creative Artistes – Malay Dance - Mutiara Tari 2022

Last weekend, the Malay dancers participated in a national dance competition, Mutiara Tari, in conjunction with the Bulan Bahasa 2022. Out of the 11 participating dance groups from secondary schools and polytechnics, we are happy and proud to share that they clinched 5th place! Our families also took opportunity to make this event a family outing. The faces of our Northstars and their families say it all!

Teachers’ Day Celebrations – Happy Starmakers’ Day

Northland honoured our Starmakers on Thursday, 1 September. Our day started with our Northstars preparing their gifts for their beloved teachers. This was soon followed by a fun teacher-and-students bonding session. Our highlight, the concert and GEMS Awards paid tribute to our teachers who have gone the extra mile to nurture character and inspire learning. We are proud of our Student Councillors who planned and executed this year’s celebrations with dedication, tenacity and gusto.

Northland celebrates National Day - Stronger Together, Majulah!

Northland celebrated our nation’s 57th Birthday on Monday 8 August. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Stronger Together, Majulah!“, a call for all Singaporeans to forge ahead as a united and strong people towards a better future. “Stronger Together” reminds Singaporeans that unity in our diversity is what makes us stronger.  The celebrations started off with a National Day Observance Ceremony. This is followed by a fun class activity – dressing our classmates up as symbolic icons of Singapore for the Singapore Runway. We ended our celebrations on a high with the Singapore Runway with the singing of National Day songs, reminding us that we are One People, One Nation, One Singapore!

Leaders who Dare – Student Council Investiture

The Students’ Council is the school’s premier platform for developing confident student leaders who dare. In its third year, the Council has strengthened in its resolve to be the student representatives, listening to the voices of Northstars. Our student leaders were formally recognised as representatives of the student leadership in Northland on 29 July. The ceremony started off with our Principal, sharing about the significance of being a leader.  This was followed by testimonies by our outgoing President as well as our inbound President, sharing about their leadership journeys. This was followed by the swearing-in of the new President and the EXCO. Our student leaders pledged to be Leaders who Dare, serving the community with pride and moral courage.  

Northland Commemorates Racial Harmony Day – Singapore: Our Multicultural Mosaic

Northland Secondary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 22 July. The day serves to remind us to be proud of our heritage and to learn to live in harmony and celebrate our unique, cross-cultural nature. Our Northstars came to school, dressed in their ethnic clothes to mark this important day. They were also treated to cultural delicacies during their breaks. The highlight of the day is definitely the assembly programme which served to educate and entertain our Northstars on racial harmony.


Secondary 2NT Category A Elective Modules

Every year, our 2NT and 3NT students are given the opportunity to study a Category A Elective Module (EM) at ITE.

The modules are meant to

  • broaden the learning experiences of students
  • expose them to possible educational progression and career pathways, thereby enabling them to make more informed choices upon graduation from secondary schools.
  • discover how the knowledge and skills learnt can be applied to related industries.


Our 2NT students were given the choice to choose between Fitness for Life and (Small Business Operations. The students enjoyed their learning experience at ITE very much and they are looking forward their second stint in Sec 3.


A Northstar Shines… Once Again

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Northland would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to our alumnus, Andrew Nguyen Huy Dat (Class of 2019) for his stellar performance in the 2021 A levels. Andrew plans to go to National University of Singapore to pursue Data Science and Analytics. Other than pursuing his studies, Andrew intends to widen his horizon by going for internships and joining interest groups. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Andrew!

Chong Pang Next Top Speaker - Mohammad Azri Rahmat Bin Mohammad Rizal (3A3)

Northland is proud to share that our Northstar, Mohammad Azri Rahmat Bin Mohammad Rizal (3A3) managed to clinch the first placing in the Chong Pang Next Top Speaker! 


The public speaking competition is organised by Chong Pang Toastmasters Club and students across secondary schools in Yishun pit their public speaking skills to vie for the title of being Chong Pang Next Top Spealer. Azri’s prepared speech on, “What is life?” and the impromptu speech on, “Internet should be a human right. Discuss.” was dealt with so much verve and confidence and won over the judges. With him earning the title of, ‘Chong Pang Next Top Speaker 2022’, the Challenge Trophy has finally made its way home to Northland after 6 long years. Congratulations to all our Northstars who have participated and a very big thank you to our Starmakers for guiding them. 

Northland Speech and Prize-Giving Day – Strive and Strive

On 22 April 2022, Northland had our Speech and Prize-Giving Day, where we recognised and affirmed award winners for their outstanding 2021 achievements and contributions to the school.  


In our journey of trying to keep the flame of success alive, our Northstars and Starmakers have put in so much effort. The theme ‘Stride & Strive’ captured how Northstars and Starmakers had worked hard, and their achievements, celebrate this effort. The theme also sought to encourage each other to stride and strive, to continue our pursuit to take everyday challenges in our stride, and strive to attain what we dream of in our life journey. Congratulations to all Northstars and Starmakers! 

Learners who Share – An outing to watch Meenah and Cheenah


On 13 May, our teachers brought the Upper Secondary Literature students to Capitol Theatre to watch Meenah and Cheenah, a play staged by Dream Academy. The students were extremely excited as the play was a sweet celebration of the end of the exam season!  


The play was about the close friendship of a Chinese and Malay duo, and revealed the racial harmony as well as racial stereotypes that our society perpetuates. Overall, the play was uplifting, hilarious and highly entertaining too.

Here’s what some of our students have to say:  

 “What I liked about the play was the inside jokes that are relatable to Singaporeans! I also liked the Tik Tok dance breaks as the actors were so cute and the audience cheered loudly for them!”  - Joy, 3A1  

 “I rate the show 10/10. The show was very entertaining and kept me hooked from the start till the end. It really shows the stereotypes and discrimination of the minority in a controversial yet humorous way. I also enjoyed spending time with my peers. Definitely a highlight of my secondary 4 year!“ - Hari, 4R4   

Indeed, teachers and students alike were laughing throughout the play! We are already looking forward to the next opportunity to bring the students out for a play.

Northstars Shine! – National Cadet Corps (Land)

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Congratulations to our NCC Land cadets for being awarded DISTINCTION in the Unit Recognition Award. Well done Northstars!

 

Northstars Shine! – National Cadet Corps (Air)

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Congratulations to our NCC Air cadets for being awarded DISTINCTION in the Unit Recognition Award. Well done Northstars!

 

A Northstar Shines! - Alesha Binte Mohamed Shabir from class 1S8

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Our school would like to affirm our young and amazingly talented Northstar, Alesha Binte Mohamed Shabir from class 1S8, whose lyrics were chosen to feature in one of the songs from 128 Circle, Gonna Rise Up! 128 Circle is a drama serial featured on Channel 5 which shows the daily lives of hawkers from a food centre, the daily sights and sounds that we, Singaporeans are familiar with and are proud of, and the challenges they face. Alesha’s achievement is also testament that you are never too young for anything and to reach for the skies if you dare! Well done, Alesha!

Northstars Shine! - Girl Guides

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Congratulations to our Girl Guides for being awarded the Puan Noor Aishah BRONZE Award.  The Puan Noor Aishah Award is a significant award presented to all Girl Guides Units who have fulfilled the criteria set by Girl Guides Singapore to recognise outstanding and effective units. Well done Northstars!

 

Northstars Shine! – National Police Cadet Corps

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Congratulations to our NPCC cadets for being awarded GOLD in the Unit Overall Proficiency Award (UOPA). The UOPA is a benchmark used to rank the NPCC Units in Singapore. It is an annual assessment which comprises of many categories, including the unit administration, enrichments and activities participation, achievement in various competitions and cadets’ promotion and awards. Well done Northstars!

 

Visit by our Second Minister for Education, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman

Northland Secondary School was graced by a visit from our Second Minister for Education, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman on 19 April. He officiated the opening of our new Student Recreation Centre, the Nebula and also engaged with some of our Northstars and Starmakers. At the Nebula Student Centre, Dr Maliki was warmly welcomed by our student hosts Ng Chee Yong from class 3A5 and Nur Khaililah Binte Halil from class 3A7.

Nebula Student Centre will be officially opened from Friday, 22 April after our Speech Day celebrations and it promises to be the hottest new place in Northland!

Citizens who Care - Northland commemorates Total Defence Day

Northland commemorated Total Defence Day on 15 February. Our theme this year is “Together, We Keep Singapore Strong”. The school had arranged a whole suite of experiential learning programmes to remind Northstars that Singapore is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore. During recess, our Northstars learnt about food rationing. Our Secondary 1s went through an emergency evacuation and learnt how to perform CPR. Our Secondary 2s went to Singapore Discovery Centre to learn more about Military Defence. Our Secondary 3s and Secondary 4s embarked on Virtual Learning journeys and our Secondary 5s learned how to prevent fake news.

Learners who Share - Mother Tongue Languages Fortnight

Northland organised Mother Tongue Languages Fortnight from 7 February to 18 February. In line with the Mother Tongue Language Department’s mission of ‘‘Live our Language, Love our Culture’, the department organised interesting hands-on activities for our students to gain a deeper understanding of their respective cultures and heritage. Our students played traditional games, learnt to make Roti Jala and Chinese dumpling and also learnt more about Chinese and Indian painting and clay making.

Northland celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

Northland celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year on 31 January, which was the eve of the Lunar New Year. This year, the theme for the New Year celebrations is “Roaring with Vitality” or 福虎生风. It signifies the school’s determination to forge ahead in the New Year with vigour and vivacity. 


The celebrations started with entertaining performances by the Guzheng Ensemble, Wushu and MCAC. The students then started making their own paper fans and practised the vitality mass dance. The classes were visited by a special guest – the ‘God of Fortune’ who took pains to go to every class to shower them blessings and wishing everyone academic success, health and overall wellness!

Northland celebrates Pongal

Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 14 January. 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. Organised by the Tamil Unit, the virtual event seeks to educate our Northstars on the significance of Pongal and the importance about learning about other cultures and practices.

2021 GCE O-Level Results

On Monday 12 January, graduating students from Northland Secondary School received their GCE O-level results.  All of them were given a warmly received by our School Leaders and Year Head.  After a briefing, the graduating students received their result slips from their respective Form Teachers.


Our top students paid tribute to their family, friends and teachers for being with them in this journey. Wang Jingxi (4R1) recalled how she was welcomed by her teachers and classmates when she first stepped into the school and thanked them for the academic and emotional care and support. So what is the next step for our successful Northstars? Chong Yuan Bang, Li Ao and Tew Kang Yan from 4R1 have set their sights on entering a Junior College while Kiam Jian Joe (4R1) has decided to enter a desired course in the Polytechnic. Hikaru Tan (5R1) would like to do something that suits his interests and strengths

Our Northstars would also like to share some tips with their juniors about preparing for examinations. Kang Yan shared that there are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on yourself. Li Ao (4R1) said, “Learning is never something easy, everyone struggles. However, you should always believe in yourself and never give up. I trust that all of you have the potential to perform even better and make Northland proud!”

START RIGHT! Programme 2022

Northland Secondary School kicked off 2022 with our START RIGHT! Programme to prepare our Northstars for the new school year. START RIGHT! Programme allows our Class Mentors to know their students better and to set collective goals. During bonding sessions, students took the lead in planning and facilitating the team bonding activities and the START RIGHT! lessons also allowed Class Mentors set routines, norms and expectations with students to create a conducive class that is ready for learning.

Teachers' Day Celebrations - Our Heroes

The theme for this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebrations was entitled “Our Heroes”, paying tribute to our educators who are always there for our Northstars, protecting them and imparting them with timeless values. Our day started with our Northstars preparing their personalised renditions of our heroes to be presented to their Form Teachers. This was soon followed by a fun teacher-and-students bonding session. Our highlight, the GEMS Awards paid tribute to our teachers who have gone the extra mile to nurture character and inspire learning. After the concert, the teachers attended an online Zoom tea, entitled A Tea-rific Day to end the celebrations. 





Northland celebrates National Day

Northland celebrated our nation’s 56th Birthday on Friday 6 August. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Together, Our Singapore Spirit.“  The theme reminds us of our common Singapore identity and Singaporeans coming together as one united people. The celebrations started off with a reduced National Day Observance Ceremony, followed by an educational Virtual Learning Journey to the Civic District, which reminds us of the contributions by our forefathers. Our entertaining MCAC also hyped us up with their enchanting dance moves. This is followed by a fun class activity – e-Harmony Runway, whereby our Northstars dressed their classmates up as symbolic icons of Singapore. We ended our e-celebrations with National Day songs that remind us of our shared sense of values and purpose. Despite Phase 2 restrictions, it was a day to remember. 

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Northland Commemorates Racial Harmony Day – Singapore's diversity is a strength

Northland Secondary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day amidst Phase 2 tightened measures. The day serves to remind ourselves that racial harmony is something we need to continue working hard on and not to take it for granted. We would like to thank the teachers and students who have come forward to star in our special Racial Harmony video, sharing their reflections and generating deep conversations in class during FTGP. Our Northstars were also treated to cultural delicacies during their breaks to savour and appreciate the delights that our different cultures have given us. It was a wonderful day of learning. 


Leaders who Dare: Student Leaders Investiture – Empowered Voices

Our student leaders were formally recognised as representatives of the student leadership in Northland on 9 July 2021. The virtual ceremony started off with our SH Leadership explaining the significance of the ceremony and also introduced the new President of the Student Council. This was followed by the swearing-in of the new President and the affirmation of the student leaders in class. Our student leaders also pledged to be Leaders who Dare, serving the community with pride and moral courage.  


SPARCLE 2 - Green Earth for Everyone

This year, we show our resilience and ability to adapt by organising SPARCLE 2 in a brand new manner. Northstars were able to witness the opening ceremony either from home or from their classrooms. They were also addressed virtually by our Grassroots Advisor, Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, who wished us well and also exhorted us to be green advocates. Over the next few days, our students went through adapted experiences based on the level themes – Living in Harmony with Nature, Towards a Zero Waste Nation, Promoting Eco-Smart Towns. Our Artmosphere exhibition featured  “Breathe!”, an art installation which serves as a reminder to recycle and be kind to Mother Earth.


Northland Celebrates Hari Raya

Northland held our Hari Raya celebrations on the last day of school, 28 May. This year's celebration is aptly themed Adaptability in Adversity where we stay resilient and united in preserving our cultural practices despite facing difficulties. We started our unique online celebrations with our Principal wishing all Muslim colleagues and Northstars a safe and peaceful Hari Raya in her Closing of Term address. Then we showcased how a school staff celebrated Hari Raya differently, before we were entertained by our Malay Dancers and educated by our talented Northstars in a heartwarming skit. We ended the celebrations with a design-your-own Malay costume competition.


Northland Secondary School Speech & Prize-Giving Day 2021 – Revitalise!

Our school celebrated the achievements of our students on 23 April 2021. This year, our theme is ‘Revitalise!’. “Revitalise!” is a deliberate ‘pause’ in our journey of integrating students, staff and systems, to allow us to crystallise the school’s strategic direction and work towards our vision. The intent of this reflective stock-take is to invigorate our students and staff to scale greater heights and taste greater successes in the journey ahead. Our day began with a fringe activity followed by our Northstars’ well wishes to their schoolmates. We had our Prize-Giving Day later in the morning with our Polaris Award going to Clarice Ong of 4R2, class of 2020, who encouraged our Northstars not to procrastinate and to reach for the stars. Our Speech Day ended with the whole school singing our school song, promising to go “From Triumph to Triumph”!



Northstar Shines! A Leader who Dares – Michelle Lim

Northland Secondary School is proud to share that SI (NPCC) Michelle Lim of Secondary 4R4 has been conferred the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) SPF-NPCC Badge this year. The SPF-NPCC award is the pinnacle award that recognises the outstanding achievements and leadership capabilities of cadets. It is the highest award badge that cadets can achieve. Michelle is the Chairperson of our NPCC Unit.  Her dedication and contributions earned her this highest honour and we beam with pride as we celebrate this achievement with her. Well done Michelle!

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Learners Who Share – Secondary 3 CAT A Elective Modules

Our Northstars from 3A7 and 3A8 attended CAT A Elective Modules from 5-8 April to experience the engaging curriculum that ITE has to offer. During the stint, they attended the Design and Build Your Own Glider EM or the Mobile Robots in Mechatronics EM. During the stint, they attended the Design and Build Your Own Glider EM or the Mobile Robots in Mechatronics EM. They had an enjoyable time and it has definitely opened their eyes on what ITE can offer to them when they finish their secondary school education. We thank their FTs and members of the UPLIFT committee for accompanying our Northstars on this wonderful experience!


Learners who Share - CAT A Elective Modules

Our Northstars from 2T6 and 2T7 attended CAT A Elective Modules from 22 - 25 March. 2T6 attended the Creating a Computer Game EM at ITE College Central while 2T7 attended the Small Business Operations EM at ITE College East. During the four days, our students were given a taste of the exciting curriculum that ITE has to offer. We thank their FTs and members of the UPLIFT committee for accompanying our Northstars on this eye-opening experience!

Northland Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

Northland celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year on 11 February, which was the eve of the Lunar New Year. This year, the theme for the New Year celebrations is ‘One Beat One Spirit’. This is to remind students the solidarity of the Northland Family and the importance of being united. The celebrations started with entertaining performances by the Guzheng Ensemble, Wushu and MCAC. The students then started making their own cup drums and practised the ‘One Beat One Spirit’ drumming experience. The classes were visited by a special guest – the ‘God of Fortune’ who took pains to go to every class to shower them blessings and wishing everyone academic success!


Northland Commemorates Total Defence Day

Northland commemorated Total Defence Day on 9 February. Our theme this year is “Together, We Keep Singapore Strong”. The school had arranged a whole suite of experiential learning programmes to remind Northstars that Singapore is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore. Our Northstars learnt about food rationing and eating simply during difficult times. Our Secondary 1s went through CPR training and our Secondary 2s went to Singapore Discovery Centre to learn more about Military Defence. Our Secondary 3s and Secondary 4s embarked on Virtual Learning journeys and our Secondary 5s learned how to prevent fake news. 

Leaders who Dare – ACE Runners

11 of our ACE Runners took part in the Standard Chartered Virtual Marathon last year. Despite having just started training for a few months, our runners bravely completed the 5K challenge. For their efforts, each participant were presented with a finisher’s medal, running tee as well as a pair of running shoes. If you are interested in running,  do join us in our ACE Running programme every Tuesday 3.30pm to 5.30pm! Do approach Mr Razak for more details.

Learners who Share - Experience ITE Programme

Our Secondary 2NT Northstars went for an Experience ITE Programme on 8 February 2021. Students learned about the careers they can pursue and participated in real-life training using actual training equipment. It was an insightful and enjoyable day for our Northstars. 

Leaders who Dare - NCC Cadets @ Khatib Bongsu Nature Park Kayaking and Engagement Session

On Saturday, 30 January, our NCC cadets, Aloysius Tay (4R1), Ibrahim Bin Hamzah (4R4) and Nithish Rajan (4R4) joined students from other secondary schools to explore Khatib Bongsu Nature Park via kayaks with our grassroots advisor, Mr Louis Ng. Accompanied by Ms Lorraine Soon, our Northstars definitely enjoyed the experience on a beautiful Saturday morning. Way to go, Northstars!

A shining Northstar – Chloe Ng (3A2)

Our Art Unit is proud to announce that Chloe‘s mask design is displayed for sale at the three heritage institutions (Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall). Chloe was one of the winners of the Mask-a-rade Challenge organised by the National Heritage Board last year. Besides having her winning artwork printed on face masks, she also received a $200 voucher. Congratulations Chloe!

Northland celebrates Pongal

Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 15 January 2021. 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. Organised by the Tamil Unit, the event seeks to educate our Northstars on the significance of Pongal and the importance about learning about other cultures and practices. 



Welcome back to school - Start Right 2021

Northland Secondary School welcomed our Northstars back to school and began our Start Right Programme. During these 2 days, Northstars were reminded of the importance of having a sense of gratitude, having a positive mindset and also learning how to take care of their social, emotional, physical, academic and spiritual (SEPAS) wellness. Northstars also had a good time reconnecting with their form teachers and their friends. Our new Secondary 1 Northstars also had the opportunity to know new friends and teachers. The year definitely promises to be an exciting one for our Northstars! 


A very special Graduation Day

25 September 2020 marked the end of the secondary school education for the class of 2020. The momentous day was carried out remotely in our classes. The event kicked off with a nostalgic video clip taking the students down memory lane. Mdm Tan also congratulated the students and reminded them on the importance of diligence and cultivating a sense of gratitude. This was followed by the speeches by the representatives of each stream and a video of well wishes from the Form Teachers of the graduating classes. It was a day of pride and joy as students marked the last day of their secondary school life by singing “Responsible and Resolute” for the last time. 

Teachers’ Day Celebrations

This year’s Teachers’ Day Celebrations took a different form but it was still nonetheless a significant one. The theme for this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebrations was entitled “Those were the Days”. Our day started with our Northstars preparing handmade bouquets to be presented to their Form Teachers. This was soon followed by a fun teacher-and-students bonding session through a game of Jeopardy. Our online concert soon started with our teachers reminiscing about their past and the school was also treated to enchanting performances by the MCAC and our ACE students. Our highlight, the GEMS Awards paid tribute to our teachers who have gone the extra mile to nurture character and inspire learning. After the concert, the teachers attended an online Zoom lunch to end the celebrations. 



Student Council Investiture 2020

This year marks the inaugural Student Council Investiture. The ceremony albeit done in a smaller scale, was still much celebrated with dignity and meaning. Our first elected President of Student Council, Sheila Ng Xin Yi (3A2), led all the newly-appointed Executive Committee Members in the oath-taking. They pledged their unwavering commitment to be the voice of Northstars and to serve the school with confidence and pride. While the incoming leaders were invested, the outgoing leaders were honoured for their service and dedication. The legacy left behind by their predecessors will continue to be strengthened by the new generation of leaders. The shift from Prefectorial to Student Council Board has been a testament of such spirit, which runs analogous to this year’s theme of, ‘Empowered to Excel’.



Northland Commemorates Racial Harmony Day

Racial Harmony Day was commemorated in a very different way this year. We could not celebrate as a whole community as we normally do, and so the school worked really hard to make sure that whatever we did do was as meaningful as possible. We would like to thank the teachers who have offered to star in our special Racial Harmony video. This has generated deep reflections and sharing, highlighting student voice through the reflections, demonstrating the power of personal stories. Our festivities along the corridor and the special dishes in the canteen were the amazing icing on the cake, wrapping up a week of deep reflection with a lighter touch to awareness building through food.





Northland celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2020

Hari Raya celebrations has always been one of the favourite events in Northland Secondary School as we celebrate it with staff and Northstars. This year, we took on a more intimate yet meaningful celebration amidst the COVID-19 measures. With everyone in their classrooms, we watched heartfelt Hari Raya well-wishes from school leaders, teachers and staff. We were also entertained by our very own Malay dancers who put up a showcase parading their coveted Hari Raya outfits! Our Northland teachers and staff also rose to the challenge and did their very own Hari Raya showcase. All in the spirit of celebrating the triumph of patience, perseverance and hope.


Citizens who Care – NSS Safe Reopening

Our Secondary 1, 2 and graduating students returned back to school after Circuit Breaker. In school, our Northstars continued to show social responsibility by practising COVID-19 GEARUP and safe distancing. Well done, Northstars! #nssunited




Learners who Share

Our Northland Art teachers, at the 9th annual Art Teachers' exhibition, a;edge (Art Educators’ Developmental and Generative Explorations) 2020, sharing about their art installation “Ripple”. Please click on the link below to read our artists’ interview– 


Northland commemorates Total Defence Day - 14 February 2020

Northland commemorated Total Defence Day on 14 February under the gloom of DORSCON orange. However, behind every cloud is a silver lining and behind every experience is a learning opportunity. Our Northstars appreciated the reason behind our temperature taking exercises and being a socially responsible citizen. Our Northstars also learnt more about food rationing and eating simply during difficult times. They also learnt during their segregated recesses to be Citizens who Care - to clean up after eating by carrying out the Wipe-down Routine. The Secondary 2s learnt to play Guardians of the City, a Total Defence card game, during FTGP.


Family Champions (FamChamps) Of Northland Secondary School

Destiny Stashar Phileo Stanley(3A1), Siti Nor Umairah Binte Mohd Hishammuddin (3A2) and Kinesh Kalaiselvan (3A4) are the Family Champions (FamChamps) Of Northland Secondary School. Their role is to champion family togetherness and values in Northland Secondary School. 

This video is created by the FamChamps, under the guidance of their teacher Mr Ou Jianwen to share the parents of our Secondary Ones their child's needs during this transition period into secondary school. It also gives opportunities to our students to show appreciation towards their family because FAMILY IS IMPORTANT and FAMILY MATTERS!



Northland celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

Northland celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year on 24 January, which was the eve of the Lunar New Year. This year, the theme for the New Year celebrations is ‘Togetherness’. This is to remind students the importance of family and solidarity. The celebrations started with an enthralling Lion Dance performance. The students then went back for an exciting Chinese knot making competition. The school then went back to the hall and was entertained by an rousing concert put up by the Chinese unit. 



Northland celebrates Pongal


Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 17 January 2020. 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. Organised by the Tamil Unit, the event seeks to educate our Northstars on the significance of Pongal and the importance about learning about other cultures and practices.




Staff Learning Festival

Objectives:
Staff Learning Festival 2019 is for staff to:
  • Increase staff capacity and enhance school support in assessment literacy
  • Form a clearer understanding of of WA in AA
  • Explore digital literacy through the wonders of coding


X-plore Carnival

The X-plore Carnival is the last activity of our LLP, Game for Life. X-plore Carnival exposes students to new and novel sports and physical activities and focuses on instilling Sportsmanship.  On 24 October 2019, our Secondary 1 to 3 students had a wonderful time taking part in Inline-skating, Tag Archery and Bubble Bump Soccer. Through these activities, they also showed sportsmanship by showing Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.


Learners who Share - ALP Symposium

Our school’s annual ALP Symposium was held on 23 October 2019. In line with our school’s vision of “Learners who Share”, the symposium provided a platform for our Secondary 2 students to share their research projects with their juniors. 

The Secondary 1 students were intrigued as their seniors explained how certain health supplements could impact the lifespan of C. elegans, and their possible correlations to human’s longevity. Phatcharaphon from 1S1 commented, “The symposium is very fun and interesting.” We also invited Temasek Polytechnic to engage our Northstars on their Diploma in Gerontology and to inspire them to pursue this endeavour. It was a good day of learning and sharing for our Northstars. 

Teachers’ Day Celebrations

Northland celebrated Teachers’ Day on 5 September with a series of activities to revel the day for our committed educators. Students designed personalised dedications on clipboards 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 concert was kick-started by a resounding pledge by our teachers to fulfil their mission to bring out the best in our Northstars. This was followed by a delightful performance, entitled “Genies of Northstars”, in dedication to our teachers.  

Leaders who Share - Mayor's North West Networking Session for Schools

On 2 September 2019, the school was invited to share with the community about the school's effort in saving the environment. Our Northstars shared about our SPARCLE 2 Week, the lesson packages designed by the departments based on theme Green Earth for Everyone. 



Northland Celebrates Singapore's 54th National Day

On 8 August 2018, our school celebrated Singapore’s 54th National Day. We started the morning 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.  After the parade, the students proceeded back to class for the Bicentennial Clay-Making activity as well as dressing up their runway icon. The students had a lot of fun bonding with one another. That was followed by an entertaining performance by our Northstars and a showcase of the SG icons. The celebrations ended on a high with community singing and the recitation of the National Pledge with gusto. 

CLASS ACTIVITY

CONCERT

OBSERVANCE PARADE

Movie Night

On 26 July Friday, 98 students and their families had a blast watching the movie, “Aquaman” in our school hall. There was a kampong-like atmosphere with everyone relaxing as they watched the movie “Aquaman”.  This activity was organised by our dedicated Parent Support Group (PSG). Our students went home with wonderful memories. 

Racial Harmony Week

Between 15 and 19 July 2019, Northland Secondary School celebrated Racial Harmony Week. A series of meaningful activities were lined up, including classroom discussions on racial harmony in Singapore, a special Citizenship Ceremony for where our Secondary 3s reflected on their responsibilities as Citizens in our multiracial context, a session of Cultural Bites where students, staff and partners got to sample Kacang Puteh, and a hall concert focused on our cultural diversity. We are also very heartened to have our PSG members come on board our RHD celebrations, with them organising a display of carefully curated ethnic items at Makers to help our students learn about our multiculturalism.

 

Leaders who Dare - NCC Day Observance Ceremony

Northland celebrated NCC Day on 3 July 2019, Wednesday. This year, NCC Day was led by the newly appointed CCA leaders of NCC Land & Air. The parade commander for NCC Day was Master Sergeant Muhamad Dannish Hyder Bin Md Shukor (NCC Land) from Sec 3A2 and the Contingent Commander was Staff Sergeant Nur Nabilah Binte Rosli (NCC Air) from Sec 3A2. They accepted this daunting task with pride and they did an excellent job leading and commanding the contingent.


NSS Combined Uniformed Groups (UG) Camp

Over the weekend of 5-7 July, our uniformed groups conducted their annual combined UG camp. A total of 116 students enjoyed 3 days of outdoor challenges that included a high element course, rafting and an amazing race. Through these activities they strengthened friendships and group identity whilst deepening their understanding of the values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.  This valuable experience for our UG students could not have been possible without the dedication of 15 of our UG teachers, especially Mr Sean Oh and Ms Pang Yijia who led by organising the camp. 

Community Plank Art activity (organised by Nee Soon East CC)

This year, our school participated in a community plank art activity organised by Nee Soon East CC. This year's theme is titled 'Uniquely Singapore'. Our students painted on big plywood hearts to depict Singapore icons and flora and fauna. Our school adopted 20 hearts of different sizes that were painted by students from Heart Club and 3A4. The plank art hearts will be displayed in front of block 227 (opposite Nee Soon Town Council) and block 210 (next to Nee Soon East CC) for the coming National Day Celebrations. 

D.A.R.E. Enterprise Education Programme

Between 27 and 30 May 2019, some of our Secondary 1 Northstars got to market and sell their handcrafted upcycled products at Makers, as part of their D.A.R.E. Enterprise Education Programme. These products included key chains made and extendable pencil cases made from fabric, and stress balls made from old balloons. Through running their retail activity in Makers, students got to develop their entrepreneurial skills and 21st century competencies such as communication, collaboration and inventive and critical thinking skills.



Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight

The purpose of the Mother Tongue Languages Fortnight is to provide interesting experiences for Northstars to appreciate culture associated with their own Mother Tongue languages, as well as that of others. Northstars also develop the joy of learning Mother Tongue languages and cultures through interesting programmes and competitions. 

 

CL Unit 


ML Unit 


TL Unit


Shooting for the Stars with our Dads

On 6 April, the Dads of our Parent Support Group (PSG) organised their 4th edition of the popular Futsal Wars. This event, which is annually organised by the Dads, is also one of the X-press Sports Competitions of our Learning for Life Programme (LLP). The highlight of the event was the special guest appearances of 4 football stars from Home United Football Club. These players took time off their busy schedule to inspire and mingle with our Northstars. Everyone was a winner as our students showed respect, responsibility and resilience in their quest for sporting excellence. The school would like to thank the parents, Mr Mohamed Faisal Bin Mohamed Noor, Mr Victor Soh and Mrs Molly Leong for running the successful event. Our appreciation also goes out to our sporting partner, Yishun Sports Centre, which arranged for the special appearance of the Home United stars, and to Home United for making the event extra special with their presence.



Northland celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Northland celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri on the last day of school, 31 June. The Malay Unit put up a musical skit which emphasised the importance of preserving our tradition, just like the popular Malay proverb, ‘Hidup dikandung adat, mati dikandung tanah’. The skit weaved in entertaining performances such as Dikir Barat as well as an amazing performance by our Malay Dancers. Despite preparing for Hari Raya celebration during Ramadhan and Mid-Year examination period, our students and teachers were resilient to put up a fabulous and meaningful educational performance. The students courageously went out of their comfort zone to learn new skills and grow as creative artistes.


Northland Secondary School Speech & Prize-Giving Day – Forge

Our school held our Speech and Prize-Giving Day on 26 April 2019. This year, our theme is ‘Forge’, which encapsulates the spirit of our Northstars striving ahead on their charted "True North" journey to become Learners who Share, Citizens who Care, and Leaders who Dare, guided by our staff's conviction of Nurturing Character and Inspiring Learning. The school was honoured by the presence of our Guest of Honour, Grandma Mary Ho, who imparted an important lesson to all Northstars on the significance of lifelong learning. The event started off with the opening of Makers – an Enterprise Education initiative. Subsequently, the audience was enchanted by a performance by Grandma Mary and her band. This was followed by the prize-giving ceremony where we were also treated to performances by the Pipe Band, Indian Dance and MCAC. The event ended with the opening of the newly-upgraded Design and Technology room, The Forge, where a wonderful reception was held. It was indeed a memorable evening.

SPEECH & PRIZE-GIVING DAY



MAKERS SPACE  & THE FORGE


PERFORMANCES

Bestowment Ceremony - Wushu

Our school wishes our young pugilists all the best in the National School Games Wushu Championships 2019. The competition features pugilists from schools all over Singapore, showcasing a variety of martial arts forms, including different types of weapons. Students train in fixed routines, and compete against others to determine who is the best in terms of form, grace, and vigour.

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Bestowment Ceremony – Pipe Band

The Pipe Band will be participating in the Southeast Asian Pipe Band Championships on 1st and 2nd June.  The Championships is a competitive pipe band event held in Singapore. It is in line with international piping standards and conducted at both solo and band categories. Good luck Northstars! 


Northland Secondary School Anti-Drug Week

This week commemorates Northland’s Anti-Drug Week. During the week, Northstars learnt more about the harmful effects of drugs, their consequences and how they hurt those around them. The highlight of the week was when special guest star, Mr Noel Yap of Ah Boys to Men fame, gave an honest sharing of how his life was almost ruined by drugs. It was indeed a good week of learning. 

Arts Showcase – Indian Dance, Malay Dance and MCAC

The school was given a real treat as our school’s dance groups performed for the school as a run-up to Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. The performances were original, bold and entertaining. Most importantly, they show the resilience Northstars have put in. 


Arts Showcase – Symphonic Band

Our school Symphonic Band gave our Northstars a delightful performance during morning assembly as the band prepares itself for the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. 


Our Girl Guides commemorate World Thinking Day

Every year on 22 February, Girl Guides Singapore (GGS) joins 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to commemorate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day is a day to celebrate international friendships and promote positive actions that make our world a better place.

  

Arts Showcase – Gu Zheng Ensemble

 Our Guzheng Ensemble gave our Northstars an enchanting performance during morning assembly as the ensemble prepares itself for the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. 

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.     




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