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Mother Tongue Department

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  • To develop Northstars into confident learners and competent speakers in their own Mother Tongue languages.
  • To provide interesting experiences for Northstars to appreciate culture associated with their own Mother Tongue languages, as well as that of others.

The Chinese Language unit focuses on improving Northstars’ language proficiency and increasing their exposure to traditional Chinese culture. Through the creative use of ICT in classrooms and a diverse range of out-of-classroom activities, we seek to create a more interactive and engaging learning environment. In Northland, we encourage students to participate in a wide range of school activities, such as festive drum performances, Chinese calligraphy, tea appreciation and theatre performances. In motivating students to be more creative in language use, we also got students to pen down new meaningful lyrics based on a popular Chinese song “When we are together” and showcase their good work to their peers. To maximise student potential, we also provided opportunities for students to participate in external competitions, such as speech contest and translation competition. 

The Malay Language unit has always placed emphasis on the need for understanding the rich cultural heritage and values of the Malay community in line with Arif Budiman. One of the key approaches is to infuse aesthetic and authentic learning through the different platforms such as Mother Tongue Language Fortnight, Hari Raya Concert and external events such as competitions and Malay Language Ambassadors (Rakan Bahasa 2018) for our Northstars. Through the exposure given, we hope to stress the importance of developing a strong appreciation of the Malay Language and being deeply rooted to one’s culture.

The Tamil Language unit believes in promoting the Tamil language and Indian culture through immersion and experience. The Pongal Festival concert helped to deepen the students’ appreciation of the South Indian culture. During Mother Tongue Language Fortnight, activities such as Kolam and Rangoli drawing and the making of garland and Indian traditional instruments were carried out. The unit also organised a talk for parents of the upper secondary Tamil students, entitled ‘Journeying with My Children during their Teenage Years’. The talk was given by SINDA Speaker Ms Sarojini Venkatasamy. A motivational talk for lower secondary Tamil students was also conducted. Given by SINDA Speaker Mr Balakumaran Krishnaswamy, it created greater awareness for students on how to leverage their strengths and weaknesses to maximise their potential. Our students took part in the Science of Tamils competition and National ICT Sharing for Tamil language students. Our teachers and students also participated in the Teaching and Learning of Tamil Language Exhibition at the 12th World Tamil Teachers’ Conference.

Adaptive Learning at NSS

Our school is featured in Lianhe Zaobao on 14 Nov 2019, as one of the pilot schools for the
adaptive learning system and AI learning companion, which will be launched in all Primary and
Secondary schools by 2025.

The adaptive learning system uses machine learning to tell how each student responds to
learning materials in order to recommend a customised pathway for each individual. The AI
learning companion will also help students reflect on their learning experiences and recommend
further learning activities.

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Lunar New Year at NSS

Northland celebrated Lunar New Year on 4 February 2019, which was the eve of the Lunar New Year. The celebrations started off with a mask appreciation performance and a mask painting activity in class. The students later gathered at the hall for the finale - an entertaining Chinese New Year concert, which comprises a dragon dance performance and the God of Fortune to usher in the New Year. 

Northland Sec celebrates Pongal Festival (2019 TL Unit)

Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 18 January 2019. 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.