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2012 Spelling Bee Contest

After a year, the annual Spelling Bee Contest has returned! On the 27th of July, the entire Library Club traveled down to Woodlands Regional Library to support Hwa Chong’s representatives in the final round of the 2012 Spelling Bee Contest. The HCI competitors are Chin Kee Yong (4I104), 2nd runner up of the previous edition of the Spelling Bee Contest, and Ernest (4P2).

According to the NLB website: “The Spelling Bee aims to build up student vocabulary, encourage correct word usage and pronunciation and enable students to be precise and say what they mean. […] Through this event, not only will students get to showcase their talents, they will also be able to gain self-confidence through this healthy competition.”

The event started off with the audience participation round, which gave the audience a chance to participate and try to spell a given word correctly. Prizes were awarded for correctly spelt words. Many students from various schools participated in this round and won themselves attractive prizes!

Students from different schools competed in the final round of the Spelling Bee Contest. Despite strong competition from powerhouses like Raffles Institution and Nanyang Girls’ High School, Chin Kee Yong managed to emerge as Champion and was officially crowned Spelling Master 2012! He fended off strong challenges from Raffles Institution, whose students completed the top 3 standings. Ernest also put up a valiant effort, spelling many tough words. Alas, he was eliminated in the round where up to 6 competitors got eliminated as well.

Big congratulations go to Kee Yong and Ernest for putting up a strong showing in such a tough and hotly-contested competition! Kudos go to all the other participants who have definitely put in their best efforts to be able to get so far in the contest!

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August 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Pseudo Book Club: “Or Else, The Lightning God “

Written by: Foo Yang Yi (4I1)
Photographs: Tan Hong Kai (2A3)

On 18th February, a Pseudo Book Club session was conducted by the Library Club at the Jurong Regional Library from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. This session is conducted on a monthly basis and is open to the public, but its intended audience mostly consists of teenagers. The text discussed was “Or Else, The Lightning God”, a short story from a collection of works, “Or Else the Lightning God and Other Stories” by local author Catherine Lim.

“Or Else, the Lightning God” covers various themes relating to filial piety and the duty of both children and elderly parents to respect and consider the interests/feelings of the other. In a nutshell, the story depicted a long-term conflict between a woman and her mother-in-law due to clashing personalities, resulting in the woman evicting her mother-in-law. The presentation itself was rapidly started by a quick introduction session where everyone present introduced themselves, followed by a summary of the events of the story in a chronological order. The presenters were Foo Yang Yi (4I1) and Kervin Tay (3I2), and during discussions other members of the Library Club assisted in getting the ball rolling.

Once the audience was familiar with the events of the text, the presentation mainly centered on the circumstances of the eviction, and which party was more responsible for causing it. There was also a discussion over what would happen if such an incident actually happened, and how the law would respond. There was also a discussion on the Maintenance of Parents Act, as well as its criticisms.

After the presentation was concluded, the audience and the presenters split into 2 groups to discuss certain questions on their own. For example, one of the teams was acting as a Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents and they had to mediate between both the woman and the daughter-in-law. Each group drew mind-maps and once the discussion period was up, both groups had representatives to present their groups’ thoughts and ideas, and it was evident that the audience was enriched after the discussion.

March 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

WRPL 2011 Spelling Bee Contest

Spelling Bee PosterOn 29 July, the entire Library Club traveled to Jurong Regional Library to support HCI competitors Chin Kee Yong (3I104) and outgoing Library ExCo Secretary Matthew Lee (4I116) in the final round of the 2011 Western Region Public Libraries’ Spelling Bee Contest (Secondary School Level).

According to the NLB website: “The Spelling Bee aims to build up student vocabulary, encourage correct word usage and pronunciation and enable students to be precise and say what they mean. […] Through this event, not only will students get to showcase their talents, they will also be able to gain self-confidence through this healthy competition.”

Spelling Bee Intro

Spelling Bee Audience - HCI Represent!

Students also competed from Commonwealth Secondary School, NUS High School of Math and Science, Kent Ridge Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Hong Kah Secondary School, Bukit Merah Secondary School, and Outram Secondary School. The competitors went through a number of elimination rounds, choosing from categories such as Business, Medicine, and Cookery, having to guess the correct word based on its meaning and placement of select letters (a la Wheel of Fortune), and then also spell the word correctly.

The results of the top three positions were as follows:

  • 1st place: Lim Yi Herh Ansel (NUS High)
  • 2nd place: Matthew Lee (HCI)
  • 3rd place: Chin Kee Yong (HCI)

Big congratulations go to Matthew and Kee Yong for putting up such a strong effort in what amounted to an increasingly exciting and gripping competition. Congratulations also go to Ansel Lim from NUS High for winning the top prize, and to all the other competitors for their active participation.

August 8, 2011 at 10:42 am 31 comments

Pseudo Book Club: “Drive”

Written by Kervin Tay (2I323)
Photographs by Tan Hong Kai (1A321)

On 18 June, HCI’s Library Club conducted a meeting of the Pseudo Book Club at Jurong Regional Library from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on “Drive,” one of the stories from Simon Tay’s Singaporean fiction collection Stand Alone. The objective of the PBC was to give a presentation on the content of the selected text and discuss it with the attending audience. Due to mature themes, teenagers aged 12 and above were invited for the discussion. The event took place at the stage on Level Four of the library.

Stand AloneThe presentation highlighted three excerpts from the short story. “Drive” is a story that highlights various traits typical of Singaporeans, such as the importance of social classes/stratification. The excerpts were explored in detail with the audience to provide a better understanding of the topic, which would later allow the audience to answer questions posed for discussion. This was followed up by an open discussion of the recent news where heartlanders were labeled as uncouth, and unwelcome in cultured places such as Holland Village. The main presenters were Foo Yang Yi (3I108) and Kervin Tay (2I323), who had assistance from other Library Club members during discussions to get the ball rolling. The presentation utilized about 50 minutes of the allocated time.

This was followed up by a mind map activity, where one group discussed the effects of social stratification, while the other group listed the advantages and disadvantages of social stratification. Presentations were made thereafter and it was evident that the participants gained deeper knowledge of the topic after the discussion.

The Pseudo Book Club is a recurring event, held every month with a new text for discussion.

July 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm 3 comments

Pseudo Book Club: Animal Farm

Written & Photographs by Tan Hong Kai (1A321)

On 23 April, HCI’s Library Club conducted a meeting of the Pseudo Book Club at Jurong Regional Library from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, on George Orwell’s acclaimed novel Animal Farm. The objective of the PBC was to give a presentation on the content of a selected text and discuss it with the attending audience. This time round, students from Hwa Chong Institution, Nan Hua High School and Methodist Girls’ School were present for the discussion.

Animal FarmThe presentation on the novel explained several important details so as to provide sufficient contextual knowledge for the participants, covering the main characters in the story and the underlying important themes (such as democracy and corruption). The main presenters were Yau Chun Shin (4H131) and Kervin Tay (2I323). The presentation utilized the first half of the meeting time (about 45 minutes).

During the second half, the participants were split into two groups. One group had to create a mind map based on the theme of Democracy, while the other had to create a mind map based on Corruption; both groups presented their mind maps at the end of the discussion, which included definitions of the given topic, and also the questions posed in the presentation. For example, does democracy refer to freedom? Can corruption be overturned? etc. The participants actively and enthusiastically engaged themselves in the exploration of such questions, and gave relevant examples based on current affairs.

The Pseudo Book Club is a recurring event, held every month with a new text for discussion.

May 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Towerhill Reclaimed

Written by Justin Foo Min Hua (2P408)
Photographs by Mr Jason Erik Lundberg

Towerhill coverOn Thursday, 19 April, for the final 2011 Library Week and World Book Day afternoon event, junior college members of the HCI Young Editors Club — Ephraim Tan (Co-Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Contributor), Lee Kah How (Artistic Director), and Joel Zhang (Prose Contributor) — launched their new publication, an anthology of poetry and prose entitled Towerhill Reclaimed.

Initially the editors thought of naming the book Parnassus, after the hilltop home of the Greek Muses of music, poetry, and knowledge, but reconsidered when they realized that the obscure reference would be too difficult to comprehend for the general reader. The anthology contains poems by our very own students, from both the high school and junior college, many of whom are our seniors from several years ago. The cover art has a monochromatic theme, which Artistic Director Lee Kah How chose because of its aesthetic elegance.

The anthology is split into two sections. The first section contains traditional elements and cultural themes, while the second section is about the progression into the future. The editors also felt that the book illustrates the movement from past to present, showing how the contributors’ writing has improved over the years; the symbolism of the clock imagery on the front cover contributes to this theme.

Another thing I learned from the YEC members was that we can get our creative inspiration from our surroundings. As students, there are many things around us that we may be unsatisfied with, and we can express our feelings through poetry and prose. Editor Ephraim Tan also mentioned that, “Writing is to express, not to impress.” I agree with this statement, as whenever I feel upset and emotional, I turn to literature and writing for an outlet and release. Joel Zhang said that as we practice writing, we will know what works and what does not. Many people have this personal fear of being mocked when other people look at their writing, but I think that this might show that the writer may not be putting in all his effort when writing, and thus he or she is afraid that other people would despise their work. If we have tried our best, yet still get laughed at by others, perhaps we can look at this criticism in a positive way, as a platform for improvement.

Each copy of Towerhill Reclaimed was sold for only 10 dollars. All proceeds collected from selling the book will go to disaster relief for Japan, following the recent earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear mishaps. During the Q&A session at the end of the talk, a Sec 4 student asked why each Hwa Chong student couldn’t have a copy for free. Ephraim replied that people would treasure the book more if they use their money to buy it, in addition to the good feeling that comes from donating to a worthy cause.

(N.B. Copies of Towerhill Reclaimed are still available; interested students and staff can contact Mrs Laura Ng for acquisition details. -JEL)

April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm 5 comments

Library Week & World Book Day Photos

Following are photos of some of the events conducted during 2011 Library Week and World Book Day.

The National Library Board brought over more than 800 books for the Mass Book Borrowing on Tuesday at Oei Tiong Ham Hall:

All week long, the winners of the Microfiction Writing Competition were displayed near the library staircase (click to enlarge and read the entries):

On Thursday, the annual Scrabble Challenge was conducted by Mrs Yeong-Loke Lai Fun and Ms G. Kalavathi, with the result that the high school winners beat their junior college counterparts!

April 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm 17 comments

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Teachers In-Charge:
Mrs Rosalind Lee (SC)
Mdm Chan May Lun
Mdm Shieh Le-shiang
Mrs Kris Koo (Senior AO)
Mrs Wang Meng Juan (AO)

2011-12 ExCo:
Foo Yang Yi (Chairman)
Kervin Tay (Vice-Chairman)
Ian Wong (Training & Recruitment)
Zach Wang (Public Relations)
Joel Lee (Welfare)

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