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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!

August 17, 2012 at 3:08 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

Save Libraries: Zadie Smith at Kensal Rise

Award-winning and bestselling English novelist Zadie Smith — author of White Teeth, On Beauty, and Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays — recently spoke at Kensal Rise library in the Greater London area about the importance of libraries. Not only did they lead to her becoming a writer, but they also helped to make her more informed and open about the world, and in the end a better person.

photo courtesy of Guardian News and Media Ltd

She spoke of discovering literature and learning as a teenager through exploring her local branch. Of the opportunities her library gave her – and of the opportunities that similarly stretched but dedicated branches continue to give to children across the country – children who otherwise would have no access to that world.

Looking back at the life-changing impact libraries had on her teenage self, she said, bought home to her what ahorribly misconceived, short-sighted and disastrous policy it is for local authorities to close their libraries.

So beloved were libraries in her impoverished household, she recalled that she and her brothers used to play games in which soft toys were forced to take out books from pretend libraries and stuffed pandas were lectured about late fees.

“It’s all very well replacing local libraries with enormous libraries – but for those families for whom getting on a train to visit the British Library is inconceivable, having a local branch 100 yards from your front door can change your life.”

Read the account of her talk at The Guardian, and listen to her full speech at BBC Radio 4.

March 31, 2011 at 10:58 am 2 comments

Pseudo Book Club: To Kill a Mockingbird

Title Slide TKAMWritten by Foo Yang Yi (3I108)
Photographs by Keith Low (4H113)

On 19 February, HCI’s Library Club conducted a meeting of the Pseudo Book Club at Jurong Regional Library from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, on Harper Lee’s award-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. The objective of the PBC was to give a presentation on the content of a selected text and discuss it with the attending audience. Children as young as six years old to teenagers in upper secondary were present for the discussion. The event took place at the stage on Level 4 of the library.

TKAMThe 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 (like discrimination), as well as explaining the significance of the book’s title to the audience, which would later allow the audience to answer any questions posed. The main presenter was Wong Zi Yang (4I122), who had assistance from the other Library Club members to help give the audience prompts or pose questions to them during the presentation. The presentation utilized the first half of the meeting time (about 45 minutes), while the second half was occupied by the subsequent discussion.

During the discussion half, the participants were split into two groups where thoughts and opinions were exchanged on a smaller scale. Participants were asked to express their views on the issues highlighted in To Kill A Mockingbird, and further questions that related the novel to their own identity, covering their own experiences with prejudice, moral courage and discrimination; they were also asked to empathize with certain characters and consider their responses if they were faced with the same situations. For example, a question was asked about the unfairness in carrying out justice that differentiates by social hierarchy; one response was that one should not be discriminated against in such a manner as it defeats the entire purpose of justice.

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

PBC Audience

TKAM Presentation 1

TKAM Presentation 2

March 4, 2011 at 11:50 am 2 comments

LeVar Burton Visits the Kansas City Central Library

LeVar Burton — host of PBS series Reading Rainbow and star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots — dropped in to the Kansas City Central Library last Friday on the way to a speaking engagement for Black History Month, and decided to stick around and visit with the children and other patrons there. Check out his rendition of Shel Silverstein’s poetry:

February 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm 2 comments

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