Saturday, 24 May 2014

Raffles Girls' Open House 2014

For parents and students who didn't manage to visit RGS today, here's sharing snippets of our time there. :love:

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We entered from the (side gate?) so we didn't arrive at the foyer entrance. On our way to the registration counters, we were greeted by a splendid display masterpieces displaying the girls' talent in creating dresses from recyclable materials. Move aside Project Runway! :evil:

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We were invited to do a guided tour but the guides who took us around were bombarded with continuous questions from this parent who brought her daughter, that we decided later on to go free and easy.

We reached a hall showcasing curricular subjects offered at the school and projects done by students. Each mini station were manned by wonderfully eloquent girls speaking enthusiastically and passionately about how lessons are conducted and how fun these lessons are. You can easily note their pride. Almost every guide who spoke to us would have mentioned this phrase, "In RGS, we have....." :love: The stations were literally swarmed by visitors young and old. The girls were enjoying every minute of it! 

From Geography to History to Literature...


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To PE, Science and Art...

There were soooo many interesting things to see. :love: Yes, PE sounded super awesome! Couldn't catch that rock climbing wall in my picture, plus the mini golf stations and floorball.. sorry, space constraint. Very tight frame. PE are done in modules, introducing the girls to touch rugby, gymnastics, rock climbing, tennis, softball & many more! Impressive! 


With all facilities within the school compound, the girls can enjoy variety of sports activities and inter-house/class competitions for netball and so on.

Napfa test is now conducted in Y2 and Y4, in line with the alternate year policy recently adjusted in schools.

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The girls showed how art was being delivered in class, using sketchbooks as drafts for all their initial thoughts and ideas. The end products were 3D masterpieces.

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A student showing a little girl on what made their creations move...

Watch this. :D



More Art display - From Year 2


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RGS offers SAP (Special Arts Programme) for students who are very proficient in the subject. Here are some of their works. :love:
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We had the pleasure of watching three of the programme's talents conduct live sketching and painting session at the school's hall.
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Unlike the regular art lessons done within their curriculum, these students are required to do research on artists and their works, delve into art history, etc...
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This "Beyond The Textbook" banner caught our eye! 

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Look what was in store! Interactive learning stations for Math. 

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The walls of RGS were decorated with classy paintings, with posters to watch for plays.. concerts, with campaign posters too, like this creative one. :wink:

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DD2 caught a glimpse of a classroom door with the words "Love is an open door." From the lyrics of the animated movie, FROZEN. Free expression everywhere really! :love: Corridors had recycling boxes where students can place their newspapers used from art class or magazines and old notebooks and stuff.
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There's a small lift to service students who need it, to move up the higher floors.

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DD recognized Kit Chan from the alumni poster.

The system was slower on Saturday night so I gave up uploading the open house pics plus was really tired out as well. Here's continuation of my sharing on the Raffles Girls' Open House last Saturday.

Moving on from Math to now Science. It was extremely creative of the girls to have come up with how Science can be applied in life. Why Science is important, is useful and applicable instead of just regurgitating facts, keywords and what nots. While students cannot run from pen and paper exams, girls in Raffles Girls' School are given opportunities to research and carry out project work on certain modules/topics that are graded. This helps them not only to enjoy learning but also be graded on a more holistic level. That there's more to a person than just paper knowledge. With project work, the girls hone confidence in public speaking skills as they present their work to their class. 

During the open house, part of the school hall transformed into a crime scene. 

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The area was also cordoned so as not to contaminate the evidence. Trail of shoe print was found leading to the crime scene.

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4 suspects have been identified & the visitors were welcome to help solve the crime via their ongoing investigation to help nab the culprit.

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There was a station where chromatography was introduced to our little visitors.

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Each guide patiently explained to every new visitor to their booth on how their classroom experiments were carried out and how these information can be used to help track that vandal. The markers found at the crime scene were all processed as evidence for this case of vandalism.

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Next, there was a station where the guides patiently explained how unique fingerprints were and that this was one of the clues used to help track the vandal. 
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Each visitor was invited to have their fingerprint taken and asked to identify where they think their fingerprint is categorized. 

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The picture boards also showed how students were brought on learning journeys to put their Science knowledge to the test - out there, in the real world. 
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Awesome opportunities. :love: Widens students' horizons of a world of education beyond the classroom. 
The CCA options offered at RGS were amazing! There were soooo many! From sailing, to golf, to table tennis and more! Their NCC was pretty impressive too! It was extremely crowded. Only managed to get a couple of shots.


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Each and every CCA ambassador was literally touting for attention to their CCA. All of them were extremely knowledgable and very convincing as to why your little girls should be joining their CCA. Impressive display of confidence and passion! :love:We missed a couple of performance sessions and the Principal's talk was oversubscribed, even the rooms with live feeds were FULL! So we headed down to rest at the amphitheatre and was blown away by the sheer energy of the Rafflesians. Maybe my initial adjective of their energy being sooooo contaaaaagggggiiiiooouuuuusss was an understatement. Their passion shone through everywhere we turned and their cheers were magnetic and the energy was almost electric! The girls brought the house down with their school cheers, house cheers and cheerleading routines. 

Here's sharing a few of our final moments at the Raffles Girls' Secondary School Open House.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7z3dZo-XEWc

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6kw1aNcEZ5A

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj1cJ8Q8LH8

Rachel, the red house captain stood out for me. Her camaraderie and poise was clear. She really impressed me. 

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DD2 could identify her in the booklet handed out for us. A name to the face. In fact we met quite a few of the girls featured in the booklet. They attended to us during the open house. They were all awesome. :love:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7z3dZo-XEWc

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aCpXOXwC8Uk

The crowd was fantastic. DD2 was chanting their cheers even at home. It was clear that the girls at RGS are not only academically excellent, they work hard and play hard & they're all beautiful. Each and every one of them shine in their talents and embody positive growth and capabilities that were nurtured holistically in the Raffles environment. We are very happy to have been a part of the open house. We thank RGS for opening their doors for us. It was definitely memorable experience. :love:

2 comments:

  1. Im an RGS and I chanced upon your blog! I'm glad that you enjoyed RGS open house! Join RGS! :)

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  2. Hello there! *waving* Thanks for dropping by with your note. My girl is in P5 now and working really hard to 'try' meet the RGS requirements. It's a fantastic school for a teen girl to spend her years in…

    The RGS Open House experience still lingers. Thank you to you and all the girls for an awesome Open House. :)

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