Sunday, 30 March 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

CE plan for 31 March and 4 April

Hi all

Pls find below the CE Plan for the week.

31 March 2014 (Monday)
  • Talk by ACJC on JC curriculum and admission
  • 3 SST alumni (Cheng Ngee, Karan and Jingjie) will also sharing on behalf of ACJC.
  • Venue: Auditorium
4 April 2014 (Friday)

We will commemorate International Friendship Day.
Please proceed to the MPH.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Please read this

(From MP Indranee Rajah's Facebook post 22 March 2014)

A few days ago, the internet was abuzz with the story of Miss S'pore finalist, Ms Jesslyn Tan, who found the sight of a man with a hole in his T-shirt napping on the MRT so amusing that she took a snapped a photo of him and put it on her FB with the caption "Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz".

The post caused a minor internet storm. Many were critical of it, and Ms Tan has since removed the post and apologised online for being insensitive.

What's it to me? Well, you see, the man in that pic is my resident, Mr Koh Hee Huat, and I have known him for many years. I want to share a little more about this man who has been unwittingly caught up in this mini furore.

Mr Koh is a helper at the Ye Shanghai Teochew Muay stall at Bukit Merah View (BMV). The stall opens at night till the early hours of the morning. Those familiar with the area - and certainly all the taxi drivers on the midnight shift - will know this stall and Mr Koh. He's the man who takes the orders from the customers in the queue and dishes out their selections into small plates for the other helper to bring to the tables. He's on his feet from evening until 3.00 am in the morning when the stall closes.

Every time I've been to the stall after my Friday night MPS ( and that's many times over the years ) he's been there - in good or bad weather, quiet and unassuming, but always hard at work, and responsive to all customers, no matter who they are.

He makes an honest living to support his mother and his family. His wife works at the same stall. He has a daughter waiting to enter poly.

In the midst of all the buzz and noise on the topic, I would like to address this from his perspective, so people can understand the impact the episode has had on him.

First, he's genuinely bewildered why he has been singled out like this out of the blue, and on such an issue. His T-shirts have holes because he wears them for work. The stall has metal fixtures which snag on the T-shirts, causing them to tear. It's just part and parcel of his work environment, in the same way that people who wear overalls may get grease stains, or outdoor workers get dust on their uniforms.

But more importantly, the episode caused him to feel a deep loss of face and hurt. When I visited him at the stall last night, he said many customers asked him about the incident, and it was very embarrassing for him because so many people know him. Despite that, though, he still turned up for work over the past few days, stoically carrying on with his job. Many may not realise this, but it takes courage to do this - to turn up and carry on when suddenly, through no doing of your own, you are the subject of national discussion, and every eye is on you.

Mr Koh initially thought of quitting in the wake of this, but his boss encouraged him to stay. His boss told me that he has known Mr Koh since he was boy and he is a very good worker. When Mr Koh's father passed away, he asked the boss to take care of Mr Koh, which the boss promised to do. The boss is determined to keep that promise.

My grassroots leaders and I encouraged Mr Koh to stay too. We told him that this will pass. He doesn't surf the net and he wasn't aware that many have people expressed support for him.

So if you are in the area and have a yen for teochew muay, do go and give Mr Koh a word of encouragement or a thumbs up. He's very much part of our Bukit Merah family, and just like whenever a family member feels down, it helps when others rally round to give a morale booster. And if anyone merits a boost it is this quiet, hardworking, unassuming man. He may not be sibei trendy, but he is definitely "sibei ho".

As for Ms Tan, I am glad that she has apologised, albeit online and not to Mr Koh directly. She says she has learnt from this and would be very mindful of social media in the future.

I do hope so.

We still do not sufficiently appreciate the impact that what we do or say can have on others, especially via social media. The consequences are often unintended, but by then it is too late. The old adage "the pen is mightier than the sword" still holds true in the internet age, even though the keyboard has replaced the pen. A sword cuts deep, but words can cut deeper. We need to have a care in what we say about others.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

CE plan for 24 & 28 March

Hi all

Here is the CE plan for the coming week. Please take note of the venue.

24 March
NYAA Briefing by Mr Jerome Tan
Venue: Auditorium. 
Students to bring their LD to the venue. 

28 March
Student Leaders Election 
Venue: Indoor Sports Hall

Monday, 10 March 2014

10 March 2014

Hi all

1. Morning assembly for 11-13 March

You will be completing the Classroom Climate Survey for all your subjects during reading period from 11 - 13 March (Tues-Thurs) 7.45 - 8.05am. Pls bring along your LDs or tablets for this purpose and report to your classrooms for morning assembly for the next three days.


As a further enhancement to the school’s emergency preparedness, SST will be carrying out a 1.5 hours full-scale exercise, supported by Ministry of Education,Singapore (MOE) and relevant home team agencies, on 14 March 2014.

This scenario-based and experiential exercise will involve all staff, students and parent volunteers. Training will be provided to appointment holders prior to the exercise.

Through this exercise, students and staff will get a better sense of how to react in possible emergency situations.
Students will have to report to the ISH at 7.40 a.m. as per normal and will be dismissed from school at 12.00 p.m. (except for students involved in the exercise).

Friday, 7 March 2014

7 march homework

Worksheet 19, due Tuesday
Bring $8 for tys

听写next week

Electrolysis, leave out 4, 12, 16, 17

Monday, 3 March 2014

3 March 2014

Hi all

1. Chemistry (TokToL on 6 March)

We will have some visitors who would like to observe how well SST students are learning through the use of TokToL. Please bring your LD on thursday. You should have also received an email from Mr Slatter. Please try to login into ToKToL. Any issues should be iron-ed out before Thursday.

2.  Celebrations @ SST

Please refer to the names below for the list of awardees from S4-05. The list has also been sent to your email. 

We will be recognising all prize winners at this year's Celebrations@SST on Wednesday, 12 March 2014.

There will be 2 Award Ceremonies this year. Please take note of the ceremony/ ceremonies you are required to attend.

Morning Ceremony: 12:45 pm - 1:35 pm
Venue: MPH

Evening Ceremony:  6:00 pm onwards
Venue: MPH

Rehearsals for Celebrations will take place on the following dates:

5 March
Prize Winners (am+pm)
7 March
2.00 – 5.00
10 March
3.15 – 6.00
Prize Winners (am)
11 March
2.30 – 5.30
10.30 - 1200
12.00 -1.35
3.30 - 5.00
6.00 – 10.00
Prize Winners (am) + Concert
Morning Ceremony
Prize Winners (pm)
Evening Ceremony

Note: Prize Winners (am) refers to all prize winners receiving prizes in the Morning Ceremony.

Please report to Mdm Azizah in the MPH at the stated times. Rehearsals are compulsory. As such, all those involved in rehearsals are excused from CCAs.