Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 TKSS National Day Celebrations

~ Article contributed by Jeslin Wee


08.08.2018 - Tanjong Katong Secondary School Leaders, School Advisory Committee, Seniors from St Hilda's Senior Services Centre, Parent Support Group (PSG), Staff, Teachers and Students were all dressed in National Day colors - all ready to celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday.

While waiting for the celebrations to begin, familiar National Day songs were played in the background. Many students were heard singing to their favorite tunes while making the final preparations.

PSG was very blessed and honored to be one of the invited guests to join the school for this joyous occasion.

The celebration kick started with the march-pass and performances by the various uniform groups. It is indeed a showcase of the fruit of their labor after many months of hard work and practices.

Student representatives from secondary 3 were invited to lead in the recital of The Pledge. This was a meaningful moment as the secondary 3 students have just received their NRIC - an important card depicting their citizenship and rights.

The dance, songs and the skit (scripted and planned by students) brought us back to the past. Audiences were reminded of the struggles, sacrifices, perseverance and conviction by our forefathers. The message was clear - It is important for us to treasure what we have. It is even more important for us to continue to strive for democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

During the mass singing segment, many students swarmed over to the assembly plaza to join the performers. They formed lines as they sang and ran around the area. It was very heart-warming to see the crowd cheering and singing along with them :)

The celebration ended on an even higher note with performances by the renowned award-winning, TK Band, playing a series of our favorite National Day songs!

Once again, Happy 53rd Birthday Singapore!!











Monday, June 18, 2018

Dads for Life Workshop

~ Article contributed by Lim Kim Meng

I needed no persuasion to sign up for the “Dads for Life (DFL) workshop which was held on 3 March 2018 in TKSS. The celebrated founder of this program was slated to facilitate the 3-hour session and I reckoned it was a golden opportunity to take in valuable insights from the parenting extraordinaire himself.


The TKSS library was exceedingly welcoming 
as a score of fathers strolled in and were warmly received by the PSG organising committee.  After the perfunctory handshakes were exchanged, expectant sights were cast on the speaker sitting quietly upfront. The speaker was none other than Mr Jason Wong, founder of the wildly successful Dads for Life (DFL) Program (www.dadsforlife.sg) and the remarkable Yellow Ribbon Movement (www.yellowribbon.org.sg).

Jason recounted how his proposal to dial up the father’s role in the parenting matrix was regarded with an incredulous eye. His peers found the concept bewildering, almost a moot point. The archetypal fathers weren’t prepared to call their authority and effectiveness into question.  Unperturbed, Jason soldiered on, ably assisted by a team of committed fathers who provided the impetus for the launch of the DFL program in 2009.

He felt deeply compelled to drive the DFL program to fruition because he saw an imperative need to bridge a parenting gap. During his 17-year stint in the prison services, he was appalled by the numerous cases of prisoners who had the misfortune of either modelling after their errant fathers or were missing one in the critical formative years.  Jason was convinced that fathers play a critical role in bridging this parenting chasm. Thanks to the founders of the DFL program, I found myself perched comfortably in the TKSS library a decade later, attempting to crack the parenting equivalent of the Da Vinci code.

The workshop was designed to be highly interactive, with Jason sharing personal anecdotes of his parenting journey and encouraging participants to do likewise.  We laughed heartily at his hilarious parenting slip-ups while mulling over the realisation that the “Perfect Father” was a perennial “Work-in-Progress” project. Even this parenting advocate admitted to falling prey to the lure of television programs and incessant professional deadlines.  We learnt that effective parenting does not emerge with the birth of a child, nor does it grow in tandem with our children. On the contrary, most of us are unprepared and many remain so. Fortunately, a long-awaited slide finally made its appearance.

It was euphemistically titled “Fathering Tips”. I could almost hear a universal heave of relief in the library. We love blueprints, detailed manuals and “HOW TO” guides and it created much excitement among the participants who enthusiastically tested the feasibility and research behind each of the 10 fathering tips.

Jason took the opportunity to reel back faded memories of our childhood experiences with our fathers and thankfully, many volunteers shared decades old recollections which clearly expounded the importance of projecting positive values for our children to model after. The various small group discussions and presentation of collective findings were very effective ways to sharpen the definition of the most pressing parenting issues. More importantly, it helped galvanised our collective resolve to act on at least some of the parenting principles immediately.


3 hours were quickly expended in lively discourse and candid debates. While I cannot profess to have significantly elevated my parenting skills after one workshop, I’m convinced fathers CAN and SHOULD make a difference in the parenting journey. After all, “Dads for Life” risks becoming another pompous byword unless fathers make a real commitment to act, even in very small steps. 
More DFL activities were promised by the PSG organising committee, judging from what I saw, we might need an even bigger space for the next session. Great Work CK and Eric!



Sunday, May 13, 2018

International Friendship Day

~ Article contributed by Kiran Nathani

The school celebrated International Friendship Day (IFD) on Thursday, 05 April 2018. The theme this year was ASEAN countries. Patsy, Kim Meng, Janice, Pop and Kiran from the PSG headed this event.

There was an overwhelming response to our call for sponsorship and we are happy to announce that in a matter of days, 30 vouchers, along with a lot of scrumptious goodies were received. Thank you parents, for all your love and support!

Other than the huge International Friendship Day banner, posters were placed at the canteen and around the school. To help students understand more on ASEAN countries and cultures, ASEAN country flags and small strips of colourful papers with fun facts were place on the tables in the canteen.

On the day of the event, 30 parent volunteers came to school as early as 7:30am. The Instagram contest was a hit amongst the students as they could put on ethnic costumes and take pictures using the props provided. 

Students participated enthusiastically and vouchers were awarded to students with the best pictures and captions.

The canteen became livelier during recess time as music of popular songs from ASEAN countries were played in the background. Students were seen swarming to another popular booth - “Quiz and Win”.  100 questions based on ASEAN countries that were posed and students who could answer these questions were rewarded with their favourite goodies.

It was a great opportunity for PSG to work with the school to organise this fun and meaningful event. 

Once again, TKSS Rocks!


2018 TK Games Carninval / Sec 4 Evening Study Fund Raising Sale

~ Article contributed by Monggur Tumbuck

20th April 2018 was a day burst with adrenaline rush! Students from different levels couldn’t hide their excitement as they try out the interesting array of games and sports that were carefully planned by the school.  

On this day, TK PSG set up a booth for Secondary 4 Evening Study Fund Raising Sale. The main item on sale was the ever-popular ice popsicles. As expected, this all-time favorite item was sold out within a short span of time!

Not too long later, dark clouds loomed overhead. The heavy down pour was the exact opposite of what started out as a bright, hot and sunny day. Some of the activities had to stop due to the sudden change in weather conditions but this did not dampen the high spirits of the students and parents alike. Additional snacks were given out along with the popsicles. With this little surprise, delight and appreciative grin was noted on many students’ faces. It was an awesome and a memorable experience for all of us. 

                                                                         This is one of the fund raising events for Secondary 4 Study Fund. The proceeds of the sale will be used to provide subsidized food and beverages for Sec 4 students, who attend evening study sessions during their prelims and GCE 'O' level exams. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all TK PSG members for all the efforts in making this event a success!

Monday, October 17, 2016

2016 "O" Level Study Night Dinner by TKSS PSG

~ Article contributed by Kalpana V

Bento Set for the Students
Sec 4 Night Study period is scheduled every year by the school to give the "O" level students a chance to stay back in the school library till 9 pm and study undisturbed and in comfort of their campus.  The school leaders along with a few teachers took turn to be in school with the students to provide them both support and help.   

Parents In action!

The provision of dinner during the Study Night was an initiative by TKSS PSG, which has been on-going for a couple of years.  This year, the Study Night Project was scheduled for a period of 5 weeks and finished on 28 September.  It was a very rewarding experience for us - the parents.


The Sec 4 parents were simply amazing!  They showed their support in every possible way - from making cash donations to contributions of cartons drinks, biscuits, and healthy Yakult.  This gesture allowed PSG to not only cater for  bento-set dinners for 10 days but also provided refreshments including drinks and snacks for the students for the remaining 10 days.  

The appreciation received from students gave us all the boost and to see the strong TK parents spirit makes all the efforts so worthwhile. A very strong community of TK parents volunteered their time and made great effort to ensure in the Study Night Project is a smooth one - from logistics to distribution of the bento-set dinners.   A very big thanks and sincere appreciation to all parents for their contribution of time, effort  and donations which contributed to the success of the Night Study Project.



In addition, our deep appreciation to the school leaders and staff in particular, Madam Haslinda and Madam Jasma, who gave us their full support and actually are the biggest contributors to our efforts becoming fruitful. 

As always 🎉🎊 Thanks and cheers to the strong TK Parent Support Group 🎊 🎉

To our Sec 4 students, all the best to your "O" level!   TK PSG is always behind you!  ALL THE BEST!!!   

Remember what Mdm Haslinda always says, 
"When the going gets tough, TK gets tougher!"

Friday, July 22, 2016

TK 60th Bazaar & Racial Harmony Day (21 July 2016)

~ Article contributed by Candy Lee

As the title suggested, TK turns 60 this year and this is the first year that TK combined TK Bazaar with Racial Harmony Day. 

From forming the working team, planning the logistics to the actual day of event, TK PSG once again showed the power of "We".  

It was a beehive of activity in school early in the morning of 21st July. Teachers, students and of course the PSG Team were all busy setting up their stalls, ready to do their parts for the charity.  Oh... in case you aren't aware, all proceeds from the TK Bazaars go toward the charity organizations. 
Look at the queue!!!

With an aim in mind, TK PSG was all out to do its best!  Our food items were fried rice with chicken wings, vegetarian fried bee hoon with curry and popsicles.  We also had a team of parents who did hand henna and students were all queuing, waiting patiently for their turns!  What's more, our popsicles were sold out within 2 hours!  

For Racial Harmony Day segment, the team did something different this year too.  We came out with Q&As for different ethnic groups (ie, Chinese, Malay and Indian).  Questions and answers relating to traditional food, traditional games, etc of different ethnic group were drawn up to help the students to have better understanding of these groups. Handmade bookmarks and little snacks were also given to students as tokens of their participation in this fun and enriching exercise.

The event was a success and we were happy that we could make our little contribution towards the school's donations to the charitiable organizations.  



This is indeed a memorable and enjoyable event for the TK PSG team. 





        On behalf of TK PSG


       
       Happy 60th Birthday, TK

              You ROCKS!!!!!

                    And......

                      WE

                     LOVE

                     YOU !!!



The Power of "WE"

Sunday, June 5, 2016

TKSS Sports Carnival

~ Article contributed by Vandita Khandelwal 


It was a sunny afternoon on Friday, 20th May 2016, as all students and teachers of TK gathered for the annual TK sports carnival. The TK sports carnival was a school event that the whole school had eagerly sought to enjoy as everyone waited in excitement for it to commence, amid the enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere of the school. There was stiff competition among the four competing houses; Rutherford, Da Vinci, Tagore and Einstein in order to win the overall champion house trophy for the sports carnival. As always, the dedicated parents in the parent support group were present to support the school and did so without fail.

Finally, the sports carnival began as streams of students rushed down from the hall to try out the wide array of games that had been carefully planned out by the school. We set-up the parent support group stall serving tea and coffee to the parents who came down to support the school as a whole. Parents were also invited to try out the games and activities and earned double points for each station in an effort to contribute to the success of their child/ward’s respective houses. Eager to help their child’s house win, parents stepped up to participate in the various games. Teachers in charge of different houses too played the various games in order to score points for their houses! Not forgetting the prize for having played 5 games or more, being ice-cream provided by the school which significantly contributed to the already vibrant atmosphere that was filled with excitement.

This year’s games carnival, however, was different from the earlier ones. To commemorate TK’s 60th birthday, each game had a time limit of 60 seconds and there was a special event after the students and teachers had finished all the games and their ice creams, which was the TK60 Pushball Challenge! Students and teachers, working hand in hand, had to carry a ball 6 times around the parade square in the shortest possible amount of time. It was great fun to watch the students and teachers work together as one to carry the ball as they adopted different strategies in their different houses. At the end of the day, everyone was treated to a second ice-cream and impatiently waited for the results. Da Vinci had won   followed by Rutherford, Tagore and Einstein.

After a day of fun and excitement the TK sports carnival came to a close. A successful carnival had come to a close from all the hard work put in by the teachers and students and the support from the TK Parent Support Group who had taken the time to come and support the school in the games carnival and fully involved themselves in the carnival as members of the TK family.



See you next year !