Tuesday, July 2, 2019

International Friendship Day 2019

- Article contributed by Janice F Lawther

TKSS marked International Friendship Day (IFD) on 12 April 2019 with a day of activities supported by the Parent Support Group (PSG). In keeping with this year’s theme of Connected Communities, PSG put their heads together to plan several meaningful traditional crafts and games for students to immerse themselves in and experience the diverse cultures of our ASEAN neighbours.

The school canteen was transformed into a colourful and carnival-like arena where make-shift booths were set-up overnight by zealous parents. Music filled the air and added to the vibrant atmosphere.
Parents arrived in full-force, all decked up in a riot of colourful, traditional wear and ready to be part of the day’s celebration. One could sense immediately the affinity of PSG’s multi-cultural community.

Students came by during their study break and joined in the energetic game of Tin-Can walking; our modified version of the popular traditional past-time of coconut-shell walking in Thailand. 

Nearby, parents were seen engaged in various craft activities. Some worked with students in a weaving activity - creating crochet-style baskets made out of colourful T-shirt yarn. Students had donated their old T-shirts which were cut up into strips and the resulting yarn was woven and made into useful items like bags, rugs, floor mats and seat pads. Students got to experience first-hand what recycling and upcycling are about – transforming unwanted items into new, practical and usable products. In two hours after much collaborated effort and hard work, two baskets were lovingly created and presented to the school.

Students also crowded around another booth to try their hand at making personalized cloth buttons and badges and bringing home their creations. Parents worked feverishly to help put together batik, silk and brocade cloth for students to have a feel of the common materials used around the region.
Other students were quick to learn from parents demonstrating the art of weaving fish made out of old magazine paper. Weaving fish into simple mobile structures is a common practice among our  neighbouring Indonesian and Thai communities. In the spirit of IFD, students went a step further by adding on their own Friendship dedications to the fish. They filled up and decorated an IFD board with brightly-coloured buttons, fish and dedications.  

Lastly and not-to-be-missed, students and parents alike had much fun and excitement coming together at the costumes-and-props booth where they dressed up in a variety of traditional costumes and took many Instagrammable-worthy photos!

It was a day to be remembered where both old and new friendships were forged. And at PSG, also a renewed understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures.

TKSS PSG Breakfast 2019

- Article contributed by Patsy Ng

The legacy of the TK Parents Support Group (PSG) can continue year after year only with enthusiastic and supportive parents of Secondary One students joining as new PSG members, replacing PSG members of graduating Secondary 4 students.

This year, we had a record number of parents of Secondary One students joining as new PSG members. On 6 Apr Sat, the PSG organised a meet and greet networking event to officially welcome our new PSG members and to share the role of the PSG and how the PSG can support and partner with the school to support the learning journey of our students. The event also served as a networking platform for PSG members to mingle and get acquainted with one another, and share parenting experiences. 

After an affable welcome by the principal, Mrs Dolly Ong, our PSG Chairman Ong Sim Ho presented the role of PSG to new members and how they can contribute and add value to the school and students. Patsy Ng, one of the three Vice-Chairman of PSG, also shared some details about the upcoming school events supported by the PSG. The event was supported by the presence of many PSG Main Committee members, who mingled with new members and shared their experiences unselfishly over a delicious peranakan brunch.

The event marks the beginning of our 2019 PSG events. Thank you to all the PSG members who took time to attend the meaningful event and most  of all, for engaging with one another with so much enthusiasm. This event had formed new friendships among many TK Parents . 

 TK PSG and TK Parents - you really rock!

TKSS Chinese New Year 2019

- Article contributed by Revital Shalev

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Class of Champions 2018, this is your time to SHINE and we are here to CHEER you on!

~Article contributed by Jeslin Wee

A section of the TKSS canteen was transformed into a PSG well-wishes corner on 23 October and 8 November 2018.

There were:

- Posters with pictures and words of encouragement
- Baskets with food bags filled with Milo pack and muffins, doughnuts, pizza bread, cupcakes
- Tables lined with pretty tablecloths

23 October and 8 November 2018 were the days of the GCE "O" level English and Mother Tongue papers. TKPSG was there to lend our support to the Class of Champions 2018.

Food was snapped up quickly as the students only had a short interval of 20 minutes between 2 papers. It is heart-warming to see the smiles on the students’ faces as they were handed with the food bags together with loads of well-wishes from PSG.

Class of Champions, 
This is your time to SHINE! 
All the BEST to all of you!!

Friday, November 2, 2018

TK Graduation Ceremony - The Class of Champions 2018

Award recipients for the Biology / Physics Olympiad 
~ Article contributed by Jeslin Wee

5 October 2018
Time flies, I am sure many parents of the graduating class could recall sitting at one of the chairs at the hall, listening to the Principal’s welcome speech when our child first stepped into Tanjong Katong Secondary School, 4 years ago.

Receiving the TK Graduate Bear from teachers
Today, we are back at the same venue, listening to the Principal’s parting speech and well wishes for the graduating class, after our child has completed his/her 4 years of secondary education.

As we see each student going up on stage to receive the TK graduate bear from their teachers, it is apparent that the then 12 / 13 years old girls and boys have been well groomed into fine young ladies and gentlemen we see today.

During these 4 years, a lot of efforts were put into developing these students into passionate and self-directed learners. Students were nurtured to be confident, resilient and flexible, after having gone through various competitions and activities. I am heartened to know that their actions are guided by sound values as they continue to contribute to the society.
Receiving the TK Graduate Bear from teachers
As they embark on the next phase of their lives, we would like to say a big Thank You to all the staff and management of Tanjong Katong Secondary School for the holistic development of our child during these 4 crucial years of their lives.

May the
Class of Champions 
continue to keep the
TK flag flying

2018 Teachers' Day celebrations

~ Article contributed by Jeslin Wee

Here's a poem dedicated to all the AWESOME TEACHERS at 
Tanjong Katong Secondary School:

30 August 2018 – The hall was filled with loads of laughter, giggles, and cheers as the students await patiently for the start of the Teachers’ Day celebrations.
Award presentation to teachers :)

Sketch put up by teachers
A song dedicated to the teachers
This is a very emotional day, a day when students recall what the teachers at Tanjong Katong Secondary School have done for them - the unwavering support given, the encouraging words to keep them going, the genuine care and concern of their well-being, extra time and efforts put in (in class and behind the scenes) to make sure learning takes place, the answering of never-ending questions from students 24/7, the faith in them even when they do not see it, the celebrations of the achievements along the way (even the baby steps), the helping hand when they were down, the listening ears when they were lost and fearful, the cheering to help them forge ahead, the pillar behind them when they needed the strength and much much more….. the teachers are always there to help them, to learn and grow into a better person J

"Fashion Show"

Class Chairman representing the class to give their form teacher a present 

Happy Teachers' Day!!

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!!