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Learning Journeys @ GYPS
In GYPS, learning journeys are integrated into our curriculum. Pupils go on learning journeys which allow them to learn more about Singapore and to bring the NE messages alive to them.
Through the NE learning journey, field-based learning and NE Interactive Heritage Trail, the school hopes to enhance pupils’ learning experiences, thus injecting meaning to their learning.
Interactive Heritage Trail – Little India
On 11th January 2017, the P5 cohort went to Little India as part of their Interactive Heritage Trail. The pupils were overjoyed to participate in the Ponggal (Harvest Festival) celebrations. They had the opportunity to play traditional games like goli and dances such as kolattam. They also learnt why and how Ponggal was celebrated through a puppet show. The pupils also fet and pet the cows and goat at the Mini Animal Farm.
Pupils had the experience of using mobile devices in answering questions pertaining to Indian customs and culture.
Pupils learnt to dance the Kollatam. They had tremendous fun trying out the steps.
Pupils had the privilege to learn how to make thoranam – an arrangement of coconut leaves used during festive occasions.
Pupils tried out different Indian traditional games.
Pupils were given a live demonstration on how Ponggal was made.
Pupils had the opportunity to try Indian sweet desserts such as laddu and jelabi.
Our P5 pupils enjoyed visiting the newly-opened Indian Heritage Centre.
Pupils were also photographed by the Tamil Murasu photographer.
NE Learning Journey – Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC)
On 15 February 2016, P6 pupils took part in the Total Defence Programme which was held in SDC. From this programme, pupils learned about our pioneers’ contributions towards building the defence of our nation. Pupils were invited to participate in hands-on activities and listen to stories of belief and conviction that this country is defensible and worth defending. Pupils also learned about key events in Singapore’s defence history up to contemporary times, where SAF and the people made milestone achievements. Such achievements made an impact on our defence and security.
#5: We must ourselves defend Singapore.
We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves; no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.
#6: We have confidence in our future.
United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.
NE Learning Journey – Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC)
On 8 April 2016, the P3 pupils took part in the International Friendship Day Programme held in SDC. From this programme, pupils had the opportunity to explore the different facets of ASEAN’s diverse cultures. They learned about different languages and how the spirit of friendship could be nurtured amidst crisis.
#2: We must preserve racial and religious harmony.
We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.
#4: No one owes Singapore a living.
We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.
NE Learning Journey – The Peranakan Museum
On 13 and 14 April 2016, the Primary 1 pupils went to the Peranakan Museum. This learning journey provided our pupils the opportunity to explore the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. From participating actively in this learning journey, our young will be more aware of how everyone is unique and different so that they will learn to care and show respect for their own uniqueness.
#1: Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.
NE Commemoration Days @ GYPS
Total Defence Day
GYPS commemorated Total Defence Day (TDD) on 15 February 2017. The week started off with assembly talk which linked the 5 Pillars of Total Defence with the school’s core value, LOYALTY. The assembly talk was broken into 2 segments, lower and upper primary. This year’s Total Defence theme is ‘Together We are Strong’.
Our highlight was a sharing by our male teacher, Mr Nazir on his NS experience which was a tribute to all male teachers who had gone through National Service.
During recess time, the neighbourhood police came in their police car and brought small uniforms for the pupils to try on. It was a great experience for the pupils.
At 12.30pm, a simulation exercise was carried for pupils to experience what war life was like and how each family had to ration a small amount of food for the whole family. Pupils were grouped to resemble a family nucleus of 5 to 6 members and were made to queue outside their classrooms to collect rations for their group members. The ration food was sweet potato. At the ration counters, teachers stamped pupils’ rationing cards to indicate that food was collected for the day.
This served as a reminder to why it was important for us to maintain peace and harmony. At the end of the exercise, pupils had a discussion on our readiness in time of crisis.
International Friendship Day (IFD)
GYPS commemorated International Friendship Day (IFD) on 7 April 2017 with the theme, ASEAN 50. During our commemoration, pupils enjoyed different learning experiences to nurture the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different nationalities.
As with all NE Days and Ethnic festivals, the school practised Free Dress Day in which pupils and staff came donned in their international garb. This added much vibrancy to the celebration.
An innovative feature added to the concert was the story-telling segment in which interesting folktales were shared by the children. Everyone enjoyed the Fusion Dance which included dance movements from different ASEAN countries. The highlight of the concert was the vibrant and colourful Costume Parade by our teachers and pupils.
A tea session was held in school for international pupils who were new in GYPS. They were treated to local food and a dialogue was conducted to find out more about their well-being and adjustments to GYPS and Singapore.
Busking By Angklung Kulintang and A# Handbell Ensembles
Pupils were entertained with busking of Angklung Kulintang and A# Handbell Ensembles. In the canteen, Parent Support Group (PSG) kept pupils entertained and engaged in crafts which added to the vibrancy of the events.
Making of Dioramas
Each class was assigned to create a diorama of a country. It was a meaningful and an enjoyable experience for the pupils. It was a unique bonding experience between the pupils and teachers.
Racial Harmony Day
Guangyang Primary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 21 July 2017. The theme for this year, The Singapore Way, aims to forge genuine interpersonal interactions among pupils of different racial and religious backgrounds so as to strengthen our collective identity as a nation.
Pupils were engaged in a variety of activities which reflect Singapore’s multicultural society. From traditional food tasting to riding the trishaw with friends of different races, the pupils had the opportunity to learn through a multi-sensory experience while appreciating the harmonious diversity we enjoy in Singapore.
Interactive Heritage Trail – Kampong Glam
On 27th March 2017, the P4 cohort went on a heritage trail to Kampong Glam. This was to give the pupils an opportunity to understand what makes Singapore tick and instil pride in our achievements. Through the heritage trail, pupils learnt about the history of Kampong Glam, the early immigrants and Malay culture.
Pupils were listening attentively to instructions before setting off.
Pupils were excited upon reaching Kampong Glam.
Pupils used mobile devices to answer questions pertaining to Kampong Glam.
Pupils learned about the cultural and historical heritage of the Sultan Mosque.
Pupils were admiring textiles at Arab Street.
Pupils were enjoying a bonding session with their friends.
Guangyang Primary School celebrated the nation’s 52nd birthday with the yearly tradition of donning red and white and having many exciting events lined up. Riding on the theme for National Day, ‘#OneNationTogether’, the school observed a formal ceremony followed by a concert celebration.
Pupils were assembled in the school hall for the march-in ceremony. Our dedicated pupil leaders and prefects marched into the hall, bearing the National Flag and the school flag. Following the lead by our parade commander, Mr Nazir, pupils sang the National Anthem patriotically as the flag was being raised. They expressed their feelings as Singaporeans by taking the pledge. After which, the pupils were led to recite of the recollections. The morning assembly ended with the delivery of the national day message by our Lead Teacher, Mrs Sam.
The second segment of the National Day celebrations continued in the classrooms. Pupils were engaged with level based activities in accordance to the event, led by Form Teachers. They were elated to receive their National Day gifts.
The highlight of the day’s celebration was the highly anticipated National Day Concert. This year, the Primary One pupils put up a showcase of singing nostalgic National Day songs, which brought back sweet memories from the past. A video montage, which featured school staff and pupils who expressed their wishes for Singapore, was also put together by our ICT team.
To add to the festive and celebratory atmosphere, the pupils and staff were welcomed by the ‘Singa Lion’ mascot.
The pupils then were led in community singing of the ever loved National Day song, ‘Home’. Pupils and staff cheered and waved their flags from side to side, following to the beat of the song.
This moment served as a great bonding moment, as many voices chorused each and every line together as one voice.
Overall the celebrations were well received as everyone partook in the event and experienced their true spirit of loyalty to our country.
Interactive Heritage Trail – Chinatown
On 10 October 2016, Primary 6 pupils went to Chinatown as part of their post examination activities.
From participating actively in this learning journey, our pupils were able to understand the history of Chinatown and the contributions of our forefathers whose struggles we must remember and whose resilience we must learn from. Pupils were able to interview shopkeepers whose shops had survived for many years as part of our Education in Career Guidance (ECG).
#1: Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life
Children’s Day Celebration
We celebrated Children’s Day on 6 October 2016. We started the day with physical activities for both upper and lower primary pupils. The teachers worked the hardest to make this day as enjoyable and fun for the pupils as it could be. Pupils were highly entertained throughout the day with the concert items performed by teachers and parents from Parent Support Group (PSG).
Upper and lower primary games
Trips for Internationalization Experience
TIE aims to develop in our pupils’ global awareness and cross-cultural skills and sensitivities, thus preparing them to be global citizens of the 21st century. Through overseas immersion programmes and overseas learning journeys, our pupils also learn to appreciate Singapore and her uniqueness.
Penang Cultural Immersion Trip
16 August – 18 August 2017
A group of 40 Primary 5 pupils, accompanied by 6 teachers went on a learning journey to Penang from 16th August to 18th August 2017. The pupils had the opportunity to learn about the rich heritage and culture of Penang through visits to numerous places of interest.
During the UNESCO heritage tour, the pupils visited the oldest Kuan Inn Temple, Sri Mahamariaman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque and St. George’s Church, all within close proximity from one another. At the batik factory, they learned about the process of batik making and tried their hands at batik painting. The mural wall art trail was an eye-opener for the pupils who were fascinated by the beautiful art displays. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the Peranakan Museum. A re-creation of a typical 19th century Baba home, the elegantly restored museum displays over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles.
Our pupils also visited a local school where they were received warmly by the staff and pupils. Both teachers and pupils had a glimpse of how the curriculum programmes were conducted in the school. Our pupils returned from the learning journey enriched and filled with a greater appreciation for what they have.
Vietnam Cultural Immersion Trip
6 November – 10 November, 2016
A group of 50 Primary 5 pupils, accompanied by 9 teachers went on a learning journey to Vietnam from 6th November to 10th November 2016. This unique learning journey gave our pupils the opportunity to experience the vastly different traditions and culture of the Vietnamese. Our pupils were able to appreciate the beautiful sights as well as learn about the rich heritage and culture of Vietnam. At Mekong Delta, they enjoyed rice planting and tasting of fruits at the orchard. They also had a hands-on experience of making spring rolls and paper candy. Walking through the Cu Chi tunnels was an eye-opener for our pupils. They gained an awareness of how the Vietnamese lived during the war. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the War Remnants Museum where pupils took a journey through time, walking in the footsteps of the Vietnamese. Other famous landmarks that they had visited were Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Our pupils also visited a local Vietnamese school where they were received warmly with a song and dance. Both teachers and pupils had a glimpse of how lessons were conducted in the school. Our pupils returned from the learning journey enriched and were filled with a greater sense of appreciation for what they have back home in Singapore.