Mother Tongue

Vision:

Cultured and passionate learners of Mother Tongue Language

Mission:

To make the learning of Mother Tongue Language fun and to keep it as a living language

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EXPOSURE

Theatre & Drama Appreciation

We believe that MTL is a living language. We want to develop students' awareness of cultural identity and cultivate an appreciation of their cultural roots. Through going to the theatre, students are exposed to the use of MTL outside classroom settings. These experiences will help MTL to stay relevant to our students' life.

The Chinese drama performances that we organised for our CL students this year include:

1. Chinese Cross Talk Laughter For All Ages《相声老少乐2019》by 新风相声学会 on 4 July at SOTA Drama Theatre for Secondary 1 and 2, and

2. Chinese Musical Play -- Rock Guardians of the Sea  音乐剧——《守护海洋的神岛》by The Fool Theatre Ltd on 5 July at Drama Centre for Secondary 2 and 3.

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Creative Writing Competition (Lower Sec)

The Creative Writing Competition aims to provide a platform for students to master their MTL. Sec 1 Chinese students will have the chance of being a news reporter, while the Secondary 2 students need to design a brochure which showcases the cultural aspects of our Nation. For Malay Language, the Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 students are given a topic and students are required to write the essays based on their knowledge and creativity.

CL students cracking their heads to write their scripts for the Creative Writing Competition
CL students cracking their heads to write their scripts for the Creative Writing Competition
ML Students doing research and typing their essays in preparation for the Creative Writing Competition
ML Students doing research and typing their essays in preparation for the Creative Writing Competition

Chinese Cultural Camp (Secondary 1)

All Secondary 1 Chinese students will be participating in the Chinese Cultural Camp, where they sign up for  cultural related workshops such as making of mooncakes, Chinese chess, Chinese fan painting and Wushu based on their interest and preference.

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Students with their work!
Students with their work!
Students rehearsing their Chinese Waist Drum Dance
Students rehearsing their Chinese Waist Drum Dance
EXTENSION

MTL Fortnight - Learning Journey and Workshops

To create a more robust learning environment for students to use MTL, and with the goal to kindle students’ interest in the languages through novel and exciting ways, we invite external instructors to conduct workshops and we also bring students out for learning journey. Some examples are “Drama Workshop”, “River Hongbao Tour”, “Cultural Heritage Walk”, “Mid-Autumn Festival Tea Culture Learning Journey and “Fun-with-Riddles Workshop”.

River Hongbao Tour
River Hongbao Tour
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Students learning more about Chinese Opera during "Cultural Heritage Walk"
Students learning more about Chinese Opera during "Cultural Heritage Walk"

ML students enjoying themselves during MTL Fortnight!

Secondary 1 students learning about ‘Wayang Kulit’ or Shadow Puppets. Students were tasked to create their own puppets and come up with a story line to act out using their puppets.

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Secondary 2 and Secondary 3 Normal (Technical) students were given an opportunity to learn about acting and dramatization from a theatre company. It was clear that the students welcomed the opportunity to express themselves in many ways.

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Secondary 3 Express and Normal (Academic) students were enrolled into a workshop – Pentas Peribahasa or Transforming Idioms into a short skit. They had the opportunity to experience the idioms on a more personal level and deeper understanding. After which, they had the chance to act out and get their fellow peers to guess the idioms.

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EXCELLENCE

Competitions

In order to stretch our students to maximize their full potential, our teachers will identify and encourage students to participate in various competitions. We have achieved 2 Golds and 1 Silver in the National Malay Language Creative Competition.

HAMZAH M R (above) managed to clinch the Silver Award. He wrote a narrative essay entitled ‘Bully’
HAMZAH M R (above) managed to clinch the Silver Award. He wrote a narrative essay entitled ‘Bully’
AUNI SYAURAH PUTRI A M (above) emerged as Top 4 at the National Level for Lower Secondary category
AUNI SYAURAH PUTRI A M (above) emerged as Top 4 at the National Level for Lower Secondary category
SRI PUTRI PUTIH J (above) managed to get into the Finals and won the Gold Award for the Upper Secondary category
SRI PUTRI PUTIH J (above) managed to get into the Finals and won the Gold Award for the Upper Secondary category

As finalist, AUNI SYAURAH and SRI PUTRI PUTIH had to go through another round of creative writing at the competition venue.

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In preparation of the National Malay Language Debate Competition, Secondary 4 Express students went through an internal debate competition in class. Through the session, best speakers were selected to represent the school.

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From right, MUHAMMAD DANIAL M K, MUHAMMAD HAFIZ M F Z and BADRYNA M B . Reserve debater was SAFIFULHIRA S (above)
From right, MUHAMMAD DANIAL M K, MUHAMMAD HAFIZ M F Z and BADRYNA M B . Reserve debater was SAFIFULHIRA S (above)

During the prestigious 4PM Debate Competition, our school compete against Tanjong Katong Secondary School and we won the first round being MUHAMMAD DANIAL M K emerged as Best Speaker (below).

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For the next two rounds with Commonwealth and Bartley Secondary Schools, we were unable to proceed to the Finals. Nevertheless, the debaters learned valuable lessons and acquired confidence throughout the whole experience.

Greendale Secondary School vs
Commonwealth Secondary School
Greendale Secondary School vs Commonwealth Secondary School
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Greendale Secondary School vs Bartley Secondary School
Arissa and Nurul Umairah worked on their poetry after school in consultation with their teacher trainer
Arissa and Nurul Umairah worked on their poetry after school in consultation with their teacher trainer

For National Malay Poetry Recital Competition at Raffles Girls School, ARISSA NADYNE M R wrote and recited a poetry entitled Sang Nila. Sang Nila Utama’s pursuit of his dream through the discovery of Singapore Island truly inspired Arissa and thus the poetry. Below is her entry.

Sang Nila Pemacu Jaya

Terpacak tegap nama Sang Nila Utama

Di sana kau inginkan pulau idaman

Di sana kau inginkan ketenteraman

Pulau indah dan bersih

Ombak mendayu-dayu

Pasir pantai putih berbuih

Menjadi penyeri hati yang rintih

 

Malangnya dalam engkau meniti pulau itu

Kau dilanda onak dan duri

Tatkala bahtera dilayari

Malam gelap kilat menerangi

Guruh dan taufan turut menemani

 

Namun Sang Nila, kau teguh berdiri

Menghadap lautan bergelora

Yang lapar menggila kerana inginkan mahkota

Kau sanggup berkorban

Biar mahkota hilang abadi

Asalkan pulau menjadi idaman hati

Asalkan anak kapal setia berdiri

Kau berjuang dengan berani

Tanpa rasa gentar dan rugi

Kau cekal dengan pulau idaman hati

 

Akhirnya bahtera melabuhkan tirainya

Kau terpersona dengan serinya

Kini kau berada di pulau idaman

Namun secara tiba-tiba

Seekor singa datang menerpa

Kau merenung mata Si Singa

Kau dan singa bertentangan mata

Sinar matanya memukau jiwa

Akhirnya kau menang dalam renungan itu

Kerana kau tahu nilai pulau ini

Pulau ini idaman hati

Lalu kau namakan pulau ini Singapura

 

Kini terpacak tegap nama Sang Nila Utama

Aku menganggapmu sebagai idola

Kerana kau langsung tidak berpaling tadah

Kau teguh bertekad memahat sejarah

Sang Nila Utama

Kau di sanubari anak Singapura

 

Arissa Nadyne M R

Sekolah Menengah Greendale

26 Mac 2019

NURUL UMAIRAH N R’s poetry was about Badang in which entails the strength of Malay folk character in his search of his true self through the various challenges that he faced.

Monolog Si Badang

Wahai Badang gagah perkasa

Berani melawan sesiapa sahaja

Kau menarik kapal dua bahtera

Kau menjulang batu Singapura

Kau gagah Badang kaulah perkasa

 

Tidak! Aku bukan yang kau maksudkan

Malah aku hina

Aku dicemuh tanpa belasan

Kerna aku kurang berdaya

Aku insan kerdil dan lemah

 

Siapakah diri ku ini?

Aku masih mencari-cari

Aku rasa kehilangan

Setelah aku makan muntah itu

Muntah itu telah meracuni jiwaku

Siapakah Badang sebenarnya?

Seorang pengecut yang tiada maruah

Memakan muntah sebagai ganti

Hanya membuktikan keberanian

Yang tidak pernah wujud sama sekali

 

Tetapi aku percaya kegagahanmu luar biasa

Kau bertarung nyawa

Kau mengalahkan semua

Mungkin kau masih belum mengerti

Kekuatan dan kegagahanmu

tersemadi di dalam diri

Kau kuat bukan kerana muntah

Kau kuat bukan kerana jin yang menggoda

Sebenarnya keberanian sudah ada pada dirimu

 

Di hati ini tergulung sebuah harapan

Jika kau Badang dapat membela

Izinkan aku membela masa depanku

Demi negara yang ku cinta

Demi kasih dan hak insani

Demi memartabatkan manusiawi

Aku sanggup berusaha

Kerana aku ingin menjadi sepertimu Badang

Keberanianmu menjadi nilaiku
Ketekalanmu menjadi budayaku

Kejayaanmu menjadi sejarahku

 

Nurul Umairah N R

Sekolah Menengah Greendale 

26 March 2019

Some other competitions that our students have participated includes the National Secondary School Chinese Newspaper Editing Competition, Creative Writing and Photo-taking Competition.

Our student trying out her interviewing skills at the National Secondary School Chinese Newspaper Editing Competition
Our student trying out her interviewing skills at the National Secondary School Chinese Newspaper Editing Competition
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Look at how focused they are to come up with their article!

(Updated 13 November 2019)

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