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Orientation Camp/Graduation Party/AGM

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After weeks of intense planning and absolute secrecy, the much-anticipated SC Camp has finally come to an end. It was an arduous and grueling challenge to keep everything under wraps, without revealing too much info about the actual plan; especially so when misunderstandings arise.

We hoped that you guys finally understood why we had to do what we did for the last few weeks. It wasn’t that we were intentionally drifting away from you all but we had a surprise in store for the graduating 14th Student Councilors.

We really appreciate you guys for taking the effort to attend the camp as it really means a lot to us.

Without further ado, allow me to reveal the whole truth and nothing but the truth:

The Plan

The Actual Plan

1st Day

Games

Games

Night Walk

Graduation Party

2nd Day

Hiking at MacRitchie

High Elements at ITE Yishun

AGM

AGM

Surprise No. 1

Surprise No. 2


Background Info:


Graduation Party


The 14th ExCos were formally known as the Royce Comm
when they were the camp com for the last SC Camp.

Other than the current 11 EXCOs, the committee consists of GM, TK, Haryanti and 3 other graduates, Hajah, Hidayah and Rizwan.


Plan:


On the pretext of night walk, we blindfolded all the councilors and bring them one round the school.

In the process, we separated the probation councilors and the graduating councilors. Probation councilors would be brought up to the MPH where they were to sit quietly in the darkness.

Then, the blindfolded graduands will be led on stage whereby at the count of 3, they were to remove their blindfolds.

Admist to the party-poppers and music, they were presented to the teachers, guests and probation councilors in a campfire setting.


As a continuation from Surprise No. 1, the plan was to have the 3 graduates sitting among the probations and allow the graduating councilors to discover them.


Remarks:


Proceed as planned


Plan aborted, as the 3 graduates were uncontactable.



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The camp this year was unique in a way, because it is a 3-in-1 camp. It was actually a Orientation Camp, Graduation Party and AGM (Annual General Meeting) all rolled into one event which pretty much explains the ‘difference‘ in budget compared with the previous Orientation Camps which is solely, a Orientation Camp.

Alot of thought and efforts had gone into the planning of this camp. All we had ever wanted, was to etch a pleasant memory in the minds for all the graduating councilors, especially for the 14th EXCOs, but I guess, only a small handful of them reciprocate our efforts

Certain misgivings were cleared up during the camp at the Graduation Party and I’m thankful for that but, somehow or rather, I feel it’s just not the same anymore. We can no longer be like how we used to be.

The brethrens who once worked closely hand-in-hand together, has almost become strangers. There was an air of awkwardness whenever we met; whether in the corridor or in the SC Room. The feelings are lost, and never can be replaced. Now, I can fully empathize with the saying, something about a broken mirror that has been mended, will still have cracks on it?

Why was it that everything we did, be scrutinized throughly with mistrust and suspicions? It’s like performing full autopsy on everything we had done to analyze if there’s any hidden agenda for our course of actions. Please, hurting you guys would be the very last thing on our mind.

It pains me so much to know that is how you guys thought of us. It’s like having a knife plunged deeply into my heart. Why is a 14th doing this to another 14th and in the course of doing so, implicating the 15th? It is really tiring to go on plotting and scheming against one another. There is nothing we can do if people want to carry on misunderstanding us. We have no means to stop it and it is not within our control.

We just hope that one fine day, they will come to realize that everything we had done, was purely out of goodwill and friendship.

We had done our best and it is time to let go, really.

Certain misgivings were cleared up during the camp at the Graduation Party and I’m thankful for that but, somehow or rather, I feel it’s just not the same anymore. We can no longer be like how we used to be.

The brethrens who once worked closely hand-in-hand together, has almost become strangers. There was an air of awkwardness whenever we met; whether in the corridor or in the SC Room. The feelings are lost, and never can be replaced. Now, I can fully empathize with the saying, something about a broken mirror that has been mended, will still have cracks on it?

Why was it that everything we did, be scrutinized throughly with mistrust and suspicions? It’s like performing full autopsy on everything we had done to analyze if there’s any hidden agenda for our course of actions. Please, hurting you guys would be the very last thing on our mind.

It pains me so much to know that is how you guys thought of us. It’s like having a knife plunged deeply into my heart. Why is a 14th doing this to another 14th and in the course of doing so, implicating the 15th? It is really tiring to go on plotting and scheming against one another. There is nothing we can do if people want to carry on misunderstanding us. We have no means to stop it and it is not within our control.

We just hope that one fine day, they will come to realize that everything we had done, was purely out of goodwill and friendship.

We had done our best and it is time to let go, really.

15th Students’ Council Orientation Camp

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We could not have a real campfire for our surprise Graduation Party in the MPH so we make do with a mock-up one.

And the result?

Campfire
Geez, don’t understand why the pix turn out so dark here? It looks ‘brighter’ on my laptop though…
I Believe I Can Touch The Sky

Until…

Sakit

yougetout

We just had our Orientation Camp for the Probation Councilors since yesterday till this afternoon. The first day was spent playing team-building games in school while the second day was spent at Yishun ITE challenging the High Elements.

On the first day, everthing was as per normal just like any other camps which we had organised before. The probation and current councilors were mixed into groups and played team-building games to develop/discover their leadership qualities as well as to determine their team-spirit cohesiveness.

That is until evening, when we had a special program coming up. We had been planning this for a long time and nobody, except the Camp Committee and teachers, knew about it. We had planned a surprise Graduating Party for the graduating councilors at the MPH.

We blindfolded them and brought each group out for a night-walk around the school. During the walk, we ‘kidnapped’ the Probation Councilors and sent them to wait in the darkness at the MPH. Then, we brought the graduating councilors together and led them onto the stage where they were presented to the Probation Councilors, teachers, and invited guests.

That night, I spent a little time chatting with Henvey at the top of the amphitheatre which was shrouded in total darkness. We watched the stars and enjoyed the night breeze. My heart was feeling a little heavy, as this was probably our last time up there together…
*(Farnee? Does it sounds kind of kinky here? NO! NO! Its not what you think, ok?)

On the second day, after a hearty breakfast of Nasi Lemak buffet, we packed everyone off to Yishun ITE in 3 chartered buses. Over there, the true meaning of the SC motto “DARE TO ACHIEVE”, was pushed to greater heights (literally!) as we faced the challenges of the High Elements.

There were 4 stations to complete.

First Station:
station_1 (612 x 816)

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I didn’t know the proper name to this but I call it “Leap of Confidence“. We had to climb up a vertical log of about 3 or 4 storeys high, stand on top, and leap off to grab the horizontal swing which is about 1 meter(?) in front of you. The challenge is not in being able to grab the horizontal pole, but to overcome your inner fear and mustering the courage to leap off from the log itself.

Second Station: station_2 (612 x 816)

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I didn’t know the proper name to this either but I call it “Walk of Confidence“. Same as the first station, we had to climb up a vertical log of about 3 or 4 storeys high, and walk across a horizontal ladder Indiana Jones style. The challenge was taking the first step to walk across and not fall off as you make your way to the opposite side.

Third Station:
station_3 (612 x 816)

Flying Fox” is by far the most popular and well-known station. Same thing, climb up a vertical log of about 3 or 4 storeys high, and ‘slide’ across to the opposite end. Speed is the factor here.

Fourth Station:
station_4 (612 x 816)

The most “down-to-earth” but nevertheless challenging station. It requires teamwork and co-operation. The team had to carry planks as bridges to ‘cross’ to the other side. The challenge was not to fall off from the log.

Oreintation

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It’s the second day of Orientation and its PA for me as usual.  Jerry is at the Audi, GM is doing the outdoor system, JJ is taking care of the PA at the games area and I’m running between these three areas to make sure everything’s fine. 


The various CCAs have set up booths at the Foyer and the Chinese Orchestra is no exception either.  I went and helped out while having a break from my PA duties.


Surprise! Surprise! I accidentally learnt how to play the Cello without any coaching!  Not the Yoyo Mah standard lah… but smelly smelly also can play Memories, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star  and Huang Fei Hong hor! 


hur hur hur


Anyway, today my class went to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.   I have never been there before although its quite near to my house. We climbed all the way to the peak then we took a group photo up there and we came down again…


It isn’t as bad as I thought  as its only about half an hour to the top.  At least it is much easier  to climb compared to Gunung Panti!!



That guy standing on the extreme right is my form TO, Mr Sim.  He is a marathon runner.  Don’t pray pray!

school reopens

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Today is the day! The day when school reopens!!


I just got my results a few days ago. I’ve passed my Nitec in Retail and did pretty well! I’ve got ‘A‘s for Effective Writing, Retail Operations, Basics in Personal Finance and a ‘B‘ for Business Software Application.


My GPA is 3.7 and I am confirmed of a place in Higher Nitec in Accounting!


As I have to be in charge of the PA, I can’t join my class for Orientation but I managed to join them for a short while.


Mr Sim, my form TO, told us that our class has been selected to go Bukit Timah Nature Reserve tomorrow with the Horticultural Club.

CSSP Camp cum orientation

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My phone has been ringing non-stop and my hands have turned jelly from all the answering and coordinating.


I’m now entrusted with two very important events – CSSP Camp during the holidays and the Orientation when school reopens.


CSSP Camp
This is my dear President’s personal activity outside school which he had happily entrusted to me before he flew away to Beijing for his student exchange program. It’s a 3 day camp at NTU whereby we will be acting as coordinators for the secondary school students to learn first aid as well as how to react during a terrorist attack.


There will be a training session on the 12th at the Civil Defence (Bukit Batok) and a tour around NTU.  So that means 4 days of my holidays is BURNT!  >_<  I’m in charge of manpower and I had to liaise with that Alvin guy from Hwa Chung JC


I had to collect personal particulars from my side and pass on to him but it’s so difficult to get a simple thing like that done.  If there are any instructions from Alvin, I had to inform my  Committee Managers who would in turn disseminate the news to their members.  However, NOT a single Manager replied me and that left me hanging there wondering whether did they receive my instructions or not? 


Do you have any idea how frustrating it could be?  I am there waiting for their replies urgently and all of them are taking their own sweet time while some didn’t even bother to reply me at all!How long would it take to reply a simple sms?  I don’t require a 10 pages long essays!


School Orientation
The Bridge Leaders are in charge of the Orientation program.  However for this year, the SC are roped in to help because the Bridge Leader are short of manpower.  As Logistics Manager, I have to give them PA support.  They asked for ELEVEN of my men excluding their own PA members! 


*Speechless!!*


I don’t know what or why the hell they need so many people to man the PA system but I don’t  have so many PA members myself!  My committee strength is only a pathetic four.


From what I understand, I’ll be taking care of the Auditorium, GM will be in charge of the Outdoor System, TK will be taking care of the Portable System while Jerry will be helping with the Dedication Booth.


WHAT?  The remainder 7+Nth (Nth=members from their side) will be doing Dedication Booth??  I don’t understand why they need so many people to man one Dedicaion Booth for?


Just where on earth am I going to give them ELEVEN PA members? 


Arrrgh! This is giving me a big headache!


Frankly speaking, I personally didn’t like talking on the phone.  Any conservation lasting more than 2 minutes is plain torture to me which is why,  I prefer to sms.  Next time, if you are looking for me, try sending a sms instead. 


However, please don’t send me silly messages like “Roses are Red, Violets are blue, Glad to have a friend like you” or one of those chain message cursing “… if you don’t send this to 10 people, your father will die, if you don’t send to 20 people, your mother will die” that kind of thing la!


~STRESS~