ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS 2010
DESIGN OF WALLACE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING LABORATORY (WELL) WINS SIA-HUNTER DOUGLAS MERIT AWARD 2010
WELL’s interior, designed and built by the National University of Singapore’s School of Design & Environment in partnership with RGS and NParks, has garnered the SIA-Hunter Douglas Merit Award 2010 in the Eco Friend Category.
We congratulate Dr Tan Beng Kiang and her students Wu Huei Siang and RGS alumnus Dawn Chen Jiaying, all from the NUS School of Design & Environment, Department of Architecture, who worked on this project, from conceptualising to designing to setting it up. Parts of the interior are built with Technical Wood, a type of recycled wood which is hardy, durable, termite and water resistant.
Their entry, which competed with those submitted by professional architectural firms, received the following jury citation:
“This is a noble, non-commercial project which used recycled wood in myriad ways to create an interactive space for learning through furniture-making and design. As a learning process the endeavour is entirely meaningful for eco-awareness: from inception of the idea to hands-on participation, execution and putting together the display space, the transformative qualities of the recycled furniture when placed in the space, and ultimately, the educational qualities of the lab itself.”
Principal Mrs Julie Hoo comments, ‘The design of WELL indeed has been something of a matter of pride in the WELL community. All visitors and guests to WELL inevitably comment on how creative and friendly the layout and design are.’
Their entry will be exhibited at Architest 2010, National Library Plaza, from 4 to 7, 14 to 20 and 24 to 30 October 2010.
RGS GIRL TAKES 2ND SPOT AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR
Fresh from winning a gold and a bronze medal at the 2010 Singapore Science & Engineering Fair, Cheng Jingjie (410) added four more magnificent feathers in her cap at the 2010 International Science & Engineering Fair 2010 in San Jose, California, USA: she took 2nd placing in the Cell & Molecular Biology category of the ISEF, has the distinction of being the first secondary school student in Singapore to receive a top placing in an event which until now only junior college students in Singapore have participated in, received US$1500 in prize money, and may even have a minor planet named after her.
The six-day event, from 9 to 14 May, was organised by the Society for Science and the Public. It attracted over 1600 academically outstanding students from more than 50 countries, Nobel laureates and foremost scientists and researchers, who were joined by some 1200 adjudicators and personnel from various organisations scouting for prospective employees. Student participants vied for awards and scholarships worth over US$3 million, interacted with fellow participants, and built contacts.
Cell & Molecular Biology is one of the 17 categories in the competition, which assesses participants’ foundational knowledge of science and the creativity demonstrated in their project, which had to go through six rounds of judging. Jingjie’s, EGCG Mitigates Parkinson’s Disease-associated Mutant LRRK2-induced Neurotoxicity via Protein Translation Modulation, was one of three submissions from Singapore, the other two by junior college teams.
Ceres Connection, a programme of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and ISEF organiser Society for Science & the Public, aims to promote science education by naming minor planets after students who have excelled in SSP competitions. If things go according to plan and all first and second place winners in the ISEF have planets or asteroids discovered by Lincoln Laboratory named after them, we look forward to clear nights in the not too distant future, when astronomy enthusiasts would point to the heavens and say, ‘There’s Jingjie!’
THE SINGAPORE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2010
RGS girls demonstrated their aptitude and commitment in scientific research at the 2010 Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF), clinching two gold, one bronze and three merit awards. The SSEF is an annual competition for secondary and pre-university students to present their scientific research conducted in the past year.
RGS student Cheng Jingjie (410) took a gold and a bronze and was selected from over 500 participants to represent Singapore in the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held at San Jose, USA, from 9 to 14 May. She is the first secondary school student in the 10-year history of SSEF to represent Singapore at the ISEF.
This year 296 research projects out of 440 projects were short-listed for the competition. Of these, 17 were by RGS girls. Selected projects were exhibited and judged at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2010, held on 20 and 21 March. These young scientists presented their respective projects in three to five vigorous rounds of judging by panels of highly acclaimed scientists.
There were 15 awards in four categories. RGS participants did the school immensely proud by clinching 7 of these prestigious awards:
|Deepa Segaran (410) and Vanessa Chiam (411)|
|Claisse Chu (410) and Low Kay Yi (410)|
|Huang Xiaoting (401) and Denise Lim (411)|
|Cheng Jingjine (410)|
|Zhang Aidi (411)|
|Tan Meijun (410), Low Kay Yi (410),|
|Ong Jing Han (410) and Cheng Jingjie (410)|
In addition, Zhang Aidi (411), Ong Jing Han (410), and Cheng Jingjie (410) emerged as A* Star Talent Search (ASTS) finalists. Jing Han and Jingjie were merit award winners while Zhang Aidi clinched the ASTS 3rd prize!
All the winners were acknowledged at the SSEF prize giving ceremony held on 23 April at the Matrix Auditorium in the Biopolis. VIP guests included Mr Wee Heng Tin, Chairman of the Singapore Science Centre Board, Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Director of the Singapore Science Centre and Mr Koh Chin Nguang, Deputy Director (Sciences), Ministry of Education. The special guest at the event was Professor Barry Marshall, 2005 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology and Medicine.
Our Principal Mrs. Julie Hoo, our SMP Teacher Advisors, and a contingent of Year 3 RGS pupils were there to support of the RGS participants.
The RGS participants in the 2010 SSEF sincerely thank their school mentors Mr Shaun Gerard De Souza, Ms Goh Hui Lian, Ms Carmen Hoo, Mr. Yang, Ms Le Tien and Ms Tan Jia Xu for their guidance throughout their research journey.
EXCELLENT GCE 'O' LEVEL RESULTS FOR HIGHER MOTHER TONGUE
RGS has produced its finest GCE ‘O’ level results in Higher Mother Tongue (HMT) in the last 5 years. For Higher Chinese, RGS’ percentage of passes shot up from 90.1% to 97%, some 7% higher than the National percentage; 60.8% of RGS candidates scored distinctions. For Higher Malay, RGS achieved a 100% pass, with 63.6% of the girls obtaining A1 or A2. RGS’ percentage of passes in Higher Tamil was 95.2%, pipping the National percentage by a little more than 2%.
"All of this would not have been possible without the hard work of the MTL teachers, past and present, who taught the girls in Lower Sec as well as Upper Sec,” says Principal Mrs Julie Hoo. “It is testimony, too, to the leadership of the MTL Department, both leaders of the past, who have laid a solid foundation, and the current leaders, for building on that foundation, and for continuing to push boundaries."
Although the school’s integrated programme allows the girls to bypass the GCE ‘O’ level examinations, they still have to sit the exams for Higher Mother Tongue.