ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS 2011
XIAO YIFEI - PRESIDENT'S SCHOLAR 2011
RGS alumnus Xiao Yifei is one of four President’s Scholars for 2011. Yifei, who plans to study international relations in the United States, attributed much of her success to the support she received from her parents and teachers.
In addition to doing well academically in school, she was also a basketball player, directed and acted in plays, was president of the Boon Lay Youth Club and volunteered in Meet-the-People sessions in Boon Lay.
ZHANG AIDI CLINCHES SINGAPORE'S FIRST EVER GOLD MEDAL IN THE 2011 CHINA GIRLS MATH OLYMPIAD
RGS girls (alumnus and current students) did well in the 2011 China Girls Math Olympiad held in Shenzhen, China from 28 July to 3 August 2011.
RGS alumni Zhang Aidi clinched team Singapore’s first ever gold medal, Lim Min clinched the silver medal and Lydia Liu Tingruo and Lee Si Ying each clinched a bronze medal.
RGS Yr-4 student Ding Yuan Belinda clinched a bronze medal and Yr-3 student Ong Jie Ni Dorette also participated in the event.
The Olympiad, which started in 2002 as a competition for girls in China, has since expanded to include teams from around the world.
2011 COMMONWEALTH ESSAY COMPETITION
With an essay titled “Girl power! OR, Boy power!”, RGS student Michelle Lee (Class 306) has won the Senior runner up prize at the 2011 Commonwealth Essay Competition. Michelle is the top Singaporean winner in the senior category.
Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Essay Competition has been running for over 100 years. Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or under, the competition offers young people the opportunity to have their voice heard on a global platform and to encourage students to engage with issues which are important to them.
RGS STUDENTS ACE GCE ‘O’ LEVEL EXAMINATIONS IN HIGHER MOTHER TONGUE AND THIRD LANGUAGES
RGS has produced its finest GCE ‘O’ level results in Higher Mother Tongue (HMT) in the last 6 years.
For Higher Chinese, RGS’ percentage of passes shot up from 88.9% in 2005 to over 90% in the next five years, peaking at 97.4% in 2010, over 6% higher than the National percentage. 58.6% of RGS candidates scored distinction in the subject.
For Higher Malay, RGS achieved a 100% pass, with 73.9% of the girls scoring A1 or A2, a jump of more than 10% from last year and the highest percentage RGS has achieved so far. The 2010 National Average for distinctions is 40.9%.
RGS’ percentage of passes in Higher Tamil was 100%, pipping the National percentage by a half a percent. Out of the total number of 20 RGS candidates, 12 or 60% obtained distinctions.
Principal Mrs Julie Hoo commented, ‘These are heartening results, with some subjects showing vast increase in quality distinctions. Thanks, indeed, to hard work and good strategies on the part of teachers.’
Students who took various third languages such as French, Japanese, German, Bengali, Gagurati, Hindi and Punjabi also performed admirably, with 100% passes in every one of these subjects and more than three quarters of them garnering distinctions.
'The 3rd language results, for a first year, truly set a good benchmark for future cohorts and will serve as inspiration and encouragement for the girls who are determined to do well and keep at their 3rd languages.'
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.
The principals and teachers congratulate all students who have done well.