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Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
Hml Club Annual Report 2006-2007
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  • 1. Synergy ‘07HML Annual Report 2006-2007
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  • 5. The Annual General Meeting 2006 was held on the 2nd of August 2006 on aWednesday in the AVT. Our Guest-of-Honour was the Deputy Headmaster(Development), Mr. Frederick Yeo. Our special guest was Mr Christopher Seet, ChiefLibrarian 2000/2001. To start off the Annual General Meeting, Mr Christopher Seet gave an interestingspeech about how the HML Club has changed from during his time. He also shared withus his experiences in the medical field. We benefited a lot through his enlighteningspeech. Next was Joshua Heng‟s turn to make a speech. He recapped the year‟s eventsand the new initiatives that the EXCO 05/06 has come out with, for example the BlueNotebooks attendance system and the Adopt-a-Shelf Programme. Following the speeches, it was time to handover the duties to the new EXCO forthe year 2006/2007. Two major changes were made to the organization of the EXCO,namely having two Deputy Chief librarian positions and the collapsing of the Publicityand Infocomm departments into the Programmes department. (Continued on next page)
  • 6. Right after the handover was a short speech by the Chief Librarian2006/2007. Yiyang talked about his goals for the year, thereafter he led thelibrarians in the librarians‟ pledge. Consecutively, the new librarians were invested. Awards were given to themost commendable librarians, certificates to the graduating librarians, and tokensof appreciation to parent volunteers. Finally, Mr Frederick Yeo, our DHM and Guest-of-Honour for the event,gave a short speech and gave the club his best wishes. As the formal ceremony ended, the librarians and guests were treated to amultimedia presentation in a relaxed setting. Thereafter, there was also areception for all. The librarians ended the day with the traditional photo-takingsession in the library after the AGM.
  • 7. The main agenda for LCM Day 2 was to prepare for the upcoming stock-takingactivity to be held by external stock-takers so as to change the current librarycirculation system from Carlcirc (Merlin) to Spydus. There was a day-off on week6 Friday and it was just after the Common Tests so it seemed the mostappropriate time to hold LCM Day 2. On that day, library club members reported at 8 a.m. and were divided intoseveral groups. Each group was to take charge of shelf-reading a particularsection of the library, the sections being Reference, English Fiction, Short Storiesand Mother Tongue Fiction/Non-fiction, Non-fiction from 100s to 500s, Non-fictionfrom 600s to 900s and the Teacher‟s Reference Library. This division of groups made allocation of tea breaks and lunch breakseasy and every two groups had their breaks after an interval of 30 minutes. Forthe tea break, the food comprised of muffins from Chocs and Spice, some Pauas well as drinks and snacks bought from Sheng Siong. For lunch, there wasNasi Lemak for everyone and it was ordered from Lee Wee and Bros. It is to be noted that the performance of library club members during LCMDay 2 was extremely outstanding. With the pressing task at hand, everyone putaside their personal differences and worked together as one. Everyonedemonstrated good cohesion and teamwork and maintained an equal division oflabour. There was also a “points” system put in place and groups were judged ontheir shelves according to the two main criteria of neatness and order. Thishelped to create a friendly competitive atmosphere among the groups and eachgroup was motivated to do their part to the best of their abilities, resulting in anoverall increase in efficiency. Despite initial worries that there was a lack of time,at the end of the entire shelf-reading exercise, most of the shelves were in tip-topcondition and definitely prepared for the upcoming stock-taking activity.
  • 8. After the laborious but fun shelf-reading exercise, it was finally time for theBirthday Bash. The Birthday Bash for LCM Day 2 is a celebration held for libraryclub members whose birthday falls from October to December and it was held atthe al-fresco dining area beside the library. During the Birthday Bash, everyonehad food and drinks provided and there were fun and games carried out, not tomention an on-going DJ session where favorite music hits were being playedcontinuously. In addition, groups that did especially well and obtained the most“points” during the shelf-reading exercise were rewarded with extra snacks andgoodies for their dedication. In conclusion, LCM Day 2 was a great success with the aim of LCM Day 2achieved and good team bonding and synergy created between library clubmembers.
  • 9. Various contributorsSECTION 1: IntroductionThe Hullett Memorial Library Camp 2006 was held from 16th November to 17thNovember 2006 and was divided into three main sections, a Community InvolvementProgramme at the Handicapped Welfare Association (HWA), various school games,and an Amazing Race Xpress, which ended with a tour to the Republic Polytechnic.The camp had replaced an overseas trip to Chiangmai, Thailand due to thecancellation of the trip. The camp was originally planned for 3 Days 2 Nights but dueto the school disallowing overnight camps for all CCA groups in view of the schoolPRIME upgrading process, we only managed to fight for a 2 Days 1 Night camp.The objective of the camp was to bond the library club members and build morefriendships, as well as give the EXCO a chance to organise major events. Anunofficial theme of “Synergy” was created for this camp. Teamwork was essential inall the activities in the camp.The participants gathered on the first day at 8.30am in the library and the campcommenced with attendance taking and a short briefing on the purpose andproceedings of the camp, as well as the camp rules and regulations..
  • 10. SECTION 2: HML Community Involvement Programme Written by Muhd Sadikin, Law Kang Jie At 9.15am, we boarded the bus and headed for the Handicaps WelfareAssociation located at Whampoa Drive with all our materials for the CIP work.The idea of working on a Community Involvement Project came to us a weekbefore as we brainstormed for activities for the camp, as well as to use up themoney that we had raised in the year through drink and snack sales (which wasoriginally meant for the Chiangmai CIP trip). After a round of discussion, theEXCO and Mrs. Yap went to recee for an organization to help, finally decidingupon the Handicaps Welfare Association, which had a building in need of amakeover. After discussing with Mr.Kelvin Lim, we decided tofocus on certain areas within itscomplex, namely, the setting upof the Christmas tree,decorating their notice boards,refurnishing their Cosy Corner,as well as their Art Room, whichwe renamed the CreativeStudio. Once we arrived at the association, we split up into groups based on thevarious tasks that we had to complete, after which we got straight to the job. Notbefore getting a group photo first, though.
  • 11. Works immediately started on the Cosy Corner, where the old coat ofpaint and the rust were scraped off, after which we painted a new coat of brightorange. Painting walls may seem to be an easy job to do, but alas, that was notthe case. Many had to endure the dripping wet orange paint on their bare handsand for some; their clothing (e.g. Benjamin Joshua Ong). However, it waspleasant to note that none complained, and in fact, they were having lots of fun!In the end, everyone‟s efforts and hard work, plus all the sweat and painted hands, paid off, seeing the new coat of orange paint that clearly brightened the once un-Cosy Corner indeed. Apart from painting the Cosy Corner, some librarians were busy in the Creative Studio, cutting out petals, stalks, leaves, and butterflies, from adhesive colouredpaper to adorn the dull walls and doors of the building. At the same time, a few ofthem were working on the framed collage that we wanted to mount at the CosyCorner. Basically, the Creative Studio became our Head Quarters for the day! Other than that, other librarians werecollaboratively working on the notice boards as well asthe Christmas tree. For the notice boards, the librarianshad to strip the board of the notices and then paint theframe, a difficult task as we had to prevent the paint fromstaining the main board. While waiting for the paint to dry,the team went to wash the ornaments and the Christmastree, then setting it out to dry as well. After the paint onthe notice boards dried, we proceeded to mount the velvet backing onto theboard to give it a professional feel and touch. This could not have been donewithout the expertise of Ms. Mani and Mdm. Ho, who had skillfully wielded thestaple gun with care. Finally, we went to decorate and set up the 2 Christmastrees, and added the final touches to the complex.
  • 12. At the same time, Calvin was going around to mount his series ofmotivational posters on the doors along the corridor with the help of several otherlibrarians. These posters had been earlier prepared and took a long time to besurfaced because of intense editing work needed. Nearing the evening, we began to mount the adhesive flowers andbutterflies on the walls of the Cosy Corner, and then set up the new 29-inchtelevision, the stereo set which we purchased for the home using the fundsraised. Later we arranged the new furniture items recycled from the school stafflounge. Overall, the HWA project was asuccess and indeed an enriching andenlightening experience for everyone.It was clearly a heartening sight to seethe newly refurnished Cosy Cornerand Creative Studio, along with thelighted Christmas tree, that proved ajob well done. Furthermore, we felt agreat sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in knowing that our efforts wereappreciated and that those at the association were happy with what we haddone. Dinner was called in from Pelican Pizza and KFC delivery and it was takenoutside the HML along the “World Class Rafflesians” corridor.
  • 13. SECTION 3: School Games (1) Written by Calvin Teo The game „Jelly Hide and Seek‟ was one of the in-library games played. Itwas conducted on the first night, some time after dinner. The concept of the game was first mooted after the CIP activity at HWA.We had noticed a lot of leftover food and drinks in a large box from LCM Day 2,when we were preparing dinner. Guess we had overestimated the studentshunger pangs! There was a need to do something with these jellies before theyexpired next year. Of course, the simplest way was to distribute the jellies equally amonglibrary members during dinner. However, it was harder than it seemed. The jelliescould not be divided equally. Furthermore, some librarian‟s wanted more, somedid not want these jellies. Therefore, we thought of dispensing them out in a game. And so „JellyHide and Seek‟ was born. The outline of the game was actually quite simple.Many small, cup jellies of all colours would be hidden, in both obvious andobscure nooks and crannies of the HML, with teams of 3 having to locate andretrieve these jellies back to the loan counter. Groupings were soon settled. The librarians were rather eager to start offthe game, and we had to hold them back! However, after some finalizations,everyone was flagged off, fanning out in all directions of the library, looking highand low, trying to find the colourful snacks. Many of the students were very eagerto get the hidden treasure! 5 minutes later, the first round ended, and teams reported back. Therewas a tie between 2 groups, resulting in Plan „B‟. These 2 groups would then beinvolved in a “Sudden Death” Match. I.e. the group who finds one more jelly firstwould win! This round was rather frantic, with the students ecstatically searching,their pride at stake.
  • 14. In the end, the group consisting of Jonathan Ng, Joshua Lim, Ian Yap andZaw Shane won by 1 second over my group. It was a close race to the loancounter. This game, though simple, had a deeper meaning to it. Firstly, it taught allparticipating members the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Forexample, groups learnt how to plan their search and distribute themselves in thelibrary. Secondly, it fosters comradeship and companionship among friends, asthey network while doing the hide and seek. Apart from that, it also infuses thespirit of friendly competition, with members trying to outdo each other. Of course, the game also led many librarians to realize how they missedsome jellies placed very obviously. Pupils explored corners of HML theypreviously did not even think of taking a second glance into, such as thenewspaper racks. In some terms, it may have also demonstrated to them theconcept of visual inaccuracy! That we sometimes cannot see the big picturewhen we are concentrating too hard! Overall, the game was a fun and enriching experience, in which thelibrarians totally enjoyed. An integral part of the camp experience indeed. SECTION 4: Amazing Race Xpress Written by Calvin Teo, Li Yiyang Informal preparations for The Amazing Race 2006 started as early asJune 2006. What was thought of was that the race would span the entire day,with participants coming back to HML and retiring for the night, as they awaittheir year-end overseas trip, which was eventually cancelled. Formal preparations began soon after, which included the brainstormingof possible notable locations to travel to, as well as the mini-station activities thatwere to be done. An Amazing Race Committee (ARCOM) was soon set up. After some preparations were done, a draft concept was formed. Thecourse, circling Singapore, was designed to pass through interesting historic,scenic, nature, and cultural sites. We wish that participants could experience a
  • 15. previously unexplored face of the country and be enriched by the deepsignificance each location holds. Giving students a new experience is one of the key objectives for the game,and the novelty is not just limited to the locations. The tasks themselves havebeen arranged to let participants experience new things they have never triedbefore, and to let the pupils realise that there is much more to the surface ofthings. Every location and activity is unique and irreplaceable. We at the ARCOMare sure that the specially-tailored course would help achieve our goals. To prepare for this amazing race, Calvin, Yiyang, Kang Jie, and Bao Rongwent for our first recee on the 28th of October 2006. This first recee was quite anadventure in itself. We went to many parts of Singapore! Starting from RI, we got to Memories at Old Ford Factory. While on the trip, we were indeed looking like lost tourists! Unfortunately it was closed. However, we could see the building from the road! It was a very rustic place! After that we took service 178,directly to Little Guilin, in Bukit Batok TownPark. We were also discussing on theimportance of road safety, else we wouldhave had a funeral visit instead of thegame. We left soon after and walked toBukit Gombak Station, where we took atrain to Clementi and transferred to a bus toIKEA. Our next stop was VivoCity. Wewalked to the Toys R‟ Us store there.
  • 16. Strangely, Bao Rong was attracted to kids‟ hula hoops! He then played with apoor toy horse‟s jaw, prompting the shopkeeper to stop the animal abuse! Soon after that, we went to the Historical Site of Sook Ching during WWII. We then decided to go to Liang Court and we explored the Japanese supermarket to find out prices of some exotic products. Then we went back to Clarke Quay station. We proceeded to Sengkang LRT. We went for 2 rides along the LRT system, taking photos along the way.Our last station was the Changi Airport, where we planned to do a Humanitiesquiz. We left the Airport soon after, and that ultimately concludes the first recceseason of the Amazing Race 2006! It was a rather enjoyable experience, but notso much for Bao Rong as his sandals sort of got caught in an escalator! After some edits to the master copy of the Amazing Race plan, wepresented a copy to Mrs. Yap, who suggested some changes. Many of theplaces and activities were edited, to feature “educational” visits. At that time, wewere racing against time with just ten days left to the camp. We hurriedlyhastened our preparations. Hopes for a full day amazing race was dashed however, when it wasrevealed that a whole day would be taken up by a CIP for HWA. At that moment,Mrs. Yap decided to postpone the Amazing Race by 1 year! (meaning no racethis year) Nothing changed much for six days. At that time, preparations for thecamp were getting tense, what with the “big day” itself only 3 days away!However, some bombshells dropped. The visit to the NLB collection andprocessing centre would cost almost $500 in processing/security fees!
  • 17. Therefore, the circumstances had spoken. What would we do then?Amidst a lively discussion in Mrs. Yap‟s office, suggestions popped up again. Ofcourse, the most popular one was to reignite the idea of an Amazing Race! This was so odd. The concept for amazing race was first mooted,cancelled due to overseas trip, mooted again due to the planned LCM Day 2,cancelled, and revived again! And the strangest thing was it was revived just twodays before the camp itself! It meant we had only one day to plan and prepare! Still we remained optimistic and started our crash preparations. Would webe able to make it in time? Anyway, we brainstormed and reported to Mrs. Yap,who made a few minor changes. On Friday, the day just before the camp, Yiyang and Calvin started on ourtask of recee-ing the new places that we were to go to. We first went to theBotanical gardens. What were we to do there? We guessed it would be mostappropriate for us to share the knowledge of plant species. We immersedourselves in the wide variety of plants there. We then took bus 67 to the Memories at Old Ford Factory. This time, itwas opened, and we entered. We began our serious work, which we took on theroles of a history researcher. The museum was indeed very interesting, and aneye-opener into the experiences of local civilians during the war. The contentwas presented through both static displays and eye-catching interactive media. Itwas also interesting to find an old piano and radio, donated by none other thanour school, Raffles Institution! Anyway, after that, we proceeded to our next destination, Little Guilin.Little Guilin, the rocky outcrop was still a nice place. Fishermen lined the sides ofthe quarry, while a few white swans were waddling in the water. On leaving, wenoticed a small footpath branching out and leading to what was labeled a nature
  • 18. trial. The path led us to a flight of steps up the hill. Climbing to the top enabled usto view Little Guilin from a different perspective. The nature trail resembled asmall dirt track in Pulau Ubin! Republic Polytechnic was the FINAL PITSTOP for the Amazing RaceXpress 2006! We briefly walked around and explored the place, before having aquick lunch. That done, we returned to HML, to finish up our preparations. The day hadbeen tiring but fun! Mrs. Yap had left for further recee-ing at HWA, so we wereleft to finish up the preparations on our own, as she had wanted the report by theevening. Thursday morning came soon after, and we all assembled back to theHML for the camp. At that time, the overall concept was done. What was leftwere the clue slips and duty allocation. So at night, when the librarians had goneto bed (Well, most of them at least), the ARCOM continued their preparations. We first briefed Jonathan and Ian of their duties, as well as the overallplan for the race. We also prepared a rule sheet which included disallowingprivate transport. After some confirmation about the timeslots, we decided tofinish up the clue sheets. After much effort, they were printed out and we had tocut them. It wasn‟t an easy task and it was already about 3am. Yiyang sustainedtill 4.30am while Calvin did more till 5am! However, it was still not fullycompleted. We did not manage to wake up at 6am as we wanted to, but instead wokeup together with everyone else at 7am. While Kang Jie did the briefing andreleased the club members for breakfast at Junction 8, the rest of the ARCOMwere literally in a mad rush slotting the clues into the envelopes.
  • 19. The race was planned to start at 9am on the 3 rd floor outdoor area ofBishan Junction 8 but the ARCOM members only left school at 9.05am.Therefore, Joshua was doing a final briefing to the participants at Junction 8. Thegame officially started at 9.15am when the ARCOM members arrived and did afinal briefing, before flagging off the contestants. The first station was at the starting point itself, with the 5 ARCOMmembers (Calvin, Yiyang, Jonathan, Ian, Sadikin) positioned in 3 rows, acting asdefence gates, trying to prevent the participants from getting through. The aim ofthe participants was of course to get past the 3 rows of defence gates to reachthe final point where the clue envelopes for the next station were placed.However, once they were touched by the defence gates, they would have torestart from the beginning. The clue given was the anagram “COE KLAE in NOAITCB NDRESGA”,which when rearranged became “Eco Lake in Botanic Gardens”. Most of thegroups were able to infer this location rather easily. Sadikin and Yiyang departed first and the groups departed two groups in abatch, with 10 minutes between the two batches. Most groups took theconventional way of bus 156, and then walking through the side road into thegardens, but one group had come up with their alternative traveling route, and itwas later found out that they actually had illegal access to a Transitlink busguide.
  • 20. At the Botanic Gardens, the groups had to look around the area for theplants and trees that appeared on the photographs provided, and they were tonote down the corresponding scientific names of the plants. Small info-boardsplaced in front of most plants provided this information. The fastest groupcompleted in less than 5 minutes, although they had the help of a gardener,whilst the longest took about 20 minutes! After getting the names of 3 out of 6 of the plants featured, they weregiven the next clue:1942,The years that were to Follow,Were dark, gloomy and hollow,Proceed tO where the fate of the “impregnable fortress” was sealed on 15thFebruary 1942, where the British ARmed Forces surrendered Singapore to theJapanese.The place is now a refurbisheD museum.Additional Information:A direct bus, from the same bus stop, is your choice mode of transport. If you noticed, the capital letters appeared at odd places where they werenot supposed to be, forming the word FORD, as we decided that by looking atthe information itself, there were many places where participants could be misledto going, including the Battle Box. The groups took quite a long time to figure itout, and by this time, they were separated quite far from each other already. Thegroups were busy looking for information on how to proceed there.
  • 21. Joshua Heng‟s group was found with a Transitlink Bus Guide but it wassoon confiscated by Yiyang. Soon after, most groups were spotted at the busstop, looking for which buses they could take there. At the next station, Zaw Shane‟s group was spotted coming in a familycar, and it was found to belong to Jasdeep‟s mum. This was obviously a seriousbreaching of the rules. Moreover, one of the group members had lied that theywere on service 170, when given a phone call by Calvin to check whetheranything was amiss. Therefore the group was given a number of penalties. At the Memories at Old Ford Factory, all groups had to fill up a worksheetbased on the information static, and interactive displays in the museum, but thestation masters, Jonathan and Ian were extra picky on the penalty group‟sanswers, making sure that they had every single detail right before they couldcomplete the station and receive the clue for the next. The clue comprised a map and a bus guide leaflet. The leaflet, labelledClue 1, was a 178 bus guide, with 2 bus stops highlights, while the map was asatellite image of the Bukit Batok Area, with a few arrows superimposed onto theimage. Teams would have to find out that they were to take bus 178, boardingand alighting at the highlighted stops, and then use the map to guide them to Little Guilin. When all groups proceeded to Little Guilin, the group leaders were interrogated on their group‟s road safety practices, and as the groups roughly appeared at the same time, it was difficult to deny any
  • 22. jaywalking as the other groups would have betrayed them. Any group membersfound jaywalking had to do jumping jacks as a punishment. Joshua Heng wasone of the members who got punished. At Little Guilin, the groups were given a detour; they could choose one oftwo tasks to complete. The detour was titled Brains or Brawns, with Brainsinvolving another worksheet-filling activity and Brawns involving the tiring climbup the Nature Trail. The group which had taken private transport, Shane‟s group, was furtherpunished at this station: They had to do both tasks instead of choosing one. Theywere given a further penalty for two reasons: Firstly the penalty at Ford Factorywasn‟t harsh enough and secondly the group had not learnt their lesson as theywere still arguing that they didn‟t break the rules. The other three groups all chose Brain and all managed to obtain apassing mark of 3/5. The penalty group had split into 2 to complete both tasks.To ensure that they had reached the top of the trail, Sadikin and Calvin werepositioned at the top and they had to tell the team a password (which in this casewas “Integrity is of utmost importance in this Amazing Race”). The team had tocome down to tell Yiyang the password, and then they could continue. The groups then proceeded to the Bukit Gombak MRT station to look for the next clue, which was cleverly hidden on a STOP sign outside the MRT station disguised as a property rental advertisement. The clue: “Please proceed toWoodlands MRT station” was printed in small font right at the bottom. Given thisdifficult clue, some groups took as long as 15 minutes to look for it!
  • 23. However all managed to get to Woodlands MRT station smoothly,although this separated the different teams. Daniel‟s group spent only 5 minutesto find the clue, and so they had a good head start. After that, all groupsproceeded to the bus interchange below to look for the station masters there,who were Jonathan and Ian. The groups had to solve a complicated Maths equation which had ananswer of 902. They then went to look for bus 902 queue, which shows that thebus heads for Republic Polytechnic (RP), the final pit stop, but the bus onlyoperated form 7am - 8am for the RP students. Therefore they had to find analternative bus to RP. The groups arrived in this order: 1…3…4…2 at Republic Polytechnic withGroup 1 arriving at about 12.30pm, Group 3 at 12.45pm, Group 4 at 12.50pmand Group 2 coming in finally at 1.15pm as they had missed the bus stop. Allthen proceeded for lunch at the canteen nearby.
  • 24. These were the groupings for the game: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Daniel Goh Joshua Heng Zaw Shane Benjamin Ong Gulshan Joel Soh Jasdeep Lee Kwok Hao Sean Yap Yan Xiao Dong Cham Bao Rong Shreyas R. Victor Looi Justin Chua Chang Shu Jian Joshua Lim Lee Si KaiSECTION 5: Visit to the Republic PolytechnicWritten by Cham Bao RongAfter a hearty lunch at the canteen of Republic Polytechnic, we were given a tourof their library followed by a general tour of the school campus in two groups ledby Miss Geraldine and Miss Yee Wai Fun, both of whom are part of the librarystaff, respectively. Beautifully designed, the library is extremely huge andspacious, spanning over two storeys with a total of four entrances.With movable barriers in between tables, colourful "fish balls" acting as seats, aninformal setting is created, because these flexible spaces allow interactionbetween students, and coupled with its other facilities, students are not restrictedto strict behaviour in the library.Indeed, this library is different from others in Singapore, and has definitelyaccomplished its goal of becoming "a place where work, play and learningbecome fused". The library houses the schools Student Career Centre providingcareer development resources.
  • 25. A cafe is also found in the library, next to which is a stage for performances bythe students, showcasing aspiring actors, singers, bands, livening up the library.Not only are books, magazines and audio-visual materials found in the library,Xbox games are also available forloan, and a room is even set asidefor students to play these games.After touring the library, we movedon to touring the entire schoolcampus. The 20-hectare schoolcompound is integrated with anabundance of greenery. Thisgreenery, coupled with thespaciousness of the entire school gives a very open and free feeling, instead ofthe usually compressed and encaged feeling of schools. This is further enhancedwith most of the buildings being made of glass. Water is also found around theschool in the forms of ponds and fountains, creating a sense of serenity, makingpeople feel calm and relaxed.
  • 26. SECTION 6: School Games (2)Written by Muhd SadikinUpon return from the Republic Polytechnic library, the librarians took part in yetanother activity before dismissal. With ZO Cards seemingly strewn messily allover the centre aisle of the Hullett Memorial Library, along with sweets andpackets of crackers, the game promised to be fun, interesting, yet meaningful.Everyone was divided into groups of three each; two of whom were to beblindfolded, while the other guy was supposed to act as the „eyes‟ of the two poorsouls, guiding them around the area, but only through verbal communication. Theaim of the game was simple: the blindfolded guys were to collect as many of thesnacks as possible within the given time, without stepping on or touching any ofthe ZO Cards that were placed strategically near the snacks, following theinstructions given by their guide. In addition, those who were blindfolded cannotbump into each other, meaning no physical contact amongst them. The penaltyfor anyone guilty of the offences was to drop whatever that they have collected,and to start all over again from the start line.Apart from that, there were also tworounds of game. The top prize for thefirst round was a big bag of chips,whereas in the second round, it wasa whole tub of ice cream. Yummy!However, to spice things up a little(and for practical reasons as well),the tub of ice cream was representedby a paperclip in the second round,meaning that whoever gets the clip would have gotten himself and his group theice cream. This obviously raised the difficulty of getting the top prize.Indeed, it was an entertaining experience watching the librarians give each otherorders and instructions, and in some cases, the pressure and tension, especially
  • 27. if the blindfolded person was close to coming in contact with a ZO Card, or afellow librarian for that matter. In the end, what mattered was that they realised the importance of effective communication, as well as encouraging each other, which was the main objective of the activity. It was important for the “instructor” to guide both members and not leave one of them lost. Well, not forgetting to have fun of course!Anyway, if you were wondering, the whole tub of ice cream was eventuallyshared by everyone – in the spirit of sharing. (:
  • 28. Raffles Trail The annual Raffles Trail for Merit CCAs was held on the 19th of January in the new S. Rajaratnam Block classrooms. The objective was to showcase the Library Club‟s activities to attract new Secondary One and Secondary Three students to join the Hullett Memorial Library Club. (Continued on next page)
  • 29. The Raffles Trail was divided into two shifts for librarians to take turns at theclassroom-booth as well as at the main library, which was filled with manystudents as a typical scene on Fridays. In the classrooms, the librarians tastefullyset up the presentation slides, the library activities booth, and the sign-up tablerather efficiently.In the presentation, the Secondary Oneswere briefed on the guidelines of the duties,such as the purpose and how each duty issupposed to be done. At the same time, weshared our personal experiences, offering aninsight into a librarians‟ duty. We alsoshowcased some of the fun times thatlibrarians have during the camps and LCM Days.After the briefing, the Secondary Ones were free to look around the differentareas of the classrooms and more librarians were at hand to describe our workand duties, as well as the camps and overseas trip. In conclusion, the Raffles Trail was an excellent platform for the librarians to interact and share their experiences with the students, allowing them to understand a day in a librarian‟s life.
  • 30. Preparations for this LCM Day began when school re-opened in 2007. Afterthe Orientation/OBS period of week 1 and 2, we started brainstorming for LCMDay 1, alongside preparations for Raffles Trail. Mrs Yap suggested the LeeKong Chian bus tour by the National Library Board but eventually we gatheredthat the tour took a whole day, yet we needed to accommodate 2 otherimportant activities on LCM Day. One of them was a visit to Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA). TheEXCO felt that this was necessary as we have decided to adopt HWA as ourlong term CIP partner, so it is important to introduce the new librarians to it.We planned to interact with the residents there this time, instead of doingrenovation and decoration work.(Continued on next page)
  • 31. Therefore we eliminated the idea of going on the Lee Kong Chian bus tourand concentrated on these two mainactivities. The detailed schedule of theLCM Day was only confirmed a weekbefore LCM Day. Even then, we werestill unsure of the activities that will becarried out at HWA. Mr Kelvin Lim, ourcontact point with HWA, was away onreservist and could only be contactedon Wednesday, a day before the actual day. Bao Rong, welfare manager, was overall in-charge for LCM Day, and thewelfare department handled most of the logistical matters. They bought food anddrinks for the day. Circulation department took care of the housekeeping section,headed by Kang Jie. Programmes department came out with the icebreakergames for the day. Attendance for LCM Day was never confirmed, even on the day itself. There were many scholars who had tentative arrangements for the day, even though this LCM Day was compulsory. However, what was most important was that most of the new librarians turned up. A total of 30 HML Club members participated in this LCM Day1.
  • 32. We learnt a lot through the community service done at HWA. The sec 1sbenefited especially by learning how to manouvre wheelchairs and the resthelped to decorate another one of the rooms as a “Fun Hub”. Everyone also tookturns to interact with the residents who were undergoing physiotherapy. Duringlunch with the residents, we also celebrated the birthdays of those who wereborn in January to March with the residents. After returning to school, everyone started work once again by helping toshelf-read. The sec 1 librarians were very enthusiastic and overall it was a veryenriching experience for all of us.
  • 33. On Saturday 19th May 2007, Raffles Institution held its annual open house forPrimary 6 students. As usual, the members of the Hullett Memorial Library Clubwere involved in this occasion and their duty was to show the many groups ofvisitors around the HML. The first shift started as early as 0730 hrs in the morning.Members were stationed near the loan counter and they were allotted small groupsof both parents and students to bring around the library. This time, we were ready and the shelf-reading started as early as term 2week 2 until just before open house itself. We also planned to give the Primary sixpupils a short quiz comprising ten questions and if they got all the questionscorrect, they would win a limited edition HML bookmark. However as the day wasdrawing to a close, we decided to give out the bookmarks as long as theyattempted the quiz. There were still many extras left behind and these were kept fornext year‟s open house.(Continued on next page)
  • 34. The Boy‟s Brigade alsoheld a fund raising project in thelibrary, selling badges and booksas they raised funds for their tripto Cambodia during the holidays.Their sale was a success andthey managed to sell most oftheir stuff. However, unlike lastyear the HML did not carry out itsown fund raising efforts. For the day, lunch consisted of Mrs. Yap‟s macaroni sandwiches andpacked food from the canteen plus the leftover drinks from the last year‟s camp. The second shift started at about 1230 hrs and the librarians in the secondshift started to learn how to conduct tours and shadowed those already seasonedin doing so. The tour script prepared by Rohan also helped a lot to allow the newlibrarians to get to know the library even better. The second shift was also verysmooth and was as successful as the first. One part of the library really caughtthe eye of the visitors and prospective Rafflesians, and that was the new touchscreen cum whiteboard that was installed just before the Open House itself.
  • 35. Demonstrations were carried out by the vendor and the visitors wereintrigued by what this new technology could actually do. Sometimes after thedemonstration started, the parents would not move and the overall tour guideshad to try their level best to “force” them to carry on with the tour. Soon, it was approaching 1600 hrs and the number of visitors dwindled.The librarians started packing up and after a short debrief by Mrs. Yap, we all leftthe library after a successful open house where we showcased our world-classlibrary to all the visitors.
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