Earlier this year, Mr Joseph Tan Jit Bin from the Physics Department for receiving the Gold Award (Academic Category) under MOE Innergy (HQ) Awards 2019 in his collaboration with a team from MOE (MOE CPDD, Sciences Branch – Physics).
The concept that electrons in atoms have fixed energy levels may be an abstract concept, until we take a look at line spectrums emitted by hot gases. Top in the wish-list of science teachers is to have mobile and accessible equipment that can be used in classrooms to illustrate science concepts. A team from MOE actualized this by turning the phone into a usable scientific equipment within classrooms. This allows students to collect data and investigate phenomena easily.
Mr Tan collaborated with the team to use 3D printing to create a low cost, modified spectrum analyser that could be easily attached to students’ smartphones, hence allowing them to analyse different gases in the environment and study their line spectra on their phones.
Many of our students have also benefitted from other innovative demonstration set ups that Mr Tan and the other lab officers have created to bring about wonderment in our science lessons. Once again, congratulations to Mr Tan!
One such project undertaken this year was in collaboration with Loving Hearts Multi-Service Centre, where our students reached out to underprivileged children in the areas of science, english and computing. “One thing I greatly admired was the children’s undying optimism and resilience. No matter how many times they failed, they never gave up.” shares Hong Meng, one of the NUS High students involved in the project. Read the article for a fuller glimpse of the journey that Hong Meng and his friends undertook.
The enriching experience has touched the lives of the beneficiaries, but our students as well.
We would like to thank Temasek Foundation for their support in the programme.
Convocation is a special occasion when we mark the end of our graduands' education at NUS High School. Beyond the awards presented and achievements recognized, it is a meaningful time of deep reflection, words of wisdom and heartfelt gratitude.
In her opening address for Convocation 2019, our Principal, Mrs Lee Bee Yann shared an anecdote on her Mount Fuji climb and reflected how a journey taken together to reach goals safely is a happier and more fulfilling one. Our Guest -of-Honor, Mr Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary (Smart Nation and Digital Government) gave valuable advice on the age-old quest for happiness, broken down into three elements: the good life, the meaningful life and the dutiful life. Valedictorian Tan Yong Yi expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the fellow graduands who had journeyed with him. There wasn't a dry eye in the house he dedicated his success to his parents and shared that the photo in his wallet is a reminder of whom he fights for.
As the Class of 2019 embarks on the next phase of their lives, we wish them all the best in their future endeavors!
"The best part of having stayed in the fraternity for more than 25 years is that I now sit on the shoulders of Time. I see what my students have become way beyond their school years. They have found their niche and have become successful in their own spheres of influence and areas of life." Mrs Soong-Tan Seck Cher from the Chemistry Department reflects on what has encouraged her heart in her years of service as an educator.
We heartily congratulate our teachers who have received the National Day Awards: Mr Ng Chee Loong received the Commendation Medal for his commendable performance and conduct, competence and devotion to duty, whilst Mr Clifton Soh, Mr Joel Teoh, Mr Hariz Tan, Mrs Elizabeth Mariko Gomez and Mrs Soong-Tan Seck Cher received the Long Service Award in recognition of their irreproachable character for 25 or more years of service.
We thank these teachers for their dedication and professionalism - they have made a difference!
2019 National Science Challenge Champions: After months of preparation supported by a large team consisting of our multi-disciplinary staff and alumni, Team NUS High emerged victorious in NSC 2019 after meeting strong teams in the finals.
If you have followed the televised competition, you would have seen some interesting real life problems that the teams had to solve. How would you use herbs to dye your hair? How can you determine the amount of processed sugar in food items such as marshmallows, soft drinks and yoghurt? Watch the final episode of NSC 2019 to see Team NUS High blazing their way to the champion trophy!
For more details on their nerve-wracking yet fulfilling NSC experience, check out the article:
The Sustainable Development Youth Convention (SDYC) is a 3-day Model United Nations (MUN) conference organised by the Humanities Interest Group of NUS High School. SDYC 2019 took place from 23—25 August, and is especially significant since it is the 10th anniversary of hosting the conference by the students, for the students.
During the three days, delegates partook in rigorous discussions on sustainable development, toured the NUS High’s specialised laboratories, engaged in hands-on environmental science activities and most importantly, forged friendships with one another.
Indeed, SDYC is a conference that marries the disciplines of the arts and the sciences, and reflects NUS High students’ passion in advocating sustainable development through critical analysis and scientific methods.
For more details of the event, visit the official Facebook page at:
Year 5 student Kin Hern was awarded the 1st Prize with the math research project he carried out with Timothy Ho (Year 5) titled “Regular Matchstick Graphs”. The project was mentored by our Math Department teacher, Dr Lee Chan Lye.
These beautiful patterns are constructed based on mathematical relationships. Do you know how many lines are equal in length in these patterns? How many lines branch out from each point? The fascinating patterns you see here are regular matchstick graphs, the novel creation of Year 5s Tan Kin Hern and Timothy Ho. Intrigued by the mathematics used to create such graphs, the two boys spent many months drawing these graphs, and detailing mathematical proof for them. Research mentor Dr Lee Chan Lye from our Mathematics Department also gave much support and encouragement. We are very happy that Kin Hern has been awarded the 1st Prize at A*STAR Talent Search for the passion and ownership displayed in the execution of the project. Congratulations to the two boys!
At the same time, for the 6th consecutive year, NUS High has won the top institution at the A*STAR Talent Search. Year 5 student Kin Hern was awarded the 1st Prize with the math research project he carried out with Timothy Ho (Year 5) titled “Regular Matchstick Graphs”. Two other Year 6 NUSH students reached the finals of the Talent Search and received commendation awards - Clive Seet (his research partner was Teh Jia Tong) with his chemistry project “A novel approach for carbon dioxide methanation”, as well as Yeow An Tze (his research partner was Ranen Chua) for his engineering project on “Compact electromagnetic pulse hammer”. Congratulations to our students!