Archive for July, 2012
Hi C2 seniors!
Here are some reminders for Prom ticketing!
Date: 1 Aug 2012 (Wed) to 3 Aug 2012 (Fri)
Venue: Inner Plaza.
Here are some important details for you to take note of:
1) Form groups of 5 or 10.
2) Those with special dietary requirements are to join a group of 10 to form a special group (10+1), please state this clearly.
3) Only 1 cheque per group of 5/10/(10+1) is accepted (Payment for the entire group) Eg. $95 X10 = $950
4) Cheque made payable to Hwa Chong Students’ Council (Note how [Students'] is spelt )
5) Write all of your group’s members names and indicate group leader and contact number on a separate piece of paper to be submitted.
6) Teachers are not required to come but should you want to invite your teachers, you can pay for them first included in the group cheque of 10. (if 10 students +1 teacher – 1 person would need to take vegetarian set)
7) Do remember to pass us your title nominations/auditions forms.
8 ) There will be no refunds.
9) Ticket collection will be held on a separate date after your A levels
10) If you want to book a hotel room, payment will be done separately. Prices are around $280++ for classic room per night
If you have any inquiries, feel free to approach any Senior Promenade Committee member.You can contact us at:
Jermaine Pan (Chairperson) 96589508
Joe Lee (Secretary) 93228592
Au Yong Jin (Treasurer) 96530668
39th Hwa Chong Students’ Council
Senior Promenade Organizing Committee
It’s time for the next mega event happening in London now: the London Olympics 2012! After 4 years of intense training following the 2008 Beijing Olympics, top athletes around the world have once again gathered in London for this greatest sporting event in the world.
The Olympics started off with a bang with the official Opening Ceremony on 27th July. Titled ‘Isles Of Wonder’, the Ceremony was a spectacular display of creativity and ingenuity and wowed the billions of people who were watching it. Many popular British references (such as a Mr Bean segment) were included in the Ceremony entertained the crowds. The event culminated with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron which was done so by the lighting of 205 petals, presenting a wonderful start to this year’s Olympics.
As part of our efforts to provide professional Olympics coverage, we would be interviewing our very own resident sports experts: The CCA leaders of the respective sports. We would be asking them about who they are looking out for each event and the difficulties faced in the events.
Featured Sport of the Day
Interviewee: Poh Jin An, Table Tennis Captain (Boys)
Q: What is the main difficulty faced when competing in this sport?
A: There is a lot of stress faced while competing in table tennis. As such, one of the main challenges faced in this sport is to be able to deal with your nerves. In table tenni,s it is extremely important to play with a cool head as doing so would enable you to react more quickly to an opponent’s shot. When you are nervous, you are more prone to making mistakes and will give points away to your opponent easily.
Q: The Singapore team performed relatively well in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How do you think the Singaporean table tennis contingent would fare in the Olympics this time around?
A; I feel that Singapore’s chances of attaining a medal in this event is relatively high. This is because we have many high ranking table tennis players in both the men’s and women’s events. I expect Singapore to be a medal hopeful in the singles competition. While for the team events I expect Singapore to at least enter the top four.
Track & Field
Interviewee: Yu Xiang, Track and Field Vice Captain (Boys) & Shermaine Yeo, Track and Field Captain (Girls)
Q: What are the athletes that you are looking forward to seeing in the event?
YX: I would be looking forward to the two Jamaican runners Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt. Bolt was in sensational form during the 2008 Olympics where he won 3 gold meals and broke 3 world records (in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m rally). However, he was beaten by Yohan Blake this year during the Jamaican trials for the 100m and 200m events this year. Yohan Blake has been steadily decreasing his timing in the two events, while Usain Bolt has not regained the form he had during the 2008 Olympics. A fierce battle is expected between these two men for the 100m and 200m champion’s title, and it would be very interesting to watch.
SY: For the women’s event, the person to look out for would be Allyson Felix. Felix is an American runner who competes in the 200m and 400m races. She is an extremely hardworking runner who has an excellent running technique. She been growing from strength to strength and is now a medal favourite for these Olympics.
Interviewee: Adriel Ng, Waterpolo Captain
Q: Which water polo team are you rooting for during the Olympics?
A: I will be rooting for Hungary. Hungary was the past champions of the 2008 Olympics. They have very good chemistry between one another and as such are able to connect well with one another. Furthermore, they have a very good defence that is very well organised. As such, they are truly a dominating force in the poll and I expect them to easily retain their champion’s title.
Q: Which player should we look out for in the Hungary water polo team?
One player to watch out for is Daniel Varga. He is an extremely resourceful player who knows the game at the back of his hand. He is able to dictate play from the midfield and can be said to be the driving force behind the Hungarian team. He is also a powerful leader who is able to motivate the rest of the team to perform even better.
Do look out for more posts as we look to cover more sporting events throughout the course of the Olympics! Also, please feel free to leave your comments about the London Olympics in the comment box or Cbox!
~Photos from Reuters and The Washington Post~
Your ITDs – Suhas, Patriack and Leslie
in collaboration with CCA PROs
Hey seniors! Are you excited for your prom?
Here are some reminders for you (just in case you were dozing off during the CMS session):
Date: 10 Dec 2012 (Monday)
Venue: Swissotel the Stamford
Price: $95 per pax
Date: 1 Aug to 3 Aug 2012 (Wed to Fri)
Venue: Inner Plaza
Seating: Form groups of 5 or 10
- 1 representative from each group of 5 or 10 to pay via cheque to ‘Hwa Chong Students’ Council’ (eg. 10 X $95= $950)
- Only 1 representative needed to queue for payment.
- Selection of tables only available for groups of 10 (first-come-first-serve basis)
- Students with special dietary requirements are to join a table of 10 (10+1)
Note: Groups of 5 cannot select their tables and have to be prepared to make new friends with another group of 5.
Remember to fill in the nominations and audition form and return them by the stated date
If you have any questions, please look for any promco member or email us at email@example.com
Lastly, presenting to you “Serendipity”
Our prom video for you ^^ Enjoy
Chairperson of Senior Promenade
On behalf of Promco’12
Hey Hwa Chong! For this week, the 39th Welco brings to you the first Week of Welfare (WOW) of our council term! WOW is an initiative that welco organizes for the student population every school term! For the upcoming WOW, a few things will be going on:
1. External vendors will be setting up their stalls in the canteen for all 5 days. For Monday and Tuesday, Cocoa Trees will be selling their famous brand of chocolates and other products in the canteen! For Wednesday to Friday, Soyato will be selling their renowned frozen yogurt in the canteen! Unfortunately, due to restrictions from the school only one external vendor will be allowed to set up a stall in the canteen every day.
2. A Treasure Hunt! From Tuesday onwards, Candy-like items will be hidden around the school and the CT group that finds the most number of hidden ‘candies’ stand to win vouchers from Island Creamery. You might be wondering what these ‘candies’ are so here’s a photo of it:
CT Reps please pass all the ‘candies’ that your class has found to the councillors on duty at the welfare room on Friday, from 4.30pm – 6.00pm, and your class might win the attractive prizes as follows:
1st placed CT group – $25 worth of Island Creamery vouchers
2nd placed CT group – $15 worth of Island Creamery vouchers
3rd placed CT group – $10 worth of Island Creamery vouchers
3. Suggestion Board. A suggestion board will be placed near the steps to the canteen. You can pen down any constructive feedback/suggestions that/ you might have for us on the post-it pads provided and pin them on the board! This is gentle reminder that the board is for constructive feedback so please do not vandalize or abuse the board! J
We hope that you will enjoy WOW!
The whole new Sports for All programme is here again! The Sports for All programme was launched in the beginning of 2012 to promote Active Participation in Physical Activity among students and staff of HCI.
The objectives of the Sports for All programme are:
– To inspire students and staff towards lifelong sports and recreation participation
– Provide opportunities for games skills acquisition
– Encourage active participation in physical activity: 3 Time/week; at least 30 minutes/practice; aerobic type exercise
Some of the activities that have been successfully organised this year include:
1) Annual Cross Country Run
2) Combined Sports Meet
3) SMASH (inter-CT, inter-CCA, inter-department Badminton tournament)
There are many exciting activities lined up in the upcoming weeks, including sports clinics, learn-to-play sessions and mini-tournaments for sports like badminton, basketball, floorball, football, health & fitness, lifesaving, netball, table tennis, tchoukball, touch rugby and ultimate Frisbee, organized by the respective CCAs!
These activities are targeted at CCA level, particularly the non-sports CCAs like Clubs & Societies and Performance Groups. This is the perfect platform for team bonding, to have fun and make new friends!
So please visit the Facebook page and signup in your respective CCA groups NOW!
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HCISports4All
on behalf of the PE Department
Attention all Hwa Chongians: There’s more than one way to show your love for Singapore!
National Day is round the corner, and we have an exciting line-up for you this year.
SNEC is bringing to you a Photography Exhibition cum Competition themed, “Loving Singapore, Our Home” to commemorate this year’s National Day. If photography isn’t your cup of tea, why not try your hand at singing a similarly themed song cover for our Song Cover Competition to express your love for Singapore? Exciting prizes await you, including ice-cream vouchers for winning submissions, and an opportunity for the top three groups to perform in front of the entire school during this year’s National Day Concert.
Photography Exhibition cum Competition
Submit your photo and a short write-up as to why the photo reflects the theme to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 July 2012, 5PM. The photos will be put up on the SNEC board and Facebook page from 30 July 2012 till 8 August 2012 for you to vote for your favourite photo. Top three photos with the most number of Facebook likes will stand to receive attractive Island Creamery vouchers during the National Day Concert!
Song Cover Competition
Read on to gain a better understanding of ‘Loving Singapore, Our Home’!
We are a people of different races, religions and languages united as Singaporeans by a unique culture, a common heritage and a shared identity. We have built our nation together through common ideals and an indomitable spirit.
The theme for National Day Parade (NDP) 2012 is “Loving Singapore, Our Home”. “Loving Singapore” encourages Singaporeans to reflect on what it means to love our country, what we appreciate about Singapore, and how each individual can express our love for our nation. It is an invitation for all Singaporeans to join us on the NDP 2012 journey to rediscover and remember what we love best about our country.
“Our Home” expresses the fundamental reason why we love our country; it reminds us that despite our differences, we all call this island “Home”. It is where we grew up and where our future generations will continue to reside. “Our Home” emphasises the fact that the prospects of the country and her people are intertwined. It reminds all Singaporeans that we have a part to play in keeping this “Home” together.
Taken together, the NDP 2012 theme evokes the warmth and fondness we feel for our country, and the comfort and familiarity of home. A feeling that resonates with Singaporeans from all walks of life, “Loving Singapore, Our Home” calls us to celebrate everything that we love about Singapore this national day.
Hey Hwa Chong,
It’s time for our annual racial harmony week! Enjoy the razzmatazz of activities like the sale of yummy Malay kueh from 18-20 July and the Racial Harmony Day celebrations for C1s and C2s on 16th and 18th of July respectively. You are also encouraged to don your ethnic costumes on the 18th of July to celebrate Racial Harmony Day! A photography booth will be set up for you and your friends to take pictures on that day.
For this and the upcoming week, the 39th Welco brings to you the welfare room’s Week of Promotions! It will be held from this Tuesday to next Friday, 3rd to 13th July, from 3pm onwards, at the inner plaza.
Items such as Haribo and Kang Shi Fu cup noodles will be sold at discounted prices. Also, a variety of new items namely Cassava chips, M&Ms, Monde Pola Snacks and Wang Zai Xiao Man Tou, have also been introduced to the welfare room so do check them out!
We hope to see you at the inner plaza!
For the J1s, our first block tests are finally over! While it is time for us to relax a little, please remember that our seniors are still taking their exams. Hence, it would be good if we can keep our volumes down while at our wings or walking along corridors! Finally, as we take back our papers, do take the results with an open mind regardless of whether we have met our personal target! The most important thing to learn from these blocks would be studying techniques and examination skills.
For the J2s, we understand that blocks are still going on for you, as such, we would be continuing with the encouragement post till the blocks end! Do look out for the inspiration quotes and jokes that will be put up till the end of this week. We hope that these will serve as a form of relaxation and encouragement while you prepare for your grueling exams.
Last but not least, here are today’s inspirational quote and joke:
How to fail a test with dignity #6: Sideway
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure.” ~ General Colin Powell
Your ITDs – Leslie, Patrick & Suhas
Your ITDs are back, this time round with our very last post covering the Euro Cup ’12!
RECAP: Semi-Final – Spain vs. Portugal
Spain and Portugal fought for a place in the Euro 12 Finals on Thursday with Spain eventually winning the game on penalties (4-2) after neither side managed to score.
The game was hotly contested and it was a close battle between the two sides. The Spanish tried out a new formation with a striker (Alvaro Negredo) instead of the usual midfielder. However Negredo was ineffective and he was substituted by Fabregas in the second half.
The Spanish started the game brightly threatening with two good chances. The Portuguese soon wrested back control and Cristiano Ronaldo’s low shot was just wide of the post. As the game progressed, Spain focused more on possession and keeping the ball, while Portugal was unable to get hold of the ball for long periods of time and were unable to attack. Their main attacker was Cristiano Ronaldo, who used every opportunity to threaten the Spanish defence, through free kicks and long range shots.
However it was to no avail and the game proceeded into extra time. Spain then dominated the game against the tired Portuguese side and came close to breaking the deadlock twice through Iniesta and Jesus Navas. However they were excellently denied both times by the Portuguese keeper, Rui Patricio.
The two sides failed to score in extra time and the match proceeded to penalties, with Spain starting first. Xabi Alonso fired a powerful shot to the bottom corner but his shot was expertly palmed away by Rui Patricio.
Iker Casillas evened out the score by saving from Joao Moutinho’s penalty.
Iniesta then scored his penalty before Pepe squeezed his penalty past Casillas. Pique and Nani both converted their penalties, spicing things up. Ramos scored a superb ‘panenka’ penalty, chipping it calmly over Patricio.
Portugal’s Bruno Alves then stepped up to take the penalty. However, his shot hit the woodwork, giving Spain the advantage in the penalties.
Fabregas made no mistake from the spot, slotting home the ball past Patricio.
With that, Spain sealed their place for their second consecutive final of the European Championship.
Semi-finals 2 review
Semi-Final: Germany vs. Italy
Moving on to the second semi-finals match which saw Italy take on Germany, Italy’s solid display and in particular, Andrea Pirlo’s masterful skills that proved to be downfall for the German side as Germany crashed out after a shocking 2-1 loss against Prandelli’s side. This match proved to be the biggest upset, as the highly anticipated showdown between Germany and Spain was thwarted by Italy’s surprising victory.
Statistically, it was Germany who proved to be the more dominant side – they had as many as 14 corners while Italy had none. However, the result favoured Italy in the end, and in many ways, they were deserving of it. The Germans were uncharacteristically weak at the back — and Italy showed all its traditional qualities of defending tightly and being comfortable in possession to hold out the speedy German offence.
Meanwhile in offence, it was Andrea Pirlo who proved to be the master playmaker, creating chance after chance for the Italian offence, culminating in two fabulous strikes from Mario Balotelli that gave Italy the coveted ticket to the finals.
The first half produced a rather even battle for both sides. Both teams had their attacking chances, probing each other’s defence and testing the 2 goalkeepers on several occasions. However, Germany’s backline failed to hold out in the 20th minute, as Mario Balotelli converted with a close-range header from a beautiful cross by Antonio Cassano.
With Germany trailing, Low’s side quickly stepped up their offence, but none of the shots could get past Italy’s legendary skipper and keeper Gianluigi Buffon. Italy, on the other hand, was quick on the counter attack and held on to possession well as they looked to extend their lead. Finally, their chance came once again in the 36th minute. A quick break from Italy saw Riccardo Montolivo put a long ball past the German backline. Mario Balotelli was on the other end of that pass and he lashed the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the area, a wonderful strike that gave Italy a 2-0 supremacy over Germany in half time.
After the restart, Germany pushed forward fiercely looking for a comeback, as German coach Joachim Low looked to strengthen the offensive prowess of Germany by bringing on Thomas Muller in place of defender Jerome Boateng. However, Italy’s organized defence and Buffon’s supreme goalkeeping skills withstood waves after waves of attacks. Even as Manuel Neuer twice advanced deep into Italy’s half in a desperate attempt to save the match, Italy proved strong and resolute, denying Germany of all their shots on goal.
In the 92nd minute, Germany finally broke through the Italian defence, with Mezut Ozil scoring from the penalty spot after a hand ball by Italian right back Federico Balzaretti.
Despite pulling back by 1 goal, it proved to be too late as Italy advanced into the finals with a 2-1 win.
Euro’12 Finals Match Analysis Spain VS Italy
And finally, the long-awaited finals! Tonight, Italy and Spain will meet each other in the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, for their final showdown watched by a global audience watching their every move. Not familiar with the two contenders? Fret not, as we have included a detailed match analysis of both teams, as well as a prediction from each IT director!
Another boring game? Maybe not. Spain coach, Vincente Del Bosque, has promised three attackers in tonight’s match! However, it is still expected that Spain’s game style will be the same, which revolves around possession and fluid movement. With imperious Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi dominating the midfield, the Spanish have shown what it takes to be champions through their amazing passing styles. The approach calls on all 10 outfield players to keep the ball moving until the opportunity comes, then Spain will go for the kill.
However, Spain has shown their weaknesses. In the semi-final against Portugal, Spain did not manage to sustain their distinctive, characteristic game. In the 90 minutes of play, they did not handle either space or time well. They gave the impression that they were suffering from Portugal’s game plan. Portugal did not give Spain much space, and had anticipated and disrupted their moves. Even though Spain came back stronger in theextra time, it was probably luck that pushed them into the finals after a 4-2 penalty win over Portugal.
Will Vicente del Bosque’s revered pass masters make history tonight by winning a third successive major title in Kiev, Ukraine? They might not have not fared very well in the previous matches, but they have shown that they have the luck and the experience! They are sure to be tonight’s favourites!
Key Players: Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez
Italy has been the black horse of this tournament, beating hot favourites, Germany, to cruise into tonight’s finals against Spain.
From a side that was knocked out during the group stage in 2010’s World Cup to finalists of the Euro’12, Italy has shown how much they have improved. To conquer such a great feat, Italy probably has their coach Cesare Prandelli to thank for. He has put together a well-organised team, with players who are willing to retrieve the ball and adhere to the idea of fighting for possession.
Italy’s game plan tonight relies heavily on Pirlo, who is the genius strategist and playmaker of Italy. A single pass by him can leave a man one to one. Pirlo is always capable of finding himself extra time and space and has been able to threaten every side Italy have faced with his long, accurate delivery. He is like a magician, dictating the pace and direction of play with his trickery and sorcery.
The Italians are also hard to break down, with Daniele De Rossi tasked with anchoring Italy’s defence and proving himself very dangerous on the counterattack. With Balotelli and Cassano, forming the perfect partnership and linking up all over the pitch with their one-twos, counter attacks and crosses, Italy certainly stands a chance to upset defending champions, Spain, in tonight’s clash!
Key Players: Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano, Buffon
Patrick’s Prediction: Spain 2 – Italy 2 (Spain wins on penalties)
In the game tonight, Italy would probably play its standard 3-5-2 formation. Pirlo will be crucial to Italy’s victory in tonight’s finals, with his long-range accurate passes, giving Italy an edge over Spain in its aerial battles. This is in favour of Italy if Balotelli and Cassano can capitalise on their chances tonight, especially since Cesare Prandelli knows that Spain’s weakness lies in the counter attack and set pieces. However, they would face a greater threat if Spain is fielding 3 attackers.
Spain, on the other hand, will play its usual hold-ball game. It is expected to pose a higher scoring threat for Italy though, if it is fielding 3 attackers as promised by Vincente Del Bosque. However, they face a constant threat in the form of Italy’s Pirlo. No one has succeeded in stopping this tournament’s star player – Wayne Rooney failed; Toni Kroos failed; others did not even try. Perhaps Sergio Busquets would be asked to get close to him, or Spain could simply flood midfield and retain possession. Lastly, I think Spain might consider fielding a winger Jesús Navas or Pedro Rodriguez in its starting line-up tonight so they can attack Italy more effectively from the flanks.
The teams ended in a 1-1 draw in their previous encounter in the group stage. It is a close fight between the two and I think penalties will determine tonight’s winner, with Spain eventually having the upper hand.
Leslie’s Prediction: Spain 0 – Italy 0 (Spain wins on extra time)
I’m predicting a draw after 90 minutes – both teams seem evenly matched in most aspects and while Spain is the hot favourite, Italy is no pushover as well. They will certainly not take on a defensive approach like France did, and instead go all out to probe the Spanish defence led by world class keeper and skipper Iker Casillas. Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Spain would look to pounce on any loopholes in Italy’s iron defence, as legendary Gianluigi Buffon organises his defence to keep out Spain’s creative attacking displays.
The extra time might eventually turn out to be a replay of the 2010 Spain – Netherlands World Cup Final. Spain’s supremacy will prevail with a late winner in extra time, and with that, they would become the first national team to win 2 successive Euro Cup tournaments and 3 International Championships in a row.
Suhas’ Prediction: Spain 2 – Italy 0
I expect Spain to have a relatively easy game against Italy. Spain’s superior technical skills would enable them to keep the ball for long periods effectively stifling Italy’s attacking capabilities, allowing Spain to triumph over Italy easily. The creativity of Spain’s Xavi and Iniesta would be too difficult for Italy’s defenders to handle, and even the experience of veteran Italian keeper, Gianluigi Buffon would not be able to save Italy.
Furthermore, the Spanish backline has been reliable throughout the tournament with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique at the centre. At the flanks, they have Jordi Alba and Alvaro Arbeloa. Jordi Alba in particular has been outstanding this tournament, providing deadly crosses upfront from the left flank. Spain also have an excellent shot-stopper in the form of their skipper, Iker Casillas. Casillas has been leading Spain by example throughout the tournament making crucial saves in both the group and knockout stages.
Well, that concludes our (somewhat lengthy) match analysis. While all three of us are rooting for Spain, we know some of you out there are Italy fans too! Regardless of whom you support, just sit back, relax, and watch the action unfold! We hope you enjoy the game!
your ITDs – Patrick, Leslie & Suhas!