Introduction of two new Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) in 2020
Participation in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) in our school is an integral part of our pupils’ holistic education experience. We offer our pupils a range of CCAs to develop them in the moral, academic, physical, social, aesthetic and leadership domains, as well as inculcate values and life skills.
To further support our pupils’ development, the school will be introducing two new CCAs for the year 2020.
These two new CCAs are Tchoukball and English Speech and Drama Club.
Tchoukball is a unique team sport. Tchoukball demands teamwork as points are scored when the ball is passed around most effectively. Physical size and fitness is not a barrier to joining the CCA. The technical skill and strategy which the coach will focus on during training will determine how well the team does. Good observation, constant attention by all participants, anticipation and intelligence of all facets of the game are required, as is good athletic ability.
Students will focus on:
- Basic ball handling skills
- Shooting drills
- Exposure to different game situations
- Values of team, communication and resilience
Tchoukball does not involve any contact or tackling which makes the sport safe and less intimidating for pupils regardless of their sizes.
As Tchoukball is becoming more widely spread, many schools are adopting the sport. This will give our students ample opportunities to represent the school in zonal and national competitions.
By giving the pupils the opportunity to be exposed and providing them with the fundamentals needed to hone their skill for the sport, we hope that they would be able to continue their passion and eventually move up to play beyond primary level.
- English Speech and Drama Club
English Speech and Drama Club is an exciting new CCA club starting in 2020 for pupils who have the desire to perform on stage and unleash their innate creative flair and expression.
Drama is an effective way of building a variety of communication skills in an empowering and engaging way. It provides opportunities to develop a range of life skills which will give them an edge in the future.
Students will focus on:
- Stage performance
- Emceeing skills
- Thinking on their feet through impromptu action
- Improving articulation
- Gain confidence in performing in front of an audience.
Students may also get the opportunity to:
- Experience the process of collaborating in ensemble productions
- Perform during school events
- Utilise their emceeing skills for school events.
|Art Club||Mrs Gandhi email@example.com||Art Club is a platform for students to take excellent care of the art supplies and enhance positive social interactions. Students would also be able to embrace both art skills and art appreciation. Through Art Club, students have the opportunity to participate in external art activities and competitions. This programme hopes to expose students to more art skills at an early age and pique their interest in this area, in the hopes that they will extend their interest beyond their CCA|
|*Badminton||Mr Muhammad Faris
|Badminton is a popular sport which can be played by the young. The fast-paced nature of the game allows us to develop the students’ speed and improve their reflexes. We also develop the students’ thinking skills as they need to think fast to outwit their opponents with every shot. Since students are constantly on the move when playing badminton, their flexibility will also be developed as actions such as swinging and reaching are required. In addition to improving flexibility, students also gain strength and endurance, which will make them fitter individuals.|
|*Basketball||Mr Goh Koon Heng
|Basketball is a sport that can be played by both girls and boys. It is a team sport that promotes teamwork and synergy among players on court. During the game, a field goal is scored when the ball is shot through the basket that is defended by the opposition team. The sport allows us to develop our students holistically as basketball requires agility, quick thinking and accuracy. As students continue playing, their experience on court helps a lot in decision-making. It is definitely sport for those who enjoy working together with peers and challenging themselves to master the complicated moves on court to fend off defenders and score.|
|Chinese Calligraphy Club
|Ms Hu Shan Shan
|Chinese Chess Club||Mdm Lee Teck Lan
|Chinese Club Herb Gardening &
|Lai Yean Pean
|Mdm Du Huiying
Mrs Peggy Chan –
|The lasting appeal of Chinese dance that is with every raise of the hand, extension of the foot, expression from the eyes, and in every pose that is taken comes from one’s essence can be traced back to ancient cultures.
Chinese Dance helps to instil in students an appreciation for the dance, the music and the beauty of Chinese cultural dancing, focusing on the Chinese heritage and supporting them as they grow artistically.
Chinese dance lessons help students to keep in shape from a young age, and at the same time improve their temperament and self-confidence. Students will also develop a sense of teamwork and cooperation.
Chinese Dance allows students to learn dance moves, proper stretching, warm-up techniques and how to co-operate with one another. Students will be increasingly confident through the performances they take part in both school and community events. Given such opportunities, students will also build up their showmanship. Students are selected to perform in the SYF Arts Presentation biennially and able to showcase their dance performances and get recognition for their effort and training.
|Chinese Opera Club||Ms Yang Si Qi
|Huang Mei Opera originated as a form of rural folksong and dance that has been in existence for the last 200 years. Students of the CCA are taught basic principles of movement in Huangmei Opera. Stylized movements such as smoothing a beard, jerking a sleeve, rowing a boat and horse riding are taught. Various platforms such as school celebrations and events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, Graduation Day allow our students to showcase what they have learnt. During performances, the students will be performing with full costumes and make-up.|
|*Chinese Orchestra||Ms Por Pei Yi
|An orchestra is made up of various instruments playing together. The Chinese Orchestra is made up of the different instruments. Namely, they are, Erhu (二胡), Yangqin (扬琴), Dizi (笛子) and Sheng (笙), Suona (唢呐), Pipa (琵琶) and Ruan (阮), Cello (大提琴) and Percussion (打击乐). Here in Chinese Orchestra, students will be exposed to the learning of different Chinese Classical instruments and genre of music.
As an individual, joining the orchestra develops the student’s musical skills. It also builds his or her character of discipline and resilience. Playing in an orchestra is no one man show. Working together as a team is important. A piece of music will not be complete without the different sections playing in sync. Everyone plays an important part in the orchestra.
With what they have learnt, students will be given opportunities to perform in school or public performances. Students will also participate in the Singapore Youth Festival. Joining the Chinese Orchestra is also a good opportunity for the students to advance their learning in a Secondary School through DSA (Direct School Admission). DSA allows students to apply to the school with Chinese Orchestra as a niche area before the release of PSLE results.
We hope that in this journey of musical appreciation your child will develop holistically.
|*Choir||Mrs Siau-Ng Mui Ling
|When people who are enthusiastic and passionate about singing come together, they find a common ground and work hard to bring the love and joy of music to others. These people are the committed choristers of MBS Choir.
Here in the choir, the choristers not only sing but develop many other values and skills in their journey of choral singing. Values such as resilience, respect, perseverance, excellence, confidence, compassion and many more wonderful qualities that bond the choristers closer together as a big family. Students learn skills such as singing different parts in pitch, honing active listening skills even while singing and theoretical music knowledge so that they better understand how the songs are to be performed.
Choral singing is not a one-man show but one where teamwork takes a significant role. Everyone plays an important part, and as such, each choristers are required to go through an informal audition before every performance to show that they have learnt their parts well. If one does not pass the audition, it is an opportunity to improve. If one passes the audition, it is an affirmation of the hard work put in and serves to motivate the child further.
MBS Choir has performed at events outside of and within school. We are very proud of our choristers for their achievement and hope they will continue to pursue excellence in their journey of choral singing.
|Environmental & Science Club||Mr Ian Ang
|Science Club aims to arouse the curiosity in the students for Science in their everyday lives. Through the experiments and activities, the students experience Scientific concepts beyond the classroom and also as an extension of their learning. We also strive to cultivate the love for the environment through challenging the students to be advocates for the environment and to create an awareness of the importance of conserving our environment.|
|Mr David Chan Yew Meng
|The Guzheng Ensemble CCA aims to cultivate students’ interest and passion for Chinese culture and values through the learning of a traditional Chinese instrument. Through the various platforms available to perform, our students are well-exposed and are given opportunities to showcase their talents.
A Guzheng Ensemble CCA member is a musician who is confident and self-disciplined. The member is one who knows his/her strength and is able to work towards self-improvement despite facing challenges. The Guzheng Ensemble CCA members also work well together and have great team spirits amongst themselves.
|Homec Club||Ang Hwee Pheng – firstname.lastname@example.org||In Homec Club, students will prepare simple meals and drinks. Students also learn to bake cookies and cakes. During lessons, students will get to research recipes and prepare them during cooking lessons. They will learn more about nutrition and watch cooking videos. Students will work in teams to prepare meals and clean up after cooking|
|*Indian Dance||Mdm Yeo Hwe Choo
|Indian Dance is a closely bonded CCA that hopes to inculcate the love for dance among its members while ensuring that students are provided the opportunity to harness their interests and develop their talents to the fullest. With the guidance from the dance instructor and teachers, students will understand, learn and apply the basic technique such as hand and foot movement of Indian Dance.
Students will not be taught only the various Indian dance forms such as classical, folk and contemporary, they will be taught life skills such as self-discipline, teamwork, perseverance, compassion, resilience and sportsmanship. The school’s core values are also infused in the programmes. Students are also given opportunities to practice their leadership skills during practices.
The dancers continue to pursue excellence in school events and public performances by external organisations. We hope that every dancer of this CCA blooms to become dedicated performers towards the end of their education in our school.
|Innovation and Enterprise||Ms Liew Sio Hong
|Innovation and Enterprise Club members learn coding apps like Scratch and use them to come up with games based on themes like Financial Literacy or Smart Nation. They present their apps to their club members and if their apps are selected to represent the club, they present them at competitions.|
|Library Club||Mrs Grace Tan
|The School Library Club members shelve books and maintain the library. Termly, the members read selected stories to the Primary 1 and 2 during their respective recesses. They also review books and design bookmarks at the beginning of the year.|
|*Malay Dance||Mdm Nur Asrina
|Malay Dance portrays the elegance and beauty of the Malay culture. The synchronised graceful movements in the dances that are accompanied by lively traditional Malay music and exquisite ethnic costumes express happiness and excitement of working as a team.
In Malay Dance CCA, we aspire to develop our Malay Dance members into graceful, skilled and confident dancers. Through dance, members not only learn more about the Malay culture, but they also build upon their self-confidence, teamwork and discipline. Members are also given opportunities to develop their leadership qualities when communicating and collaborating as a group.
Apart from participating in the bi-annual Singapore Youth Festival Performing Art for primary students, members also gain invaluable experiences in showcasing their talents during school events and events organized by external organisations
|Robotics Club||Mdm Yeoh Ai Hoon
|Members of Robotics Club make use of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 to build, program and command their own LEGO robots. They learn:
– Concepts of programming with Commands and Sequences of commands
– Concepts of programming with Program Flow Model such as Simple (Wait For) Sensor behaviours, Decision-making Structures, Loops, Switches, Variables and Debugging, and
– To build solutions to real-world problems, with problem-solving strategies and Teamwork.
The programme not only excites students in a fun and meaningful way but also increase students’ exposure on coding and computational thinking by helping them to learn new infocomm skills and to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurship capabilities at an early age.
|Scouts||Mr Nor Hisham
|Scouting offers students a chance to learn a wide range of skills and participate in various fun activities. The Scouting programme is centred around outdoors, adventure, global, citizenship, leadership, fitness, creativity, beliefs, and all-rounded character development. If you have a desire to learn life skills, go on meaningful adventures and participate in games, you’ll definitely enjoy Scouting|
|*Symphonic Band||Ms Lim Hui Ching – email@example.com||Formed in 1996, the Maha Bodhi School Band started out as a humble band. Over the years, MBS band is recognised as a reputable and established band with a wide array of styles and musicality. Every member of the band undergoes a formal music education. They attend practices twice weekly as early as Primary One and perform regularly at functions both in school and for the public. With a strong foundation in music and a wide experience in performing, many of the members develop a passion in music and continue to pursue the art after graduating.
In Band, students understand more about discipline, resilience and teamwork, in the process they learn to take full responsibility for their learning and the way they behave. The building of character take place gradually, thus, it is also the main reason why band is able to hold a good record in the biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging for Primary School Bands from 1998 to 2016.
Band pave the way for students who have interest in pursuing music after they graduate from primary school to a secondary school by using Band as their CCA for direct school admission(DSA). Band is a CCA that all secondary school have, which the school is glad support students who have an interest to continue the learning after they complete their journey with us. For students, who wanted to try out other CCA in secondary school, we also have alumni band which students can join, this provides them a platform to continue with music making and learning using their free time.
|Videography||Mr Preston Tan
|The students in the Videography Club are taught two basic modules – camera works and video-editing. In the first module, they will be learn about camera angles and the various types of shots such as long shots, medium shot, close up shots and extreme close up shots. They will also learn to pan the camera, compose a scene and be aware of odd juxtaposition shots.
In the second module on video-editing, students will be expected to transfer clips from a camcorder into a computer, critique and then select shots before editing them. Although such sessions can be long and tedious, club members can learn about chroma keying, transitions, storyboarding and simple sound editing.
Due to the steep learning curve in the editing process, students who are more technically-inclined and are able to concentrate and sit through the grueling process that might take weeks to complete are best suited for the club.
Members are also expected to work in front of the camera and show off their acting talents. They are expected to take turns working in front of and behind the camera.
|Ms Wong Li Sher
|Wushu is a martial art but a non-contact sport that blends elements of performance and martial art application. Our wushu values comprises of martial arts of humility, respect for others and self-discipline. During CCA training, students are to learn and apply wushu basic movement skills and wushu routine (Quanshu, short weapons and long weapons).
Lion dance is rooted in traditional Chinese culture. Performers mimic the lion’s movements in a lion costume. During CCA training, students learn and apply skills such as lion dance movements, beating of drums, cymbals, and gongs. We train our students to become team players and develop them to be able take the initiative in their own learning and always put others before self. Other than that, with the strict routines in lion dance, they become more disciplined.
*These CCAs may require your child to stay back after school for additional training sessions.