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The school has been most encouraged by the parents of Eliza Ng Ker Jia (S3A2, 2018) when they wrote a note of appreciation to the school and her teachers for
“a nurturing and supportive environment to (help Eliza) grow and pursue her passion in the creative arts”.
Having the opportunity to work with Dr Lynda Neo as an illustrator in her new book on ‘Problem-based Learning’, Eliza was more than thrilled at the chance to express her creativity through the drawings for the book. She was indeed very glad to have contributed to such a meaningful piece of work.
Here is an excerpt from the note:
“They always say that it takes a village to raise a child. How true! I would like to thank you as well as Mr Tan Paul Loong (CCA/HOD), Ms Sheralyn Woon (SH/Visual Arts), Mr Goh Chye Joo and Ms Low Su Tee (S3A2 form teachers) and Ms Tiffany Tay (CCA teacher-in-charge of Art Club). Your dedicated efforts in educating the children of OPSS are commendable and appreciated!”
Take a look at Eliza’s impressive work! Well done Eliza, and thank you teachers!
“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching” - C S Lewis
LIM WEE HONG (S4A2 2018)
Another praiseworthy act from Lim Wee Hong!
On one Sunday afternoon on 6 May 2018, a member of the public, Jarius and his son had just reached home when to their horror, they found out that his son’s wallet was missing! They started to panic as the wallet contained a few hundred dollars, a couple of credit cards and his son’s IC! To make matters worse, his son would be sitting for his GCE ‘O’ level Mother Tongue Written Examination very soon at the end of May, and they would have to go through the hassle of replacing his IC which was needed for his examination.
Fortunately, the wallet was spotted by our kind soul, Wee Hong who happened to see it on a grass patch near McDonalds at Yishun Safra. When Wee Hong checked the contents of the wallet, hoping to find some identification to return to the owner, he was shocked by the amount of cash in it. However, he was not in the least tempted to keep the large sum of money for himself. In fact, immediately he tried calling the mobile number on a name card which he believed was the owner’s contact number. Upon contacting the grateful owner, Wee Hong even went the extra mile to return the wallet to its rightful owner at their home all the way in Seng Kang!
Despite his selfless act, Wee Hong was extremely modest and emphasized that what he did was ‘no big deal’ as he merely did what he felt was the right thing to do. This was Wee Hong’s second good deed, all within a month! It is of no doubt that Wee Hong has gone beyond himself and done more than what was necessary, displaying both integrity and selflessness at the same time. Jarius and his son were deeply moved by Wee Hong’s actions.
Thank you Wee Hong for doing us proud again! We have much to learn from you.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop
LIM WEE HONG (S4A2 2018), CHANG QI XIANG (S4A2 2018)
The school is pleased and proud to share that a member of the public wrote a letter of commendation for two of our students.
On 25th April 2018, a member of the public who identified himself as Irwan, was shocked to see a set of familiar keys which belonged to his mother and a hand-written note hanging on his gate. How did her lost bunch of keys end up back here?
As it turns out, Wee Hong and Qi Xiang, who were on their way home, found a bunch of unattended keys on top of the mailbox under a void deck. They initially wanted to hand it over to the police but in their minds, they were thinking: What if the keys belonged to an elderly? Imagine the trouble and difficulty the loss of keys will bring to the elderly? Hence, they selflessly took the long and onerous route – they did a ‘trial and error’ by going through one mailbox after another to find out which of the units the key belonged to. They could have taken the easy way out by handing over the keys to the neighbourhood police post. However, they chose to put themselves in the shoes of the owner and decided that was the ‘right thing’ to do.
After a tedious search lasting almost an hour, they finally found the mailbox which matched the keys. Just as they were about to place the
m into the mailbox, it then dawned on the young gentlemen that they could go one step further by leaving the keys outside the apartment instead. In fact, the key to the mailbox could be among the bunch! So that they did.
After hanging the keys on the inner side of the gate, the duo wrote a note to explain to the owner how and where they found the keys and how the keys ended up outside their apartment. Irwan and his mother were very grateful and appreciative of Wee Hong’s and Qi Xiang’s thoughtful actions. They even requested for the school to share their kind deed with the entire school. They have truly exemplified our school mission of moulding OP students into “men and women of integrity, responsible and compassionate towards their fellow men”.
Well done, Wee Hong and Qi Xiang! Both of you have made Orchid Park Secondary School proud.
Brian Kiong, S5B1 2018
Remember Brave Brian from last year? Here’s another of his Good Stories!
A member of the public wrote in to the school to commend Brian on his honesty and integrity. On 9 April, the gentleman realised that he had lost his 3-day old brand new Samsung S8+ only when he returned home late at night. He then decided to go back to the places where he was earlier in the day, but was exasperated that his search was futile. As a last resort, when he finally returned home, he called his own number. He was elated when an SMRT staff answered him on the other side of the line! He was told that his mobile phone had been picked up by an unidentified student on a bus, who then passed it to the bus captain. Our hero is none other than Brian!The gentleman who found his mobile phone was very grateful to Brian. He wrote in to the school describing how the honest and kind student looked like based on what the bus captain could recall. He also appealed to the school to convey his heartfelt appreciation to Brian.
When the school finally ‘found him’, unassuming Brian sheepishly brushed aside the episode as ‘one of the things anyone else would do.’
Thank you for doing us proud again, Brian!
Lim Chuan Qi, S5B1, 2018
The school is proud to share that we received a letter of commendation for Lim Chuan Qi from Nam Hong Welfare Service Society for his contribution at the Values-in-Action project he was involved in. Nam Hong Welfare Service Society is a community-based charity providing free TCM treatment, home visit, ration distribution, social support and free funeral services.
Part of the letter reads:“We would like to commend him for his proactiveness and diligence in approaching every single table and stall at the hawker centre to raise funds. His patience and pleasant demeanour throughout the interactions received praises from the public. At the same time, it reflects very well on his role as an ambassador for our organization and his school.We are very grateful for his earnest and exceptional effort to raise fund for our charity, and hope that others will emulate such selfless dedication.”
When praised for the commitment he has for the good cause, he humbly and modestly replied, “I’m just doing my part.”
Well done, Chuan Qi! We have much to learn from you.
Shuqri B Shaifuddin, Khairunisa Bte Abdullah, Nayli Nur Syazleen Bte Sazali, S3B3
The school is happy and proud to share that a member of the public wrote a letter of commendation for 3 of our students and office staff who attended to her son’s injury.
It was about 4.30 pm on the evening of 21 August 2017. Shuqri, Khairunisa and Nayli were on their way home, along the pavement adjacent to Blk 851, not too far away from school when their conversations were interrupted by some crashing sounds. A distraught-looking little boy was on his bloodied knees, with his skateboard next to him.
Without hesitation, our 3 protagonists hurried towards the hapless boy. They decided that the boy needed medical attention and the quick-thinking trio reckoned that they should bring him back to our school’s Sick Bay.
Shuqri, a proud NCDCC member, was very happy to be able to put his first aid knowledge to good use. Together with our office staff, Mr Chew Chin Ming and Mdm Valar, they treated the boy with basic first aid – they cleaned him up and applied bandage on his wounds.
The trio’s kind deed did not stop at the Sick Bay. They offered to walk the little one all the way back to his home at Yishun. The detour and inconvenience that evening took them altogether an hour longer before they got home. They reached home exhausted, but each with a deep sense of joy and satisfaction.
Shuqri shared, “I felt good being able to be of help to someone.” “Yes, especially helping someone outside our OPSS family,” echoed Nayli. Khairunisa summed it up most beautifully, “It’s satisfying and a blessing to be able to give, and not just receive.”
Keep it up, Orchid Park students! Your one kind act goes a long way to touch the hearts of others! Shuqri, Khairunisa and Nayli's kind gestures have warmed the hearts of the little kid and his mother.
The boy’s mother wrote this in her email to the school:
“I want to commend a group of students that helped my son when he had a bad fall from his skateboard on 21st August. They helped my son into the school First Aid room, cleaned and bandaged him and two of them even walked him back to our place… On my behalf, please help me to thank the kind-hearted students and teachers who have helped my son.”
In early August, Ang Wen Yun (4A2) was studying alone late into the night at the Community Club near Northpoint.
“What are you doing here? Somebody, help me.”
These hushed and muffled pleas broke the quiet and the silence in the study room she was in. Wen Yun got to her feet, and walked out of the room, both curious and uncertain as to where the sounds were coming from. A short distance away, she was staggered to find a young lady, possibly in her 20s, holding on firmly to a man and looking infuriated. The incensed lady told Wen Yun that she had been harassed by the man while she was in the washroom. Wen Yun decided to leave her books behind and accompanied the lady all the way to the reception counter where the man was handed over to the personnel at the Community Club. She wanted to ensure that the lady was safe. That night, Wen Yun waited with her till the police came.
Here’s a photo of Wen Yun receiving an award for ‘Just doing what she could’ on National Day this year.
Well done, Wen Yun! OPSS is proud of you!
The school received a complimentary email from Ms Joanne Kyra Loo Puay Khoon, Youth Head Coach, Netball of the National Youth Sports Institute. She was at the National School Netball Competition where our Netball Division ‘C’ Girls played at on 17 February. We want to take this opportunity to encourage our girls and our OPSS students by sharing parts of the email:
“… I would like to commend the positive environment cultivated by the netball teachers in charge … and the players from Orchid Park Secondary School. … In all the matches I’ve watched for the C & B divisions, the players off court were constantly cheering for those on court. Encouragement was always given when any player makes a mistake on court. While the team did not look to be achieving much from the results, they seem to be enjoying every moment at the North Zone inter-school netball tournament. I find this highly commendable as such actions and exemplary behavior will provide good learning points for the students to learn and grow from. I wish Orchid Park Secondary School all success in bringing the best out of her teachers and students.”
Thank you Ms Joanne Kyra Loo for sharing your observations at the matches with us. Well done, Netball teachers and girls! We are proud of you for demonstrating camaraderie and good team spirit. Yes, like we always share with you – do your best, and enjoy yourselves at each game.
This lovely story was shared by 3 Secondary 1 girls ….
Our 3 young ladies were waiting in the Yishun neighbourhood for 2 of their seniors for a gathering which they were supposed to go for together. They were near the petrol kiosk where the Sikh Temple was. A distance away, they spotted a frail and elderly man struggling with his push cart full of plastic bags. It seemed that there were 20 to 30 of them, sprouting from his cart! It was definitely an uphill task for the decrepit elderly.
But he was not alone this time. Our 3 young ladies recognised the familiar dark green and yellow of the OPSS school uniform. The bent-double uncle was flanked by 2 OPSS students - one on each side. Backpacks on their backs, they had their hands on the cart and were helping to push uncle’s prodigious load all the way to the block which he lived.
The outflow of love and care from their hearts led the 2 young ladies to walk the extra mile with the elderly uncle. When they were at the lift lobby, they noted that the 'overflowing' cart was too massive width-wise for the lift. Our 2 kindness ambassadors unloaded the plastic bags off uncle's cart, and altogether they made 2 trips lugging the old and scruffy-looking bags to the flat where uncle lived.
And of course, the detour caused our young ladies to be late for their gathering; in fact, they were about 30 minutes late! But what was more important for them that evening, was to ensure that uncle made it home safe and well.
It warms our heart to know that our students continue to do good and make a positive difference to the lives of those within and outside the school walls, while being a part of this community. We are proud of you!
This happened towards the end of last year. Brian was on his way home after school on a double-decker bus. From the upper deck where he was, he heard some commotion and shouting at the lower deck, and noted that the bus had not been moving for a while. Curious, he made his way to the lower deck, and was greeted by an unpleasant scene. An ‘aunty’ in her 60s was arguing with a beefy-looking young adult. The other passengers basically just looked on amid breaking out in low murmurs.
Brian’s smaller stature did not stop him from making a courageous first move to stop both parties from arguing further. He advised them each to give in so that all the passengers could get home sooner. The frustrated bus driver had since stopped the vehicle. Watching Brian, the other passengers followed his lead, and very soon, they were echoing our school mate's advice for the argument to stop.
Brian has indeed learnt very well the values taught to him by his parents, the school and his CCA, and he has chosen to translate them into actions.
Miss Elaine Sng, Brian’s NPCC OC has this to say of Brian,
“A modest young gentleman, Brian dislikes the limelight and is never out to claim credit and content for the good and hard work he does behind the scenes.”
Good job, Brian!
We are encouraged by your brave act.
Muhammad Shalihin (S3S1, 2016) was on his way home in the evening when he saw a Chinese elderly gentleman struggling on his wheelchair at the basketball court in front of Block 846. Without hesitation, Shalihin went up to him and offered to wheel him all the way to Khatib MRT Station before taking his bus home. This is the second time our young Kindness Ambassador has rendered assistance to the elderly gentleman. Shalihin’s warmth and kindness touched the heart of a fellow OPSS schoolmate who shared this story with the school.
Gabriel Phan (S3S1, 2016) picked up a mobile phone on a van he was in, and passed it to the driver of the vehicle. The mobile phone was later returned to the owner who was very grateful to Gabriel. Catch our good Samaritan, brimming with joy, and clutching a box of mooncakes from the owner, as an appreciation gesture!
Izzat bin Razali (S4A3 2016) was on his way home in the MRT after his preliminary examinations when he extended helping hands to a mother with 3 toddler children. His kind gestures touched and warmed the heart of the helpless mother and a train-user who sent the following email to the school.
“On 31st August 2016, at around 2.55 pm, an Orchid Park student named Izzat bin Razali helped a parent to wipe her child's vomit. She was handling 3 toddlers and did not have any tissues with her. He offered help to the women as she was struggling with her kids. I feel that this is a very brave act as there were many people in the train at that time. I hope to see more students like him!”
Danish Khairulfikri B Jais and Mohamed Naim Nurhelmi B M T (S2C1 2016), went beyond themselves and offered to clean up a cubicle in the boys’ toilet.
They did not only report the state of the toilet to the OM, but became part of the solution! Good job, young gentlemen!