The Mother Tongue teachers of Mayflower Secondary School believe that it is important for students to not only learn the Mother Tongue Languages but also grow to love the cultures behind them. Hence their role to create and maintain an immersive environment for the learning of these languages in school is important. The annual Chinese New Year celebrations and the Mother Tongue Fortnight programmes are the culmination of our attempt to ensure that cultural awareness is interwoven in our teaching of the languages
Other than using Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies to meet the learning needs of students, this year the Chinese Language Unit also worked with Mr Lim Chin Nam, a Master Teacher from SCCL to learn more about Differentiated Instruction (DI). Our Malay Unit also engaged the assistance of Cikgu Muhammad Rafi from Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) to learn more about ML Narrative Writing.
Other than working on our teaching expertise, the department also organized a variety of activities such as aesthetic outings, enrichment programmes and competitions to engage the students.
Xin Lei Writing Competition:
In April 2017, three of our Secondary 1 and
Higher Chinese students took part the 14th National Chinese Creative
Writing Competition organized by Singapore Hokkien Huay Guan, Singapore
Literary Society, Nan Chiau Secondary
School and zbCOMMA. This was good exposure for the students as they were tested
their creativity, language skills and also their ability to think on their
On Saturday morning of 11th February
2017, four of our Secondary 2 pupils made their way to the far end of Singapore
to participate in Zoombara 2017, an Amazing Race-type game to promote the usage
of the Malay Language. Held in National Institute of Education, the
participants were divided into mixed groups comprising of pupils from different
schools and genders. The participants learned to work together through
effective communication using the Malay language. At the end of the whole-day
competition, our representatives received some tokens, certificates of
participation and forged many new friendships.
This year, we sent a team to our first
foray in the National Sahibba Challenge, the Piala Cendekia Sahibba 2017. The
team was made up of four Secondary 3 Express pupils: Nursyahindah (3A), Nurul
Fatihah (3D), Muhammad Nurhaziq (3E) and Araya Faiza (3J). Played similarly to
Scrabble, letter tiles were placed on game boards in quick successions, marks
calculated and team rankings updated. After two rounds of games, Team Mayflower
came out fourth in the Zonal overall standings; we missed out on the National
Finals by one spot. As a newcomer in this competition, we have learnt many
lessons, and will look forward to next year’s competition!
In view of Mr Naguib’s dedication and
commitment to learning of the Malay Language in the classroom and beyond, the school nominated him
for the Arif Budiman Malay Language Teachers’ Award 2017.
Tongue Language Fortnight 2017
2017, the Mother Tongue Department had the 1st part of the Mother
Tongue Fortnight 2017 in conjunction with Lunar New Year celebration. This
year, our theme for Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 2017 is “Common Language,
Unique Talents”, where the students participated in various cultural activities
to get to know their Mother Tongue languages and the unique practices of the
Hands On Workshops for
In July this year, as the second part of our
MT fortnight activities, the MT department conducted Paper Art Workshops for
Sec 1NT & 1NA students. The Secondary 2 students on the other hand had fan
painting sessions where they learnt about the meaning behind the poems that
their paintings represented.
Culture Appreciation Learning
Journeys for Students:
We have arranged
culture appreciation learning journeys for our Secondary 1 and 3 students which
includes Chinese Tea Art Appreciation and heritage tour to Kampong Lorong
Sec 2 HCL Speech and
Drama Workshop 2017:
As part of our MT Fortnight cultural exposure,
the Secondary 2 HCL students embarked on a 1-month learning experience from
July to August to learn the basics of drama, including script writing, acting
and stage performance. They wrote scripts based on the given themes, and presented
their skits on stage.
Malay Cultural Experience:
February 2016, the Mother Tongue Department had our first part of the Mother
Tongue Fortnight. The theme was ‘Budaya Rentas Masa’ (A Culture Across Time),
and the activities revolve the exploration of the Malay culture and its
evolution across history.
main activity was the learning journey in February to the ‘last kampung mosque
in Singapore’, Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang which nestles cosily in a
secluded nook near the Sembawang beach, organized for our Secondary 1 and 3
pupils. The students were introduced to the behind-the-scene look of how a
kampung house was constructed – without nails! This was followed by a hands-on
activity which allowed the pupils to learn about the Jawi script. The
much-anticipated segment came at the end: a feast of Nasi Ambeng. This is a
traditional kampung cuisine of white rice served with mouth-watering dishes.
This cuisine was served in the ‘makan berdamai’-style – translating as a
the March holidays, three of our Secondary 4 Express pupils signed up for a
Journalism Camp jointly-organized by Berita Harian and ITE Central. The two
full-days long camp saw the participants being introduced to the world of
journalism. Nursyaza Nadya (4D), Nurul Ayuni (4D) and Nur Istiqamah (4E) were
to take on the roles of a reporter, a graphic designer and the camera-woman,
after which they had to produce a mock-up cover page of their own newspaper!
Though it was a gruelling two days of activities, the pupils had an enjoyable
time while being taught insights on the going-ons of how a news story becomes
front page news.
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight Cultural Camp
Department organized our Cultural Camp 2017 on 16th August 2017.
This major annual event saw the involvement of over 150 pupil-participants from
Secondary 3 across all streams. The 2.5-hour event had two segments: the
cultural stations and the Escape Room challenges. These challenges tested the
pupils’ will power, patience and perseverance, and at the same time, challenged
them to think of creative and out-of-the-box solutions.
Chinese New Year Celebrations:
the year of the Rooster, the Mother Tongue Department has engaged both the
staff and the student population in the preparation and celebration of the
Lunar New Year. This year, we invited the Lion Dance to add atmosphere to the
festive event and our very own performing arts groups put up a series of dances
and songs and brought much happiness and laughter to the audience.
alignment with the Mayflower Promise, we hope to remind students to have a
generous spirit while celebrating the Lunar New Year with our dear ones. Hence,
the mother tongue Department brought together everyone to prepare Hampers of
Love packed with food and household items and donated them to the senior
citizens from Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA). The senior citizens
were also invited to join the school for our celebration. This year, they were
hosted by students from the Info Comm Club. Their hospitality brought much joy
to the senior citizens.
Fan Painting Session
Paper Cutting Session
Cultural Quiz Booth
Hari Raya Concert:
celebrate and share the festivities of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the ML Unit used
the Assembly slot on 14th July 2017 to hold a mini-concert for all
Mayflowerians. It was a simple yet meaningful concert to showcase what the
spirit of Hari Raya is all about.
donned their traditional costumes while the appreciative audience was presented
with a song and dance item by our students and an original skit which gave us
more information about the festival. It was a very festive and informative
session enjoyed by all!
Learning Journey to Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang 4
Heritage Tour to Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Learning Journey to Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang 2