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2 August 2018

Skills Training, 20 July 2018

Hello Guides!

For this 集合, we had skills training for the Year 1s and 2s, with the objective of letting the Year 1s and 2s practice building a standard kitchen shelter or kitchen table, promoting bonding between the Year 1 and 2 batches and allowing the Year 1s and 2s to experience working with one another.

There was a photo taking session scheduled on this day, so activities were planned around the scheduled timing. First, there were station games, followed by the photo taking and lastly the building of a standard kitchen shelter.

Station Games

For these station games, the Year 1s and 2s were split into their respective batches, then into their patrols, to play the station games. The top 2 patrols, determined by the combined score of  the Year 1s and Year 2s in the patrol, were awarded drinks and snacks after the end of all the other activities.

The scoring system is as follows:

Points awarded

Level 3
Throw ping pong ball into a cup 1m away
Level 4
Answer a math question
Level 5
Balance a can on its side
Level 6
Blow a tissue and make it stay in the air for 30 seconds

Station 1:

In this station, the Year 1s or Year 2s were to race against other patrols to complete the relay race from level 3 to 6 in block F. When playing this station, any patrol with fewer members could choose patrol members to go for two missions such that there would be an equal number of rounds played across the patrols. To play this station, each patrol member would stand at the stairs of the designated floor, from the 3rd floor to the 6th floor. During their turn, the patrol member would run one round around the designated floor, complete the given mission, then proceed to the next floor so that the next person could start. The first patrol to complete the mission on the 6th floor would win.

Station 2:

In this station, the Year 1s or Year 2s were each given a paper bracelet to wear on their wrists and had to group up within their patrols in twos or threes. To eliminate other people, they had to successfully tear the opponent’s paper bracelets. Once the pair’s bracelet is torn, the pair would proceed to 集合 first. The patrol with the most number of intact paper bracelets remaining at the end of 15 minutes would win.

Reflection by Year 2s:

Station 2 was a game where we had to pair in twos and threes and wear a paper bracelet. The objective of the game was to rip off the other patrol’s bracelet while protecting our own. The required teamwork and good communication between the pair and the patrol. It also required good strategic thinking and fast reactions in order to stay in the game. Some patrols also formed alliances with others to defeat a common opponent but in the end they also had to fight each other. The game was really fun and interactive and also helped bonding among the patrol members. There were many creative ways that the patrols came up with to protect their bracelet and defeat others. For example, some held hands tightly and hid them behind their backs or in between them. It was also physically draining as we had to run up and down several levels to escape our seniors and batchmates. It was an intense and interesting game as we watched the last few players rip off each others bracelet. The game reached a climax when there were only 2 pairs left in the game. To everyone’s surprise, they ripped off each others bracelet at the same time thus ending the game as equals. Overall, it was a fun station that had a simple concept but lots of learning points.

For this 集合, we started with playing batch games for stations 1 and 2. Station 2 was played in our own patrols and we had to have our hands linked by paper bracelets. My patrol had 3 Year 2s, so it was tougher than having 2 pairs because of coordination, and our patrol only had 1 chance because when 1 of them is broken, all 3 of us are out of the game. Only around 1 minute into the game, while I was checking the left hand side and thought the coast was clear, another patrol sneaked up on us from behind and attempted to break our bracelet. I tried to press down on the bracelet so that it would be harder for the other patrol to break it. However, sadly, in the end they managed to break our bracelet. We had to sit out of the game and we got the chance to observe the game. Some patrols had an alliance with others, and they cornered 1 patrol and worked together to eliminate that patrol. Some patrols also hid their hands behind them so that it was harder for the opponents to break their bracelet. From this station, I learnt that this station was all about planning; who to eliminate first, who to have an alliance with. It also tests us on our teamwork and cooperation within our patrol and other patrols too. Although my patrol mates and I didn't get to play much of this station, it was rather intense and exciting.

Station 3:

This was a mass station, where the Year 1s and 2s were competing against other patrols. The playing area was marked out by masking tape. All patrols were to enter the area at the same time. To play the game, the Year 1s and 2s will hop on one leg and attempt to eliminate people of another patrol. The Year 1s and 2s would be eliminated from the game when they exited the playing area or when they put down their foot on the ground. At the end of the allocated timing (minimum 7 minutes, maximum 15 minutes), the patrol with the most number of people left would win. The Year 3s were to overlook the game with the station masters by standing around the playing area to ensure everyone’s safety and that no one was cheating.

Reflection from a Year 2:
Station three had been a mass game, which had been among the Year one and Year two batches. The game we played had been ‘chicken fight’ and in the first round, we were not very enthusiastic, standing and not taking the initiative to move towards others which ended up as everyone waiting for each other and nobody approaching, letting the game come to a standstill. The second round had been an improvement as many more people had taken the initiative to move towards others unlike the earlier round. The third round was when our seniors could join in. I feel that this activity was good in letting us bond more as a 团 as we also mingled with juniors from other patrols and got to know them better, and that we could have improved on some areas like being more enthusiastic, taking more initiative as well as cheering and 报时ing more often after we had been eliminated. Station three could also improve teamwork as many of us had thought of the idea of helping to support each other by linking arms in order to not lose balance, as if they lost balance and stood with both feet on the ground, they would be eliminated.

After the station games was a mass change into the Guides Uniform, followed by an attire check and the photo taking session. Afterwards, the Year 1s and Year 2s had to mass change back into their PE attire for the next activity.

Building of Kitchen Shelter/Kitchen Table

The Year 1s and 2s were then split into 4 groups to build 4 standard kitchen shelters (dry weather) or kitchen tables (wet weather), and were given a time limit to finish the task.

Kitchen Shelter

Kitchen Table

Reflection from Year 2s:

During Friday’s 集合, we were split into 4 groups to build 4 kitchen shelters. As it was our first time with the Year 2s in charge of the Year 1s, we were sometimes unsure about how to instruct the Year 1s and manage our time properly. We were not familiar with the spars used for the kitchen shelter and the details to take note of, so there were times when we had to retie the lashes. For example, we did not remember to tie a 八字结 to the spar, which wasted our time. We did not allocate manpower properly, so there were many people who did not have tasks to complete. As a result of our poor time management and not asking for time extension, we 过时 and had to 拆掉 three of the kitchen shelters and finish one. We did forfeits as we were not up to standard and the expectations, and we reflected on our actions and shortcomings. We realised that we should have had a better sense of urgency and allocated manpower properly as well as to teach our Year 1s the basic guidelines and structure of the kitchen shelter. We felt very disappointed in our speed and efficiency while building the kitchen shelter, and I felt like I had let the seniors down and we should have been more responsible seniors towards the Year 1s. As a Year 2, I felt that I could have taught my juniors better and gave them a task instead of letting them do nothing. We took this as a lesson to learn from and realised our faults and things to take note and improve on, so we can raise our standard as a batch and teach our Year 1s well.

Last Friday, we had our first 集合 planned by our Year 3s. After some station games and mass change, we had to build a kitchen shelter. One thing I was thankful for the Year 3s was the fact that they had prepared most of the logistics for us already. The only things we need to take were the metal mallets and spars. I found it really nice that the Year 3s still did their best to help us in any way possible. When building the kitchen shelter, I felt that I should have been more familiarised with the structure, seeing as I had built it in the past with my seniors guiding me. In addition, I personally think I could have a better sense of urgency and should have tied my lashes faster and tighter. I could have taken more initiative in helping my patrol (the one the Year 3s assigned us to). During 拆掉, I could have been more aware of my surroundings and have more initiative to bring back the items instead of just 收ing 麻绳. After everything, the seniors gave us some forfeits for over running and not asking for time extension. From this 集合, I realised I have still quite some things to work on to be a better Guide, patrolmate and batchmate. I hope I will improve and do better in the subsequent 集合s.

Hope that this 集合 let everyone have fun and learn more things!

Published by:
Yu Ning
50th Batch Secretary

28 July 2018

50th Anniversary Campfire, 14-15 July 2018

Hello Guides!

This year, the Girl Guides of Dunman High celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their creation. For this, weeks of effort were put into preparing for the campfire on July 14, ultimately culminating in one of the most enjoyable events of the year. This year’s campfire had the theme “By the guiding light”, or “童军精神”, to represent how far we have come from our beginning.

Campfire Preparation:
Before the campfire could take place, however, the Guides had to first prepare the the various decorations, structures and performance items. The entirety of Girl Guides was split into different committees: Programme, Pioneering, Publicity and Decorations and Souvenirs. Each committee was responsible for a different aspect of the campfire, and put in their best effort to make the campfire as successful as possible. Furthermore, there were also dry runs held to ensure the performance items could flow smoothly, and feedback would be given to further improve the performance on.

Reflection from Year 2s:
For this Campfire, I was allocated to the Decorations Committee. On the first day of Campfire Preparation, many of us were excited as this is our very first Campfire Preparation for all of us. First up, we had to paint some white boards the blue colour of our uniforms. It was not easy to get the correct shade of blue, and when we needed more paint of that shade, we had to mix the blue and white paints again. Next, we attempted to paint white borders around the board, but it was tricky as we could not paint it a rich white colour. As we did not have long rulers, we improvised by using unwanted cardboard and cutting them into strips to act as our rulers so that we can draw straight lines. Overall, I am glad that the Campfire was a success and I had learnt more about planning and organisation through the Decorations Committee.

During the second campfire preparation, I was transferred from the Pioneering Committee to the Decorations Committee. At the Decorations Committee, the people there were very warm and welcoming and I instantly got along well with my batchmates there. We painted and did some touching up on the sign boards and booths' boards. Due to excess manpower, some people from the committee, including me, were sent to the Pioneering Committee to help out. There, we were tasked to tie some lashes, such as square lash and diagonal lash. In addition, we helped to 搬木 to the library area when it rained. We also had a mini patrol corner (but for our committee) where we could chat and bond with one another. At the end of the ten hours of campfire preparation, I was exhausted but I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as I had put in my best effort in whatever I do. I look forward to the next one as I wanted to do my best in making this campfire as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

During the third campfire preparation, I was in the Decorations Committee, where we prepared signboards and other types of decorations used for the campfire. We organised the old patrol boards, and repainted them as some needed a touch-up. We grouped up into smaller groups and completed smaller tasks, such as painting and drawing different designs on boards and props for the photo booth. The seniors asked us to complete our individual tasks by certain time limits and we tried our best to keep within the time allocated and not 过时. When we finished painting and other boards, we asked our ICs if they were acceptable or whether we needed to redo it. I was very grateful that my ICs were very patient with us when we faced difficulties such as not being able to find the right materials. We tried our best to make the signboards look nice and appealing, especially for the booths. We also practised gadgeting for the reception area with structures such as a mini table for a photo album and a poster stand. Overall, I think the third campfire preparation was quite fruitful and we tried our best and had fun to create decorations for the campfire, and we enjoyed it very much. Despite it being 10 hours, I enjoyed bonding with my committee members in the Decorations Committee.

It was the fourth campfire preparation. In other words, it was the second-last campfire preparation before the actual campfire itself. On this day, as usual, we (those in the Programme Committee) went to the music atrium to run through the campfire script and to practise all the songs for the campfire. We ran through the songs and the emcees’ speeches till it was time for lunch, after which we had a dry run at the music atrium with all the batch performances. Then, we went back to practising the songs again, especially those that we were still not that good at, till the end of the campfire preparation. Though I went home feeling tired after it all, I could not help but feel excited at the fact that I was going to perform during the actual campfire, which was held on the following Saturday.

In the fifth campfire preparation, I had been in the Publicity Committee. We had finished up the props for the photo booth and some of us were assigned to repaint some signs for the trophy display for the Decorations committee.The rest of us who were not doing much were sent to help other the other Committees. I helped the Decorations Committee in building a simple tent-like structure and we had to tie extra diagonals as it had been quite unstable. There was a batch practice for the campfire performance which I feel we could perform better on. I feel that I need to improve on my sense of urgency, communication and tie tighter lashes.

Campfire, 14 July:
On this day, the campfire would finally be held. Before that, every committee had to finish up all their remaining tasks before lunch, every person putting in their best efforts to make sure the campfire could go smoothly and all participants could enjoy it. After lunch, the Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 batches participated in a dry run with the Programme Committee in the both the Multi-Purpose Hall, the venue in the event of wet weather, and the stage set up at the school’s track and field, where the campfire would take place if the weather was fair.

Finally, after the dry run, each committee put the finishing touches on their respective works and prepared to receive the guests. The reception area and the ushers were welcoming to the many alumni of Guides and other guests and the Decorations Committee set up various booths filled with photo albums for the guests to visit and look at.

When all the guests finally arrived and were seated, it was time for the campfire to officially start. The song leaders were ready to hype up the audience and make the campfire an exhilarating experience for everyone there. The campfire was started with blue and yellow flames, the colour that represents the Girl Guides, before it continued on with the familiar red and orange colouration. The song leaders were introduced and ready to showcase the fruits of their labour. With the brightly burning flames of the fire and the enthusiastic singing of the song leaders, the members of the audience could enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Next were the batch performances. Each of the performance items were related as they told the story of a young guide who, together with her fairy godmother, ventured to both the past and the future, then back to the present, to see the development and the legacy of guides. The Year 4s would perform the scenes in the past, the Year 3 would take the scenes in the future and finally, the Year 2s would act out the scenes in the present, alongside the young guide. In between each performance, there would be more songs sung by the song leaders, as well as a lion dance performance by the school’s very own lion dance troupe from the Crane Scouts.

After the batch performances, the audience were encouraged to actively participate in the next few songs with the inclusion of Thousand Legged Worm, where many of the audience got up from their seats to run around the campfire, singing loudly and having fun all the while. It was truly a time of bonding and fun with friends all around.

The campfire had to come to a close before long, and the performances came to a close with a few final songs. The alumni were also invited upstage to share their experiences with the current generation of guides as well as other members of the audience, and many lessons were learnt from them. Finally, the campfire came to a close as the fire was put out and the guests left.

Reflection from a Year 2:
I think the campfire on Saturday was quite successful. Many of the past guides, alumni and other uniformed groups showed up to support us and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. The performance also went quite smoothly with the Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 performances. Although the sound system was faulty and the sound was not very clear, the performers and song leaders did their best to try and speak louder so that people sitting further away could hear them. The was also a high level of participation with many guides, scouts and alumni enthusiastically singing along with the song leaders. The fire in front of the stage helped to hype up the mood even more with its crackling sounds and shining warm light onto the stage. The campfire ended on a high note with sharings by the alumni and guides and I could see that everyone had enjoyed the campfire by the happy looks on their faces.

Reflection from a Year 3:
I feel that the campfire was a great success. Everyone gave their best during camp preparation and the performances were also well executed. Many of the guests, which included the other Uniform Groups and some alumni, were enthusiastic and excited during the campfire, and the alumni also looked quite happy when reminiscing on their time in Guides. Since this year’s campfire’s theme was based around the legacy of Guides, I think that through passing down the memories and experiences of the Guides before us, we have also succeeded in passing down our ‘legacy’.

Clean-up, 15 July:
With the end of campfire also came the time for clean-up. As some items had already been cleared the night before, the workload was less than it originally was and everyone got to work quickly. Structures were taken down and all the decorations were stored away for the next time they would be used and all other wet logistics were laid out to dry and later to be kept. With the conclusion of the clean-up, this year’s 50th Anniversary Campfire officially ended.

Although time passes and batches pass down, the legacies we leave behing and the memories of our time in Guides will always remain. Let’s look forward to the next anniversary campfire!

Published by:
Yu Ning
50th Batch Secretary

8 July 2018

Skills Training, 29 June 2018

Hello Guides!

After Standard Training Camp(STC) and Passing Down Parade(PDP), the Year 3s have officially become the next leadership batch. To further improve their ability to guide the juniors, the Year 3s organised a 集合 only involving them for Skills Training. During this 集合, the new CL and ACL planned out various activities that encompassed most of their skills, but also put aside some time for them to prepare for the Guides’ 50th Anniversary Campfire.

Firstly, the Year 3s were given about 30 minutes to practise for their campfire performance, as well as attempting a dry run to ensure that every person knew their positions and lines and that the scenes could flow well.

Next, the Year 3s had to split into two groups, after which they had to build an alternate version of a baggage rack that had different designs in both groups. The two groups had to cooperate and discuss what designs they were using as there were limited logistics to use for the baggage racks. After discussion, both groups split off into different areas and started working on their structures. Eventually, both groups came back together while finishing their individual baggage racks for ease of checking later. Afterwards, both baggage racks would be checked by the CL and ACL for quality and one person from each group would explain their respective baggage racks, before an evaluation would be given.

Through this gadgeting activity, I discovered that there were still many ways for us to improve. Although we managed to complete the baggage racks, we barely did so on time even with time extensions, which means that we still have to work on our sense of urgency. In addition, while most of our lashes were tight, a few of them could still be considered slightly loose, though this can be easily corrected. However, what was most important was the fact that while a good portion of my group were tying the lashes for the structure, a few stood aside and started chatting. Although there were no other lashes for them to tie, a point was raised that they could have also 报时ed or cheered, but they did not do so. I feel that this reflects badly on our batch dynamics, and we definitely need to fix this before another similar situation occurs.

After 拆掉 of the baggage racks and returning of logistics, the Year 3s went back to their original patrols to begin inspection. The layout was decided by the Year 3s themselves on the spot and each succeeding inspection had less time given to complete the layout. During the inspection, each patrol had to watch out for both the patrol members and the logistics, as well as making sure the overall layout was neat and standard across all six patrols. After each inspection, the layout would be checked and evaluated and about 1 minute would be given to pack up the logistics before the next inspection.

For this inspection, I feel that there are still some aspects we can still improve on. For each inspection, despite reminders, there would be some patrol members or logistics that were not looked after and as a result were taken away. This reflects badly on how we treat others and our belongings,as we carelessly allowed them to be taken. In addition, despite our best efforts to standardise, some parts of the layout were different, especially since some logistics were taken, not to mention that certain parts were messy and not kept properly. For this, we definitely have to improve ourselves, especially for taking care of each other and our logistics.

Once inspection was completed, due to time constraints, the order of activities was rearranged to prioritise what was more important. Hence, a short game of ‘Running Man’ was arranged to go first instead. This was mainly for the Year 3s to build up stronger bonds in the batch as the lack of bondedness was a problem that they had to work on. The Year 3s were once again split into two teams and received a piece of masking tape to paste on their backs, and about 20 minutes were given for the game. Afterwards, both teams split off to prepare for the game. Unfortunately, the game was cut short in favour of the next activity, pioneering.

For pioneering, the Year 3s were separated into two groups and had to each build a kitchen table. This activity would last until the end of 集合, which meant the faster the kitchen tables were completed, the earlier 集合 could end; but the slower the kitchen tables were completed, the later 集合 would end. Knowing this, the Year 3s tried to complete the structures as quickly as possible, before they would start over-running and cause 集合 to end later.

For this pioneering activity, one major problem was the lack of a sense of urgency. At the beginning, progress was slow, partially due to the fact that there were a lack of lashes to tie. Afterwards, although the working pace became faster, a lot of time was already lost and despite our efforts, a couple of time extensions had to be asked for in order to complete the kitchen tables. Some of the lashes were even loose, which would have been disastrous if anyone had sat at the kitchen tables. All in all, our work ethics definitely need to be worked on if we want to lead the 团 to greater heights, especially our pacing and sense of urgency.

Eventually, both kitchen tables were completed and 拆掉 commenced. This marked the end of the Year 3s-only Skills Training and their preparation to lead the 团.

Published by:
Yu Ning

50th Batch Secretary

26 June 2018

Standard Training Camp, 18 June 2018

Hello Guides!

It is one of the biggest events of the year! This year’s Standard Training Camp(STC) has four main objectives: to provide time for each batch to bond and let them know one another better, to allow patrols to bond especially with the Year 4s, to provide an opportunity of reflection and growth for the Guides’ past years and to celebrate the Year 1s’ enrolment and the new leadership batch.

STC officially started with the batch activities, which were specially tailored to the batch’s areas of improvements. By allowing each batch to find out their strengths and weaknesses, they would be able to work on them and improve themselves after the Year 4s pass down.

Year 1 Batch Activity
Here is the storyline given: Hello Y1s! Since you will all be enrolled later in the afternoon, it is crucial that you know and familiarise yourself with some of the basics about Guides and pick up some especially crucial skills like communication and teamwork. This is just the beginning of a four year long journey that will prove to be enriching, and so we’re here to get you started off on the right foot!

This batch activity was split into 2 sections, the first of which was Cheers/Music and the second a treasure hunt.

For the first section, the Year 1s would be taught songs that are normally sung during 集合s. They are to be separated into two groups, with Patrols 1, 2 and 3 in one group and Patrols 4, 5 and 6 in the other. The first group would learn the 团歌 first while the second group would learn the 团 cheer first. Only one copy of the lyrics would be given, which is meant to test the batch’s communication skills, which are needed to ensure that every person is sure of the lyrics. After seven minutes have passed, each group was required to perform what they have learnt. They had to sing the song/cheer once together and had to reach a certain decibel: 100dB for the loudest point or 75dB for the average. After which, they were given another five minutes to teach what they have each learnt to the other group, which also tests their communication skills. Afterwards, each group repeated what they had done before, but with the new song/cheer.

For the second section, the Year 1s would be split up into pairs. Each pair had their ankles tied up with 白绳, which forced them to think about their partners so as to learn the value of teamwork and caring for each other through this. Post-its were scattered around the classroom, three of which had the letters “E”, “A” and “F” written at the bottom right corner of it. The Year 1s were to collect as many post-its as possible. There were a total of 10 post-its altogether, with questions that they had to answer. Some post-its contained letters which corresponded to numbers for them to open the lock of the box they had, inside of which had individually packed marshmallow candy. The juniors will have to at least answer the questions with the letters on it correctly in order to use the letters on the post-it to unlock the box. For incorrect answers, they were told the correct answer.  “E” corresponded with the number “5”, “A” corresponded with the number “1” and “F” corresponded with “6”, so the correct code involved the numbers 5,1 and 6.

Post-its and questions
Name all the patrols in Chinese. (to say the answers within 10 seconds)
九重葛, 龙船花,茉莉花,胡姬花,向日葵,牵牛花
Who is the 49 batch Company leader and Assistant company leader?  
Amber, Clare
Name all the Patrol Leaders of the 49th batch. (post-it contains letter “E”)
Wenyun, Linmin, Chloe, Clara, Xinyun, Xinyu
Name 3 Guide Laws (post it contains letter “A”)
(accept any 3):
A Guide Is Loyal And Can Be Trusted.
A Guide’s Duty Is To Be Useful And To Help Others.
A Guide Is Polite, Considerate And Respects Her Elders.
A Guide Is Friendly And A Sister To All Guides.
A Guide Is Kind To All Living Things.
A Guide Is Obedient.
A Guide Has Courage And Is Cheerful In All Difficulties.
A Guide Takes Care Of Her Own Possessions And Those Of Other People.
A Guide Is Thrifty And Diligent.
A Guide Is Self-disciplined In All She Thinks, Says And Does.
What is the Guide motto?

Be Prepared
What does “PP” stand for? (post-it contains letter “F”)

Pandu Puteri
What is the Guide Promise?

I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God, to serve my country and help other people and to keep the Guide Law.  
How old is 德明女童军?   

50 years
What are the markers for standard attire?  

(any 3):
Hair tied neatly with a black rubber band, canvas shoes, socks that are at least 3 fingers higher than the back rim of the shoes, black watch, tucked in shirt, small and simple earrings, short fingernails
What do we call our home to our CCA?

Reflection from a Year 1:
The batch activity was based on what each batch needed to improve on and for ours, it was our foundation. There were two stages in our batch activity for PDP which we had to complete together. We started with having to sing the 团歌 and the Company Cheer very loudly. Not many people knew the lyrics, tempo or tune. There was only one piece of paper with the lyrics given to us and we were given a certain time limit to learn on our own. We were split into two groups: one to learn the 团歌 and the other, learn the Company Cheer. After 4 minutes, we had to present in our own teams. The Year 4s corrected our mistakes and we were given 5 minutes to teach the other group. We had to crowd around one person holding the lyrics so that everyone could see and I was sure that there were some people behind who were unable to see the lyrics. It really tested our communication skills. It was also quite embarrassing as most of us did not know the Company Cheer and 团歌 despite having been in Guides for a few months already. The next task was to search for pieces of paper, answer the questions that were related to Guides and unlock a number lock with the clues we had. We had to pair up and tie our legs together while searching for the pieces of paper with the clues and that made the task even harder. We worked together and found the 10 pieces of paper quickly. However, we had difficulties answering the questions on the paper as we were unfamiliar with some. Lastly, we needed to find the password to unlock the lock on a bag. We were successful at the third try and were able to receive our treats. I was a little frustrated when we were trying to solve the questions as we were running out of time and some people did not help and were talking amongst themselves. If they had been participative, we would not have 过时. But all in all, I was glad we managed to work well together and tried to work on our weaknesses. From the batch activity, I learn that communication is very important. In addition, having communication enables us to put one another’s strengths to good use and helps us overcome challenges more efficiently. From the activity, I gained more confidence when I tried teaching my batchmates the Company Cheer as I was the only few that remembered it. Also, I learnt more about my batchmates —— their strengths and weaknesses. I realised that we weren’t familiar with the basics and our foundation was not good enough which troubled us when we tried to answer the questions. But, I was happy to have spent quality time with my friends and learnt the importance of teamwork. I enjoyed the batch activity very much and hope that there will be more of such opportunities to work with my batchmates in the future.

Year 2 Batch Activity
In this batch activity, the Y2s were grouped according to their various strengths and weaknesses, and this groupings were made with the hope of helping them leverage on their strengths and take note of their weaknesses. Afterwards, they had to build enough structures to reach their goal of 20 points within the time limit of 20 minutes.

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Le Xin
Kor Xuan
Xi Yin
Hui Ru
Yu Tong
Li Wen
Yu Ning
Xin Wei
Shao Xian


These structures all carried a different number of points to be won if the Year 2s finished the structure and if the lashes were tight. Furthermore, the structures could only be repeated a maximum of two times. The Year 2s were given 1 copy of the structures that could be built. From each group, 1 person would have to voluntarily come up and the three people from the three groups would be given 3 minutes to decide what each group was to build which structures. In addition, the logistics would be taken from a common pile and they do not have to split the logistics.

The number of points of for each structure is as follows:
Wash Stand - 2 points
Shoe stand - 2 points
Camp tables - 3 points each
Wash station - 7 points each
Plate Rack - 3 points
Kitchen Dresser - 10 points
(Mug tree and wood pile to be crossed out as they do not require lashes)

The copy of the structures would be taken away once 3 minutes was up. None of the Year 2s would be allowed to look at the piece of paper after that. They would simply have to improvise and come up with a design that matches what was on the paper as closely as possible.

Reflection from a Year 2:
During batch activities, we worked together to build different structures for gadgeting. We were divided into three groups given a piece of paper with structures and the number of points awarded on it. Our batch then chose three structures for each group to work on for the points to total up to 20, where each structure could only be repeated twice. We were then given 20 minutes to complete the structures, but we had to ask for a 10 minute time extension. We built a dish rack, a shoe rack and a camp table. Other extra structures were also built as we did not score sufficient points. I felt that as a batch we could have worked better with each other and have better communication so we could have completed the task. We did not meet the target 20 points, as we had only built 5 structures to score 17 points. I think that the three groups could have worked more closely together instead of unnecessarily building structures too far apart from one another, making communicating with each other to discuss time extensions and which structures to build difficult. Although we tried to improvise by using items found in GSL such as the traffic cones for the camp table and the benches as support for the dish rack, we could have modified the structures to accommodate to the number of each type of gadget pole we had to ensure there would be sufficient gadget poles for all three groups, while still keeping the purpose or use of the structure the same. However, I think this batch activity allowed my batch to improve on our leadership, communication and teamwork. Some of my batchmates really stepped up to lead this activity and we all tried our best to cooperate well to complete each structure. Overall, i think this was a good opportunity to improve the bonds as well as teamwork in our batch and improve on our soft skills, such us our ability to work under a time limit and learning to improvise in certain situations.

Year 3 Batch Activity
In this activity,  all the Year 3s had to build a structure that represented the batch using the spars that were provided. There were also a few criteria that had to be taken note of: the structure could not  be too simple that it only takes 10 minutes to complete, but not too complex as only 30 minutes is given to complete the structure. The structure must also incorporate 5 values that the batch wanted to focus on developing during their term of leadership. There were 2 ICs, the new Company Leader and Assistant Company Leader, who were leading the activity, while the rest of the batch were free to aid the ICs if needed. After the briefing of the activity, the ICs were informed that they had to set goals as a batch with regards to the building of the Batch Structure. The goals had to encompass both the technical aspects, such as the timing to complete the activity or the quality of lashes, and the intangible aspects of the activity, like batch dynamics or bonding. In addition, every time the Year 4s 集合ed the ICs, the Year 4s would ask them about how their goals were moving forward from the current state where the structure was.

Reflection from a Year 3:
At the very beginning of the activity, we were really slow to get started, but after a while and when we finally worked out a plan to build a bridge, we started gaining momentum and worked a little faster. Although the new CL and ACL were the official ICs, some of us still gave our own input, which I feel is a good thing as it means that we do not completely rely on one or two people to do everything for us and and are able to showcase our own style of leadership in our own way. While one of us went to get the 麻绳 needed to tie our structure, the CL and ACL went to inform the Year 4s of the values and goals they had decided on and the rest of us arrange the spars in preparation for tying. Despite the progress being quite slow at the start, we managed to start working faster with a greater sense of urgency, trying to finish building the structure quickly so as to not 过时. In the middle of building the structure, we also made a few minute changes so as to better fulfill the criteria, while improvising other parts that had to be removed due to time constraints, which showed the adaptability of our leaders in unexpected situations. Eventually, we managed to complete the structure with the addition of a time extension, and one of us had to repeat the values we included in the structure. Although the CL and ACL told us of the values and goals beforehand, there was some difficulty in repeating the values, and we had also failed to complete one of our goals to have tight lashes as one of the tripod lashes were loose, there possibly being other loose lashes we were not aware of. While I am satisfied with managing to complete the structure, even with a time extension, I still feel that we have to work more on our communication, as evidenced by the difficulty in saying the values. This is especially important considering that we are the next leadership batch. In addition, we have to pay more attention to our lashes, as even one loose lash could jeopardise the structure and compromise the safety of every other patrol member.

After the batch activities, we proceeded to the mass game. In this activity, each patrol had to complete as many activities as possible and overcome obstacles in the game that came their way, and to arrive at the Finishing Line as fast as possible. The location of the finishing line would only be slowly discovered through the game as the patrols complete the activities required. The aim of the game is for the patrols to get as many points as possible. Different activities have different points. The catch is that each patrol will be unaware of how many points other patrols have. The Year 4s of each patrol will be given a Patrol Envelope that will have an instruction sheet (shown below), 1 Yield card, a Route Information sheet and a Score Sheet (to tabulate own points). They would have to take photos or videos as proof of completing the activities.

Instruction Sheet (will be sent to Y4s of patrol 1 day before Passing Down Parade(PDP) to familiarse and ask questions)
Dear Guides, we hope that whilst you enjoy this mass game as a patrol, integrity and honesty are kept in sight as well! Take pictures/videos as proof of the completed activity and do not use your phones to search for answers. Winning is not everything :)

Note: Once you go to a station, you must complete the activity. (i.e. you cannot change station without completing the activity)

**PATROL 1-3: send answers to Clara
PATROL 4-6: send answers to Jillian
Patrol Envelopes (yellow)
Contains all the information as well as playing cards that you have.
What you are holding in your hand now is probably the patrol envelope.
Clue Envelopes (orange)
Contains the instructions for the activity you need to complete as well as detour cards, fast forward cards or yield cards. (Not every clue envelope has all the cards, it depends)
Has the “Route Marker” sign (see below) pasted on it.
Route Information

Route Information clues instruct the patrols where to go next. Such a clue usually provides only the name of the team's next destination; it is up to the teams to figure out how to get there. The destination may be given in a cryptic manner.
You do not have to go to all locations; however, the number of points you can earn from each activity is NOT stated on the Route Information card.
Present in PATROL envelopes

A Detour presents the team with a decision between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons.
Typically, one task is less physically demanding than the other but is tedious or requires some amount of time or thinking to complete, while the other is usually a more physically demanding or frightening option that, depending on the team's ability, may take less time to complete. The decision about which task to attempt lies solely with the team.
Placed ON clue envelopes
The Yield allows any patrol to force another patrol to stop racing for 10min.
If a patrol Yielded another patrol, the Yielded patrol would be informed by the I/Cs and they would have to wait for 10min at wherever they are and not do anything.
A team may only use its Yield power once on the race and must tell the I/Cs the moment they use it. A patrol may be Yielded multiple times.
Placed IN clue envelopes
The Intersection requires each patrol to pair up with one other patrol and perform all tasks and make decisions together for 30min. In this case, all rewards of completing any activity would go to both patrols.
Should there be no other patrols present when a given patrol arrives at the Intersection Route Marker, they must wait there until another patrol arrives, although they do not have to partner with that patrol and can opt to wait for another patrol instead. Teams are free to choose their partner patrol if multiple patrols are present.
Present in PATROL envelopes
Activity Instruction Cards
Contains instructions on activity as well as how many points the activity warrants. If activity is not accomplished/incorrect attempt, you do not get a mark.  
In cases where a Detour card is present in the Clue Envelopes, there will be 2 activity instruction cards.
Placed IN clue envelopes

(** Y4s are allowed to call another patrol using mobile phones to do the intersection activity together)

Score Sheet
Patrol: ___________
Location of Activity
Points Earned
Informed I/Cs? (✓)

Total Points Earned:

Route Information
Location (Clue Envelope #) - each location to have 6 clue envelopes for each patrol
#1 Croissants and Cookies
#2 Speech Day contingent
#3 Block G Level 3 Open Space
#4 GSL
#5 团部
#6 Counter outside the place that Concerts are held
#7 Block G Level 5 Open Space
#8  Corridor where the Big S Fans go
#9 Book Fair
#10 Where the 2017 Y3s ate for 3 days
#11 Relish In The Shade before Feeling Warm Every Morning
#12  学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆
“Croissants and Cookies” - Cafe
“Speech Day contingent” - outside MRL
“Counter outside the place that Concerts are held” - Registration counter outside PAC
“Corridor where the Big S Fans go” - corridor outside Hall
“Book Fair” - outside Auditorium
“Relish In The Shade before Feeling Warm Every Morning” - corridor near parade square
学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆” - 正心园
“Where the 2017 Y3s ate for 3 days”- Hostel Canteen

Clue Envelopes and their Contents:
Clue Envelope 1
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#1 Croissants and Cookies (Cafe)

A patrol is like your family!  Draw your perfect patrol portrait at these locations in your batches within the patrol! Everyone drawn must be doing a different activity. (not just standing around but drinking a milkshake, eating a burger, making their own burrito etc.)

Y1s - Beach
Y2s - Mountains
Y3s - PLTC
Y4s - Classroom
Do 30 Burpees (take a time lapse/normal video)

Clue Envelope 2
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#2 Speech Day Contingent
(Outside MRL)

It is incredibly important that we all equip ourselves with the right skills in order to earn a job in the competitive working world. So, each person from each batch has 30 seconds to convince the rest of the patrol why you should get this job! Good luck :)

Y1 - Professional Apologiser (Originated in Japan)
Y2 - Professional Elephant Dresser (Needed in Sri Lanka)
Y3 - Professional Snuggler (Needed in Japan)
Y4 - Human Scarecrow (Needed in UK)

Clue Envelope 3
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#3 Block G Level 3 Open Space

Everyone loves music, including us Guides! We have a 团歌 but now… it’s time to make a song for your own patrol! Each song is required to have 2 verses, a chorus and a bridge in the following format: Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus. One Y4 to send the completed song to Clara / Jillian!

The genre for your patrol song is below:
P1: Country (e.g any original Taylor swift song)
P2: Rock (e.g. Panic! At The Disco)
P3: Blues (e.g. Muddy Waters)
P4: Rap (e.g. Kendrick Lamar)
P5: Folk (e.g. Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran)
P6: Soul (e.g. Adele)
✓ - wait for a patrol to come!

Clue Envelope 4
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#4 GSL

finishes first: 5 PTS

finishes second: 3 PTS

(if raft does not work aka built using unsuitable materials, 0 points)
Oh no! A plane crash has occurred and you and another patrol are stranded on the island. It is now a case of every man for himself, and you have to fight for your resources to build a raft that can float (obviously). On the table you will see all the materials that you will need. Each patrol is given 5白绳. When both patrols are present, each patrol to first take TWO items from the pile. After which, at every 1 min interval, you are to only take ONE item from the pile. The patrol who finishes building a steady raft first wins. This will test your negotiation skills.
Materials provided: 1 poncho, 1 groundsheet, 10 long full bamboos, 5 short half bamboos, 2 plastic bags, 2 pails, 5 masheng, 10 中木
- wait for another patrol!

Clue Envelope 5
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)

Bounce 5 ping-pong balls into 5 cups (one into each cup) continuously, without any balls dropping out of the cup. You are to stand at the point marked “X” and not move the location of the cups. Take a video!

Clue Envelope 6
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#6 - Counter outside the place that Concerts are held
(outside PAC)

Fill in the blanks:  
There are 4 main musical eras in the history of music. What are they?
  1. The __________ (1420-1600)
  2. The _______ Age  (1600-1750)
  3. The ______ Period (1750-1820)
  4. The ______ Era (1820-1900)

Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic

Name these musical symbols:


Tenor clef, semibreve, demisemiquaver

What key does this belong to?
D major.

The “cup song” sung by Anna Kendrick went especially viral in 2012. 5 patrol members to do the cup song together and sing at least one verse!
Clue Envelope 7
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#7 -
Block G Level 5 Open Space

All except TWO patrol members to find an empty space and plank in a circle. Then, one patrol member to put the basketball on each person’s back for three seconds (count out loud) and then move on to the next patrol member’s back. The other patrol member to video. Points awarded if ball does not drop.

Clue Envelope 8
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#8 -
Corridor where Big S Fans

Categorise all of these places in the correct continents! Send to Clara / Jillian once done to check! No usage of phones by Y4s. Integrity please!

(bracketed not to be shown on instructions)

(North America)
Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park
Everglades National Park  
Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Flat Iron Building

(South America)
Iguazu Falls
Salar de Uyuni
Chan Chan
Atacama Desert
Torres del Paine

Dome of the Rock
Burj Khalifa

Vredefort crater
Banc d'Arguin National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Selous Game Reserve

Dresden Elbe Valley
Cinque Terre

Petermann Island
Mount Erebus
Cape Adare
Mount Melbourne
Admiralty Bay

Great Barrier Reef
Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Te Wahipounamu
Tongariro National Park

Hold full waterbottles in water parade position (waterbottle lifted in front of mouth with elbow parallel to the ground) AND name the five most populous countries in the world.

China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil

Clue Envelope 9
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#9 -
Book Fair
(outside Auditorium)

Complete the following titles:

____ Night by William Shakespeare
Paper ____ by John Green
卖 __ __ 的小女孩
The ____ by Lois Lowry

Twelfth; Towns; 火柴; Giver

Come up with a short poem in either English OR Chinese and include the following words:

evergreen, paper, skies, flowers, lies, believe
漂浮, 包含,珍惜, 隐藏, 牺牲

✓ - wait for another patrol

Clue Envelope 10
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#10- Where the 2017 Y3s ate for 3 days  (Hostel Canteen)
Everybody loves food! Everybody needs food! So everybody should learn how to cook food! With these ingredients:

Maggi Mee
Soy Sauce
Pepper and Salt
Mixed Herbs

Create your own unique dish (ONLY ONE). Use at least 5 of the ingredients provided and type out a detailed recipe.

Clue Envelope 11
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#11 - Relish In The Shade before Feeling Warm Every Morning
(Corridor near Parade Square)

We all understand that warm, sweaty and sticky feeling after flag-raising every morning, so much so that we wish for rain. Since that hardly happens, build a makeshift fan! You can take as long as you like, but just remember that you may be missing out on other stations if you spend too long on this one.
Materials provided: 1 box of 白绳,  5 half bamboos, 2 中木, 2 中短木

If you’re sweating already, why not continue sweating for a purpose? As a patrol, perform the following yoga poses and take a photo. (photos will be in the clue envelope. For photos with only 1 person, at least 4 people must perform it)

Clue Envelope 12
Activity Instruction Card
Intersection (✓)
Detour (✓)
#12- 学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆

Who said/discovered the following?

  1. a² + b² = c²
  2. for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction
  3. “The quality of mercy is not strained”
  4. Air travel

Pythagoras; Isaac Newton; William Shakespeare; Wright brothers

Reflection from a Year 3:
For the whole duration of the mass game, I was really excited, as there were many stations we could try out. However, it was when visiting certain stations that I realised the difficulty to them, as they tested our knowledge on things that many of us were unaware of. At times, I felt we were lucky to have people who had some experience concerning the questions we got, and at others the entire patrol, including me, were completely confused. Despite it being a competition, my patrol was not running all over the school trying to get the most, as we knew it was highly unlikely for us to get the top prize. Instead, we decided to take things leisurely and make the most out of the mass game to enjoy ourselves and have at least something memorable from PDP. While it as admittedly disappointing to not be actively competing to get the top prize, I still felt what we did was worth it as we, in a way, strengthened our bonds with each other.

After the mass game, the guides had to mass change into their uniforms and 集合ed for lunch. After lunch, it was letter writing for 45 minutes in Senior High classrooms. The Year 1s to Year 3s would be writing a letter to their future selves and the letter will be kept and returned to them after the Annual Training Camp(ATC). This would allow them to reflect about what they did in the CCA and would strive to work harder so as to improve themselves. The Year 4s would be writing a letter to their successors, for example the 49th Batch Patrol 1 PL would write a letter to the 50th Batch Patrol 1 PL. After the letter writing was the internal patrol passing down, where the Year 3s will hand over their previous roles to the Year 2s. Finally, there was the roll call, enrolment ceremony and the Passing Down Parade. The Year 1s were officially enrolled into Guides, while the Year 4s passed down their roles to the Year 3s.

Reflection from a Year 1:
During the enrolment ceremony, I was very excited that I was going to become an official Girl Guide and join the huge family like I’ve always wanted. However, I had to keep the excitement inside as we had to keep still for this ceremony. It was tough but it was all worthwhile. Awaiting in anticipation is thrilling but nerve-wracking. When it was my turn to go up to the Guiders, I was extremely nervous. I was worried that I would do something wrong and would embarrass myself. The whole process was quick and I was careful to not make any errors. As I watched the Year 4s pass down, sadness overwhelmed me. I know I’ll miss them and that they would no longer be there to guide us as they had for the past few months. Despite my sorrow, I was happy for the Year 3s who’d manage to gain their leadership role. I’m confident they’ll lead us well.

Reflection from a Year 3:
Although we were already informed of our roles beforehand, it was only when I officially received it that the realisation sunk in that I would now be part of the batch leading the juniors. Not to mention, it was really upsetting that the Year 4s were now leaving, as they were the batch we spent the most number of years with but we would not see them regularly at 集合s again. At the same time, it was exciting to finally become the leadership batch, to challenge ourselves to become better leaders, both to effectively guide the juniors and make the Year 4s proud. I believe that despite the various personalities within our batch, we will be able to bring the 团 to greater heights.

After the Passing Down Ceremony, time was given for each batch to change into the performance attire and practise for a while, then we headed to the Auditorium for the eagerly awaited performances. Lastly, each batch received their own badges from the Year 4s, similar to the previous batch.

Reflection from a Year 2:
The performance my batch prepared was a video skit and two dances. We filmed the skit during the June holidays in school and we had fun acting out the roles and parts in the skit, which was about the different types of 集合s. We hoped that the video was entertaining and showed that although CCA sessions may sometimes be tiring, we do enjoy and appreciate the effort seniors put in to creatively plan the different kinds of skills training sessions. For the dance, the music we chose was "good time" by Carly Rae Jepsen, which is a fun and upbeat song about making good memories and having fun in guides. I hoped that the seniors liked the dance that my batch performed, and we also enjoyed performing for them for the last time. We all put in effort to learn the dance during the holidays so we could put up a good performance. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, I feel like we did our best we could and hopefully the Year 4s found it meaningful and enjoyable. A few others from my batch also danced to “plz don’t be sad” by highlight, as we hoped that the Year 4s passing down would remember their experience in guides as fun and memorable, but not be too sad about passing down. The lyrics mean that we want them to smile more even though it’s sad that they will no longer be leading our 集合s, and we will miss them very much, we want them to be happy and glad that we have made so many memories and friends in guides. Although we tried our best and put in effort, I think we could have improved by rehearsing the flow of the entire performance, for example the transition from the video skit shown to the performance. As I was not very confident about performing on stage at first, I was quite scared to dance for the rest of the 团. However, the support and encouragement of my batch mates allowed me to gain confidence in the performance and I enjoyed performing for the seniors.

This marks the end of 2018’s STC! To the Year 4s, thank you for all you have taught us, and we will certainly miss you for the days to come. We will do our best to follow in your footsteps but improve ourselves as well along the way, so that you can be proud of us, even after you have passed down!

Published by:
Yu Ning

50th Batch Secretary