29 Aug 2010

Happy Teachers Day

Yo ppl, Teachers Day is coming soon.

As the chinese saying goes, 一日为师 终生为父, which translates as (even if someone is your teacher for only a day, you should regard him like your father for the rest of your life.) Do remember to thank your teachers' this tuesday for all that they have done for you guys.

In the spirit of teachers day, here is an inspiring story about a teacher........

Her name was Mrs. Thompson. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to". After the children left she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to tea ch children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.

By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life. Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was little longer - the letter was signed, Theodore F.Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Please remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the opportunity to touch and / or change a person's outlook. Please try to do it in a positive way.
(From: http://www.4to40.com/story/index.asp?p=Incredibly_Touching&c=Teachers_Day)

P.s. The national day rally speech will be aired at 8pm.

Good luck for your Physics test on monday
Artemis Fac Comm 2010/11

Our love letter, to you (:



Dear seniors,

In a few days time prelims will start,
so now its time to play our part.
"Go seniors!" is what we'll say,
sound really gay but its okay.
Three weeks is really a long time,
the journey ahead isn't one that's kind.
For as you ready your mace,
Keep in mind that you still have the actual battle to face.

Regarding the all so dreaded Alevels,
have no fear for you'll be marvels.
Despite the countless subjects you try to conquer,
you'll do them no mercy one after another.
As you prepare for the final battle,
may you never lose your very mental.
Strength and tenacity is what you'll discover,
in this long road you're about to uncover.

So stack up the books and ready the clocks,
For Goddess of the Hunt is ready to rock.
For you know that your hardwork will pay,
Seniors! Let Artemis show you the way.

So pick up your armour and your weapons,
and be prepared when it all happens!
Cause very soon it'll all be over,
and it'll be time to ditch your four leaf clover.
As you no longer wear the brown uniform,
deciding what to wear requires you to brainstorm.
And for now this is all we can say,
Artemis, we will save your day!

Love,
Artemis Fac Comm 2010/2011

27 Aug 2010

Artemis C2s: ALL THE BEST FOR PRELIMS!!!

Dear Artemis C2s,

Just a note from the teachers... all the best for the upcoming prelim exams!! We know you can do it! Just continue mugging and then mug some more... :-)

Do remember to have enough sleep, have regular meals and drink enough water... and when you've put in all that you have... tell yourselves that you've done your best and relax when you take the papers...

And remember to bring a thick sweater to the exam venues also known as Hwa Chong Meat Freezer - The Artemis Pullover would be most useful... Have you got yours??! :-)

All the very best!
Mr Teo
Ms He
Ms Huo

20 Aug 2010

Thinking Out Of The Box

Hey guys (:

All of you are probably/hopefully mugging really hard for exams now. Trying to put all that knowledge into your head might make you feel a little brain-dead, so here's a story to help freshen up your mind.

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Thinking "Out Of The Box"

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant's beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant's debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender's wife and her father's debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the merchant's garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:


The girl should refuse to take a pebble.


The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.


The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.


Read on...

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a different way.

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Don't give up when faced with problems, JIAYOU!

With much love,
Artemis Fac Comm 2010/11

14 Aug 2010

Artemis in the papers!



This wednesday, this photo was published in 联和早报!

CONGRATS 10S67!


=) They won the best dressed CT for racial harmony day! Lingxuan(10s67) wrote an article on it and tada! we were on the papers! Woohoo! Kudous to Lingxuan for her fluency in chinese and great work! Here is the article in CHINESE for your reading pleasure! Do read it as it would be beneficial for you to be in touch with chinese for a while instead of forgetting everything you have learnt for the past 10 years!


Enjoy!
























With much love,
Artemis Fac Comm 2010/11

13 Aug 2010

friday the 13th

it's friday the 13th! is that lucky, or unlucky?


i'm sure a lot of people went! nanyang's upgraded hall, canteen, and toilets were a surprise to some of us! also, notice how they managed to incorporate the yog logo at the top right? very ingenious (:

it's lecture test season again! the J2s had physics and i hope it went well! though chem lecture test is over, be sure to study hard for math/econs/physics! also, it's SPA these few weeks so remember to study for that too! it's 7.5% of your A levels.

with much love,
Artemis Fac Comm 2010'11

10 Aug 2010

FLASH MOB!

Happy belated birthday SINGAPORE!
Heyo all! Last Saturday, we had flash mob! All faculty members and lucky people were chosen to participate in this event called flash mob. Basically, it was an event filled with joy and laughter! We had to dance infront of around 5000 citizens.
So on that day, we arrived at Jurong East mrt at around 4pm and then took a bus down to the venue. It was an open area where there were hundreds of tables and a stage for performances. We were one of the earliest performers to be there rehearsing. At the beginning, most of us were unsure of the dance moves but were still very enthusiastic and high!
After undergoing an intensive training from dance ICs, and also having sufficient talent(not referring to Murfei) all of us managed to learn the dance moves WELL. :) We were all excited and looking forward to the actual performance.
The performance lasted for about 5mins where we had to dance to 3 songs. (i got a feeling, shalalalala, we are family) Some super lucky people with great talent in dancing were chosen to dance on stage:) while others had to dance beside the tables. :(
Since it was a flash mob, we had to hide ourselves before the actual performance. Where did we hide ourselves? Good question! we hid ourselves under a HDB block behind a HDB block.
Our performance was at 8 30pm, and ofcourse delicious dinner was provided. During dinner time, other faculty members noticed and spotted a stalker who followed us around. He is around Jolin's height but definitely taller and as tanned as caleb. Oh well, He didnt follow me home.
So when it was show time, we ran, skipped, jumped, walked, hopped in from the entrance. All of the citizens there were shocked and they joined us in having fun! We performed well and enjoyed ourselves very much. Some of us went up on stage( included me) to join MPs in slicing the cake. The cake was a huge Singapore flag! On stage, they offered me a glass of yellow looking liquid in a wine cup! obviously i will think its champagne but it was bitter chrysanthemum tea! (felt cheated)
Anyway all of us had such great fun and looking forward to more !!!:)
<3 Jierong

6 Aug 2010

Loooonnnng weekend finally here!

HELLO ARTEMIS!

National Day celebrations was awesome! All agree? Two thumbs(!) up for the main emceess, the games emcees, dancers, choir, etc. Did everyone get a chance to throw the green circular fan (yes, it is for fanning, not a frisbee actually - -||| ) around? And do check our this year's NDP theme song if you haven't!:



In addition, congratulations to 10S6B for coming in as one of the winners for the kite making competition! Really MEANINGFUL kite you've got there. Very well explained. =D Awesome effort!

Enjoy the extended weekend, and brace yourselves for the upcoming lecture tests and SPA exams!! You don't want to SPAce out or get SPAsm during SPA exam period! XP



With lots of love,
Fac Comm 2010/11

5 Aug 2010

Fac Comm Reunion Photos!!!

Check out the FC reunion photos:

What a crowd!
Group photo of everyone who turned up (:
(Thank you Mr Teo for taking the photo xD)

Fac Heads!
1st row L-R: Jolin 10S63 FH, Mr Teo, Hui Ming 09S6B DFH
2nd row L-R: 10S7D Mur Fei DFH, Wen Hao 09S67 FH, Chengxian 06S63 FH, Ming Yang 08S63 FH, Lian Seng 08S6D DFH

Secretary-treasurers! (hm all ladies~)
1st row L-R: Chong Wee 07S61, Stellicia 06S63
2nd row L-R: Han Yi 10S7F, Kai Ni 09S67, Renice 08S6P

Activity I/Cs! The largest subcomm/group!
1st row L-R: Jonathan 07S69, Yi-en 06S63, Mr Teo, Monica 06S63, Nicola 10S7H, Xinyi 10S6D, Low Ann 10S63
2nd row L-R: Tingyu 07S65, Michelle 07S67, Sheila 09S63, Hui Kuan 08S67, Cheryl 09S7D, Caleb 10S69, Wee Lynn 10S65
3rd row L-R: Sabrina 08S6D, Rui Wen 08S6B, Wei Han 08S6F, Deborah 09S7H, Jin Hao 09S61, Leon 09S6F, Chern Yuen 10S7D, Ray 10S7B

Dance I/Cs!
1st row L-R: Paopao 08S63, Mr Teo, Michelle 06S65
2nd row L-R: Wang Chi 09S69, Zheng Xiang 10S63, Hui Jun 10S7H, Patricia 09S67, Eileen 08S6B

Publicity I/Cs!
1st row L-R: Anne-Marie 06S6K, Mr Teo, Wei Xin 06S67
2nd row L-R: Wenhao 10S63, Nicholas 09S7H, Yingda 09S6K, Yijiao 09S61, Ding Fang 07S6D, Joshua 07S67, Jennifer 08S6H
3rd row L-R: Baolin 08S63, Yong Hwang 10S63, Wei Ming 08S63, Guo Jun 08S63

Logistic I/Cs!
L-R: Lu Chang 10S6F, Lihui 10S6B, Daoyuan 08S69, Mr Teo, Ian 09S6D, Ning Yu 09S6B

Sports I/Cs!
1st row L-R: Zhi Wei 07S6B, Mr Teo, Wen Jing 076B
2nd row L-R: Wei Leong 08S61, Marie 08S65, Danette 09S69, Zexin 10S67, Minron 09S65

Absent: Song Jun 06S63 DFH, Yan Han 06S67 AIC, Haoqi 06S67 DIC, Junshyang 07S61 FH, Si Jin 07S63, Magdalene 07S67 DIC, Kai Jian 08S6D AIC, Jeremy 08S6K PIC, Jie Rong 10S61 SIC

Not in picture: Teng Seng 07S6F DFH

1 Aug 2010

fac comm reunion

Fac Comm Reunion was a blast! (: It was a gathering of people all the way from the pioneer '06 batch and all 5 generations had fun eating, taking photos, more eating, talking, watching movies, etc.! Photos coming soon~

J1s, all the best for Monday's Chemistry lecture test! and J2s, jiayou for your econs lecture test! :D ALL THE BEST <3

With much love,
Fac Comm 2010/11