Education Briefs: Nanyang Poly recruits for charity

Nanyang Poly recruits for charity

Over two days from July 20 to 21, close to 150 Nanyang Polytechnic student leaders set up an inaugural carnival to recruit more in their midst to give back to society.

Twelve innovative teams of students set up booths, devising new methods to cater to different segments of society.

For instance, @NYPlanguage uses the popular social media platform Instagram to teach followers more than 300 greetings, phrases and words in Cantonese, Hokkien, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil so they can better communicate with those who are not conversant in English, especially the elderly.

Students supporting the biannual blood-donation drives at the Nanyang Polytechnic campus also handed out youth-centric recipe cards for nutritious snacks, such as chickpea pasta salad and berry smoothies with chia seeds. Consuming such snacks will increase iron levels. The students hoped to increase the pool of eligible blood donors this way.

This year, projects were centred on three themes: emergency response, environmental conservation and services for the elderly.

VJC launches college heritage trail

Victoria Junior College celebrated its 32nd College Day last Saturday by launching a heritage trail.

Situated in the east, the school's surrounding area - which comprises Marine Parade, Katong and East Coast - is significant to Singapore's history. Marine Parade, for instance, is the first housing estate built entirely on reclaimed land.

Artefacts, images and other information along the trail aim to capture this broader history, along with that of the school. One installation, "Victoria In Singapore", includes a board which provides a graphic view of the locale, with stylised renderings of landmarks.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, including current and former students and their teachers and parents.

177 athletes in Asean Schools Games

The 8th Asean Schools Games (ASG) kicked off last Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In an increase from the 97 student athletes representing the Republic last year, 177 sportsmen and women from 46 Singapore schools will take part in 10 sports this year, namely: badminton, basketball, golf, gymnastics, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Organised by the Asean Schools Sports Council, the nine-day meet aims to promote Asean solidarity among youth, while providing opportunities for student athletes to benchmark their sporting talents against others in the region.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'Education Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe