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Mother Tongue


MT Department Mission:
To nurture BBSSians to be effective communicators who embrace our Mother Tongue culture. 

Head of Department

Ms Sum Xue Fen

Subject Head (ML)

Mdm Mastuty

Senior Teacher (CL)

Tan Pei See

Senior Teacher (ML)

Mdm Junaidah

MSP Coordinator

Mdm Latifah

Tamil Coordinator

Mr Evin

HCL Coordinator

Mdm Ng Siew Yong


Department Brief

The Mother Tongue department aims to instill in the students the love for their Mother Tongue and attain proficiency in the languages. Through organizing academic and enrichment programmes, the department nurtures self-directed and life-long learners who can communicate effectively and embrace their own Mother Tongue culture and  the diversity of the various cultures.  


The MT teachers seek to create an immersive environment and provide authentic opportunities for students to use Mother Tongue Language and experience their own Mother Tongue culture. Activities such as the Mother Tongue Cultural Camp and Mother Tongue Fortnight provide platforms for students to enjoy using Mother Tongue language in authentic situations and participate in meaningful and engaging activities and cultural/linguistic competitions. Besides this, the celebration of the various traditional festivals (Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali) and the commemoration of Racial Harmony Day are also platforms for our students to lead in the organizing of the events. The department also seeks to enhance the students’ motivation in reading by having an Instagram account “iyuedo” to promote engaging reading activities.
The Twinning Programme with Chongqing Nankai Secondary School provides further opportunities for students to interact with students from China and experience their local culture, widening their global perspectives. Besides that, this programme also helps to deepen pupils’ commitment and build a stronger sense of rootedness and belonging to Singapore. In the Covid times, the ties continue to be strengthened through the virtual twinning programmes.

Students are also given the opportunities to stretch their potential in the language. This can be seen in the Higher Chinese interest group formed to engage the Higher Chinese students in more cultural activities. Some of the Malay students are also given the opportunity to be Malay Ambassadors to further promote the use of Malay in our daily lives. Our Tamil students also have the opportunities to showcase their talent in the variety of external competitions.


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Achievements

S/N

Year

Name of Award/Competition

Achievement

Chinese Language

1

2022

Bukit Batok Chinese Pen Calligraphy Competition

Second Prize

2

2021

4th National Text Recital Competition

Bronze

3

2019

新空下 NATIONAL SCHOOLS XINYAO SINGING AND SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2019

Semi-finalists

4

2018


新空下 NATIONAL SCHOOLS XINYAO SINGING AND SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2018

Semi-finalists

5

2015

CL - Creating Your Own Newspaper competition organized by SPH

First Prize

6

2013

West Zone Creative Writing Competition 

Outstanding Award 

7

2013

2nd National Bicultural Forum organised by Nanhua High School

Team presentation & Commendation award (Bicultural Design—Wood Carving) 

8

2013

Reading Superstar Competition (Blog Design) organised by MOE-CPCLL-NLB

Finalists

9

2013

Speak Mandarin Campaign Video Clip Making Competition

Finalists

10

2013

22th Chinese Current Affairs Competition 

Finalists

Malay Language

11

2021

Pena Emas

 

 

3 Gold awards and 1 Silver award

12

2015

Journalism Camp organized by SPH – Creation of Newspaper

1st prize (Best Layout)

13

2015

Pintar Kata (Smart Vocabulary) App National Competition

Consolation 

14

2014

National Creative Writing Competition by Creative Arts and Culture Pte Ltd.


9th position 

 

15

2013

National Story Telling Competition 

Semi-finalists

Tamil Language

16

2022

Naanum Oru Padaippaali’ Programme-MOE

Budding Writer

2 certificates

17

2022

Naanum Oru Padaippaali’ Programme-MOE

Budding Artists

1st Prize

18

2022

RI Tamil Literary Competition

2 Consolation awards

19

2022

W1&7 Cluster Drama Competition

3rd Prize

20

2021

National Tamil Speech Competition (organised by Tamil Information Technology Society Singapore)

2nd Prize

Consolation award

  21

2021

Tamil National Level Debate Competition (organised by Tamil Information Technology Society Singapore)

1st Prize

  22

2021

Navarasam competitions – Poetry

1st Prize

  23

2021

Navarasam competitions – Singing

2nd Prize

  24

2021

Navarasam competitions – Dance

2nd Prize

  25

2021

Kamban Vizha 2021 Quiz Competition (organised by Association of Singapore Tamil Writers)

2nd Prize

  26

2018

RI Literary Competition 2018 (Tamil Essay Writing)

2nd Prize and

Consolation Award

  27

2018

RI Literary Competition 2018 (Tamil Quiz Competition)

2nd Prize

  28

2018

W2 Cluster Tamil Competition (Singing)

3rd Prize

  29

2018

W2 Cluster Tamil Competition (Thirukural)

2nd Prize and 3rd Prize

  30

2018

W2 Cluster Tamil Competition (Singing)

3rd Prize

  31

2018

Tamizhum  Suvaiyum

5th Prize

  32

2018

Moe Competition Budding Tamil Writers (Nannum Oru Padaipaali)

Gold Medal

  33

2018

Amazing Race (Held At Ngee Ann Polytechic)

3rd Place

  34

2015

Creative Writing Competition for lower sec conducted by Ministry of Education 

Consolation Prize

  35

2015

Essay Writing Competition for sec3 conducted by Raffles Institution 

Consolation Prize

  36

2015

Singing, Thirukkural Recitation and Oratorical Competitions conducted by West 2 Cluster

Singing – 1st Prize 

Recitation – 2nd Prize 

Oratorical  –  3rd Prize 

 

  37

2014

Creative Writing Competition for lower sec conducted by Ministry of Education 

3rd Prize

  38

2013

Oratorical Competition conducted by Raffles Institution

Consolation Prize (Upper Sec)

  39

2013

Creative Writing Competition conducted by West 2 Cluster 

Third prize (Lower Sec) 

Second prize (Upper Sec) 

  40

2013

Singing Competition conducted by Cluster West 2 Cluster

First and Second prizes (Upper Sec) 

  41

2013

Debate Competition conducted by Yuhua Community Club 

Won First prize/Champion 2013 and Best Speaker Award 


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