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Mother Tongue Fornight

Mother Tongue Fortnight

The school organized a variety of activities for the Mother Tongue Fortnight, an initiative from MOE for Mother Tongue Languages since 2011.

The objective of The Mother Tongue Fortnight is to create a conducive environment to promote the usage and learning of Mother Tongue Languages. The emphasis is also to ensure that our students would learn and appreciate their cultures through the cultural activities and to instill the interest in the learning of Mother Tongue Languages.

Students offering Chinese Language were exposed to the various aspects of the Chinese culture through activities which the department had planned with external vendors.

P1 Clay Moulding

Students learned to mould animals from the 12 zodiac signs and from a picture with the figurines.

P2 Lantern drawing

Students learned to use Chinese brushes to draw animals and flowers on paper lanterns.


P3 Chinese paper cutting

Students learned to cut flowers, panda, flowers and fishes. Pictures were then formed from these cut-outs.



P4 Fan Drawing

Students learned to draw using Chinese brushes. Their masterpieces were presented on handheld fans.


5 Chinese Chess

Students learned to play Chinese Chess.


P6 Bamboo Writing

Students learned to use bamboo strips to tie and assemble an olden day script. Thereafter, “弟子规”, a traditional script was written on the strips.

In addition, the teachers also organized other activities and competitions targeted to make the learning of Chinese Lanaguage more interesting for the students. Daily Chinese riddles were displayed on the TV Messaging System around the school. Students were encouraged to participate in the quizzes, testing their knowledge on these riddles. Various competitions for the different levels were also conducted. From nursery rhymes and story telling, students from the lower primary took part in poetry recitation whereas the upper primary students took part in current affairs quizzes.

Students offering Malay Language were exposed to the various aspects of the Malay culture through activities which the department had planned with external vendors.

Traditional puppetry form “’Wayang Kulit” was brought into the school for our students. Various competitions such as singing, puppet making and language quizzes were also conducted to provide opportunities to allow our students to be immersed in the fun of language learning.

Students offering Tamil Language were exposed to the various aspects of the Indian culture through activities which the department had planned with external vendors.

Traditional art forms like Kolam Drawing, and even Arunchuvai Virunthu were introduced to widen the student’s knowledge of the cultural aspect of the Tamil Language. Language competitions were also conducted to insert a fun twist to the learning.