Releasing the potential
In golf, it takes more than just mastering the strokes in order for one to truly realise their potential in the sport. To help our young golfers achieve this, our coaches do not merely teach the skills but also emphasize on instilling the values that the game of golf represents during every training session. These include playing by the rules, having good sportsmanship and also controlling one’s tantrums. Different kids will grow and learn at different rates. Teachers and coaches consistently provide encouragement and motivation to each child whenever the need arises as we recognize how important the development of self-esteem and self-confidence is in helping to realise a child’s potential in the sport. These are important factors in ensuring that the child does not give up and continues to maintain interest in the sport.
As junior members get older and increase their proficiency in the sport, they will be sent for tournaments and attain as much exposure and experience as they can from these events. They take part in Tiger Cubs Golf Competition organised by Honshin Golf Academy and also the annual National Inter-School Golf Championship. These are also opportunities where their potential to be good golfers also begin to show. I also believe that teachers, coaches and also parents should try as much as possible to take off winning as the sole purpose of taking part in tournaments so as to minimize unnecessary pressure on them and allow them to achieve success and realise their potential at their own pace. Providing emotional support and taking an active interest in their development is without a doubt the two most important aspects of our role.
I urge all golfers to continue to realise their potential in the sport and to never give up!
Mdm Nurul Safaruddin
Golf, the mental game
Managing our emotions
Golf is a game of highs and lows. When we win, we are the over the moon. When we lose, it feels like the entire universe is falling apart. This sets the stage for an emotional roller coaster, which is no state to be in when consistency is our goal. We have seen it so many times out at the golf course when a player throws a tantrum after failing to nail the first hole. The subsequent holes are equally disastrous soon thereafter.
Emotions are not necessarily the root of all evil out on the golf course. With some practice, we can learn to benefit from our emotions. For instance, anger can be an energizing force. It has been proven that anger increases the flow of adrenaline and raises the body's energy level. By learning how to tap into that boost, we can hit the ball further. At the other end of the spectrum is excitement, which is supposedly a positive emotion but it can also take us in the wrong direction if we cannot tame it. A good way is to ensure that we do not allow our emotions to go too up or too down and be a slave to it.
Knowing ourselves is also key to overcome mental barriers. When we realize that all of us have our own limitations and golf game has to fit with our physical makeup, we will not blame ourselves when we make mistakes. Instead, we will find ways to make up for our weakness. This is something that the coaches have always been working closely with our Nan Hua pupils to ensure that our pupils are aware of their own weaknesses on the golf course and learning to overcome them. This valuable skill which they have learnt will help discipline them in other areas of their lives, including their academics.
Focus on the presentLastly, we live in a society which is fast-paced as well as results-oriented so it is a challenge for anyone to stay "in the moment" and focused on what we are doing. In golf, there is likelihood for players to look ahead or dwell on holes they have played badly. Many players are appalled by the errors they commit and cannot get past that. Hence, they trip at the next hole and it goes on and on. A good way to overcome this is to tell ourselves that the mistake is an area we need to work on and then move on.
Mdm Sabrina Lee
To make or break a player's game
Speech, eye contact and body language are key components in communication and they can make or break a player’s game. In junior golfing, words of encouragement play an important role in a child’s development and speed of improvement.
Similarly, other sport fans have used these different ways to show their support. We have also seen their various ways of distracting and putting down the opposing team.
When it comes to junior golfing, the coach emphasizes on foundation building as a stable foundation is key to students' progress and helps them pick up advanced techniques with less difficulty. Throughout the lessons, coaches will guide and ensure students are cared for. To motivate and help them cope with the pressure when learning gets tough or more complicated, pep talks and encouragements will be delivered.
Additionally, in sporting development, the salient coach-parent-athlete bond is often highlighted and we believe that through this communication, a student’s interest can be built. We have witnessed cases where passionate junior players become demoralized from their peers’ remarks, lack of parents’ support or after receiving critical advice from coaches.
Aside from participating together with your child to let them know you enjoy it as much as they do, acknowledgement of your child's effort is one of the best forms of encouragement.
By being mutually respectful and supportive, the student will benefit from a positive and enriching learning experience.
Honshin Golf Academy Head Coach
Persevering in hardship
At one of the training sessions, my sister’s coach told me to practise with her. That was when I stated to learn Golf.
When I was in Primary One at Nan Hua, I joined the Golf CCA together with my sister. It was then that I begin to enjoy playing on the green and at the range. I was extremely excited when I see the ball go far and high. When I was playing on the course, I enjoyed the scenary of the green and to be close to the nature.
I started to make progession and when I was in Primary Three – I got my Proficiency Certificate (PC) and I got to play on the green more often.
In 2014, when I was playing on the golf course, I hit a ball and it went straight into the hole. I could hardly believe my eyes, that was my first hole-in-one. This is an experience that not many people would chance on, not even some professional golfers.
In 2014, I attained my Handicap and I was overjoyed and started to represent the school.
There was once I could not join the competition because my Handicap was not low enough. Although I felt disappointed, I worked hard to try to bring my Handicap down.
During one competition, I did not do very well and I knew I did not give my best shot. Then, I reflected on what I did wrong and practised on the necessary skills. The following year, the same competition was held again, but I did a lot better this time. Thanks to be coaches and my father who was always there to encourage me to excel in the sport.
Looking back, I was grateful that I learnt golf as I could learn many values from it, such as honesty, integrity and perseverance. I am sure these values would help me in my daily life. I would encourage more students to take up this sport.
Ethan Goh Ee Shawn (CCA leader of Golf 2016)
Service Learning Club
The Service Learning Club
was started in 2012. As the name of the club implies, it serves as a platform for
the pupils to provide service to a target group with a learning goal. The members are
provided the opportunity to work as a team in coming out with ideas that
include setting a goal, select the target group and doing some
research on the needs of the
target group. After which, the members will continue to identify and streamline on the target
group’s need to be addressed. As a team, the pupils will come together in small
groups to discuss about the
possible cause of the identified problem, brainstorm for some possible solutions and then finalise on one workable solution.
The Service Learning Club was started in 2012. As the name of the club implies, it serves as a platform for the pupils to provide service to a target group with a learning goal. The members are provided the opportunity to work as a team in coming out with ideas that include setting a goal, select the target group and doing some research on the needs of the target group. After which, the members will continue to identify and streamline on the target group’s need to be addressed. As a team, the pupils will come together in small groups to discuss about the possible cause of the identified problem, brainstorm for some possible solutions and then finalise on one workable solution.
The members will then organise themselves, with the help of the teachers, each individual to be appointed for the right task. With a deadline set, each pupil will take charge of his/ her area as they work in the assigned role. Along the way, should there be any problems arising, the members will discuss and brainstorm for better solutions in their groups. A reflection session is usually carried out for each member to reflect on things they have done well or looking out for ways for further improvement after carrying out the activity.
It is a learning process for each member during the journey as they learn to work on things individually or come together and work as a team collaboratively.
As they work along on an assignment, each member is thus given an avenue to release one’s potential and a chance to learn about values and do reflections after each activity. Hence, this provides each member with an opportunity to discover about self in their growing years.
Even a small star shines in darkness
When Sparkletots at West Coast wanted a P1 Parent Talk last year, Service Learning Club decided to take on the challenge of having our members present to the parents instead. Our pupils immediately set to work once the presentation date was fixed. It was an unfamiliar project for the pupils. The pupils went home to interview their parents on the types of questions they had asked. They also penned down their personal experience as a Primary One pupil and shared their stories with the rest of the members. The pupils subdivided their tasks and every member prepared their own part of the presentation. The pupils acted as critics to the presentation of fellow members. The pupils did modification and refinement to their presentation with the help of the constructive criticisms from their team mates. After the actual presentation at Sparkletots to the K2 parents, our pupils received very good comments from both the principal of the pre-school and the parents themselves. The composed manner of the pupils during their presentation reassured the parents that their own child would be in good hands when he or she enters primary school and may also one day transform into confident young individuals like our pupils.
It was heart-warming to see how the pupils have grown over the series of projects. They have learnt to apply their service learning skills into the projects they undertook and the reflection after each project has allowed the pupils to gain a deeper insight of the impact of their project on the target audience.
Although the project the pupils have undertook for the past few years may be just within the school level or partnership with Sparkletots West Coast, the learning journey was exceptionally valuable. For the few members who have been with us for the past few years, they have development more confidence in themselves as they took on the role as seniors to nurture their juniors.
Even a small star shines in the darkness.
Good Habits Formed At Youth Make All The Difference
At Nan Hua Primary School, our focus is nurturing the young mind. As the saying goes, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” We strongly believe that habit shapes the character of a child. As we all know, old habits are hard to kick off, and that seems especially true when they are undesirable. We strive to inculcate good habits in our pupils so that they have a greater awareness of their social responsibility.
We have made upcycling as the mean to instill good habits in our pupils. Nowadays, adults and children alike, are spending money purchasing unnecessary items which may not even have a future need. It is a common sight during recess to see children flock to the school bookshop buying stationeries and toys which they do not have immediate need of. Hence, when Service Learning started a few years back, we decided to launch a book entitled ‘Upcycling 101’ to raise awareness of turning ‘junk’ into something useful.
The pupils embarked on a journey of research and interview. They went home to interview their family members to find out if they were already upcycling some household items; they observed how things were discarded at home and thought of possible ways to upcycle them. They brought back their ideas and discussed in their groups to refine the ideas. The pupils also surfed the internet to see how other people in different parts of the world upcycled their junks. The pupils were especially motivated when Mrs Becky Neo, who was then the principal of Nan Hua Primary School, shared her upcycled baby clothes. Besides the principal, some teachers also shared their upcycling ideas. The fact that the principal and teachers whom the pupils respected also upcycled their unwanted items made the pupils more aware of the value of upcycling. This led them into researching the practicality and durability of the upcycled items that they planned to put into the book.
The launching of the ‘Upcycling 101’ was a proud moment for our Service Learning Club members. Through this long learning journey, I hope our pupils have learnt and internalized the good habit of upcycling.
Introduction of Compost Bins
The pupils worked in groups to research on the various methods of making compost and each group did a presentation of their proposal to the teachers. Through the research, the pupils gained a deeper insight of what compost is and how it would benefit the environment. The pupils also learnt how present their findings to support their proposal, taking into consideration the budget constrain and availability of the materials needed.
After the best idea was selected, the pupils started working on the task. With enthusiasm, they prepared a skit to present it to the whole school to introduce the compost bin. The whole school helped to contribute the fruit peels needed for this project. All seemed to go well until two months later, when the first batch of compost was ready for collection. To the pupils’ dismay, it was a failure. The project went back to the drawing board. The pupils were not discouraged. They research further into the composition of compost and came up with alternative solutions. They tried out their second best idea and it came to another dead end. Determined to make it a success, the pupils helped to empty the compost bins and restart the project. They decided to use a different approach in selecting the different types of materials for the making of compost. Roster was written up for routine check and the pupils ensured that the procedure was carried out properly.
Another two months past and the pupils opened up the compost bin in anticipation of success. This time, it was their first taste of success after months of hard work. The pupils have shown great unity in time of failure and they did not blame one another for the failures. Instead, they put in more time and effort in this project beyond their call of duty. The group members grew closer through this project and they learnt to put aside their differences for a common goal.
我们从小就喜欢唱歌，小一的时候，我们都迫不及待地报名参加了合唱团。在这三年里，我们陆陆续续参加了许多表演活动，比如：中秋节晚会、小六欢送会等。特别值得一提的是在“Our People, Our
Music”表演会晚上，我们携手缔造了吉尼斯世界纪录。我们也与其他兄弟姐妹学校一起练习SYF的歌曲，从而增进友谊，提高歌艺。 我们之所以能取得这些优异的成绩，要特别感谢我们的合唱团老师。她不但教会了我们许多唱歌的技巧，还跟我们一起互动。为了让课程更有趣，她不但用游戏的方式教我们唱歌，还细心地准备有趣的贴纸来鼓励我们学习，甚至也会编一些小曲子让我们唱。谢谢您，老师！ 陈瑀凡(4GT1 2016)刘之心(4E 2016)
我们从小就喜欢唱歌，小一的时候，我们都迫不及待地报名参加了合唱团。在这三年里，我们陆陆续续参加了许多表演活动，比如：中秋节晚会、小六欢送会等。特别值得一提的是在“Our People, Our Music”表演会晚上，我们携手缔造了吉尼斯世界纪录。我们也与其他兄弟姐妹学校一起练习SYF的歌曲，从而增进友谊，提高歌艺。
陈瑀凡(4GT1 2016)刘之心(4E 2016) 史恩涵(4E 2016)
在合唱团里，我们不断学会了怎么唱出美妙的歌声，明白了团结是力量，也交到了许多朋友，还学到了不少道理，真是获益不浅！ 马言妍（6F 2016）
朱涵知 （6F 2016）
马言妍（6F 2016） 朱涵知 （6F 2016）