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A Virtual Welcome for P6-ers

Singapore Sports School e-Orientation 2021

Singapore Sports School’s 2022 batch of incoming student-athletes have kick-started their Sports School journey with a two-day e-Orientation held on 16 and 22 October 2021. They spent their PSLE marking school holidays productively by learning more about their new school and new friends through a virtual programme.

Prior to the start of the e-Orientation, General Managers personally delivered a goodie bag consisting of the School’s 15th Anniversary commemorative book, a water bottle, an event t-shirt, and a school luggage tag. Due to safe management measures, contactless delivery was adopted.

During the two-day programme, students were grouped according to their sports, and led by through-train bound Secondary 4 and 5 student-athletes. Through interesting ice-breaker activities and virtual games, students learnt more about their soon-to-be academy team mates, staff and seniors. Students were also taught the school song – an activity that is a usual feature in the school’s physical orientation programme. A fun activity for the prospective students was using their creativity and teamwork to come up with an Academy video. The Netball Academy did a dance routine, while the other academies did a Tik Tok-styled video following the #dontrushchallenge trend where they individually filmed themselves doing an action that featured their sports, and compiled it into an interesting video.

The orientation programme concluded with a webinar session with parents that showcased the activities their children were involved in through a video montage, and shared information about the school through a sharing with Principal Ong Kim Soon, and a Question and Answer session with key management staff.

Mrs Elizabeth Chang, parent of Nessya Koh, a Raffles Girls’ Primary School student who will be joining the Individual Programme to do Wushu, was impressed with the School’s effort in putting together an e-Orientation programme that would engage students. She said, “I was initially concerned about how "welcoming" an e-orientation would be. However, my daughter greatly enjoyed the sessions, and was especially excited about the performances that the kids recorded! In addition, with the orientation going virtual, the efforts made by the school to personally deliver the orientation pack was a great way to welcome the kids.”

What The Students Said…

“The e-Orientation was very enjoyable despite being online. The student leaders thought of ways to make this a very fun session and that makes me even more eager to go into Singapore Sports School and develop. The information about the school was also crystal clear.” - Aston Auw, Fencing (Tao Nan Primary School)

“I enjoyed the e-Orientation a lot and loved the activities! I wish we could have played the games for a longer period. The introduction was my favourite part as I can understand my team mates slightly better. Hopefully, when we all enter Sports School, we can bond and make friends with one another. Overall, this e-Orientation has helped me know more about my coaches, the school and future friends!” - Naema Kyrana, Track and Field (Junyuan Primary School)

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