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Teaching Staff

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01/Mr Choy Chee Ping
HOD Mother Tongue Languages
Chinese Literature
Chinese Language
02/Mr Zubir Bin Ali
Subject Head, Malay Language
Malay Language

03/ Ms Yasmin Hussein
Subject Head, Character & Citizenship Education
Malay Language
Malay Literature

04/Mdm Magahletchimi d/o Amarthalingam
ST Tamil Language
Tamil Language
Moral Education
05/Mdm Lim Lan Theen
Teacher
Chinese Language

06/
Ms Lim Meiqi Maggie
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature
07/Ms Sii Yiw Ching Molly
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature
08/Mdm Zhang Lixia
Teacher
Chinese Language

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Mdm Zhu Qingyun
Teacher
Chinese Language

10/Ms Duan Linxin
Teacher
Chinese Language
Chinese Literature

11/Ms Ravindran Arul Jothi
Teacher
Tamil Language
Tamil Literature

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Mdm Karpagam Manickavasagam 
Teacher
Tamil Language
Tamil Literature

13/Mr Rajamanickam Thandavamurthy 
Teacher
Tamil Language

14/Ms Nurulhuda Binte Ahmad
Teacher
Malay Language
Malay Literature

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Ms Nur Sherlyn Mohamad Salim
Teacher
Malay Language
Malay Literature
16/Ms Siti Aisah Binte Sak Yok
Teacher
Malay Language

17/Mr Ganesh Kumar
Tamil Language
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Ms Lee Lay Teng
Contract Adjunct Teacher
Chinese Language

Chinese Language

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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Chinese Language
      • Chinese Language (Express)
      • Chinese Language (NA)
      • Basic Chinese Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.


Malay Language

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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Malay Language
      • Malay Language (Express)
      • Malay Language (NA)
      • Basic Malay Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.
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Tamil Language


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Subjects Offered

      • Higher Tamil Language
      • Tamil Language (Express)
      • Tamil Language (NA)
      • Basic Tamil Language (NT)

Overview


Objectives in MTL Teaching:

      • To allow students to learn MTL to as high a level as they are able to.
      • To recognise the different starting points of our learners and customise MTL teaching for the different group.

The 3 Cs in MTL learning: Communication, Culture and Connection.
 
Communication – A key outcome is for our students to be able to think critically and communicate their ideas confidently, in both written and spoken forms. Proficiency in both MTL and EL will equip them with the tools they need to present their ideas with impact, thereby contributing to confidence-building. It is an essential 21st Century competency that will give our young a competitive edge in a globalised world.
 
Culture - Culture and language are closely linked. This close relationship makes language a vehicle for the transmission of values and beliefs that are shaped by the culture of the society. MTL education at the national level therefore strengthens bonding within each community, and reinforces the individual’s sense of cultural heritage. For our ablest learners, some of whom will become our future teachers and journalists, MTL is a useful vehicle for achieving a deeper appreciation of culture, history and values, because the essence of much cultural inheritance (namely traditions, customs, philosophy and literature) is best imbibed in its original language form. For the majority, MTL will enable a better understanding of Chinese/Malay/Tamil culture in the context of Singapore and Asia.
 
Connection - As more Singaporeans seek out opportunities to work or study overseas, proficiency in both MTL and EL, and the knowledge of the cultures associated with these languages, gives them a distinct edge in understanding other mindsets. It facilitates their transition into new environments, and makes it easier for them to understand other cultures in relation to their own.

Curriculum

The Syllabus Framework is shown below.

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Programme


Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight 2022


This year’s theme, titled, “Tradition Arts and Culture” highlights a variety of traditions and customary practices, with special focus on appreciating the beauty of our Mother Tongue languages through the hands-on craft infused cultural activities. The objectives of the programme includes kindling students' interest in their MT language through novel and exciting ways and building teamwork within classmates from different background and learn beyond classrooms and school.

The specially curated week-long showcase hopes to inspire joy and most importantly, a culture of care through the celebrations of our customs and traditions. Our Mother tongue teachers have designed creative activities to cater to the interest of different groups and levels of students which include traditional hands-on arts and craft activities, e book creation and engaging and fun language games. 

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This year, MTL Fortnight 2022 was launched in our school hall with our school leaders, Ms Tan, Mrs Lau and Mr Michael Chan on 24 February with an amazing cultural dance performances by the Chinese, Malay and Tamil units. The “Gong”, is an ancient Chinese instrument, used during grand processions. We were honored to have Ms Tan to officiate the opening of the event by hitting the Gong thrice. 

CHINESE LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES


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In-class experience for Sec 1 CL students - Chopsticks Lantern Cultural Activity

An in class arts and cultural experience for students to immerse themselves in the making of lanterns using chopsticks in its most creative manner.

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Secondary 2 Cl students were given an in-class experience to immerse themselves in the Chinese ink painting and understand the difference between Calligraphy and Ink Painting

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The art of seal engraving is a cornerstone of Chinese fine arts.

Sec 3 CL Students immersed in the experience of carving out their unique seal

MALAY LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

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In class experience for Sec 1 ML students to immerse themselves in the Malay culture. Students participating in the Wayang Culit workshop and showcasing the traditional Malay Arts shadow puppet showcase performance

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 In-class unique experience for the Sec 3 ML students to immerse themselves and understand more about the different abstracts and creative designs of the Malay delicacies and pastries.

TAMIL LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

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In-class experience for Sec 1 TL to appreciate the art of flower tying. Flowers symbolize peace and prosperity and play an important part in the decoration of traditional indian ceremonies.

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An interesting in-class experience for the Sec 1 TL students immerse themselves in Tamil movie songs with meaningful lyrics. Students had the opportunity to showcase their performance through the Lip-Sync battle, where students coordinated their lips movement in line with the lyrics of the movie songs.

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An unique hands on experience for the Sec 2 TL students to appreciate Indian pottery art made using clay. Cooking food in earthenware is a healthy option in Indian tradition. Through this activity, students also learnt the medicinal and artistic aspect of using clay. 

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In-class experience for Sec 2 TL students being engrossed in the arts of learning and applying the rules of the Tamil traditional mind stretching games like “Thayam” and “Pallanguli” and had fun moments competing with their team mates.

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In- class experience for the Sec 3 TL students to immerse themselves in the art of modern “Mangala” plate decoration. Auspicious items, also known as “mangala items” are placed in these decorative plates during traditional ceremonies. 

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A peek at a Sec 3 TL student’s e book creation. An opportunity for students to inspire themselves to become writers of the future and develop their creativity and language use by creating interesting traditional stories and poems through the interactive e-book. 

2022 JWSS MTL FORTNIGHT SHOWCASE


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The beautiful, colourful and attractive artefacts done by our students for the various hands on activities and photographs of our students in action were displayed as a booth showcase at the Cybercafe with posters on 11 March 2022.




Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight 2021


This year’s theme, titled, “Ties that Bind” showcases a variety of customs and traditions in Singapore, with special focus on our harmonious living environment through the beauty of our Mother Tongue language. The specially curated week-long showcase hopes to inspire joy and most importantly, a culture of care through the celebrations of our customs and traditions. 

Apart from exploring our mini museum in the learning hive, our MTL Fortnight teachers have also designed targeted activities for different groups and levels of students which includes poetry writing, colouring, video making and level-wide song dedication.

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MTL Fortnight Opening Ceremony – Our vice-principals, Mrs Lau and Mr Chan cutting the ribbon to officiate the opening of MTL Fortnight 2021. The cutting of the ribbon symbolizes the 'opening' of something new, much like when a ribbon is cut from a nicely packaged gift before unwrapping. It builds anticipation with the promise of something exciting for everyone to ignite and immerse in our upcoming Mother Tongue Languages activities!

Image 02.jpgExploring Our Mini Exhibition in the Learning Hive - We have the luxury of seeing these exhibitions in the comfort of our own school!

Image 03.jpgThe Chinese Showcase – Uncover the dos and don’ts behind a cultural experience namely housewarming and wedding.
Image 04.jpeg The Malay Showcase – The intricate paraphernalia behind a cultural event in the Malay society.
Image 05.jpeg The Indian Showcase – Elegant and extravagant, the Indian cultural elements in this showcase highlights its meaningful significance.
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Chinese Language Quiz – Students fervently attempting the quiz while experiencing the showcase.
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Chinese Auspicious culture – An in-class experience to discover the wonders of Chinese Auspicious Culture -
Image 08.jpegChinese Auspicious culture – A student designing an angbao with auspicious words and symbols Image 9.jpeg In-class experience for Sec 1 ML students - Secondary 1 to Secondary 3 students partake in different cultural activities to immerse themselves in the Malay culture. Secondary 1 students were given an in-class experience to analyse the interrelationship between flowers and Malay culture through songs, drawings and poetry. They identified various types of flowers that help to preserve the Malay culture whilst learning about its preservation in modern day, urban environment.
Image 10.jpegA peek at decorative motifs in ML culture for Sec 2 students - Secondary 2 students took part in a mindfulness session through colouring of Hari Raya greeting cards. The greeting cards, which reflected decorative motifs, allowed students to identify features in Malay heritage such as orchids, ketupat and batik. Students took the chance to show their use of flamboyant cultural colour palette in a level-based competition, which promised them exciting prizes. Image 11_A.jpegOrigami folding session for Sec 3 ML students - Secondary 3 students engaged in an origami-folding session related to Malay cultural costumes and outfit. The students folded intricate pieces of the Malay headgear, Tanjak, while learning the value of patience and embodying the traditions embodied in the practice of creating.
Image 12.jpegTL Show and Tell – Students eagerly sharing about the traditional costume in the Indian society
Image 13.JPG  Rangoli Art – Having a go at Rangoli Art, a type of decoration usually drawn on the ground or sidewalk in front of a house.
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We hope that our students have gained a deeper insight into their own culture and learn to appreciate them better. May these activities also raise our awareness on values and practicality of conversing in our own MTL in a real world context




Chinese New Year Celebration 2021


On 11 Feb 2021 (Thursday), the MTL Department organised the annual Chinese New Year Celebration on New Year’s Eve.

This was indeed a unique experience for all JWSS staff and students. Even though we were not able to celebrate in the hall like previous years due to the pandemic, but it was still memorable as we were able to celebrate in class with meaningful classroom activities. Some of the activities that were done include: making of sky lantern, writing wishes for our COVID-19 frontliners, donating items for the hampers which were given to school cleaners and the elderly from the NTUC Health Senior Activity Centre (Taman Jurong). 


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Mr Michael hanging the lantern to kick off the Chinese New Year Celebration! 

2.jpgOur students enthusiastically posing for the camera during the Light Up Sky Lantern segment!
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4E1’s class representative handing over the class hamper to the school cleaner, Mdm The, who has served the school 20 years. 
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Presentation of hampers to the cleaners and to the elderly from the NTUC Health Senior Activity Centre (Taman Jurong). 
5.jpgThe elderly from the NTUC Health Senior Activity Centre (Taman Jurong) receiving hampers lovingly packed by the students of JWSS. 




Chinese New Year Celebration 2020

In January, the MTL Department organised the annual Chinese New Year Celebration. In order to encourage more students’ participation this year, in-class activities were held for each level. These activities include lantern making, putting together a song item and making a video related to the celebration. Aside from these exciting activities, we also held our Chinese New Year Concert on New Year’s eve. We kicked off the concert with a Lion Dance outside the General Office, thereafter, a series of performance in the hall!

02_cny_1.jpegA festive drum performance to usher in the new year.
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Our Secondary Three students and teachers putting up a song item!
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Secondary Two students participating in the Chinese New Year Quiz Challenge.
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Our teachers leading the sing-a-long session which was a highlight of the Chinese New Year concert.


Chinese Language Unit

I n pursuance of an immersive environment for the learning of Chinese Language, our unit plan and conduct a wide range of activities for the  MTL Fortnight Programme  annually. The activities include Chinese Tea Appreciation, Bamboo Slip Calligraphy, Carving of Stone Seals etc. Our students participate actively to learn and understand the immense knowledge and practices behind these traditions.  In addition, we organise cultural learning journeys for students  to acquire knowledge and information about our Chinese traditions beyond the confines of the classrooms.

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Malay Language Unit

The Malay Language Unit carries out a variety of programmes every year to enhance students' knowledge about the language and ignite their passion for the culture. The Malay Language Unit strives to encourage Malay Language students to discover and treasure the rich heritage in a constantly evolving world. Annual MTL Fortnight activities enable students to have hands-on experience in various cultural elements.

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Students learning more about the Malay Culture during their Learning Journey
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Students participating in a Malay flower arrangement workshop
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Tamil Language Unit

To imbue a sense of passion towards Tamil Language and Culture, Tamil Unit engages Tamil students in a wide range of platforms. The Annual MTL Fortnight Programmes provides the students with the opportunity to experience the Tamil culture and to enrich their knowledge about the language. Our students also participate in external competition to build their competency in their language skills.

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Our students learning more about Kolam
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Tamil Language Learning Journey enhances our students' cultural experience
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Champions once again during the Kabaddi Challenge 2019
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Our proud champions at a Tamil Language Competition



W3 MOTHER TONGUE FIESTA 
Our students participated in the W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019 organized by Boon Lay Secondary School. We are indeed proud to have attained the Top 3 position in the MTL Fiesta since 2013.

Chinese Unit

1 st for Creative Writing Competitions

2 nd Runner-up for Chinese Cultural Quiz Competition

Malay Unit

2 nd for Creative Writing Competition

4 th place for Malay Cultural Quiz Competition

Tamil Unit

1 st for Creative Writing Competitions

Consolation for Tamil Quiz Competition.



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Our students at the  W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019
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Proud winners of the W3 Mother Tongue Fiesta 2019