Archive for June, 2011

Singapore Trip 2011

On the 26th May 2011 until the 30th May 2011, the school’s band conducted an educational trip to Singapore. A total number of 39 students and 6 teachers were involved in this educational trip. The objective of this trip is to broaden the students’ educational music experience and knowledge. Not only that, it builds up self-confidence and leadership skills.

All 39 students and the teachers’ arrival at the airport at 7.00 in the morning on 26th May 2011. Our flight to Singapore departed at 9.50 in the morning. We reached Singapore at 11.15 in the morning and met up with the tour guide, Mr. Roland Chan. The bus that was our transportation for the whole trip took us from the airport to the Costa Sand Downtown East Resort where we will be staying while we were in Singapore.

The resort we stayed in Singapore

After checked in, we all gathered at the lobby before loading the bus and set off to our first school visit, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music NUS. We were introduced to a few of the stuff members there who gave us a tour around the Conservatory. We were glad to see the orchestra hall, concert hall, recital studio, recording studio, ensembles room, practice rooms and the music library. the music library

practice room

Orchestra Hall

Group Picture in Orchestra Hall

After the tour, we went to visit the conservatory’s own gallery. Then we returned to our resort. Everyone had their own free time to walk around the nearby shops.

On the 2nd day, 27th May 2011, everyone gathered at the lobby before heading out to Ai Tong Primary School for a band workshop. The instructor of this band workshop was Mr. Ho, Ai Tong Primary School’s own music instructor. The band was able to learn a lot from this workshop.

Ai Tong Primary School

Mr. Ho teaching us

After lunch, we continued on to the Science Centre. We were able to learn more about science and how things works. We took this opportunity to watch the Hubble in Imax at 2 in the evening. After the movie, we continue walking around in the Science Centre.

Science centre

one last shot before leaving Science Centre

We left Science Centre at 4 in the evening and set off to China Town.

Valerie, Joan and Christine in China Town

Everyone gathered at the meet up point

We left China Town at around 6 in the evening and return to our resort. After we had a brief rest, most students accompanied by the teachers went to Esplanade by the local LRT train. The students and teachers were fortunate to be able to watch a performance of a group of five Japanese dancers. It was a splendid performance. We left Esplanade at 9 at night and went back to the resort.

            The next morning,  everyone gathered at the lobby to head out to our first stop, Bukit View Secondary School in Bukit Batok. We had a band exchange among Bukit View Secondary School, Tiong In Scondary School and Ai Tong Primary school. We started by performing a few songs from each schools.

Bukit View Secondary School performance

Tiong In Secondary school performance

Our school band performance

Ai Tong Primary School performance

After that, we had a short break. Then, we were divided according to sections for ice breaking games. Everyone had a great time getting to know the each other from different schools. After the ice breaking games, we gathered back in the hall. All the secondary schools played a simple piece instructed by one of their own instructors. It was a great opportunity to learn new things and experience playing with other bands.

Playing together

picture together with our friends in Singapore

At noon, it was the end of the band exchange. After saying our goodbyes, we head off to our second stop of the day, Nanyang Academy Fine Arts. We were fortunate to be able to participate the student festival band programme.

Singapore Brass Explosion

Nan Yang’s Brass Band practicing

After staying at the academy for around 2 hours, we return to our resort. We took a little rest and went on our way to Orchard Road. We were allowed to walk around the malls and left Orchard Road at 9 at night and called it the day off.

           On the 29th May 2011, we gathered at the lobby once again in the morning as we set off to the landmarks of this city, Singapore. First, we went to the Merlion Park where it is famous for its Merlion statue. Then, we went to the Asian Civilisation Museum which is located very near the Merlion Park.

Group picture outside the museum

Sentosa 🙂

another picture taken near Merlion statue

Everyone was then excited as we head to our next stop, Universal Studio Singapore!

excited in Universal Studio

We spent about 5 hours in Universal Studio. Everyone had a wonderful time. Next, we went to Sentosa and spend our time walking around and at the seaside. At 8 at night, we set off to watch a mesmerizing show, the Songs of the Seas. This show was held with a live cast, dramatic effects and pyrotechnics. Water jets, flame bursts, lasers and captivating music make this a one-of-a-kind entertainment spectacle. Everyone enjoyed the show. It was late when it finish, we took the bus straight back to the resort.

On the last day, we wrapped up with breakfast on that Saturday morning and loaded up onto the bus one last time for the trip back to the Changi airport. Everyone was sad they had to leave Singapore but we all had a great experience during this exchange programme.