Thursday, January 3, 2008

Highlights of Day 1

Dear Parents, teachers and students,
We have come to end of Day 1, it is 11pm and the boys will be having 'Lights Out' now.
Tomorrow they will be awake at 7.00am to begin morning stretching and water-parade.

Here are some awards for outstanding performance in today's activities:

The Hady Mirza Award
This award goes to our amazing, charismatic and soon-not-to-eligible bachelor, Mr Amir Hamzah, our Camp Commandant! Our charsimatic Victorian Idol is best known for his phrase:
"The toilet is over there"

The 'Live the Dream' Award
Next award goes to our team of dedicated Sec 1 Form Teachers who shape and mould the dreams of our future. They have worked tirelessly to make this camp a success for all the students in their class.

The 'Who's your Daddy' Award
Mr Lim Swee Leong, our CCPE is the officer who works tirelessly behind the scenes to key in the various data for CCA, Sports and data for students. In school, he assists the teachers in keying in and consolidating data for the School Cockpit Database. Working closely with the PE department, he can be seen going beyond the call of duty: safety vehicle driver, time-keeping official, etc.
His kayaking abilities and his versitility show that he is as comfortable in the outdoors as well as indoors:) He hereby deserves the title of Big Daddy!

The 'Stand up for Singapore' Award
The seemingly impossible made possible by students from Cluster 2 (Sec 1D, 1E & 1F) who achieved the following task during kayaking.

1)Picasa Web Photo Album
We have created a Picasa Web album to upload photos and it will be available by tomorrow (will do the uploading tonight after all the boys have gone to sleep). Click on the Photo Album icon above the Tag Box.

2) All students are well and accounted for:
Injuries: 1 (boy fell down running on his own and has bruised knees)
Illness/Sickness: 3 boys not feeling well
(respective parent's have been informed and the necessary arrangements have been made)

3) Requests to have students call home
Parents please understand that we cannot accede to this request as the office phone is for emergencies only. If we allow one child, then we must allow all the children to do so. If each call takes just 1min, that will be 360 min = 6 hours.

Rest assured that your sons are in good hands!

The Camp Team

Pastoral Care (Anti-Bullying)

An important part of growing up is to learn not to bully, not to be a victim and to never be a bystander.

As we end our activities for the night, Form Teachers presented the Sec 1 classes with a pastoral session on Anti-Bullying and coping strategies.

Here we see Mr Denny Aw giving the boys some coping stragegies and advice on how to deal with bullying.

We believe that at the end of this camp you will all be brothers and be willing to carry each other through the journey ahead.

The Camp Team!

Out to sea!

The sea is always exciting and it is full of adventure.
However, we know that we should never take Mother Nature for granted.
So before we begin every sea activity, we have a Water Confidence exercise to let all participants familiarise themselves with the buoyancy and appropriate fit of their personal floatation device (i.e. PFD)

Here is VS, we believe that we are called to be 'something more'. Often in life, espcially in Singapore, we are so used to the mentality of 'anything also can' or 'chin chai'. But we want Victorians to rise above mediocrity and to know that each of us has within our hearts the ability to shine in our own individual and unique way.

Here we see Isaac Tay from 1E, although he uses a wheelchair to get around in daily life, in the kayak he is just as adept as the rest of us. With the help of his father, Mr Melvin Tay, the dynamic duo kayak and made their way round the kelongs surrounding our camp site. In fact, they seemed to be out doing our speed boat that was having trouble with its engine.

As the boys got more confident in the water, we decided to push their limits and to show them that together we can achieve things that we would fail to accomplish on our own.
Take a look here:

Who would ever think that it would be possible for both kayakers to stand upright in their craft in the middle of the sea.
Alone, it is impossible.
Together, you can do EVERYTHING!

On to greater heights...

Here we see the boys going through their Challenge Ropes Course.

The Single Log is a horizontal beam that the boys will have to walk across. The beam itself is quite wide but walking it 4m high makes it a huge challenge!

Everyone has played on swings before in the play groud but using swinging ropes to help you traverse a thin steel cable high in the air, is something else all together!

Often in life, before we attempt something, it seems so difficult; but once we have experienced and overcome it, we realised that things are often not so bad after all.
All we need is a little support, the belief in ourselves and the confidence that if we fall, we have someone there to catch us :)

Reflections of my Life

All the fun in the world means nothing if there isn't a learning objective behind it.
During the course of this camp, the boys have been given time to reflect and talk to their Form Teachers about various life skills and values that we, in Victoria, would like them to have.

Each of the Form Teachers will share our Core Values with the students:
Performance Excellence, Intergrity, Compassion, Professionalism, Innovation, Global-Mindedness, Strategic Alliances

Lunch time! and... clean-up

Things that you learn in camp

1) Do not get between a hungry boy and his food.
2) Nothing beats Mum's cooking

Dear parents, you have worked hard all your lives to feed, clothe and provide for your sons. Now it is time for them to learn to fend for themselves.
Here's a clip of them cleaning up after lunch:

We hope that they will be able to bring these lessons home with them.
Finally, Mum can take a back seat after dinner, 'Boy boy' will do the cleaning up!
-after all, he's been trained at the camp :)

Mr Amir and Camp Committee

Day 1- EDGE Sec 1 Orientation Camp

Welcome parent's to your son's new beginning in Victoria School!

We begin their new experience by making sure that our journey and transition to the camp site is safe, orderly and organised. Here, Camp Commandant, Mr Amir gives students the movement details for their transport to the camp:

After that, we began our journey to the camp. Here we see a very excited Sec 1 F heading towards the camp site. 1F Form Teacher is none other than Mr Amir our Camp Commandant with the lovely, Miss Cheryl Wong as the Asst. Form Teacher:

Our first order on reaching the camp was to set the right tone and values that we desire for our Victorians. We began with the Victorian Anthem.

It is our desire that every Victorian will be a Gentleman, Professional and Sportsman.

We have a very interesting program lined up for the boys and we will be taking them out of their usual comfort zone. However, it is important for us to ensure that the safety and care of students is maintained during the camp.
Clear and detailed briefings on the nature of the activities, the safety requirements and also personal behaviour are given to make sure that the students know what is expected from each of them.