Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A time I persevered and was sucessful

I was in the middle of my math paper and I had butterflies in my stomach. I was very nervous as I did the paper two. I had always failed it as I was always too tired to do it properly. Even though this was a practice paper, it still was very hard as I was always distracted. Even though the math paper was hard, I persevered and continued to practice. I did countless papers and soon after, I got better. This is a time I persevered and was successful.

The time I persevered and was successful

I always wanted to be able to learn Objective-C programming so that I can make my own ios apps, but when I looked for Objective-C programming tutorials, I could not understand any of the technical jargons the speakers used. All the terms swam in my head and made me confused. The more I tried, the more confused I got, but this didn't stop me. I fished out my phone from my pocket and texted my uncle, who was an IT person. He gave me some books that help

Monday, 27 April 2015

A time I persevered and was successful

It started when I decided to go to SST for my secondary education in primary five. As of that time, I had only attended one robotics competition, and judging by the "technology immersed" look of the school, it seemed to me that I would require the certificates from a lot more robotics competitions to be even eligible for the first stage of DSA (Direct School Admission). So I went on to attend three more robotics competitions in primary six (Robocup 2013 (hosted at Singapore Polytechnic), National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC) and the Make-A-Thon (at SST)), got a award at a calligraphy competition in 2013, then went to apply for the first stage of DSA (the General Ability Test (GAT) and the Comprehensive Ability Test (CRT)), during which one could practically smell the tension in the air . After the first battery of tests, I came to SST for a test, which I also passed (and after which I managed to get enough marks to qualify me for the Express stream). After struggling to get into SST for about two years since I decided to get there, I finally managed to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.

A time I persevered and made my long held dream a reality.

For a long time since primary school, I have been trying to play a song on the guitar, which usually ended with me frustrated. When every I tried to strum the guitar strings, I felt like the strings were laughing at me as they uttered out terrible noises.But these pathetic tries did not stop me from persisting. After what seemed like an eternity, the string finally obeyed and sang out in harmony to the beat of the song I was playing.By the end of it I was so proud to have reached the end of the tunnel and finally play a song on the guitar.

A Time I Persevered and Succeded

  Every time I pass by the high elements course on the way to my tuition, memories flowed through my mind... It happened 2 years ago when I was P5. It was the P5 camp and I was on the course itself. I had to do abseiling.  As I made my way up to the platform, my legs began to tremble. Beads of perspiration rolled down my face. I finally managed to make it to the top. The friendly instructor at the top instructed me to hold on tightly to the rope and everything would be fine. I made my way to the edge of the platform. Glaring down to the ground, I could hear my classmates cheering for me. I could feel something kindling within me. Fear. My heart palpitated furiously in my chest as I took my first step down. Slow and steady, step by step. At the start, I wanted to give up and jump, but when I heard my classmates cheering and supporting me, that gave me the willpower and persistence to continue. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally reached the ground. My classmates patted me on the back and showed me a good job sign. I felt accomplished after completing the course, and that moment would never be forgotten.

Done by
Caleb :D

A time I persevered and was successful

It was the hardest part of the paper, the dreaded open-ended comprehension of my English examination paper. The part where I would always failed. The part where fatigue would overtake me and my brain would be as hazy as the haze in June. Many of my English teachers tried to teach me techniques, key points, tricks. None of them seemed to work on me. Beads of perspiration dripped down my forehead. At this point, I only had 30 minutes left. The clock was ticking, each second precious like water in developing countries. Reading the comprehension passage over and over again, as if my life depended on it, I started to finally understand the meaning of the passage. Because it felt like my current situation. Me struggling with this difficult subject, English. As I started to highlight all the keywords in the passage, a grin spread across my face. I finally knew how to do it. 30 minutes into writing my answers, the clock struck. The invigilator started collecting our papers, and when she took mine, I felt satisfied, knowing that I did my best.

A Time I Persevered and Succeded

It was the day that our endurance was to be tested, but this time it was against gravity. Yes, it was the day in our 3-day camp when we would conquer the rock wall.It was 10 meters high, it seems easier in words but in reality it was actually 4 storey's high. To conquer it was quite a tall order for me. The rocks that were protruding out of the face of the wall all in a variety of colours seemed to taunt me. Now I faced the challenge. I wanted to get this over and fast. I watched my footing carefully and moved up at quite a speed as I could only see a blur of colours move past me. Finally, I reached the top, and from there I took a small leap down the wall and the harness would do it's share of the job.

A time that I persevered and was successful

PSLE was coming, every day I had to study and was really tired. I was so tired as though I left no more energy to do anything else. I was striving my best to at least get an 'A' for Chinese. I hated Chinese so much that I'm willing to give up my life for no Chinese lessons. Luckily, my Chinese teacher came to save my life. She taught me all the techniques to answer the questions. Then PSLE came, I remember what my Chinese teacher said and use all her techniques to answer almost all the questions. Finally the day that we were supposed to receive our PSLE results came, my hearts was pounding so fast as though I have a heart attack. My teacher passed me the results, my palms were so sweating and sweat was rolling down my face. I look at my results slip and to my surprise I got all 'A's. I was so happy and my spirit was lifted. I started jumping about and ran to my parents and told them the good news. That was the time I persevered and was successful.

A time when I persevered and was successful

Being among the last few to go up, the stress level was rising. It was the Secondary 1 Orientation Week. We went to try out high elements. Standing between the few elements, I felt like a midget.Staring at the blazing sun just made my eyes burn. When it was my turn to go up and try the high elements, my legs felt soft like jelly. Looking at my friends go up and thinking it was easy, but when it was my turn, I realised it wasn’t as easy as it seems.So I got up there, trying not to stare at the ground and try to keep calm. But I just can’t stop looking down, looking at how high up I am now. The sun seems closer and hotter. I kept calm and go through the element  with my friend’s support. When I got down, it felt refreshing to be up there.

A time when I persevered and was successful (yay!)

It was physical testing period. One of the tests was Sit and Reach. Beads of perspiration formed on my forehead as I approached the bench. Knowing that I was as stiff as a plank, I asked the teacher for leniency as I usually got an 'F' for Sit and Reach. However, with a steely gaze, she firmly said no. Once I sat at the bench, I felt as weak as a small and puny twig. When the teacher gave the signal to go, I stretched as far as I could, thinking that I was like a rubber band, and continued stretching, even though every inch forward was like stretching the rubber band to its limit, almost to the point that I felt as if that rubber band was going to snap. Eventually, the pain was too much to bear and I pulled back. A sense of dread crept over me as I watched the teacher record my score. After she did so, she told me I had passed. When I heard it, a wave of euphoria rushed through me. I jumped into the air with joy, and yelled triumphantly.

A time when I persevered and was successful

It was finally my turn. After all those months of practicing on the piano, the day finally came for me to perform my piano piece on the piano. After I bowed, I sat on the piano seat. Beads of perspiration formed on my forehead. I started having sweating palms. All was still, I could only hear the sound of my heart palpitating hard like a drum. During the piece, my hands glided across the piano elegantly, making no mistakes. After the performance, I smiled from ear to ear. Indeed, all the hard work will eventually pay off.

A time I persevered and was successful

Back in January, during the camp, we were to complete a course as part of the Higher Elements training. However, due to my fear of heights, I was unable to complete the Higher Elements course a mere two years back. Back then, it felt like my knives were piercing into my arms, and even as I pulled myself up long after my arms felt like they were lifeless, and fatigue just breezing past me, I simply could not complete the course. However, this time, I was determined to complete what I could not.
After climbing up the horseshoe-hooks, which would lead to the actual course,  I could feel my legs turning to lead even without looking down. Beads of perspiration dotted my forehead. Still, as I pushed through what felt like jelly, but actually is my fear, I soon completed the course. The sense of accomplishment flooding through me allowed me to climbing down the other end of horseshoe-hooks. As soon as I touched the ground, I felt like the largest storm I had ever seen in my life had just passed.

A time which I persevered and was successful


It was time to do Sit-And-Reach for NAPFA, and I dreaded it as if it were an end-of-year exam. It tested for your flexibility, but, to say the least, I was only as flexible as a plank of wood. No matter how much I tried every time, I kept getting only 1 point or worse, failing. But today, I was determined to change that and fulfil my dream of passing it with flying colours. "Eugene! Your turn!"The teacher called for me, as the setup taunted me with every step I took towards it.  The students waiting on the floor talked among themselves, waiting to see what I would get. I sat down and prepared myself for the wave of pain that would shoot through my arms once I stretched them. "Ok, go."The teacher gave the command and I stretched. My arms felt fire coursing through my veins as they almost tore themselves off my body. "Ok.You got 37cm." The teacher's voice sounded heavenly. I had gotten 3 points! It was done. I sat down to wait for the next person, my heart filling with pride.

A time I persevered and was successful

Last Tuesday, I had my 2.4km run. It was indeed a tiring run for me. When I started to run, I suddenly had stitches for no reason but I still continued to run. Fatigue and pain overwhelmed me as I was running the last four laps. I clenched my fists as I ran. Finally, after 11.2 minutes, the run was over for me as I passed the finishing line. A satisfaction smile flickered over my face... and I succeed in getting 5 points for the run.

A time I Persevered and Was Successful

 During my CCA at primary 6, I joined the outdoor adventure club. It was when it was the children's day when the teachers decided that we should go for some high elements. When we reached Zhenghua Secondary School, I was surprised by the heights of the single log high element. It seemed very low, but it is easier said than done untilI try it. When I finally climb up the ladder, I stood at the log and wanted to wave to my friends. But when I see the huge distance between the ground and I, my legs started to grew roots into the log and it seemed like I cannot move at all. My friends below shouted words of encouragements and cheered me on. The perseverance in my heart seemed like asking me to go forward and the log seemed like helping me by enlarging itself. Finally, it does not seem so scary when I first try. I felt a sense of completion and success that were congratulating me.

A time which I persevered and was successful

I had a fear of water, as I have nearly drowned while learning to swim when I was young. In terms of swimming, I felt insignificant like a tiny litter in the vast universe. Even going near water was like death. I was always envy of my younger sister who could swim like a mermaid. I decided that I would start overcoming my fear of water and learn to swim. At first, I inched towards the swimming pool as if I was going against the tide. I closed my eyes and went into the water. Under the guidance of my sister, I slowly learned to swim and soon I overcame my fear of water!

A time I persevered and was successful

During my Primary 4 camp, I was able to try abseiling. Before the abseil, I needed to climb up to a "mountain" of 8 stories high. When I took a peep down the "mountain", panic overwhelmed me as I was afraid of heights. One by one, my friends had already abseiled, but some were too scared and they walked down the stairs to ground level, still shivering. I finally had the courage to walk up to the instructor and I was more than ready to abseil. I was equipped with many harnesses and was ready to abseil. Step by step, I crawled towards the edge and jumped, beads of perspiration rolled down my forehead.  My eyes were shut, like magnets attracted to each other, too scared to even look down. After hearing words of encouragements from my classmates, I started to abseil as slowly as a snail. After what seemed like eternity, I finally reached ground level where my classmates were. I did it! I was able to overcome my fear of heights.

The time when I persevered something.

I was filled with dread at the sight of the last round of the run.Beads of perspiration dotted my forehead and I had butterflies in my stomach, thinking that I might not passed the run with flying colour ,I dashed as fast as lightning to the finishing point at breakneck speed.When I reached the finishing point, I felt as though the flowers were smiling at me and the birds were congratulating me on my success .And I got the second place for the run and succeeded in my goal.

A time I persevered and was sucessful

Ever since I started P3,my Chinese has always been no more than a C grade. Since I'm a foreigner, it was okay to score a C like how many people said to me but to me, it wasn't.Ever since then, my goal was to obtain my As for all my Chinese exams. When I was in P6, my Chinese tuition teacher was really good and also was my Chinese teacher in my school. They had patiently taught me and told me to be hard working. I listened to their advice and focused more on Chinese as it was my weakest subject at that time. I always made sure to revise on what my teacher taught that day in school and did many practices. I worked hard until PSLE and got an A. But it wasn't just PSLE that I wanted to get A for. It was all my exams that year that I wanted to get an A for. The first time I had achieved an A for Chinese that year was the first exam of the year and I did not just wanted get an A but I wanted to get an A constantly until PSLE and I did.

A time I persevered and was successful (Isabella)

As the third child in my family, my sisters had always seemed to trump me at everything I did. Whenever my sisters came home with news of another award, I would always feel as insignificant as a footprint on the vast beach of my sisters' achievements as my parents congratulated my sisters. I decided that it was time to step up my own game.
Being the head Science Representative in Primary School, I decided to make science presentations for the school,  teach my younger peers about Science through games and participated in whatever Science-related competitions or events I knew about. Ambitions soaring like an eagle, I started participating in competitions of my other interests besides Science and became more active in school. Soon, I saw myself attaining trophies, medals and certificates, just like my sisters, and my efforts in school showed on my report card. Holding the report card, a triumphant smile spread across my face, and I felt as though I was shining from the inside. I knew that finally, through hard work, I was much more significant than a footprint. 

A time I persevered and was successful

I had long dreamt about being able to run up walls without falling. For long my dream was like arriving at a holiday resort only to find it closed down. When I was thirteen I searched 'running up walls' on Google and saw a video that taught how to do it. When I had free time I kept trying the technique, many times walking back home defeated by the enemy, my dream. Eventually I got better the more I tried, and finally I managed to reach the ceiling that was two meters above the ground. I had finally found the way out of the maze, of course after encountering many dead ends.

A time I Persevered and was succesful

I had a fear of heights. Climbing the stairs to the twelfth story felt like death to me. During the Sec 1 orientation, I had to  climb one of the obstacles.  In that moment of truth, I summed up whatever pathetic amount of courage I had  and climbed. When I looked down I was paralyzed by my fear of heights But I still continued climbing. After what seemed like eternity, I managed to climb the wall. I felt ecstatic and elated a wide grin spread across my face , as I had overcome my fear of heights. That glorious moment will be etched in my memory for years to come.
It was the last paper. I had higher mother toungue left for psle. My other friends were already playing games already. I was tempted to play games and have fun like the rest of them, but i realised the signifigance of this test and decided to stick with studying and hang tough. in the end i passed with flying colours.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Journal Prompt (Russell Ong)

A book that I have found suspenseful was "The Revenge Of Seven".
In the book,I think the most suspenseful part is," Before we can do anything, a mechanical grinding emanates from the ship." The three different characters were in an enemy base and if a sound was heard from an enemy ship, it probably means that the three characters have been spotted and are about to be attacked by the enemy.

Journal prompt (Isabella Goh)

A book that I have read is The School of Good and Evil.  The two protaganists expected themselves to go to opposite schools; Agatha to the School of Evil, and Sophie to the School of Good. But when both girls are kidnapped, they find that they're both in schools neither of them expected to be in. I find that the most suspenseful part.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Journal Prompt (Chng Zhi Qiang)

The book that i found most interesting is Animal Farm. The most suspenseful part is "Jones and his men suddenly found themselves being butted and kicked from all sides. The situation was out of control. They had never seen animals behaving like this before, and this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to trashing and maltreating just as they were chose, frightened them almost out of their wits."

Journal Prompt (Xin Ning)

A movie that I have watched : Into the Woods

It is a twist on a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel —all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

I think that the most suspenseful part is when the baker and his wife need to find some items in the wood in three day time so that they could removed the spell on them. Cinderella, Little red riding hood, Jack, and Rapunzel were also on their way into the woods. And thus, the baker and his wife needed to get some things from them.

Journal Prompt(Eugene Long)

The book that I find most interesting is Russian Roulette. The most suspenseful part is when the main character, Yassen Gregrovich, has stabbed a wealthy man while trying to steal from his house. The man is quite strong and manages to both survive the attack and capture Yassen.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Journal Prompt

The book that I find the most interesting part is 'The Hobbit'.
The most suspenseful paragraph is when Bilbo Baggins falls into Gollum's(Smeagol) cave.it was there where he found the The One Ring.There were also many riddles which would very hard for a normal person to answer.The One Ring was an important part both here and The lord of the Rings.It led to many poems to be written in the book series including one well known among many readers:                
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,

The entire poem is:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie 

(sorry for the late reply I was very sick.I will present the letter on monday)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Journal Promt by ho kai en

the title of the book is the da vinci code .i think the most suspenceful part is when the professer betrays them and force tham at gun point to solve the ctyptex

Journal Promt by Andrew Immanuel Sutanto

the title of the book is called: trouble according to Humphrey
I think the most suspensful part is when the hamster Humphrey was on a toy train and about to fall into the pond. Just then a boy called Art came and realised the situation and rushed to the switch and turned it off.

Journal Prompt

The title of the book is called: The Fault In Our Stars
I think the most suspenseful part of this book is when the main character, Hazel, is about to lose her boyfriend, Augustus, due to cancer. The doctors try everything that they can do to save Augustus and Hazel is worried and heartbroken. With this climax, I think that it allowed me as well as other readers to continue reading the book.

Journal prompt

Movie : Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

The most suspenseful part was when the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson had to fight for the Zeus's master bolt. If the Lightning Thief were to win the fight and own the Zeus's master bolt, the world would be in trouble as the Lightning Thief would destroy the world using the Zeus's master bolt. By adding the consequence, it makes the audience more curious and allow them to anticipate the fight more.

Journal Prompt

Book: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I think the most suspenseful part is when the main characters, Thomas along with Teresa and another character, Chuck could not enter the last word into the computer to free themselves and a Griever (a killing machine) was behind them and about to kill them.

Journal Prompt

Movie: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I think the most suspenseful part was when the main character jumped off a 5- 6 story high building without knowing if there is a net to catch her or not. I was concerned because I though that the main character would die, but she survived because there was a net at the bottom.

Journal Prompt

Book title: Digital Fortress
I think the most suspenseful part of the book was when the they only have a few minutes left to key in the pass-code to prevent the digital fortress from destroying their security system and allowing hackers to steal the top secret government information.

Suspense Paragraph [Caleb]

Book title: Animal Farm
The suspenseful part of this story is the time when the animals finished the windmill. After that, Mr Frederick, one of the neighbouring farmers, attacks the farm, using blasting powder to blow up the restored windmill. 

Suspense paragraph[Ryan Ng Jek Hian]

Movie Title:World War Z

I  think the most suspenseful part is when the main character  needed to find a vaccine to fight against those zombies and most of the world humans had became zombie and it was very hard to escape the "zombie sand-pit".

Monday, 16 February 2015

Suspense Paragraph (Phyllys Neo)

    It come closer, still growling. If staring into its eyes is a sign of aggression, what's a sign of submission? My breathes are loud but steady. I sink to my knees. The last thing I want to do is lie down on the ground in front of the dog-making its teeth level with my face-but it's the best option I have. I stretch my legs out behind me and lean on my elbows. The dog creeps closer, and closer, until I feel its warm breath on my face. My arms are shaking. It barks in my ear, and clench my teeth to keep from screaming. Something rough and wet touches my check. The dog's growling stop, and when I lift my head to look at it again, it is panting. It licked my face. I frown and sit on my heels. The dog props its paws up on my knees and licks my chin. I cringe, wiping the drool from my skin, and laugh.

~Divergent by Veronica Roth~ :)

Journal Prompt

Story: The Stepsister
The best suspense part that i like is when the author found out that it was her biological sister that has been killing the pet, dying her blue and stealing her boyfriend and not her stepsister that she always hated and suspected.

Suspense paragraph

"As long as we are together," she said. She heard Nico and Hazel screaming for help and saw the sunlight far far above- maybe the last she would ever see. Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, as he and Annabeth fell into endless darkness.....

Adapted From Heroes of Olympus The Mark Of Athena

suspense paragraph [Clarise Ang]

i was in the woods. Lost. All alone, dark and cold.i decided to settle down for the night all i had was a quarter filled water bottle. sleeping on the hard and uncomfortable ground was bad enough. ''AWOOOOOOOOO'' i heard a howl. i got startled by the noise and had goose bumps.i closed my eyes and rolled up into ball, trying to avoid seeing what was trying to make the sound. After which, the howling had seemed to stop. so i unrolled from my ball and opened my eyes......

Journal prompt

The book is Star Wars: Choices of one 
I think that the most suspenseful part of the book was when the bridge of the destroyer was filled with poison gas, as the bridge was supposed to be the most secure part of the destroyer.

Suspense paragraph

The smog was starting to clear off from the bridge, as Commander Johnson was starting to come to his senses. Amongst the crew of the bridge, he was the only one who had snapped on a gas mask in time when the smog came. Except for him, all the men in the bridge had been left dead, killed by a mysterious assassin. There seemed to be no obvious cause of their death when he examined them - no gunshot or knife wounds were found. Amongst those dead was the visiting General who lay dying on the sleek metal deck. The air seemed less hazy now. Why is it only now, he thought, that the ventilation system has cleared the smog? Kneeling on the ground, he was still trying to contemplate that question when he felt the cold steel of the barrel of a gun against his head. The only weapon that was in his line of sight was the dropped weapons of the fallen guards, who were supposed to be prepared for this kind of situation. The commander broke into a sprint towards the weapons on the floor. Although there was a silencer on the pistol, there was still a loud crack which emmitted from the pistol, and the commander dropped to the floor, dead.

Suspense Paragraph (Wei Jun)

          Henry saw a creepy shadow following him as he strolled along the back alley for a shortcut. “What’s that?” he will often ask himself when he saw the shadow.Henry looked around, he saw red liquid splattered on the dirty walls of the silent alley. Just then, he saw the shadow with a knife. “AHHH!” Henry ran as fast as a cheetah to escape. Just as he thought he had time to rest, a heard a voice, “ Oh, hello Henry,” it was his uncle. Henry gave a sigh of relief as he assumed the shadow was his uncle. However, Henry did not see the shadow behind slowly fading away.

Journal prompt

Book: Percy Jackson And The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

This book is a very captivating book with many scenes that leave you in suspense. The most suspenseful scene of them all however is a scene where Percy(The son of poseidon) is battling Kronos(the titan of time) and realises that his friend Luke(The son of Hermes) was possessed by Luke and his soul was dead but physically he was alive(due to the bathe in the river styx which gave him the power of Achilles). The only was to defeat Kronos was to kill Luke but Percy never wanted to risk that. he also had a great prophecy to bear that said "The hero's soul, cursed blade shall reap". But everything takes a big turn as Percy discovers he is NOT the hero...

Suspense paragraph [Ryan Ng]

  The buildings cast sinister shadows that play tricks on your eyes. Around every corner, it feels as though something evil is waiting to grab me.As I walk back home alone in the dark alley. The walls ran with slime which covered the  long forgotten graffiti brickwork. Suddenly,a creepy sound make my spin shivered.Out of  curiosity I decided to turn around.An enormous creature was behind......

Suspense Paragraph, Yar Xin Ning

Amazing orange hues coloured the sky as the sun set in the west. Stars glistened in the sky as both my parents leaved the house, leaving me alone at home. As my parents had left about an hour, A shadow of a man, was looking through the translucent window. Strange thoughts run wildly in my mind as I heard the suspicious man trying to open the main door...

Suspense Paragraph (Loh Li Kai 19)

I was in the room. I groped around, looking for the switch. "Over here?" Nothing. "Here?" Nothing either. Finally, after what seemed like hours of wandering around in the dark, I found it. "Ah!" I sighed with relief. Just then, I froze. That was when I saw it. A thousand thoughts ran through my mind. I stepped back. It moved forward. For every step I moved backward, it moved forward two steps. Then, after what seemed like hours of terror, it lunged.

Suspense Paragraph

I was alone at home doing my homework preparing for my Level Test. This was the first time i am being left alone at home while my parents went for a wedding dinner. I usually tag along with my parents, but this time as my exams are just round the corner, I decided to stay at home and revise. As i was in the mist of revision, I suddenly heard some dripping sounds from the kitchen. I thought I was just my imagination, but out of the sudden blue, the he dripping sound stopped but next came was the water flowing out of the tap heavily...

Paragraph about a suspenseful movie or book.JAWS

Jaws was a very suspenseful movie i had previously watched at my friends house.The most suspenseful part was the part where a man was trying to swim and reach the ship.It kept me and my friends on the edge of our seats anticipating the shark eating the man the whole scene lasted about 2 minutes.

Suspense paragraph (Isabella Goh)

I always had problems sleeping, so my parents had bought me a dog last year. Sleeping with him in my room helped me calm down and relax, so I let him sleep by my bed every night, Whenever I switched off the lights, I let my arm hang over my bed, and the dog licked it comfortingly, to let me know he was there. I did this every night, and I never failed to feel the dog lick my hand. One night, when my parents had left me along in the house, I went to the bthroom to investigate a strange dripping sound. On the mirror, written in blood, someone had written a message.

"Humans can lick too, my dear."

Suspense Paragraph

"A moment after he says it, I hear the whup-whup-whup of at least three helicopters bearing down on us. If I squint, I can see their outlines approaching in the night sky. And then there are the blue flashing lights coming from the housing development's only access road; the lights are attached to a caravan of black SUVs, all of them speeding in our direction."
-Quote from "The Revenge of Seven".

Suspense Paragraph

Should I go down there? Was the only thought on my mind, at the time. Soon I found out that I shouldn’t even be here. But it was to late… My mother told me not to go to close to …

Suspense paragraph

The waves crashed against the dark rocks. I felt around frantically trying to grab something. Pebbles and seaweed tripped and grabbed me. The wind whistled a low mystical tune into my ears. A cold sensation tickled my spine. I thought suddenly of sharks swimming around me, perhaps hearing me or scenting me . I could have drowned. I could feel it. I felt as if the black water was pulling me down. Down into the murky depths below.

Help! Help!” I yelled. Then I saw something or someone. Perhaps mom and dad. I swam hard. They were there, so close yet so far. It felt like days had past in the minutes it took to swim. I’d made it at last. But it wasn’t mom and dad. Just two pieces of driftwood floating idly.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Poem analysis Template ( Natasha and Yupar )

                                 Poem Analysis Template 


Name of poem: Neighbours
Name of poet : Alfian Sa'at
Date of publication : 1998
Other relevant background : Alfian bin Sa'at is a Singaporean writer, poet and playwright. He is a Muslim of Minangkabau, Javanese and Hakka descent. He is known for his provocative works and is often referred to as his country's enfant terrible.


Form of poem : Imagery
Structure of poem : It is an odd poem with very less rhymes.
Rhyme scheme : a,b,a,b


Overall meaning : The poem is trying to say that the writer's neighbour is very lazy or maybe less      educated and he does not like the neighbour. The neighbour is also bad at cooking and does not hide her womanhood. Also, the neighbour's children could not grow as much and do well in education because of her. 
How the poem relates to life in general and/ or my life : The poems relates to life because most of us have neighbours and sometimes we also have neighbours like the neighbour in the poem. It tells us what kind of situations or what kind of problems we will face if we ever had one so it is beneficial for us.

Figurative Language and Poetic Techniques

Techniques/Devices                  Quote(s)                         Meaning/Significance

Metaphor                                   "each night we slam        The neighbours are angry at each other at the 
                                                    the bolt shut."                 end of the day.

Hyperbole                                  "she knocks on my          They are friendly with each other at first.
Hyperbole                                  " I heard she's a gossip"  It means that the neighbour would not keep               
                                                                                           secrets and will tell other people easily.

Onomatopeia                           "knocks" "slam" "scream"  It is for more dramatic effects and makes 
                                                                                            the story more exciting to read. 

Neighbours Poetry Analysis Template (Xin Ning , Phyllys)

Neighbours Poem Template (Wei Jun, Ryan Ng)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Life Of A Cupcake (Rhyme poem)

The Life Of A Cupcake

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me a deprived and miserable cake.
Feeling the heat I started to bubble.
Watching the others I knew I was in trouble

They opened the door and I started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife.
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside.
This was the day this cupcake had died.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-life-of-a-cupcake#ixzz3PGpGVyAy

When The Lights Go Out

When The Lights Go Out

The door went creak
In the still of the night
The floor went bump
Oh what a fright
All of a sudden, we heard a chime
The grandfather clock was keeping good time
We turned down a hallway and heard a loud crash
It seems that someone had dropped all the trash
So many sounds when the lights go out
It’s enough to make you scream and shout!

Monday, 19 January 2015

"ladies first" (rhyming)

“Ladies First”  by Shel Silverstein
Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first,”
Pushing in front of the ice cream line.
Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first,”
Grabbing the ketchup at dinnertime.
Climbing on the morning bus
She’d shove right by all of us
And there’d be a tiff or a fight or a fuss
When Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first.”
Pamela Purse screamed, “Ladies first,”
When we went off on our jungle trip.
Pamela Purse said her thirst was worse
And guzzled our water, every sip.
And when we got grabbed by that wild savage band,
Who tied us together and made us all stand
In a long line in front of the King of the land-
A cannibal known as Fry-‘Em-Up Dan,
Who sat on his throne in a bib so grand
With a lick of his lips and a fork in his hand,
As he tried to decide who’d be first in the pan-
From back of the line, in that shrill voice of hers,
Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first.”

Poem (rhythm), Christopher Chia

Do Your Homework Now 

by Tyler
I've told you once, mom's told you twice
forgetting homework just isn't nice.
Homework is like getting dressed
got to do it to be your best.
You say it isn't fair,
but people do it everywhere.
Do it now, get it done.
I know, I know it isn't fun.
Homework is like cleaning your room,
except you don't have to use a broom.
Do it now, we'll give you a treat,
something tasty good to eat.
We're like parrots repeating stuff,
like our brains have turned to fluff.
Reference:  www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/do-your-homework-now

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/do-your-homework-now#ixzz3PFl0tfzk
Family Friend Poems 
Poem, Rhyme, Zhi Qiang

Rhyming Poems
By Denzel

The day was windy, sunny and light,
All of a sudden away flew my kite.
Oh no, my dad was right,
I do not know how to fly a kite.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Poem,(Rhyme), Eugene Long

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

The Web (rhymes),(onomatopeia)(hyperbole)(symbolism)(alliteration)

   The Web by Dhruv Sharma

 A web was spun
it had begun a few years ago,
spun by the spider I
thought I had known
Alas it wasn't true.
Deep in the web was 
I the small fly
Hoping,wish wondering how painfully I'll die.
The goliath spider,
drank all my bodily fluids,
sigh the friend thought I knew
was not the friend I remembered for what was I now but his stew!

When the lights go out 
The door went creak
In the still of the night
The floor went bump
Oh what a fright
All of a sudden, we heard a chime
The grandfather clock was keeping good time
We turned down a hallway and heard a loud crash
It seems that someone had dropped all the trash
So many sounds when the lights go out
It’s enough to make you scream and shout!


In a house the size of a postage stamp
lived a man as big as a barge.
His mouth could drink the entire river
You could say it was rather large
For dinner he would eat a trillion beans
And a silo full of grain,
Washed it down with a tanker of milk
As if he were a drain.

Directive(Robert Frost)

    First there's the children's house of make-believe,
    Some shattered dishes underneath a pine,
    The playthings in the playhouse of the children.
    Weep for what little things could make them glad.


    Rabbits running so very fast
    In the field of green, green grass.
    Sniffing for scents of snack time treats,
    Hippity Hopping on their happy bunny feet.
    When carrots and other foods are found
    The rabbits prance and pounce. 

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    Poetry Writing Competition

    Newspaper Blackout Poetry!

    Words Go Round wants your students to be creative with newspapers! This year’s contest, inspired by poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon, challenges students to black out a poem.

    $300 Kinokuniya book vouchers are up for grabs for each Top Prize winner! And just as awesome, you can be a literary star as all winning entries will be published in the newspapers! Teachers, you stand to win a Livescribe pen and Moleskine notebook for roping in the most number of participating students.

    What are you waiting for? Newspaper Blackout Poetry opens for submission on 1 January 2015, so get those markers out and start composing!

    Entries in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil are accepted.

    Tell your friends



    Step 1: Choose a newspaper article that is no bigger than A4 in size (in either landscape or portrait orientation).
    Step 2: Scan or take a digital picture of the article (be sure it’s readable).
    Step 3: Use a marker to black out the words that are unwanted, leaving the unmarked words behind to form a poem. Distortion of the original newspaper text is not allowed.
    Step 4: Scan or take a digital picture of the poem (be sure it’s readable).
    Step 5: Upload the original article followed by the poem.
    Helpful tip: Use a pencil to circle all of the words for the poem before blacking out the rest of the words in the article.


    This version will require you to use an image editing programme.
    Step 1: Choose a newspaper article that is no bigger than A4 in size (in either landscape or portrait orientation).
    Step 2: Scan or take a digital picture of the article (be sure it’s readable). Save the file on your desktop.
    Step 3: Open the file with an image-editing programme like Paint or Photoshop.
    Step 4: Black out the words in the newspaper text to form a poem. Distortion of the original newspaper text is not allowed.
    Step 5: Upload the original article, followed by the poem.


    Each student can only submit 1 entry. If more than 1 entry is submitted, the first entry submitted will be the only one eligible.
    This contest is open to all students in Singapore, from 7 to 19 years old, of any nationality, who are studying full-time in a Singapore-based school.
    The three age categories are:
    1. Junior: 7 to 11 years old
    2. Youth: 12 to 15 years old
    3. Senior: 16 to 19 years old

    Entries in all four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil – will be accepted.


    After submissions close on 5 February 2015, a panel of judges will score the entries and select the 3 top entries per category per language. These 3 entries will then be uploaded online for public voting which will start on 11 February and close on 27 February.
    The popular vote will count for 50% of the final score. Our judges’ scores will count for the other 50%.
    1 top prize winner and 2 merit winners will be chosen based on the above scores.
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    Poem(Hyperbole) Deshane


    A mountain of baby carrots,
    a turkey the size of a cow.
    A river full of gravy
    a dog that says meow
    Every pie known to man
    and gallons full of ice cream.
    By the time my dinner is over

    I surely won’t be lean.