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Secondary Three Literature Camp

12 and 13 March 2018

On 12 to 13 March 2018, Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) (CCHY) and Hougang Secondary School (HSS) joined forces to present the inaugural LIT Camp 2018 for their Secondary Three Literature students. Teachers and students alike worked hard to create an exciting two-day camp, hosted at CCHY, to immerse students in Singapore Literature and its thematic concerns.

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On the first day, icebreakers kick-started the camp to bond students. This was followed by an introduction to Singapore Literature by Professor Dennis Yeo, a lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE). It was an engaging discussion, during which students analysed various works by local poets, as well as identified various themes and styles in Singapore Literature and its connection to our local culture.

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Following that, students attended an intensive interactive workshop with noted Singaporean poet, Marc Nair. The two-part workshop began with an evaluation of key phrases in the development of Singapore literature. Students also came together to write haikus and list poems as a group, and gleeful laughter filled the room when they presented their creative works.

The second day began with a Learning Journey around Singapore’s Civic District. Students had to go to various landmarks such as the Merlion and the Singapore River in teams of seven or eight. In ‘Amazing Race’ fashion, they then had to complete literary tasks assigned by the station masters. Students gained insights into Singapore’s history through the lens of Singapore Literature. Armed with this newfound knowledge, students returned to CCHY and engaged in vigorous argumentation through concurrent debates sessions.

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The camp culminated in a prize-and-certificate presentation and a closing speech by CCHY’s HOD English Language & Literature, Mr Sas. All students came away with a much better understanding and appreciation of Singapore Literature, while forming new friendships along the way. The inaugural LIT Camp 2018 certainly proved to be an enriching and memorable experience for all Literature students involved.

Ng Wan Xin (3G)