Secondary

Friendship

I wanted to be popular, so I signed up for 10 CCAs

Growing up, I bought the idea that one had to be loud and extroverted to command the attention of others. To me, it seemed that these traits boosted one’s popularity. And going into university,...

Missions

Young and brave: Who were the missionaries who founded our schools?

It’s been 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles arrived on our shores. When we celebrated our bicentennial in 2019, we remembered how the founder of modern Singapore opened the door for...

Real Life, Real People

In this test of Singapore’s strength as a nation, teacher tells students to “be more than”

  In 2003, my OBS was cancelled because of the outbreak of SARS. I was secretly happy because I wasn’t looking forward to it anyway. I remember being even happier when they closed...

Studies & NS

When I failed my O-Levels

The day had finally come when all Secondary 4 students eagerly awaited the outcome of their O-Level results.  When my friends were called upon to get their result slips one-by-one, they were either...

Studies & NS

What’s next after Os? A letter to my 16-year-old self

Dear Sam, Congrats, I guess! All those months of hard work have unfortunately not given you what you wanted but hey, at least it’s time to close this chapter. As people were cheering and comparing...

Friendship

The girl who just wanted to fit in

I came to Singapore way back when I was just 11 or 12 years old. I stepped into this country as a shy, timid and fearful girl. I was terrified to speak to anyone because of the fear that I would be...

Secondary

A letter to my fellow O-Level peers

It never made sense to me why many stories in the Bible always revolved around battles. Surely, God wasn’t advocating war? Furthermore, how would stories of combat, rocks and slings find its...

Secondary

Struggling with my mental health through my O-Levels, I expected the worst

As I prepared for my O-Levels last year, I went through an extremely difficult time. There were many problems and misunderstandings that arose within my friendships due to the state of my mental...

Secondary

What is God doing in our schools? Building a house of prayer with See You at the Pole

I don’t remember what I was doing at the age of 18, but I was definitely not praying for my school. Not that I didn’t want to – it just never even crossed my mind to do so.  That’s why, as I...