Speaking and Representing
P6 Inter-class Debate 2018
The annual Primary 6
Inter-class Debate Competition provides Primary 6 pupils with a platform
to develop their critical
thinking skills and strengthening of their communication skills. During
the preliminary rounds, our pupils presented their well-structured arguments
persuasively and confidently.
6 Hope and 6 Patience qualified for the Primary 6 Inter-class Debate finals that was held on 9th November 2018. In preparation for the finals, the two teams worked collaboratively and prepared well-substantiated arguments on education centric issues. After an exciting and engaging round of debate, 6 Hope emerged as champions! Herlayna Eliza Shaymentyran from 6 Patience clinched the Best Speaker Award. Congratulations to both teams!
We are thrilled that our Primary 6 pupils have used this opportunity to take on new challenges and widen their repertoire to be proficient and eloquent speakers. A job well done by all our Primary 6 pupils! Indeed, they demonstrated our philosophy of “Every child can be a confident speaker.”
Primary 3 Theatrical Experience
To enrich our pupils’ learning and expose them to theatrical drama, we brought our pupils to Gateway Theatre Black Box to watch a play entitled ‘Flora and Ulysses’ on 17 May 2018. This phenomenal show is based on the Newbery Medal award-winning book by the best-selling author Kate DiCamillo.
After getting sucked up by a Ulysses 2000x vacuum cleaner, an unassuming squirrel is now given a new life by a 10-year old Flora Buckman. She names the squirrel Ulysses and discovers that he has gained superhero powers! A friendship is born between the unlikely pair, and together they embark on a heart-filling journey full of quirky characters, giant donuts, a killer cat and the ever-expanding universe.
This endearing saga about the possibilities of hope, and the promises of a capacious heart, proves that the world is indeed more beautiful when you believe a squirrel can type poetry.
This play was an extraordinary piece of theatre for children. It was stimulating and creative. It was also a show with strong educational values. For many of our pupils, it was their first time watching a performance at a theatre. They thoroughly enjoyed the play. We will continue to provide our pupils with various drama and theatrical experiences.
P5 Inter-class Debate Competition 2018
The Primary 5 Debate Workshop provided pupils with opportunities to develop critical and inventive thinking and strengthen communication skills. During the programme, pupils learnt to structure and present persuasive arguments confidently. The programme included exercises to help pupils formulate opinions using logical reasoning and communicate effectively.
Pupils applied strategies learnt in the Debate Workshop to structure their arguments for their inter-class debate competition. They worked collaboratively and prepared well-analysed arguments on current social issues. The competition was a valuable platform for pupils to showcase their debating skills in an engaging and confident manner.
Wits and Words 2018
The annual Wits and Words inter-school debate competition, which is jointly organized by the MOE Gifted Education branch and the Debate Association (Singapore), aims to provide Primary school pupils who are passionate about debate with valuable platform to showcase their developing talent. It shines a well-deserved spotlight on emerging young talents in debate and exposes the general cohort of students to the exciting world of debate, which may then encourage them to widen their repertoire and take on new challenges.
Our debate team comprising of Neha Santosh Kumar (6G), Nitya Kolla (6G), Samuel Tan (6G), Nandita Joshi (6F) and Charlotte Tan (5J) showcased their tenacity during the three preliminary rounds held in February and March and made our school proud by putting up a good fight in winning two out of the three preliminary rounds. Neha Santosh Kumar (6G) also received the Best Speaker awards for both these rounds. We are delighted to announce that Edgefield Primary has emerged as one of the top five schools in the North Zone this year. We would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to our debaters who have achieved their personal best in our second year in Division 1. A job well done by all our debaters!
Primary Schools Debate Open 2017
The Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) was organized by Debate Association (Singapore), in collaboration with Methodist Girls’ School (Primary). More than 40 primary schools from all over Singapore competed in this national primary school tournament.
After a victorious season in the debate scene last year, emerging as proud champions of Division 2, Edgefield Primary was promoted to Division 1. Our students enthusiastically tackled a tougher playing field this year, scaling through the three intense preliminary rounds and semi-finals.
On 18 September 2017, our debate team, made up of Nitya Kolla (5 Grace), Neha Kumar (5 Grace), Nandita Joshi (5 Faith), Samuel Tan (5 Grace) and Charlotte Tan (4 Wisdom), competed in the Grand Finals of the PSDO. Opposing the motion ‘This House would ban animal testing’, the team sparred against opponents Temasek Primary School, honing their skills as they presented rational arguments with confidence and posed challenges to their opponents with their quick retorts. After a gruelling round against Temasek Primary School, Edgefield Primary School has emerged as champions!
Neha Kumar was also named the Best Speaker in the debate.
We are jubilant with our breakthrough in Division 1 and are immensely proud of Team Edgefield!
On 29th July, Edgefield Primary's debate team participated in the Primary Schools Debate Open (PSDO), organised by the Debate Association (Singapore), in collaboration with Methodist Girls' Primary School.
We are happy to announce that our team, consisting of Nandita Joshi, Samuel Tan, Neha Kumar, Nitya Kolla and Charlotte Tan, emerged victorious in the two exciting preliminary rounds of the Division 1 debate tournament against St Andrew's Junior School and Catholic High School (Primary).
We wish Team Edgefield all the best for their last preliminary round this Saturday, 5th August!
We are pleased to announce that our debate team has won their third preliminary round of the Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) against Admiralty Primary School. Having emerged victorious in all three preliminary rounds, our team members, Neha Kumar, Nitya Kolla, Samuel Tan, Nandita Joshi and Charlotte
Tan, have advanced to the Division 1 semi-finals. We wish Team Edgefield all the best for their semi-final round against Methodist Girls’ Primary on Monday, 28th August!
We are pleased to announce that Edgefield Primary’s debate team consisting of Nandita Joshi, Samuel Tan, Neha Kumar, Nitya Kolla and Charlotte Tan, emerged victorious in the semi-finals of the Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) against Methodist Girls’ School (Primary). Nandita Joshi also clinched the Best Speaker award for this round. The team will move on to the Grand Finals against Temasek Primary School on Monday, 18th September. We wish Team Edgefield all the best for the Grand Finals!
31st YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards 2017 Singapore Inter-School Competition
YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2017 is organised by YMCA of Singapore, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Speak Good English Movement. “Plain English Speaking” is the ability to convey a convincing message to the audience with sincerity, clarity and in appropriate language.
This year, six students from Edgefield Primary School participated in the PESA Competition. We are proud to announce that our student, Charlotte Elena Tan Xuan Ning, from 4 Wisdom, has qualified for the Semi-Finals (Upper Primary Category),to be held on 3 August 2017 at the Woodlands Regional Library.
Our special congratulations to Charlotte and may you “Endeavour to Excel”.
Wits & Words 2017
The annual Wits and Words inter-school debate competition, which is jointly organized by the MOE Gifted Education branch and the Debate Association (Singapore), aims to provide primary school pupils who are passionate about debate, with a valuable platform to showcase their developing talent. It shines a well-deserved spotlight on emerging young talents in debate and exposes the general cohort of students to the exciting world of debate, which may then encourage them to widen their repertoire and take on new challenges.
After emerging as proud champions of the competition last year, Edgefield Primary was promoted to Division 1 and our students returned, better than ever, enthused to tackle a tougher playing field this year. Our debaters showcased their tenacity during the three preliminary rounds held in March and made our school proud by putting up a good fight and proving their proficiency in all three rounds. We are delighted to announce that not only has Edgefield Primary emerged as one of the top five schools in the North Zone this year, together with the combined effort of the talented debaters involved, the North Zone has also gained recognition as the top debating zone. We would like to offer a hearty congratulations to our third speaker, Lin Zong Kai, who achieved a personal best by clinching the Best Speaker award in all three preliminary rounds and was subsequently awarded with the Good Speaker Award.
We are thrilled with the notable achievements we have amassed in our first year in Division 1 and believe that the future of Edgefield Primary's Debate Team looks brighter than ever. A job well done by all our debaters!
P5 Inter-class Debate Competition 2017
Effective communication is an invaluable skill in the working world of the 21st century. The Primary 5 Debate Workshop aims to give pupils opportunities to expand thinking, speak confidently on a wide-range of topical and social issues, and to persuade an audience with creative, well-structured arguments. The program included exercises to help pupils think on their feet, develop voice projection and teamwork.
The pupils applied the strategies learnt in the Debate Workshop as they worked collaboratively in preparation for their inter-class debate competition. In the tournament, the teams grappled with issues central to education. The competition provided a valuable opportunity for pupils to hone their debating skills in a fun and engaging manner.
P3 Musical Experience 2017
On 15 May 2017, our Primary 3 pupils went for their first musical experience with their teachers. The musical, “Coraline”, has an endearing story that explores complex themes with a simple but arresting narrative. The simple message of the story for children to look closely at things as they are not always what they seem, portrays the realities that our pupils are wrapped in - the onslaught of social media news that challenge them to be discerning.
It is our belief at Edgefield to provide opportunities for our pupils to experience the magic of theatre and see the use of English Language beyond textbooks and classrooms. This musical experience furthers the development of an Edgefielder to be “an Author, a Story Teller and a Confident Speaker”.
Primary School Debate Open 2016
Over the past five weeks, 30 primary schools from all over Singapore competed at the Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) hosted by Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), and supported by Debate Association (Singapore). This national primary school tournament provided opportunities for primary school debaters to gain confidence in communicating their rational arguments and making connections when presenting their compelling research and evidence. The debaters also had to work collaboratively to support and build on the points of their teammates.
On 17 September 2016, our debate team, made up of Lin Zong Kai (5 Patience), Yashika Verma (5 Patience), Divya Kathiravan (5 Patience), Aisyah Humairah (5 Love) and Aditi Nair (5 Love), participated in the Grand Final. After an exciting final round, Edgefield Primary School emerged as champions (Division 2). Yashika Verma was also voted best speaker for the finals. Individual speakers were scored for each of the three preliminary rounds and the top five speakers were given the overall Good Speaker Award. We would like to congratulate Lin Zong Kai and Yashika Verma, who have done well and are the recipients of the overall Good Speaker Award.
Well done Team Edgefield, you have done us proud!
Primary School Debate Open 2016
In August 2016, our debate team participated in the Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) organised by the Debate Association (Singapore), in collaboration with Methodist Girls’ Primary School.
We are happy to announce that our team, consisting of Lin Zong Kai (5 Patience), Yashika Verma (5 Patience), Divya Kathiravan (5 Patience), Aisyah Humairah (5 Love) and Aditi Nair (5 Love), has emerged victorious in all the three exciting preliminary rounds of this debate tournament!
Team Edgefield will be moving on to the Grand Finals (Division 2) on 17 September 2016, Saturday. Continue to Endeavour to Excel, Team Edgefield!
Wits and Words 2016
The Wits and Words Inter-school Debate Championship is jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch with Debate Association (Singapore) and Nanyang Girls’ High School. A total of 72 teams took part in the preliminary rounds of the Debate Championship this year. Our pupils had to communicate confidently about current issues and make connections with their experiences and research as they engaged in debates with teams from other schools. The hard work and resilience of Edgefield Primary’s debate team proved successful as they blazed through the preliminary and semi-final rounds to eventually emerge as the Division 2 Champions at the Grand Finals. Congratulations to Team Edgefield, we are tremendously proud of you!
2016 Musical Experience
On 20 May 2016, our Primary 3 pupils went for their first musical experience with their teachers. The musical, based on Roald Dahl's 'The Witches', provided a theatrical experience that Edgefield leveraged on in developing our pupils to have a love for the English Language.
Through the musical experience, we hoped to grow the little minds of our Primary 3 pupils to see the use of the English Language beyond the classrooms, where language created a wonderful world of laughter and colour for them.
A Question and Answer session with the actors also piqued the curiosity of our pupils to find out more about the characters and the details in putting up a musical! Not only was it a day that our pupils thoroughly enjoyed, it was also a day for learning beyond the classroom.
On 2 March 2016, the English Language Department (EL Dept) introduced Erik’s Palmer’s Six Traits of Speaking to all pupils at the assembly programme.
The EL Dept recognises the importance of being an effective communicator in the 21st century and speaking well is a core skill that our pupils need, even into their adulthood.
The Six Traits of Speaking are:
The EL Dept believes that once the pupils are armed with these traits to remind themselves when they are speaking, we will be moving another step towards nurturing them to be a Confident Speaker.