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Mother Tongue


CVSS Mother Tongue Department aims to provide interesting learning experiences to enable our North Stars to experience and discover a whole realm of new knowledge and appreciate their own culture and roots. In addition, we hope to provide learning opportunities where our North Stars get to hone their language skills so that they become effective and competent users of their Mother Tongue languages.

Chinese New Year

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, our Lower Secondary students took part in an inter-class Dog Mascot Competition, where each class designed a costume for their mascot using recycled materials, dressed up and paraded their mascot on stage.  There were also enthralling performances by our band, choir and dance, as well as special performances by our teachers!

Hari Raya Celebration

This year marked the second time the Malay Language teachers conducted a Hari Raya gathering for our Malay North Stars. Our North Stars came to school in their colourful traditional wear and many activities were organised, including Best Dressed Competition, performances by students and a mass dance. It was truly a fun and engaging celebration!

Our North Stars introducing the apps to Prof Tse Shek Kam from Hong Kong.JPGOur sporting North Stars doing a mass dance. They had so much fun!.jpg

L: Our North Stars introducing the apps to Prof Tse Shek Kam from Hong Kong
R:  Enjoying a traditional Malay mass dance

Mother Tongue FortnightLearning about wedding procession, complete with the Kompang and Pengapit.jpg

To allow our students to better appreciate our Mother Tongue cultures, a series of activities were introduced to our North Stars this year. As part of the Speak Mandarin campaign, we invited Noontalk artiste Aloysius Pang to share his experience in learning the language with our students. During assembly, Aloysius Pang also played some language games with our North Stars. It is hoped that through the programme, our North Stars will be inspired to learn their Mother Tongue languages well and experience the joy of mastering them. In addition, some of our North Stars also participated in a learning journey to Mediacorp where they went behind the scenes to understand Singapore’s media landscape.

Enactment of a wedding procession, complete with the Kompang and Pengapit

This year, the Malay Language Mother Tongue Fortnight activities centred on the theme of Malay Weddings. Our North Stars had the opportunity to gain more knowledge on Malay culture through the practices, etiquette, craft work and fine arts associated to the theme. Our North Stars also took part in a mock wedding ceremony where they learnt to make wedding gifts and wedding invitation cards, attended a kompang workshop and learnt Malay etiquette through Makan Berdamai (Communal Eating). To top it off, our students participated in a learning trail at Kampong Glam and Malay Heritage Centre.

Chinese Language Flagship Programme

To enhance students’ competencies in their oracy skills, enrichment programmes have been designed for our Lower Secondary Express stream students to be implemented from 2018 onwards. Secondary 1 students will develop their oracy skills through comics drawing while Secondary 2 students will undergo speech and drama lessons.

Language games with Aloysius Pang.JPGOur North Stars emerged victorious at the North Zone Secondary Schools Chinese Speech Competition.JPG

L: Aloysius Pang playing language games together with our North Stars

R: Our North Stars emerged victorious at the North Zone Secondary Schools Chinese Speech Competition


Our students had done us proud by clinching several awards at national and cluster competitions. Our North Stars clinched two Excellence Awards in the ‘2018 National Chinese Mobile App Development By Students For Students Competition’. Our teams also clinched the Lower Secondary Category First Position and Most Popular Award and Upper Secondary Category Second Position at the ‘2018 National Create Your Own Newspaper Competition’. At the 12th Dunman High Inter-school Theatresports Competition, our team garnered the hotly contested Most Creative Award again. This year, our inspiring Malay teachers also brought glory to the school by attaining the Bronze Award in the 2018 MOE Innergy Awards for their submission titled ‘Teacher-developed App to Promote Normal Technical Students' Reading Competency’.