VS EDGE Sec 1 Orientation- From Past to Present!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Closing thoughts ....

Dear parents, after a long 2 days, the boys have all been sent to sleep and we will be back in school tomorrow afternoon.

They are all in high spirits and will be having a good night's sleep after a long exhausting but eventful day.


Good night to all parents
Thank you for all your support and see you all in school tomorrow

Campfire Archives

Here is the complete Camp Fire footage that was streamed 'live' via Qik from 8.00pm to 9.30pm

1)Opening Address by Principal and Light-up

2)Starting Acts

3) "I ask my Girl" - VS Remix

4)"I ask my Girl" - Audience Participation version

5)More classs skits

6) Even More Skits and Cheering

7) Lagi more Cheering

8)Last performances by classes and junior leaders

9) Cheering Finale and Victorian Anthemn

CAMP FIRE - Finale

Parents we have come to the end of our 'Live' feed Qik streaming for our EDGE 2010 Campfire. We are working to upload the previous footage for viewing for those that were not able to join us live.
Should be up before mid-night depending on network speed- check the tag box for updates

Meanwhile, you can still view the closing moments of the campfire below.

Oooh Lala.....Cikgu Sayang!

After standing for the whole day chest deep in the muddy swamp, what is the first thing that our solid-solid, kilat-kilat, Kamp Kommandant do?
He puts the interests of the boys first, man!

Underneath Mr Amir's 'garang' demeanour is a true heart of gold. Here we see him giving the boys a good thorough washing before he himself washes up!

Mr Amir, you da best dah! Patiently rinsing all the muddy boys.
Mr Amir is not only 'sikit atas' ah, he is super-duper lagi atas.

Mr Amir, baik lah!!

"Testing 1-2-3"

TESTING Channel for 'Live' Feed

"Doctor, doctor, I'm not feeling well..."

Dear Parents,

Many of you are anxious whether your sons are in good health, eating well, feeling homesick.

Some of you may be concerned about what happens should students fall sick? There may be no news from camp, you may not have managed to spot your sons in the videos or pictures, how do you know if he's alright?

Well, in every Sec 1 Camp we definitely do get boys who do not feel well for a variety of reasons. That is part and parcel of running and managing a camp.

We monitor each case closely and ensure that the Form Teacher, the Sec 1 Level Co-ordinator (Mr Ben Khor, who's also staying in with us) and the Camp Commandant, Mr Amir are aware of each case.

So what do we do in cases of real emergency?

Ta dah- we have the one and only Victoria van. Our 24hr safety vehicle located right with us at the camp!

For those boys who need medicial attention, we have contacted their parents and in these cases brought them to the clinic to see the doctor.
As you can see, we take the safety of our students seriously and when the need arises, we will act to take the necessary measures to safeguard the well-being of our students.

In the above cases, once the doctor has given his prognosis, we will advise the parents accordingly and then work with them to manage the situation.

So rest assured that your sons are in good hands!

Recipe to make one Victorian student (Some assembly required)

Recipe to make 1 Victorian
The following recipe makes 1 Victorian
(Some assembly is required)

1) First take 1 pair of muddy shoes


...to take him off the beaten track

2) Add in a few elements of risk
...to take him out of his comfort zone

3) Add periodic long distance runs during the process
... so that he learns to go the distance for there is Nothing Without Labour

4) Allow for a few mistakes in life
... do he learns to find his way in the dark

5) Mixture will sometimes get tangled up but allow to simmer on low heat
... so that he learns to sort things out himself

6) Keep stirring mixture
... so that he learns to mix well with others

7) When ready, serve with humilty
... so that he learns that each person's success is dependent on the support of those next to him.

8) Leave recipe to set for 4 years (always checking constantly with teachers)
and voila

1 complete Victorian

Made in 4 years

but guaranteed for LIFE

"I got you, bro...."

One of our favourite team-building activities is the Tire and Pole
The task is for students to lift a rubber tire up and over an upright wooden pole

They come up with some crazy, innovative and outrageous ways to support each other, carry each other and stay balanced

Sometimes the tire is able to pass over the pole, sometimes not.
But in all cases, the activity is a success.
You see, the point about Tire and Pole isn't about how high you can get the Tire; neither is it about the height of the Pole.

The point of Tire and Pole is how well you carry each other- and if you can do that without letting each other fall, then you know that you have made a friend you can depend upon.

Day 2 Consolidated Photos

Hi Parents, here are the consolidated photos from the cameras of 2 of our student photographers.

We have edited and sorted through all the pictures to give you the best shots.
Click on image to enjoy the slide show

UPDATED: Additions to Day 1 Consolidated photos

Dear parents, here are the photos taken by our student photographers and consolidated here in the gallery for you.
They have been updated with NEW ADDITIONS from another camera.

Click on images to scroll through slideshow

Mathematics for Campers

Mathematics for Campers

1 x videographer to collect 30mins of watchable footage = 4 man-hours
2 x photographer to collect 500 shots of photos = 4 man-hours x 2 = 8 man-hours
NB: to catch it on film, you have to be there, do the activity and follow it through

Sorting through videos and photos = 2 man-hours
Uploading of footage = 5 min per 10MB, about 5 man-hours daily
Publishing of blog, extraction of html coding, = 6 man-hours daily

Total 25 man-hours for total blog post for 1 day
wait... one day has only 24 hours.
Liddat how? How to fit 25 hours work in 24 hours?

Stressed Victorian

Liddat that siao liao lor

Lunch time!


It's lunch time now so the boys will be going for their meals

I've been following 1A and 1B for the first half of the day to catch the Nature Rumble and the Kayaking, so I could't be everywhere at once- but I'm sure all of you were able to see ALL you sons energetically welcoming the dawn of this new day during their morning PT.

Will give more photos at the end of the day after we consolidate from the student photographers

Kayaking in the Johor Straits

After washing of the mud from our 'Spa experience', I was just in time to catch 1A and 1B as they were attending their safety brief in preparation for their kayak session:

You can see that our instructors are very detailed with their safety briefs and ensure that our students know how to use all equipment properly

Before beginning any activity in open water, we always ensure that all students put on PFD and are familiar with their use in being able to float safely in open water:

After ensuring that the boys are able to float safetly, we set out to sea!
Having to dodge errant kayaks, take video, paddle my kayak and avoid getting hit by the students' paddle was a challenge- luckily I never capsize:

Despite their initial awkwardness, the boys soon gained their confidence and were able to manuever smoothly and confidently around the area:

Of to change now and get the boys ready for lunch!

Spa Victoria

So finally ladies and gentlemen, I am back from my spa session!
If you parents would like to feel young and rejuvenated, I strongly recommend joining us for a Spa adventure (haha, can get our Parents Support Group to organise la)

I joined Sec 1A and Sec 1B for our Spa adventure. So here's the spa package offered by Spa Victoria
First all, we had the herbal mud-pack body wrap :) to detox and exfoiliate your body and infuse you with the Victorian Spirit!

Next we have our mangrove jacuzzi for clearer and smoother skin:

I'm sure parent's want to see a before and after, right?
"My complexion was really bad, before Victoria Spa, this is how I looked..."
Bearded Look

"... But after my experience with Spa Victoria...., my skin became silky smooth."

All of us enjoyed ourselves greatly and it the trek back to camp was filled with loud cheers and joyful songs.

I'm heading over to kayaking side now!

Rotation of Activities

The various clusters will be rotating through the cycle of activities from 8.00am to 12.00pm

Here we see some of the boys attempting the Spider-Web crossing. It's a team-building exercise where the group aims to help the members cross to the other side without touching any of the ropes

Yesterday, Sec 1A, 1B and 1C had their Form Teacher's time. Today, a different cluster of class will get to spend time with their Form Teachers in the morning.
Here, we see Miss Pesvien New from 1H skillfully leading her class through the Vision, Mission and Values of Victoria School

Am heading off for the Nature Rumble today to try and capture some footage from within the mudpool itself. It's my turn to get wet, dirty and muddy-- can't let my abang, Mr Amir have all the funs.
So be patient for updates as I will only be back after 10am

Temperature Check!!!

Even at camp, we ensure that we maintain high levels of health and safety.
After breakfast, all teachers conducted a temperature check for thier classes.
For those without thermometers, Camp Commandant, Mr Amir, did their temperature screening personally

Students who have temperatures above trigger point of 37.6 will be isolated in the sick back and we will monitor their status and if necessary get in touch with their parents. Rest assured that they are safe with us and all those needing attention will be monitored and parents kept informed.

A new day begins! Day 2 of EDGE 2010

Good morning!
Today our boys were up at 6.30am for their morning PT.

Kudos to our Senior Leader Hussein who led them in the exercises.

Woohoo!!! I love VS too!

Next our Camp Commandant, Mr Amir took some time to speak with out campers to set the tone and expectation for their second day of camp.

Day 1 Consolidated Photos

Dear parents, here are the photos taken by our student photographers and consolidated here in the gallery for you.

Click on images to scroll through slideshow