29 Jan
2014
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Testimonials

Check out our Testimonials from participating students, teachers & parents:

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“Indeed the Story Challenge Tournament is a good platform for students to tap on their creativity, spontaneity and teamwork as they come together to present stories, given the topics and conditions. It allows students to think on their feet and draw on personal experiences as they present entertaining yet thought provoking stories. The pre-competition workshop is also a good way for the students to get a taste of the competition and this year’s offer of conducting workshops in our schools is wonderful. Thank you for the extra effort!”
Mrs. Angeline Lim, teacher, Nanyang Girls’ High School

 

“When my teacher Ms Han told us about this, we had no idea what it was. We just signed up for it as a group and went into it. From then we got to know more about Story Challenge. We have learnt many things. In fact, our friendship bond has increased. We feel disappointed, obviously, for not winning, but it was a great experience. We’ll definitely be back next year!”
~ G. Dharshen, student, Teck Whye Secondary School

 

“Apart from learning theatre skills, drama skills or English, more importantly they learnt life skills of dealing with ups and downs, coping with disappointments and how to overcome that and not just sit in regret. This was a great experience for them, especially at Sec 1, and I hope to send in more teams next year. However, I know that there’s a cap of 2 teams per school and we will also look at the individual categories to develop students who are more confident speaking alone. I think this is really a great opportunity for students to be confident in a small venue because this is not the theatre, where it’s big, but probably just a 50-seater so they would still feel that space is quite safe. I think this was a great effort by The Theatre Practice, so thank you very much.”
~ Ms Han Yi Qian, teacher, Teck Whye Secondary School

 

“We have learnt that we must look at things from different perspectives, not just at the actual words themselves. You must not be so nervous and you must have fun because when you have fun, you will do well in the competition.”
~ Tan Jia Le, student, Evergreen Secondary School

 

“I learnt that team spirit is very important. We prepared quite a lot (for this competition) and I have to thank Mr Zachary Ho. He’s a really good trainer. I really hope I can participate again next year. Story Challenge rocks!”
~ Yeo Hui Qi, Eunice, student, Evergreen Secondary School

 

“We learnt a lot, like how to work together as a team. Trying to produce a story in front of a big audience requires a lot of courage and team work. We must trust our team mates. If someone slips up, we cannot blame him, but should instead try to build it together in the story. If something is not right in the story, we will try to patch it up and improvise. Our teachers taught us how to develop a story, given a topic and condition. They taught us how to really think on the spot, gather any ideas and combine them to form a great story.”
~ Joel Tan En Sheng, student, Yangzheng Primary School

 

“Our teachers taught us about time management. If it was below 3 minutes, they would tell us that it was too short and how to make the story longer.”
~ Hayden Chua Sheng Heng, student, Yangzheng Primary School

 

“I think this competition is great for the children in terms of their stage experience and also getting their language right. I encouraged Hayden by giving him feedback on the way he performed. I think he learnt how to interact in terms of cooperation and team work, and most importantly improving on his English language skills.”
~ Mr Tony Chua, parent of Hayden Chua, Yangzheng Primary School

 

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“这个比赛能够锻炼学生的创意思维,而且还要考验他们临场发挥的能力,非常有挑战性。。。(可以)锻炼学生的胆量。内容有趣,但是也鼓励学生宣扬正确价值观,值得向学生推荐。不去比赛的学生也喜欢去观赛,从中得到不少乐趣,也因此提高了他们学习华文的兴趣。这是一个带入课室的教学活动。。。考验学生的演技。”

~曾若老师,国家初级学院
Ms Jacquelyn Chan Jiat Luang, teacher, National Junior College

 

“我觉得这个比赛很有挑战性,学生也可发挥讲故事的潜能,从中也体会到说故事的乐趣,应该继续主办下去。”
~李婉迎老师,海星中
Ms Lee Wan Yin, teacher, Maris Stella High School

 

“故事擂台是一个很好的创意平台,能够让学生通过这样的一个形式去发挥自己的语文优势,而且发挥自己的创意。用一种自由、活泼的形式来训练学生的表达能力与自信,也可说是一种“玩中学”的体现。因此,我会鼓励学生进行这样的一种活动,并且让之成为语文学习的一种方式。”
何志良老师,立化中学
Mr Allan Ho Chee Leong, teacher, River Valley High School

 

“参加故事擂台赛,可以锻炼学生的团队互助精神。他们学会合作,重视队友。同时对他们的语言表达能力有显著的提高。”
~ Mr Yang Wen Zhong, teacher, Hwa Chong Institution (华侨中学)

So, what do you think?