English Language & Literature
VISION, MISSION AND DEPARTMENT’S GOALS
A Bendemeerian will possess life-long competencies and be proficient in the English Language, for effective communication in the 21st Century.
To develop our students’ abilities to use the English Language appropriately and confidently, with a keen awareness of the purpose, audience and context,
in terms of Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing.
• To develop an appreciation for the English Language.
• To engage students in developing skills that go beyond the classroom environment.
• To achieve value-added results.
• Sec 1E DramaWorkz – tied in with Literature Curriculum
• Sec. 2N DramaWorkz – tied in with English Curriculum
• Sec. 2E Story-Telling Module
• Sec. 3E/ 3N Radio Play Project
• Sec. 4E/ 5N Writing in the Morning programme
• Weekly News-in-Class programme for all levels/ streams/ classes
• Weekly Newspaper programme for all levels/ streams/ classes
• Reading Programme for all levels/ streams/ classes
National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF)
The National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF) is the biggest literary festival for students in Singapore and has provided a powerful platform to develop students’ passion and love for literature. This year we sent our biggest group yet, with four upper secondary Debate teams and a lower secondary Choral Reading team.
Being well prepared and well rehearsed, all five teams put on great performances. Our debate teams put forth their arguments and convinced the judges with much fervor and passion. The most intense debate was the final debate of the day for Bendemeer, the Sec 4 Unseen Poetry debate. Done with their own competitions, the others had gathered round to watch the match play out. It was a nail-biting debate, with both sides putting forth convincing arguments. Then Krislyn Foo, the final speaker stepped up and stood resolute against her opponents. She placed her notes gently down, needing not to refer to them, as her hands conducted an imaginary orchestra to rebut against each and every inconsistency brought up. Here’s what she thought of the whole experience:
“This NSLF competition was definitely an enriching and memorable experience. I have picked up many essential skills needed for Literature and more importantly, my love for literature has definitely deepened. After this festival, I have started to look forward to unraveling the hidden messages in unseen poems, enjoying literature lessons way more than I did in the past!”
Meanwhile, the lower secondary choral reading team delivered the poem “Homework, I Love You”, by Kenn Nesbitt with such gusto that the judges were left nodding and laughing at the tongue-in-cheek performance. The competition was tough, and we stood against forty-two other schools. When our school’s name was announced at the prize giving ceremony, the team leaders Shafiqa and Sofia ran forward to the stage beaming with pride.
“NSLF has been a joy and a delightful experience. If I had the chance to do it again, I would in a heartbeat.”—Arielle Nur Shafiqa, 2R1
It was indeed a meaningful experience for the entire Bendemeer team, and the hard work put in was rewarded with a total of three trophies: Silver Medal for Choral Speaking, Winner for Sec 3 Set Text Debate and Winner for Sec 4 Unseen Poetry.