A few words of wisdom spoken straight from the heart. Here is a collection of tips and advice from current students and school alumni.
My favourite Spot
in Canberra Secondary School
My most favourite spot in Canberra Secondary School is the foyer. This is because that is the spot where most of us would gather after a school event, and discuss where to go for lunch. Passing through the foyer every morning will remind me about the different events that took place at the foyer for example the 'Lunchtime Hour' where there were different performances from singing, to playing the drums and even performing magic. The foyer is a comfortable spot where there are decorations that are followed by the special events such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and even National Day.
My favourite spot in Canberra secondary school has to be the first table nearest to the gym in the canteen. Why? You may ask. Well, back then as a student I spent most of my time there with all my friends after school almost every day without fail. From working on group projects, studying or for most of the time gaming, my friends and I would sit there for hours only to realise it is 6pm and we had to head home. So much has happened at the spot for the past 4 years and I will not be forgetting that spot.
My favourite spot in CBS will definitely be the canteen. The canteen has been an important part of my secondary school life. It served different purposes throughout my years in CBSS. When I was a lower secondary student, the canteen was a place for me to play games with my friends, talk while eating and just lay there to sleep. Into my secondary 4 year, the canteen serves a very different purpose to my secondary school life. The canteen has become a place for me to study with my friends, discuss our academic goals and motivate each other while trying to give up. But it remains a place for me to take a nap, a short power nap between revisions.
To Survive Secondary School Life
1) Block out all the negative thoughts, so that it does not pull you down, instead you will be able to continue on persevering
2) Having fun is okay but do not forget to study. It is true some of us go to school for the sake of meeting our friends but studies are important too so that you get better understanding of topics taught
3) Find ways to relieve stress, reason being if you let it build up it is going to be very hard to cope with it and it will affect you in the long run
Build a Foundation
It is good to build a strong foundation on your core subjects during your lower secondary years. It is important to have a healthy balance between your academic life and social life. Besides spending time doing homework and revising, having the company of school friends is always a plus.
Write down *all* the homework that are given by the teachers so that you would not miss out on any assignment. I promise you that you will feel more confident going to school with all your assignments completed.
Have a fixed schedule at home. Having a personal time table for school/studies at home, can really help you complete all your assignments and ensure you have sufficient rest. Spend lesser time on your gadgets as it would definitely distract you from achieving your goal(s).
Stress as a Motivator
Turn your stress into good stress. For example, Semestral Assessment is round the corner. Instead of feeling stress, why not think of the path you want to go after secondary school which would give you motivation to study, turning the bad stress into a good stress.
Take It Easy
For my fellow uniform group members: crack jokes. Life does not have to be awfully strict. Cracking jokes allows you to relieve unwarranted tension and stress accumulated from your stressful moments. Jokes were one reason why I was able to enjoy every NPCC parade session. Create inside jokes with good friends.
My favourite Memory
in Canberra Secondary School
During the production of 'Reuben Evens Things Out'. It was the first time I was exposed to videography. It opened my eyes on the possibilities of video storytelling and how having a strong narrative can move your audience. I was inspired and have decided to pursue it more in poly. Now, I’m interning at a production house as a video editor.
My best memory in Canberra Secondary School was my participation in Secondary 1 camp as a Student Councillor. To be honest, this was my very first experience to lead the whole bunch of secondary 1 and I am also not trained as a student leader. I participated in this camp in 2020. I joined this camp as I really wanted to play a part in serving back the school before leaving for my poly. Since I have gained many experiences in Canberra Secondary School, I was confident that I was able to lead the secondary ones as a Student Councillor. I did not regret my choice as through this camp, I understood what the training student councillors have went through to make the camp possible. I've also made many new friends through this camp. It was also a good chance for me to bond with my juniors. Thus, my best memory in Canberra Secondary would be 2020 Secondary 1 camp!
"The best teacher teaches from the heart, not from the book''. This quote signifies the everlasting love and guidance that the educators in Canberra Secondary provided me during my 5 years there. They are like our 'parents', constantly nurturing us in our academic areas, always there to support us and help us clear our difficulties.
Other than academic areas, the teachers also provided morale support and encouragement to me and my cohort especially during our graduating years when we were sitting for our national examinations. I still fondly remember in the year 2017 where my cohort and I went through a series of programmes such as a Cohort Movie Session at Causeway Point Cinema during our cohort day and the small notebook given by our then cohort manager, Mr Dinesh Sawlani.
Thank you, once again to all the educators in Canberra Sec!
Memorable School Event
Event: CCA Camp
My fondest CCA memories would be during my Boys Brigade Warriors camp. My CCA mates and I had to push ourselves to determine if we would be able to become a warrior. Despite challenges we faced, we never gave up and pushed ourselves as we knew if we had succeeded, there would be benefits and our efforts would pay off.
Event: GRC Banquet
Even though I had stepped down from AVA, I still offered my help voluntarily even though I understand that my studies come first. Helping out during such a large scale event was definitely exhausting. However, the cheerful spirits of my AVA members encouraged all of us to work hard until the whole event was over. Though there were some hiccups during the actual performance, we all managed to overcome it thanks to our swift response. After the event, Mr Cruyff sponsored the whole AVA crew to a McDonald meal each. Honestly speaking, that was the best memory of my entire secondary school life. I thank everyone who has journeyed along with me throughout my 4 years in Canberra Secondary School.
Event: Sports Day
It was during sports day where we all had fun hanging out in school, participating in sports events such as 2.4km run and interclass netball and floorball competitions. It was a whole day of sports events and I remember the canteen was selling carnival food and I enjoyed the food as well as the fun atmosphere of the sports events where music was played and we all had fun with our friends! That day the ice cream man With the ice cream umbrella cart came to our school too and we bought the ice cream. It was a hot scorching day and eating the ice cream felt good.
Event: Sports Day
The school event I like the most is Sports Day Event. This is where every student gets to compete in different competitions. Many sports like Ultimate frisbee, Basketball, 4 x 100m Hurdle and etc were introduce to us. After the event, there will be overall champion class trophy. Other trophy were also given out to the best class of each sports category.