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English & Literature

We are a team of creative and astute language professionals, tenaciously devoted to nurturing Fairsians to become effective listeners, avid readers, inspiring orators, perceptive thinkers and outstanding wordsmiths.

Only Readers Can Ace

To imbue a zeal for reading, Fairsians are exposed to different genres of fiction and non-fiction writing during English lessons. This is meant to expose students to a wide range of reading materials, provide them with varying perspectives on different subjects and interest them to form educated opinions on current affairs in the world. 

Through these efforts, we aim to provide a good foundation in English that culminates in excellent reading and writing skills for life.

English Week 

During the annual English Week, teachers work together to design, organise and carry out language-focused activities to create an exciting and engaging language learning environment for all our students.

Fuelled by the desire for Fairsians to become effective listeners, avid readers, budding writers, perceptive thinkers and inspiring orators, the teachers conduct activities like Win, Lose or Draw, Taboo, Literary Charades, Spelling Bees and Tongue Twisters and Murder Mystery to hone the students’ abilities to think on their feet, inculcate a love for the language and give diverse perspectives on English beyond the normal curriculum.

Community Problem Solving Project

One of the key highlights for Secondary Three students is the Community Problem Solving Project. For a duration of two terms, students work in groups of four to five to create a solution for an authentic problem faced by the Fairfield community and a community that they have identified beyond Fairfield. This project hones the students’ critical and inventive thinking, communication abilities, collaborative and information skills, which are key competencies required in the 21st Century.

Applying the rigour of divergent and convergent thinking in their teams, students work on a series of comparative evaluation to arrive at the most significant problem and most effective solution, before presenting their final research findings and detailed analysis to their peers and teachers. After that, the best projects from each class are considered for actual implementation and follow through. This is a signature project of the English department that aims to make learning and problem solving as real and authentic as possible for the students.

Voice of a Fairsian Programme

The English department’s four-year ‘Voice of A Fairsian Programme’ cultivates students’ confidence in public speaking and advocacy skills. This programme, which consists of engaging language-focused activities like debate, drama, speech and oral presentations, enable students to develop the ability to form sound opinions through thorough analysis and deep reflection; articulate, persuade and convince others appropriately; and muster the courage to speak up, stand up for and act upon one’s views and beliefs – and hence, grow a stronger personal voice.

In addition, the English Language department establishes strategic partnerships with relevant organisations to find competition platforms to help students excel in various prestigious speaking competitions like the ‘YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA)’ and the ‘National Public Speaking Competition (NPSC)’.

Through the close guidance of our English Language teachers, students gain the intellectual experience to not only broaden their oratorical experience, but also pit their speaking skills and creativity against the very best local speakers. 

Fairfield is proud of the achievement of the following talented young speaker who delivered his award-winning speech.

2018 YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA)

B Vithiyadhar (Sec 3A) – Champion (Upper Secondary Category)

Future Problem Solving Programme

The Future Problem Solving Programme (FPSP) involves a series of rigorous academic competitions in which students apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to hypothetical future situations. In preparation for the competition, students take part in training sessions, conduct research, and attend various talks on the topic. Previous topics include the following: genetic modification, 3D printing, educational disparities, natural disasters, animal testing, and philanthrocapitalism. 

Since 2016, Fairfield has been sending students to compete in two of the FPSP competitions: Global Issues Problem Solving and Scenario Writing. Despite fierce competition from veteran FPSP competitors such as RGS, SCGS, NUSH, Dunman High, and HCI, Fairsians have managed to win various awards.

Global Issues Problem Solving (Team) Finals (Honourable Mention)
Loh Chun Heng Jaden (Sec 2E) 
Noah Zachary Grigoroff (Sec 3B) 
Isacc Tan Yi Shan (Sec 3E)
Shaun Singh Nijar (Sec 3F)

Global Issues Problem Solving (Alternates) (First Place)
Caprise Chew Jyn-Uun (Sec 3E)

Presentation of Action Plan 
Loh Chun Heng Jaden (Sec 2E) --- First Place
Noah Zachary Grigoroff (Sec 3B) --- First Place
Caprise Chew Jyn-Uun (Sec 3E) --- First Place
Isacc Tan Yi Shan (Sec 3E) --- First Place
Shaun Singh Nijar (Sec 3F) --- First Place

Global Issues Problem Solving (Individual) 
Raelee Toh Hsuan Hui --- Second Place

Scenario Writing 
Sarah Long --- Third Place

Achievements in Writing Competitions

The English Language department also actively hones our students’ writing skills and establishes strategic partnerships with relevant organisations to find competition platforms to help them excel in various prestigious writing competitions like ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’ as well as the ‘Safety Starts with Me Creative Story Writing Competition’. 

Through the close guidance of our English Language teachers, students gain the intellectual experience to not only broaden their writing experience, but also pit their writing skills and creativity against the very best local and international writers. 

Fairfield is proud of the achievements of the following talented and creative young writers who delivered prize-winning masterpieces after seizing the unique opportunity to make their voice heard on both the local and global platforms.
2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
Enne Er (Sec 2E) --- Bronze Award (Junior Category)

2019 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition
Jaz Samantha Ku ( Sec 4E ) --- Bronze
Zhang Ruitao (Sec 4E ) --- Bronze
Keagan Guay ( Sec 4F ) --- Bronze
Enne Er (Sec 2E ) --- Consolation

2018 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition
Gwyneth Goh (Sec 4F) --- Gold Award
Muhammad Afiq (Sec 4F) --- Silver Award

2017 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition
Timothy Seah Kai Le (Sec 4E) --- Silver Award
Chan Zhi Yang (Sec 4F) --- Bronze Award

2016 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
Kang Ruo Xuan (Sec 2B) --- Bronze Award (Junior Category)
Rachel Shannon (Sec 3E) --- Bronze Award

2016 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition 
Kessrina Ong Wang Yiting (Sec 4F) --- Silver Award
Yap Ying Ting Megan (Sec 4F) --- Silver Award
Amos Hung Jun Tao (Sec 4F) --- Bronze Award
Chan Tse Ern Faith (Sec 3E) --- Consolation Award
Shannon Rachel Yohannan (Sec 3E) --- Consolation Award

2015 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition 
Shannon Rachel (Sec 2B) --- Gold Award
Joel Lee Wen Jun (Sec 1E) --- Silver Award
Clarise Chew (Sec 4F) --- Bronze Award
Yvette Wu (Sec 4E) --- Consolation Award

2015 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
Raelee Toh (Sec 1A) --- Silver Award
Shannon Rachel (Sec 2B) --- Bronze Award
Ruth Kumar (Sec 2B) --- Bronze Award

2014 Safety Starts With Me Writing Competition 
Claryl Ho (Sec 4E) --- Gold Award
Esther Tan (Sec 4E) --- Silver Award
Quek Ee Hui (Sec 2E) --- Silver Award
Clement Leong (Sec 4E) --- Bronze Award
Christopher Kwek (Sec 4E) --- Bronze Award

2014 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 
Kristine Chng (4D) --- Silver Award
Elizabeth Phan (3F) --- Silver Award

Achievements in Scrabble Competitions 

Taking part in Scrabble competitions is a new endeavour that a handful of Secondary One students initiated this year. It all started with three students who took part in Scrabble competitions while they were in primary school, who expressed their desire to join the secondary school Scrabble competitions. They roped in their classmates and friends to form teams, to great success. Scrabble is a great platform to hone students’ strategic thinking skills and to draw on and expand their extensive vocabulary. 

2018 8th Super Zone Schools Scrabble Competition
Wong Min (Sec 1E) (Captain) -- Champion 
Nathaniel Hsiao Chi Ping (Sec 1A)-- Champion 
Siak Wan Rong Megan (Sec 1E) -- Champion 

Rayner Wan (Sec 1E) (Captain) --- 4th Runner Up
Chrisye Cheong (Sec 1E) --- 4th Runner Up
Thisath Atapattu (Sec 1E) --- 4th Runner Up 

17th Inter-School National Scrabble Championship 
Nathaniel Hsiao Chi Ping (Sec 1A) --- ‘C’ Division – Bowl Category - 4th Placing

English Literature

Sec 1 to 4 ‘Watch A Play’ Programme

To help Literature students understand and engage with their Literature texts more successfully, excursions to the theatre are organised for them. We hope that this will increase their appreciation for the Arts and inculcate in them a love for the performance of literary works.

National Schools Literature Festival 

On 21 July 2018, two teams of Literature students represented Fairfield at the National Schools Literature Festival. Over 2000 participants from over 120 schools attended the event held at Paya Lebar Methodist Secondary School. A team of eight students participated in the lower secondary book trailer category, and a team of four Secondary 3 students participated in the Upper Secondary Unseen Text Debate. This was meant to expose students to how Literature is taught and presented in other schools, and to allow them to learn from other students about different modes of performances and genres of Literature. It also allows them to challenge themselves and pit their skills against stronger competitors so that they can always improve and be a better version of themselves. Both teams came in first in their competition rooms at the National Schools Literature Festival.

Upper Secondary Unseen Text Debate --- National First Placing
Lower Secondary Book Trailer --- National First Placing
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Name & AppointmentName & Appointment
Mdm Tan Sor Tin 
HOD English Language & Literature
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 Mr Joseph Guo Enliang
LH English Language  
 Mrs Kwok-Chang Jiapei 
LH English Language 
Sec 4C  Form Teacher
 Ms Nio Qing Hui Brenda 
Assistant Year Head 
 Miss Clarissa Koh.jpgMs Koh Wei Shan Clarissa 
Year Head ( Upper Sec)

Mr Chua Chong Yuan Alvin 
Sec 4G1 Form Teacher 
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Sec 3G1  Form Teacher 
Yee-Suet-Fong-Dawn.jpgMdm Yee Suet Fong Dawn  
Sec 1B  Form Teacher 
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Sec 3C Form Teacher
Ms Lim Mei Yee Joanna 
Sec 2A Form Teacher
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mrs tay-seow li ern helsa.jpgMrs Tay - Seow Li Ern Helsa 
Sec  1B  Form Teacher 

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Ms Venetia Anne Chong Pei Ni  
Sec 2G2 Form Teacher 
Ms Nur Fazilah 
AED (EL/Humanities) 
Sec 4H Form Teacher
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Sec  2E  Form Teacher 

Ms Yee Minyi Meagan 
Sec 2B Form Teacher 
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Sec 3A Form Teacher 
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Sec 1H Form Teacher