The school's Tamil department aims to develop pupils to be able to use the language fluently and confidently in formal and informal contexts.
Besides developing pupils to become passionate Tamil learners, we also focus on exposing the pupils to the Indian culture so that they can truly appreciate their roots and traditions.
Many programs and activities are planned and carried out in order to achieve the desired outcomes.
Key Programs and Activities:
1) Learning Journey - Pongal Learning Journey
In January, our P4 Tamil pupils went on a learning journey to the ‘Pongal’ bazaar at Little India. The girls had a meaningful experience finding more about the festival. They watched a demo on traditional fabric painting and had fun watching the cows which were brought over to the bazaar from the Viknesh dairy farm. There were huge sugar-canes and colourful ‘Pongal’ pots lined up for public viewing and for purchasing.
2) Mother Tongue Fortnight Week
Pupils will be given the opportunities to participate in cultural activities. The TL department organized fun and cultural activities for all levels from P1-P6 during the MT Fortnight Week. The pupils will learn valuable information about the Indian culture and will also have exciting hands-on activities.
3) Mother Tongue Cultural Camp
P3 pupils will have the opportunity to experiment and try out activities related with the three Mother Tongue cultures. In 2014, the pupils had a meaningful and fun time painting the Indian lamps, writing the Malay calligraphy and decorating the Chinese kites.
4) Speech and Drama – P2
As part of the Tamil department’s effort to develop our pupils’ communication skills in Tamil, we are organising Tamil speech and drama programme for our Primary Two Tamil pupils. The objectives of this workshop are to develop the child’s clarity in pronunciation, accuracy in speech and also to develop the pupil’s public speaking skills.
5) Deepavali Programme
Our Deepavali concert is usually staged during the Oct-Nov period. Pupils will put up items which exhibit the Indian culture. From the Deepavali concert, the non-Hindu pupils also learn more about Deepavali.
6) Reading Program – P1-P6
Pupils will be encouraged to read a variety of books to improve on their reading skills. There will also be Tamil books available in the school and class library.
7) iMTL Portal (Online Learning) – P4 to P6
iMTL portal serves as a good interactive online portal for pupils to complete online tasks, post their views, post video recordings and even interact with their peers. This is an interesting mode of learning for the upper primary pupils.
8) Level Competitions – P1- P6
To create a vibrant MTL learning environment in school, a variety of competitions are held annually. Every pupil is encouraged to participate in these competitions. Besides aiming to raise pupils’ Mother Tongue proficiency, these competitions also serve as platforms for pupils to showcase their skills and talents.