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) P3 Mother Tongue Cultural Workshop
Cultural activities are conducted to introduce traditional culture to Primary 3 pupils.
4) Level Competitions – P1-P6
Level-wide competitions are held annually to create a move vibrant MTL learning environment in school. Students are encouraged to participate in these competitions. This serves not only as an interesting way to learn Tamil but also allows students to showcase their many talents.
5) Reading Program – P1-P6
Pupils take their own initiative to find Tamil books that they are interested in and write book reviews on them. This encourages pupils to read more Tamil books. The ones who read the most will be given attractive prizes.
6) Tamil Fest
P4 and P5 students went to the Tamil Fest organised by Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre in 2018. They participated in traditional Indian games such as Uriyadithal, Puliyaattam and Oyilaattam. This instilled a sense of belonging in them to our culture.
7) Deepavali Programme
Our Deepavali concert is usually staged during the Oct-Nov period every year. Pupils will put up items which exhibits the Indian culture. From the Deepavali concert, the Non-Hindu pupils also learn more about Deepavali.