Vision of SHSS & Personal Mission Statements

Written by Raymond Tay on June 26, 2011 – 9:43 pm -

In our recent leadership training @ St. Hilda’s Sec Sch on 1 & 2 June 2011, we were very delighted by the work that the student councillors had come out with. The Sec. 1 Councillors were taught on crafting personal mission statements and here are some of their very own mission statements:

“I will only do what I think is good for others and live by this statement
‘You can never shake hands with a clenched fist.’ ”
By Shuqrie

“I want my life to be about integrity,
to always have determination to overcome hurdles.”

By Andrea Lee

“I want my life to be about who I am and what I want to do for its my mission.”
By Crystal Chee

“God created us for a reason and life is but for a season. I am “renting” space so let me pay up my rent by doing God’s Will.”
By Rohan

“Dreaming without working is useless,
Working without dreams is even worse,
But with both, I will achieve.”
By Isabel Loh

“I want my life to be about achieving greater things.
I want my life to be about doing things that are right.”
By Ruel Tan

“I want my life to be about happiness and love
between me, my family and my friends.”

By Celestee Low

“I want to be who I am inside me:
Honesty and Integrity overall,
Caring in the heart,
Discipline in my actions,
Respect towards my peers,
Quality in my doings,
Security and comfort,
I am, I can, I will.”
By Julius Khoo

“I want my life to be about friendships and teamwork.
I am caring, kind and friendly.
I will succeed.”
By Harith

The above mission statements are really beautiful and some of them really speak to the heart of other people (incl. me) as well. We can find our meaning in their words. The Sec. Two Councillors had learnt about project management and brainstormed ideas for ”Council Step Up” projects and School Improvement projects. One of the teams had identified problems such as not taking initiative, not cooperative, poor attire & grooming and punctuality issue. Some solutions proposed were empowering the councillors to take up more responsibility, providing one-to-one sharing/counselling and setting up a grace period for selected councillors to rectify.

Sec. Three Councillors had discussed and agreed on a single vision statement for the whole Student Council:

To unleash the Student Council’s leadership potential
and
uphold the duties and pride,
to excel in studies, behaviour and leadership
roles.

The President of the Student Council, Sophie Hoo had also presented her personal vision for her fellow councillors by using metaphor. She described everyone as the crews of a spaceship heading towards a shared vision together.

The winning design for Student Council Flag is:

What they said about the course:

- Claris Cheong: “This course allowed me to get to know the Sec 1 student councillors better.”

- Jeevava: “Trainers are fun and approachable. I love the outdoor activities on the 2nd day.”

- Syukri: “Trainers are friendly. They help us to clarify our problems.”

- Anjali Prakash Krishnan: “All the activities were fun and creative. I also find the games played meaningful. The trainers are very enthusiastic and understanding.”

- Aishwarya: “My two trainers, Justina & Raymond, are very enthusiastic and nice. They are the best leaders I’ve faced!”

- Jaaishini: “The trainers are fun and entertaining. They all are the servant leaders for us to look up for. My favourite activity is the Grand Finale (performances & presentations). I really like my trainers, Justina and Raymond.”

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Planning for Event or Overseas Trip

Written by Raymond Tay on December 15, 2009 – 1:28 am -

Just completed a workshop on “Safety & Crisis Planning & Management” under NUS Office of Safety, Health and Environment. It has reinforced & reminded me about the importance of safety and to think of all the necessary potential hazards that might cause risk to our event participants. Safety considerations are sometimes commonsensical but we should not take for granted. It’s better to have somebody to double check for us after we’ve given a safety planning on our own.

If you are organising an event (e.g. night cycling, sport carnival, adventure camp, expedition), you should have a separate person to act as Safety Officer (can be more than one) because as a project director, you’ll be too busy handling everything and might lose focus on safety aspect. It’s also recommended to have a Supervising Officer to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Normally, when planning any event, your organising committee need to go through three phases: Preparation, Execution and Recovery. Some important things to note will include recce trip, contingency plan and medical evacution. Indemnity form is also necessary to let participants take responsibility and protect the event organisers. However, if you neglect taking the necessary control measures, then you are still liable for any loss. Nevertheless, each & everyone of us must do our part to ensure all the activities are carried out safely.

In addition, Project Director & Safety Officer(s) should go for training on CPR & AED and borrow AED equipment for the event.

Here’s a checklist for safety planning:

1. Suitable use of Place/Venue, Sea &/or Land Route
a. Recce the place/venue, sea &/or land routes to be used during planning
b. Confirm any use of public road or places, sea lane/channel
c. Obtain relevant authorities’ official approval
d. Note & mark the hazard & risky areas due to terrain, vehicular & human traffic
e. Light condition, illumination required of the venue / stretches of route
f. Safe areas for arrival & dispersal of vehicles
g. Large area for mass assembly
h. Ease of mass evacuation & quick dispersal of crowd
i. Available covers/shelters for taking refuge from lighting & thunderstorm
j. Availability of ambulance access & casualty pick-up areas/points
k. Re-confirm the safety aspect of the place/route 2 hours before execution

2. Transportation
a. Proper & correct vehicle to be used
b. Licensed driver & driving experience
c. Familiarisation of route & danger areas
d. Carrying of load & people within allowable limits
e. Proper securing of load & bulky objects
f. Proper & suitable location for loading & unloading
g. Deployment of traffic cones & marshals
h. Use of Vehicular Rear Anti-Collision Devise / Cushion while working along
public road
i. Proper safety distance between vehicles traveling in convoy / group
j. Command, Control & Communication in dispatching, control & monitoring of vehicle convey

3. Material Handling
a. Handling of heavy load
b. Use of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) ie crane, scissor lift etc & licensed operator
c. Limitations on height & load bearing
d. Cordon & warning of MHE working area

4. Electrical Work
a. Danger of overloading of electrical power source
b. Employment of licensed commercial electricity generator, its area of
deployment, preventive cordoning & fire preventive measures
c. Safe laying, tapping down & covering of wires

5. Structural Work & Hot Work
a. Overall load bearing on the platform or structure
b. Use suitable material for construction
c. Securing of the platform & its stability
d. Engage licensed contractor & Professional Engineer certification
e. Use of proper power tools with proper license, training, proficiency & safety measures in place
f. Use of hot work eg. soldering, welding, etc with proper license, training, proficiency & safety measures in place
g. Ensure work place is clean, safe, free of obstacles, dangerous materials,
flammable materials & gases
h. Obtain relevant authorities’ official approval, if required

6. Sales or Provision of Food & Drinks
a. Engage qualified & certified food caterer/vendor
b. Obtain relevant authorities’ official approval, if required
c. Proper hygiene measures & practices in preparing food & drinks
d. Length of time between food preparation & consumption
e. Proper & appropriate storage of food & drinks pending consumption

7. Traffic Control
a. Closure of road/area
b. Employment & deployment of Safety Barricades
c. Sufficient Traffic Marshals to man the hazards & risky areas along the route
d. Traffic Marshals to wear bright colour / reflective clothing
e. Use of Safety Vests, traffic control batons & light sticks
f. Deploy Traffic Marshals at brightly lit, easily observed from oncoming traffic & safe location to manage the risky areas
g. Deployment of mobile patrol (using bicycle or motor-vehicle)
h. Command, Control & Communication
i. Obtain relevant authorities’ official approval

8. Medical Coverage & Evacuation
a. Command, Control & Communication
b. Locations & contact numbers of Medical Facilities (hospital, polyclinic, private clinic) to be used in time of emergency
c. Location of medical post
d. Availability of medical doctor
e. Sufficient number of current & qualified medics &/or lifeguards
f. Identify & employ those organisers & participants who have knowledge of first aid & CPR
g. Availability of medical equipment & supplies (including AED & Resuscitator)
h. Availability of safety vehicle &/or boat
i. Licensed driver & driving experience
j. Availability of Vehicle Commander/Assigned Personnel to accompany
casualty/victim/patient to the medical facility eg. hospital, clinic, etc
k. Recce & familiarisation of casualty pick-up point
l. Recce & familiarisation of evacuation route to medical facility

9. Weather & Its Effects
a. Lighting risk
b. Thunderstorm risk
c. Risk of strong wind & gust
d. Risk of flash flood risk near river, stream
e. Risk of potential dead fall in vegetated/forested area
f. Wet weather effect on road conditions for walking, jogging, climbing, competitive running, cycling & vehicular movement
g. Wild fire & fire prevention during dry spell/session
h. Command, Control, Monitoring & Communication

10. Hydration Plan
a. Participants’ hydration before event / activities
b. Number & location of water points
c. Supply & re-supply of water or other drinkable fluid for mass

11. Special Safety Arrangement / Instructions
a. Accounting of personnel before, during & after conduct of activities
b. Health check & declaration of participants before & after activities
c. Buddy system for participants
d. Risk of snake bite, hornet, wasps & wild animal attack
e. Risk of sudden drop in water depth (seaside & riverside)
f. Potential dangerous & high risk areas to be avoided venturing into
g. Risk of flash flood risk near river, stream
h. Risk of potential dead fall in vegetated/forested area

12. Sufficient/Special Training Required
a. Participants to receive sufficient or special training on risky activity,
performance, sports eg. mid-air flip & free fall in human pyramid
b. Enforce minimum requirement of participants’ proficiency in risky activities
c. Availability of Qualified Trainer
d. Compliance to the code of practice, established rules & regulations of
Professional Bodies in Singapore

13. Attire & Footwear
a. Proper & appropriate attire & footwear for the safe participation

14. Special Identification/Marking of Participants
a. Identification of less proficient / weaker / higher risk participants in potentially
risky event, eg, swimming, cycling, etc
b. Night marking for individuals

15. Participants’ particulars
a. Essential particulars, NOK’s contact
b. Blood Group, special medical condition & any allergy
c. Photocopy of participants’ passports or travel documents (for organized
overseas trip) for safe keeping by organizer on site & in office

16. Conduct of Briefing on the Conduct of Activities & Safety Plan
a. Briefing to cover Preparation, Execution & Recovery phases
b. Detail briefing to Organisers, helpers & Workers
c. Detail briefing to Participants

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Personal Success for Scholars (ECSS)

Written by Raymond Tay on June 13, 2009 – 11:04 am -

To the scholars of ECSS (from TJC, SHS, DHS and SACSS),

We have enjoyed interacting and sharing our experience with all of you and you have been very attentive & participative to all our activities (with a small challenge on your deprived sleep). In our case study & role play, you have shown brilliant thinking skills and see it with different perspectives. Keep up the good work. Depending on the situations, sometimes you might need to make a quick decision and will not have the luxury of time. It was an amazing event planning exercise as almost each of you have your own unique projects to organize. Hope you’ve gained more confidence in handling your projects and looked at them in different angles. Keep questioning yourself to reach a complete plan. However, no plan is perfect, do it within your team’s capabilities. Through these two days, we have seen that all of you are talented people with great minds and you’ll be able to excel and make a difference in your own community & school. Remember to keep in touch and assist one another…

If a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.

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