Nan Hua Primary School

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30 Jalan Lempeng Singapore 128806
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David Tan
Listing created by David Tan on March 21, 2013    

Nan Hua Primary School started as Nan Hua Girls' School in 1917 and split off as a branch in 1961, and obtained its current name in 1964.


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Flower of the north is a great school of the west.

I'm a Secondary 4 student. 4 years ago, I left the school for the final time - well, not really, considering all the new year gatherings and teacher's day gatherings and whatever of which, inexplicably, fewer and fewer people actually turned up. I wonder why...couldn't be that all their talk of thanking teachers and showing gratitude was bull, right? But I digress.

As I saying, I left the school officially, and I have never looked back. Like, ever. Not even a slight turn of the head backwards, nuh-uh. It's not that I didn't really like it; on the contrary, I had a great time in Nan Hua, but some things were just...lacking.

DISCLAIMER: I was in the GEP, so my experiences may be largely different from those not within the programme - but some experiences were shared by all, "gifted" or not, so this review can still apply!

So I'll start with the good:

1) I had a lot of great teachers. Really. Teachers that were really motivated, teachers that forgave us and pushed us, teachers that tolerated our mischief and nonsense and sometimes even participated in them with us.

For me, one memory stands out the most - I had a Science teacher with a pretty 'funny' name (yeah, pretty ironic coming from someone with "wang" as a surname) and just as I'd made a joke about it to my friend, that very teacher walked into the room and proceeded to stare right into my eyes.
The horror! The agony! I was absolutely terrified of being called out and scolded (as she did often to us students - out of love, you understand), and yet she simply walked on and acted like it never happened. Now, I knew she knew what I'd said, and yet she ignored it and, I hope, forgave me, opting instead to not waste time and simply carry on with the lesson. Now that's a great teacher (and needless to say, I never made fun of her name ever again).

2) A lot of good enrichment. There were field trips, learning journeys, lectures, you name it, you got it. Of course, the stupid-me back then would have preferred to just stay home and dota all day, but looking back now, I've realised just how useful those enrichment activities were - that is to say, very useful.

3) Great friends. Then again, this is subjective, so it's quite a moot point.

THE BAD *cue dramatic music*:

1) We were forced to recite the three-character classic. If I remember correctly, about once a week, we'd have to all gather in the parade square, stand in our straight little lines and memorize line after line of chinese words that made no sense while repeating juvenile little actions to accompany those meaningless words. Sounds like nothing?
Let me tell you, this is NO JOKE. It gets sickeningly tiring after doing it for THREE darn years over and over again, getting the stanzas mixed up and adapting the actions into sexual innuendos (hey, we were kids, alright? Believe it or not, I found it funny. That's how atrocious my sense of humour was).
That's not the worst of it - we also had to memorize some cantonese/hokkien/some obscure dialect poem for mooncake festival and if you think reciting dull poems in a language you know is bad, wait till you get to the point in which you can't even tell if you're saying "Oh i love mooncakes" or "If you tickle me, I will say hee hee and prance around like a rainbow lollipop on a cloud of unicorn wishes."

2) CCA was really quite a joke - or at least it was for me. I was from basketball, and all we did was play some games and do some drills over and over again. Problem is, I never gained any value out of it beyond that, not even the usual 'teamwork' and 'bondedness' and 'perseverance' crap that sports-people are so apt to throw out.

3) It's a chinese school. No raycis, but it does get in the way of your secondary school life, especially if you rarely interact with people from other races in your daily life. Thankfully I played void-deck soccer and sepak takraw with them, so I'm cool yo.

All in all though, it was a pretty damn fun time. I never really blossomed and grew to be this amazing specimen of a human until secondary school, but I still learnt a lot from Nan Hua primary, be it academically or otherwise. Would recommend it, especially if you're considering transferring to it for GEP or if you simply live in the west, because that's a pretty decent school culture there.

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