SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
Asia-Pacific Chinese-English Bilingual Festival

Bilingual competition

Congratulations to Eilyx Lim (Year 3), Jessica Tay (Year 3), Ng Xin Ci Angel (Year 5), Tamie Wong (Year 5), Emma Yong (Year 5), and Dawn Lim (Year 5) who competed in the Sixth Asia-Pacific Chinese-English Bilingual Festival in April!

It might have been intimidating to be the only school from Singapore and face strong teams from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, but the SOTA team performed well in the team debate competition and their individual events. Tamie, Emma, Eilyx, and Dawn won individual awards too!

The team would like to thank Mr Clarence Yeo and Dr Angela Wu for being their mentors throughout the competition preparation and for taking good care of them on the trip!
Tan Shao Qi featured on Our Grandfather Story

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Shao Qi, pictured with Mr and Mrs Lai

Year 6 IBCP Visual Arts student Tan Shao Qi was recently featured on Our Grandfather Story to share about her experience working with her elderly partner, Mrs Lai, during the Curating Whampoa project. Shao Qi was attracted to Mrs Lai's porcelain pillow, which was used by Mrs Lai's mother for the sake of vanity. Shao Qi created ceramics pillows incorporating elements of Mrs Lai's porcelain pillow and her works were exhibited at the In An Echo We Remember exhibition in April 2017. 

Check out the video interview here

National Secondary School Debates Championship 2018

Held every year from February to May, the Championship organised by the Debate Association (Singapore) featured teams from over 80 schools, from all over Singapore, debating in three preliminary rounds. The top eight teams in each of three divisions, progressively sorted by experience level in debate, would then proceed to the elimination stage Quarter-Finals and beyond. Our school's Debating team was awarded the runner-up in the National Secondary Schools Debating Championship, Division III.

Congratulations and well done!

Millennials of Singapore - Tan Tze Kia

Year 4 Theatre student Tan Tze Kia was featured on Millennials of Singapore. The young aspiring actress shared about her passion for the arts and her experience acting in the Toggle web series Dance With Me. Read her story HERE.

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Photo: Millennials of Singapore

"This television series also made me realise that chasing dreams isn’t an exclusive privilege for youths. Everyone can live their passion and dreams, and we should also encourage the older generation to do so."
- Tan Tze Kia, on her experience acting in Dance With Me

ZUBIR: A SOTA Literary Arts Athology of Writing 2018


Photo courtesy of the Literary Arts Faculty

The SOTA Faculty of Literary Arts is proud to announce its very first publication, ZUBIR: A SOTA Literary Arts Anthology of Writing 2018.

The official launch was held at the Arts House on 29 March 2018. Twelve students from Year 2 and 3 read excerpts from their works during the event, and thrilled the audience with their multiple worlds of endless possibilities. The anthology features writings ranging from stories about fire creatures and replaceable limbs, to poems about fear, love and loss, to young adult novels about assassins and sleuths to graphic novels about superheroes and anti-heroes.

ZUBIR was first sold at the launch and subsequently at the SOTA Open House 2018. All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards SOTA students in need of financial assistance and student development programmes.


Literary Arts student Rachel Smitha Pary, Year 3, autographing a copy of the book at the official launch.

Literary Arts students with Mr Ivan Ang, Subject Head of Literary Arts (far right) at the official launch.

If you are interested in purchasing ZUBIR: A SOTA Literary Arts Anthology of Writing 2018, kindly contact [email protected]. Each book costs $20.
Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition 2018

Asian Grand Prix

The Regionals of this year’s edition of the Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition were held in Singapore on 11 and 12 March, and we are proud to share that our Dance students Vivian Leow (Year 5) and Woo Zi Yue (Year 4) have qualified for the finals! The finals will be held from 13 to 17 August 2018 in Hong Kong. Here’s wishing our girls all the best; we'll be cheering from Singapore!

Mentoring students in an Artist-Student Collaborative Art Workshop
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Nuryn Qistina received a certificate for conducting the Artist-Student Collaborative Art Workshop. Photo provided by Nuryn Qistina.

Year 5 Visual Arts student Nuryn Qistina Binte Suhaimi had the opportunity to mentor a group of students from Assumption Pathway School (APS) in an artist-student collaborative workshop of four sessions, during which students were taught to produce professional photographic works of face paints. These works were later exhibited at APS' year-end art exhibition, 'Equilibrium', from 8 to 13 November 2017. 

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Nuryn Qistina with three works done by students she mentored: 'Yellow Fellow' (inspired by Yayoi Kusama, top left), 'Amongst The Stars' (a galaxy-inspired piece, top right), and 'Blood for Brunch' (a special effects design, bottom left). She also had the opportunity to showcase one of her face paints, 'Self-Portrait' (bottom right). Photo provided by Nuryn Qistina.

Congratulations Kyra! - Nominee for Singaporean of the Year 2017

Photo: Don Wong for The Straits Times

We're proud to share that our Year 4 Visual Arts student Kyra Poh was a nominee for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2017! The award honours Singaporeans who have put the country on the world map, persevered through adversity, or contributed to the community through acts of selflessness.

Kyra is an indoor skydiving champion who has won several awards at international platforms, including four golds at the Australian Indoor Skydiving Championships in August 2017, the freestyle junior title at the biennial FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship in October 2017, and another two gold medals at the recent 2018 Windoor Wind Games.

It hasn't been easy juggling her studies, arts, and indoor skydiving, but Kyra is determined to let her dreams take flight - her goal is to one day represent Singapore in the Olympics. We're behind you, Kyra!

Asian Grand Prix 2017

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Left to right: Timothy Ching, Dance Faculty teacher Mr Ng Teck Voon, and Marcus Ong

Congratulations to Dance students Marcus Ong (Year 3) and Timothy Ching (Year 4) on making it through to the finals of the Asian Grand Prix 2017 Ballet competition! Held from 7 - 12 August 2017 in Hong Kong, Marcus and Timothy were up against dancers from all over the world, including Hong Kong, South Korea, The Philippines, Russia and Australia.

Timothy eventually clinched the fifth place in the Junior B category and was awarded the Sansha Prize! He was also awarded a short term scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance and the Harlequin Floor Prize to support the scholarship. View photos of the Awards Ceremony HERE.

Many Lenses, One YEP 2017

Year 4 Visual Arts student Alisa Yeo's entry for the Own Your YEP Moments call organised by Youth Corps Singapore was selected as one of the Top 100 photo stories! The Top 100 photos selected were featured during the exhibition Many Lenses, One YEP on 15 and 16 July 2017 at the National Museum of Singapore. 

With about 4,000 individuals impacting local and overseas communities annually on Youth Expedition Projects (YEP), Many Lenses, One YEP aims to showcase the meaningful experiences of participants through photo-essays.

View Alisa's entry, Guava(s), below. The photo was taken in Vietnam. 

Alisa Yeo - Many lenses One YEP 2017

Photo caption: This lady had approached us with two bags of guavas which out local guide had later purchased for our consumption. She didn't seem to have much, the guavas were far from expensive, yet she continued making an honest living. She did not lie that the guavas were the sweetest, instead, she told us honestly, knowing that we might have turned her down. When I pointed the camera at her, she gave me this dazzling smile and then, I was struck with the realisation that there's still hope in this world and that we don't need riches to be happy. 

Alisa has another entry which was featured HERE. Year 4 Theatre student Dawn Lim's entry was also featured HERE.