Monday, March 14, 2011

Hey Stringers,

It's only abt a month to SYF. Let's practice hard and really allow for no regrets at the end of this whole thing! It's the march holidays now, so i suppose most of you would have more time to do many other stuffs. Can we try to put more time into practicing our SYF pieces? Just one challenging passage a day makes a difference too! (:

do you really want that GOLD WITH HONOURS?

Love, jan

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


You probably aren't gonna get a senior like me anytime soon, but, hey, all for the betterment of the orchestra.
The amount of bread, sweat, and rosin put into this is a lot.
So, of course we wanna get a lot back.
We've lasted till this far, what's the rest of it going to be?
It's as small as that full stop.
I'm not going to put anymore cliche stuff in.
I am tired too.
We're all humans.
I hope you understand that.
Our spirit's still going on strong.
Okay, that's cliche.
But whatsoever, I love you guys, kay?
You don't love me, I don't care.
Just love what we're aiming for and strive for it.
Simple enough?
Yeah, I think it's pretty simple.
So we do it with attitude.

And style.

V. F.

im not going to post as long as them haha
so im just gonna say that we can do this!

Without a doubt right?

Love pee (as commanded by ur veepee),

Tuesday, March 08, 2011



I know i'm not your pee or veepee but i'm in charge of the strings blog so i have to post this ok?

FIRSTLY: I know you guys are all sick of the "lecturing", all the constant "YOU MUST PRACTICE HARD FOR S.O BECAUSE WE MUST GET GWH FOR SYF". Believe me, i know. In fact, all the white badges understand. We didn't come into S.O in sec 4 you know? 2 years ago ( yes we are old aunties), we were in the places of the red badges, in sec 2 and practicing for the '09 SYF. Although we knew at the time that the '09 SYF wasn't our last chance, and that we would still have this year's SYF to work hard for, we still gave the '09 SYF our very best. And that made all the difference. Because we wanted our Orchestra to do well. And so we did. It didn't matter to us that we were in sec 2, not sec 4, it didn't matter that we had 2 years worth of chances ahead of us. We tried our best. For S.O. We didn't get the GWH that the LALANG (DHS) got, but we got the very next best thing, a beautiful GOLD.


Truly, all us whites, are so proud of you, our fellow stringers, for practicing so hard, and really giving everything that you have into practicing for SYF. I'm sure you all are proud of yourselves too (YES YOU KNOW YOU ARE).

And now it's March and the clock is ticking. Is it too much to ask that all of us-every single stringer-give just that much more?

Because when SYF is over, I want all of us to be able to say "I did my best. I'm proud of my CCA" no matter what the results are. Cause really when 50 amazing stringers give everything they've got, there's no way the results can be anything less than excellent. At least to us.

SO MY DARLINGS, let's just do this right. And let's do it together. Greys and Reds, don't just go through the motions. Do it because you want to. Do it so that our CCA will be outstanding, not just to us, but to everyone. And Whites, all I can say is, LET'S DO THIS!

Just remember, if the pressure gets to much, and you feel like we're working towards nothing at all, don't keep it in okay?

Find your lovely pee, veepee, or any senior/stringer that you're comfortable with.

At the end of the day, we're not robots, we remain and will forever remain:


Lots of Love,


Friday, March 04, 2011

2011 SYF GWH! :)

Hey stringers,
SYF is around the corner. In fact, it's in approximately 30 days' time, which is quite soon. I know Mr Chan has extolled us for our efforts yesterday at Republic Polytecnic. I really hope that we would not be too self-conceited with the compliments given and let our guards down, being complacent and all.
I know Mr Chan compared us to the other orchestra, saying we were generally better than them. However, do remember that our pieces are comparatively easier as compared to theirs, and we still have many details to work on. We might be 96% ready now, but we have to be 150%, or maybe even 200% ready during SYF. I know all of us have been working really hard since the beginning of the year, and seriously, I have seen a great improvement in our orchestra. Even so, I think there are still some of us who are not putting their hearts fully into this CCA. Have you really played your best during orchestra practice? Were you playing with all your heart? Have you given SNSO your all? Reflect on it.
Our goal for SYf '2011 is Gold with Honours. Two years back, we were utterly disappointed when we only clinched a Gold Award. I remember many of us cried when the judges announced the results. We expected more than just a Gold award. We wanted the Honours. My heart sank as I saw the disappointed faces of our seniors. I have to admit that it was a strenuous struggle preparing for SYF the other time, given that the pieces were extremely difficult, but eventually we managed to overcome this stumbling block and we played our best for SYF. Although we did not emerge as a GWH orchestra, but we know we had made our seniors and teachers proud. Only one school was awarded GWH and we could only console ourselves for not achieving GWH based on that reason. Many whites promised to do better for the next SYF, to achieve the GWH.
And that 'next syf', is the one happening in a month's time. Are we worthy enough to be announced as a GWH orchestra? Are we really up to standard already? We initiated daily recess practice so that you guys will practise together as a section, to practise together as a level, so that eventually we will be able to play together as ONE ORCHESTRA. Like what the teachers and seniors have said, our individuals may not play as well as players from orchestras of the elite schools, however, the advantage that we have over them, is that we are able to play together as one orchestra. Just as the saying goes, ' United we stand, divided we fall'. We are in a way interdependent on each other. Everybody has a role to play in this orchestra, everybody is of utmost importance and nobody is to be left out.
This is definitely going to be a long and gruelling journey. but I believe that as long as we put in our 100%, at the end of this, we'll be able to look back and smile, knowing that we have tried our best. This is the last 100m, and every nitty gritty detail does matter. Would you feel better if we were awarded a Gold and was only 2 or even 1 mark away from GWH or if we attained a Silver? If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the latter. I would feel so guilty knowing that if I had practised a little more we could have have achieved more. SO, stringers, I really hope that whatever I have mentioned has been able to move you to practise harder. Practise because you really want the GWH, because you really want to do it for the CCA and because you really LOVE this CCA so much that you'll do anything just to make sure we attain what we want to glorify it. Feel the music; play like you've never had before.

This has been a rather long post, but I really hope you guys know what I'm trying to convey. And don't be to offended alright. 良药苦口利于病,忠言逆耳利于行。Practise hard, for with faith, nothing is impossible. Juniors, if you guys have any difficulties come and approach us alright, we can talk things out. After all we're not that scary. Jiayou. I really love you guys! <3

Love your veepee.