Freshmen, let me first welcome you to the TP family. You’ve just started your first week at school and we trust that you have sorted out all the academic related stuff. There is one part which is yet to be dealt with through; your choice of CCA (Co-curricular activity). Many of you would have had CCA’s in your secondary schools and may wish to follow suit with a similar activity. For others a new sport or club might prove appealing. Whatever your choice is, we are sure our CCA recruitment drive will find the right fit for you!
Held on the 23rd and 24th of April, the drive will feature all of our sports groups and clubs at individual booths as they seek to get new members for their respective CCAs. I was fortunate enough to pay them a visit on the very first day. As I stepped out of the lift lobby, I was greeted by a huge and enthusiastic crowd. There were students as far as the eye could see and they were all clearly enjoying themselves as they moved from one booth to another to see which group best represented their interests. The joy and camaraderie amongst the students were a little overwhelming for me as it brought me back to my days of being a student.
Making my way through the myriad of booths, I came across one rather unique group, the Tchoukball team. I must admit that prior to this event, I had never heard of this sport. #yesiliveunderarock. A chat with team member Jun Hui, a year three student from the school of IIT, however answered all my niggling questions. The sport which prohibits all forms of physical contact, revolves around two teams of seven players each and a post that looks like a trampoline. The players then look to bounce a ball off the post to score points. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But here lies the catch. The post is surrounded by a semi-circle and when the ball is bounced off the post, it has to clear the boundaries of the semi-circle for the point to be considered valid. I bet you learnt something new today too!
But why join such a niche sport? “It was a new sport with an emerging following. So I thought I would give it a go” shares Jun Hui. And give it a go he did! The team has emerged third in the POLITE (Polytechnic-Institute of Technical Education) games for the last three years. An impressive feat considering the fact it only became an official group in 2012. But has the sport thought him any important lessons? “I learnt a lot about sportsmanship. In Tchoukball there will be many instances where the referee will not see many infringements and the onus is on us to be good sportsmen and admit our fouls to the referee” remarks the affable student. Now that is what I call integrity peeps! Not many sportsmen display such behaviour and you should be proud of yourself young man!
With my interest in the various clubs now piqued, I continued to explore more. As I made my through a sea of bodies, I was greeted by a familiar face. Amirul Hakim from Music Vox! The charismatic student is not only an accomplished drummer but also a TP CCA scholarship award recipient. I simply had to ask him a couple of questions! With CCAs not being compulsory for students, why then did he chose to join Music Vox and serve them with such distinction? “It was definitely my passion for music. I was determined to take Music Vox to the next level and my dream would be to see them perform on the international arena one day”. Well, Music Vox have definitely taken a step closer to achieving that dream as they look set to perform at the Esplanade in May! So well done Amirul and Music Vox!
With the sun beating down on us, I decided to retreat to the shade of the plaza. It was there that I witnessed an impressive display from our Karate team. Various kicks and routines along with Japanese stick fighting were performed by the team members. The well-choreographed moves brought cheers from onlookers and I could not stop myself from trying to perform a kick or two! Mine however, brought curious stares instead of cheers. Cue embarrassed exit from the plaza….
Other highlights from the recruitment drive included a fist pumping performance from musical group Fusion Percussion and a captivating segment from our Diki Barat troupe. To sum things up, it was definitely a day well spent!
We know CCAs are not compulsory but they sure can bring you a lot of benefits. Meeting new friends, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and favourable character traits are just some of the many that we can think of. Remember all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. You wouldn’t want to be plain old Jack now would you? So go on join a CCA today and enjoy the benefits it brings. And our CCA recruitment drive is just the place to find the best fit for you!