Here we come!

We are ready now. We can face our worthy opponents now. Our months of prep have kept us alert and ready. Our mascot’s all eager too. So see you, Seafieldians. Send us on our way with your blessings as we carry the flag to the east coast.

And we will go with our solar boat too. We are taking it to Ma’Daerah – no, we are not sitting in it. May the Trengganu sun fire up our solar cells and churn the propellers at top speed to victory!

So, ta da everyone! Wait for the good news we bring when we come back!

Some shots from the noticeboard

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Here’s an eight thousand word essay piece:

When the going gets tough, the tough goes to FRIM..

The Form 5 and Form 6 Maths and Science Society members went to FRIM on the 24th July 2010.
They visited the Orang Asli Museum in Gombak, tucked in a substantial lunch and then went jungle trekking at FRIM. They braved the canopy walkway system, trekked uphill using a dirt path trail and then descended through the Rover Track. As the trail was physically demanding, the not-so-physically-fit members panted and were quickly out of breath. The teachers were doing far better than the younger ones. Head to the gym, members of the Maths and Science Society…

While enjoying the panoramic view of the forest, their guide showed them interesting creepy crawlies and medicinal plants. After a tough trail, they enjoyed themselves at the waterfall. What better way to learn about sustainable environment than to see it for ourselves at FRIM..Armed with such knowledge, the members should be able to survive in the woods…should they get lost in one!

Below are the snapshots taken during the trip:

Snake-like roots

Not for the faint-hearted..

Lush greenery

The color of the teachers' t-shirts are blending in with the color of the trees..

Stop over before entering the forest.

Markets

Markets – they are a modern lifestyle statement! We go to the wet markets to buy fresh fish and veg. We go to hypermarkets to window shop. We go to minimarkets to buy groceries. And some go to the stock markets to trade in stocks, futures and unit trusts.

In Seafield, our students also learn about markets. The canteen opens up different stalls to cater to different taste buds. Students join the school cooperative store and learn how to buy and sell and keep stock. In fact, the cooperative store is doing so well it has been able to sponsor many gifts and awards for students and teachers alike.

Then there was the recent school carnival. It was such a success we achieve our target of RM180k! This is before deducting the costs. With the various needs of the school, we hope enough will be left over for building new school toilets. Everyone enjoyed themselves and here are some photos to show the excitement of that day.

Its history now, but recently some of our form 4 students dabbled on the oil market under the BPScience programme. They enjoyed themselves and I’m sure they have learnt some things about this market. It’s wise to hold on to your stocks and even wiser to know when to buy and sell your stocks. If you want to have a go at this game, every year during the Minggu Teknik dan Vokasional, the Economics Panel organizes a simulated game of buying and trading stocks based on the actual Bursa Malaysia. You could sign up and see if you made millions or bore a hole in your pockets!

Our Solar Boat Unveiled!

So far our solar boat project has been kept as secretive as possible, except for the one time when I leaked out about using carbon power for our boat in my post on World Cup Football? Seafield? Guess it’s time to tell you more especially if you have been inquisitively waiting and prying for our ideas, and especially if you are from a rival school reading through these blogs for any leaks.

Through our vast networking which stretch over the seas and the fields (Seafield, get it?), we contacted our sources here and there in those ivory towers, top secret research centres and subterranean bunkers to buy or spy for information on how to design the ultimate solar boat. Then we regrouped and huddled together inside our bengkel behind closed doors to work on our prototype. If you walked past the bengkel during the nights, you could possibly hear the tinkering and the hammering as our young foursome designers tried to produce the prototype.

And the result is as below:

On the first trial run, it sank! But it swam beautifully under water! Yes, we didn’t produce a boat. Instead we came out with a submarine! Our spies must have gotten the wrong information! Now, if they changed the competition to solar submarine, we just might win hands down!

Sorry, wrong photo. No, what did you think? That I was going to show you our superboat? I guess you’ll have to wait till next week when our superboat will be unveiled. (By the way, the photo really does show a remote controlled submarine designed and created by another different batch of creative foursome Seafieldians!)

Our Mascot’s on the way to Ma’Daerah

There is the time of the year when turtles go to their birthplace, you know like salmons, to enjoy the beach and the sun and the waves. Hey, if you think our mascot’s going for a holiday, think again. Turtles have been landing on the coasts of Trengganu and Kelantan for umpteen ages to lay eggs. Unfortunately, poachers steal these eggs and sell them to you for your breakfast of soft-boiled eggs. Huh, I hope you are not guilty of this.

Yes, our mascot has grown up and is going to carry out its God-given duty of propagating the species. Our mascot’s going to a safe place in Pusat Santuari Penyu Ma’Daerah, ahem, not to lay eggs, sorry. Our mascot will lead the Seafield team to glory in Ma’Daerah. Turtles normally lumber up the beach to dig a hole to lay their eggs. Not our mascot. Ours more like the Ninja Turtles. You could ask our mascot (if you see him in Ma’Daerah, Kertih) to show you a few kung fu stance and strikes. Our mascot will inspire and whizz our team through the competition.

Still don’t recognise our mascot? Okay, the CSI team in Seafield has come up with a few mugshots of our mascot, which I attach below. Isn’t our mascot good-looking? Beady eyes that stare into you, a curling of the lips that gives it an adorable smile, bald-headed with a little toupee for the new trend in hairstyles, … Yes, get his autograph if you see him in Kertih.

Addressing Climate Change – Pt 2

In recent years, man has been lamenting about the overwhelming heat that is affecting the quality of their performance in their daily activities. We have repeatedly been blaming the Sun for mercilessly shining its unbearable and intolerable heat. Research by meteorologist has proved that the 20th century and the 1990’s were the warmest decade in the past 1000 years. Melting polar ice caps, disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weathers and diminishing colourful and exotic floras and faunas strengthen and washed away all doubts that our Earth is indeed facing climate change. This global climate change is already contributing numerous discernible impacts which are affecting every one of us. Should we point accusing fingers at Mother Nature for causing us to suffer these staggering consequences? Hence, what is causing this drastic climatic change? How should we as individuals tackle this problem?
Man’s insatiable needs have meant that urban development and agriculture has rudely encroached Mother Earth and all its living components. Deforestation, mushrooming industrial factories, open burning and the significant increase of vehicles on the road are pouring greenhouse gases at a life-threatening rate. In addition, burning fossil fuels releases billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide that has been locked away in the Earth for millions of years. Modernisation has caused the concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide to increase by 30%, a doubled in their concentration of methane and a 15% increase of nitrous oxide resulting in deadly global warming. This is the culprit that has open the way to the abrupt, unexpected climate change. So, do we still have to wonder the cause for this deteriorating, frightening problem? Has it finally struck us that our greed, ignorance and selfishness are causing ourselves to suffer?
What should we as individuals to put a halt to this problem before it gets out of hand? We need not follow the footsteps of climatic activists Danish who have staged demonstrations to express their stands on the issue of climatic change. As we know the extreme weather phenomena- droughts, tropical cyclones and snowstorms are mainly caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, the best way to tackle this by cutting down our own emission! Firstly, do not waste! We must switch off tights and other electrical appliances when we do not need them. Switching off 5 lights in hallways and rooms when not in use can reduce 400kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year. In addition, by unplugging electronic gadgets like the television, stereo system, the computer after we have used them, can save on electrical consumption by as much as 10% a year. Turning off the tap while brushing our teeth can save several litres of water while a dripping tape can waste enough water to fill a bath in one month. Therefore, by not squandering and eliminating this nasty habit of wasting, only can we ease Mother Nature’s pain but also save money on our water and electricity bills!
Apart from that, recycling is also the key to reduce consumption of greenhouse gases. It does not cause us a lot of trouble to collect recyclable products such as newspaper, magazines, aluminium cans, glass bottles and plastic wares. At the end of the week, we can easily send them to recycling centres situated within a stone’s throw away from our residence for our convenience. If not we can always keep in touch with the authorities or recycling organisations. This healthy action not only helps ourselves, but also the forests, crop yields and water supplies, the animals in the ecosystem that are endangered and all severely affected by climatic change. Hence, the next time we are throwing away any recyclable items, think twice and next time we are throwing away any recyclable items, think twice and keep in mind the 5R concept, ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair’ and practice the old adage of ‘Waste Not, Want Not.’
Petrol-guzzling and pollutant –emitting machines are known to be the major source of global warming. Therefore, instead of driving individual vehicles, we should car-pool or use alternative ways, for instance public transport. Furthermore, we should walk or ride a bike if our destination is within a kilometre or two away. Besides that, do not speed. Driving faster than 120 kilometres per hour increases fuel consumption by 30% compared to 80km per hour. Moreover, speeding on the road can jeopardize our safety and well-being. In short, although it does not completely eliminate the problem, by lowering fuel consumption, we are reducing our carbon footprint, thus making global warming more manageable.
As smart and responsible consumers, we should make an effort to but environmental-friendly goods. This means we should abstain from non-biodegradable or disposable products. Instead, we should buy products that can be reuse, biodegradable and energy-efficient. We ought to opt for energy-saving light bulbs or better still switch to green electricity! Fitting solar panels on the roof of your home might be quite costly in the beginning but beneficial i the long run. Solar energy is ecologically acceptable and environmental friendly as it does not pollute the environment. Besides, it is always available and does not charge us based on the amount we used not forgetting it does not lead to any side effects like noise or air pollution. Without doubt, the more solar powers we used men less we’ll have to rely on fossil fuels, and this mean lesser contribution to global warming!
Homosapiens-us have conquered the world because of our gifted, supreme intelligence. We have upset the ecosystem; caused Mother Nature thousands of grieves and made sure that nature will never be the same again. Climate change which has been agreed to be a serious threat for mankind is only the tip of the iceberg if we continue our lackadaisal attitude and turn a deaf ear and blind eye to this overwhelming, frightening situation. Nature’s patient has been tried to the limits and now man must be humble before nature and treat it with care for nature is sensitive, manipulative, powerful and unexpected. Therefore, let’s cooperate with one another and ‘pull our socks’ to end this horrible massacre, our own self-destruction before we succumb to its negative repercussions. Together, we can make a difference!
Natty Phoon