A BBC-2 500 Words Writing Competition – longlisted entry by Azalea Dewi Calista Egerton
The cawing ravens flew from the ominous woods. I was curled up in a ball under a tree as I watched them go by. The trees loomed over me and they cast shadows that stretched miles and miles. The mist hung from the mountains ahead of me. The sky was grey and dull. I was alone and lost in the woods. I had walked too far from home and I had got lost. I kept having an eerie feeling something was going to jump out and eat me. Just as I started crying, the ground started to shake and the crows started squawking. Even the strong trees started shaking. I could feel footsteps getting closer and closer so I ran. I ran and ran and ran but when I turned around, a giant was staring down on me. He was made up of wood, with some occasional leaves growing out of him. He had wild, blue eyes and he had leaves for hair. He was basically a giant tree.
It was like my brain switched off, I was just staring at him in awe. And he was staring back. His long and wooden hand reached out for me and that was when my brain switched on again. I tried to run, but before I knew it, I was in the air, in the hands of a wooden giant. He brought me up close to his face and I stared into his deep eyes. He stared back at me for a bit and put me on his uncomfortable shoulder. I could do nothing but sit still because I was hundreds of feet in the air. The view was amazing and the forest was actually quite beautiful. I could see a glistening lake and the dears running. The birds were singing but I still had a horrible feeling because I was with an unknown creature and I didn’t know where we were going. From afar, I could see a hut in a deserted area.
When we arrived, the giant put me down in his giant wooden hut. The giant picked some sticks from the ground. He then made an eating hand gesture. “Am I supposed to eat this?” I said. ‘’Ug” he said in a deep voice. It was like thunder rumbling across the sky. I assumed he said yes so I said, “No thank you.” He grabbed the sticks from me and stuffed them in his mouth. He let out a strong burp which made the ground shake. I immediately burst out laughing and so did he. It seemed like he was actually a friendly giant, so I was not scared anymore. He suddenly put his hand on his eyes and said, ‘’Ug,Ug,Ug,Ug.” I ran to find a hiding spot and hid behind a bush. He looked everywhere, behind the hut behind the trees. He sat down with a worried look on his face. “Here I am!” I said jumping out of the bush. “Ug,” he said happily. I then realised the sky was turning a beautiful orange colour and the birds were flying across the sky. I realised it was getting dark and so did the giant. The giant picked me up and put me in the wooden hut and put a leaf over me. I stared at him and he stared back. That was when my eyes started to get heavy. I then drifted off into a deep, deep sleep.
I woke up the next day to a blue ceiling. I sat up and I realised I was in my room on my bed. “Was all that just a dream?’’ I said to myself. I ran downstairs and found my mother cooking breakfast. “Morning,” she said. I ran outside and sat down in our garden, staring at the forest. I was utterly confused. I stared at the forest and that was when I saw a giant amongst the trees, waving at me. I waved back.
We thank Lea for sharing her short story with her Stamford Family! Congratulations for getting your story longlisted and keep writing! We hope to see you soon in Bandung.
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Southeast Asian Mathematics Olympiad (SEAMO) is introduced in 2016, serving both Primary and Secondary schools in Southeast Asian countries. Students are asked to solve 25 problems in 90 minutes. The first problems are the easiest, and the problems get progressively more difficult until the end. There are six papers: Paper A/Lower Primary (Grades 1-2), Paper B/Middle Primary (Grades 3–4), Paper C/Upper Primary (Grades 5–6), Paper D/Junior (Grades 7– 8), Paper E/Intermediate (Grades 9–10) and Paper F/Senior (Grades 11–12).
SEAMO syllabus is developed based on the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad curriculum and 40% of contents were modified to meet international standard. It is a comprehensive syllabus which exposes students to in-depth, stimulating and interesting mathematical problems. Since 1991, Terry Chew Institute of Mathematical Olympiads team has started developing its own assessment framework by examining the mathematical olympiad curriculum from countries such as Singapore, USA, Russia and so on.
The percentages allocated to awards are approximate and will vary according to the number of students taking each test and the distribution of their scores.
Many congratulations to the following students and parents for your excellent achievement in the recent Southeast Asian Mathematical Olympiad.
||Trevyn Theodore Tjandra (P4)
||Marc Clayton Brockman (P2), Kim Hong Joon (S4)
||Brandon Christopher Tanamas (P1), Christopher Nathan (P3), Chang Chin Han (P6), Febian Mario Ardhana (S4),
Nicole Adiprawira (S4)
Thank you to all students, parents and teachers for your strong support in the SEAMO competition. You have all made our Stamford Family really proud.
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Stamford School proudly congratulates our excellent ICAS Singapore awardees for 2016.
- Dylan Frederick Pingkardi (Secondary 4): three Distinctions (English, Mathematics and Science)
- Dustin Federer Pingkardi (Primary 6): one Distinction (English) and two Credits (Mathematics and Science)
- Shrinandhan Prabu (Secondary 4): one High Distinction (Mathematics) and one Distinction (Science)
- Azalea Dewi Calista Egerton (Primary 5): one Distinction (Writing), one Credit (English) and one Merit (Mathematics)
- Athaa Asyfahani Nurhermandhiya (Secondary 4): three Credits (English, Mathematics and Digital Technologies) and one Merit (Science)
- Kyle Gaius Jonsson (Secondary 4): one Distinction (Mathematics), one Credit (Science) and one Merit (English)
- Richard Antonius Bryan Hoo (Primary 5): three Credits (Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies)
- Ishayu Narendra Jade (Secondary 3): three Credits (Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies)
- Christopher Nathan Mulyadi (Primary 3): two Credits (English and Digital Technologies)
- Marvelin Callista Bryan Hoo (Primary 3): two Credits (English and Digital Writing)
- Sanandha Prabu (Primary 5): one Credit (Mathematics)
- Alethea Viane Prianka Widiarto (Secondary 1): one Credit (Mathematics)
- Bryant Tan Wei Bin (Secondary 1): one Credit (Science)
- Morenzo Rafael Minar Widjaja (Secondary 1): one Credit (Science)
- Neil D’Souza (Primary 5): one Merit (Mathematics)
- Shekilla Zakee Raghid Martiza (Primary 5): one Merit (Mathematics)
- Cathylne Arcelia Chahyadi (Primary 6): one Merit (Mathematics)
- Justin William (Secondary 1): one Merit (Digital Technologies)
Unlike all other schools in Bandung, and almost all other schools in Indonesia, Stamford joins ICAS Singapore rather than ICAS Indonesia. This means that:
- Stamfordians sit the ICAS test TWO YEARS AHEAD of the test taken by others of the same age in Indonesia.
- Stamfordians’ performance in ICAS is compared to Singaporean students taking the same test, NOT to other Indonesian students.
The Singaporean education system is considered among the world’s best. For example, Singapore was ranked top in the world for maths and science by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2015. Indonesia was ranked 69th.
These Stamfordians’ awards, therefore reflect their excellent performance on an international level. The meaning of the awards, relative to all students in Singapore who took the same test, is outlined below:
- High Distinction: top 1%
- Distinction: top 11%
- Credit: top 36%
- Merit: top 46%
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Heartiest congratulations to the parents, students and teachers for the excellent results. Well done! Let’s keep up the good work and do even better the next academic year. Read more