In this segment, we highlight Open House activities at each poly to include into your itinerary. From music performances to CCA showcases to dance competitions, there’ll definitely be something you’d want to catch! Check out part one of our Ultimate Guide To Poly Open House 2017 here


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NYP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

  • Catch the epic finals of NYP Groove! 2017 (7 Jan, 1pm to 2:30pm) as the super talented dance crews battle it out onstage. It’s a street dance competition to remember! 
  • Create your own personalised tote bags, customised T-shirts, robots, skateboards and more at NYP MakerSpace (Block P, Level 2). 
  • Campus tours are pretty much happening throughout the Open House – they have different routes so be sure to make sure you’ll be visiting the facilities/schools of your choice. Register at the Tour Registration Counter (Atrium, Blk A, Central, Level 1).

NYP Night Open House
Date: 6 January
Time: 6pm – 11pm 

  • Show your support for the finalists of the NYP Jam! singing competition (7pm to 9pm), hosted by 987 DJ, Sonia Chew. 
  • From 6pm to 7pm, NYPTV On Air ‘Live’ features pulsating performances by NYP’s very own dance crew, Foreign Bodies, along with local bands The Sam Willows and The Summer State!

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

NP Open House
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NP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489

  • Have an immersive experience of being an NP student by signing up to spend A Day with NP Fam where you’ll get to preview your dream course. Starting from 11am onwards, these previews range from Drawing For Animation (School of Infocom Technology), to Design Possibilities with 3D Printing (School of Design & Environment) to Take Flight (School of Engineering). 
  • Workshops and talks will be on-going throughout the NP Open House, including Admission Talks for O- and N-Level and ITE students. Full schedule here.
  • Check out the various CCA exhibitions and workshops at NP’s PoCCAmon Showcase, while capturing sightings of sports demos (12pm – 5pm), fun performances (Admin Field2, 2pm-6pm (5 and 6 Jan), 11:30am to 6pm (7 Jan) and more! 
  • Parents can register for the All About Poly Education: A Forum For Parents (10am and 2:30pm, Convention Centre, Level 2) – all their burning questions will definitely be answered here. 
  • NP’s digital savviness is pretty impressive. Not only do they have an app (iTunes App Store, Google Play Store) for you to find out more about their courses beforehand, they also have a super cool interactive map to help you get around campus. And they’ve even prepped a 360 video tour for you in case you miss a faculty tour. 

Republic Polytechnic (RP)

RP Open House
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RP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, Singapore 738964

  • Before heading down to RPOH, take RP’s personality quiz to help you determine what which school suits you the best. Take the quiz here
  • Experience RP’s state-of-the-art facilities at each school, including an anatomy museum, an interactive touch pool, a live television recording set and a virtual aerodrome simulator! 
  • Besides exploring each faculty, be sure to participate in the special activities each school has prepared to showcase its uniqueness.  
  • RP’s School of Hospitality is looking or its next #SOH star! Aside from free etiquette, grooming and makeup workshops, attendees an also take part in the #SOHstar Photo Contest and stand to win attractive prizes.  
  • Win up to $500 worth of Capita Vouchers by taking part in the Instagram Contest that’ll be ongoing throughout RPOH, simply by snapping a creative selfie with the RP bear and uploading it on Instagram! Check out the details here

Singapore Polytechnic (SP)

SP Open House
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SP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651 (Beside Dover MRT) 

  • Hope onto SP’s campus tour bus and get a peek at unique spaces such as a navigation simulator, a fully integrated communications agency, a music production studio and even a cyber wargame centre. 
  • Enjoy performances by student clubs, including dance, cheerleading, mixed martial arts and more at the SP Plaza. Alternatively, find out more about their over 100 CCA clubs by visiting the SP CCA Booths at Eleven². 
  • Drop by the Career Interest Profiling Booth at the Convention Centre where you’ll receive a detailed analysis of your recommended career path based on your personality and interests. Also, discover your potential career options with this fun SP Personality Quiz.  
  • SP also offers Course Counseling with SP lecturers and students – learn more about the courses of your interest so that you can make an informed decision. 

Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

TP Open House
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TP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: Temasek Convention Centre, 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757

  • Get around campus easily – TP has a campus shuttle that’ll bring you from point A (Temasek Tourism Academy) all the way to point H (Glocal Connect Village). Check out their pick up points here
  • Fancy trying out radio broadcasting, DNA fingerprinting, virtual reality games or even being part of a live fashion runway? Immerse in interactive activities that’ll open your eyes to what the courses are truly about. 
  • Find out what’s in store for you after your O-Levels by attending the Beyond O-Levels Seminar (7 Jan, 10am) that will address any questions you have about pursuing a poly education. After which, there will be a guided tour to the school of your choice. Register here
  • TP will be hosting School Talk sessions dedicated to individual schools (5 and 6 Jan, 12pm onwards), so grab a seat to find out more about the school you’re interested in. Each session lasts about 40 minutes. 
  • N-Level students who are interested in finding out more about TP’s Polytechnic Foundation Programme can speak to TP’s counsellors at their Course Counseling Area, located at Campus Tour Pickup point D.  

The Poly Open Houses will be overwhelming, but we hope our guides will make your experience an enjoyable (and fruitful) one. Check out part one of our Ultimate Open House Guide here. Keep your eyes peeled for the Teenage booth at each poly and pay us a visit to score awesome goodie bags. Last but not least, read all about Poly education and more in our  January 2017 Passport To Your Future

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The title says it all: we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide of literally everything you need to know, see and do during Poly Open House 2017 to make the most out of your trips to each Poly Open House! As a start, here are 10 tips and tricks to take note of. 

In case you didn’t already know, the Poly Open House is an annual affair where all five local polytechnics – Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic – open their doors to newly graduated secondary school students seeking the next step in their tertiary education. Over a span of three days, the institutes introduce their courses, CCAs, facilities, and school spirit etc. through guided tours, CCA showcases, and even guest performances, amongst other fringe activities. With the slew of ongoing activities at the different polys, and the short timeframe to cram everything in, you’ll definitely need a few pointers to help plan your itinerary wisely. 

Before heading out, be sure to: 

#1 Research on the courses you’re interested in

Don’t just aim for courses that spark your interest without reading up on it first. Check out the different topics the syllabus has to offer, the credit weightage for each module, as well as the career prospects available. There are over hundreds of options to choose from across the five polytechnics, so narrow down your choices to the ones that appeal most to you. With that list in mind, search for the relevant booths/schools at each Open House you visit – that should keep you from getting distracted. 


#2 Seek a second (or third, or fourth) opinion

Whether you’ve decided on a course or not, speak to your parents and teachers before fully committing to it. They are the ones who’ve been with you throughout your growing up years and would know where your expertise lies. Sharing your goals with a trusted party will give you a better insight on what’s the best course of study, and they will be able to foresee any future pitfalls you may encounter. Alternatively, you could also approach a education and career guidance counsellor in your school – they will be able to offer practical insight to help you make your final decision. 

#3 Map out your route

All five polys are scattered across the island, so find out the travel time required between schools and split up your visits into batches based on proximity. It will take you days to cover all five polytechnics, so plan your schedule accordingly and keep track of the duration spent in each school to efficiently to maximise your time. While you should keep your eyes on the prize (i.e. finding out about your course info), take some time to explore campus grounds and immerse yourself in booths and activities available; only then will you be able to truly experience each poly and what they have to offer. 

Click here for a quick list of happenings across the polys! 

While you’re there:


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#4 Get there early

There’s going to be a lot of people and a lot of activities going on, so it’s best to head down early. Not only do you get to beat the crowd (and the heat), you will also be the first in line to get your hands on exclusive perks and free goodie bags!

#5 Don’t be fazed by the crowd

Upon stepping into the bustling campus grounds, you might feel overwhelmed by the whirlwind of events and swarm of unfamiliar faces. Don’t panic – remember that everyone there is around your age and you guys might even end up as schoolmates in the future, so go ahead and mingle! If you’re here without any friends or family members to accompany you, don’t be shy to approach a fellow student ambassador on site who will gladly greet you with open arms. You can usually find them along activity booths and where the guided campus tours are held.


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#6 Ask a lot of questions

Come prepared with a list of questions you may have about the faculty. Don’t hesitate to clarify your doubts and ask for feedback from the seniors present. How was their experience as a first-year student? How are the orientation camps here conducted? What do they find the most challenging about their course? Remember to speak with the academic staff or a course counsellor to get a professional point of view as well. Polytechnic life is a completely different ball game compared to secondary school, so it’s important to know what you are in for as a prospective student. 


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#7 Save every piece of info you get

You may feel tempted to throw out that stash of brochures you’ve gathered, but trust us: these handouts will certainly come in handy when it comes to finalising your top 12 choices. Locate a quiet corner after settling down and take a good look at all the information listed, which will give you a complete summary of what you can expect from each course. Having all the pros and cons laid out will help you to weed out and prioritise your options.


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#8 Register for seminars/workshops

Attend the various seminars and workshops that will be taking place, where you can find out more about the different curriculums, scholarship opportunities, admission requirements and other academic queries in detail. There are also dedicated forums for parents to participate, which gives an overview of what pursuing a tertiary education is all about and also allows them to pick up tips on how they can guide their child into making informed decisions. Spots might be limited, so make sure to register for the talks you have in mind on their respective websites ahead of time!


#9 Explore the campuses

Aside from seminars and workshops, go on the guided campus tours where you get to check out the academic buildings, student amenities and specialised equipment provided for your preferred courses. Having a conducive environment ensures that students get ample hands-on experience in and out of the classroom, which is why it’s important to ensure that the facilities are readily accessible and in good working order. While you’re at it, explore the study areas, food courts and recreational offerings too as these are the places you will be spending most of your time at in between classes. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the Teenage booth for awesome goodie bags! 

#10 Check out the CCAs available

Don’t forget the CCAs showcases! Take your pick from the endless array of extra-curricular activities available – from academic school clubs, to special interest groups, to sports and adventure teams, there’s sure to be one that tickles your fancy. To really step out of your comfort zone, why not challenge yourself by joining something you’ve not tried before? Not only is it a great platform for you to pick up new hobbies and develop it into a passion, CCAs can also help to beef up your resume and help it stand out from the sea of university/job applications in the future. Win-win!

Our Ultimate Guide ain’t over yet! Check out our Open House 2017 activities listings at each poly here. What are some of your tips and tricks to navigating the Poly Open Houses? Comment below and share your insight. Last but not least, read all about Poly education and more in our  January 2017 Passport To Your Future

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What's Next After Your 'O' Levels?

22 Dec 2016 by Teenage

Still unsure about which course to pursue after your ‘O’ levels, which tertiary institution to enrol in, or even which career is ideal for you? Speaking to a career guidance counsellor will give you helpful insights to make this monumental decision. Singapore Polytechnic’s education and career guidance counsellor Paul Tan shares tips and advice about planning for your future. 

For the uninitiated, Education and Career Guidance (ECG) is about equipping students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions at each key education stage. This allows students to successfully transit from school to further education or work, and hence better manage their career pathways and lifelong learning. Through ECG, students can learn to develop social and emotional qualities such as resilience and adaptability for a rapidly changing working environment.

ECG counsellors are specially trained personnel deployed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to educational institutions. They help students explore their strengths and interests in relation to their aspirations. The ECG Counsellors will also guide students in planning and making informed decisions regarding their education and career pathways. You can find ECG counsellors in secondary schools, junior colleges, centralised institute, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) colleges.

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Q: Many of my friends seem to know what they want to pursue but I am still unsure. My results are only average. What can I pursue?

A: ECG seeks to enable students to understand their strengths, interests and aspirations better, so that they will make better informed educational and career choices. With ECG, students will be more informed about their suitability for the various course options, rather than just congregating towards more popular choices or choosing courses based on results. Students will also be in a better position to choose courses that will help maximise their potential and aspiration.

Q: Should I decide on a career first before I choose what I want to study, or vice versa?

A: Based on a 2009 MOE study, about 48 per cent of students made their course or career decisions without sufficient exploration. It is more important for students to sufficiently explore their course of study or career, instead of worrying about whether to choose the course of study or career first.

Q: How do I know what kind of skills I would need when I have decided on my choice of career?

A: Having the right set of skills will make it easier for students to look for jobs and enhance their career progression. Employers often look for candidates who have portable and transferable skills, such as service excellence and leadership. Cultivating these skills helps students to stay employable and competitive as business conditions keep changing.

Q: How do I know what course to study in order to have the career I aspire to have?

A: Students should prepare and position themselves for long-term growth and stability by finding out which industries are growing and offering jobs with better prospects. By matching their interests with the type of skills and jobs that are in demand, students would be able to choose the course of study, in order to have the career that they aspire to have.

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Q: Some of my friends have been through Career Interest Profiling (CIP), what is it? How can this help me?

A: In CIP, students discover the type of work and occupations that would excite them though a self-assessment career exploration software. Students will identify and learn more about the broad interest areas most relevant to themselves. They can then use their results to explore the relevant diploma courses to study.

Q: How accurate is CIP?

A: The accuracy of CIP depends on the software used and how honestly the student responds to the questions asked. Singapore Polytechnic uses a software with high reliability and validity. Students will receive an accurate, reliable profile of their vocational interests. The profile allows students to make an informed decision on their aspiration and how their interests related to the relevant diploma courses.

Q: What can I find out from an ECG counsellor?

A: The ECG counsellor at the polytechnic can help students in the following ways:

  • Build on the relevant skills and knowledge learnt in secondary school
  • Develop a positive and realistic perception of self
  • Provide advice and guidance on possible careers and aspirations
  • Prepare them for their transition from school to work.

Q: When should I approach an ECG counsellor for advice? Would 16 years old be too young?

A: It is never too early to seek advice on education and career matters. At the age of 16 , students can begin to have conversations about education planning and career exploration with an ECG Counsellor.

Consulting an ECG counsellor will provide you with a clearer insight of your possible career paths and arm you with better knowledge on the steps to take after your ‘O’ Levels. Do you still have questions? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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Have a crush in school but too shy to ask her out in person? Chanced upon someone’s Instagram account but don’t know how to ask him out on a date without sounding like another weirdo off the net? Let us be your wingman. Here’s a collation of 9 perfectly non-creepy ways to approach your crush via social media. 

#1 Dedicate a song

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Who doesn’t love to be serenaded by someone through a song? It’s a classic. But of course, we’re not talking about that boombox holding outside your crush’s bedroom ala 1989 classic, Say Anything — you can always upload a video of yourself singing a cover of your crush’s favourite song or a song with all the right lyrics on Instagram or Facebook, dedicated to him/her. At the end of the video, remember to pop the question with a charming smile! 

#2 Keep it real

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No tacky tricks or try-hard pickup lines here. Treat your crush like a regular human being and converse normally! Tell her you love her witty tweets or tell him it’s really cool he does (one of his interests based on his Instagram) and would love to have coffee sometime! Simple as that. Be honest and genuine — and if it doesn’t work out, you might just end up making a new friend! 

#3 Be the online confidante 

Care for your crush subtly through comforting replies to their troubled Instagram captions (if any) or wish them luck on a major presentation they tweeted about, or even just wishing them a nice day. Make sure to leave a deep, good impression before sliding into their PM and suggest continuing the conversation in person. Take it slow and make sure they reply to your tweets/comments before direct-messaging them. Of course, don’t start leaving a message on every single post they make – keep your responses sporadic, nonchalant and totally cool. 

#4 Tell it like you see it 

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If your crush is someone you’re already friends with, then it would be more about being genuine than creative. Post a picture of your crush on Instagram and in the caption, write down 10, 20, even 30 things that you like about him/her and then 10 reasons why they should go out with you. Tag them! Nobody can resist going “aww” at that. 

#5 Insta-worthy feed Credit: IGNANT

Piecing together a full photo through uploading parts of it one by one to build up a 3×3 grid is kind of a thing now. Yes that’s exactly what we’re suggesting. Segment a photo of yourself holding a card with a message for your crush into nine parts and upload them accordingly. You could either tag your crush in the caption, or drop them a text telling him/her to check it out. With that being said, it’s one of the bolder moves on this list and we’d advise for you to only do so if you’re good friends (or at least on speaking terms) with your crush. 

#6 Subtweet/Subgramming 

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Subtweeting doesn’t always have to have a negative connotation to it. Sometimes your crush may tweet or upload an Instagram photo that’s reply-able. For twitter, you can post a witty subtweet that’s subtle yet relevant enough for him to notice it’s for him. For example:

Him: So bored, if only I had some company to grab coffee with.
(After a few seconds) You: Really could use a caffeine fix right now.

And if your crush has a knack for such hints, you’ll be getting that coffee date!

#7 Create a #hashtag story

Sounds tacky but it will always be cute. Come up with a sweet and witty personalised hashtag specially relevant to your crush. Following that, post a thread of Instagram posts, with each photo narrating from the first time he/she caught your eyes to hoping for a date with them now. Put that cherry on top by hashtagging each post with your unique hashtag! But go easy on the captions, it only takes a few overly-passionate words to escalate from an innocent crush to sounding like you have a creepy obsession… 

#8 The ‘push’

Making the first move for conversation and making the first move to ask someone out are very different. Sometimes the latter has a higher chance of success if the former is not done by you – removing the element of “creep”. However, many times your crush needs a little push. You can research through their various social media accounts to find out what they’re passionate about or feel strongly for. By expressing your opinion vehemently on those same topics online, when they chance upon it, they may feel the urge to start a conversation with you about it. From there, your chances of getting a meet-up is lookin’ pretty good. 

#9 From public to private

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Private messaging is never the smart first move. Start by sending a friend/follow request and see if he/she reciprocates. After the first barrier is passed, you can move on to liking or commenting on their photos. Give a good first impression of being just a friendly online follower. After several exchanges of replies and the niceness is still mutual, you’re ready for the PM to slide in the question. Remember, don’t jump the gun by being overly zealous and scare your crush away!

Do what you will with this list, but bear in mind to also respect your crush and their privacy. Sweeping your crush off their feet on social media seems great in theory, but everyone responds differently – just like asking someone out in real life, they too have the right to say no. And if they do, don’t keep broaching the topic online. Simply brush yourself off and move on with dignity and grace. 

Have any suggestions of your own to add onto our list? Comment below and share your tips! 

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Dear Kelly's Official Response And Apology

11 Nov 2016 by Teenage

This is an official response from Kelly Chopard. Once again, we would like to deeply apologise.

An apology

I sincerely apologise if my response to “Raped after lying to mum” came across as harsh and “blaming the victim”. Please believe me when I say I am profoundly sorry for teenagers who are vulnerable and often “naïve” as I stressed, more than once, in my response in this case. I stated, “Your total naivety led you to believe you were having a sleepover with a best buddy. I totally believe you had no idea that he had sex on his mind. It is most unfortunate for you”.

My response takes into consideration our many readers who seek direction so they will not find themselves in a similar situation. I have to adopt a particular tone so as to make sure the writer does not engage in such risky behaviour again, and this is also aimed at warning readers of the consequences they face should they engage in risky behaviour.

Throughout my response I never blamed her. I said she was “naïve”. My focus was for her, and our readers, to learn that certain actions have consequences and I wanted to stress, “… never lie to your parents”. I pointed out the dangers of no one knowing where she was, even saying how worried her mum and the best friend would have been if they tried to phone her and got no response because she was under the influence of liquor and “he would not have answered it”.

I was focusing on the danger this girl put herself in. I focused on helping her see that her behaviour sent the wrong message to the guy. She honestly stated that the guy never lied to her. “… He said his parents were going away and asked me to stay over, I said yes”. She admitted she knew they have no maid.

I wanted everyone to know the danger of sending the wrong signals. He definitely got the wrong signals. When she arrived she says, “He grabbed me and kissed me”. I said she should have left but stated, “However, I believe you didn’t have a clue what he had in store for you”. Again there is no blaming her.

Again, I stated this because I know she was hurting but I have to put across the point that such behaviour obviously gave the guy the wrong idea as he knew she knew, “there was not going to be adult supervision or even anyone else present”. This point is important for the girl, as well as readers, so they get guidelines on how to behave so they don’t send the wrong signals. I try to write in such a way as to stress that care must always be taken so as not to find oneself in a venerable position.

There is no intention of “victim blaming”, just an attempt to point out that one’s actions have consequences and the sad fact, for me who really cares for everyone writing in, is that many young people today take risks and put themselves in precarious situations resulting in unhappy outcomes.

No one can be more sorry for this girl than I. I believe what hurt most was his casual dismissal of her but I was careful NOT to dwell on this so as not to cause her further pain. I tried not to highlight what was going through the guy’s mind. I was careful to downplay his point-of-view so as to spare her additional pain.

I genuinely care for my readers and over the years we have built a warm caring relationship, but I never underplay the seriousness of certain actions that could have negative consequences.

At the end of each issue of the Dear Kelly column is this statement: “Teenage DOES NOT condone pre-marital sex. Also included is a list of relevant associations, with contact details, should anyone seek counselling.

I try my best to help those who need a listening ear and I am gravely sorry that this response has garnered a negative response. I sincerely apologise if my response has upset readers but I hope, after reading this explanation, you will understand where I am coming from. My readers know they mean a lot to me.


After qualifying as a teacher, Kelly Chopard went on to attend several counselling courses. Over the past 30 years, she has been invited to sit on panels and discussion groups, give talks and has thought modules dealing with youth issues. She counsels primary and secondary school pupils. She also engages in parent-pupil counselling sessions. In the 1970s, she was a member of the People’s Association Team counselling young adults in areas like drugs, smoking and other health and social issues. From 1979 to 1983 he had a counselling column in a local woman’s magazine. Since 1996 she has been responding to Teenage readers in her Dear Kelly column. 

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