Comprehension Exercise on Capital Punishment


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3 thoughts on “Comprehension Exercise on Capital Punishment

  1. it has certainly been a long time since i’ve last left my mark on this webpage. i swear, it has everything to do with the horrendous jc timetables that make us stay till 5 everyday with 2 hour breaks in between.

    having read through the previous entries on swiss serenade, upper secondary inter-class debates and your personal thoughts on what blogs should or should not be. i feel that i, too should write some of my opinions down, just for the fun of it.

    Being an ex-swiss winds member, i couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride after reading your blog entry. i feel as if it were me again up on that stage, and it certainly reminded me of the many fond times i spent with my band mates. While i agree that school work is of utmost importance, i feel that it is simply inane to put less emphasis on CCA. simply because CCAs inculcate the many things that textbooks can’t teach. discipline, determination, time management, team work and most importanatly, leadership. all these serve a greater pupose than to look nice on your testimonials, they aid you in life, in situations where knowing what year the PAP won and how to answer a source-based question becomes absolutely useless. going through all the tough times together, shedding tears of joy and sorrow all at the same time, screwing up tests and sometimes even exams, it gives you something to look back at. it gives you friends whom you’ll never forget. it gives you courage to move on and faith to believe that everything will be fine. don’t underestimate the importance of CCAs, cause in the end, results aren’t everything.

    having settled down nicely in my new school, i am proud to announce that i am now part of my school’s debate society. i’ve realized that being a good debater isn’t just about being able to speak fluent english, it is also about thinking on your feet, coming up witty replies to POIs(points of information), utilizing your opponents points to your advantage and being confident even when you’re all wobbly inside. I see that this year’s batch of upper secondary students have continued the two year long tradition of having secondary 3 champions. i am glad that swiss cottage has taken an active role in promoting debating and public speaking, it is indeed sad to see such prestigious activities take a back seat in schools today. worse of all, it is more than depressing to hear things like, ‘debate is SO boring’ from people who do not understand the culture related to such an activity. IT IS NOT about bullshitting your way through motions, in JC that would hardly get you a win, far from it in fact. on this point, i am currently proposing to hold a debate camp cum sparring session in our school for u-16 debaters and would like your input on whether or not you would be interested in such an event. hopefully, your input will go towards making this propasal a reality.

    being a blog owner myself, i think that blogs serve a greater purpose than just for the ravings and rantings of daily activities. in fact, having had a blog for almost two years now, i feel that it has contributed to a voice. my voice. having opinions of your own pertaining to issues like the contraversial 377A, racial discrimination and the many other things that threaten society’s current status quo certainly helps in building character and individuality. knowing about iraqi refugees, darfur’s border conflicts, and the many innocent lives stolen by terrorist bombers all around the world helps one develop emotions like compassion and empathy. more than that, it allows us to enjoys to comforts we now have without taking them for granted and knowing that being safe now doesn’t mean being safe forever. not to mention, developing your own unique voice now only means less work when you get to JC.

    mid-year exams are coming up, sec 4’s have passed the baton on to their juniors and the mugging has begun (i hope). while i can tell all you nervous secondary 4’s that miracles don’t happen, i can tell you that god helps those who help themselves. by mid-years last year, i had attained the most stunning report card ever, with 5 C5s and all my sciences brimming with life (i was a triple science student mind you). Of course, by the end of prelims my L1R5 had dropped from a sterling 22 to 12. i can tell you that the journey is a tough one, and that there will be times when you feel like giving up all together. at times like this, my only advice is to rely on those around you. to rely on your classmates, on your CCA mates and though unbelievable, at times even your teachers. put your trust in them and be proud to let others put your trust in you. i guess it is apt to now conclude with a quote from dear mr. liu: if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

    good luck and god bless.

  2. I am interested in your debate programme for under 16s. It sounds like the answer to my prayers! Please e-mail me at with more details!

    Your advice for your juniors is timely- I hope they read it and heed it! I also agree completely with what you say about CCAs. For those who plunge into them wholeheartedly, the benefits that can be reaped are unquantifiable.

    I know you find JC busy. But those two marvellous intense years will be with you your whole life. I can see you are making the most of them, and I am so happy for you. JC was when I woke up to who I could be, after 4 years of mediocrity in secondary school. There was no looking back after that, and I sense that that is how it is going to be for you. I see so much of myself in you, plus so much more that I didn’t have- courage, determination, and a strong sense of what is right. I know I have said this before but I am going to say it again- I am so proud of you.

    I also like what you say about blogging- it can be so much more than an angry (and inarticulate!) rant. Teenagers are powerful people- more powerful than they know, and they can change the world, one opinion at a time. All it takes is courage and the discipline to learn the language well so that no one can write you off. The pen (or keyboard!) really is mightier than the sword.

    I look forward to your e-mail. If you can get me the details soon then we can try getting the programme going in the June holidays. Otherwise we have to push it till November, which is a pretty busy time of year, as you well know!

    By the way, how do I get to your blog?

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