Over the summer, SMSI held its inaugural Orientation Day to welcome and integrate the incoming batch of students into the society. The orientation was run in an 'Amazing Race' style at Sentosa Beach, where the groups had to find and solve hidden clues progressing on to subsequent stations that had different tasks set out for them to complete.
OGLs (orientation group leaders) first met their group members at Harbourfront MRT station and thereafter, led their groups to their very first station at the Sentosa Boardwalk. From thereon, the games began, starting with a series of ‘Minute to Win It’ mini games. Upon completion, the group would be handed a clue, which they had to unravel to reveal the location of the next station. To make things more challenging, participants were only allowed to travel by foot. Hence, the groups had to be absolutely sure they interpreted each clue correctly before moving on in order to avoid making unnecessary detours and having to endure even more of the scorching sun. All teams had to cover a total of 6 stations in the quickest time possible, and could only move on from each station after reaching a certain target set by the station masters.
The amazing race ended off with all groups converging to play the final war games, "Capture the Flag", involving 2 flags, 2 combined teams and a whole lot of water bombs at Palawan Beach. The fun-filled day ended off with dinner at Vivo City.
The orientation day definitely did its job in immersing the new batch into the system and society. Not only was it a good way for the freshies to get to know each other, it also allowed them to be introduced to some of the current students who volunteered as station masters or OGLs.
Seeing how the current 1st Years have grown to be such a tight-knit cohort over the past few months, the Orientation Committee is proud to say that SMSI's first Orientation project was a success! A big thank you goes out to all who were involved in the planning and execution of it.