2020 GCE ‘A’ Level Results
The school congratulates the 2020 Year 6 cohort for their excellent achievements in the 2020 GCE A-Level Examinations! A total of 438 Dunmanians sat for the Examinations, and they have done themselves and the school proud with their hard work and achievements!
The cohort achieved a median University Admission Score (UAS) of 83, with 4 in 10 attaining the University Admission Score (UAS) of 85 or more rank points. 3 in 10 Dunmanians scored at least 3 H2 distinctions and 1 in 5 scored at least 6 distinctions. For 8 H2 subjects, 1 in 2 students attained a distinction.
In addition, 8 in 10 H3 students scored a Distinction or Merit for their H3 subjects, and 3 in 10 students who offered 4 H2 attained 4 H2 distinctions.
Ho Yu Ning 6C22
Yu Ning is a Bicultural Studies Programme scholar. Her linguistic abilities in the English language and Mandarin are profound and helped her to attain the Top in Subject awards for General Paper and Higher 2 Translation (Chinese). Yu Ning’s love for language and writing led her to join “Expresso”, the signature writing programme of the Senior High English Department, where she further honed her writing craft under the mentorship of teachers.
Her ability to communicate effectively in both speaking and writing was of much value in helping her gain an opportunity to interview an eminent academic, Professor Wang Yizhou from Peking University. She also wrote a research paper exploring the possibility of Taiwanese independence by analysing the views of young people from Mainland China.
Yu Ning’s excellent communication skills served her well in her role as a leader in St John Brigade. Yu Ning was able to relate well to her juniors and peers with tact, empathy and clarity. She also set aside time to help to teach children from disadvantaged families, under the Heartware Tuition Programme.
Yu Ning is a good example of what we envision Dunmanians to be: confident, articulate and empathetic communicators who are effectively bilingual.
Tricia Priscilla Ng 6C41
Tricia, who came from Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, was from the first intake of students from the Joint Admissions Exercise for Dunman High School. The rich and diverse opportunities at the Senior High (JC) level allowed her to develop her skill sets in innovation, communication and leadership.
Tricia was elected as a Student Councillor and was also the Chairperson of the Public Speaking Club. In these capacities, Tricia displayed a remarkable sense of responsibility and efficiency, and was able to lead her team members well in executing their plans. Other opportunities and platforms such as the Model United Nations and the A*Star ESSEC Business School Innovation Pitch Day helped her to become even more confident and innovative. Tricia and her team came up with an innovative idea of turning food waste into plant fertiliser and fish food to be sold to vertical farms and local fish farms, during the A*Star Pitch Day event.
Despite her heavy commitments, Tricia made it a point to contribute to the school and community. She put her strong communicative abilities to good use by being part of the student panel during the Senior High Open House 2020, interacting with and accompanying patients for their weekly kidney dialysis sessions, under the National Kidney Foundation Befrienders programme, and organising activities with the East Youth Volunteer Organisation.
We are heartened to see how Tricia, even though being with us for only two years, has well-demonstrated our school’s mission: to care, to serve and to lead.
Kevan Wee Jia Wei 6C35
Kevan was poised for a unique leadership journey in his Senior High years as he was the last Executive President (EP) of the DHS student body before the Student Council underwent a structural transformation. His contributions has left an indelible impression on all who have been under his guidance and care.
Kevan was elected by the school’s student body to be the EP. He was committed and motivated to care for the well-being of his schoolmates. He was tasked with the herculean feat of navigating the student population in fostering an inclusive culture for the first intake of students admitted to Dunman High under the Joint Admissions Exercise in 2019. Kevan designed Dunman Day, an event that allowed students to interact, reflect and appreciate bonds they have formed with each other. The well-thought through allowed good interaction between Dunmanians and greatly boosted cohesion and mutual understanding. With this warm and familial spirit, the new students were able to integrate well into the student population.
Aside from this, Kevan sincerely believed in the principle that leadership needs to be intentional and purposeful. He was always ready to address issues that would make the schooling experience more meaningful for all. He successfully pushed for and garnered approval for the implementation of cashless payment in school. This was a significant step in getting students to experience Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative in their immediate realities. When a global health crisis was brewing, Kevan nimbly responded by organising the school-wide Wipe-Down campaign.
Kevan is an outstanding leader who is unafraid to blaze trails. He is empathetic and mindful of the needs of those around him. In this regard, we are proud to see how Kevan has matured into a leader of honour.
Tan Jian Xi Owen 6C37
If a true leader’s capacity lies in his or her ability to translate a vision into a reality, then Jian Xi will undoubtedly qualify as an exceptional leader. He is a mature, perceptive and discerning individual who aspires to achieve the best in all his undertakings. As a result, there is no doubt that he is an embodiment of the school’s pursuit to be a premier school of Leaders of Honour.
As the President of the Student Council (SC) from 2019 to 2020, Jian Xi was in a position that allowed him to enact purposeful change. He was clear about the key areas he wanted to improve during his term as President, and worked steadfastly to accomplish them. He initiated several ground breaking transformations in the existing SC structure. Jian Xi observed that the two highest positions in the student leadership body, the Executive President and President, had grown to overlap in many areas and proposed a merger which took effect in 2020. Driven by a strong desire to empower the student councillors, he worked to plug the gaps in previous development programmes and initiated the Peer Mentoring system, where junior councillors met with more experienced committee members individually so that the advice given would be more specific and relevant. These changes eventually led to a more cohesive Student Council unit where each student leader was enabled in his or her own capacity as leaders. Such remarkable resourcefulness can only be exhibited by an individual such as Jian Xi who is a natural, dynamic leader.
Jian Xi is also exemplary as a thought leader as he does not shy from honing his knowledge and skills in areas that he is passionate about. He was an active member of the school’s International Strategic and Affairs Council (ISAC). He served as a Deputy Chairperson for Dunman High ASEAN Plus in 2019. He successfully steered the conference debate and encouraged the attendees to participate actively. In 2020, when Dunman High ASEAN Plus was converted into an online essay writing competition due to Covid-19, Jian Xi took on the role as Assistant Director of the Publicity Committee. Although this was an unfamiliar task to him, he thought of effective ways to publicise the event and succeeded in it. His mental acumen has also won him countless awards. Jian Xi In many ways, is always at the center of change and action. He inspires others to achieve their best and be bold in pursuing their goals.
We are fully confident that Jian Xi will be a leader who is able to empower others with his vision and actions.
Tan Li Wen, Steffi 6C37
Steffi was a strong proponent of tackling climate change. She believed that education and communication were crucial to tackling issues like climate change. She served as Head of Illustration and headed an art team of eight members at Climate Science Pte Ltd, a non-profit organisation that educates students on climate change. They designed infographics and other material to make this topic understandable to their audience. She has also started her own webpage on climate science, and her efforts have led to collaborations with local eco-businesses and interviews with Metro UK and other sources. As a student of Higher 2 English Language and Linguistics, Steffi further strengthened her command of English and her ability to communicate with impact, tact and empathy.
Like many Dunmanians, Steffi showed how one can be strong in academic subjects of different disciplines. She offered Higher 3 Physics and participated in the Nanomaterials Research Project with the National University of Singapore (2020), the Asia Pacific Youth Forum for Science Talented (2019), and was also selected to take part in the Hwa Chong Invitational Philosophy Olympiad (2020).
We are confident that Steffi will continue to put her diverse talents and abilities to good use to care for and serve the community.
Daryl Koh Han Boon 6C31
With a heart of service and a passion for sport, Daryl was a dedicated member and Captain of the school’s Volleyball team.
He was a nurturing leader, motivating his team and mentoring his juniors both on and off the court. For his efforts, he was awarded the Co-Curricular Activity Award Service Award in 2020. Daryl also joined the Sports Leaders Programme (SLP) from 2017 – 2020, specially designed to mould the sports leaders from the various CCAs. In 2019, Daryl took up the role of Overall-in-Charge of the SLP, with the vision to grow the school’s sporting environment, and he went over and above in achieving that vision. He initiated the creation of a vision, mission and motto of the SLP, and introduced a committee-based structure, to give each member more purpose and clarity in their roles. The first DHS athletes’ windbreaker was also implemented under his watch, to strengthen the DHS identity at sporting events. He also helped oversee the SLP’s involvement in the Senior High D’Carnival 2019, a day of sports and carnival games, where they planned many of the main games to great success.
Daryl also has a deep love for the sciences, and offered Physics at the Higher 3 level in 2020, and achieved a Distinction in the 2019 Australian Mathematics Competition. He was also selected to be part of the DHScholars Programme in 2020, an in-house programme for Year Six students. Daryl is also eloquent and an engaging presence on stage, and took on various emceeing roles, such as at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Singapore Flag Presentation Ceremony, and the Athletes’ Send-Off Ceremony for the 2019 ASEAN School Games.
An empathetic individual, Daryl also joined the DHS Youth Club, where members mentored underprivileged children at St Hilda’s Community Services. He also participated in an Overseas Values in Action (OVIA) trip in 2019 to a primary school in Thailand, where they interacted with and taught English to the children at the school, and helped paint portions of the school building.
We are heartened by Daryl’s all-round achievements – an affirmation of the school’s aim to provide a high quality and holistic education.
Zhang Yixiang 6C12
Yixiang found joy in his pursuit of music and was deeply passionate about honing his musical skills.
He participated in the Ministry of Education Music Elective Programme Composition Workshop in 2019. Under the mentorship of a professor, Yixiang showed creativity in applying the techniques he had learnt. His work was selected to be performed during the workshop, garnering positive feedback from his mentor and peers. Yixiang was a committed individual who pursued his interests and worked towards his goals. In 2020, he took part in the 2nd Singapore International Flute Competition and clinched the Silver Award.
Yixiang also displayed leadership qualities in his role as the Secretary of the Dunman High School Symphonic Band. He was meticulous and organised, managing the band’s attendance and minutes of meetings. He worked well alongside with other committee members to organise the band’s orientation programme in 2020, as well the annual concert. Yixiang was sensitive to the needs of others and put in special effort to engage the first batch of students from the Joint Admissions Exercise so that they felt comfortable in a new environment.
Yixiang displayed compassion through his involvement in both community and school projects. He was an active member of Caring Volunteer. Yixiang also performed for the residents at Methodist Welfare Services Nursing Home and engaged them in games.
We wish Yixiang the very best as he pursues his dreams of studying music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.
Lee Jie Jun Shireen 6C45
Shireen was a self-motivated individual and outstanding leader who took pride in learning and strove towards excellence in various aspects of her life.
Shireen was perceptive and kept abreast with current issues. She represented the school in the Chancellors’ Challenge Shield in 2019. Her team won the First Runner-Up title for their profound understanding in policy study. Her strong desire to contribute back to Singapore led her to participate in the Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum 2019 where she and her team discussed and shared strategies for regional collaboration in the new digital economy with delegates from Australia and other ASEAN Member States.
Shireen was also a confident leader who could rally the support of others. She was elected as Secretary-General (Chairperson) of the school’s International & Strategic Affairs Council from 2019 to 2020. Shireen also served as the Head of Facilitators for the Dunman High School Leadership Symposium 2019 where she oversaw the training of facilitators and curated training modules which imparted knowledge on leadership frameworks. She was a natural mentor, and created an inclusive environment for the facilitators during group discussions to share and learn from each other’s skills and experiences.
Shireen intends to pursue her undergraduate studies in politics, law and economics. Keep being a leader of honour, Shireen!
Tan Zi Ting 6C43
Zi Ting has been suffering from a chronic gastroenterological condition since birth. She had to be on long-term medication and take high doses on a regular basis. Sleepless nights writhing in pain were a common experience for Zi Ting. Additionally, the side effects of her medication caused her to experience frequent bouts of diarrhoea, nausea, anaemia and lethargy. Few could empathise with her situation and the physical, mental and emotional trauma Zi Ting had to cope with.
Despite all these personal challenges, Zi Ting refused to see her problems as a weakness. Instead, she resolved within herself to let her challenges motivate her towards fulfilling her dream: to be a doctor so that she can help people who face similar problems.
The ‘A’ level period was an especially challenging period for Zi Ting. Due to the long duration of the examinations, Zi Ting could not undergo regular treatment and ended up experiencing her worst ‘flare-up’ in her life. Suffering from tremendous pain and fear during each exam, Zi Ting was fully aware that her ability to concentrate and analyse questions was severely impaired. But she never gave up. Even when she knew she had made many mistakes she would not normally make, Zi Ting remained resilient and courageous. She pushed herself to cast aside her fears and focus on doing her best, not for herself, but being mindful that she wanted to be an inspiration to others now and in the future.
Zi Ting’s story of courage and determination has inspired us, and we know, will continue to inspire many others in time to come.
Genevieve Ng Ang Teng 6C11
Genevieve Ng was a high-performing, versatile student who demonstrated a uniquely impressive penchant for and interest in both the Sciences and the Arts.
Displaying a strong aptitude in Mathematics, Genevieve offered H2 Further Mathematics and H3 Mathematics. These subjects were offered only to students with outstanding academic ability to master rigorous university-level content, such as Combinatorics and Number Theory. Though she only took up Further Mathematics at the end of Year Five, Genevieve demonstrated high levels of motivation and grit, studying the entire year’s syllabus on her own during the year-end school holiday. She managed to obtain a B grade in the aptitude test, which qualified her to join the Further Mathematics class.
Her passion for Mathematics was equally matched by a love for the intricacies and workings of the English language and Literature. Genevieve’s double Mathematics subject combination was uniquely complemented by a highly rigorous and robust Arts curriculum consisting of H2 Literature in English and H2 English Language and Linguistics. The only student in the 2020 Y6 cohort to offer these four subjects together, Genevieve had a unique interest in unpacking the world around her through the lens of language and the logic of Mathematics. While initially struggling to keep up with the demands of English Literature, her passion shone through because she was an empathetic reader and learner. She was tenacious and plodded through in spite of the need to consistently switch her mindset between the more linguistic subjects and the fully mathematical ones. Eventually, her tenacity and determination led to her finding out her own unique voice and style of writing.
Genevieve’s story demonstrates well that one can be equally strong in very different disciplines. We are assured to know that our aim to give students the latitude in their subject combination to explore and deepen their interests and strengths is on the right track.
Tan Yin Lynn 6C44
Lynn has a passion for creating awareness of social issues and also to empower others around her through imparting important knowledge.
Lynn’s story offers many lessons from the school of life. During her years in Senior High, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had to juggle her role between being a student, a leader (both in class and in her CCA), and a daughter. It was not easy to juggle these roles and responsibilities. Despite the pressures of the Advanced Level Examinations, the difficulties of overseeing the class’ Values in Action project on environmental sustainability, mentoring her juniors in her CCA, and also the constant worry of her mother’s health, Lynn continued to hold her head up high and to give her best in all that she endeavoured to do. She never neglected her peers around her, often uplifting them and cheering them on, whilst having to face her own adversities head on.
Post-graduation, Lynn created an Instagram page @tylem.brdy to raise awareness and funds for cancer society. In her words, “as one who has family members battling cancer, I would like to contribute through embroidery works whilst raising awareness about cancer!” She has since created posts to encourage her followers (still growing in size) to visit their physicians for regular checks, and to raise awareness of the struggles caregivers face, and provide strategies to manage caregiver burnout. More impressively, using her available time, she has commissioned numerous customised embroideries and has raised funds for this worthwhile cause.
We are so proud of you, Lynn. Keep inspiring others with your empathy, resilience and courage.
Amber Rose Pillay 6C34
Amber Rose Pillay both the jack and master of many trades.
Amber has always excelled academically and proved to be an all-rounder. Her passion in acquiring knowledge transcends conventional categories as she dabbled in niche subjects like computing on top of excelling in both the language and sciences. Her versatility was evident in her involvement in the MOE Pre-University Seminar 2019, where she worked with and led a group of students to develop solutions that leverage technology for the purpose of preserving Singapore’s unique culture.
Amber also pushed her boundaries in the field of computing. She was the team leader in the codeForCorona: Students Against COVID Hackathon 2020. Students were given 24 hours to develop solutions to problems that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. She used her knowledge in computing to lead her team in developing a web application to boost hawkers’ businesses and provide a platform for them to better connect to consumers.
Amber also possessed exceptional leadership qualities in her role as the Quarter Mistress in the Dunman High Young Adults Chapter, which focuses on nurturing Girl Guides into capable and confident leaders. She serves as an inspiring role model and mentor to her juniors. Her charismatic personality and sense of humour made her well-liked among her peers.
With her illuminating insights and innovation, determination and maturity, Amber will surely be a trailblazer and illuminate any space she is in.
Lim Rui Yi Ray 6C36
Ray is a student with outstanding intellectual capacity, analytical ability and thirst for knowledge. A recipient of the prestigious A*STAR Science Award (JC), he was also shortlisted for the NUS’ Science Research Programme. He offered an engineering project at the Higher 3 (H3) level under the guidance of Dr Nikolai Yakovlev from IMRE, and built a compact piezo-actuated Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM). Over the course of the project, he was focused, highly motivated and disciplined. When his experiments went awry, his innate curiosity drove him to persist in resolving the challenges in his project. His dedication to his project yielded a Merit Award at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2020.
On top of pursuing his interest in science research, he was also a respected student leader. He was part of the Dunman High Leadership Programme and helmed the organisation of Leadership Symposium 2019. He worked well with his fellow committee members, liaised with external guest speakers, and planned a meaningful programme for the hundreds of attendees from DHS, and other schools.
Ray stands as a shining model of Dunmanians excelling in and deepening their expertise in their own spheres of interest. We are sure Ray will go on to be a leader of honour using his talents for the betterment of the community.
Dylan Xie Zonglin 6C32
Dylan joined Dunman High School in 2019, having completed his O Levels at Hai Sing Catholic School. He very quickly integrated into the warm and friendly environment of Dunman High School.
Dylan actively participated in school activities, and volunteered to be an Orientation Group Leader for Senior High Orientation 2020. He shared his personal experiences with the newly minted Year 5 students, especially those from the Joint Admissions Exercise, and gave them advice on how they could cope with the demanding transition to the A Levels.
Dylan was also a committed and passionate member of the Dunman High School Volleyball team from 2019 to 2020. Despite being new to the sport, he was selected to compete in the 2019 Republic Polytechnic Invitational due to his unwavering determination to improve and excel in it. He also went on to represent the school in the Volleyball Inter-School ‘A’ Division Championships in 2019. Dylan proved to be a good team player and demonstrated good sportsmanship. His leadership qualities were recognised by his Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) teacher, and he was selected to attend the 2019 DHS Leadership Symposium.
Dylan embodies cherished values of the school – caring for others, a desire to serve others and an innate ability to lead others – we are immensely proud of him and congratulate him on his stellar results!
Chen Wuyang 6C35
A gifted individual in Science and Mathematics, Wuyang represented the school in various prestigious competitions over the years and won many awards.
He won the Silver award at the Singapore Physics Olympiad in 2019, was awarded Gold in the Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad in 2018, and clinched the Silver Award in the National Olympiad in Informatics in 2018. He displayed creativity in problem solvg and programming skills and expertise, and was also talented in Mathematics. He took part in the Singapore Mathematics Olympiad in 2018, obtained a Silver Award for the Open Section, in addition to attaining the 23rd position in the Senior Section in 2017 where he won an Individual Award and a Gold Award.
Wuyang was committed to sharing his passion and talents with others. In his role as the Competition Manager of the Senior High Mathematics Society in 2019 and 2020, not only did he prepare students for Mathematics competitions, he also organised workshops for juniors to introduce to them statistics, probability and recurrence relationship to spark their interest in Mathematics. Another significant contribution he made to the school was the website which he created to consolidate questions and discussions on Mathematics for DHS students. He single-handedly set up a server, rented domains and configured the DNS service to allow all DHS students to ask questions and receive answers and guidance on Mathematics. He designed the website and installed plugins to provide essential functions, clearly demonstrating his love of computing and Mathematics and desire to build others up with his gifts and abilities.
Wuyang is exemplary in how he uses his knowledge, expertise and talents to better the community around him, a true leader in his own sphere of influence.
Han Leyan 6C35
Han Leyan is an individual who possesses remarkable intellectual curiosity and is constantly looking for ways to attain excellence in all her pursuits. She led with passion and confidence, inspiring many with her infectious enthusiasm.
Leyan was constantly looking for new ways to challenge herself and opportunities to impart her knowledge to others. She organised a successful “Math Week” to increase understanding of advanced Mathematics concepts to Junior High students. She was the Math Society representative in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Week (2020) where she spearheaded the planning of two Math workshops, even though the event was not executed in the end due to the COVID-19 situation. Respectful of her peers, she valued and listened to their input and strove to involve the members in making decisions. Leyan came up with the idea of creating a Math website where members could write and share Math articles and she led a team in the implementation of this website to consolidate past learning and also to reach out to more Math enthusiasts. She has indeed gone above and beyond in ensuring that her passion does not just empower her but others as well.
Leyan was also a leader of honour, deeply committed to serving the school. She was elected into the Student Council of Dunman High School from 2018 to 2020 where she served in the Council Relations department. She effectively managed the outreach and publicity efforts of the school’s official Instagram. As a caring leader, she helped to mentor younger student council candidates. Also, Leyan was selected to be the Vice-President of the Junior College International Scholars Executive Committee from 2019 to 2020, after a rigorous screening process that involved interviews with different Ministry of Education (MOE) officials. She was an amiable leader who gained the trust of her peers, teachers and MOE officials, and she also spearheaded events to take care of the welfare of the international scholars studying in junior colleges in Singapore. She stood out as a compassionate leader and mentor who always placed human connections at the center of her endeavours.
In spite of her extensive and intensive commitments, it is highly commendable that Leyan has performed exceedingly well for the A Levels – a testament to the high discipline and work ethic of Dunmanians. We wish Leyan the very best as she embarks on a new journey ahead!
Chen Yee Ren 6C31
Yee Ren joined the Dunman High School family in 2019 from Chung Cheng High School (Main), under our first intake of students from the Joint Admissions Exercise. Yee Ren has a passion for astronomy, which he pursued during his junior college years in Dunman High.
He participated in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition in 2020, a competition consisting of three rounds, which tested students’ interest and general knowledge in the field of space and astronomy. Yee Ren’s deep curiosity about the universe we live in gave rise to him achieving Silver Honours in the final round.
A dedicated member of the Senior High Infocomm Club, Yee Ren was also an enthusiastic participant of the projects that the Club embarked on, like creating a website and learning topics that were equivalent to what the computing students were studying as part of their Higher 2 Computing syllabus. Yee Ren also challenged himself by joining competitions such as the Ace of Coders (2019) and the National Coding Competition (2019), as well as the 2019 Google Code In, an annual international open-source competition organised by Google. During the competition, Yee Ren demonstrated perseverance in completing challenging coding and programming tasks, even after failing multiple times. The competition was also a lengthy commitment, spanning under two months, requiring him to manage his time well and to stay focused.
Yee Ren’s achievements are an affirmation of the school’s emphasis on giving students the creative space and platforms to explore their interests and grow their talents. We wish him a meaningful and joyful journey ahead!