Cedar Girls' final full O-level cohort

SINGAPORE - Track and field training three times a week, plus more than 200 hours of community service over four years.

But Genis Phoa Jie still gets to bed by 9.30pm each day.

"I need my sleep. That's my mentality," said Genis, who was all smiles after collecting her O-level results yesterday.

She scored an aggregate of six points, which saw her keeping her place in Hwa Chong Institution, after aiming for at least eight A1s. Still, the 16-year-old admitted it was not always easy.

With track and field championships last April and preliminary exams a month later, that "was one of the toughest times in my whole life in secondary school", said Genis, who was then captain of the athletics team at Cedar Girls' Secondary.

But her team still became champions, and she went on to earn a place in Hwa Chong through its direct school admission scheme.

Genis is among Cedar Girls' final full cohort of 331 students to take the O levels.

From this year, Cedar has students in the O-level and Integrated Programme (IP) routes at every level. There are 18 schools which offer the IP, including Victoria School.

Cedar and Victoria offer the IP in partnership with Victoria Junior College.

"Cedar has always prided itself on being a very good O-level school," said principal Cheng Hwee Yeang.

"I told the graduating class to give their best shot as it's their final year and also because the school's history was changing."


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