A student interviews DJ Violet Fenying (third from left) as principal Soh Lai Leng (second from left) and alumni vice-chairperson Verlyn Neo look on. A student interviews DJ Violet Fenying (third from left) as principal Soh Lai Leng (second from left) and alumni vice-chairperson Verlyn Neo look on. School launches broadcast station as it celebrates 120th anniversary

Holy Innocents’ High School was abuzz recently when its broadcast station, HIHS On Air, was officially launched by celebrity DJ, Violet Fenying, of Love 97.2FM.

The event took place during the school’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration on Sept 14, and saw Sec Two students from the school’s Journalism and Broadcast enrichment programme showing off their talents.

One student interviewed Chinese-language DJ Fenying, who gave tips on how to be an outstanding DJ. Other Chinese-language student broadcast DJs showed off their skills as well to the crowd comprising students, staff, parents, alumni and the school’s partners in the media and mass communication sector.

Visitors were also given the opportunity to give their “maiden broadcast” with HIHS On Air.

The Journalism and Broadcast enrichment programme, launched in January, is a 20-session programme involving 100 students in Sec Two. It provides students with skills in DJ broadcasting, journalism, publicity and performance.

To allow students to put into practice what they have learnt, the school set up in July its own broadcast station, HIHS On Air, which broadcasts over the school’s sound system.

Since then, students have held regular Wednesday morning broadcasts in Chinese before school starts.

These include song dedications, interviews, talk shows, fashion updates and news reporting.

Staff and students in the English Language, Malay Language, History and Science departments have also conducted short broadcasts to reach out to the student population.

The enrichment programme not only teaches students to express themselves clearly, it also helps them learn how to use microphones, monitor their posture on stage, apply journalism skills during interviews and have self-confidence.

Students taking the progamme shared their dreams with CatholicNews. Su Zhi Ying said she hopes to join Mediacorp and help build a caring and loving society. Another student, Wang Zi An, wants to inspire others to pursue their dreams of becoming DJs.

The launch of HIHS On Air and the Journalism and Broadcast programme take place as the school celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.

The highlight of the celebrations was a musical, I am Special – The HIstory, staged in the school hall on April 14.

The production took the audience back in time to the school’s humble beginnings as a village school, set up in 1892 by missionaries from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It also portrayed the challenges of World War II, and the various changes the school underwent ending in its present-day campus located in Hougang Central.

Over the years, the school transitioned from a Chinese-medium boys’ school offering classes from primary to pre-university levels, to an English-medium co-educational high school providing secondary education.

The school will hold its 120th anniversary Mass in the school’s Chapel of the Holy Innocents on Nov 17 at 6pm, followed by a dinner in the school hall. Tickets at $100 can be purchased at the school’s general office, or call 6283-3381 to make reservations.

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