This year’s Orientation Week programme for upper Secondary School students included a Learning Journey to the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Open House on 4 January 2018. Besides touring the campus, Pathlighters spoke to NYP students and lecturers at various Schools, including Information Technology and Interactive & Digital Media, to find out more about the courses offered. They also viewed student performances and showcases of various clubs and societies around the campus. Having glimpsed the vibrant life of a polytechnic student, Pathlighters now have a positive impression of life in an Institute of Higher Learning.
On this Learning Journey, Pathlighters developed enthusiasm for and confidence in setting their academic goals for the year. They also strengthened their bonds of friendship, with many discussing their future plans excitedly. Some students from graduating classes even made plans to attend other polytechnic open houses together! What a fruitful Learning Journey!
Congratulations to our Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students for your GCE N-level results! All of them are eligible to progress on to the next level of education, and we are so proud of how far they've come. Credit must go to our educators and therapists for their dedication to maximise the potential of our students. We would also like to thank parents/guardians for their steadfast partnership with us to enable students to attain this significant milestone.
We wish them all the best for the next chapter of their learning journey!
In hopes of making public transport more user-friendly, illustrations by six of our student and alumni artists from the Artist Development Programme (ADP) were selected and incorporated as wayfinding signage along the walkway from Redhill MRT station to the Enabling Village. The new signs and rest areas along the walkway were unveiled by Minister for Transport Mr Khaw Boon Wan on the morning of Monday, 11 December 2017.
On 3 November 2017, Secondary 1 students participated in a “Fun Fit Day” at Bukit Timah’s Green Corridor. The programme began with an hour-long hike through rocky trails and followed by a series of station games. The games were aimed to test students’ fine motor skills and their ability to work in a team.
Through the activities, students were given the opportunity to put the skills that they have learnt during their Physical Education lessons into practice. They also reaffirmed the values of excellence, friendship, respect and teamwork in students.
Overall, students demonstrated great resilience and perseverance through the outing and enjoyed themselves very much. Who says you can’t keep fit and have fun at the same time?
Ms Denise Phua, President of ARC and Mayor of Central CDC hosted the wife of the Danish Prime Minister, Mrs Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen, at the TAF's flagship store at the Enabling Village. Ms Phua hosted the VIP delegation on a tour of the store, and personally presented to Mrs Rasmussen an art print by an alumni artist from Pathlight’s Artist Development Programme. Our baristas at the Art Bar, who are clients of ARC’s Employability & Employment Centre, were very honoured to have served the delegates during the visit too. As Singapore and Denmark renew their commitment to strengthen longstanding diplomatic ties, we are truly humbled by this valuable opportunity to showcase the abilities of people with autism to Mrs Rasmussen and her team.
On 7 November 2017, Secondary 2 students embarked on an amazing race around the Southern Ridges. Grouped according to their classes, they were given a list of clues to find eight locations along the Southern Ridges trail. At each location, they had to complete various tasks such as fitting the whole class into a cable car, passing rubber-bands using straws, and solving a jigsaw puzzle. The goal was to be the first class to reach the final stop, where they would also take their lunch.
Through this outing, the values of excellence, friendship, respect and teamwork were reinforced. As a class, they had to work together and take turns to be the leader. Many students were exhausted from the long hours of walking, while some became dispirited when it began to rain during the race. However, these difficulties served to instill perseverance and resilience in the students, and also highlighted the importance of proper rest. Students also learnt to exercise patience with peers who were lagging behind or slower in solving the clues.
Overall, it was an enjoyable and fruitful outing, as students took in the beautiful sights of the Southern Ridges, and also had the opportunity to reaffirm their values.
It was a momentous occasion for our graduating Primary 6 students. In an impressive show of results, 94 percent of this year’s PSLE cohort is eligible to progress to secondary school. We couldn't be more proud of our Pathlighters for all their hard work and effort that have clearly paid off. This milestone would not have been possible without the love and support from educators and parents who have journeyed together every step of the way.
May all our students have a bright future and success in every endeavour they undertake!
Students who sat for their GCE N- and O-Levels this year had a blast celebrating their achievements at their Graduation Night on 24 November 2017. Held at a hotel for the first time, the special event saw students having fun and reminiscing their Pathlight days with their educators.
May all of our graduates have a bright future as they progress to the next stage of their journeys!
One of the activities that Pathlight held during Education Week in November 2017 was a food donation drive for the non-profit organisation, The Food Bank Singapore. In the lead-up to this “Values in Action” event, two Lower Secondary Values Champions and National Education Ambassadors conducted a sharing session for their fellow schoolmates, and shared on issues such as food wastage and poverty in Singapore.
Ahead of the food donation drive, all Secondary School Pathlighters were encouraged to donate at least one excess food item from home. 11 Secondary Values champions and National Education Ambassadors subsequently helped to check, sort and pack the donated items into cartons. The Food Bank Singapore also visited Pathlight to share about their mission, vision and programmes to our students.
On 7 November, a group of Secondary 3 students headed to The Food Bank Singapore to deliver all the food items collected during the donation drive. They also volunteered their time to do data entry for all the donated items.
Through this meaningful series of activities, participating students truly put the value of “Making Conscious Good Choices for Physical Health, Emotional and Mental Well-being” in action.
From 7 to 9 November 2017, Secondary 1 students visited the Science Centre to understand the correlation between health and nutrition.
Besides meal planning and the importance of a balanced diet, the students learnt about the different nutrients and their functions. They also studied the different food groups and learnt how to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases. They then had the opportunity to apply their newly-acquired skills to making a healthy muesli bar.
After the workshop, the students explored the Digital Food Exhibition, where they learned how tastes and flavours have evolved, and how they can be manipulated using digital technology.
This enriching Learning Journey may just have inspired some of Singapore’s future chefs and nutritionists!
Pathlight School is the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers Singapore's mainstream academic curriculum together with life readiness skills. It caters to students with autism and related disorders, aged 7 to 18 years, who are cognitively able to access mainstream academic curriculum but require additional support such as smaller class sizes, special accommodations and teaching staff trained in autism.
The School was established by Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) at the invitation of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and started operations in January 2004 with just 41 students. Today, it has over 1,200 students and is one of the fastest growing and progressive special schools in Singapore.
Children with mild to moderate severity of autism, who are assessed to be cognitively able to access mainstream academics in a structured group learning environment (average class size of 8 to 12 students).
Children aged 7 years who are able to access mainstream academics but require an additional Foundation year to build their school readiness for a typical mainstream school or Pathlight School's Primary 1 Programme, will benefit from our Primary 1 Foundation Programme. Students from this programme will move on to Primary 1 Standard* the following year.
For students who are suitable to pursue the PSLE, GCE 'O' and 'N' Level examinations, but face challenges in a typical mainstream school, Pathlight offers a unique blend of academic curriculum and life readiness skills. This blended approach is aimed at maximising the potential of the students.
* Pathlight's Primary 1 Standard is similar to mainstream Primary 1 curriculum.