Parents of Primary 1 to 5 students attended a workshop by Dr Yeap Ban Har last Wednesday. An internationally renowned speaker in the area of mathematics education, Dr Yeap spoke about alternative methods of the proper ways of learning the basics of math, sharing a typical two-day course’s worth of material succinctly in 90 minutes. Topics covered included array-based visualisation strategies, number bonds, and other such strategies that develop visualisation, metacognition and number sense.
Throughout the highly engaging session, Dr Yeap fielded numerous questions posed by parents. Participants eventually left the workshop armed with valuable tips and tools to guide their children in performing more complex mathematical tasks.
Thank you to all parents for your commitment in partnering us to boost our students' learning at Pathlight and beyond!
2018 marks our fifth year of collaboration with Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road). Our Primary 5 students participated in the Wildlife Buddy Programme with their ACS counterparts, who acted as guides.
During the excursion to the Singapore Zoo, students learnt about animal behaviour in the wild and the history of how certain animals became endangered. The outing provided ample opportunities for social integration among the students, and also allowed them to hone their communication competencies.Not only did they learn from one another, they also made new friendships. What a great day of fun and learning for all!
2018 marks our first year participating in the Singapore Youth Festival - SYF Arts Presentation Primary category for Dance (International). Entitled 'Chasing Dreams', the performance is a testament to the perseverance and strength our students displayed in achieving their goals.
Through dance, our performers expressed their inner voice and showcased their special talent. They also proved that they can fulfill their dreams as long as they don’t give up. Kudos to our educators and all involved in making our students’ dreams come true!
More than 400 parents attended the workshop to learn how to harness the specially curated content available on the "Learn for Life" eCampus.
The “Learn for Life” eCampus is a platform filled with valuable resources that are aimed at helping students to extend learning beyond school hours and formal school years.
At the workshop, parents were taught how to access the platform. They were also introduced to the customised resources available on eCampus that they can tap on to better support their children with important life skills and reinforce learning at home.
Thank you parents for your commitment and support. We look forward to harnessing the power of technology to drive our students' llifelong earning!
Special thanks to SATS Ltd for sponsoring a herb garden in Campus 1 for our Primary 1 & 2 students to learn more about herbs as part of their Discovery lessons!
In line with our philosophy of active, applied and authentic learning, students from two Primary 5 classes joined the SATS management today in planting five herbs, namely basil, mint, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
They got their hands dirty with hands-on practice that connected what they’ve learned in their Science lessons to real-life applications. One of these lessons was on the important components necessary for plant growth, namely, soil, space, sunlight and water!
Thanks you, SATS, for joining us on this meaningful activity and this lovely garden. We look forward to growing this sensory learning garden together!
10 students from our Upper Primary School and Vocational Track participated in the recent SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships 2018. They did so well in the meet, scoring 23 golds, 8 silvers and 2 bronzes in various categories, that Pathlight emerged the overall champion! Congratulations to all the swimmers! You have done the school proud!
Our Primary 4 students recently went on a Science Learning Journey to the Jurong Frog Farm (JFF). Amidst the lush greenery of Lim Chu Kang, they were warmly greeted by the approachable and knowledgeable instructor, Mr Zheng Xun, who introduced himself as "Uncle Frog".
Besides viewing various frog exhibits, students observed and handled frogs at different stages and sub-stages of their life cycles. While taking photos with a gleaming adult American Bullfrog, they learnt about the amphibians' gender differences and dietary preferences from "Uncle Frog". Imagine our students' delight when they were given the opportunity to feed the frogs at their enclosures!
Returning to school with JFF souvenirs, students consolidated their learning experience with a reflection in their journals. It was truly a memorable Learning Journey for both students and educators
Hearty congrats to our two Primary 2 students who won big at Scholastic Asia’s “Spot On Reading” Read & Write Challenge 2018!
The nation-wide Challenge aims to inspire the love of reading and flair for writing among primary school students. Participants were required to write an original story using the theme of the sample text for their respective levels. This year, the theme for Primary 2 is, "Different Modes of Transportation".
Placed 1st in the Challenge is Tony Tan (Primary 2 Binjai), who wrote about his experience of taking a ferry, a bus and a taxi during his vacation to Moreton Island, Australia. Lee Jin (Primary 2 Camellia) clinched the 2nd Prize with his story on taking the MRT train, a bus and a ferry to the Marine Park on Sisters’ Island, Singapore.
Well done, Tony & Lee Jin!
On Thursday, 29 March 2018, our Primary 3 to 6 students gathered at Serangoon Stadium for the annual Upper Primary School Sports Day. Dressed in their respective House t-shirts, students competed in a series of individual and team track events. They were also joined by their teachers in the class relay events with parents and staff cheering them on. We were blessed to have volunteers from DBS Bank who provided support for the event and kindly sponsored the refreshments and House t-shirts for our students and staff.
Secondary 2 students went on a geographical field trip to Punggol Waterway. The purpose of the visit was to study the impact of human activities in a nature reserve/park. The visit was a good opportunity for students to do applied learning and investigate if naturalized rivers support biodiversity, and to gather public opinion on the use of land resources for the construction of waterway parks. Students were able to engage in sampling and water testing using kits recommended by the PUB. They also practised their social and communication skills by interviewing members of the public based on questionnaires they prepared themselves.
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.