Last month, our Primary 5 students had their outdoor 2-day-1-night camp in school. Themed “Reach Out, Reach High, Reach Beyond”, the camp focused on building life readiness skills and fostering independence in students. Students were encouraged to step out from the comfort of their homes and experience outdoor activities and communal living such as sleeping in the hall in their sleeping bags! They had fun at the barbecue and even went to the Katapult Trampoline Park for dodgeball and basketball. That is, when they were not racing each other across the trampolines!
In the process, they learned important life skills such as taking care of themselves, building meaningful relationships and learning to work in teams. It was certainly a fantastic experience for all of them!
Pathlight School celebrated Children’s Day 2018 with a bang on Thursday, 4 October 2018. The younger Primary 1 and 2 students came dressed in their favourite sports wear in keeping with the theme of “My Sports Adventure”. They had fun participating in purpose-crafted games embedded with social features. The main highlight of the event was definitely the bouncy castle where our students could just be themselves! As a keepsake of this special day, students got to take photos with their teachers and friends at the photo-booth!
At Campus 2, our older Primary 3 to 6 students were encouraged to come dressed according to their favourite professions. Themed “From Dream To Reality”, students donned outfits representing different professions from doctors to soldiers. Students enjoyed the many carnival games as well as our first “Pathlight’s Got Talent” show put up by teachers and our youths for autism interns. Best of all, students, got to judge them with their voting cards!
Thank you teachers for making Children’s Day so special for our students!
Last month, our Primary 5 Students went on a Learning Journey to the Science Centre where they engaged in experiential learning on either the topic of “Cells” or “Reproduction in Flowering Plants”. Students had the opportunity to look at cells under a microscope while some made delicious strawberry jam. It was a good hands-on session as our students were able to revisit and relate to science concepts learnt in School. Just another example of the holistic education that takes place on Pathlight’s Learning Journeys!
Last month, Pathlight Runners participated in The Straits Times Run 2018. With over 10,000 participants, it was a good exposure to mass running events and an opportunity for our runners to integrate with the community. Our runners forged close bonds as they encouraged one another to persevere through the 5km run. In the process, they learnt values of excellence, teamwork, respect and friendship. It was also a good opportunity for them to give back to the community as proceeds from the run went to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to help children from low-income families.
Discovery Day 2018 was held last week for our Primary One Standard and Primary Two students to pique their interest and curiosity in science. Parents had the opportunity to work with their children and showcase their projects, which focused on science-related skills of observing, comparing, and classifying. Our students enjoyed the experiential learning through the projects showcased, including making their own paper butterflies utilising the science of chromatography. They also made lanterns made out of materials taught about during Discovery lessons It was a memorable day for Pathlight’s little scientists! Thank you parents for your wonderful project ideas and in for making Discovery Day a successful one!
Our Primary 1 Foundation students were recently taught the basics and importance of hand hygiene by a team of doctors and nurses from Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic. The students had fun going through the steps in hand washing, as well as checking their hand hygiene standard under a UV light machine. Thank you Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic for reaching out to our students to help them start good health habits at a young age!
As a form of encouragement to their Primary 6 seniors who are taking their PSLE, our Primary School Student Councillors packed and distributed care packages to them.
An initiative started by the Student Councillors in 2017, this tradition has continued. The Student Councillors led all Primary 3 to Primary 5 students in the project by getting them to write encouraging messages to their seniors and putting together a video montage that was showcased during the distribution of the welfare packs itself.
Kudos to all our Primary 3 to 5 students for living out our Pathlight’s values of compassion and contribution!
All the best to the Primary 6 students taking PSLE! You can do it!
Last month, our Secondary 2 Students went on a trip to the historically and culturally rich city of Melaka. Part of our Project One initiative, the trip aimed to develop students holistically in the aesthetic, physical, socio-emotional, moral and cognitive areas.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to a traditional Malay Kampung where students got to immerse themselves in traditional folkways, such as the traditional Malay dance and Batik painting. Many students even got to try Peranakan cuisine for the first time. Not only that, they also visited the Agriculture farm and man-made swiftlet cave where they had the opportunity to witness organic farming and bird nest cultivation.
All in all, students learned to appreciate cultural, economic and social diversity, as well as the norms and differences of others. The trip was truly one that broadened the mind!
Recently, our Primary 3 students went on a Science Learning Journey to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. There, they learned about the diverse groups of life forms. It was a great opportunity for our students to observe, compare, and classify different plant and animal groups based on what they have learned in class. Their learning experience was also further enriched through a guided tour and a simple activity guidebook. It certainly was an eye-opening trip for all involved.
Recently, our Secondary 3 students participated in a Community Involvement Project at Sunlove Home, a Daycare Centre for dementia patients. As part of the Life Readiness Curriculum and the school’s emphasis on the 5C values, the visit aimed to reinforce two of the 5C values of ‘Compassion’ and ‘Contribution’. Our students had a hand in planning the activities and they interacted with the residents through fun activities such as Bingo, workouts and simple games to improve their skills and dexterity. It was a meaningful project for them and the visit truly reinforced in our students the values of compassion, respect, patience and care towards the community’s elderly.
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.