Pathlight’s aspiring photographers from our Photography Club put their skills to the test at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park one afternoon in early April.
Applying the photography skills that they learnt through the Co-Curricular Activity, Pathlighters captured shots of plants and wildlife they spotted at the park. They also had the opportunity to visit the park’s Herb Garden to photograph the fruits of the local community’s labour – fruits, herbs and vegetables grown by the neighbourhood’s resident farmers. Aside from photographing the plants and wildlife, students also got to practise good park etiquette.
It was an afternoon well spent observing and capturing nature’s beauty through the eyes of our Pathlighters.
Our Artist Development Programme (ADP) artists’ merchandise are now available from one of 35 curated vending machines located along Sentosa Boardwalk.
The Art Faculty (TAF), in collaboration with Royal Vending Pte Ltd, has made available a range of our ADP artists’ products on the cashless machine. These include the Dino pouch, Picnic Mat, Bamboo Fibre Cup and their latest product – XL Fans. Island goers and tourists will be able to view and purchase these works by our differently-abled artists 24/7, en route to Sentosa.
For the launch of the Boardwalk AdVENDture, our students were invited to a live drawing session and they captivated the crowd with their artistic drawings on the XL Fans. ADP artist Tia Anasha was delighted to have the opportunity to present her fan to the Guest of Honour Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education Mr Chee Hong Tat. She said: “I felt really happy (that the Minister) can see that everyone’s artwork is perfect in their own way.”
The next time you head to Sentosa, take a walk along the Boardwalk and pick up a gift from our TAF vending machine to help support inclusion and celebrate abilities!
Ten of our Artist Development Programme (ADP) artists were invited to put their special spin on Oscar the Grouch’s trash cans, as part of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary celebration at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) - Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
Our artists’ decorated the trash cans with creative and meaningful designs of their favourites characters and memories of Sesame Street. These were showcased alongside 40 other trash cans decorated by local and regional celebrities and influencers in the first-of-its-kind Oscar's Trash Can Exhibition.
Student artist Kaylan Lim Jolie, who was one of the ten ADP artists involved, shared: "My design comes from my personal experience of watching Sesame Street as a child. Sesame Street has become a voice for diversity and inclusion with the addition of the autistic muppet Julia. It has been awesome for 50 years and it will continue to be!”
The trash cans are on display at various locations within Resorts World Sentosa, including Universal Studios Singapore till 28 April 2019. If you spot any of the cans, do take a picture with it and upload it to Instagram with #SS50xUSS and @RWSentosa! For every post, RWS will pledge $5 to Autism Resource Centre! That would definitely put a smile on even the grouchiest Grouch’s face!
Our IT & Design Academy roadmap to develop Pathlighters in their ICT skills has been given a boost with Apple’s coding development programme, the Swift Accelerator Programme!
A trail-blazing first for the SPED sector, our partnership with Apple will help to maximise our students’ potential and better prepare them for the workplace of the future. With our students’ natural aptitude and interest in ICT and coding, the Swift Accelerator Programme will help to deepen their coding skills and competencies.
To mark the start of this initiative and partnership with Apple, two Pathlighters from our Coding CCA programme were invited to showcase the apps that they developed at the launch. Students Kaeden Chan and Chua Teck Yang shared their dreams of developing their own apps on the App Store. Kaeden said: “I want to be more than an end user of computers. I want to become an app developer and build games”. Whilst for Teck Yang, he shared that he “wants to create a useful app that helps others debug their codes.”
The Swift Accelerator Programme is a 144-hour programme conducted by Apple Certified Trainers for a select group of Secondary School students who will be selected based on their aptitude and interest in coding.
Look out for our future app developers and technopreneurs!
17 Pathlighters from our Robotics Co-Curricular Activity group put on their creativity and problem-solving skills caps at the Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDE) Series 2019 competition in March. The IDE Series is a national technology and engineering competition event that challenges students in problem-solving across the disciplines of electronics, programming and mechanical design.
Our Pathlight teams worked together and displayed character, creativity and competence as they developed solutions in navigating their robots in completing specific challenges, such as clearing obstacles and racing against one another. Even though they were up against stiff competition from 20 other teams, our students persevered, shared tips and advice, and encouraged each other through the programming and testing of their robots.
Beyond the results, our students learnt invaluable lessons of teamwork and resilience, and stretched their problem-solving skills to a higher level! Onward now to the next competition!
Our Secondary 2 Pathlighters headed up the Straits of Melaka for a three day Cultural Immersion Camp in March, where they soaked up the sights and culture of the UNESCO world heritage site and also gave back to the community.
Part of our Project One Initiative, the camp provided our students with opportunities to explore a new environment and culture, experience communal living and forge stronger friendships. Pathlighters participated in an Amazing Race themed around the rich culture and history of Melaka and visited a traditional kampong where they learnt about the way of life in a typical kampong home. Their experience was complete with a round of traditional games, dance and activities such as batik painting. They even tried their hand at making Ondeh-Ondeh, a traditional snack.
Pathlighters also had the opportunity to participate in a Values in Action (VIA) project and contribute to the community. They helped to clean and improve the living environment of Shan De Children Centre and shared their work systems to inculcate good personal hygiene, such as brushing teeth and washing hands. They even put up a ukulele song performance and brought cheer to the Centre’s young residents.
Kudos to our students for making a difference and learning not just to be good Singapore citizens, but also to be contributive and culturally-sensitive citizens of the world!
Pathlighters from Primary 3 to Primary 6 gathered in high spirits for our annual upper primary Sports Day 2019 on Friday, 29 March 2019 at Serangoon Stadium.
Our students had trained hard under the guidance and support of our PE teachers since the middle of Term 1 and they were all raring to go. With their peers cheering them on, our students competed in a series of 10 competitive individual and team events. Our leaders and teachers also put their running shoes on and demonstrated their athletic abilities in a Novelty Race that also involved students and parents.
After an adrenaline-pumping morning, Yellow house emerged champion this year with the Blue, Green and Red houses trailing closely behind! Three cheers to all our Pathlighters who showed great team spirit and sportsmanship at yet another Sports Day to remember!
31 Pathlighters from our Runners Club competed alongside students from one of our satellite school partners, Peirce Secondary School (PSS), at their annual cross-country run.
Our runners’ efforts and commitment to their training sessions paid off. They demonstrated tremendous physical and mental endurance in finishing the 3km run at Bishan Park. Two Pathlighters outdid themselves and clinched second place in the lower and upper secondary categories. Three more finished in top 20.
Competition aside, Pathlighters and PSS students forged closer friendships, respect and teamwork, as they shared their running experiences and encouraged each other to persevere and complete the run!
Our Secondary 2 Express and Normal Academic students kick-started the academic year with a Geography and Science Investigation Field Trip to MacRitchie Reservoir.
Not their usual walk in the park, our students investigated the impact of various climate and environmental factors such as humidity, tree cover density, water pH levels and temperature. Friendships were forged as our students worked together and presented their findings on the effects of human activities on the environment. They gained a deeper appreciation for nature and learnt more about Singapore’s conservation strategies as well as the importance of caring for our nature reserves/parks.
Another example of how learning at Pathlight isn’t just in the classroom
Ethnic costumes fashion parades, performances, concerts and class parties – Pathlighters ushered in the Chinese New Year with an array of school-wide festivities!
Our students enjoyed special cultural performances that were put up by the Performing Arts, Choir and Music Ensemble CCAs, sang along to their favourite Chinese New Year tunes and paraded their traditional costumes as they vied for Best Dressed. One of our student emcees even came dressed as the God of Fortune and brought an abundance of laughter to all students and staff! Our students also decorated the school campuses with their crafts, which added that extra festive touch! All in all, Pathlighters had a joyful time celebrating and learning more about the traditional and cultural aspects of Chinese New Year!
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 on the autism spectrum 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.