Our Pathlight Youth Choir delivered an evocative performance at “Evocation – The Art of Giving 2019”, a concert held annually by Evokx, a local non-profit choir group. The Art of Giving aims to engage youths in community service through choral singing while raising funds and promoting awareness of social and charitable causes such as The Red Pencil (Singapore), Rare Disorders Society (Singapore) and Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore.
Together with choral members from Evokx, our Youth Choir showcased their singing talent with 2 songs “Follow your Dreams” and “The Song of Peace” during the night’s opening performance. It was yet another wonderful opportunity for our Pathlighters to lend their voices to advocate for people who are differently abled.
Pathlight Dance Talent Development Programme (Youth) made their debut at this year’s Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation and attained a Certificate of Accomplishment!
Held to the same standards as their mainstream peers, this was the first time the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation was opened up to all special education schools. Our dancers’ confident, coordinated and energetic performance was testament to their months of hard work and practice. They showed that with resilience and determination, they can make their dreams come true.
Congratulations to our dancers and everyone who supported them in their journey. Never stop believing and chasing your dreams!
Our Vocational Track middle-year classes embarked on a trip to the “Future World” exhibition at Marina Bay Sands’ Artscience Museum for their Term 2 outing in May.
Featuring high-tech, interactive and engaging installations, Pathlighters were immersed in a world of art, science and magic. They even tried their hand at creating a virtual town – sketching their own buildings and populating the virtual town with them. It was a fun-filled excursion that gave them opportunities to practise appropriate social behaviour in the community.
Secondary 3 Express and Normal Academic Pathlighters visited Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic in May and got a preview of life post Pathlight. Guided by friendly student ambassadors, Pathlighters toured both campuses and learned about the courses offered, as well as, the various facilities available on campus.
At Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media, our students got to be DJs for a day and did interview recordings at the Polytechnic’s in-house radio station – Radio Heatwave. They also got to put their science knowledge into use as they programmed robots and built toy model cars at the School of Engineering.
At Singapore Polytechnic, students visited 3 faculties, the Media and Design Department, the Perfumery & Cosmetic Science Centre and Aero Hub. Highlights included witnessing the making of visual effects, exploring a perfumery laboratory and getting up close with different aircrafts. They also had the opportunity to hear from two Pathlight alumni who are now studying at Singapore Polytechnic, about their experience and how they adapted to the new learning environment.
The 2 days of exploration gave Pathlighters a taste of the various courses they could explore after they graduate from Pathlight and many expressed their interest in enrolling into the Polytechnics. Whatever their final decisions may be, we hope that Pathlighters hopes and dreams do come true!
Pathlight’s Scouts are subject to no less rigourous training than their counterparts in mainstream schools. Over the June holidays, some of our Scouts participated in the 4-day, 3-night Scout Leadership Course (SLC) which aimed to develop them to assume leadership roles within their troops.
Our Scouts took on the mantle and led their patrol and troop through team building activities, pioneering and orienteering, besides pitching their tents, cooking and leadership courses.
Through the experience, they learned about resilience and self-control as well as achieving win-win situations when working with others. Our Scouts forged stronger friendships and bonds with one another as well as Scouts from other troops over the camp. It was an enriching and rewarding experience for all!
Three Secondary 3 Pathlighters represented the school in the nationwide MOE History Challenge held at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on 3 July 2019. Our Pathlighters drew on their history knowledge and skills taught in class as they were tested on various historical issues.
After the challenge, they had the opportunity to participate in a sharing session by Associate Professor Joey Long from NUS’ History Department, where he shared about how historians understand history. Regardless of the results, the challenge broadened our students’ views on the different perspectives of history and gave them an opportunity to exercise their analytical and critical thinking skills!
Our Vocational Track senior classes had an exciting time at SuperPark – an all-in-one, purpose-built, indoor activity park during their Term 2 outing in May.
Pathlighters got to stretch their bodies and minds through various adrenaline-pumping activities such as street basketball, soccer, rock climbing and pedal cars. It was a great opportunity for them to engage in healthy and energising activities, while practising appropriate social behaviour. They also incorporated technology into the outing – using Google Maps to plan and navigate their way to and from SuperPark via public transport.
It was a simple yet fun outing that allowed our students to build stronger bonds with their classmates and explore different leisure activities that they can participate in!
We held our 2nd annual Pathlight Learning Festival (PLF) for Campus 2 Primary over the final week of Semester 1. Pathlighters had fun learning through the various multi-disciplinary activities and learning journeys.
The on-campus activities Pathlighters participated in were varied and challenging, such as an escape room that required students to tap their creative minds and use what they have learnt in class to escape with the prize. They also participated in an inter-cohort spelling bee challenge.
For their learning journeys, Pathlighters explored one of Singapore's public libraries and the Singapore Sports Hub. They familiarised themselves with the library’s services and practised library etiquette. At the Sports Hub, students discovered Singapore’s sporting achievements and learned about the Hub’s critical role in promoting healthy living and sporting excellence.
The festival ended on a high note with Pathlighters and educators singing along to our very own PLF theme song, in costumes inspired by motifs related to the disciplines of English, Math, Science, Daily Living Skills, and Citizenship and Character Education.
The enthusiastic participation by all involved – Pathlighters, educators and staff, made this festival of Fun and Learning a resounding success! We look forward to the next Pathlight Learning Festival at Campus 1 in July.
Our Primary 3 to 6 Pathlighters celebrated Hari Raya Puasa in advance with their Muslim friends and teachers in May, just before the school holidays. Through a 2-day celebratory programme, Pathlighters learned about the significance of the festival celebrated by the Muslim community.
Pathlighters watched a cultural performance on the origins of Hari Raya Puasa, and played games such as matching traditional costumes and identifying dishes that were commonly eaten during the celebrations. They even tried their hands at making the Hari Raya staple – the ketupat, by scooping uncooked white rice into woven leave packets. To liven up the celebratory mood, students came dressed in their ethnic costumes!
Through celebrating the many festivals of the ethnicities that make up our student body, we hope our students gain a better understanding of the different cultures and ethnicities, as well as understand the importance of maintaining religious harmony in our multi-racial and multi-religious country!
Pathlight’s vocational track students often embark on industry visits as part of their exposure to different job industries and functions, to better prepare them for work in future. In the month of May, Pathlighters visited Jumbo Seafood Restaurant and Fairmont Singapore and shadowed staff going about their daily tasks.
At Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, Pathlighters got a foretaste of what it was like to work in Singapore’s busy restaurant scene as they performed various hands-on tasks such as setting the tables and folding napkins. Another group of students were introduced to the various job functions in the hospitality industry at Fairmont Singapore.
Beyond the classroom, our students were able to apply the work habits they learnt in an authentic workplace setting and had fun in the process too!
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.