On 22 March 2018, Pathlight School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mayflower Secondary School, Pierce Secondary School and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, cementing our unqiue partnership as Satellite School Partners. The signing ceremony was attended by Mrs Lucy Toh, Divisional Director, Special Educational Needs Division of Ministry of Education (MOE), Ms Denise Phua, Supervisor of Pathlight School Board, Principals and staff of respective schools, as well as senior officers from MOE.
The ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Satellite School Model aims to promote purposeful integration among students and staff from mainstream and SPED schools. The Model allows our students to apply classroom learning of social skills to the real world, and also contributes to building awareness of people with autism among mainstream communities.
We look forward to working closely with our Satellite School Partners to build a more inclusive society!
On 10 and 17 March 2018, 17 students from Secondary School attended the “I Am Talented” workshops by Central CDC at ITE College Central. This initiative takes youths on a journey of self-discovery in exploring different non-academic interests. The workshops covered a wide range of topics, including Fashion Design, Mechatronics, Robotics (Tabletop Gaming), Public Speaking, and Entrepreneurship. Participants not only discovered their talents, but also had the opportunity to hone their skills and learn to overcome challenges. Now, they can say aloud with pride, that they are talented indeed!
On 8 March, 2 classes from Primary 2 were invited to attend The Superhero We “Wild Child” Festival 2018, an exciting arts festival at the Enabling Village. A joint venture between the Lien Foundation and Enabling Village, the Festival brought kids of all abilities together through music, movement and art.
By harnessing the power of creativity through the arts, children were empowered to embrace their innate identities. They were also taught not to fear of those different from them and to socialize in a supportive, affirmative environment.
Students learnt to build a sense of group solidarity through fun solo, pair and group dance exercises. They also worked in groups to complete a treasure hunt. It was a wild adventure that brought out the Hero in everyone!
Primary 4 students went on a Learning Journey to the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall to watch the play, “The Gruffalo”, based on an award-winning children’s book by Julia Donaldson. Students got an immersive experience in the theatrical arts and enhanced their appreciation of the English language. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the play.
Pathlight hosted Superhero Me for a lively dance performance on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Students and educators alike were up on their feet, enthusiastically learning the various dance steps. There was even an interactive segment in which the performers mingled with our students and personally guided their movements. Some lucky students even had the opportunity to join the performers for the finale on stage!
On Friday, 5 January 2018, the Pathlight Harmonica group performed at “The Dreams Theatre (梦之夜)”, at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Organisers of this private event raised funds for music enrichment lessons for individuals with special needs. Our students did a harmonica accompaniment for Ms Wee Wei Ling, Executive Director of Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, during her rendition of a Chinese evergreen tune, “茉莉花 (Jasmine Flower)”. They also performed the English classic, “You Are My Sunshine” with the restaurant’s associates.
Last night, Pathlight staff were delighted to join the annual Teck Ghee Lunar New Year Dinner, hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Everyone had an enjoyable time catching up with community partners and residents, while viewing the special performances.
Our Primary 2 students went on an English Learning Journey to watch a play by the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) on Friday, 2 February 2018.
“What The Ladybird Heard” is based on an award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, and is aimed at teaching children, animal sounds in a fun way. The Learning Journey allowed students to engage in the theatrical arts and enhance their appreciation of the English language. Students had fun and enjoyed the play, actively participating in the songs and movements.
The festive spirit resonated throughout Pathlight School, as students and staff celebrated the Lunar New Year with a variety of class activities and performances across our two campuses. Everyone had a joyous time playing games and singing along to festive songs.
From all of us at ARC and Pathlight, we wish all Chinese families a blessed and prosperous Lunar New Year!
On Wednesday, 7 February 2018, Pathlight’s students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club went on a Learning Journey to the Enabling Village. There, they learned more about how to design assistive devices to suit the needs of elderly people in Singapore. Under the friendly, patient guidance of staff working for Tech Enable, our students learned about design for stability, leg space and maneuverability, such as how the three-wheeled scooter was designed with more leg space as compared to the four-wheeled one! Students then completed a worksheet and were given an opportunity to try out some assistive devices such as wheelchairs and scooters. It was an enriching experience that may just give rise to a brilliant young future inventor!
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.