Primary 5 Pathlighters headed out for a Mathematics Learning Journey to River Safari in July. While exploring the river-themed wildlife park, students were guided to apply the mathematical concepts that they learnt in class to real-life settings.
With the help of the friendly River Safari staff, they gathered information on the animals such as their measurements and age, and used the data to solve mathematical problems. Pathlighters not only had fun getting up close to the animals, they also had fun learning that Mathematics can be applied to all areas of life, not just in class!
This year, Pathlighters didn’t just show up at the Istana Open House in July as visitors, they also had the honour of contributing to the success of the event. Five of our Scouts volunteered as Guest Ambassadors, and our Dance International students performed there for the first time.
Serving alongside other Scouts from the Association, Pathlighters assisted with managing the crowd and ensuring that visitors had an enjoyable experience. Our Dance International students showcased their talent and dazzled visitors with their performance.
It was a great day for all Pathlighters involved as they showcased their abilities, advocated for the cause and built their confidence!
Eight of our Primary 5 pupils put their science reasoning skills and intellectual creativity to the test when they represented Pathlight School at the Singapore Primary Science Olympiad (SPSO) in July. This is Pathlight’s third year taking part in the SPSO.
Organised by the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, the annual competition aims to cultivate a greater interest in Sciences among Primary school students. Despite being presented with challenging questions beyond their syllabus, all eight Pathlighters demonstrated remarkable mental persistence, acuity and resilience. Well done Pathlighters for displaying their true Olympian spirit!
Pathlight celebrated Racial Harmony Day in different ways in July.
Our Primary 1 and 2 Pathlighters participated in a wide variety of activities leading up to the celebrations. This included visiting a Racial Harmony Day Cultural booth and learning more about the four core ethnic groups in Singapore. During the celebrations, Pathlighters came dressed in their traditional costumes, and tried their hand at traditional games. A few streets away, our Primary 3 to 6 Pathlighters celebrated diversity by creating a mosaic display of the vibrant personalities that compose our Pathlight student body. Each student drew their self-portraits on individual Jigsaw pieces and joined them together to form one complete Pathlight Jigsaw puzzle. Our Secondary School and Vocational Track students celebrated the occasion with harmonious music created from different ethnic drums, in a performance by the group Rhythm Masala.
The celebrations across the campuses ended on a high with ethnic dance performances and fashion parades by our Performing Arts CCA groups. These colourful performances not only showcased the beauty of Singapore’s cultures, but also the talents of our students. Our students had a fulfilling day learning about Singapore’s diverse heritage culture, and the importance of preserving the racial and religious harmony that we enjoy today.
Primary 4 Pathlighters visited Singapore Science Centre in July for an experiential learning journey on light energy!
Through fun, hands-on activities, such as observing how light travels through a mirror maze, Pathlighters explored the nature of light as a form of energy and were intrigued by its properties. The Learning Journey reinforced scientific concepts that they learned in class, and our young scientists sure had a fun time “seeing the light” to otherwise abstract concepts!
Some of our Primary 2 Pathlighters were invited to participate in the Sharity Day Carnival 2019 on 14 August. They integrated with other students from mainstream and Special Education schools through a range of carnival activities, and enjoyed an interactive musical skit together.
Pathlighters Ploypapat and Caleb Lim even represented the school and were student emcees for the event. They co-hosted confidently with peers from mainstream schools, in front of more than 1,000 guests!
It was indeed an enriching and fun day out at the Sharity Day Carnival, where our students learned to care deeply and share freely with peers from all walks of life!
Our primary 5 Pathlighters and teachers attended the National Education (NE) Show in July - the annual rehearsals leading up to Singapore’s National Day Parade. Themed "Our Singapore", this year’s NE show celebrated Singapore’s bicentennial and reminded us of our collective ownership of Singapore.
Pathlighters beamed with national pride as they witnessed the marching contingent going through their paces and the spectacular display by the parachuting unit, Red Lions, as well as hair-raising aerobatic stunts by Singapore’s Air Force unit. This was followed by the parade’s show segment, which featured six acts packed with engaging and exciting performances showcasing our nation’s history. Amidst all the entertainment and spectacle, our students learned about how the past has shaped our nation and reflected on the future that we want to create for our nation.
May Pathlighters remember to not just cherish the achievements of our pioneers, but to also build on their achievements and be the pioneers of our nation’s future!
Pathlight Runners participated in Running Hour 2019, a national event that aims to promote integration and inclusion through running, which was held on 27 July.
Pathlighters supported runners who were visually impaired through the inclusive run, which saw over 500 visually, intellectually, hearing and physically and mentally challenged runners participate this year. They showed that they could be just as athletic as their mainstream peers and successfully completed the 5km run. They even participated in the “empathy run” segment, which simulated the challenges faced by the different groups of those with special needs.
Well done Pathlighters for contributing to the rallying call for Singapore to come together and work towards a more inclusive society!
Pathlighters from the Photography Club visited the Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film in July, to view the exhibition by local artist-photographer Lim Kwong Ling titled “A Portrait of Home”.
The exhibition comprised black and white photographs of post-independent Singapore, and gave Pathlighters a peek into life during that period. The exhibition also gave Pathlighters the opportunity to see how the various photography techniques that they have learnt can be applied, and they put their photography knowledge to practice by identifying and evaluating the different techniques used in the photographs. With their new found inspiration, Pathlighters ended the learning journey with a photo shoot session around the Centre’s vicinity.
The second semester of the year started with a blast for our Primary 1 and 2 students, with our annual multi-disciplinary Pathlight Learning Festival in July. The four day Learning Festival saw Pathlighters engaging in active, applied and authentic learning through activities that incorporated English Language, Math, Discovery, Daily Living Skills, Physical Education and Character and Citizenship Education.
Themed “We are Explorers”, Pathlighters came to school dressed as explorers to embark on their exciting adventures. They completed quests to obtain items necessary for their adventures the following day. These experiential learning quests included navigating through a multi-sensory ‘jungle’, conquering an obstacle course and shopping for healthy snacks at a mini supermarket specially setup in school.
As part of the Learning Festival, Pathlighters also headed outdoors and hiked to national heritage sites – Fort Canning Park, Labrador Park and Fort Siloso. These inaugural hikes brought out the core values of Character and Conviction in our young explorers, and gave them the opportunity to relive Singapore’s history and instilling in them National Education values. Our young explorers concluded their four-day learning quest by sharing their discoveries and unique experiences with their fellow schoolmates back in school.
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 conditions, 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 1,400 students and is one of the fastest growing and progressive special schools in Singapore.
Children on the autism spectrum, who are assessed to be cognitively able to access mainstream academics in a structured group learning environment (average class size of 6 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.