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.
Primary 4 Pathlighters headed out to Pasir Ris Park in July for a “Learn, Play and Grow” Physical Education Learning Journey.
They started the day with a picnic in school and unleashed their inner chefs as they prepared delicious sandwiches. After the picnic, they travelled to Pasir Ris Park for outdoor games designed to reinforce the values of respect, friendship, teamwork and excellence. Pathlighters capped off of the day with a friendly NERF challenge game, where they learned to strategise and work together with one another. It was heartening to see the strong bonds forged among them and our teachers even joined in on the action!
It was a truly a meaningful and fun day out for our students to develop their physical and cognitive skills as well as healthy leisure skills!
Our Secondary 2 Express and Normal Academic Pathlighters visited the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in May, as part of the School’s transition support to expose students to possible post-Secondary pathways and prepare them for work in future.
Pathlighters were introduced to the building and construction industry, as well as the diverse scope that BCA oversees. They gained a better understanding of Singapore’s concrete environment, the four stages of a building’s life cycle (Planning, Design, Construction and Inspection & Maintenance) and the many functions and roles involved in the design and construction of a building.
Pathlighters also learnt about the importance of developing buildings with resilient designs, to improve the safety of its residents. They even tried out simulations of how the visually impaired or wheelchair bound would navigate the environment. The visit sparked some interest in engineering and building design and construction, and whatever they eventually decide to pursue, we hope Pathlighters pursue their interests to the fullest of their potential!
Our Secondary 4 Humanities Pathlighters headed out to Mediacorp’s broadcast centre in May to learn about the impact of globalisation and cultural homogenisation and hybridisation on the media and entertainment industry. Pathlighters also got a peek into what goes on behind-the-scenes at the broadcast centre.
For the first part of their visit, Pathlighters explored a gallery showcasing the history of media and broadcasting in Singapore. They were then whisked into the TV production section, where they had the opportunity to re-enact scenes from the popular Chinese drama, “Little Nyonya”. They also learned about the technologies used to make their favourite films and televisions shows, as well as the other areas involved in production such as costumes, make-up, carpentry, audio management and lighting control.
At the newsroom and radio station, Pathlighters enthusiastically tried their hand at presenting the news and hosting a radio show. They had fun being on camera and challenging themselves to keep up with the text on the teleprompter. The visit ended with a glimpse into the future of media and entertainment, with Pathlighters experiencing some of the new virtual technologies that Mediacorp is beginning to harness!
It was an eye-opening experience for our students, and some of them even expressed their interest in exploring the industry in future!
Our STEM Club Pathlighters participated in the 3D-Tronics National Infocomm Competition at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East in May. The theme this year centered around “Digital Making for Good”, and participants were tasked to develop assistive technologies using Micro:bits.
Four Pathlight teams, comprising our STEM Club leaders, presented prototypes that they spent 4 to 5 weeks designing and programming. Their projects include a fire alarm for the hearing impaired, calming-down gear for persons on the autism spectrum, as well as wearables and a key-less system to assist the visually impaired. Pathlighters also discussed and exchanged ideas with counterparts from other schools, on the use of technology to help those with special needs.
It was a great platform for Pathlighters to learn about teamwork and collaboration, and the hard work that they engaged in to develop their innovative prototypes was truly commendable!
Secondary 4 Pathlighters embarked on a learning journey to the National Gallery in July as part of their Art and Life Readiness curriculum.
Immersing themselves in artworks of various mediums by renowned Southeast Asian artists, Pathlighters gained an understanding and appreciation of the expressive methods and techniques used to convey ideas and meaning through art.
As part of their research project, Pathlighters took photographs of their chosen artworks and artist statements and presented them in class. Many also expressed their interest to visit the gallery again with their family to learn more about other exhibits at the National Gallery!
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.
Pathlight School is the first autism-focused school in Singapore to offer the national curriculum together with life readiness skills. It caters to students on the autism spectrum with related conditions, aged 7 to 18 years, who are cognitively able to access national curriculum but require additional support such as smaller class sizes, special accommodations and teaching staff trained in autism.