This feature was first published in Journeys Winter 2018.
This article was written by Alicia Angle.
Each spring, first graders from Singapore American School catch a glimpse into the lives of first graders that attend local primary schools.
For the past five years, students from SAS and Fuchun Primary School have been working together and learning from each other. Teachers from both schools collaborate to create learning experiences through weekly buddy visits.
Students start by getting to know each other and create posters about their new buddy. At Fuchun Primary School, SAS students learn traditional crafts like thooranam folding (Tamil hanging decoration), hóngbāo or âng-pau (Chinese red envelopes), and bunga manggar (a Malay wedding decoration). Students also play some traditional Singaporean games like eraser battles, pick-up sticks, and chapteh.
At SAS, the students collaborate to write ABC books. Last year in our science unit, students were studying how plants and animals grow and survive. So, they made ABC books all about animals. Students wrote and illustrated their page with their buddies. Together, Fuchun Primary and SAS students donated the books to Fei Yue Family Service Centre (Champion’s Way) in Woodlands.
Students also conducted a diaper drive and donated boxes of diapers to Fei Yue Family Service Centre. In the end, students are proud of their beautifully published books and are pleased that another child will get to read their book.
Making a personal connection with other people in the Woodlands community is a wonderful experience and we enjoy seeing our Fuchun friends around the neighborhood!
Selected seventh and eighth grade choir students were invited to perform at the Australia National Choral Association Choralfest Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia. There is no other event quite like it which draws in so many sectors of the choral community—teachers, educators, university lecturers and conductors, singers, composers, choir managers, and committee members.
In this three-part series, high school psychologist Dr. Jeff Devens shares how parents can help their children settle in as they transition into a new culture, school, and country.
In order for a child to learn, the mind and body must work together. This is why a perceptual motor program is important in the early years. The perceptual motor program at SAS focuses on developing the whole child, physically, cognitively, and social emotionally. It also offers a transdisciplinary experience and encourages the core values of compassion, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.