Painting the snowmen!

A session on how to paint the snowmen for the students at El Shaddai Learning Centre, Klang. Advertisements

Art for Love and Love for Art – our new gallery is up!

After months and years of evolving, yep since I started OURF, learnt Chinese painting in 2008 and realised that people do want to buy these stuff, we are happy to launch this website as a social effort under OURF. We are a group of amateur artists who dabble in art for the Love of Art…

Building the creative confidence in your child

The recent TED talk by Dr David Kelley: “How to build your creative confidence” interests me greatly. I liked the idea that the world is not divided into the ‘practical’ and the ‘creatives’. According to his bio on TED.com, he is the “founder of legendary design firm IDEO. He built the company that created many icons of…

Unschooling – Is that part of our 21st century toolkit?

Have you heard of the phrase “Unschool“?  I stumbled across this term when researching on “asking questions, learning” which I typed in my search box. Dr Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College in his blogpost on Psychology Today, defined “unschooling” as follows: “Defined most simply, unschooling is not schooling. Unschoolers do not…

A post by Jack Sim: What is the purpose of school education?

Jack Sim aka the Toilet Guy, asked the question “What is the purpose of school education?” I got to know Jack through being involved as a volunteer with Kampung Temasek, a NGO of which Jack is a founder. When I asked if any one in the KT group will like to share their views on…

Reflections on “Sewing the seeds of Kindness”

Reflections by students from Singapore Sports School – by Ms Lisa Ong, SST teacher What were your initial thoughts when you were invited to sew a felt donkey for SPANA? 1. “Initially, I didn’t think this project would help SPANA much and would be a failure because many of us can’t sew well and would…

Sewing the seeds of kindness….World Animal Day 2011

What a contrast of sorts…Sports guys and gals sewing felt donkeys for a good cause. If you think sewing are for wimps, think again…the students at Singapore Sports School have been busy stitching donkeys to raise awareness for World Animal Day, which was celebrated on 10th Oct 2011 at SSS. Here is the story as…

“LIM” schools

Following the recent blog on Social Mobility by JJ, he posted another one written by a reader based in Finland about the two systems – Singapore and Finland.” In my more than two decades of associating with parents, students and fellow educators, and even recently when I did the education talks for property agents, I…

Are we too structured for our own good?

Recently a good friend of mine did a blog on Social mobility via education. Like him, my family has benefitted from the good education we received. We have all moved up the social ladder to own our homes and also having good jobs. When I was primary 6 at a typical neighbourhood school (in the…

How do I know which school to choose for my child?

MOE Excel Fest is an annual showcase by K12 schools in Singapore – the best time for parents interested to find out more about the schools of choice for their children. It is typically a 2 Day event, with one day open to the public. This is your best chance to talk to the teachers,…

Err…What is DSA-Secondary?

Good news parents! If your child is going to P6 in 2012, there is the DSA-Secondary that you may want to consider to help him/her get into a secondary school of choice. What is DSA-Secondary? DSA-Secondary means direct school admission for Primary 6 students going to Sec 1 the following year. It is an admission…