The diligent students and their bio – Nicholas Hong

Nicholas Hong Nicholas Hong, first dabbled with Chinese ink painting while being a volunteer at the Chinese ink painting classes held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Dialogue in the Dark in 2014. He was able to exhibit his first painting at SG50: Art and Diversity Exhibition at The Gallery@The Arts House together with the visually impaired…

The diligent students and their bio – Toh Szu Hui

Toh Szu Hui (Former intern at Dialogue in the Dark) Hi, I am Szu Hui, one of the students in the Chinese Ink Painting class taught by Pin Lay. I got to know Pin Lay when I was previously an intern in Dialogue in the Dark and I have also participated in learning and helping…

Chinese Ink Painting Class

Mar 19 marks the beginning of two new classes to teach Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. By the grace of God and the kindness of man, I was able to have an inclusive classroom where the young, the older and the visually impaired can all learn in 1 classroom. Here are some snapshots of the…

Seeing in a different light – hearing colours

It was an unplanned encounter with a concerned parent last Saturday. No, I was not meeting her in the capacity of a teacher. It was not in a school setting. Instead, we were having refreshments after the Opening Night of the 40th Anniversary Art Exibition by Life Art Society. It was a small cosy event….

Encouraging the inventive spirit in your child

It all started because my brother’s house needed a new clock. However, the clock was simple. It was “boring” in the words of my sis-in-law. So she tasked my niece “to do something with the clock”. Very often we hear of parents, especially mothers telling the children what to do. “Can you help me look…

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…

Can we create a “Blame-Less” culture in schools?

I was sent this picture by a friend recently. I ask myself – “Does it really capture what school is like nowadays?”  Today the culture of who to point a finger to seems to start young. The BLAME culture. If a child does badly in school: – Hey why doesn’t the school give remedial? Why…

What I learnt from failing: My first and only ‘RE’ exam!

I remembered the year as vividly as if it was yesterday. It was my second year in NUS. For the FIRST time in my life, I have failed an examination. It was my Mathematics paper. I remember the day when we went to collect the results. I was with my bunch of friends, Campus Crusaders…

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…

The volunteer media team@Qi Global: What a fantastic group of guys!

It was a most pleasant encounter of sorts when I was introduced to the volunteer media team comprising of six boys from Singapore Polytechnic, a veteran film maker – Joshua Wong and Arif Khan, a recent graduate of Singapore Management University and formerly from SP. The boys were Year 2 students studying Visual Effects and Motion…