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19 November 2018

VIA at Good Shepherd Student Care, 30 May and 1 June 2018

Hello Guides!

On 30th May and 1st June, our guides carried out our Values In Action programme at Good Shepherd Student Care Centre. We prepared a variety of activities for the children there to have fun!

Day 1
P3 Jasmine was in charge of the ‘Music and Movement’ activity for the P1s and 2s in the morning and for the P3-6s in the afternoon. P1 Bougainvillea and P2 Ixora also prepared a Children’s Carnival with a wide variety of games for all the children in the late afternoon!

Day 2
P5 Sunflower did baking with the P3-6s in the morning and the P1s and 2s in the afternoon. Afterwards, P4 Orchid and P6 Morning Glory did Arts and Crafts with the children, with P4 in charge of the P3-6s and P6 with the P1s and 2s.

Reflections by Year 2s:
For my patrol, we taught the children how to bake chocolate chip cookies. The children were very hyped over the activity, and as much as they would like to have as many turns as they could to make the cookies, they are considerate to one another as they allowed one another to take turns to help out in the making process. There was one girl in my group who was very shy and reserved, and she didn't speak up much to have her turn. Two of her friends then included her without any prompting, which I find very heartening to know that young children have compassion for their friends and are not selfish. This activity made me gain more experience on working with children and how to communicate with them. I have enjoyed this very much as the children with their positive attitudes made me happy.

When we went to the Good Shepherd Student Care centre for VIA, my patrol was assigned to the arts and craft activity with the children. We had planned to fold origami and paint with them. Before we began the activity, we had to set up the stations and prepare the materials needed to carry out the activities. We were very excited to interact with the students, and tried our best to ensure they would have fun and enjoy the activity. We helped them to set up paints in palettes and provided them with egg cartons to be painted as “fairy houses”. They were very creative when painting it, and were excited to bring their own creations home. After drying the paint, we stuck small toothpicks with paper attached as a “flag” to decorate them. The students had big smiles on their faces and seemed very happy when carrying out the painting activity. This gave us a great sense of satisfaction as we knew the students had enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun talking and painting with them, and we were glad they enjoyed the activity we had planned. I think this VIA was a good opportunity for us to learn to be more patient and interact with others well.

Reflections by Year 3s:
As I have done VIA twice at Good Shepherd Student Care Centre already, I thought that I had enough experience to deal with the children there. However, my VIA activities for the last two years were baking, but this year my patrol had to do Crafts instead. As such, while largely the same, the experience was slightly different from before. Unlike before, I had trouble getting the children engaged in the activities as some expressed the desire to skip certain activities they were not interested in. Even so, I could tell that the children had fun making the items and giving their opinions on each other’s handiwork. They were, for the most part, enthusiastic in making the items, namely, an aeroplane made out of used toilet rolls and ice cream sticks, a laurel wreath out of constructions paper leaves and an owl origami. Although we had to help them with certain parts they couldn’t do on their own or needed our supervision, it didn’t dampen their spirit in making the items on their own. Despite my worries, the VIA went better than I expected and I was glad to have contributed to their joy then!

During our VIA session, we set up game booths for the children at Good Shepard's Centre and there were simple prizes (snacks like oreo and mamee noodles). For the booth that I was manning, we set up a jenga game for the children. They were required to form groups of 3s to play the game and the person who caused the jenga tower to fall will be the loser and have smaller prizes. Because the first few players took a very long time to complete the game, we decided to set a time limit and it can increase the challenge level as well. As we also did not prepare sufficient gifts, they could only play one time each and it caused some disappointment. Regardless, the children enjoyed the game a lot and they had vibrant smiles on their faces while they were playing the game.

That concludes our VIA experience!

Published by:
Yu Ning

50th Batch Secretary

Year 3 SJAB Sharing, 31 October 2018

Hello Guides!

For this 集合, the Year 3s did something different from our usual activities. While the Year 1s and 2s were busy, the Year 3s conducted a sharing session with the St. John Ambulance Brigade(SJAB).

During the sharing session, the Year 3s had to teach the Year 1s from SJAB some basic hitches and lashes, such as the timber hitch and the square lash. To better facilitate the teaching, we were split into three roughly even groups. The Year 1s were given some time to practise their lashes, with the Year 3s guiding them along the way. Afterwards, they could put their newly learnt skills to practice as each group was to build a baggage rack.

Reflections by Year 3s:
Although I already have some experience teaching my juniors, this was the first time I was in charge of juniors from a different CCA altogether. As such, I was really nervous and did not interact much with them at first. Over time, however, I got used to it and was able to teach them more effectively. Moreover, it was a really enriching experience as while we were teaching juniors that had little to no prior knowledge, we could also learn certain aspects of the SJAB that differ from Guides. I especially enjoyed watching them build the baggage rack, as they proved that they gained something fruitful from the 集合 and could put it to good use. Overall, I believe that this was a successful 集合.

The SJAB sharing was really a enriching experience. Even though we were not the ones being taught, I learnt so much through the sharing. I learnt to be patient and firm while teaching the St John’s Year 1s how to tie lashes. It was also a good way for me to revise my lashes and enforce my own knowledge as having to teach any skill well requires one to have an in depth understanding of the skill. It was a good opportunity for us to interact with juniors from another CCA. They were very obedient and open to our comments and we were able to broaden our perspectives while having a good time.

Despite my worries over needing to teach Year 1s from another CCA, it was surprisingly not that difficult. They picked up how to tie lashes rather quickly and worked together well, something I assumed they learnt from their own CCA. They were good listeners and took our advice well when practising their lashes. Also, they looked to be having a good time when tying the baggage rack, which is something I was glad for as it meant they were receptive to our activity. During this sharing, I too learnt alongside them. While they were learning how to tie lashes, I had to pick up how to teach them effectively - I couldn’t be too fast or they would not understand; couldn’t be too slow due to the time; had to be concise when explaining or they wouldn’t tie the lashes correctly. We had to teach everything right the first time as there was only this sharing session for them to learn. Furthermore, the fact that we were teaching Year 1s from another CCA and were thus in charge of their wellbeing as well as having to uphold their expectations of us made it a different experience from teaching our own Year 1s, who we would be interacting with for a significantly longer period of time. In conclusion, this SJAB sharing session was a rather fulfilling experience.

The SJAB sharing session was a really unique experience for me. It was different from teaching our juniors, as we did not have as much time to teach the St. John Year 1s and could not follow up on the teachings afterwards - we needed to teach everything they needed to know quickly and concisely. In addition, I experienced some grievances in that some of the Year 1s preferred to talk with each other instead of tying the lashes for the baggage rack, or that some of the lashes were really loose and caused the baggage rack to slant. Despite these, the other Year 1s more than made up for my frustrations as they were eager to learn and tied the lashes as best as they could. Although some were quick to learn and others were less interested, all of them learnt the necessary skills and could apply them, no matter the difference in skill level. Even if some of the Year 1s were not as enthusiastic when it came to the activity, I feel that this 集合 was a success for the most part.

Hope that this 集合 was a fruitful experience for everyone!

Published by:
Yu Ning

50th Batch Secretary

12 September 2018

Initiatives and EDD Preparation, 24 August 2018

Hello Guides!

For this 集合, we decided on an initiative session, also known as Badge Work. This time, the Year 1s, 2s and 3s worked on a WAGGGS activity, the Accident Prevention badge and the Dental Health badge. The Year 3s also worked on the Writer’s badge while the Year 1s and 2s discussed on their Physical Training(PT) and set some goals. In addition, the people involved in East Division Day(EDD) were excused to make preparations.

WAGGGS Activity (Climate Change Badge)
For this activity, we were given multiple environment-related tasks to complete within the time frame within our individual patrols. The badge that could be earned from this activity was the Climate Change Badge. At the same time, the guides who were involved in EDD were making their own preparations.

Here are the activities:
1.1 Climate is life
As a group, create your own posters.
Explain what climate change is, why it matters and why it’s happening.
1.2 Climate is life
How do you feel about climate change? Are you worried about it, excited about how you can make a difference, or just not interested?
Write a short essay or story about your thoughts and feelings on climate change and explain why you feel the way you do.
2.1 Causes of climate change
Discuss your impressions of the documentary. Do you agree or disagree with the information in it, and why? Whose points of view are represented in the film? Whose are not represented? What are the most important messages? What actions are recommended? And most importantly: what will your group do to follow up its recommendations?
Make an action plan and then carry it out.
2.2 Causes of climate change
In a group, create a set of cards, each labelled with a climate-related word, such as “greenhouse gas”, “global warming” and “drought”. Be as creative as possible!
Mix all the cards up and split up into teams.
Play a game of charades, where each person has to act out the word on their card, while their team has to guess what they are.  
3.1 Impacts of climate change
Agriculture, fisheries and forestry are fundamental to provide us with food and other resources. In addition, they are important sectors for the world economy, providing income for over 1 billion people around the world (Source: FAO).
Discuss with your group how climate change could affect food production in your country and region. What options are there to ensure food security and rural employment?
3.2 Impacts of climate change
In this badge, you learned about foods that may no longer be available to you due to climate change. Which of those foods would you miss the most? Look it up and find out how climate change might hurt it and whether it can still be saved.
Prepare a poster about it and share it with the other people!
4.1 Solutions to climate change
Study different recent climate-related disasters, e.g. flooding or a hurricane. What damage did the disaster cause, and how did people get together to recover and rebuild after the event? Are steps being taken to prevent or prepare for future such disasters? What are your ideas for how to prepare for next time?
Discuss your findings and ideas as a group. Is there anything in common between the different disasters? Were the recovery efforts different in different places? Why do you think
this is the case?
4.2 Solutions to climate change
Study how people around the world used to keep themselves and their homes cool or warm before we started using energy-hungry methods. If you look, there are some really clever ways!
What can we do in our homes to replicate what was done in the past? What do you think governments should do to make sure our houses and other buildings are more energy efficient?
5.1 Take action
Have a contest to see who can make the most changes in their everyday lives to be greener and more energy-efficient.
Keep a checklist and compare notes at the end of a month to see who the winner is.
5.2 Take action
You already know about the importance of recycling and how it can help our planet conserve its resources. It is time to spread the word!
Collect many different rubbish items and use them to create an artwork. Be as creative as you can!

Reflections by Year 2s:
During Friday’s 集合, we sat as a patrol to complete our tasks to earn the WAGGGS badge. We were tasked to create posters, our thoughts and feelings about climate change and a few ideas to solve the issue. We tried our best to decorate our poster to be visually appealing and informative at the same time. We were given print outs about different natural disasters and events, and we had to write about the similarities and differences between them. Then, we watched a very insightful and informative video about climate change and why it is happening. We then reflected about whether we were excited about change, and what we were willing to do in order to mitigate climate change’s detrimental effects. We thought about what we can do as an individual or a nation to help mitigate climate change, for example, saving water by washing dishes/clothes on a full load. I think it is very important that we all put in effort individually in order to help reduce climate change in the world. I think climate change is a pressing matter that needs to be resolved soon, and we should play our part in it. Through this badge work, I have learnt more information about climate change and realised how serious the issue it is.

On Friday's 集合, we were given the first 1.5 hours to practice for East Division Day on Saturday. We were split into our different EDD committees. I am in recycled fashion. Our committee consists of 4 people, 2 Year 3s and 2 Year 2s. We were planning on what to do for our competition on Saturday. We painted some materials needed for the next day to prepare in advance. We also wanted to pick some leaves from areas outside school. However, we could not do so as it started raining heavily and we could not leave school. As a result, we resorted to going over our plan for the next day and ensuring everyone was clear on what to do. I think these EDD activities have allowed us Year 2s to bond better with the seniors. It also taught us perseverance and preparedness as we had to make sure everything was ready beforehand. It has also improved our time management skills as we only had a limited time to complete everything, at the same time juggling our other commitments.

Writer’s Badge
For this badge, only the Year 3s were conducting the activity for it, while the Year 1s and 2s went to do their own other activities. There were a total of three tasks to complete.

Here are the tasks:
Write an original story of one thousand to two thousand words.
Write one of the following:
  • A dramatic sketch taking at least 10 min to perform;
  • A short poem in recognized verse form.
  • An article or campfire yarn of not less than two hundred words;
  • An essay on her favorite hero or heroine.
  • A letter of at least two hundred words describing an incident she has enjoyed
  • An exercise in punctuation given by the tester

Reflection by a Year 3:
While the Year 1s and 2s were off discussing on their PT, the Year 3s had to complete some activities to earn the Writer’s Badge. Before we even started, some of us had already encountered problems in that we did not bring enough paper to write on. Thankfully, the other Year 3s had some spare paper to share. During these activities, many of us were discussing ideas on what to write, or looking through each other’s works to check or draw inspiration from. Truthfully, most of us did not finish writing in time, and we had to bring our papers back home to complete. Though hard to believe, this was an enriching experience and fairly fun as well, as we could do something different from our usual 集合s and could put our imaginations to good use. I believe that many of us can agree that we also bonded over these activities as we traded ideas and improved each other’s work.

Discussion of Physical Training(PT) and Goal Setting
The Year 1s and 2s split up into their respective batches to discuss on the matter of PT and set their goals before informing the I/Cs of what they had come up with.

Reflection by a Year 2:
Last Friday, we discussed on what the suitable amount of PT should be. So, we listed down the types of PT we have done before (e.g., planking, leg raise, jumping jacks etc.) and gauge how much we can do as a batch at one shot. For me, this wasn't easy, since I cannot accurately estimate how much PT I can do at one shot. Also, my PT standard is slightly lower compared to my batch mates, since I'm weaker when it comes to PT. Also, we were asked to list down the goals we hope to achieve after doing all the PT, such as being more bonded. All in all, this discussion made me more aware of everyone's PT standards, and also got to set goals as a batch.

Dental Health Badge
The Year 1s, 2s and 3s joined together again and sat in their respective patrols to complete the given activities.

Here are the tasks:
Know the structure and function of teeth.
Make a model or chart of a tooth with whatever materials that can be used
Know the various oral hygiene aids and their correct use
Know the importance of good nutrition for good dental health
Name 6 foods which contain free sugars and how they affect dental health
Demonstrate how a younger child can be taught to practice good oral hygiene
Do a dental health poster

Reflection by a Year 2:
The first badge work we did together was the dental health badge. After we were briefed slightly, we were given a few tasks to complete. The first one was drawing and labelling of a tooth, and it gave me insight on how our teeth really look like because I had not seen them in detail before. We were also asked on how to motivate young children to have good dental health, which reminded me of a scheme I had in Primary 1 to make us brush our teeth twice a day, during which we could put a sticker on the booklet whenever we brushed our teeth. I feel that this activity made us think more on dental health, allowing us to gain knowledge and insight on the issue.

Accident Prevention Badge
After completing the activity for the Dental Health Badge, we started working on the Accident Prevention Badge, in our respective patrols as well.

Here are the activities:
Write how to guard against accidents and when using: gas electrical appliances, kerosene stoves, naked lights, open fires
Write what special precautions to take in the house with:
  • Small children
  • Old people
Write at least three different ways of preventing accidents:
  • When boating and bathing;
  • When using public transport, cars and cycles;
  • When with animals;
  • In high-rise buildings.
Write what special precautions to take outdoors with regard to barbed wire, poisonous plants, storms and other hazards, e.g.  jelly-fish

Reflection by a Year 2:
Last Friday, we did accident prevention badge work. We were tasked to answer the four questions, which were firstly: how to prevent accidents from happening when using gas stove, kerosene lamps and when using a naked fire. The second question is what precautions we can take when we have old people and small children, the third question is for us to list three precautions to the given scenario and the last question is what can we do to avoid accidents when there are animals, poisonous plants, barbed wires and other threats near us. When answering the questions, I was given the opportunity to think carefully about the precautions and accidents that may happen. Some things that I never really thought would be dangerous was shown for us to answer, letting me gain more insight on the risks that could be around us. Safety should always be our number one priority and we must be aware of our surroundings. Hence I found this badge work rather memorable and meaningful as I learnt a lot from my batchmates when we exchanged answers and I felt more educated on how to prevent accidents from happening.

Hope that everyone enjoyed this 集合 and found it fulfilling!

Published by:
Yu Ning

50th Batch Secretary