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!
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!
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!
50th Batch Secretary