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Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 18 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.

To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.

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Inter-SPED Creative Challenge 2018

Inter-SPED Creative Challenge 2018

Pitting their skills against others were students from 8 participating schools in the Inter-SPED Creative Challenge. Working collaboratively to complete tasks such as cooking a signature dish, creating a floral centrepiece, and preparing a mocktail proved what these students could do, even under pressure!

Participating schools included MINDS Woodlands Gardens School, MINDS Towner Gardens School, MINDS Fernvale Gardens School, Grace Orchard School, Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School, APSN Tanglin School, APSN Katong School as well as APSN Delta Senior School (DSS).

This is the 2nd Inter-SPED Creative Challenge, whereby students from 8 special schools had the chance to showcase their vocational skills. Held on 22 September 2018 at APSN DSS, judges on the panel were from the hospitality industry. The aim of this vocational challenge was to bring out students’ best effort by drawing on their creativity, strengths, skills and ability to work as a team. This event also serves as a platform for students and staff from various schools in the sector to interact and network with each other.

The first time the Inter-SPED Creative Challenge was held was in 2017. The initiative is aligned to the SPED Curriculum Framework which equips students with the required knowledge, skills and attributes for achieving outcomes within the Living, Learning and Working domains in the 21st century.

We were honoured to have the following judges who bring with them, a diversity of expertise in the respective industries and in higher education, namely:

Judges  Designations
Ms Phua Chiew Kheng
Ms Yvonne Chong

Chef Eric Neo

Mr Paul Tan

Ms Chan Mei Lian

Mr Darren Lim

Lecturer at ITECW, Certified Floral Designer (American Institute of Floral Designers), Floral arrangementAssistant Executive Housekeeper at Rendezvous Hotel, Towel Origami

Vice President of Singapore Chefs Association, Signature Dish Preparation

Managing Director at Espresso Consultancy, Mocktail making

Retail Teacher at Crest Secondary School, Decorative Gift Wrapping

Director of Human Resources at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Chef Judge



Category Recipient
Star Performer APSN Delta Senior School
1st Runner-Up APSN Tanglin School
2nd Runner-Up Rainbow Centre Yishun Park
Most Organised Team Grace Orchard School
Team with the Most Creative Presentation APSN Katong School
Most Professional Team MINDS Woodlands Gardens School
Most Spontaneous Team MINDS Fernvale Gardens School
Team with the Most Engaging Presentation MINDS Towner Gardens School


This challenge was sponsored by Andal Cares Fund (managed by Community Foundation of Singapore), Monin Asia KL Sdn Bhd and Honey-Land International Pte Ltd. We also thank APSN DSS Parents’ Support Group, volunteers from various organisations such as SHINE Children and Youth Services, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Junior Chefs Club, and Singapore Red Cross for their support!

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