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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 16 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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The Inter-SPED Creative Challenge 2017

The Inter-SPED Creative Challenge 2017

APSN Delta Senior School (DSS),supported by the Singapore Junior Chefs Club (SJCC) and Singapore Chefs Association (SCA), organised the Inter-SPED Creative Challenge for specialised and special education schools on 18 November 2017.

This initiative was an effort to create a platform for all students in the various vocational programmes (Food & Beverage – Service & Culinary, Horticulture, Hotel & Accommodation Services and Retail Operations) offered at APSN DSS and their counterparts in other educational institutions to showcase their knowledge and skills before experts and mentors from the industry.

The event this year received sponsorships in kind from Nestlè Singapore, Monin Asia and Honey-Land International Pte Ltd. Volunteers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Conrad Centennial Singapore, Swensen’s Business Unit, ABR Holdings Ltd and Singapore Junior Chefs Club also rendered their help in running the event as station masters and timekeepers.

The challenge was open to students aged 16 to 21 from all the specialised and special education schools in Singapore that offer pre-vocational/vocational training. Apart from APSN Delta Senior School, the other schools that participated in the challenge were APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School, Grace Orchard School, MINDS – Fernvale Gardens School as well as MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School. This challenge served to build the confidence of students, deepen their interest in the different vocational areas and assist them in forging relationships with their peers and mentors in the sector. There were a total of 6 teams (comprising 10 students in each team) from 6 schools that participated in this challenge. Staff and student representatives from AWWA School and Rainbow Centre also attended the event as observers and participated in a number of fringe activities at six booths (Badge Making, Origami, Beads Art, Photo Booth, Tent Setting and First Aid) that were organised to engage them meaningfully during the event and also to provide them with opportunities to bond with their friends and teachers/trainers/coaches.

The panel of judges were made up of the following eminent figures from various sectors in the industry:

Judges

Ms Phua Chiew KhengMs Deon Goh

Mr Marcus Lai

Mr Paul Tan

Chef Eric Ong

Lecturer, ITECW, Floral ArrangementLecturer, ITECW, Towel Origami

Customer Dev Chef from Nestle, Signature Dish

Managing Director, Espresso Consultancy, Mocktail

Executive Chef, Parkroyal on Pickering, Chief Judge

There were five categories (Floral Arrangement, Towel Origami, Preparation of Signature Dish and Mocktail and Oral Presentation) to the challenge, with 2 students from every team participating in each. The theme for the challenge was “Local Fiesta” and students were expected to set up a reception table with one grand floral centerpiece, 2 smaller floral displays, 4 dessert towel origamis, 4 signature dishes and 4 mocktails and present it before the panel of judges. Teams were timed throughout the preparation of their items. The judging criteria was focused on the areas of hygiene, workflow, timing, taste, visual aspect and creativity.
The event was also visited by Director of Special Education, Mr Bernard Chew and Principal of Grace Orchard School, Mrs Lisa Goh, providing pleasant support for the SPED students.

APSN Delta Senior School emerged as the ‘Most Professional Team’ with APSN Katong School winning the title of  ‘Team with the Most Creative Presentation’ and MINDS Woodlands Gardens School recognised as the ‘Most Organised Team’. Grace Orchard School and MINDS Fernvale Gardens School were declared the 1st & 2nd Runners-Up respectively whilst the team from APSN Tanglin School brought home the title of “Star Performers” (champions) of the Inter-SPED Creative Challenge 2017.

The level of perseverance and self-determination observed among the students was indeed commendable and everyone who were present at this event was full of praises for them. After a tough period of relentless hard work in preparing for the challenge, students were finally able to reap the fruits of their labour at the end of the challenge as every one of them walked away with awards that they truly deserved.

SUMMARY OF AWARDS PRESENTED @ THE INTER-SPECIALISED/SPED SCHOOLS CREATIVE CHALLENGE 2017

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

 

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