Partnership With MDAS
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS)
GYPS believes in collaborating with the community and teaching the pupils the importance of giving back to society. For this intent and purpose, the school adopted the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS).
MDAS is one of our community partners. It is a voluntary welfare organization that provides care and support to people with muscular dystrophy. It aims to maximise the quality of life of people with muscular dystrophy and their families as well as integrate them into the society.
MDAS works closely with GYPS in providing Values In Action opportunities for pupils and staff.
Values in Action (VIA) are learning experiences that support pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. As part of VIA, pupils reflect on their experiences, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
1. Awareness Talk by MDAS during Assembly
Every year MDAS gives an awareness talk on muscular dystrophy. This year, MDAS addressed our pupils on 11 March 2019. The talk was well-received by the pupils. Our pupils learned about the challenges and success stories of the MDAS members. The Primary 5 pupils then embarked on a project work to spread awareness amongst the rest of the pupils. They worked on a project for a week and presented their work to the teachers and classmates.
2. VIA by Prefects: MDAS Flag Day 2019
As part of their VIA, our enthusiastic prefects raised funds for MDAS in school during recess. The Prefects used their knowledge that they gathered from their project work and went on to educate the rest of the pupils. They particularly shared the needs of MDAS members. This was effective as pupils learnt how the funds would help the MDAS members. The Visual Art Club members also created innovative advertisement boards that the prefects used. The Prefects reflected on their experiences after the fundraising and it was indeed a fruitful experience.
3. Staff VIA 2019
In GYPS, staff set aside a day to do their part to reach out to the community. This year they spent their time volunteering during MDAS Flag Day on 27 April 2019.
4. Talks for senior Citizens
The school collaborates with other organizations to give talks to the senior citizens on health and safety.
5. Basic ICT skills for Senior Citizens
Selected classes guide senior citizens to learn basic ICT skills. During the session pupils help the senior citizens in using the computer.
6. A Cup From the heart
The school has partnered Bishan East CCC in a community project called “A Cup From The Heart”.
The objective is to start a movement to rekindle the community spirit where residents do things together and help each other in the spirit of goodwill, knowing that one can count on others in times of need. For more details you can log on to https://heart.bishaneast.sg
In partnership with Bishan East Grassroots Organisations, GYPS organised the “A Cup From The Heart” community project during the school’s Children’s Day Celebration. The school wanted to make Children’s Day Celebration a special one for the children and to educate them in stepping forward and helping the community at a young age by donating a cup of rice/beverages/instant noodles to the less fortunate.
A Cup from the HEART initaitive has benefited many needy residents living in Bishan – Toa Payoh area.