Do you have a special needs child that requires extra support at school? In Singapore it can be difficult to find an international school which caters for students who have special educational needs due to learning difficulties, physical or intellectual disabilities or behavioural problems. So when Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS) opened its doors back in 2014, it provided new opportunities for children, and offered some relief to parents too.
We chat to Jayne Nadarajoo, Director of Learning at MSIS to find out some of the school’s news.
We hear there’s a charity artwork project underway?
Each year the MSIS school community comes together to showcase the students’ excellent artwork to raise funds for the school. The funds raised by the Parent Association will be used to improve our common areas and aid development of the vocational centre to support children with various disabilities. The students have been busy working on soft sculptures to be auctioned to raise funds for the school projects.
Where can we go to see their artwork?
On Friday 23 September 6pm – 9pm the charity art exhibition will be held at ReDot Fine Art Gallery at the Old Hill Street Police Station. ReDot Fine Art Gallery is the sole art gallery in Singapore, featuring Australian Indigenous Art. Established in 2004, by Giorgio Pilla, this gallery showcases a vast range of art and culture by Australian Indigenous artists. Purchase your tickets now!
Australian Aboriginal artists have been gaining recognition for their soft sculptures: an art practice initiative that uses recycled woollen blankets dyed in the art centres with local plants, and even rusted metal found in and around the outback. The sculptures range from small standing figures or spirits, insects and reptiles, to slightly larger animals such as camels and birds. Embellished with brightly coloured hand embroidery and sometimes feathers or beads, they exude a unique quirkiness which is their trademark feature.
The students of MSIS have been busy working on soft sculptures to be auctioned to raise funds for the school projects. Other artwork from artists within Singapore will also be auctioned. Be sure to mark your diaries and go along to support this wonderful cause and see the amazing artwork on offer.
How does MSIS facilitate students becoming independent and ready for life post-school?
While MSIS provides an excellent, tailored education system for their students; staff and parents have realised there is also a need to focus on preparing the students for their lives after their time at school. So we introduced a vocational centre for the students. The school directs learning by using dance, drama, music and the visual arts to teach functional English, functional Mathematics and daily living skills.
Currently, the students from MSIS use the facilities at The Pantry at Loewen Gardens. The Pantry is now a Social Enterprise Cafe, promoting the training and employment of people with disabilities. We need support from the community to encourage our students as they learn to be more independent while gaining work experience .
75E Loewen Rd