Parents were treated to a pleasant surprise when they stepped into Eden School on the evening of the 16th of May 2014 for Parent Communication and Learning Night 2. For the first time ever, our own Eden students were doing registration and ushering duties. Concurrently, Eden was assisting Delta Senior School in their fundraising efforts for children with autism by helping to sell their cookbook "A Very Special Cookbook". Proceeds of the sales went to the Association of Persons with Special Needs (APSN).
The theme for that evening was Celebrating Diversity, Enhancing Partnerships. Teacher Farhan and Bryan H of Fraser AM Class were the brilliant emcees of the night.
The customary address by the principal Mrs Jenny Lai gave the attendees a preview of the evening's programme. In keeping with the aforementioned theme, the audience were reminded of the importance of exploring and maximising potential of their children. The Youth for Autism (YFA) interns were also given a tribute as they are leaving us soon to further their studies in the universities. We wish them all the best.
First up was a mesmerising performance by the talented L Mang from Wright AM who tickled the ivories to the tunes of Beethoven's 'Für Elise' and a Chinese piece entitled 梁山伯與祝英台 (The Butterfly Lovers). Her virtuoso performance was complemented by a charming coda when Bryan H presented her with a single rose to an appreciative audience. The piano is just one aspect of her multi-faceted artistic repertoire, which also includes singing and dancing.
From painting musical imagery to actual painting, the next item focused on the sharing by Teacher Nikki on the recently established Art Talent Development Programme. The Programme aims to nurture the creative talents of students who show an inclination for the arts. One of these budding artists is Yong Le of Fraser PM, whose creative journey with support from his mom was highlighted by Teacher Jun Xiang, complemented by samples of his artwork.
The audience was in for more of the arts with a skit based on the familiar fairy tale "The Gingerbread Man" put up by the students and teachers of Cayley AM Class. The antics of the characters amused the audience, judging from the peals of laughter as they followed the characters through to the Gingerbread Man's unfortunate fate.
The final segment of the evening saw our teachers sharing interesting strategies to address day-to-day challenges, specifically with teaching number sense and money. Using Apple TV technology, the teachers showed the parents in real time what they could do in order to help their children learn effectively. Parents were also encouraged to participate by sharing their challenges and suggestions on the Today's Meet link screened for everyone to see.
The night was rounded up by Mrs Lai, alongside a video cameo by our long-time supporter (and newly-appointed Mayor for Central CDC) Ms Denise Phua. Ms Phua reiterated the need for support from our parents as well as the public. One of such efforts would be the upcoming "A Very Special Concert" featuring the Din and Tonics a capella group from Harvard University, happening on 2 August 2014. Remember to get your tickets!