Photo credits of picture 5,6: Boon Lay Secondary School
Attention School Leaders, PE HODs and Teachers!
Be part of this unique opportunity from the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to promote inclusivity and integration between students with and without special needs.
The SDSC, a charity and national sporting body for persons with disability, acts as a member of the Disability Sports Master Plan Implementation Committee to support mainstream schools in understanding disability sports and creating an inclusive sporting environment for students with disability. As part of our efforts, we are introducing a new programme in 2019 called “Temasek Foundation Cares – Project ParAble“.
Details of the programme is below.
Temasek Foundation Cares – Project ParAble
Goals: To provide students and teachers in mainstream secondary schools with the resources and confidence to implement inclusive sports programmes that can lead to sustainable opportunities for students with disability to benefit from physical activity and peer teamwork.
Open to: Mainstream secondary schools that have/ would have students with disability. Schools with or expecting students with physical or sensorial impairments (e.g. hearing, sight) would be prioritised.
Costs: No fees payable by the school. All costs for equipment, activities and facilitators would be fully absorbed.
- Pre-Activation: Presentation to School Leaders / School Management Committees (Optional)
A presentation will be made to school leaders/SMCs, during which leaders / members of SMC can experience simple try-outs (optional). This can also be tapped on as staff bonding.
- Inspiration: Athlete Talk / Sharing Session
Para-athletes who have gone through the mainstream school system and achieved at high levels, e.g. sports scholars such as Yip Pin Xiu, will be activated to share their experiences in school and sports with your students (e.g. during assembly/level activities/ classroom activity) to inspire them to journey their life with resilience and positive attitudes. Students can raise questions during Q and A or act as moderators/interviewers.
- Experience: Para Sports Day
SDSC will organise Experience Days at the schools and offer a variety of para-sports for try-outs. Normally, the Para Sports Day are incorporated into the school’s sports festival or sports day. We will set up booths for the sports that you’ve selected and there will be facilitators to man the booths.
Below is the list of sports that we offer for this project (maximum 5 sports; schools must choose minimum 2 sports from 1-4):
- Seated Volleyball
- Athletics (VI Running)
- Para Cycling
- Table Tennis
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Wheelchair Tennis
For the first component, we will work according to the school’s schedule and the time available to implement the above.
The second component of the programme will be implemented on a later date if we receive enough participation from schools.
- Experience: Inclusive Sports Training
From the Para Sports Day, the students’ learning will transform into experience, and provides a platform for students to register interest in continuing such activity by setting up an interest group within their school or joining a centralised interest group. If students are setting up an interest group within their school, SDSC will work with the school to develop a training/lesson plan and provide funding support for necessities such as equipment. Those who choose to join the centralised interest group will be provided with training and activity by SDSC.
For enquiries and to register your interest in the project, please email SDSC at firstname.lastname@example.org