Since our last update in October, we have wrapped up one year and ushered in a new one.
Happy 2012 to all the friends and supporters of Wings Melaka out there!
In mid-November last year, we held our annual Thanksgiving & Graduation Party. The event, attended by some 100 family members and other guests, saw four children graduating from the School Age Programme (SAP).
Students from both the Early Intervention Programme (EIP) and the SAP staged an enjoyable programme of songs and story-telling as well as a charming fashion show for the guests. Our little ones certainly did their teachers proud, and the parents were busy snapping photos as each item was presented.
The Young Adults Programme (YAP) also launched its YAP Café successfully in early November 2011. It was closed over the December break but will re-open in February once the new students have settled in and will operate on two days a week.
Helping in the café will provide the students with effective pre-employment training to prepare them for work in the food industry. It will also allow them more opportunities to interact with new people and also meet up with old acquaintances, thus enhancing their social skills.
The school year started with three new students in the EIP. This brings the total enrolment to 26 for the EIP with another 11 children in the SAP. As is usual, the first couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for the teachers – the new children needed extra attention to ease into the programme while a number of the older ones also took some time to settle back into their class routine after the year-end break.
Over in the YAP section, there have been exciting developments. There are two new enrolments this year, which means Daniel Kan, our sole YAP student last year, now has two friends joining him for classes.
Apart from spending time on the more serious stuff such as functional maths and computer work under the ongoing education component as well as manners and money management under community skills, the trio have also been kept busy brushing up their independent living skills. They have not only worked hard learning to mop the floor and tend the garden properly but have also had fun in the kitchen putting together their own lunches.
It has been a promising start to 2012, so once again, a big “Thank you” for helping Wings Melaka in realising its mission to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people it serves.
And we would also like to wish our Chinese friends and supporters a truly blessed and happy Chinese New Year!
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