Appreciated by parents
Parents of GCP-OSL (overseas trips) 2019 participants
“He has become more sensitive to the needs of under-privileged pupils in other countries as well as those around him.”
“He stopped buying things that he doesn’t need.”
Parents of Cohort 1, Batch 2018
Our cohort 1 students expressed gratitude to their parents in 2018 when they first joined the school.
The same cohort of students expressed their gratitude to their parents in 2019.
Parents who volunteer at our community events
“This is the third event I have volunteered. This round is more organized and the crowds are smooth. Once again, a meaningful outreach to the community.”
- Vice-chairman of PSG
“This event was managed well from school side. I didn’t see any visitors had question in what to do next. The student leaders had good information of their activity. Every participant was in good spirit and enthusiastic till the end. Volunteers were also well taken care of. It was nice to meet the parent volunteers and chat during breaks. Overall felt it was a good positive experience.
- Secondary One parent, first time volunteer with 2 children
Affirmed by partners
Canberra Grassroots Organisation (GRO) is proud to be able to work collectively with Canberra Secondary School to deliver high quality programmes to serve residents of all ages and races. This partnership has indeed grown from strength to strength, in particular, from this year on, we aspire to build a Grateful, Respectful and Compassionate Community @ Canberra.
Emily Tan Constituency Director
Canberra Community Club
'We would like to thank the students from Canberra Sec for bringing joy to our patients at Kang Le Day Care Centre. The patients thoroughly enjoyed their performances and activities ranging from games to art & craft. The students' youthful enthusiasm livened up the atmosphere and brought smiles to the patients' faces. We look forward to the subsequent visits by the students in the coming months. '
Michelle Lok | Community Relations Executive
HCA Hospice Care
Young Caregivers team
Seniors and those unwell in the community may be losing a little hope each day, but youths like yourselves are hopes of the future. Continue the journey to bring hope to the more vulnerable groups though the Share-a-Pot programme you’re planning and consider becoming a volunteer, an advocate or choosing healthcare as a career in the future, to build a healthy, active and thriving Community of Hope.
Tham Sinma, Assistant Director
Community Transformation Office, Woodlands Health Campus
Befriending patients in a palliative care unit requires empathy, tact and compassion. At the end-of-life stage, palliative patients need the warmth, understanding and companionship that friends, family and volunteers bring to them. The student’s presence has brought much joy to our patients on a quiet afternoon.
Volunteer Coordinator of Yishun Community Hospital
Advocated by students and alumni
“I learned that language is not a barrier if the heart is willing to help.”
– A Secondary 1 student who conducted Music Therapy at All Saints Home
One challenge was for me to play properly with the Metta Home resident, because I had to adjust my strength so as to match the ability of the Metta Home resident, and I felt bad when I was unable to deliver countless hits that I nearly felt like crying, but I realised that I just needed to be more confident in myself that I can adjust to allow the Metta Home residents to enjoy themselves, than for me to show my strength. Another challenge was for me to interact with the Metta home resident. All I was able to do was provide hand gestures. The gesture felt like a compliment to the resident and that made her smile.
- A Secondary 3 student, serving residents from Metta Home
Growing deeper in learning
A student who was a sub-committee member in 2018 and in 2019, became the overall student leader IC.
We have made them feel happy by letting them to choose what they really need. They feel grateful for us in giving things that they really need. I learned how to interact with people we are not familiar with. Furthermore, teamwork is very important; without your teammates, you will not be able to organise an event smoothly. I feel happy because we have done a good deed even though the thing maybe be small. There would be smiles on the peoples’ faces after they come to the school. We were very tired as we have to stand for a long time and also have to serve people with a smile.
2019 – The same student showed depth and growth as she reflected on the necessity and strength of teamwork.
I learned that teamwork is very important. If you want the event to run smoothly, you have to ensure you have cooperative team members. Every member is important. Furthermore, a good planning is essential. If you have a plan, you will be able to know what to do if you meet with any problems. For the next round, we need to know how many types of books there are together. This time round, there were many books but few variety, thus people who come have less choice. Overall the smiles of the customers hit me most. On the actual day, there were a couple and a child around Primary 1. I was walking around the canteen seeing if anyone need my help. They came toward me and requested for primary school level books. But there was not much left. Even though there weren’t much choice left, they did not grumble and thanked me for helping them. They left the school with a smile on their faces. I feel very contented that I am able to be involved in this event because this allows me to help others and also learn to appreciate what I owned now. I realise that not everyone is as fortunate as us to be able to get what we want. I learn not to take things from granted.
Another student who was a sub-committee leader in 2018 and in 2019, she became the overall student leader IC.
I have learnt to lay out a plan in the things we are doing so that there will be high efficiency. I have learnt to work as a team and to be cooperative with each other. I have also learnt that every problem has a solution. From the event, I felt satisfied as the people who came to the apparel section were able to find a clothes that they like and were happy with what they received from there. I was also able to do the setting up of the hall and felt how hard it was for the members but how everyone cooperated to complete the task. Our hard work paid off as we served the customers and they complimented us. The leaders also did it together from the start of the project, and overcame many problems, this is also what made me feel satisfied.
2019 – The same student reflected on the need to adapt to changes, showing her maturity as a leader of a small group to the entire committee.
I learned to be able to adapt to changes quickly as there were many changes made before and during the event. The packing up at the end of the event was as tiring as the setting up and we had to think on our feet how to best organize ourselves though we were already very tired. One challenge we faced was that the books were not sorted properly. This made it difficult for us to find and replenish some books. We overcame many challenges by working as one and supporting one another. We helped each other whenever a problem arose. No one complained or grumbled. Overall I feel happy to participate in this event as I saw many people leaving with a smile on their face. Some even said thank you to our students as they left. This shows that our initial simple plan is able to bring a change in their lives even though it may be small. One thing that hit me most was when I greet every customer who came, many of them did the same but with a brighter smile than mine. It showed how excited they were to be able to choose books for their children or themselves – that made me feel that the hard work put into this event by everyone was worth it.
Alumni’s reflection from perspective of both as an alumni and Boys’ Brigade Officer.
1. Canberran Alumni, Vice-chairman of the alumni
As an alumni, I feel that this is a good opportunity for us to contribute back to the school as part of this VIA project. With the alumni’s experience either in tertiary education or work, this is one platform that alumni can value add to the students running the project.
2. BB Officer
As a BB Officer, I was delighted that the BB Boys had this opportunity to collaborate with school to be part of the event. The BB Boys were given the role of the usher and they felt privileged to play a part to blessed the underprivileged students from the community.
Overall this VIA project has helped the boys to not only be more aware of the needs of the community, it also helped them to be more grateful and appreciative of what they have.