Around the world, an increased number of parents are choosing to drive their kids to school, even when it’s easily within walk-able or public transport distance from home. Parents are nervous about letting their kids out on the streets, especially on their own. While their concerns are understandable, it’s also sad because many kids are missing out on the benefits of walking to school, or taking the bus or train. We know that walking or taking public transport to school may not be an option, due to distances in Singapore. That being said, there are many benefits to walking and using public transport which include community awareness, increased confidence and freedom. Therefore, this year we are making fortnightly trips to increase our student’s community awareness, traffic safety skills, and their ability to use public transport in the big city/small island of Singapore.
Today we had our first of many community excursions in 2017. Pathways 1 and 2 took a 60 minute walk around the Loewen Gardens and Dempsey Hill area; and ended with a snack at The Pantry where we reflected on our walk. Every two weeks the students and their teachers will be challenging themselves with trips that range further and further from MSIS. Their destinations will include, the Botanic Gardens, the Enabling Village (for a shopping trip at their handicapped accessible Fairprice Supermarket) and a morning movie at the cinema.
Please see the attachment for photos and a short description of the day.