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Values In Action Projects by Bowling, Fencing and Shooting Academies

From 27 April to 20 May 2022, student-athletes from the Bowling, Fencing and Shooting Academies had the opportunity to plan and execute training workshops for Primary 5 and 6 students from four primary schools in the North West Zone – Greenwood Primary, Wellington Primary, Woodgrove Primary and Woodlands Primary. The session was part of the Sports Education and Experience Programme under the North West Community Development Council (CDC), to give them an opportunity to try out a new sport. Besides bringing fun and laughter to the primary school children, our student-athletes shared their experiences on how the sessions have helped them step out of their comfort zone and develop invaluable skills.

Bowling Academy

Written By: Shannen Ong Yuan Lin and Olivier Brassard Khoo (Secondary 3)

The Bowling Academy organised a two-hour bowling workshop for 15 students from Wellington Primary School on 20 May 2022. The bowling seniors, Jade Ooi, Victoria Annabelle Huang You Hui (both IBDP, Year 5) and Shirlene Wong Xue Lin (Diploma in Business Studies, Year 1), worked tirelessly for months to prepare for this event. Every student-athletes were assigned a specific responsibility to ensure a seamless flow of the event, from guiding the Primary School students through warm-ups to the final award presentation. Student-athletes were also assigned duties for event setup, lane monitoring, and the safety of the children.

During the event, we were electrified by the enthusiasm of the students, which was enhanced by the invigorating music and the motivating cheers of the student-athletes. We had the opportunity to interact with them, allowing us to step out of our comfort zones to improve our social skills and meet new friends.

In the midst of it all, the Wellington Primary students had a mini bowling tournament which included singles and doubles events. This did not only allow them to bond with one another, but it also instilled a sense of determination, competitiveness, and the need to work together in order to win the competition. This was evidenced by their enthusiasm and cooperation in ensuring that the bowling session ran smoothly, while also providing them with an opportunity to improve their bowling skills and have fun.

Overall, it was a worthwhile experience because it was something we don't get to do on a daily basis. For many of us, it was a fresh experience that allowed us to learn a variety of new skills that we could apply in the future. The event went off without a hitch, and we were able to hone our leadership skills, and understand the value of cooperation.

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It's never about the role – always about the goal.” – Lisa Haisha

Fencing Academy

Written By: Anna Tan Wan Enn (IBDP, Year 6)

On 17 and 20 May 2022, the Fencing Academy conducted two Fencing workshops for 15 Primary 5 students from Woodlands Primary School and 25 Primary 6 students from Greenwood Primary School respectively. The project consisted of a two-hour session for each school where students get to pick up basic fencing skills. Towards the end of the session, students immersed themselves in some fun with a mini fencing competition amongst themselves.

The project was led and planned by upper secondary and post-secondary student-athletes, consisting of Azfar Luqman Ong, Marcus Maximilian Tan, Maximus Lim Jay Rachel Koh Rui Jie (all Secondary 4), Isaac Ong Shao En (Secondary 5) and Anna Tay Wan Enn (IBDP, Year 6). Through the two sessions, the fencers were able to learn essential event planning and communication skills that are fundamental in preparing them for the future, while also expanding themselves to experience coaching for the first time.

Shooting Academy

Written By: Beatrice Lim Mei Chwee (Teacher, English Language)

On 27 April and 4 May 2022, the Shooting Academy organised shooting workshops for upper primary school students from four primary schools Greenwood Primary, Wellington Primary, Woodgrove Primary and Woodlands Primary, with each school taking up a two-hour session.

In preparation for the event, the Secondary 3 shooters had to organise themselves into teams to create a programme that would be both engaging and educational for the primary school children. Working together definitely came with its share of challenges as they raced to meet deadlines. However, the process also encouraged the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and compromise, resulting in a programme that was well-planned and fun for the primary school students.

At the start of the event, the student-athletes were apprehensive at first but any self-doubt was gone the moment the primary school students entered the shooting range. The primary school students were warmly welcomed and our shooters were full of confidence as they ran the programme that they had planned so meticulously. Under their guidance, the Secondary 1 and 2 shooters also became more confident while instructing the primary school students.

There was much laughter and many smiling faces in the shooting range on both days of the event. The shooters cheered the primary school students and were ecstatic when one particularly precocious student managed to hit a near-perfect score. At the end of the event on both days, each winning team was presented with a goodie bag filled to the brim with snacks. Every participant received a goodie bag which was similarly packed with snacks, the Singapore Sports School ROAR mascot, and water bottle. The happiness of both our shooters and the primary school students was evident in the photo-taking session at the end of the events.

The programme was indeed a resounding success. The shooters had learnt to work better together and look beyond themselves to help their community. Let’s look forward to another successful VIA project next year!

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