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Metta School is proud to announce that the school’s project “Centre of Excellence for Health & Fitness (MID)” received the MOE-NCSS INNOVATION AWARD 2016. This award recognizes the school’s efforts in developing a culture of innovation through the implementing of innovative practices that nurture the development of students. The school receives a trophy, a certificate and $5000 to enhance quality of teaching and learning in the school.
Centre of Excellence for Health & Fitness (MID)
In Pursuit of Quality of Life for People with Special Needs
Metta Students Running Alongside with Participants from All Walks of Life
Metta School’s Health & Fitness (H&F) team aims to contribute to the local PE fraternity by aspiring to be the Centre of Excellence for H&F (MID). In building its foundation towards achieving this goal, the school’s curriculum adopts a 2-pronged focus on “Work’’ and “Life” which is aligned to the school’s vision, mission and values.
The first key change was to rename and reposition the reference to physical education lessons in school as PE to H&F. This move serves to create a new image for physical education lessons as a whole and to set the strategic direction for the design of the H&F curriculum goals, content and evaluation to focus on lifelong fitness.
The H&F curriculum focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle that stresses on independence and resourcefulness. The curriculum includes routines that develop the muscular strength, endurance to sustain work and the acquisition of occupational health and safety skills such as first aid. Exercise are carried out on a weekly basis, and use “weights” that are made from everyday items such as used detergent bottles to strengthen students’ arm muscles.
The morning exercise programme has also nurtured students with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who confidently lead their peers by conducting the morning exercise routines.
Metta students learn to access community sports facilities for recreation and sports. The introduction of the “Community Connect” programme for graduating students is yet another platform that works to integrate them into the community via sports and physical activities so that the transition into the community occurs with ease.
Mass Exercise Using “Weights” Made from Used Detergent Bottles.
Overseas Outdoor Adventure Camp: Metta School Students on a Kayaking Expedition along Johor River