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28th February 2015 was a day not to be missed by a group of our students in the Vocational Programme. It was a full day of fun and excitement for many of them who are currently in the V2 classes and out for their On-The-Job training. They had been out for their work attachment since the beginning of February and though their energy was stretched throughout the weeks at their work environment, they still had plenty of spirit and enthusiasm to participate in the event which was held on a Saturday in Metta School’s Indoor Sports Hall.
The Vocational Learning Day, or otherwise known as V-Learning Day, is an annual event held by Metta School Vocational Department in collaboration with NTU Rotaract Club, who is the main organizer of the event programme. This year, there were 42 vocational students and 4 teachers from Metta School, and 29 volunteers from the NTU Rotaract Club who participated. For the first time this year, the event brings in an interesting twist with a cooking session with NTU Guru Gourmet Club, a cooking club from the NTU student body. The inaugural cooking session was a hit with our students. They were given an opportunity to learn and bond with the NTU student volunteers during the session where they made a Chocolate Cereal Cookie dessert. They practiced their motor skills in the stirring of the melted chocolate in the pot over the stove and the placement of the cookies in the little paper cups. Their creativity skills were also showcased during the decoration of the cookies. It was a fun learning experience for them, especially for those in the Housekeeping vocational programme who do not have much opportunity to work in the kitchen area, unlike those in the Baking and Food Preparation Programme.
Other than the cooking session, there were other interesting activities like Ice-Breaking Sessions, Station Games and Banner Drawing. The students enjoyed each activity and felt that it was a good break from their work attachment. They had missed their schoolmates and good friends and it was a great event to meet and bond again, while learning educational values like teamwork, perseverance and self-confidence. They also took away important skills like problem-solving, communication skills and social skills which are very much needed beyond the classroom walls and in the working society. These values and skills would constantly be instilled in our students in a non-exhaustive effort for them to lead an independent and meaningful life in years to come.
The event ended with a lively celebration of prize-giving and photo-taking session. It was certainly a memory to be etched in our students’ hearts and we look forward to more future eventful and educational collaborations with the society.
Report By Ika Lestari, 5thMarch 2015.