1. Description of Our Community
We consider our community to include our country Singapore and our school.
Singapore is an island country located at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsular. Although small, Singapore is peaceful and prosperous, with a multi-racial and multi-religious society. Originally a Malay fishing island, Singapore has since developed into an efficient shipping port and also boasts a world-class airport, the Changi International Airport.
On another level, our school is also part of our community. In SJI, we not only focus on academic success, but more importantly, our school stresses on all-rounded education, to produce ‘Men of Faith and Service’, through our school motto, ‘Ora et Labora’ (To pray and work hard).
2. Summary of Our Project
The Society of St Vincent de Paul was founded by Frederic Ozanam in Paris, France, on April 1833. It was named the Society of St Vincent de Paul, based on the exemplary charitable life led by St. Vincent. Many churches in Singapore have these SVDP societies to render financial assistance to those who need it in their neighbourhoods. In SJI, the SVDP is one of the service Co-Curricular Activities.
In this project, we cover the works and activities of the SVDP group in SJI. Every week, they make visits to Care Corner, a child-care center, and the Kwong Wai Shui Home for the Aged. The SVDP is an active service group, which has many ‘conferences’ all over the island.
Sadly, not many people are aware of what they do. Therefore, our site aims to inform these people of the Society and its good works. We take a look at the Society from a local perspective. Following our school’s SVDP group on a trip to Care Corner, we had a first-hand experience of the aims and activities of the SVDP. With this web site, we hope to inform people about this Society, which aims to build a community of care and service.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Throughout the course of this project, we encountered quite a number of problems. Firstly and most importantly, were the tight schedules of the team members. As students, we had to juggle our schoolwork with our various school commitments and this project. The three Secondary Two students (14 years old) in our team had to go through the end-of-year streaming examinations this year, resulting in a more pressurized studying environment for them. Jing Kai (17 years old), who is in Secondary Four this year, also had to prepare hard for his end-of-year GCE ‘O’ Levels Examination. Furthermore, all the team members had to complete their various Inter-Disciplinary Projects, a requirement for all students in SJI. As a result, we had to plan our time very carefully, so as to be able to accomplish all our commitments.
Research information on the St Vincent de Paul Society in Singapore was also hard to come by. To get more information for us to work on, we had to interview members of the SVDP in our school.
Originally, we also planned to follow our school’s SVDP group to the Kwong Wai Shui Home for the Aged, but unfortunately, the Board decided that they needed more time to review our request closely, and as such, we couldn’t meet the dateline.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project was definitely very meaningful, as we got to understand, what the SVDP did though first-hand experience, how the members felt doing their job, and ultimately, to inform others of this Society.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The principal educational focus in Singapore is to achieve a knowledge-based economy through creative thinking and information technology. By using the tools in IT (e.g. video editing, digital designing and webpage programming) we learn how to better prepare ourselves for the workforce.
Since we had to source information from many people and places, we had to learn to be resourceful as well as creative in our approach.