On 28th of April 2013, twelve Primary 4 students participated in an event, ‘Arts in the Community’, with the school’s AMIS instructor, Mr Ika, who manned a booth at block 15, Bedok South on Batik making. The event was held in collaboration with Bedok Community Centre and was integrated with the school’s Primary 4 Learning Journey to Kampong Glam where the students will get to learn more about the Malay culture.
Together with the public, a batik piece of about 2 metres long was completed. It will be displayed in a public area in Bedok yet to be decided by Bedok Community Centre. The event was graced by minister, Mr Lim Swee Say, and the school’s principal, Mrs Sita Singh. Students also had the opportunity to paint on the canvases prepared by Temasek Junior College, who manned a booth there as well.
Utilising the Arts and Culture Presentation Grant, all primary 4 students are currently attending basic batik lessons conducted by our AMIS instructor, Mr Ika. During these lessons, students design their own patterns and learn to wax and paint on cotton materials. Completed works included handkerchiefs, pencil cases and mobile phone pouches. The designs will be showcased during the National Day Observance Ceremony at Bedok Community Centre. This marks the first time that students have their art pieces showcased to the school and public, an opportunity that will groom students to be confident and concerned citizens.
Selected students, along with their parents, created a major artwork as a centerpiece too. Along the way, National Education messages and Social Emotional Competencies are instilled throughout the whole process. Parents and staff are encouraged to view the exhibition through daily Assembly announcements. Five students from each of the six primary 3 classes are also invited to watch the exhibition as they will be attending the Batik lessons next year.