Friday, September 28, 2007
on 20th October 2007
is now postponed to
27th October 2007.
Sorry for any inconveniences caused from this.
First of all, the team would like to thank Maxis CyberlinQ for extending the deadline. Although the team would manage to complete the project as planned, but it would be rushing and unfair as we have to prepare for the examinations.
Because of this great news, we decided to postpone the 'Mini Concert' from 20th October to 27th October 2007, so everyone has time to prepare for their performance.
To Crystal, Low Gin Tung and Olivia - Good luck on your PMR. Do your best! :) And as for Catherina, David and Stephanie - Good luck on the final year exams :) And as for Ms.LaT, Happy marking! :P
Today, Catherina, Crystal and Ms.LaT had discussed on setting the dates to meet up to prepare for the activities. They are going to the centre on 05.10.07 (final day of the PMR exam) to draw the sketch on the wall for the mural painting on 06.10.07. Then they will off to buy the paints. On the 19.10.07, they are going to do window shopping to prepare for the 'Mini Sukaneka', also known as 'Family Day'. And on 26.10.07, they are going to stay in school in the afternoon to prepare the stage for the Mini Concert. The team is still considering if they should be able to buy the educational materials here, as most of the aids for teaching Autism are not available here. So they might just buy toys and just donate the rest of the money to the centre, as we understand that at times when the teachers of the centre have to attend courses, they do not have the fund for it. So we hope the fund will be in good use.
This morning too, Ms.Lat had to submit the application letters (again) to the Education Department for approval for the 'Mini Sukaneka for the Family Day' as it was postponed. The date is now confirmed to be on 21.10.07.
Thats all for today. H.O.P.E. signing off. Happy weekends! ;)
Thursday, September 27, 2007The team approached the school and requested for a bus, food and water for the charity work at Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre next Saturday. After some discussion, finally the principal agreed. As for the project implementation money, we have to go to the shop to get invoices or use our money first, then we could claim it through the school. That's how complicated it is. So we have to start doing our window shopping after the PMR exam. Talking about exam....Today, the senior students started their exam while the juniors will start tomorrow. Next week will be the PMR week continued with another exam week. So, to every Sung Siew students...
All The Best!
*sorry for any delay in the blog.
We will try to update it soon.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007Ms.Lat had given a letter to YB Au Kam Wah in informing on the two activities that will be held at the centre. She immediately got a call this evening on confirming on the matter. He agreed with the Charity Day on 06.10.07 and decided for the 'Centre Open Day' to be changed to 'Family Day' that involved the children, parents, committee, volunteers, teachers and our team. The date for the Mini Sukaneka on Family Day is 21st October, right after our Mini Concert on 20th October! Wow! The team will have to work hard for two continuous days! This is because he understood that the deadline for the competition is on 26th October. YB Au Kam Wah is a very supportive and we are glad to be working for him, too! :)
The respond on the 'A Cent A Day' was quite good from the students. The two jars from the canteens side are half full now! Impressive! Thank you to Sung Siew Community! :)
The team had a meeting to discuss on the Mini Concert..discusssed on the decoration and allocation of duties! Going to be a big event! ;)
Monday, September 24, 200724.10.05, that means... tomorrow will be Mooncake Festival!
Olivia and Crystal placed their donation box in the staff room.
While, Catherina and Tung are not allowed to place their donation box in the school canteen. =S
Now, Catherina and Tung maybe have to do this during recess by themselves.
The application forms for the Mini Concert is running out!
Here's an essay written by Debra A.
Was once also an Autistic.
Autism Can Be A Gift.Debra A.
September 17, 2006
The media has a dramatic way of portraying people with "disabilities" in general. All of the news reports, movies, and articles from magazines try to make them so horrible for the people themselves and also for their parents to experience. Unfortunately, this is all that most people know about any disability is through dramatized media. One of those "handicaps" is Autism. I can always pinpoint dramatics within the text for this "disorder" because I personally have gone through this, and have a better clue than the media. I have conjured up this work to express that Autism isn't necessarily a handicap, it can be a gift. The reasons are that one other part of the brain may be enhanced while language abilities may go down, there is a chance where autistics IQ levels are average or above average, and most autistics can learn to communicate through other means, instead of direct verbal communication. All of the human brains are like gardens; like one's strengths and weaknesses, some plants grow and develop better than others. This is the same case for "handicapped" people.
Autism can be a gift because when the development of one area of the brain, in this case the language area, is sapped, another area may develop more than usual. Take my art talent as an example. It's my forte because of visual memory. When I study an object, whether it be from a photo or the actual thing I remember how images are supposed to appear, and I try my best to translate that to paper. This visual memory can also transit to other things, like saying the alphabet backwards cleanly, without pausing. I can't do it as well as I use to, but while I said the alphabet backwards to my second grade teacher, I could "visualize" the letters and my mind just followed every letter from right to left. This can be compared to the group of tall, vivid flowers that are planted smack in the middle of the garden. My art abilities are usually noticed first when it comes to people getting to know me.
Visualization's one thing, but how about intelligence? There is a possibility that autistic people can have average or higher than average intelligence. One would be referred to as a high functioning autistic if this were the case. I ended up scoring really high on the visual perception testing, and above average on language (my personal success), spelling, and memorization. Before this, I found school hard because of the language aspect. It felt like I had a mental block that only ceased to exist after I changed my mind-set to see things more easily. This knowledge represents the interesting looking plant that isn't as noticeable as the vivid flowers, but has adapted to the world unlike most plants – for instance the Venus fly trap. Before this plant was a fly trap, it had to have been a dying flower in an environment that wasn't fit for it. In return, it adapted to eat flies in order for it to survive. I use my knowledge to get around this confusing world, and to make sense of it, instead of making myself depressed over not understanding the world – especially in social situations.
As another way of making sense of the social world, I observe it like a scientist, instead of diving into social situations. However, this doesn't mean I didn't learn how to communicate normally; I sure did. I just don't feel the need to talk all the time. But if there's ever a topic that's interesting, I'll join in and put my thoughts in the best of words possible. For example, when the wind isn't blowing, you won't hear a lot from the garden. But if there's something interesting sparks thoughts, like the wind, you'll hear the rustle of leaves and see the garden sway to life, just like me.
The possibility of being talented in art (or math), have intelligence freed from an obstacle, and still find a way to communicate like the rest of the nuerotypical people makes being autistic worth it to me. I am glad it was even possible to reach to those points, or otherwise I'd still be in Special Education. My garden turned out to be in one of the best arrangements. Everything is balanced out, and my favorite flowers of the group are there to be seen. Now, I know there's a possibility of autistics becoming mentally retarded. And I know there's a possibility to become so severely damaged that there's no way severely autistic people can get out of the garden's shed that's tucked beside the garden, or let anything else in for that matter. In other words, they may never get out of their world, or let others into their lives. Regardless of the dark side of autism, remember that there's a very bright side to it as well, and we can't always think of the bad things. Now, I want to ask all of you who are reading this: Am I handicapped or have I been blessed with a gift?
Saturday, September 22, 2007Today Ms.Lat approached Mr.Patrick and Mdm. Chong Fui Ha to sing in the Mini Concert and they had accepted! Woohooo! This will be a time for students and teachers to show off their talents and have FUN, at the same time, doing it all for GOOD cause. We hope to get more respond from all the students. Mdm. Leong Ting Tsu will get her aerobic girls to perform as well :) Ms. Yau yesterday brought all her 1cent coins and already ready to donate it to the 'A Cent A Day' donation box, but the donation boxes were placed at the canteen first. Thank you though Ms. Yau, your coins will be the first in! :)
Crystal told us that the new committee for the Sabah Cheshire Early Intervention Centre has released and YB Au Kam Wah is the new president of the Centre, meanwhile Mr. Leong is the treasurer. Anyway, all projects and plans will proceed as scheduled. We are still waiting for the fixed date for the Centre Open Day.
Catherina is working hard on changing the layout of the website, again! This will be the fourth layouts! :)
Ms.Lat edited some audios to be added to the website soon... to add a nice tune in it! She was told by her friend that there's this Autism woman who has become a lecturer. Of course she can't communicate but she uses certain device and help. So you see, they can be like any normal person and contribute to their community and the country. All they need, is the right and proper education and of course chances from us, in accepting and helping them. So this is the time, Sung Siew community is able to do so. Thanks to Maxis CyberlinQ for giving that chances :)
Again, THANK YOU to all that had voted for us. We are really amazed and grateful of the support shown and given to us. Sung Siew Community, YOU ROCKS! :) And thank you to Ms.Nurha, for dropping words of encouragement time to time for us. We appreciate it :)
Let's give HOPE and let the children shine, too!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Announcements : These are our flyers that were distributed to classes this morning.
‘A CENT A DAY’
By: Maxis CyberlinQ ’07 team members.
What is autism? Autism (say: aw-tih-zum) is a brain development disorder causing children to experience the world differently from the way most other kids do. Autism affects about 1 in every 150 kids, unfortunately no one knows what causes it. Therefore, the Maxis CyberlinQ team members ’07 or probably known as H.O.P.E. team are organizing this meaningful project ‘A Cent A Day’ to help these poor autistic children.
FOUR big jars will be placed in the school in order for students to donate money to help the autistic children in the Sabah Early Intervention Centre. The locations where you can donate your money are:
Canteen A (Senior Block)
Canteen B (Junior Block)
The money collected will go to the Sabah Early Intervention Centre where the autistic children learn and play. The money will be used to buy educational aids and other things needed by the centre and the children. Let us together donate as we can make a difference for them.
"If everybody in town donates one thread, the poor man has a shirt."
The Voice of Sung Siew :-
By: Maxis CyberlinQ ’07 team members
Do you have a sweet voice and are able to perform on stage?
Great news everyone! Maxis CyberlinQ ’07 team members are going to have a mini charity concert in aid of helping the autism children. This concert aimed to raise funds to help the autistic children and the staff in the centre. Besides, the money collected will be used to buy things that are needed by the children as well as the centre. Here are the details for the concert;-
Venue: School Grandstand
Date: 20 October 2007
Hence, we are searching for songbirds, dancers, performers or even comedians to join this charity concert. Each performer is entitled to contribute a minimum of RM 5 (SOLO) and RM 10 (GROUP). On top of that, please state your performance in the concert (songs, dances, magic shows etc) to the Maxis CyberlinQ ’07 team members. Please be noted that all donations and fees received are for charity and certificates are given.
Don’t wait anymore, it’s time to grab the golden opportunity to perform on stage!
Rules & Regulations
Profanity and all inappropriate acts (phrases and acts that are unsuitable) are not allowed in all performances. Everyone involved (audience/participant) is needed to dress appropriately. Audience is required to contribute a donation of money (minimum RM 1) No outsiders are allowed besides Sung Siew students. Please keep the place (grandstand/stage) clean. Performers are responsible for their own musical instruments.
For further information, please contact the team members of Maxis CyberlinQ ’07. Ms. Latifah, Stephanie Chen (4D), David Wong (4D), Crystal Leong (3B), Olivia Hon (3B), Low Gin Tung (3B), Catherina Wong (2A).____________________________________________________________________
Please hand in the application form [Mini Concert]
by 28th September 2007
or through our chatbox!
Last night we discovered that there's a voting page, to vote for your favourite team and coolest website. The team took an effort to introduce it to friends, students and teachers. We were amazed to see the support we got when there is about 54 votes now (98%)! Thank you to all!
Catherina and Ms.Lat had discussed on the new upcoming layout. Catherina will be doing her best in completing it this week. The layout of this website will be changed soon and hopefully everyone will like it :)
Today, Crystal and Olivia showed Ms.Lat the empty plastic jars for the donation of 'A Cent A Day'. By tomorrow it will be placed at the school canteens and teacher staffrooms. We urge for the school community to donate during the period from this week to 12 October. Even a cent a day counts! Again, we thank you for the support!
Flyers for the 'A Cent A Day' project and the 'Mini Concert' have been distributed to every classes! We are going to distribute the forms of participation for the Mini Concert tomorrow and hopefully we will get huge support for it! :) Entertain, be entertained and donate! It is all for a worthy cause!
Thank you again for the support, everyone! :) Let the Autism children, shine too! :)
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
YOU DON'T HAVE TO CRY, by Dale Wood
You don't have to cry
Yet your tears fall down
Like a waterfall after the rain
You don't have to cry
We'll love you forever and take care of your needs
AUTISM - A GARDEN OF WEEDS
You don't have to cry
It causes me pain
I try so hard
AUTISM - AN ENDLESS DRAIN
You don't have to cry
Mommy's not leaving - just turning a corner
You don't have to cry
Daddy and I understand you - without a word
A silent look can tell
One Hug - One Touch
AUTISM - WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH
You don't have to cry
I'll cry for us all
The children, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents too the
ones who will never hear your voice
I'll cry for you, so you can smile
I'll fight for you, so you can grow
In a world you'll find hard to know
You don't have to cry
I love you
Today, Ms.Lat received the approval of the activities for the project! That means, all 4 activities are set to be implemented! Wohooo!
Since the Centre Open Day has been postponed, we hope it will be held soon before the closing date for this competition. It has to rely on YB Au, in setting the right date for it.
Olivia has to apply another two letters for the charity day and mini concert. Cikgu Wahidi, from the Moral Club and Rukun Negare already submitted over 30 names of students that volunteered for the charity day! More than what we expected! Thanks for the support! :)
Ms.Lat had emailed Maxis CyberlinQ regarding on two additional new members - Stephanie and Wong. Hopefully they will agree to it. Thus, our team members are all 6+1 then. :)
Olivia, Crystal and Tung just finished their PMR Trial II exam. They have less than 2 weeks for the PMR, good luck guys! :)
Our 'A Cent A Day' starts this week. All empty jars will be placed at the school canteens and teachers' staffroom. This activity will last for more than 2 weeks, in hoping for students and teachers to donate for the centre. As all the educational aids, toys and books are expensive, so the team tries to get additional funds for it.
School exam starts next week. So everything has to be put on hold. Good luck SSSS for the final year exam! H.O.P.E. - signing off...
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Catherina finally did the layout, entitled " The Tropical Paradise Of H.O.P.E ".
She spent quite a long doing the layout, but it was worth the time.
Unfortunately, it wasnt exactly what Ms.Latifah expected. And so, she made another new one.
The tropical was kind of irrelevant with the Autism theme that is all about children, imagination and all.
Though its not easy for her, she did another new one.
" The Paradise Of Colors That Revolves Happiness "
Its kind of weird that Catherina named her designs. :D
Anyway, we do hope that blogger viewers and everyone would love it!
Please leave some comments or messages.
We welcome viewers' opinion.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Today, Olivia submitted the application letter, forms and paperworks of the activities that will be implemented, 4 activities all together. Hopefully the school will support the project :)
We also had our meeting today from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. We got to divide the jobs between the four of us. Interestingly, when we were discussing on the "Mini Concert", we almost changed the idea to "Mini Cinema" hehe. But we thought the idea of having Mini Concert will be more fun. So we stick to it. We'll get more helps from other students and teachers on that day.
Ms. Lat received a phone call about the Centre Open Day, that was scheduled to be on 15 Sept. But somehow, YB Aw diagreed with the date as it is too soon, so they will change it until further notice. So our Mini Sukaneka activities for the Centre Open Day will be postponed. We hope it won't clash with our final year examination.
For the project 'A Cent A Day', we will prepared a glass jar to be put in 4 locations - Canteen A, Canteen B, Junior Block Staff Room and Senior Block Staff Room. Announcement about it will be made this Monday's assembly to inform the students about the activities of the project.
Lastly on the Charity Work, we have approached Cikgu Wahidi and the Girls Guide if they want to join. Positive feedback so far, we hope to get more people to help out.
That's all for today. H.O.P.E. team signing off...... ;-)