On the educational front, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has incorporated three training programmes for MINDS’ special education curriculum: weekly healthy cooking classes, housekeeping classes within a mock guestroom in the school and work attachment at the hotel every Tuesday. Recreational activities with MINDS clients include Beach Day Clean–up, a thrilling excursion to Universal Studios Singapore, nature trek through Chek Jawa Wetlands in Pulau Ubin, Children’s Day Party, and more.
Work Experience Opportunities
In October 2011, the Garden Wing closed for renovation. Instead of disposing of the old furniture, two MINDS schools turned one of their classrooms into a replica of the famed Shangri-La Garden Wing guestroom. Each “guestroom” was fitted with Garden Wing’s furnishing, Housekeeping service trolleys and appliances to train the students in housekeeping skills for employment opportunities and for their own personal upkeep.
Every Tuesday, a group of senior students from a MINDS school comes to the hotel for actual on-the-job training. Supervisors from the Housekeeping department take the students under their wings so that they can acquire hands on job experience in a proper hotel environment. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has employed four graduates from this programme as full-time employees. Other graduates have taken on full-time jobs in other hotels as well.
A total of 115 MINDS clients, from three special education schools and two training development centres, arrived at Tower Ballroom in style on Friday afternoon. The clients were treated to wonderful games, such as Hopscotch, Bottle-Knock Out and Bowling. This year’s activities offered a lot more creative options as four booths were dedicated to arts and crafts so that the clients can express themselves.
Chef Shane from Pastry Kitchen treated the kids to precious handmade cookies at her cookie decoration counter. This young lady, who is usually hidden behind the glass window of The Line Shop, had the amazing ability to bring out the best in the kids with her artistic talent. Other stations provided handmade tiaras and crowns, sand art paintings and lots of face painting too.
Charming both clients and our volunteers is this year’s mascot - the adorably popular ' Minion '. This adorable creature that appeared in the blockbuster movie Despicable Me 2 was definitely the crowd favourite.
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