Heart Work and Hard Work – End-of-Year Consortium Activities

Heart Work and Hard Work – End-of-Year Consortium Activities

24 Jun 2021

It was fitting that, as the eventful school year of 2020 drew to a close, our end of year activities (EOYA) should revolve around the goal of supporting the underprivileged. As a demographic that was disproportionately affected by the recent onslaught of COVID-19, it was this group whom Hwa Chong students strove to give back to, in line with the school value of 饮水思源.

In this spirit, the Aphelion consortium arranged a charity walk for its 264 Secondary One to Three students on 29th October. The event – the FairPrice Walk for Rice – is an annual walk that aims to provide food for underprivileged families, with the FairPrice Foundation donating one bowl of brown rice, one bowl of oatmeal and one bowl of white rice for every 300m walked per student. 

2020 Aphelion Walk for Rice
Aphelion Walk for Rice – Walking through Nature

Likewise, the iSpark consortium supported the Soles4Souls Shoe Drive, with Secondary One to Four students encouraged to donate their new or gently worn unwanted shoes. This shoe drive is a collaboration between Hwa Chong and the non-profit Soles4Souls organisation, a charity which runs micro-enterprise programmes and donates shoes to needy children across the world in a bid to raise their quality of life – a mission that the school is indubitably eager to support.

Soles4souls Asia-Pacific Director, Mr Sak Sivasurian, Explaining to the iSpark Students the Collection Process

Mr Low Swee Xiang, Education Consultant/Student Development, and one of the teachers in charge of the event, expressed his hopes that the iSpark donation drive would encourage further charity work among students, allowing them to come together and do something meaningful as a consortium. He said that this activity represented the “heart of a Hwa Chongian, heart for the community”, and wished that through this cause and similar activities, students would seize the opportunity to lend their support for those in need.

Meanwhile, each consortium also hosted their own range of activities for students – iSpark arranged hip-hop dance lessons for students; Pro-Ed conducted a brush lettering workshop and organised its annual concert; Ortus planned skits for each class; and Aphelion carried out movie screenings following the Walk For Rice. There was little shortage of excitement, with the veil of exam stress lifted and the school atmosphere full of zest as students bonded with one another over the activities planned – truly a celebratory way to end off the school year.

Written by Png Chee Kai and Tsun Ming Yi Ewan (2I1)