LCCS Newsletter (English) - March 2010


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What's in this issue:
- Restorative Practice Workshop for Schools
- A Visit from Hong Kong Delegates
- January - February 2010
- Our Centre @ Bukit Timah

Language: English

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LCCS Newsletter (English) - March 2010

  1. 1. had a total of 36 partici- pants. Daniel Ang kick started the series of w o r k s h o p s w i t h “Embedding Restorative Practice Framework for Building Effective Rela- tionships for Teaching and Learning” on 22nd January, laying down the foundations with an introduction of the essential principles of Restorative Practice, and why it works. Bruce Schenk carried on with a second workshop “Facilitating Circles in the Classroom” on 25th January. Through the usage of videos, group The end of January was a busy but rewarding week for all of us here at LCCS. We were honored and excited to have with us a special friend all the way from Canada, Bruce Schenk, to conduct a series of Restorative Practice Workshops for schools alongside our Executive Director Daniel Ang. More about Bruce – for more than a decade now, Bruce has been exten- sively involved in the de- velopment of restorative justice across Canada. He has served as a full-time chaplain for over twenty years at Brookside Youth Centre in Cobourg, Ontario, a secure custody facility for young offenders, and is currently the Director of The International Institute for Restorative Practices – Canada. Indeed, with Bruce’s extensive experience, we were deeply honored to learn from him, and truly gained much exciting i n s i g h t s a b o u t Restorative Practice. Held on 22, 25-27 Janu- ary 2010 at Ping Yi Secondary School, the Restorative Practice Workshops for Schools I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : Restorative Practice Workshop For Schools 1 A Visit from the Hong Kong Delegates 2 January - February 2010 3 Our New Centre @ Bukit Timah 4 LCCS News M A R C H 2 0 1 0 M I C A ( P ) 0 9 7 / 0 8 / 0 9 / 2 0 1 0 C O M P A N Y R E G : 2 0 0 2 0 7 5 8 6 Z I S S U E 9 Editor: Daniel Ang Kok Ser Editorial Team: Chong Kai Wei Jonathan Tan Contact Details: SWS@Bedok 485, Bedok South Avenue 2, Singapore 469315 SWS@Bukit Timah 272 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #03-13/14, Singapore 588212 Website: Email: Restorative Practice Workshop for Schools StudentsWork Services
  2. 2. P A G E 2 M I C A ( P ) P A G E 2 The workshops have truly provided us with much insight and equipped all with confi- dence on the usage of Restorative Practice in our work in schools. work, and hands on activities, the participants left with big smiles on their faces, inspired to bring Circles back to their schools. Finally, Bruce ended off with “Facilitating Restorative Conferences” on 26-27th January. The usage of many different role plays not only engaged all participants, but also deeply benefitted us in the usage of the Restorative Conference Script in managing conflicts and repairing harm. We were deeply honoured to receive a visit from a group of Hong Kong delegates on 7 January 2010. Led by Associate Professors Dennis Wong and Stanilaus Lai, LCCS was one of their stops for an educational trip for 39 criminologist students from the City University of Hong Kong to Singapore. During their visit to the Bedok office, our Executive Director Daniel Ang shared with the group on the applications of Restorative Practice in the Singapore context, in line with the Restorative Justice school of thought that the delegates were advocating. Following which, the LCCS staff mingled around with the students, and shared more about what we do in our line of work. It is of course exciting to see how this school of thought has been growing in many countries, and we definitely are waiting with anticipation to see how the next few years will unfold for all of us. A Visit from the Hong Kong Delegates A big thanks to everyone who attended, to Bruce and his patient sharing of knowledge and experi- ences, and to the hospitality of Ping Yi Secondary School – the workshop could not have been such a success with- out all of your help and support!
  3. 3. Our work in the schools have gone in full force since mid-January this year, and the many activities have definitely been tiring – but deeply rewarding and engaging for all the staff. In a nutshell, we have been busying ourselves with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programmes in various schools like Temasek Secondary School, Jurong Secondary School, and Hillgrove Secondary School; as well as the Enhanced STEP-UP programmes in Jurong Secondary School, Hillgrove Secondary School, Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School and Ngee Ann Primary School. In fact, the staff at LCCS (as well as the schools we have been working with) are all greatly excited about the new Enhanced STEP-UP programme this year, especially with added component of individual one-to-one counsellings. With that additional room to step into the lives of these youths more personally, our work with these children would undoubtedly be brought a step further. Looking forward, we are hopeful and keen to be working with more youths as we work hand in hand with more schools – like Yusof Ishak Secondary School, East View Primary School, Greendale Secondary School, Swiss Cottage Secondary School, and others. Of course, on top of all the work with the schools, our engagement with the youths from the Singapore Boys’ and Girls’ Homes are not neglected. Our PODZ Mentoring Programme is still very much on the go, as we seek to build resilience and equip the youths in their reintegration into society. Hence, carrying our Restorative Practice and Solution Focused approach strongly, LCCS is definitely looking to succeed in empowering these teens, and to nurture them to their greatest, brightest potentials. January - February 2010 P A G E 3 M I C A ( P ) P A G E 3
  4. 4. M I C A ( P ) P A G E 4 We are proud to announce that 3 April 2010 (Saturday) would be the official launch of our new centre at Bukit Timah! Themed “The Greenhouse”, this opening launch is a milestone event for LCCS, and we are looking to have an exciting morning of performances by students from some of our partnering schools, lion dance and other performances, as well as a tour of the new office. Our New Centre @ Bukit Timah Of course, LCCS would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to those who have contributed in one way or another to make this opening even possible. We are glad to say that a few of the staff have already nicely settled in the new office, and the location definitely does a lot for those who work with the schools in the West. Although the office isn’t huge and we are still in the midst of furnishing the place, this new home is undoubtedly cozy and homely! For those who would like to come down for our official opening to take a look at the place, feel free to contact Ben at Please kindly do so by 19 March 2010 so that we can make the suitable preparations for refreshments. Thank you! Donations: For those who wish to support LCCS work, please send your cheque to Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd. 485 Bedok South Road, Singapore 469315. Alternatively, you can download the GIRO form from our website