AP NEWSLETTER TERM 2.2 - 2017/18

Term 2.2 has been full of fun packed learning experiences. The learners gained new skills, applied what they had practised in the classroom in new environments, showed determination and courage and made new friends.

Year 7 learners had the opportunity to learn about Malaysian agriculture as part of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE). They visited a Nata de Coco factory and learnt about the production process before continuing on to Dorani Homestay where they learned how to pound rice and make a kite. They also had the opportunity to try hand fishing in the surrounding paddy fields.

Learners in Year 10 and 11 visited the Robot Cafe in Ipoh as part of their research and understanding of their ASDAN curriculum on the impact and of electronics and devices in everyday devices and jobs.

The learners took what they observed on their trip into the Nexus Makerspace room and created their own circuits using ‘little bits’ equipment.

In Term 2 an internationally renowned drummer from the UK, Andy Gleadhill was in Malaysia and drummers at Nexus had the opportunity to participate in a Stomp style drumming workshop. The learners spent the day working as a group and making music which they performed at the Spring Concert.

A Humanities trip to the sites and interests of Putrajaya was run for the Year 7 learners to investigate why, how and when Putrajaya was designed and built.

They enjoyed a boat cruise to observe the surrounding buildings including the Putra Mosque and Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

Our Duke of Edinburgh International Award programme learners have been serving the community by volunteering at the SPCA in Selangor every Tuesday. For the last eight weeks they have been walking the dogs, cleaning out the cages and litter trays, preparing the examination rooms and showing some love to the cats in the cattery. As well as thinking of others by helping out in the local community, the learners have been able to gain some fabulous work experience to add to their resumes.

Another learner, who regularly volunteers at the SPCA, joined them for a few sessions to gain credits towards an ASDAN service challenge in 'The Community'.

In preparation for the Adventurous Journey, the Bronze participants attended school on Saturday 10th March for some action packed training.

They set up tents, hiked, learnt how to cook using a trangia and then prepared and cooked their own lunch, completed an orienteering challenge and created new meal plans for their next training session.

They problem solved as a team whilst developing a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors.

The 2018 Charity Spring Concert was learner led with proceeds raised being used to purchase a piano for Rumah Keluarga Kami and the remaining to Autism Cafe Project.

Many learners and teachers were involved in the whole concert which was great fun and a success for all.

Autism Cafe Project hosted a stall and wish to extend their warm thanks and gratitude to all who have and continue to support them.

In further support of Autism Cafe Project, Life Skills learners have been planning and organising a Primary Disco for Term 3. Amidst all their arrangements they visited the Year 6 classrooms to promote the event. Other learners have been valuing, estimating and pricing up items for a Preloved Sale, whilst others have been involved in advertising the different events due to take place in Term 3

Nexus hosted Autism Cafe Project's first 'Opening Doors' programme designed to provide learners with work experience opportunities. A pop up cafe was set up in the primary cafeteria on the 28th March where three of our International Award learners, together with Adli Yayha and his son Luqman sold snacks, jewellry, t-shirts and cookies. Our learners gained some fabulous practical work experience dealing with customers, making sales speeches, money handling and stall management. The event was filmed by the Singapore International Foundation and will be broadcast internationally.

A new robotics CCA will be available in Term 3 with the provider introducing a few designs to the learners in a bid to tempt their creative and innovative skills.

Keep an eye out for the sign up when the CCA list is released.

On the last day of the second term, three learners who participated in the Autism Colour Run 2018 at UKM in Bangi were recognised for their involvement and determination and were awarded their participation certificates by Mr Griffiths in the the 2018 Achievers Assembly.

Our end of Term 2 social trip to KL Tower and surrounding attractions was a huge success. We visited the Sky Deck, Sky Box, observation deck, Upside Down House, Blue Coral Aquarium, canopy walk and the jelutong tree.

The learners had the opportunity to venture beyond their comfort zones, spend time together, enjoy the outdoors and put their senses to the test.

Exciting educational and social trips are planned for Term 3 for the learners and staff to look forward to.

Term 3 starts will lots of events being held in support of Autism Awareness Month.

  • A learners Early Autism Project presentation - 25th April
  • A parent Information Workshop 'What is the AP'- 26th April.
  • A Primary Disco - 26th April 2018 from 3.15 - 5pm.
In the meantime, if you have any items that you would like to donate for the Preloved Sale, please drop them off at Ms Malou's office on the ground floor.

All funds raised will be donated to Autism Cafe Project as part of the 'Nexus Gives Back' campaign in celebration of Nexus turning ten. We are aiming to fundraise enough funds to purchase a van for Autism Cafe Project so that more employment opportunities can be created for young people with autism.

Exciting Trips for Term 3 also include:

  • Challenge Week - 14th - 18th May
  • AP Port Dickson Residential - June

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