The SOAR Programme
Students Overcome Adversity Responsibly (SOAR)
The SOAR Programme was started in 2012, to provide healthy and meaningful recreational opportunities for at-risk students. We recognize that some students are more vulnerable to negative influences; this includes latch-key kids, students with minimal parental supervision and those with disciplinary problems. Our inaugural batch in 2012 had 6 students, and in 2014 we have 15 students in this programme.
Our activities are carefully organized to actively engage these students, teach them useful and enjoyable skills and ultimately allow them to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from hard work, setting and achieving goals. We believe that this self-esteem boost will empower them to make responsible life choices in the long run, and ultimately break out of the at-risk cycle. Our activities include Lasertag, Fustsal, Floorball, Rockcliming etc.
Students in the SOAR (Students Overcome Adversity Responsibly) were involved in the pinhole camera project this year. The boys were told to make their very own camera from recycled materials. They were skeptical of the functionality of their DIY cameras since they are essentially just cardboard boxes and drink cans. The process was also very tedious as they had to paint the inside of the boxes to ensure that they are light-proof. Their perseverance and spirit of exploration paid off when they tested the cameras by capturing image of the school compound.
The boys’ proposal for the pinhole camera project was chosen to be part of the Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations. On 6 July 2014, they set up a portable darkroom in Gardens by the Bay. They were to share their knowledge of pinhole photography with members of the public, and explain to them the making and using pinhole cameras.