The Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Katong School received the donation of playground equipment from PLAYPOINT (Singapore) Pte Ltd worth $20,000. This came from two former students of Bedok View Secondary which is situated next to Katong School.
Motivated by an article in The Straits Times’ article titled ‘Playgrounds ‘R’ Us’ about PLAYPOINT, dated 13 January 2010, Katong School principal Mrs Choo Swee Gek made contact with the company. Mr Jason Sim, Managing Director of PLAYPOINT agreed to sponsor APSN with a set of playground equipment.
The donation of KOMPAN Playground equipment consists of two swings, a slide and two rockers. The contribution is part of PLAYPOINT’s corporate social responsibility programme called PLAYPOINT Gives Back 2010.
APSN Katong School views the concept of Play as important. It gives an authentic environment to promote social skills especially effective in teaching the value of sharing. The concept is not only fun but encourages physical activities that build self confidence when students learn new skills like swinging, climbing and sliding. They also improve communication skills and understand team work. Such play also improves co-ordination.
The school emphasizes on play activities because young children learn best through play. It is stress free for young students and encourages in the development of motor skills and creativity. The playtime is incorporated into the PE lessons of primary students, where twenty minutes are devoted for supervised play.
(L-R) Managing Director of PLAYPOINT Mr Jason Sim, APSN President Dr Francis C. Chen, Katong School Principal Mrs Choo Swee Gek, APSN Executive Director Dr Chey Chor Khoon and Mr Charles Tay of PLAYPOINT.
(L – R) APSN Executive Director Dr. Chey Chor Koon, Mr Charles Tay of PLAYPOINT, PLAYPOINT Managing Director Mr Jason Sim, Katong School Principal Mrs Choo Swee Gek, and APSN President Dr. Francis C. Chen
About Association for Persons with Special Needs
The Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a voluntary welfare organization catering to persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50 – 70). Inaugurated in 1976, APSN was previously known as The Association for Educationally Subnormal Children (AESN). The Association was officially renamed in May 2000.
APSN provides special education through a holistic approach in the development of academic, vocational and social skills.
About PLAYPOINT (Singapore) Pte Ltd
It is a growing regional playground specialist furnishing state of the art playgrounds to countries in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.
As part of PLAYPOINT’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme “Playpoint Gives Back”, they actively donate sets of KOMPAN Playground annually to children’s charities for the under-privileged kids in attempt to give them a chance to enjoy play and all the benefits that come along with utilizing Playpoint’s playground modules.