CPAS

Programmes at CPAS School

At CPAS School, students are categorised into two levels, according to their chronological age:
  • Junior Level (7 years old to 12 years old)
  • Senior Level (13 years old to 18 years old)
Three programmes are offered at CPAS School:
  1. The High Support Programme caters to students with moderate to high support needs in all areas of their daily living and learning. These students require more assistance in mobility, fine motor skills, self-help, and learning, and will pursue lessons that will promote their well-being. Upon graduation at the age of 18 years, possible post-school outcomes are joining the Day Activity Centre or the Home Management Programme.
  2. The Functional Programme caters to students with mild to moderate support needs in most areas of their daily living and learning. In the senior level, students will learn pre-vocational skills that will support their learning in the vocational domain. Students who demonstrate potential for open employment or sheltered employment, will be trained in the school’s social enterprise, MiniMart@CPAS. Upon graduation at the age of 18 years, possible post-school outcomes are transiting to a Day Activity Centre or Sheltered Workshop.
  3. The Academic Programme caters to students with mild support needs in most areas of their daily living and learning. Students in this programme follow the mainstream MOE curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science only, in addition to the Curriculum Framework for SPED Schools. At the age of 9 years, students in this programme are assessed for suitability for education in mainstream primary schools before they transit there. If that is not possible, they can continue to pursue their education following the mainstream curriculum at CPASS and prepare for their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) at the age of 12 to 15 years old. Upon attaining their PSLE, students will transit to mainstream secondary schools or specialised schools. If they do not pursue secondary education, these students will continue their education at CPASS and prepare for employment in the open market or sheltered employment when they graduate at the age of 18 years.
Full Implementation of Trans-Disciplinary Approach

A Trans-Disciplinary (Trans-D) Approach has been adopted for the three educational programmes above. The Trans-D approach aims to enhance holistic and comprehensive development in students by adopting a common view of educational needs. The approach is a consensual commitment for consistent and integrated planning & implementation. It also provides more opportunities for professional exchange of knowledge and skills between teachers and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). Teachers share their lesson plans with AHPs on a weekly basis to obtain inputs from their technical domain. Read more about the Trans-D Approach here.

Curriculum Hours
Monday – Thursday
AM Session 8.00 am – 12.30 pm
PM Session 12.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Friday (CCA Day)
AM Session 8.00 am – 11.30 am
PM Session 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Snack Time
AM Session 10.00 am – 10.30 am
PM Session 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Rehabilitation Services
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational  Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Psychology Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Medical and Dental Services
CCAs

A variety of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are offered at CPAS School. Click here to find out more.

Special Events

At CPASS, we believe in ensuring that all students’ lives are as rich as their peers in mainstream schools.  Major school events celebrated include:

 

Children’s Day Celebration
Children’s Day Celebration 2020

In view of Covid-19 situation, 2020 Children’s Day Celebration was not the usual mass gathering & celebration. The chosen theme was called “The Unusual Circus!”.  The celebratory mood started to build up from mid-September when the whole school was decorated with colourful buntings. On the actual day of the event, students were greeted by a special Circus entrance set up at the foyer and hand-painted animal mascots at various stations.

Activities were specially designed to allow students to participate in the comfort of their classrooms or with minimal interactions with other classes to ensure safe distancing. The students participated in a digital workshop customised by artistes from The Artground in their classroom. Activities that were conducted outside the classrooms included game booths, animal rides and trampoline stations. For their snacks, students enjoyed Popeyes chicken set, popcorns and ice-cream while watching a video with pre-recorded greetings from School staff.

Every student had a personalized photograph taken to capture their memory on print at the photobooth manned by students from the Functional Programme. These budding photographers had just graduated from a photography course.

It was a fun-filled and memorable event for every CPASS students!

The students participated in “The Unusual Circus” digital workshop.
The students participated in “The Unusual Circus” digital workshop.
Children’s Day Celebration 2019

Children’s Day is not only a celebration of childhood, but serves as a reminder of children’s rights, care and education.  This year, CPASS celebrated Children’s Day on 3 October, keeping in mind the need to promote autonomy, to respect the students and their choices, so as to enhance the quality of their experiences through the programmes planned for the day.

Seven different workshops catering to the needs and interests of our students were planned and they are namely, Angklung Percussion, Spa and Playdough Exploration, Batik Art Painting, Adaptive Sports, Music and Movement, Storytelling and Puppetry, and Pottery Workshop. Prior to the celebration, students were given the opportunity to rank their preferences of activities and were allocated to either their first or second choice.

Students enjoyed snacks from an array of choices: mashed potato and chicken, popcorn, candy floss, sweet corn and ice cream. They were also visited by our roving photo booth and a group of volunteers who dressed up as Toy Story characters. The celebration ended with a bubble performance and some of them even had the opportunity to be in a bubble.

This Children’s Day would not have been made possible without the great help from our regular volunteers, the volunteer team led by Mr Geordie, as well as the volunteers and sponsorship from Loomis Sayles Investments Asia Pte Ltd. Thank you for putting smiles on the students’ faces!

A photo-taking session with the volunteers who were dressed as characters from Toy Story.
International Friendship Day
International Friendship Day 2020

Cancelled due to Covid-19

International Friendship Day 2019

CPASS commemorated International Friendship Day on 4 April. This is a special day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. The aim of International Friendship Day is to remind us to foster friendships and promote mutual understanding and trust with one another.

On this day, students were treated to a galore of activities and food. The main highlights of the event were the food tasting and badge making activities. For the food tasting segment, students were introduced to a variety of food items from different countries namely – miso soup from Japan, Tom Yam soup from Thailand, muruku from India, dried mango from Philippines, Haw flakes from China and Tortilla chips from Mexico. The students had the opportunity to taste each of the items. During the badge making activity, students got to make badges for their friends. Students were split into groups consist of one class from the High Support Programme and one from the Functional Programme so that students could interact with their friends from other classes. Once the badges were completed, the students exchanged their self-made badges with their friends.

The commemoration of International Friendship Day in CPASS gave our students an opportunity to share about their countries’ cultural practices and beliefs. It also enabled them to build friendship with people of different nationalities, races and cultures where diversity would be better understood and appreciated. It was indeed a very meaningful and memorable experience for the teachers and the students!

Sports Day
Sports Day 2020
Cancelled due to Covid-19
Sports Day 2019
On the 27 April, we held our 57th Sports Day at Tampines Meridian Junior College. The motto for this year’s Sports Day was ‘One Team, One Dream’ and the theme was ‘Pokemon’. The theme came to life with the amazing mascots and house decorations that were prepared by the three houses! We also saw a special guest appearance by our own Sports Day mascot – Pikachu!The students took part in 12 game events and many walked home with medals to boast. For this year, we also had our inaugural sibling’s race where students participated in an event together with their siblings.

For this year’s Sports Day, the students also danced to a mass dance “Best Day of My Life” that was choreographed by our own teachers from CPASS. With the help of our kind sponsors, we were also able to have a few carnival booths set up and there was a free flow of popcorn, candy floss and ice cream for everyone. We also had a photo booth for everyone to take photographs to remember the day!

In the end, the winning house was the Yellow house! This year’s Sports Day would not have been possible without the great help from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the volunteers from Nomura Singapore Limited and Mrs Singapore & Classic Mrs Singapore as well as the kind sponsorship from Loomis Sayles Investments Asia.

We would also like to thank parents, the School Management Committee and the CPAS Board members for joining us this year.

Cheering for the participants!
Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony Day 2020
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Through this M4U activity, students communicated the cultural uniqueness found in each racial group.

2020 theme for Racial Harmony Day 2020 was, “Unity is Strength". Words have the power to build or break and by emphasizing on one of our school values, Respect, we wanted to remind our students to continue to use words that will build and empower people, especially in a society with diverse cultural and religious differences. We organised two activities namely Message For You (M4U) and Hanky of Unity.

This year’s celebration held on 16 July also encouraged CPASS students to embrace each other’s cultural uniqueness through art. With the exposure to fabric from the different racial groups, our students learnt to combine these materials together to create a beautiful masterpiece.

 

 

Racial Harmony Day 2019
Students playing Goli

CPASS celebrated Racial Harmony Day (RHD) on 18 July. RHD which officially falls on 21 July is a day set aside to commemorate the racial riots of 1964. We reflect on what we have learnt from it and celebrate how we have moved on to live harmoniously. We recognise the importance of maintaining racial and religious harmony in Singapore’s multicultural society.

This year’s celebration was based on the theme ‘Revisiting Our Traditional Games’. Students, staff and care-givers had the opportunity to try out various traditional games such as kuti-kuti, bola tin and goli, etc. that were played by our forefathers. Through playing the games together, they had the opportunity to put their differences aside and come together to have fun, just as how our forefathers did.

 

 

National Day
National Day 2020

National Day celebrations provided an opportunity for CPASS students to gain a greater sense of historical importance & solemnity for National Day. The theme for this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) is "Together, A Stronger Singapore". This year's NDP calls on Singaporeans to stay as united people and work together to emerge from challenges "stronger than before”.

On 7 August, our students learnt more about National Day and sang National Day songs during their CCA session. On that day, unlike any other day year, the students started the celebration with a National Day march-past by teachers through Zoom. Thereafter, they unleashed their imagination through National Day art & craft activity. Snack boxes were provided for students to enjoy a meal together with their peers in classroom to emphasise the importance of unity.

Through this celebration, the School hopes to foster in students a strong sense of national identity and pride for our Nation along with the determination to stand together & emerge from the crisis stronger as one nation.

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Students were learning about National Day through the slides.
National Day 2019

CPASS celebrated National Day on 8 August and marked the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore – a milestone in our rich and storied history. A walk through of the different booths set-up with the four themes of Kampung, HDB, Civil Servants and Modern Singapore was the highlight of the day’s event. The event was to let the students understand the development of Singapore throughout the years and how far we had progressed from the day of independence since 1965.

Students exchanging coupons for traditional snacks.
Teachers' Day
Teachers' Day 2020

Teachers’ Day in Singapore is celebrated annually on the first Friday in the month of September.  It is an occasion to celebrate the relationship between school staff and the students. However, due to the Covid-19 situation and the strict SMM that the school has had to adhere to, the School decided to celebrate the occasion with a difference. This year, on the 3 September, CPASS had its first Teachers’ Day celebration via Zoom for both morning and afternoon sessions. The emcees for that day was Lucas Chan (Eagle 10A) and Cheong Nur Faidisha Qistina (Eagle 8B). They exuded confidence and did a fantastic job hosting the event. CPASS students showed their appreciation to the staff via pre-recorded performances.

To show her appreciation to all the school staff, Mrs Koh (Principal) presented the Teachers’ Day gift personally to all staff by going into their respective classes. Mrs Koh also presented Staff Awards to staff in 6 different categories voted by fellow colleagues. These awards were the Most Generous Staff Award, Most Caring Staff Award, Most Diligent Staff Award, Most Creative Staff Award, Most Cheerful Staff Award and Most Helpful staff Award.

In sum, everyone enjoyed themselves on that day. It was a day when students showed their appreciation in their own unique ways and for all staff to reflect and renew their commitment to give their best to the students.

Lucus Chan (Eagle 10A) was the Emcee through Zoom
Teachers' Day 2019

Teachers’ Day in Singapore is celebrated annually on the first Friday in the month of September.  It is an occasion for celebrating and enjoying the relationship between all school staff and students. CPASS had its Teachers’ Day celebration this year in both morning and afternoon sessions on 5 September.  It was a simple celebration where all staff and students gathered in the hall to enjoy dance and song performances and recitation of poems by our students. There were fun games and a montage specially dedicated to all staff.

A token of appreciation was given to each school staff.
Graduation Day
Graduation Day 2020

Graduation 2020 was a grand and memorable event for everyone at CPASS, from the graduating students to the staff and all students in School. This was because it was the first graduation ceremony that was conducted online and it was the first graduation celebrated with the families of the graduating students as well as everyone at CPASS. The senior students who graduated this year were Bella Yip Min, Daksh Sharma, Derron Dayven Kalaichelvan, Dhashanamoothi s/o Amardass, Elijah Lam Hong Yolk, Kannan Rajeswari, Linus Chong Zai Ping, Loong Wei Liang, Mohamed Rais Bin Mohamed Raimi, Muhammad Haziq Bin Mohamad Jaffar, Muhammad Firhad Bin Azhar, Ng Thiam Hock Thomas, Ngo Jin Zheng Vic, Nur Aisha Binte Juma’at, Omsree d/o Ezhil Kumaran, and Sofia Endarwy Latiff.

The exciting event kicked off from 9 to 11 November 2020 when the Achievement Awards for SPecial EDucation (AASPED) were presented to 92 students in the following seven awards - Best Conduct, Best Progress, Best Progress in PT, Best Progress in OT, Best Progress in SLP, Leadership in CCA, and Leadership in Prefectorial Board. With SMM in place, Heads of Department presented the certificates to all recipients in their respective classrooms.

On 19 November, Graduation 2020 was held for 16 CPASS senior students via Zoom and for the first time in CPASS graduation history, every student witnessed the ceremony as compared to previous ceremonies where only the families of the graduating students would be present. It was a grand affair which begun with a speech by Principal, Mrs. Koh-Lim Ai Lay followed by an introduction of each graduate through a montage of their memorable journey at CPASS. It was both a poignant moment and celebration of sorts - of the completion of each graduate’s educational journey in CPASS and the excitement of his/her transition into adulthood and life thereafter.

A graduation gift was prepared for and given to every graduate and it consisted the graduation prom gown/suit, a personalized graduate teddy-bear, a personalized water bottle, four photographs of the graduate in his/her graduation prom gown/suit, and a thumb-drive capturing all the pictures and videos of each graduate’s journey at CPASS.

After the Zoom Graduation ceremony, the exciting day continued with class parties for all students at CPASS in their individual classes. Snack bentos were provided to all students and staff to celebrate the end of the eventful year 2020!

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Graduates in their tailored prom gowns/suits.

 

Graduation Day 2019

School Graduation is our annual ceremony to mark the start of a new chapter in our graduates’ lives. It is also a celebration of their years in CPASS. This year’s theme was ‘Our Shining Stars’ to symbolize our students as shining stars who had shone light on the school and their families.

The guests were moved by all the wonderful and moving speeches.  Students demonstrated great confidence in addressing the crowd. Parents were greatly involved in the event by accompanying their child up on stage to receive the certificates and enjoyed a parent-child dance together. Everyone enjoyed the live music, food, photograph booth and dancing.

Graduation Day
Our graduates were geared up and ready for the night!
School Camps
School Camp 2020

In August, CPASS organised the annual School Camp for 14 graduating students under the theme “WhatsUpp”. Organisers had to ensure that Covid-19 SMM were adhered to throughout this camp. Camp activities were planned and conducted based on the various modes of social media. Students were organised in groups named after one social media and had fun participating in the Whatsapp Scavenger Hunt and talent show.

The highlight for this camp with a fine dining experience with mocktail served! Teachers dressed up as waitresses and campers dolled up to enjoy a sumptuous dinner served with mocktails while watching recording of their talent show. Special cocktail glasses and garnishes were also used for the mocktails that were served throughout the evening. Students thoroughly enjoyed this specially planned dinner.

Although it was a day camp instead of a stayover event, students had fun thoroughout the camp leaving behind a lasting memory in them.

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Our dedicated teachers worked as “waitresses” during the fine dining segment!
School Camp 2019

The graduating students participated in the annual School Camp held on 20 to 21 September. The students bonded with one another through team building activities and a scrumptious barbeque dinner at Pasir Ris Park. On Day 2, they were also involved in an enjoyable Laser Tag activity held at the School Hall.

School Camp
The students were playing happily through the team-bonding activities.
Total Defence Day
Total Defence Day 2020

Each year Total Defence Day is commemorated on 15 February. It marks Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind people of the sufferings endured by our fore fathers during the Japanese Occupation.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the teachers of National Education (NE) Committee revised the Total Defence Commemorative Day programme so that it could be conducted by the class teachers in their respective classes. Students were given art pieces to paint and participate in an art competition. The NE team teachers had also prepared some PowerPoint Slides which consisted of these teaching points:

  • What is Total Defence?
  • A general overview of Total Defence
  • Introduction of the 6th Pillar of Defence
  • The theme of the Past and Present Total Defence Days
  • The theme for Total Defence 2020
  • Graphic illustration showing the 5 pillars of Defence
  • Graphic illustration showing the newly added 6th Defence - Digital Defence

Total Defence Day IMG
A client painting an airplane.
Total Defence Day 2019

Schools commemorate Total Defence Day on 15 February annually to mark Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. Total Defence Day serves to remind our students that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore. The theme for this year’s observance was “Together We Keep Singapore Strong”.

This year, our school commemorated Total Defence Day on 14 February. Prior to the commemoration, we planned station activities that allowed students to come together and think of ways in which they could step up and play their part in defending the nation. In one of the stations, our students were tasked to listen, think and solve some emergency situations. This year, we also engaged the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to conduct a crime prevention talk to educate our students on crime prevention measures and the serious consequences of breaching the laws. For a more engaging session, the SPF also brought in two police vehicles and some defence equipment that they would use during an emergency situation. Our students truly had an enjoyable day of photograph taking and interaction with the officers from the SPF. It was a fun and memorable commemoration of the Total Defence Day.

A police officer was doing a rifle demonstration with our curious students.