Flying Drones with Scholars. Really?

Little Miss Doubtful

On 25 July 2018, around 60 twenty-somethings, recipients of Singapore-Industry Scholarship (SgIS)  joined 30 students from Good Shepherd Student Care (GSSC) to play games and fly drones as part of their Community Involvement Programme (CIP) organised by High Achievers.

For many of the students, a scholarship is not part of their personal dreams. One of therm is Joyce, 11.  She constantly doubts herself; “I want to go to the university but I don’t know how to.”

Although most of the scholars had no experience interacting with primary school kids, they did a good job of encouraging the young ones during the 3 hours they spent together.  Through their sharing, girls like Joyce were assured that though they can expect difficulties and challenges on their journey to university, it is possible to walk that road as long as they believe in themselves, and follow their hearts.

Joyce received a gift from the group with a note, “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” For Joyce, the moon signifies her dream to attend university in due course. After the fun-filled afternoon, Joyce is determined to persevere in the pursuit of her dream. “It is possible for me to go university, as long as I know what I want to do in the future.”

Little Miss Helpful

Karen, also 11, offers to sweep and mop classrooms when she notices that the teachers are busy with other things. The younger girls in P1 appreciates her help with homework here and there, and in the vegetable patch, she is Sr Goretti’s little farmer. In fact, Karen is also good at cooking, even dancing, and gets along well with her peers. Outwardly, Karen is a picture of confidence, but is she?

Not, when you know her, like the teachers in GSSC. Karen laments, “I’m so bad at my homework, I dare not dream about my future.”

Meeting the SgIS scholars was an eye-opener for Karen. Their warmth made her feel at ease around them, helping her to understand that being kind and helpful is equally important. Through their easy conversations, she was able to slowly build her confidence. The scholars made her feel that she could one day be in their shoes.

At the end of the day, the scholars left her a note, “You can be the greatest thing that no one ever can be.” which no doubt left her feeling empowered.

Through our partnerships, such as with High Achievers, Good Shepherd Student Care is touching lives, building hope for girls like Joyce and Karen. Under the caring, watchful eyes of our teachers, these young girls blossom to take their place in society and impact the lives of others.