LMA celebrated our Singapore Birthday on 7 August 2019. We started our celebration passionately with Singapore National Anthem and Pledge led by our Parent Volunteer, Mrs Grace Hobbs. Followed by all together singing and then performance by children. Our wonderful parents joined in the dance and singing with children. After a great Cheer Time, we pieced-up a sizable Singapore flag with bread. It was a good time of good team working. We had our Sports Day after the Celebration. The event started with energetic mass exercise by our Parent Volunteer, Ms Sarah. Then followed by games. Congratulation to all the Winners and good Cheer to all participants ! Not forgetting … A big Thank You to all our Parent Volunteer and Staff for making this fun celebration and Sports Day possible. Happy 54th Birthday Singapore !
Deepavali, the Festival of Light on 24 October, LMA celebrated Deepavali. It was an eye-opener for LMA children on Indian's culture and practices. On that morning, the center was enveloped with Indian songs and decors to set the mood. We were so privilege to have our two Parent Volunteers, Ms Aiko (Chiharu's mother) and Ms Ranjeet (Sukhmani's mother) to help in the Heena Art Work and the program. The celebration started with a short introduction to this Festival of Light by teacher Carra. Thereafter, our beautiful and lovely Parent Volunteer, Ms Ranjeet, taught and led LMA children in a Tamil dance. Lavender Meadows' parents and guardians were also very generous with their contribution to this celebration. Many thanks to Ms Ranjeet, Ms Aiko and all parents / guardians who had contributed to make this event so wonderful for the children. Last but not least, LMA children got to bring back their little oil lamp art piece home.
Lavender Meadows celebrated Lunar New Year, which is also know as Chinese New Year, on 30 January 2020. The center was abundantly decorated to create the Chinese New Year atmosphere; with red lanterns, banner, streamer, couplets, and stickers. Children presented songs and dance for the parents presented in the celebration. Parents did Chinese painting /calligraphy and paper cutting for the Chinese character ‘Fu’ and ‘Chun’ together with their children. Children got to bring back 福, which means fortune or good luck, and 春, which means Spring back home for Chinese New Year. After eating some food and tidbits. The main event of the morning was the Lion Dance. Wow! What an eventful morning! The Lion sprang out 菜，which represented Fortune or Prosperity and then lots of toy mouse for the year of the Mouse. It offered Mandarin oranges, which means luck, or ‘Kam’ means ‘Gold’ / riches. The children did their ‘Lohung’, a traditional activity for promotion and improvement, after their afternoon. Children had a bountiful day; bringing back toy mouse and a little red bag of goodies.
Children boarded the bus to Jurong Bird Park with great excitement to meet variety of bird species on 14 August, Thursday. They got more than what they were expecting. Watching the ‘Kings of the Skies’ show was a very noteworthy moment. Children had close face-to-face counter with vultures, condors, eagles, owls and kites; the birds of prey. They viewed how these birds skillfully snatched their food tossed in the air. These birds have keen eyesight for detecting food at a distance and during flight. ‘High Flyers’ show was also very amazing. Children observed in super close distance birds in their graceful flights and incredible skills. The talking and singing Macaw in English, Chinese and Malay language was remarkable. Children kept talking about Flamingo, then they saw them and more. The penguins, chicken, toucan, horn bill, parrots, pelicans and others. This experience would surely ignite their curiosity to know more about birds.