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Interact Club

Interact Club

Introduction

What is Interact Club?

One of the goals of the Interact Club is for all members to cultivate a sense of compassion for others, especially the less privileged, and to serve the community selflessly. The Club comprises four departments and each department has the autonomy to decide the kind of schemes or projects it wishes to adopt.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18 who would like to serve their community and their school.  “Interact” stands for International Action”

Motto: Service Above Self                            Logo: logo

TPJC Interact Club

TPJC Interact Club is sponsored by Rotary Club of Raffles City. Our 3 sister clubs are River Valley High, Telok Kurau Secondary School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Objectives:

  • To develop leadership skills and personal integrity.
  • To demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others.
  • To understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work.
  • To advance international understanding and goodwill.
  • To develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs.

Main Activities:

Interact Club is a service-learning club that plans various fund-raising events and weekly inter-generational activities. We render our services to society by organizing community service schemes to various charity or voluntary organizations each week. Moreover, we hold celebrations and planned outings for the elderly. We also volunteer for fund-raising events organized by public charities and act as facilitators for community events. Interact club also actively collaborated with other CCAs for VIA programmes.

Membership:

JC1 : 34 students

Ex-co members:

2016 -2017  Executive Committee

Position Name Class
President Sheryl Ho 16S20
Vice President Lewis Kwek Boon Leong 16S21
Director Community Service Ong Jue Ning, Shynn 16A06
Deputy Director Community Service Chee Zi Hoe 16S09
Director Finance Ernest Yeo Zhong Ke 16A05
Director Club Service Tan Qi Ting Jenny 16S20
Deputy Director Club Services Chan Li Xin Patrina 16S10

CCA Sessions:

  •  Wednesday – Meetings are held in College from 3.00 to 6.00pm at classrooms D303 to D306l.
  •  Friday – 2.30 to 5.30pm Community Service Schemes are carried at approved centres.

Teachers-in-charge:

  • Ms. Lee Xueting
  • Miss Lim Si Qin
  • Ms. Sophil Ang
  • Ms. Nurhidaya Omar

Rotary Award 2013/2014

On the 11th of June 2014, members of the Tampines Junior College Interact Club received the Gold award for Best Interact Project and Rotary Presidential citation 2013/2014 in the Rotary International District which comprises of clubs in Brunei, Singapore and parts of Malaysia.  The project Reach and Bridge was a project that aimed to reach out to the elderly and to bridge the intergenerational gap between them. The project was an enriching experience for the students as the project gave them the opportunity to interact with different groups of elderly from the Evergreen circle, All Saints’ home, St. Luke eldercare, Kampong Senang and the elderly living in their neighbourhood. They learnt to plan activities and events to interact with the elderly and to cater to their needs.  The elderly inspired the students when they saw that despite their old age, the elderly tried their best to participate in the activities that were planned for them. It was a meaningful year well spent for the students

Rotary Club Awards for 2014/2015

Interact Club was awarded the 2014/2015 Inter-Generational Projects to commend the students for 3 years of participation in inter-generational projects and 2014/2015 Outstanding President on 23rd June 2015. The title of the 2015 project is engage, educate and empower. The students will engage the elderly and educate them on the various themes. The knowledge will empower the elderly to contribute actively through sharing their knowledge with others. Through this project, we seek to promote intergenerational bonding through activities such as IT-related courses, outings to farms and museum, weekly activities such as playing games, art and crafts, outings and educational programs that were planned and led by our members.

Changing Mindsets, Changing Lives

The current Project that the TPJC Interact Club embarked on this year is Changing Mindsets .Changing Lives. This year, there will be an emphasis on changing the perception of elderly through collaboration with other CCAs and sharing photos of the activities through social media (e.g. making the Interact Facebook Page).

Weekly schemes:

Weekly Programme with wellness@west

The Wellness@west centre provide the facilities for the elderly to meet up, have tea and participate in activities run by volunteers. The students planned and execute a range of activities such as health talks, memory games, art and crafts, Jenga and Bingo for the elderly. They enjoyed the interactions with the elderly every week and reflected on how they can plan for activities that cater to the needs of the elderly.

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The elderly doing bowl weaving during an art and craft session with the interactors

Weekly Programme with Evergreen Circle

The Evergreen Circle offers services for active elderly, and provide them with a space to meet and engage with activities. The Interactors planned educational talks and interesting arts and crafts and games for the elderly on a weekly basis. The talks revolve health issues pertinent to the elderly, such as high blood pressure. The students enjoyed themselves most when playing games such as bingo, leaf art and ddakji with the elderly, as they take pride in the smile on the elderly’s faces and the close interaction they have with them.

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Preparing for the Korean Ddakji game

Weekly Programme with St. Luke Eldercare (Tampines)

The St Luke Eldercare revolves around providing needs to the elderly, clients and caregivers. Every week, students crafted various educational and interesting activities for the elderly at the centre to participate in. These included dengue awareness talks, sing-a-long sessions and conducting bingo sessions, in which the elderly enthusiastically participated and had fun in. The students also engaged the elderly in a deeper manner- learning, listening and reflecting through their activities after every session at the centre.

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Sharing and learning by the elderly to our students

Weekly Programme with Lions Befriender (Tampines)

The Interact students also brought joy and laughter to the elderly at the Lions’ Befriender Senior Activity Centre. Activities included bottle-cap arts and craft activities, dotting art and celebrating Singapore’s 51st birthday with the elderly during our visits.

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Dotting art in celebration of Singapore’s 51st Birthday

Values-in-action with ECONLIFEHub (Tampines)

The Interactors also brought their activities to ECONLIFE! Hub in Tampines for an afternoon of creative coffee-art painting, games and handicraft activities. The elderly at the centre showed great interest and enthusiasm for the activities and thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the afternoon.

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Interactors assisting the elderly in their coffee-art creations

National Day Dinner organised by Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Our Interact club volunteered as motivators in the National Day Dinner organised by Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. They showed much enthusiasm as they interacted and played games with the residents, danced and led the audience in singing the birthday song and National Day songs. We are proud of their contribution towards building a strong community spirit in Singapore.

Shopping with the low-income families

Tampines Junior College has completed the 100,000KM Challenge on 31 May 2016 as part of the College’s efforts to raise $60,000 to provide food for the underprivileged families in the North East District. As a follow up from the 100,000KM Challenge, the Interact club students are privileged to be given the opportunity to accompany the beneficiaries in shopping for groceries at NTUC FairPrice Xtra at Changi Business Park on the 25th of June 2016. The event has allowed our students to foster greater interaction with the families and realising the impact of their contributions to the community. The Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Choo, Adviser of Tampines Grassroots Organizations, Chairman of Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple, Mr George Peh (BBM) and partners from North East CDC and Tampines Changkat CDWF were present to join us in the grocery

Backstage crew and Front-of-house for Panorama concert 2016 

On 5th and 6th of May, the Interact club members supported the school Panorama Concert by volunteering as ushers and backstage crew. They learnt about teamwork work as they work together with the performing arts group to ensure the success of the concert.

Values in Action Project (Collaboration with TPJC Shooting Club)

On 2June 2016, the new JC1 Executive Committee of TPJC’s Interact Club and their Interactors collaborated with the Shooting Club to plan an activity-filled outing for the elderly of the Evergreen Circle.

During the lead-up to the event, the JC1 students of both CCAs planned and brainstormed activities together. They embarked on a carnival-style theme, in which members of both CCAs set up booths which included simple games such as toy-fishing, modified boccia using bottle caps, tower building with recycled materials and a Nerf gun shooting range. Aside from the booths, the students also planned Golden Time, where the elderly played bingo and Guess the Lyrics to bring about fun, excitement and nostalgia to the carnival games.

On the day of the event, both Interactors and Shooting Club members looked after the elderly throughout the entire event. Through interacting with the elderly, the JC1s learnt the infectious yet simple joys of their actions, as well as overcoming difficulties they faced during the event with their quick wittedness and resources.

After the event, most of the elderly expressed their sincere thanks to all students for their efforts. As a result, the event deepened the Interactors’ sense of belonging to the Club and created meaningful friendship and memories with their schoolmates from the Shooting Club.

Weekly Schemes to Kampung Senang Elderly Day Care Centre

Kampung Senang Elderly Day Care Centre provides holistic day care for senior citizens through a natural and open environment that fosters elderly independence and freedom.

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The elderly and interactors building a tower with recycled materials

Museum Outing with Elderly of Evergreen Circle

On 16th March 2016, the newly-minted JC1s of TPJC’s Interact Club accompanied the elderly of Evergreen Circle to visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Before the event, the JC1 students planned activities to fully interact with the various exhibits that the museum offered. These included activities such as Treasure Hunt, Colouring Games, as well as a museum-themed Puzzle Game. As the outing is the first external event for the new batch of Interactors, it was a challenge to come up with the activities for the event. However, as a unit, they showed teamwork and learnt to leverage on each other’s strengths and talents to ensure that all activities planned were carried out smoothly. This also helped build a sense of camaraderie within the Club members. On the day itself, the Interactors accompanied and provided a fun-filled experience for the elderly throughout the entire outing. By visiting the museum, the Interactors also learnt interesting facts and knowledge that would aid them in their understanding of the Natural Sciences. Not only was the event fun and educational for the Interactors, they also gained a deeper sense of empathy for the elderly and built stronger relationships with them.

After the event, many of the Interactors and elderly spoke about the bonds with each other during the trip. Hence the event not only gave the elderly a day of fun and enjoyment, it also gave the students a deeper sense of what it means to be part of the Interact Club.
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Group photo at the end of the event

Interact Day Camp

The out-going JC2 seniors of TPJC’s Interact Club organised a Day Camp for their new JC1 juniors on 15th March 2016.

On that day, the seniors pulled out all the stops to plan a series of games and activities to allow their juniors to bond with each other and to build strong mentoring relationships with the JC2s. Although the Camp took place close to their Examination period, the JC2s showed great time management skills and tenacity during the planning process. They came up with creative and engaging activities to not only bring about fun, but to also ensure that the spirit of Interact Club is passed on to their juniors.

During the Camp itself, the JC1s went through a series of obstacle courses, ice-breaking games and mass games that allowed them to get to know each other better and thus took the first steps towards working together cohesively as a Club. They also listened intently to a sharing by the 2014 President of Interact Club, Neo Ann Qi. Throughout the Camp, the JC1s are oriented to the expectations of the Club and its aim to serve the community.

The Camp helped to build create unique and precious memories for the both the JC1s and JC2 that will stay with them throughout and beyond their time in TPJC.

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Group photo of the whole club after the camp

Hong Bao Special – Visit to Moral Home for the Aged Sick

On 19th February 2016, the JC2 students of the TPJC Interact club, Guzheng Ensemble and the Chinese Drama Club visited the elderly at the Moral home for the Aged Sick.

Prior the trip, the TPJC Interact Club raised a total of $3984.45 for the event. The Club used part of the money to buy basic necessities such as face and bath towels, toothpaste, and toothbrushes for the elderly in the Moral Home for the Aged Sick. Another portion of the money was also given to the elderly as red packets. The rest of the money was channelled to help the Financial Assistance Scheme students in TPJC.

In addition to fund raising, the Club also collaborated with Guzheng Ensemble and the Chinese Drama Club to come out with a 2-Hour program to celebrate Lunar New Year with the elderly. Through the fundraising event, the JC2 Interactors gained more confidence in public speaking and engagement with the student population. The JC2 Interactors were also able to empathize deeper with the elderly and were able brainstorm activities that were suitable for the elderly. This was a particularly enriching experience for all who were involved as they connected with several wheelchair-bound elderly and showcased a deeper level of care and concern to the community.
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Students with their donation items

Friendship Week

TPJC Interact Club celebrated Friendship Week from 10th to 12th February 2016. The objective of the event was to raise funds for the Happiness Fund, where the money will be used for student-initiated programs at St. Luke Eldercare, Evergreen Circle and Wellness@west elderly centres.

The Interactors set up a booth to sell various items such as Polaroid photographs, handmade flowers, sweets as well as bubble tea and cookies. The students learnt the spirit of entrepreneurship as they sourced for suppliers and vendors for various items that were sold. They also learnt to work closely with School Administrative Staff in the General Office to set up a pre-order system for students to purchase the Friendship Meal with their classmates. Through the planning and execution of this event, the Interactors learnt more about the administration and organisational efforts that go into fundraising. They also learnt to speak more confidently as they engaged their schoolmates to purchase various items at the booth.

Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner

On 6th February 2016, TPJC’s Interact Club celebrated the Lunar New Year with the low-income elderly who live in the Tampines estate. Together with Evergreen Circle, Terrace RC and Spring RC, the Club organised a reunion dinner for the elderly. This event was a special one as it brought about laughter and joy to all who participated.  It was really heart-warming to see the smiles on the elderly’s faces as they participate in the activities planned by the Interactors.

Before the event, the Interactors planned various activities, catering to the needs of the elderly. On the actual day, the students decorated the venue, carried out games and festive activities such as Lohei, and served food to the elderly.  Through this event, the Interactors learnt more about the way a Resident Committee functions in organising community events. They were able to think on their feet and made changes to the games to enhance engagement of the elderly.  Last but not least, the students also developed their interpersonal skills when interacting with the elderly in this meaningful event.

After the event, many of the elderly expressed their thanks and shook hands with many Interactors, showering them with various festive blessings. This event has not only brought a festive atmosphere to the participants, but also a sense of satisfaction to all who were involved and worked hard to make the event a success.

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Group photograph with all organisers and participants

Clean-Up Session of Residents’ Home (A Collaboration with Evergreen Circle)

On 29th of January 2016, TPJC’s Interact Club members visited the homes of low-income residents at Evergreen Circle Estate to aid them in spring cleaning their homes for the upcoming Chinese New Year. The Interactors helped out in activities such as cleaning of windows and fans, painting wall corners, wiping cupboards and scrubbing of floors. As these activities often required strength, energy, and balance, the elderly residents were glad that there was someone to lend a helping hand. Through the activity, the Interactors learnt to empathize with the living conditions of low-income families and understood the importance of teamwork. They also reflected that although what they have done might seem small, but they gained a great deal of satisfaction through interactions with the residents and receiving their gratitude for helping them with their chores.

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Interactors hard at work scrubbing the floors

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