Ark Student Care Centre Staff
We believe that every child is an individual and we treat each child with proper respect. While we are concerned with their academic development, the teachers and staff are more concerned with their behavioural and character development. An environment plays a vital role in your child’s development as it influences his/her attitude and mindset. ARK provides an affirming and cheerful environment for child to be in.
As a VWO, a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), we are invited to attend short courses relating to children and youth issues by Social Service Institute (SSI). In addition, most of our staff are certified in Standard First-Aid with CPR and AED to ensure the safety of the children.
The teacher-child ratio is 1:25, complying with the guidelines by MSF. This ratio ensures that the teacher can offer adequate attention to every child, thereby meeting their educational and emotional needs. Such an arrangement also allows the teacher to foster stronger bonds with each unique individual.
Meet Our Team
Assistant Director - She has 18 years of experience in working in a student care centre setting as well as handling children and youth from dysfunctional families. She holds ‘Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Childhood Studies, Guidance and Counselling’, ‘Specialist Diploma in Community and Social Services (Student Care)’ and also ‘Diploma in Pre-School Education’. She has completed a workshop, ‘Disabilities and the Development of Students with Learning Disabilities’.
She has also attended short courses like ‘Juvenile Law for Social Service Professionals’, ‘Managing Suicidal and Self-Harm behaviour in Youths, ‘The Art of Cyber Wellness for Youths in the Digital Age’, and various topics related to children and youth by Social Service Institute (SSI).
Centre Manager - She has 12 years of experience working in a student care centre. She holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Early childhood and has been sent for further training in ‘WSQ Student Care Programme’. She has also attended courses by SSI, ‘The Art of Cyber Wellness for Youths in the Digital Age’ and ‘Dealing with children with learning disabilities’.
Facilitator - She has 5 years of experience in working in a student care centre. She holds a GCE A-Level and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Psychology. She has completed her ‘‘WSQ Introductory Student Care Centre’ course and attended short courses like ‘Working with Children with Special Needs’ and ‘Signposts for Building Better Behaviour’’.
Facilitator – Teacher Theresa just came on board with us this year! She holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Digital Media and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Producing. She has attended short courses like ‘Working with Children with Special Needs’.
Facilitator – Teacher Regine just came on board with us this year! She holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Commerce (Hospitality & Tourism Management) and Bachelor of Arts in Tourism & Events and Management. She has attended short courses like ‘Working with Children with Special Needs’.
Saih Xiao Xuann
Special Education Teacher– Teacher Xiao Xuann holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Psychology Studies. She has a bubbly personality and a passion to work with children. Teacher Xiao Xuann has attended workshops like 'Introduction to Special Education'. She observes the different stages of the child's development and come up with appropriate strategies.
Ong Wee Shyan
Children Support and Welfare – As a mother herself, she understands the needs of the child. Hui Xian always places the well-being of the children as priority and pays attention to all the small details, from the child's personal grooming to their emotional state. She teaches the child important life skills so the child can achieve independence.
Chang Chiew Yoong
Cleanliness & Hygiene – Aunty Chiew Yoong is fun and lovable but also one who keeps an eye on the children’s discipline. You will hear her infectious laughter with the children and also firm voice when she spots any child misbehaving. A good assistant to our facilitators. She disinfects the centre daily. They also play a part in educating the children on their mannerism and personal hygiene. She is not just a hygiene aunty but plays an important part in the ARK team by upkeeping the values of ARK.
Cleanliness & Hygiene – Aunty Emily is friendly and her smile seems like a permanent fixture on her face. She captures the taste bud of the children with her yummy desserts. Children always look forward to tea break time! She disinfects the centre daily. They also play a part in educating the children on their mannerism and personal hygiene. She is not just a hygiene aunty but plays an important part in the ARK team by upkeeping the values of ARK.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Our group of committed assistant facilitators have been a great support to our facilitators and students at ARK. Juggling the demands of classroom instruction, routine care, academic help, and giving all students the individualized attention they need. It can be a load that is hard to bear alone. With the presence of our assistant facilitators, they work closely with the main facilitator to reinforce meeting of learning objective and building relationships with students.
Most of our staff are certified in Standard First-Aid with CPR and AED to ensure the safety of the children. As a VWO, a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), we are invited to attend short courses relating to children and youth issues by Social Service Institute (SSI).
We believe that when you do things with passion, magic happens!
In ARK, other than academic development we are also concerned with the child’s behavioural and character development. The environmental factors in childhood are influential in establishing their personalities in their adulthood and therefore ARK strives to provide a safe, affirming and positive environment for our children.