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eNewsletter Issue 20

ISCOS Workplan Retreat - A Time to Reflect and Look Forward

At the annual ISCOS workplan retreat, various branches within ISCOS presented their key accomplishments for 2015 and vision for the coming year.  Held for two days on 12 and 15 October 2015, the two-part retreat saw new suggestions and proposed developments for 2016. 

Along with the presentations, all participating employees were also engaged in activities aimed at promoting team-building and motivational goal-setting. One of the highlights of the day was the creation of a gratitude board for each staff describing their contributions and working relationships at ISCOS, which enhanced the bonding and rapport among the employees.


January 2016
26 Jan - FGP Mothers' Support Group
27 Jan - Women Support Group
28 Jan - Men Support Group
30 Jan - FGP Mentors' Training

February 2016
17 & 18 Feb - BMWL Mentors' Training
23 Feb - FGP Mothers' Support Group

24 Feb - Women Support Group
25 Feb - Men Support Group
27 Feb - Mentor/Mentee Matching

March 2016
19 Mar - FGP Enrichment Programme
29 Mar - ISCOS Members' Fire Chat

29 Mar - FGP Mothers' Support Group
30 Mar - Women Support Group
31 Mar - Men Support Group



Saying "Thank You" to Our Partners and Volunteers at ISCOS Appreciation Dinner

To express our gratitude to our sponsors, partners and volunteers, the ISCOS Appreciation Dinner was held on 30 October 2015 at The Grassroots’ Club.
In conjunction with SG50 celebrations, this year’s theme was “On a little street in Singapore”, where guests dressed up in different fashion styles with a local flavour.  A total of seven corporate awards and 42 individual awards were presented to ISCOS partners and volunteers in recognition of their contributions and support given to ISCOS over the years.
This year, ISCOS also recognised two staff for their invaluable service to the organisation.  Ms Vanishree d/o Ramakrishnan and Ms Nasyrah Bee Binte Mohamed received special awards for their contributions to ISCOS.  


A Meaningful Finale to SG50 LEAP

As part of the SG50 Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP) initiative in 2015, tuition centre partner, Kip McGrath Educational Centre, repainted, refurbished and created a more conducive home study area for two student beneficiary households in Beach Road and North Bridge Road on 2 November 2015.  A total of 17 staff volunteered their time and effort in the project.
With this, ISCOS successfully concluded LEAP for 2015, which started in February and aimed to benefit 50 students from low-income ex-offenders’ families throughout the year.
ISCOS is grateful to Goldbell Foundation for fully sponsoring LEAP and to all corporate and individual volunteers who participated and added value to this very significant project.

An Educational Museum Tour for FGP Children and Families

A selected group of children and family beneficiaries under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) were treated to a tour of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore on 11 December 2015, fully sponsored by the Temasek Holdings’ Trailblazer-Touch Fund (T-Touch).
Amazed by the wide range of exhibits spanning various thematic zones, the participants enjoyed an informative experience with T-Touch volunteers, learning about the history and diversity of life on Earth, and of Southeast Asian plants and animals, including those unique to Singapore.

After the museum tour, the children and their families had a sumptuous buffet lunch at the Sakura International Buffet & Restaurant. Each family also received a surprise gift of four Golden Village movie vouchers, courtesy of T-Touch.


Goldbell-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Award Rewards Student Beneficiaries with Commendable Academic Progress

More than $72,000 worth of bursaries was distributed to a total of 195 deserving students this year, of which 109 recipients proudly received their bursaries at the Goldbell-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Award Ceremony. Held at the Queenstown Community Centre on 4 December 2015, the ceremony was graced by Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, alongside Mr Arthur Chua, Chief Executive Officer of the Goldbell Group, the exclusive sponsor of the bursary awards. 

The bursary award is one of the key initiatives under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) since 2011 to reward beneficiaries who have achieved above average results in their studies. Apart from defraying the costs of school books and stationery, the bursaries serve to encourage the beneficiaries to do well in school despite their financial challenges and family situations.


Big Group Year-End Activity for Mentors and Mentees under Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP)

To officially conclude the mentoring programme and school year for 2015, a big group trampoline activity was held on 14 November 2015 at the Katapult Trampoline Park involving FGP mentees and mentors from Baker & McKenzie. Wong & Leow, the sole sponsor of the mentoring programme.

Five mentors, with their children, and nine mentees, with their families, came together to participate and interact with one another during the session. Many enjoyed the trampoline activity and had great bonding moments among themselves.   

M1's Holiday Treat for FGP kids

In an annual affair to celebrate the year-end school holidays, M1 generously invited close to 50 children and their parents under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) to a bonding event with beneficiaries from other non-profit organisations. Held at the Kallang Leisure Park on 19 December 2015, the M1 Ice Skating event was a first and refreshing experience for many of the FGP family beneficiaries. 
The event participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the skating rink. Many cheered with excitement and enthusiasm as they watched their friends compete in the mini ice skating challenge, which was the highlight of the day.  
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