What is Towner Gardens School (TGS) like as a school for children with special needs from Autism Spectrum Disorder to Intellectual Disability?
I would like to share a story.
Once a visitor to an African tribe proposed a game to the kids in the tribe. He put a basket full of fruits near a tree and told the kids that whoever who got there first will win the basket of sweet fruits.
He counted to three and shouted 'Ready go!’ Instead of each running the fastest as he or she could, the children took each other hands and ran together. All of them won together and each enjoyed a fruit under the big shady tree.
When he asked them why they had run in this way, as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad? That is the spirit of Ubuntu in Africa. It is a spirit of putting others first before oneself, and achieving goals together.
This is an apt description of how my colleagues and I in TGS always remind ourselves to strive for in our strategies, structures, programmes and everyday lessons. We put the child in the centre of the things we do and we strive to understand each of them and their unique ways more than anyone else. From that, as a team, we customise the learning to meet their needs, through curriculum, designing the environment and working with our Allied Health Professionals for various therapy and intervention strategies.
Hence you will find that TGS has many unique programmes and infrastructure. We have a full cycling track where our students learn cycling that build confidence, better muscle coordination and response time. We have a Immersive Media Reality lab, a form of virtual reality, where children are immersed in 3-dimensional environments such as a forest, underwater world or a fairy tale land that help them acquire language and interact with their environments and others.
We see the fruits of our approach when our students become more independent, finding employment in various sectors such as food and beverages and speaking up as self-advocates at conferences to improve the lives of others.
We hope you will learn more about us through this website, but do feel free to contact us and perhaps pay us a visit to experience for yourself the kind of school where a child with special needs will be understood, grow and fulfil his or her potential.
Students at TGS experience a myriad of exciting events and activities to foster holistic learning and character development within and beyond their classroom. Embodying the belief that each and every individual has the potential to succeed, we have various departments to cultivate different niche areas in students.
To provide them with a variety of learning experiences, we organise sporting events, field trips to community, healthy lifestyle programmes, thematic events revolving functional literacy, numeracy, science, and IT skills that inspire endless imaginations for our students. We celebrate success at work with community participations and ensure our students learn in many exceptional and interesting contexts that are uniquely Towner.
Our robust co-curricular activities provide our students a safe space to engage in their interests and passion while fostering a sense of belonging by connecting them with students of shared interest.
Elkan has improved so much and becomes more independent since joining MINDS. The greatest improvement, he’s able to independently come home from school, which we thought was never possible. This is only achieved through the continuous effort and dedication of MINDS’s teachers. MINDS’s teachers are so committed in their teaching and imparting knowledge and skills towards their students. It takes more than dedication to coach these children with special needs, it’s the love, humanity, devotion, compassion the teachers possess that make the difference.
I am grateful that Naqib was selected to MINDS Towner Gardens school. There is no looking back since then as everything was great! Naqib likes to go to school and his teacher feedbacks that he enjoys his classroom lesson. Though at times he is a bit mischievous.😁 Throughout the year Naqib had wonderful form teachers who communicate and update on Naqib's progress. My compliment to all the TGS teachers for their dedication and caring environment to nurture Naqib to be independent so that he can integrate with the society in the future.
TGS has provided my child an adapted learning environment based on his ability in working towards achieving independence. We are happy to partner alongside with the teachers who are mostly patient and engaging.