15 August 2013

Dunman High begins a third year of sharing about our shores

I had a great time with another great bunch of student councillors at Dunman High School yesterday. I gave a talk to share about our shores and to prepare some of them to help guide at the Naked Hermit Crabs' Chek Jawa boardwalk tours.
This is part of Mr Loh Kok Sheng's effort to introduce his students to nature and nature guiding under a very apt name of EXCEL. This programme hopes to expose students to real issues, and real efforts to address them by real people. I'm delighted to be a part of this, and look forward to meeting these joyful students outdoors!

As usual, the student councillors are among the most lively and interested audiences I've had. They asked lots of good questions too. I'm touched that they stayed back after school to listen to me. And even more impressed that a portion of them stayed even longer to hear me share about nature guiding. Among the most intriguing topics of discussion was STONEFISH: what does it look like? what happens if you step on one? and lots more.
I was glad to be able to share a copy of the recent Wild Singapore book for the school library. Thanks to one of the students for taking a photo of this, and the photo bomb by more of the lively students! Thanks to Mr Loh Kok Sheng, for inviting me to give the talk to his students, and for giving earlier preparatory talks to them.

This is the third run of the programme! Here's a glimpse of the great time the Naked Hermit Crabs had with the Dunman High students last year. Here's Mr Loh Kok Sheng with some of the students on the bumboat to Pulau Ubin for the walk in Nov 2012.
Here's Raphael telling the visitors the fascinating legend of how Pulau Sekudu came about during our walk in Oct 2012. It's the little island on the left in this photo. He did a great job at it!
And here's Yu Lian sharing about Chek Jawa with the visitors. 
Photo by Loh Kok Sheng.
The students also help out at the end of the walk with the drawing session by the kids. Here's Raphael, Songshan and Jinjing.
Photo by Loh Kok Sheng.
Songshan, Yu Lian, Ruo Ting and Ming Quan take a photo with their favourite kid showcasing his masterpiece.
Photo by Loh Kok Sheng.
At the end of the walk, Mr Loh Kok Sheng also takes the opportunity to highlight the historic and informative photos about Chek Jawa and Ubin at the Crabs' favourite restaurant at Ubin Town. See also Mr Loh Kok Sheng's blog for more about the student's trips with the Naked Hermit Crabs here and here.
Besides Chek Jawa, Raphael and Jinjing also joined the Naked Hermit Crabs' walk at Pasir Ris Park, a fantastic place for bird watching.
Photo by Loh Kok Sheng.
Read more about the student's reflections on the EXCEL Exposure blog. Thanks to Mr Loh Kok Sheng for starting and continuing with this wonderful programme.

It's great to know there are many joyful youths ready to share about Chek Jawa! Look out for them at the Naked Hermit Crabs' upcoming walks

Here's wonderful shared reflections of the students who participated in the programme, on Senior High Student Council EXCEL Exposure blog: Jeremy and Marcus and Yu Chong and Nikki

Thanks to Mr Loh Kok Sheng and the wonderful students for joining the Naked Hermit Crabs in this programme.

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