Extra•Ordinary People was proud to be a part of "Inclusion: A Sustainable Corporate Strategy", organised by PPHG - Pan Pacific Hotels Group held at Enabling Village, with President Halimah Yacob as the Guest-of-Honour. In conjunction with the launch of President’s Challenge 2020, which will focus on empowering persons with disabilities this year, our Co-founder Mr Wee Boo Kuan shared about our Extra•Ordinary Apprenticeship Programme (EAP), which aims to increase the employability of persons with special needs.
Students from our Performing Arts Programme, caregivers, members from Ministry of Bellz, and staff from Extra•Ordinary People came together to put up an amazing performance at a private fundraising event.
Singapores largest inclusive concert themed “Home, Heart and Hope”, celebrating the artistic abilities of the 900 performers who took to the stage in 24 inclusive teams made up of diverse members from 31 Special Education and mainstream schools, as well as guest performers from Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Extra•Ordinary Ensemble had a crowd of close to 2,000 cheering along to 'Quando Quando Quando' at Project We Care's Garden Party at the Istana! Led by our Resident Artist conductors Mr Damien Lim, Ms Irene Jansen and Ms Chen Si, our performers' infectious vibes gave cheer to all the beneficiaries present.
After their performance, three of our Extra•Ordinary students joined President Halimah Yacob, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Desmond Tan, Chief Executive Director of People’s Association, and Ms Wee Wei Ling, our Co-founder, for the grand finale, where everyone sang to Singapore's all-time favourite National Day song, 'Home'.
Extra•Ordinary Ensemble made their debut at the HERE Arts Carnival, held at the National University of Singapore. Conducted by Resident Artists Mr Damien Lim and Ms Irene Jansen, the group comprising of students and caregivers from our new Integrated Performing Arts class and our vocal class put together a special rendition of the classic 'Quando quando quando'.
In celebration of Singapore's 54th birthday, Genine created this amazing piece of art during her Art Psychotherapy session together with her mother Joysline and brother Caleb. Don't they look wonderful all decked out in our national colours?
Over 70 participants represented Extra•Ordinary Place in the run organised by Running Hour. In preparation for the marathon, some participants came down a week earlier to Extra•Ordinary Place @ Joo Chiat to design their very own slappy wristbands. On the day of the run, it was great fun seeing new friendships made and familial bonds strengthened as participants proudly wore our EPL cap and enjoyed the scenic run at Punggol Waterway.
130 families celebrated Youth Day with us at KidzAmaze @ SAFRA Toa Payoh. This fun-tastic day was a treat from Mr Dickson Lim in celebration of his 50th birthday and his new appointment as our CEO.
Besides an hour of indoor playground fun, there were craft activities as well as Music Therapy and Dance & Movement Therapy tasters, giving everyone a glimpse of these creative arts therapies.
Mediacorp presenter 董素华 Tung Soo Hua spent an afternoon at Extra•Ordinary Place @ Joo Chiat with our co-founders Ms Wee Wei Ling and Mr Wee Boo Kuan in April for her show, "Be My Guest", screened on Sunday, 16 June.
Tung Soo Hua also delves into the business journey of Ms Wee, who shares how her experiences have led to the birth of Extra•Ordinary People.
Following the pottery session, volunteers from UOB brought our families to attend The Bicentennial Experience on 12 June. Each child was accompanied by a dedicated UOB volunteer to explore the interactive exhibits and watch the transformation of Singapore through the years.
Looking at the moments captured definitely warmed our hearts, and we hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did!
Our families got active with us at Extra•Ordinary Place @ Joo Chiat across two days of inclusive sports events. Teams pitted their agility and creativity in field games and telematches. Others bopped along to K-Pop beats and grooved to Zumba moves. Thanks to all who joined us for these 2 invigorating days.
AbbVie partnered with Extra•Ordinary People to provide our children and caregivers a much cherished opportunity to experience pottery making. A Tuesday afternoon was warmed with the delighted smiles of the children moulding little masterpieces together with our big-hearted AbbVie volunteers.
We rolled out parent-child workshops this June holidays, and offered Yoga, a Script-writing course, Parent-Child Group Art Therapy and Drama on top of our regular Handbells and Creative Movement workshops.
Adeline Lim, an Extra•Ordinary volunteer, conducted a complimentary découpage workshop for our caregivers. Découpage is the art of decorating an object using coloured paper cutouts in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. The simple art-making activity can make for meaningful sharing sessions with children at home.
Our therapists joined Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)'s Parent Learning Festival.
Our Educational Therapist Eugene shared on educational support for teenagers with learning differences and various resources they can use to facilitate their child's academic progress.
Our Psychologists Eliza and Hayley took the opportunity to conduct meaningful workshops for parents on how to help their teenagers build positive self-esteem.
MM2 Entertainment Singapore and Mychinachannel arranged for a private screening of 《光》Guāng for our families from Extra•Ordinary People, and invited us to participate in a mini-exhibition aimed at raising awareness on autism held at the gala premiere of《光》Guāng at The Cathay.
MP Edwin Tong, Marine Parade GRC (Joo Chiat) and his team brought some festive Chinese New Year cheer to The Yards yesterday. We were excited to share more about both our past and upcoming projects, and to give them a tour around Extra•Ordinary Place @ Joo Chiat.
A beautiful rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' was performed at The Dreams Theatre 2019, a private event to raise funds for Extra•Ordinary People's Performing Arts Programme. This heartwarming performance conducted by Resident Artist Irene Jansen, was presented by students from 'Let's Sing!' and accompanied by Ms Wee Wei Ling, Director of Extra•Ordinary People.
Extra•Ordinary People’s Director, Ms Wee Wei Ling, shared a wonderful evening with 938NOW presenter Susan Ng yesterday. On the ‘Night Chat’ segment from 9pm to 10pm, they chatted about Ms Wee’s personal giving journey, her strong beliefs in building an inclusive society, and how she came to co-found Extra•Ordinary People.
The official opening of Extra•Ordinary Place @ Joo Chiat. Extra•Ordinary People is honoured to have Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development to grace the event.
In celebration of National Day, Flying Cape organised an Open House at the Yards, and we at Extra·Ordinary People were thankful to have met so many of you, understanding your journey, and sharing with you Extra·Ordinary People's vision. It was a joy watching the children take part in our sensory-friendly activities -- Look at the doodle wall master piece created by little hands!
It was smiles all around at Extra·Ordinary People's first Art Jam session, conducted by our Principal Arts Therapist Lama Majaj. Our young and talented students had an enjoyable and relaxing session of imagination and expression, where they explored colours and emotion using paint on canvas. Do stay tuned for future Art Jam Sessions!
With the kind sponsorship of Cartoon Network Wave, 100 parents and children were given priority access to "Animate Your Life!", Cartoon Network's largest festival in Asia. It was a wonderful day as the children were running excitedly towards their favourite Cartoon Network characters, and playing in the various game booths set up!
We were delighted to see so many elated faces expressing wonder and joy at Extra•Ordinary People’s first Open House last Saturday! Our wonderful Resident Artists gave more than 40 families a chance to learn new instruments, express themselves and bond between parent and child. It was our honour to have so many families join us, and we look forward to continue journeying with everyone!