As their child's first teacher, parents are encouraged to be involved in their school experience. We have a remarkable community of parents who volunteer their time and energy to the school in numerous ways.
The College is particularly fortunate to have a committed and supportive Parents' Association on each campus that contribute greatly to building and strengthening our community. They have active committees and subcommittees, including nationality and grade representatives, welcome committees and major event subcommittees.
Being involved in PA activities provides parents with an opportunity to be an active participant in your child's school community, keep up to date with happenings in the school and an avenue to meet members of wider the school community. Read more about the activities on each campus by following the links below:
Parent support groups
Fulfilling a need for support and advice on specific issues, parents have formed their own support groups with the encouragement of the College. Currently, there are three - Food Allergy Support Group, Learning Support Group and Single Parents Support Group. Parents are encouraged to establish and run their own groups.
There are opportunities for parents to be involved in more than supporting their child's education, as the SEALinks programme extends our service ethos to enable parents to embrace outreach opportunities and become active contributors to the community. This can include leading various fund raising and volunteer programmes for NGO's and other organisations in need of support, both in Singapore and overseas.
Each project is run independently of the College, and if you are interested in getting involved in any of the projects or helping organise any of the fund-raising events, please get in touch with the nominated contact directly.
In response to the devastating 2004 Tsunami, the College provided short term humanitarian aid to several schools in Banda Aceh. Long term assistance has seen the reconstruction of a Junior High School (SMP 4 Peunayong) in Banda Aceh. Our support for this school extends beyond the physical structure of the school buildings to inservice training. UWCSEA faculty and Grade 11 Project Week students working alongside Acehnese teachers to lift the standard of English teaching and learning and to work in SMP 4's new computer laboratories.
A second phase of the Project saw the reconstruction of multi-purpose sports courts to encourage young people to return to their sports and therefore assist in the healing process of the grief and trauma of their loss. Funds for this aspect of the Project were raised through a successful basketball marathon that broke the world record for the longest continuous game of basketball as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
UWCSEA has entered into a partnership with a corporate donor - Trafigura - to provide three year scholarship opportunities for Acehnese students to attend UWCSEA. The aim of the Aceh Scholarship is to nurture future leaders in a post-conflict region of Indonesia.
UWCSEA graduates, as one of the Gap Year projects, spend a time teaching English and computer skills to the students of SMP 4.
For more information on the project, please contact Dave Shepherd.
The AIDS Awareness group raises funds for the HIV Patient Care Centre and Action for AIDS in Singapore; Sharanalayam, which runs an orphanage for HIV children in South India; and the AIDS orphans in the Kalahari, Africa. Students have visited the HIV PCC as part of the UWCSEA service programme for 12 years and students visit the projects in India and Africa for project week and other trips. Funds are raised through a focus day in December, and the annual AIDS Benefit Dinner, which is organised by a committee of teachers, parents and students. In the 10 years this has been running, up to $600,000 has been raised.
Bali Bridges was set up by the UWCSEA community to support the Widhya Asih Foundation in Bali. There are 13,000 orphans in Bali, of which only 1000 are under the care of systematic shelters. Of that number Widhya Asih is responsible for over half of the children through their seven residences spread throughout the island.
The objectives of Bali Bridges is to provide assistance with the purchase of rice (which costs the foundation SGD 5,000 per month), provide life changing experiences through supported trips to Singapore, scholarships for graduating students in Bali to complete tertiary courses and help with the provision and upgrading of facilities at the residences.
The College organises a trip once a year involving Grade 4 students and one of their parents, Grade 11 students also work in the orphanages during Project Week.
For more information on the project, contact Alex Hope.
The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Pakistan
TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan's leading organizations in the field of formal education. TCF encourages female enrollment and strives to maintain a 50% female ratio in most of its campuses. TCF has a full female faculty of 7,700 members. TCF also has a dedicated Teacher Training Center in Karachi and Mansehra for the ongoing training of its faculty and provides logistical support to all its teachers.
PACE Scholarships funds the education of over 150 children and college-age students in the Philippines, a Nutrition Program for 120 children, a Snack Program, 2 Social Workers and a Bookkeeper. Over the years, PACE has also set up libraries and a computer lab at both centres with donations from UWCSEA and the community that allow us to update the books and equipment when necessary.
Click here to go to the PACE website for more information
Launched in 2007, PACE Schools rebuilds schools in some of the poorest rural areas in Cambodia, Prey Veng and Srey Vieng Provinces. We partner with Tabitha Cambodia, an organization that has touched the lives of more than half a million Cambodians through savings programmes, house building and cottage industries. PACE and Tabitha worked together to establish a school-building programme and have successfully built a school each year since inception.
Since our first project, Aunkun Village School, we have built 8 further schools serving more than 4800 children. The comprehensive programme has seen UWCSEA teachers, students and parents of students visit the schools to paint walls, deliver school supplies and interact with the students during house-building trips.
Click here to go to the PACE website for more information.
SurfAid International's aim is to seek the alleviation of suffering through health projects that enhance local capacities and promote community-based, self-help solutions, guided by the aspirations of its beneficiaries in the Mentawai Islands located off Western Sumatra, Indonesia.
The 24 Hour Swim Challenge, which is now the Swim4Life 12 hour swim, has run on both Dover and East campuses and has, over several years, raised over SGD$50,000 for the humanitarian aid agency SurfAid International.
For more information on SurfAid International, please click here.
Tabitha Ladies' House Building
Every year, a group of about 25 women from the UWCSEA community travel to Cambodia to build houses for families in dire need of shelter and security. Last year’s team funded and built 22 houses (at a cost of SGD$1,500 each) and donated 100 wells, 50 ponds and 44 pigs to needy Cambodian families. Every little bit counts to help Cambodians meet their basic needs so that they can focus on the improvement of their livelihoods, the education of their children, and ultimately the overall progress of their country. To raise money for building materials, an annual fundraiasing dinner is held in spring.
Tsunami Education Fund
A fund established after an inspired group comprising five staff members and one parent cycled 1,500 km from Singapore to Phuket to raise funds specifically to support orphaned children as a result of the 2004 Tsunami. The funds are made available to the children until they complete their secondary education.
Spanning 80 schools in Aceh, the Tsunami Education Fund (TEF) has supported over 400 orphaned children with a monthly stipend of SGD$24 per month; funds must be used for the student’s educational expenses. The TEF has been generously supported by corporate and private donations. Global Energies (Indonesia), Logica and RICE (Returns Invested in Children's Education) have been major corporate donors.