Over the years we have had the privilege of working with children of all ages (that includes the adults, which often times means us). Together we have created some pretty amazing work, from inventive original board games and booklets to magazines whose stories and illustrations were penned and drawn by the students themselves. Below are just a few of our greatest hits. Although we look back with nostalgia, we do still believe the best is yet to come.
Top Secret Files
Observations about Singapore (2018)
We’ve always believed in the importance of knowing many languages. In this instance, Mandarin Chinese became essential as more and more students from China wanted to explore our shores. Instead of the run-of-the-mill booklets for tourists, we put together these secret files with a lot of purposely missing information to keep the young students interested. The ultimate goal? To put together their most astute observations as envoys for the Chinese Emperor and to report back on this new country they had discovered.
A Treatise on the Flight of Birds
A Diary of Codes masquerading as a book by Leonardo da Vinci (2017)
In one of our most complex puzzles designed for students, we put together this diary that had been handed down from generation to generation since 1860 warning us about the wise, the rich and the mighty. “Good secrets do not reveal themselves easily. All the keys to the codes are hidden all over Singapore. If you follow the invisible footprints of those who have gone before us, the keys will emerge one by one.”
Students traced the footsteps of those who bravely gone before us, exploring this new island (and its neighbouring islands), working the land and making it their home.
Montfort Jr Innovation & Enterprise
Theme: Summer Olympics in Beijing (2008) to be followed by Youth Olympics in Singapore
Buoyed by the fact that Singapore was chosen as the first ever nation to host the Youth Olympics, Montfort Jr jumped at the chance of creating a mascot and a booklet introducing Singapore's favourite foods and spots to the world that would be joining us in a couple of years time.
With great enthusiasm and dedication befitting of athletes, they discussed (fought), drew (messed up), and pontificated (this didn't happen). When push came to shove, they delivered, learning the importance of not just starting, but finishing well.
A Creative Magazine for Children by Children (2005-2007)
We threw out the invitation and the poems, drawings and stories started coming in. At first we only had a few student illustrators but soon our “Rogues Gallery” of artists were chomping at the bit to get work to illustrate. Although much older than our reading public, we were just as excited as them to find out what happened next in the stories they continued for us. We paid everyone for their work but some kiddos never cashed in their cheques. It was exceedingly difficult meeting deadlines for this amazing magazine and we practically lived in the office, but it was worth every minute.
The Montfort Jr Baker Boys
A Calendar of Creativity (2005)
To remove the love of cuisine from the Singapore culture would be to rob it of its soul. Nurtured from young, the idea of a good meal, even if it is just a snack, is so ingrained in us that we grade our coffees and our rotis. The boys in this calendar would be young men in their 20's by now, but we are pretty sure they are still loving making and eating food with the same enthusiasm pictured here. Together with Prima Deli bakers as instructors, the boys made pizza, cookies, muffins and a mess. It was a lovely mess though and we all enjoyed every minute of it.
Protecting Your Invention (2004)
With so many of the students showing inventive brilliance as we conducted our workshops, we felt it necessary to put together a notebook that had puzzles, games, stories of inventors to serve as inspiration as well as idea generation tools, patent examples, commercialisation so that students could have a resource guide at their finger tips. The internet was still at its v 1.5 stage and many things were still difficult to find without prior knowledge so students and teachers alike found this very useful. Most importantly, of course, the pages had graphs and forms to serve as a proper official record of their ideas in the event that they did want to patent them.
CDL, NVPC & Rosyth Primary
The Poster Game (2003)
They may only have been 9 years old but they not only developed this game during our entrepreneurship workshop with them, the students (who would be in their 20's by now) even pitched for funding themselves after we set up the meeting! Duly impressed, City Developments Limited (CDL) stepped up with the money to print the game and their beneficiary, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) got to make learning about all the ways to volunteer fun (through collecting posters about volunteering!).