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 SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

NICA 2020: MANY FACES, ONE VOICE
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Translating NICA's yearly Appreciation event into a series of programmes across the month of September, NICA 2020: Many Faces, One Voice  not only provides a platform to appreciate and thank all coaches and instructors, but also introduce online workshops to help you navigate and thrive in the digital space, and affirm partnerships with key stakeholders through dialogue and co-creation sessionsWe will provide a weekly update, so stay tuned for more information!

All activities will be shared on NICA's Facebook page as well (www.facebook.com/NICASingapore​). 

IDEATION AND POSSIBILITIES: SUPPORTING YOUTHS THROUGH CCA
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NICA members got together to brainstorm and explore creatively, ways to overcome the challenges of teachers and work together to enable the resumption of CCA.  

Key suggestions
1. Technology: Use of technology to lighten teachers' workload (for example, task management app for tracking and updates accessible by teachers and coaches/instructors so that teachers do not have to be physically present)
2. Coaches+: Additional paid role for coaches/instructors as support staff for CCA admin matters (for example, attendance taking; safe managemenet protocol)
3: Parental support: Involve parents as key stakeholders (for example, Parent Support Group to observe CCAs for greater assurance)


DIALOGUE: PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE IN THE NEW NORMAL - SUPPORTING YOUTHS THROUGH CCA
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NICA, together with panellists from Ministry of Education and Singapore University of Social Sciences exchanged ideas and views on how coaches, instructors and schools are able to collectively work in partnership for the holistic development of students. 

Panellists
​1) Moderator: Jean See, Director, NTUC U FSE and Executive Secretary, NICA
2) Justin Teh, General Secretary, NICA
3) Darius Lim, Deputy General Secretary, NICA
4) Ng Chen Kee, Divisional Director, MOE Student Development Curriculum Division
5) Nicholas Gabriel Lim, Head of Programme for Professional Life Coaching and Expressive Arts Therapy


SHARING SESSIONS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE AND UPLIFT YOUR COMPETENCY IN CONDUCTING ONLINE CLASSES
​Sessions will be LIVE on NICA's Facebook. No registration is required. 

1. "If you don't try, you'll never know"
 Unlock your mind to the possibilities of virtual classes through the sharing by Mdm Alice Ho, a senior People's Association Trainer who overcame her personal obstacles and successfully converted her Qigong community and their practice sessions onto the digital platform. 

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Speaker
Mdm Alice Ho Soon Kim, Chairman of Qigong Shi Ba Shi Association (S)
People's Association Trainer
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Mdm Alice has been a qualified Qigong instructor since 1987, and have been managing the Qigong Shi Ba Shi Association for the past 33 years. She is no stranger to the community, having personally trained over 1000 Qigong volunteers and is a strong activist and trainer at numerous local events and Community Centres. Mdm Alice believes firmly in lifelong learning, and constantly finds ways to upgrade herself. 


2. The 3Vs of Virtual Engagement
Being able to communicate effectively online is no longer a nice to have skill, but a need to have skill. Discover how you can connect and engage your students virtually, captivate your audience with storytelling and learn from our panel how you can make a smoother transition to online teaching and pivot successfully into the new future. 
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Key​ takeaway from the session:
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Speaker and moderator
​Ms Jacqueline Chow, Executive Coach and Presenter
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Panellists
1. Samuel Lim, Founder and Head Coach of Fire City Gym

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2. Dwayne Lau, Actor, Writer, Director, Drama Coach 

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THANK YOU COACHES AND INSTRUCTORS! 

The contributions and impact of coaches and instructors to the lives of students should never be underestimated. NICA reached out to our key partners and students to pen their heartfelt messages for the heroes who have made a difference. Coaches and Instructors, know that you matter to all of us and we thank you for all that you've done!

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Take a look at the snippets of appreciation notes from students! We've received close to 700 messages, read more messages here.

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