Born into a large family of eight, Siti was a shy and meek girl who found it difficult to express her thoughts when working with her classmates. She also found it difficult to study at home as the environment was not conducive for learning.

Siti and her classmates came on board The Scaffold Programme (TSP) in March 2017. The class went through several groupwork activities that discussed about the changes from Primary to Secondary School, and how they could work together to become a united, caring and supportive class.

At the start of TSP, Siti was quiet and more passive, and would only nod if she agreed with what was said. She shared that she felt nervous when she had to share her thoughts and feelings. With the help of the small group activities, Siti felt more comfortable with her peers, and slowly opened up during discussions. Overtime, she got to know some of her classmates better, and became good friends with them.

During the School-To-Job sessions, Siti did up her timeline, and shared with SHINE’s social worker on her aspiration to be a nurse. She was also able to come up with strategies to work towards her aspirations for example, revising school work with her friends outside of school hours. Her hard work paid off when she was promoted to Secondary 2 Normal Academic stream. She has been adapting well to her new classmates.

Siti is also now serving the school as a prefect. She continues to do well in her new role and studies. She has grown in self-confidence, and is now shining as a student leader in school.

“I SHINE as the groupwork activities helped me bond with my friends, and brought out the best in the team!”