ISTA presents...

Singapore (1) Studio - Service learning, reflection and the art of kindness

March 16 - March 16, 2020

Artistic information

Service learning, reflection and the art of kindness

There is a link between being kind to others and the development of our ability to be kind to ourselves, alleviating anxiety and distress and building resilience. The building of the compassionate self is key in all of these areas and service learning has a key role to play in developing this self. Preparation, reflection and retrospection are all key aspects of making the most of service learning experiences. This workshop presents a range of strategies to help students build the compassionate self as well as prepare for and make sense of service learning experiences. It also introduces participants to a whole range of approaches designed to avoid ‘reflection fatigue’.

Learning outcomes
– Consider reflection and its various forms and representations.
– Develop approaches to reflection and activities that are enjoyable, authentic and meaningful.
– Be introduced to concepts regarding the compassionate self.
– Examine the relationship between service learning, reflection and building the compassionate self.
– Develop strategies to prepare students for service learning.
– Examine feedback and feedforward and how to make this a collaborative experience.

Teachers will have developed new approaches to reflection, new activities and exercises to make reflection more authentic and enjoyable. They will consider the whole child and how to best prepare them for service learning by looking at the building of a student’s compassionate self, also helps students with anxiety and dealing with challenges.

Target audience
Middle and high school teachers from all subjects.

About your workshop leader
Dinos Aristidou
I’m a playwright, director and education consultant working in the United Kingdom and internationally. I was writer-in-residence at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and am currently working as a dramaturg on a new musical. I’m the creative learning director of UCAN, working with blind young people and the artistic director of the Celebrating Our Stories Verbatim Theatre Festival for October 2020.

My passion is for Verbatim Theatre, working with communities to discover empowering ways of theatrically presenting untold stories. My work with students and teachers focuses on reflection, the role it plays in learning, in making art, in social activism and in building compassion. As an artist I am inquiring into what it means to make art with kindness.

I have an interest in curriculum and am currently managing the curriculum review of IB MYP Arts. As a consultant I am involved in the development of IB Diploma Theatre, Music and Literature and Performance. My work involves the design of Diploma teacher workshops, online courses and teacher support materials and the overseeing of whole school change programmes.

Session outline

Session #1
The art of reflection
This session focuses on the importance of reflection, its role in learning and how we use reflection to make sense of our experiences. Participants will be introduced to strategies and approaches which make reflection meaningful and enjoyable.

Session #2
Developing the compassionate self
This session examines our tricky brains and how we can develop our compassionate self so that we can deal with anxiety loops, new experiences and unexpected circumstances with courage, strength and wisdom. We will examine the self-critic and how, through reflective practice, this can be transformed into an ally and self- motivator.

Session #3
Preparing for the service learning experience
This session looks at strategies for preparing for the service learning experience as well as examining how to best engage with these opportunities in order to maximise learning and social and personal development.

Session #4
Learning from our experiences: feeding back and feeding forward
This session examines how we can help students to reflect meaningfully on their experiences using metaphor. We will look at how to provide feedback avoiding the activation of the self-critic and consider how feeding forward can be used to help students confidently approach service learning in the future.

Important information

School address
Tanglin Trust School
95 Portsdown Rd

School website

The event starts at 8:45am on Monday 16th March 2020.
The event finishes at 4:45pm on Monday 16th March 2020.

Event Coordinator
Keriann O’Rourke

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration closes Monday 9th March 2020.
Places are limited, so please register early.
Participants should plan to attend the workshop in its entirety.
If travelling from outside the host city, please organise travel and accommodation accordingly.



Registration fees
ISTA members – GBP £175.
Non ISTA members – GBP £192.50.

Please note
Registration fees include lunch and tea/coffee breaks.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the event will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.

Travel and visas

For participants
Local teachers will travel daily.
Overseas teachers will need to organise international and daily travel accordingly.
Overseas teachers will need to ensure they have the correct visa to enter Singapore.

For artists
Your EC will be in touch about travel details.
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter Singapore.


For participants
Overseas participants will be responsible for booking any accommodation required to attend this workshop. We advise booking accommodation close to the workshop venue.

For artists
ISTA will book accommodation for artists for the required number of nights.


For participants
Lunch will be provided on the day of the workshop; along with coffee/tea breaks throughout the day.
Breakfast and dinner are not provided.

For artists
ISTA will cover all meals for the duration of the workshop.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Monday 16 March at 08:45
Finishes on Monday 16 March at 16:45 .


Tanglin Trust School
95 Portsdown Road


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