Ariya Rainbow Kidz Program (ARK) 2023
Update | 𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐘𝐀 𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐁𝐎𝐖 𝐊𝐈𝐃𝐙 (𝐀𝐑𝐊) 𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐃𝐀𝐘 | 2023 Feb 19 (Sunday)
A 3-Days Dhamma Facilitators meeting and training was conducted and led by the Program Principal, Sis. Hema How on 8th Jan, 11th &12th Feb 2023. The new management team was formed; Treasurer – Sis. Nirosha Tan (left of Ayya Sumangala), & right )Secretary & Administrator -Sis. Sudeshi Low. A new position, Registrar & Families Wellbeing Support was suggested and delegated to Sis. Hema How (far right).Facilitators Sis. Sati Zenn Lee & Sis. Ārogya Tan.(centre & far left).
With a strong management team together with the ARK Facilitators we happily carry out our mission to successfully lead the Dhamma families in walking the Dhamma path with the guidance of our spiritual advisor, Ayya Sumangalā Bhikkhuni.
We have planned for the 2023 mission, syllabus, Dhamma lesson, program schedule, projects as well as the Orientation Day’s program activities.
Our 2023 Facilitators
We are grateful for the three Dhamma facilitators who newly joined the Ariya Rainbow Kidz (ARK) team in year 2023. They are Sis. Sati Zenn Lee, Sis. Sudeshi Low, and Sis. Ārogya Tan who with loving hearts, enthusiasm encourage all children in learning the Dhamma through their volunteering commitment to the ARK program.
Sis. Sati Zenn Lee
Sis. Sudeshi Low
The ARK ORIENTATION DAY was held on 19th February 2023, Sunday. We were glad total of 39 people joined the Orientation day and majority of them were newly joined this year.
We welcomed the participants and started with Buddha puja and took refuge in the Triple Gem which was led by Ven. Sumangala. After that, we introduced the committee members of ARK and gave a brief introduction of the ARK program.
Offering to the Buddha Dhamma and Sangha before the class start
Every participant got to know one another after the ice breaking games. They have so much fun with Evolution game and realized that being born as human is rare.
Later, the participants were shown around Ariya Vihara to familiarise themselves with the environment and the places to keep their things properly. Then followed by the Dhamma session in their respective classroom according to their age group.
Offering of Lunch Dana Mindfully
HAPPY DAY…Lets share the cake
After lunch, the parents and children worked together to clean up the vihara with enthusiasm and joy.
Gratitude to the parents … Thanks Mummy and Daddy
Sigalovada Sutta: DN 31.
In five ways one should minister to one’s parents:
Today I shall be The Master of The Ceremony…
We rejoiced with their active participation and interaction. We will meet again for the next session on 5th March 2023.
Sadhu. Sadhu. Sadhu.
Bhavana Practices … walking Meditation
SADHU SADHU SADHU
ARK program was the first core program started by Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society after the Society was established in August 2015. ARK is a dynamic Family Dhamma Education program. It helps the family to live by the Dhamma, cultivate virtues and wholesome culture. It is compulsory for one of the parents to attend the program with their children.
ARK adopts a different approach from a Dhamma Sunday school which follows the standard Buddhist text books. It derives the content of teaching from the Pali Nikaya and the Buddha’s wisdom in teaching the Dhamma. ARK also adopts method of teaching based on Harvard Garner’s Multiple Intelligences and incorporate duty and responsibilities for each and every one in the program. The hands-on approach includes interactive and proactive activities such as public speaking, meditation, storytelling, mindful exercise, education games, role playing, hymn singing, Dhamma camp, art & craft, nature outing, drama and charity service. These activities give participants a deeper perspective of Dhamma and its practically in daily life.
Program. The ARK program is held on first and third Sundays from 8.30 am to 1:00pm. The family will offer lunch Dana to the sangha after the Dhamma lesson ended at 11:30am and will proceed for lunch and cleaning.
The new intakes of students start from November to December of the year, for the next year’s program. A goodwill interview will be conducted in January. Parents with children age from 4 to 12 years old are welcome to enroll early as it’s a niche program and there are 40 seats only. The orientation day will be on February mostly after the Chinese New Year.
ARK Management. The ARK Committee consist of four AVBS member-volunteers in managing the operation of the program.
The current members of the ARK Management Committee are:
Spiritual Advisor: Venerable Sumangalā Bhikkhuni
Program Principal & Registrar & Families Wellbeing Support : Sis. Hemavati How
Treasurer: Sis. Nirosha Tan
Secretary & Administrator:Sis. Sudeshi Low
Facilitators: Sis. Sudeshi Low, Sis. Sati Zenn Lee and Sis. Ārogya Tan, Sis Nirosha Tan
At ARK, we believe family learning together will walk the Dhamma path together.