Character & Citizenship Education
Rooted in virtues, branching far and making a difference
To nurture actions that become habits, which shaped our character and lead us to making the world a better place.
Programmes for the CCE Department in 2017 are organized under the 3 main domains: Character Development, Citizenship Education and Student Welfare.
In nurturing our girls to be Women of Grace and Substance, our character education focuses on the six School Virtues (Self-Discipline, Integrity, Compassion, Commitment, Respect, Resilience). These virtues are upheld during our school terms and expressed by our staff and students in our daily lives.
A school-wide leadership training is provided for the all pupils to help them in self-management and their understanding of leadership and self. Our student leaders from Primary 4 to 6 are trained in many areas to enhance their leadership skills so that they are involved in planning and carrying out activities to promote school virtues during recess, assembly periods and special events. They are also in-charge of promoting and carrying out student-led projects to improve the environment.
CATECHISM/ ETHICS CLASSES
For our Catholic pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 6, Catechism classes are conducted by our Catholic teachers and Catholic Parent Volunteers on every Friday. The lessons, from the Walking with Jesus series, are aimed at helping pupils to understand their faith and live the gospel values in their daily lives. Apart from the weekly lessons, level activities such as visiting of churches, retreats and Rosary devotions are conducted for the Catholic pupils to help them deepen their faith.
In the Ethics classes, conducted for non-Catholic pupils, our teachers from the CCE committee designed the weekly lessons. These lessons are aligned with our School Virtues. Through sharing of selected videos, stories and discussions of real life situations and lives of famous people, activities such as group discussions, sharing and reflections on self and others will be conducted for the pupils to share their experiences.
Under the domain of citizenship are the 3 sub-domains of Cross Cultural Skills, Global Awareness and Civic Literacy.
The various commemorative days such as Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day and National Education programmes such as learning journeys serve to instill in pupils a sense of belonging and commitment to the school, nation and world.
Character and Citizenship Education in CHIJ (Katong) Primary embodies the spirit of our founder, Blessed Nicholas Barre’. We go forth committed to nurturing every pupil to realize her potential and to make a difference to society.
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Under the domain of Student Welfare, there are 2 sub-domains of Pastoral Care and Values Education,
1. PASTORAL CARE
In the believe that every child is capable of learning, given the necessary guidance and support, additional learning support is provided by programmes such as the Learning Support Programmes and the Siglap IAEC Programme.
The Counselling Programme, Rainbows Programme, Drop-in Centre and RSVP Programme, seek to provide pupils with emotional support as they face new challenges in life.
Programmes and activities such as Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP), Life-skills Programme, Sexuality Education Programme and Career Awareness Programme, seek to guide our girls to discover their capabilities and potential and encourage them to work towards their aspirations. These programme also build socio-emotional competencies in our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to face changes and the demands of growing up in the preteen years.
No pupil is denied the opportunity to learn due to financial constraints. Pupils in need of financial support can seek help through the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme, the school’s, SMC Financial Assistance Scheme and other additional financial assistance grants from MOE.
2. VALUES EDUCATION
Values Education seeks to lay a strong moral foundation for pupils so that they will be well-guided by strong principles which are rooted in universal and timeless virtues. In the face of life’s challenges, they will also be able to make the right decisions.
The School Virtues Programme and Values-in-Action Programme are the two key drivers. These programmes provide a rich learning experience through a variety of learning activities, some of which are collaboration with our community partners. The two key objectives of these programmes are: to imbue our pupils with the virtues necessary for them to lead a flourishing life; to provide our pupils with opportunities to learn to appreciate the joy in contributing to society and enrich the lives of all.