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ADOLESCENCE CHARACTER & CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) aims to inculcate values and build social and emotional competencies in students. This in turn is to develop them into good individuals and useful citizens in a fast changing and globalised world. It develops students through an understanding of the values that define the Singapore society, inspiring them to show concern about the world they live in, and demonstrate empathy in their relationships with others.
Students will learn values through three overarching ideas, namely (Identity, Relationships and Choices in six domains, starting with self and extending to the family, school, community, nation and the world. The diagram below shows the Core Values, the 3 Big Ideas and the Expanding Domains in the CCE syllabus:
The Big ideas, Identity, Relationships and Choices, are core concepts of the syllabus. They are interconnected and impact one another. Students need to know who they are in order to relate positively with others. Relationships they forge shape their identity and influence the choices they make. The ability to make good choices impacts on their understanding of their own identity and the relationships they form.
Questions are crafted to unpack each big idea and to stimulate discussions in the classroom. They serve to guide students to think about the habits, values, attitudes, competencies and skills that they should equip themselves with to handle diverse life experiences. The table shows how the questions relate to the six domains:
An example of how the big ideas are fleshed out in a learning context of taking public transport is elaborated in the table below:
Student’s daily experiences are used as context in the new syllabus to make lessons meaningful and relevant. For example, experiences such as “Adapting to changes on first day of school” can be used for Primary 1 and 2 students whilst “Settling in my new school” can be used for Secondary 1 students. Hence, students will be able to relate and learn the CCE content better.
Teachers will use teaching strategies such as storytelling, role play, experiential learning, classroom discussions and reflection to instill values, and equip students with social and emotional competencies and skills related to citizenship. In role play, students learn to take others’ perspectives and develop empathy for others.
Character and Citizenship Education(CCE) Committee members
Members: Mdm Hairunisa, Mrs Lynn Tan, Ms Serene Toh, Mdm Siti Mariam, Ms Denise Poh, Mr Daniel Chng , Mr Kaleb Lim, Ms Quah Wei Wee, Mr Joshua Tan, Ms Nadirah, Ms Cecilia Ang, Mr Andrew Lim, , Mrs Foong Woon Sin (from left to right). *Ms Rebecca Neo and Ms Geraldine Ng (not in picture)
Establishing Positive Teacher-Student Relationships - the Key to Effective CCE Instruction
The school believes that for CCE instruction to be effective the most important ingredient is the establishment of positive teacher-student relationships. Hence the school has set aside every Tuesday and Thursdays prior to the morning assembly for home teachers to have Student-Teacher Conferences (STCs) , which are essentially time for home teachers to meet up with their charges, one to one so as to know them better and understand their concerns and how they can better support them.
STCs being conducted by home teachers every Tuesday and Thursday mornings
A whole school approach to deepening relationships between home teachers and their charges.
Programme to Recognise And Inspire Self Empowerment (PRAISE) Awards
The PRAISE Awards is a platform to recognize deserving students who live out the PRIZE values of Pride, Responsibility, Integrity, Zeal and Empathy and are good role-models for their fellow peers. The award serves to affirm and encourage these students for their consistent good behaviour and encourages their peers to do the same.
The PRAISE Awards awardees for term 1.
Recognising deserving Pasirians who exemplify the school and national values.
Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life sharing is done every Monday during the morning assembly. The topic for the sharings are based on the school or national value that is being championed for that month, namely PRIZE (Pride, Responsibility, Integrity, Zeal and Empathy) values or the national values of Resilience, Respect and Harmony.
Through this platform we hope to provide a platform for students, staff and stakeholders to share what they have learnt through their life experiences and/or current affairs, emphasising on the need to be grounded on positive values and to develop a global outlook (school mission)
Through the process, speakers (students, teachers, etc) will learn to be more reflective of their experiences and also practice their public speaking skills.
Through these sharings, we hope to be able to develop a culture of learning in the school and to also reinforce the school and national values.
Celebration of Life sharing by Sec 4 students on their VaIues in Action (VIA) project.
All students are encouraged to discover and nurture their leadership talents. To help students fulfill their leadership potential, all students will attend at least one leadership training workshop each year. Students can also choose to attend other leadership enrichment programmes in their level or CCA to further develop their leadership competencies.
Leadership opportunities are present at every level, should students choose to take on the challenges of being a leader. There are three main groups of leadership positions: the student councillors, the CCA leaders and the Class Leadership Committee (CLC) members. Students can become student councillors and CLC members from Sec 1 onwards, but most become CCA leaders only in Sec 3. For Sec 3 N(A) students, they can also become Peer Mentors to the Sec 1 N(A) cohort. Student leaders are expected to be role-models and take personal responsibility for developing the PRIZE culture in their various groups.
Our Sec 3 Peer Mentors taking the lead to make the Sec 1s feel at home in Pasir Ris Secondary!
Our 2016 Sec 3 Peer Mentors!
Supporting Students in Need - Special Programmes and Counselling Services
Our students’ well-being is important to us. Hence we strive to provide support to students who face difficulties at home or in school, through referring them to the full-time school counsellor or to external agencies if necessary.
Students with behavioural issues or who are at risk of school failure or school refusal are likely to be placed in specialized group programmes where guidance, friendship and mentoring are given on a regular basis to help them learn how to better manage themselves and their lives.