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Character & Citizenship Education
Vision & Mission
To provide a nurturing environment that develops pupils of character.
To develop caring young citizens who are grounded in values.
Overview of CCE Key Programmes
Anderson Primary School recognises the importance of character development and values education as the cornerstone of the primary school education. As as school, besides implementing the various programmes to inculcate these values, we also acknowledge our students to encourage them to work towards improving themselves and developing their character. The following are key platforms that our school uses to develop and affirm our students who are Learners with Passion, Leaders with Heart, Citizens of Characters:
Values-in-Action (ViA): Anderson Primary Gives Back
Align to our school values, Anderson Primary Gives Back is our school ViA iniative that aims to develop pupils to be socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. These experiences are differentiated and developmental in nature in which pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 6 are involved in community service throughout their primary school years, according to the objectives that have been spelt out for the different levels. To enable the internalisation of values, our ViA Packages are designed to guide pupils through the 3 stages of the ViA experience: Pre-ViA, Main ViA and Post-ViA Experience. As part of the Post-ViA Experience, students will reflect on their involvements, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
Some highlights of our ViA activities include:
- Words from the Heart to patients of Thye Hua Kwan Hospital by Primary 2 pupils
- Primary 3's A Stroll in the Park wih our Elderly
- Anderson Primary Kindness Movement: Appreciating the Unsung Heroes in Our Community by Primary 4 pupils
- Food From Heart Donation Drive led by Primary 5 pupils, and
- Champion our Cause! by Primary 6 pupils
Class-based Assembly CCE Lessons
Every alternate Fridays, Form and Co-Form Teachers conduct engaging class-based assembly CCE lessons on our school values and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for children that is based on The Leader in Me programme teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students. It creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader wo can be responsible for their own learning and be equipped with the right skills to interact well with others. The teaching of the school values and the 7 habits are differentiated at every level to cater to the different level outcomes. At the end of every term, pupils encourage and affirm their classmates on the school values and reflect on the personal use of the 7 Habits in their Reflection Handbook. Parents are encouraged to read and affirm their children for the good habits and actions they have put into practice and to motivate them to continue their efforts for self-improvement. The class-based assembly has provided our pupils a more focussed and purposeful time to be engaged in learning our school values with their teachers.
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Seeds of Character Programme
The "Seeds of Character" is a programme for the character development of pupils. It is premised on the theory of positive reinforcement, recognising pupils' effort in demonstrating good behaviours that reflect the school values and the 7 Habits. Teachers affirm and encourage their pupils by identifying the values or 7 habits they have put into action and writing on the 'seed' at the Seeds of Character corner. These deposits aim to encourage every pupil to accumulate as many positive behaviour traits or 'seeds' for their class. At the end of every term, Form Teachers will select the most deserving pupil to be the "Student of Character".
Anderson Star Pupil
In our efforts to recognise good behaviour and desirable character traits in our pupils, pupils are selected every term by their teachers to be Star Pupils of their respective classes. These Star Pupils are nominated based on the MOE C2015 Student outcomes which are a Self-Directed Learner, Confident Person, Concerned Citizen and Active Contributor. In addition, the Andersonian Outcomes of one being responsible, resilient, caring and committed are also considered, together with the school's values of Passion for Learning, Quest for Excellence, Respect for All and Service to the Community. Certificates are awarded to the Star Pupils during assembly to encourage and reward examplary behaviours.
Student Leadership Training Programme
Believing that every child is a leader, Anderson Primary School provides opportunities for students to take up responsibilities and hone their leadership skills. Student leadership in Anderson Primary consists of Prefects and CCE Ambassadors as key student leaders of the school. They are supported by CCA Leaders and Classroom Leaders such as Classroom Monitors and Subject Representatives.
The leadership programme for Prefects and CCE Ambassadors focuses on developing positive character traits and leadership skills through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. As part of giving back to the community, student leaders also engage in ViA activities.
The Tidy Team @ Anderson
The Tidy Team was started last year, in 2014, as a project led by student leaders in the school to encourage pupils to keep the school environment clean and take pro-active efforts to maintain classroom cleanliness. This initiative is closely aligned to the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools, a student-driven and school-supported effort for students to take ownership of the cleanliness of their school and the environment. It is part of the CCE where students learn about the values of responsibility and care. This allows students to put these values into practice - to be responsible for keeping the places they frequent clean, such as classrooms, school compound, or common areas in the neighbourhood, and thus show care for the people living and working around them.
In Anderson Primary, our Primary 3 to 6 CCE Ambassadors have taken steps to share with their peers during assembly to highlight good classroom cleaning routines practised in the tidy classrooms. They have also monitored and advised their peers in carrying out classroom duties with a sense of purpose. Each class is monitored weekly for their efforts in maintaining classroom cleanliness and level of tidiness in the classroom. The best overall class efforts to keep clean and tidy in each level are presented with a certificate of commendation at the end of every term during school assembly.
pick -up litter when I see it, hold on and bin it!
ANDventure (The Leader in Me Programme)
The leader in Me programme focuses on teaching the 7 habits that will help our pupils to be successful in all aspects of their lives. The skills taught are practical and aims to build self-confidence, teamwork, problem-solving abilities and communication skills, which in turn will help pupils to be more self-driven and motivated to raise their own academic performance.
Value-Added Reading for Lower Primary Pupils
To infuse our school values in the CCE curriculum, Lower Primary Mother Tongue teachers have written stories that are packed with CCE and school values. These specially written stories add value to the existing CCE curriculum and further inculcate the CCE attitudes and knowledge in our pupils from young. Carried out during CCE lessons by Mother Tongue teachers, the Values-Added Reading stories have been compiled into a booklet which provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their reading abilities and values.
Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
Form teachers play a key role in shaping the development of their young charges. As such, the Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) has been introduced in all primary schools since 2012. The allocated one period per week allows for quality teacher-pupil interaction and the teaching of social and emotional competencies.
In Anderson Primary School, FTGP is conducted once a week for all levels by the Form Teachers who teach Social and Emotional competencies to equip pupils with self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making skills. Interaction activities are also carried out for teachers and pupils to bond together and to know more about one another.
During Pupil-Teacher-Time twice weekly, Form and Co-Form Teachers will meet with their pupils in the mornings to know about them so that they are able to guide and support them in areas that are surfaced during these sessions.
Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters.
National Education and Social Studies
Through planned learning journeys, commemoration of NE events, assembly programmes and class-based activities, these provide important life experiences for the pupils to develop values which will shape them into useful and responsible citizens of good character.