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Character & Citizenship Education

Our Mission in CCE

Character & Citizenship Education @ Anderson
We are Learners with Passion, Leaders with Heart, Citizens of Character. In Anderson, we believe that every Andersonian can learn for life and even excel in life. To this end, we are committed to providing different opportunities to support our students' holistic development through a total curriculum, which encompasses both curricular and co-curricular learning experiences in the following domains: Moral, Cognitive, Physical, Social and Aesthetics.

Our collective aspirations for our Andersonians, spelled out in our Vision and Motto, clearly articulate our constant motivation as a school to anchor students in good values, and to equip them with 21st century competencies and social emotional competencies to become Responsible, Resilient, Committed and Caring citizens of good character who have a strong sense of responsibility and who will contribute to the success of Singapore and the well-being of fellow Singaporeans.

Anchored upon a firm foundation of our school values (PQRS) and virtues, the CCE efforts in Anderson Primary School are premised on the belief of building character from the ‘Head’ and ‘Heart’ right down to the ‘Hands’. The exciting suite of CCE programmes and lessons in Anderson focuses on the teaching of the school values (PQRS), as well as providing a positive school environment to learn for life.

Through a varied approach with programmes catered for all and for the different student segments, Andersonians are surrounded with opportunities and enriching CCE experiences to enable them to develop a holistic appreciation of diversity, a heightened sense of inclusivity, a courageous spirit to experiment and a voice to advocate for a worthy cause. They will become future-ready to embrace learning, leading and living with an abundance mindset, and to make a positive difference to one and all.

Our Programmes

Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
Led by all Form Teachers, FTGP is conducted weekly in the form of interaction activities as well as lessons to facilitate students’ learning and application of social emotional (SE) competencies in the domains of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making.

Class-based CCE Lessons
The exciting suite of CCE programmes and lessons in Anderson are motivated by our desire to nurture all Andersonians to be citizens of good character with a strong sense of responsibility who will contribute to the success of Singapore and the well-being of fellow Singaporeans. From the series of CCE lesson packages targeted at student development (see below), Andersonians develop an interconnected understanding of facts to make sense of the different perspectives around them.

  • Contemporary issues using news,
  • PQRS school values,
  • Social skills,
  • Education and Career Guidance,
  • Positive Self-Care for mental well-being

Student Leadership Training Programme 
It is our belief that a leader must lead self and others with a strong moral compass. They are to lead out of a light that shines the path for others.

At Anderson Primary, our student leaders are ambassadors for our school values of Passion for Learning, Quest for Excellence, Respect for All, and Service to the Community (PQRS) as they lead in their various roles as School Prefects, CCE Ambassadors and CCA Leaders. All students also have opportunities to step up to lead by assuming roles such as class monitors, peer support leaders, cyber wellness ambassadors and subject representatives under our Class Committee Leadership framework.


Prefects and CCE Ambassadors leading in a National Day Observance Ceremony

The leadership training programme in Anderson comprises:


  • Social-emotional competencies
  • Project planning and organizational skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Conflict management
  • Teamwork and peer support
  • Values-in-action virtues projects
  • Overseas learning journey 

  Dialogue with Mr Kevin Cheok, Singapore Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand

(Student Leaders OLJ 2019)

Student Leadership – The Leader in Me Programme (For All)
The Leader in Me helps students learn how to become self-disciplined, manage their emotions and time, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritise their different engagements, improve interpersonal skills—such as resolving conflicts and interacting well with others—and develop the skills and self-confidence to successfully lead fulfilling lives. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. These life skills include principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal.

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A New Mind-set
Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal distribution curve—some kids are naturally smart and others are not—The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader.


Personal leadership does not need to be ‘big’. Start small. Start with the classroom committee and cleanliness. Let everyone have a chance to be responsible for something. Using the paradigm of self-leadership, everyone can be a leader. ‘Change starts with me’ so give yourself a chance to help transform lives by connecting with your students through the 7 Habits.

National Education (NE) Programmes and Social Studies
The objective of NE is to develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and confidence in the future,

  • by fostering a sense of identity, pride and self-respect in our students as Singaporeans;
  • by knowing the Singapore story -- how Singapore succeeded against the odds to become a nation;
  • by understanding Singapore’s unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries;
  • and by instilling the core values of our way of life, and the will to prevail, that ensures our continued success and well-being.

In Anderson, we commemorate four core NE events which have been identified as defining moments in Singapore’s history every year. The aim is to entrench these events and the images they evoke in the consciousness of each successive generation.

RHD2019.jpg School Commemoration of Racial Harmony Day (2019)

Values-in-Action (ViA): Anderson Primary Gives Back
‘Anderson Primary Gives Back’ is part of our school’s Values-In-Action programme that provides students with opportunities, from Primary one to six, to learn what it means to contribute meaningfully to the community. As students prepare and actively contribute towards their ViA activities, we hope they will spend time reflecting how they have impacted the community and the lessons they have learnt as they play their part towards a caring and inclusive Singapore.

Some highlights of our ViA activities include:

  • My Home, My School (Primary 1)
  • Words From The Heart (in partnership with Food From The Heart Donation Drive) (Primary 2)
  • A Stroll in the Park with our Elderly (Primary 3)
  • Environment Advocacy through Sustainability Trashwalk (Primary 4)
  • Care for Something bigger than Myself (Primary 5)
  • Champion our Cause!  (Primary 6)


VIA.jpg    Values-in-Action Project Exhibition (Primary 5)

FFTH.jpgFood From The Heart Donation Drive (Primary 2)

Anderson Star Student
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 exemplary behaviours.

The Garden of Character Programme
The teaching of values is the cornerstone of developing students of character and supports in creating the right tone for teaching and learning. The Garden of Character programme is premised on the belief in the power of the spoken and written word. Through the words of encouragement, we hope the culture of care and the building of the school’s positive learning culture is strengthened where students are recognised and acknowledged for their efforts and the virtuous cycle of learning and improving continues. By being affirmed through the Garden of Character Cards, we hope our students will continue to grow into respectful young people with an excellent attitude towards learning.

The Tidy Team @ Anderson 
The Tidy Team was started as a project led by student leaders in the school to encourage pupils to keep the school environment clean and take proactive 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.


Student-Teacher Time (STT)
Student-Teacher Time aims to build a school culture of care and contributes to the development of positive a Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR). TSR refers to the building and sustaining of positive relationship between teacher and students, where students perceive that they are respected, supported and valued by their teachers. (Doll et al., 2004)

In ANDPS, STT is conducted every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.15 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. in the canteen. It is a platform to understand the child better and to address any issues that the child might face.

Sexuality Education
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. For more information, please click here.

The Anderson Virtues Project
The mission of The Virtues Project is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. The five strategies below show how we can use the language of virtues in our classroom to bring out the best in our students and ourselves.


Restorative Practices

Restorative justice is an effective alternative to punitive responses to wrongdoing. Inspired by indigenous traditions, it brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. When an incident happens in the classroom between students, we can use the RP questions to help all parties understand the situation.