The Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) encompasses the overall affective development of a Qihuaian. The total CCE experience includes the academic programmes, CCA, CCE lessons, discipline practices, student leadership and all other activities that mould a Qihuaian into a person with values and strength of character. The whole character development aims to encourage all our students to understand, embrace and exhibit the school values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Teamwork (R³ICT). The CCE programme also develops every student into a good citizen through the National Education and Values in Action (VIA) programme.
In relation to all the character development programmes carried out in the school, the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) lessons serve as an anchor for values and citizenship education. These lessons are taught in the Mother Tongue Languages to help students relate to and appreciate our nation’s cultural roots and heritage, and forge a strong national identity in a multi-cultural setting.
CCE lessons develop students through an understanding of the values that define the Singapore society, inspiring them to show concern for the world they live in and demonstrate empathy in their relationships with others. Values are learnt through 3 overarching ideas (Identity, Relationships and Choices) in 6 domains starting with self and extending to the family, school, community, nation and the world.
“Family Time”, a feature in the CCE lessons, provides suggested activities for families to bond. These activities enable values to be taught gradually over time, allowing parents to partner schools on this journey of values inculcation in their children.
Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
FTGP is conducted by both form and co-form teachers. Teachers will deliver social and emotional learning (SEL) lessons using lesson plans that have been developed based on the SEL Programme for Explicit Teaching of SE competencies. Games and play-based activities between the teachers and students will also be conducted to enhance bonding between them. To further enhance Teacher–Student–Relationship, the school has put in place a structured teacher-student interaction time called “TELL ME” to be conducted simultaneously. This one-to-one bonding session is about teachers meeting students where they are, attempting to understand them, and developing connections with them.
Sexuality Education (SEd)
Sexuality Education lessons enable 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. These lessons are conducted for Primary 5 and 6 students every year. They are delivered through the Growing Years series, a package developed by MOE.
Cyber Wellness refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyber space.
Lessons are delivered via FTGP. Key Cyber Wellness topics are also incorporated in subjects such as English and Mother Tongue languages.
Parents play a key role in shaping their children’s behavior in cyber space and are critical in anchoring strong values in them to better manage their internet exposure. To support parents in playing their role effectively, the Ministry of Education has developed a game app, C-Quest, which is designed to facilitate meaningful conversations between players on cyber wellness issues and equip them with relevant knowledge and tips to manage online interactions. Through the game, players will also learn to be safe, respectful, and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The mobile version of C-Quest can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
Education and Career Guidance
Education and Career Guidance (ECG) is a career awareness programme that facilitates the acquisition of attitudes, skills and knowledge to help students better understand themselves, explore viable education and career options, make informed decisions and develop plans to achieve their career aspirations.
At the primary school level, the emphasis of the programme is on career awareness. The goal is to introduce students to the wide array of occupations, including new jobs created in the ever-changing world of work. Students will become more aware of their interests, abilities and career aspirations in relation of self and to others. Through play, they will learn to incorporate their initial preferences into occupational roles.
The www.ecareers.sg is a web-based portal designed to facilitate education and career development among students in Singapore. This portal is accessible to all students from primary 5 to pre-university.
Values–Based Assembly Programme
The Assembly programme brings students together for a range of sharing and experiences that focuses on the school values. Through these programmes, students understand school policies and activities, see how community involvement projects are carried out and experience arts and cultural performances.
Start It Right
Start It Right (SIR) is a school-based CCE programme conducted on the first day of every term. The SIR package is created in-house and activities include lessons which help students to understand the National anthem and pledge, the school’s mission, vision and values and school and class rules. The other activities address issues such as transition from holidays to school, positive affirmations, student leadership training and gathering of information about students’ well-being. In addition, teachers bond with students during interaction activities.
Values in Action (VIA)
Collecting old newspapers, recycling water bottles, collecting funds for charitable organizations, giving away pocket money to help other children as part of donation drives and taking on the roles of buddy tutors to help peers are just some of the tasks we engage our students in so as to support their development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. As part of VIA, students reflect on their experiences, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
The commemoration of the 4 NE core events play a key role in helping the school bring across the 6 NE messages to our students. For every NE event (Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day), varied and meaningful activities are organized and carried out. These activities create opportunities for our students to discover and learn to love Singapore, developing in them a sense of rootedness, a spirit to serve the community and the desire to know the world.
The NE Show, a preview of the National Day Parade, is conducted on an annual basis for Primary 5 students. It aims to evoke a sense of patriotism amongst the students and to impart to them the significance of National Day.
Learning journeys are conducted to promote experiential learning so as to better support students’ understanding of National Education. Through learning journeys, we instil in our students pride in Singapore’s achievements, help them understand Singapore’s constraints, challenges and opportunities, build their confidence in our future, and nurture a sense of belonging to Singapore.
Overseas Learning Experience
Overseas Learning Journeys are organised to broaden our students’ global vision and develop their understanding and appreciation of what they have in Singapore. Going overseas without their parents will promote team bonding among the participants and enable them to develop independence, resilience and adaptability.