Character & Citizenship Education

 

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Character and Citizenship Education

CCE Vision

A concerned citizen who has social conscience, moral integrity and a sense of national identity

CCE Mission

To develop students’ social and moral faculties through the provision of a nurturing environment, inculcation of sound values and engagement in the practice of values

Approach

The CCE Framework guides the planning and implementation of the CCE Programme in the school.

The explicit teaching of values and social and emotional competencies is carried out through the Foundation Programmes which comprise

  • CME and Life Skills Programme
  • Cyber Wellness Programme
  • Education and Career Guidance Programme
  • Sexuality Education
  • School Counselling Programme

The application and reinforcement of the values and social and emotional competencies is facilitated through the Experiential Programmes:

  • Co-curricular Activities
  • National Education
  • Physical and Outdoor Education
  • Student Leadership
  • Values in Action

The NE “Head, Heart and Hands” Framework is also incorporated in this process.

In engaging the “Head”, students are actively involved in learning about making decisions based on the common good of society and universal ethical principles through the Foundation Programmes. The Foundation Programmes contribute to the cognitive aspect of character and aim to develop qualities of mind which make up moral knowing – moral awareness, knowing moral values, perspective-taking, moral reasoning, decision-making and self-knowledge (Lickona, 1991).

In engaging the “Heart”, students consistently show that they delight in good actions and want to do good. They also show love and a sense of belonging to Singapore. Together with the cognitive aspect of character, this emotional side of character, which is made up of conscience, self-esteem, empathy, loving the good, self-control and humility (Lickona, 1991) forms the source of motivation for living out moral values.

In engaging the “Hands”, students have opportunities to apply the moral knowledge they have learnt and contribute to society. In BGSS, the opportunities are provided through the Experiential Programmes.  The Experiential Programmes provide the platforms to develop competence, will and habit (Lickona, 1991) at being good persons.

Outcome

At the end of the four/five years in BGSS, each student blossoms into a person with social conscience, moral integrity and a sense of national identity.

 

Lower Secondary Level outcomes Upper Secondary Level outcomes
School Value:Resilience[1]We are undeterred by failure or setbacks. Instead we have the strength and tenacity to persevere and pursue our goals. Student pursues goals with tenacity. He/She knows how to manage himself/herself to achieve his/her potential and demonstrates resilience in the face of individual challenges. Student has optimism and a sense of purpose in life. He/She is forward-looking and demonstrates resilience in addressing community, national and future challenges.
School Value:Integrity[2]We demonstrate honesty and uprightness through word and deed. Student is able to make discerning decisions about right and wrong. He/She is accountable for his/her actions (self-responsibility[3]). Student has the moral courage to stand up for his/her values and takes the right moral actions based on them.
School Value: CompassionWe feel for and show care[4] and concern for one another. Student demonstrates compassion for those around him/her (e.g., family, friends and local community) by contributing actively to improve the lives of others. Student demonstrates compassion for members of the community at large. He/She recognises and willingly carries out his/her duty to the community, nation and the world.
School Value: HumilityWhile we take pride in our strengths, we recognise that we can always grow and learn from others. Student believes in his/her self-worth (self-respect[5]) while demonstrating clear self-awareness. Student nurtures positive relationships and harmony[6] in his/her community by appreciating the diversity and intrinsic worth of all people and learning from them.

References

MOE Core Values (based on MOE CCE Syllabus 2014)
1 A person who is resilient has emotional strength and perseveres in the face of challenges. He manifests courage, optimism, adaptability and resourcefulness.
2 A person of integrity upholds ethical principles and has the moral courage to stand up for what is right.
3 A person who is responsible recognises that he has a duty to himself, his family, community, nation and the world, and fulfils his responsibilities with love and commitment.
4 A person who is caring acts with kindness and compassion, and contributes to the betterment of the community and the world.
5 A person demonstrates respect when he believes in his own self-worth and the intrinsic worth of all people.
6 A person who values harmony seeks inner happiness and promotes social cohesion. He appreciates the unity and and diversity of a multicultural society.