WHY (We Hear You)
At West Spring Primary School, we believe that students’ voices are important. We are providing the W.H.Y (We Hear You) platform for students to share their thoughts on topics of concern or interest to them. This platform serves to increase students’ sense of belonging in school.
Every term, students are given a topic to consider. Students can write their suggestions/ideas and why they want the school to implement the ideas using the form provided. Each student can submit one suggestion per term. They will get a signature on their Good Job Card when they show their suggestion to their teacher and if their suggestion is accepted and implemented by the school.
Cultivating Leaders of Values (CLOVE)
It is our belief that character development can be acquired through a good leadership programme. In WPS, our philosophy towards leadership is ‘A Leader in Every Child’, a leader willing to serve and aspiring to lead others by example. All students undergo training in the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership based on The Leadership Challenge® by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.
Positive and Caring Environment
Motivation is the key to learning and good behaviour, especially for children. The “OTTER” affirmation programme rewards students with signatures on the Good Job cards to attainment of rewards like play time on the skate scooters, FOCAL square and FOCAL green for displaying positive behaviour through their good deeds. This visual affirmation will assist in reinforcing good behaviour and more importantly, increase the students’ self-esteem.
OTTER programme is more than a ‘Gotcha!’ moment for unsuspecting do-gooders. The programme is grounded in the understanding that teachers and students can work together – throughout the year and from Pri 1 to Pri 6 – to make school life a kinder, gentler place for all.