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.
Citizenship & Character Development Programmes (CCE)
Character Matters! (CHARM)
Termly values-based lessons (CHARM) are conducted for students in class during assembly periods. Values are explicitly taught to the students, and appropriate activities are designed for them to internalize the values through practice. The details for the lessons taught in term 2 can be found in the table below.
|s/n||6 Kinds Of Best||Students learned to|
|1||Be Kind to Others||build quality relationships with others. This includes developing good people skills, being supportive and inclusive of others.
The associated traits and behaviours are explicitly taught during CHARM. West Springers will also apply their knowledge by engaging in appropriate life skills activities such as cleaning their shoes and tables, preparing a simple healthy snack for themselves, wrapping presents and being responsible users on social media. These activities help students learn responsibility and gain important life skills.
|2||Be the Learning Kind||become lifelong learners by having a growth mindset, being positive and passionately curious about learning. They are taught to set targets and reflect on their learning during CHARM lessons. Through these meaningful activities, students will appreciate values such as persistence, dedication, cooperation and teamwork.|
|3||Be the Community Kind||be positive contributors to society regardless of how small their contributions may be. They are taught the different values which move from “knowing good” to “doing good”. West Springers will put their values in action (VIA) in semester 2.|