Character & Citizenship Education Department
The Character and Citizenship Department aims to provide our students with multiple opportunities to develop and acquire values, knowledge and skills through varied classroom lessons and school experiences.
Our CCE Framework is rooted in our school values 3RICH. It seeks to achieve the 21st Century Competencies and Desired Student Outcomes Framework by MOE through four key programmes in the school: Character Development, Values in Action, Citizenship and Student Leadership. The school mission and the school values are at the core of our CCE Framework; it anchors what we seek to achieve in our students.
The Department uses various platforms to create authentic learning experiences so that students will be able to put their learning into action for the internalisation of skills and values.
At West Spring Primary, every student can GROW.
G – Grounded in school values
R – Rooted to Singapore yet have a global mindset
O – Take Ownership in character development
W – Wise in making responsible decisions even in the midst of great influence from the world
The school strongly believes that quality teacher-student relationships in a classroom make the students feel important and valued. The school has created another platform, BLOSSOM (Building of Support, Sharing of Moments) for form teachers (FT), co-form teachers (Co-FT) and students to bond during recess. Besides strengthening teacher-student relationships, FT and Co-FT as good role models to their students will carry out ACTIVATE together with the students in the canteen. This is part of the school’s efforts to build character in our students.
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.