Character and Citizenship Department (CCE)
At PHPPS, we believe that values are both caught and taught. Hence, the people are at the heart of why we do what we do. As a result of being involved in the work of CCE, our department members will grow to be a better person and the pupils, who are at the receiving end of the work we do will develop to be good individuals and useful citizens of Singapore.
The CCE department exists for this very reason – to develop in a heart for others and a love for home in our children so that they will be good individuals and useful citizens who will serve God and the nation.
Integrated School-Based Curriculum
The school adopts an A³ - Acquisition, Application, Affirmation) approach to Character and Citizenship Education. In the Acquisition stage, there is explicit teaching of values, competencies and skills. After which, pupils’ learning is reinforced through the learning experiences that the school provides for pupils to apply what they have learnt. This forms the second stage, Application. Following which, pupils are affirmed for their involvement, contribution and having shown exemplary character.
The Integrated School-Based Curriculum includes:
Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) & One-to-One Interaction
- FTGP is one of the initiatives rolled out as part of CCE to help pupils acquire Social-Emotional (SE) competition.
- The basis for successful acquisition of SE competencies is built on a quality and positive teacher-student relationship, hence the one-to-one interaction.
P5 & P6 Sexuality Education (SEd)
- SEd is based on the Growing Years package, developed by the Psychological Services Branch, MOE
- It imparts knowledge, shape values and influence behaviour with regards to sexuality.
- Weekly lessons are conducted by the preachers to inculcate values which are aligned to the 6 school values.
- School Values Assembly talk
- Each term, the school leaders will give an assembly talk on a school value and the behaviours that are associated with the value. Through this, our school leaders are demonstrating their commitment in re-affirming the central place of values and character development in our education system.
o Following the assembly talk, there will be a school values lessons conducted by the Form Teachers during FTGP to reinforce and enrich the pupils’ learning.
o The 6 school values are covered in detail across 2 years:
Term 1: Integrity
Term 2: Respect
Term 3: Responsibility
Term 1: Teamwork
Term 2: Loyalty
Term 3: Resilience
· Values in Action (VIA)
VIA is an important component of Character and Citizenship Education. It is a learning experience that supports pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. It fosters student ownership over how they contribute to the community. As part of VIA, pupils reflect on their experience, values and contribution. In PHPPS, there is a 6 year VIA Masterplan that helps pupils develop a heart for others. The VIA is developmental and age-appropriate, with emphasis on expanding domains of self to the world.
In PHPPS, we assess our pupils’ conduct based on the 6 school values. This assessment is done nearing the end of each semester by the two Teachers. The rubric for assessment is the Behavioural Award System (BAS), which was revised, simplified and enhanced at the end of 2014 to make it both a developmental and assessment tool. When used as such, it helps the pupils to acquire and exhibit the desired behaviours of the 6 school values.
Features of the BAS:
For more information about the BAS rubric, do refer to pages 18 to 20 of the student handbook.
Special Events / Highlights / Achievement
Structured Recognition System for Character:
There is a structured recognition system put in place to affirm pupils for exhibiting exemplary character.
· Termly School Values Class Award
Ø The school values class award recognises a class of pupils who have worked together in these 5 areas:
(i) Class conduct
(ii) Classroom environment
(iv) SSS participation
(v) Exhibiting any of the school values
· Termly Values Award (School-based)
Ø The Values Award is a platform to recognise pupils who displayed the school value in focus for the term, reinforce good behaviour exhibited and motivate other pupils to model after the award recipients.
Ø P1 to P3 award recipients will walk away with button badges that bear the winning design at each level while the P4 to P6 pupils will receive a certificate.
· Yearly Colours Award (School-based)
Ø The Colours Award recognises pupils in non-academic areas, namely their character and leadership qualities.
Ø These are the categories of awards given out each year:
(i) BAS Award
(ii) Outstanding Model Pupil
(i) Outstanding Leadership Award – EPAL (class-based)
(ii) Outstanding Leadership Award – CCA (CCA-based)
(iii) Outstanding Leadership Award – Pupil Leader (school-based)