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Affective & Character Education


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Our Guiding Philosophy and Aims


The school is guided by our belief that student development takes place inside and outside of the classroom, in a safe and nurturing environment that is student-centric and values-driven. Through effective and caring student-teacher engagement, rigour and standards, and a diversity of pathways and opportunities, the school aims to:

  • nurture well-rounded and world-ready scientific minds; 
  • inculcate sound moral values and moral ethics; 
  • build a generation proud and firmly rooted to their culture and heritage; 
  • equip our students with social-emotional competencies and 21st century skills; 
  • develop our students to become active contributors to their community; and 
  • develop our students to become distinguished Pioneers, Achievers, Thinkers and Humanitarians.

Core of the Student Development Framework


a.   Core Values
Values are the foundational principles that guide and provide purpose to an individual’s behavior. Values refer to the national and school values that are explicitly taught in the formal and informal curriculum. Enactment of actions without grounding in values would lead to inconsistency in purpose and actions.

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience                
  • Care
  • Harmony
  • Humility
  • Continuous Learning

b.   Core Social and Emotional Competencies
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to an individual’s ‘acquisition of skills to recognise and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively’.
Core social-emotional competencies are taught to students to ensure that they acquire the skills, knowledge and dispositions that will help them face future challenges with resilience and tenacity.

  • Self Awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Relationship Managements
  • Responsible Decision Making

Teaching of these associated skills can be through structured learning experiences or through incidental learning moments. Students equipped with these skills, anchored in sound moral values will be able to demonstrate good character and citizenship.

c.   21st Century Competencies
To better position our students to take advantage of opportunities in a globalised world, our students need to possess life-ready competencies such as creativity, innovation, cross-cultural understanding and resilience.

  • Civic Literacy
  • Global Awareness
  • Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Critical and Inventive Thinking
  • Information and Communication Skills

d.   Structures and Programmes

  • Mentoring Programme: The teacher is a mentor who acts as the care-giver and role-model for the students. 
  • Character-based Discipline: The school adopts a restorative approach to discipline. 
  • Affective Character Education (ACE) programme: RICH3 (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony, Social-Emotional Learning of Self, Family and Community, Cyber-wellness, and Sexuality Education programmes aim to develop and equip our students with sound moral values, good character, resilience and tenacity in life. 
  • Boarding Programme: Year 5 stay-in programme that exposes the students to cooperative learning, self-discipline, independence and community living across cultures. 
  • Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) 
  • National Education (NE) 
  • Service Learning and Community Involvement Programmes 
  • Aesthetics Appreciation Programme 
  • Pastoral and College Counselling 
  • Student Leadership Development