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Student Leaders

Policy and Guidelines

 

Our Vision

  1. The department vision is ‘Every Child, a Leader ’.
  1. We aim to develop every pupil to be an upright and caring leader with strength of character. We believe that every pupil must first learn to lead self before leading others.
  1. As leaders, our students need to understand that leadership is not about the position, power and authority; it is about serving others and in the process grow and develop others and create a better community to which they belong.

Our Philosophy

  1. We believe that::
  • Every pupil can be developed to be a leader
  • Leadership development must be intentional

 

Our Pedagogical Approach

  1. We adopted the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Steven R. Covey in developing student leadership in all our students. Through explicit teaching of the 7 Habits yearly, we seek to inculcate in our students the following behaviours:

 

  • Care – We will care enough to go the extra mile
  • Achievement – We will give our best
  • Responsibility – We will be responsible to self, family, country and environment
  • Self-Efficacy – We will learn what we know not and produce the intended results
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Development Structure

  1. The school has put in place a leadership development structure, which aims to develop leadership competencies in our students through a 3-tiered leadership development programme. The 3 tiers represent the following:

 

  • First Tier – Students learn skills and SEL competencies through Character and Citizenship Education to manage their own self. Students will have the ability to crystallize their thinking and establish a direction for their life.
  • Second Tier – Students learn skills that involve facilitating and guiding the actions of group participants as well as accepting responsibility for the outcome of the group’s efforts. Students learn to provide focus and direction to a specific group of students.
  • Third Tier – Students learn skills to collaborate, trust, and create a vision to serve others.

 

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Key Programmes

Prefects’ Investiture

The Prefect Investiture is a ceremony that formally appoints and recognises the prefects who have gone through a rigorous selection process. They espouse and exhibit the desired values and behaviours of student leaders.

This year, the formal ceremony was held on 23 January 2017. There are 93 prefects, of which 35 of them are newly-appointed this year. The badges were presented to them by our Principal, Mrs Grace Chua. After the badge presentation, the newly-appointed Head Prefect, Ferdi Choo, delivered his speech.

At the end of the ceremony, the Head Prefect and Vice-Head Prefects, together with the Exco-Members, led the prefects in reciting the “Prefect Pledge”, in which they pledge to prepare to don mantle of leadership and discharge the responsibilities entrusted upon them by the school.

Prefects Training Programme

Our prefects are given the opportunity to undergo training for presentation and public speaking skills, stress management and conflict management. We believe that these skills are important for our student leaders to be effective in their roles as student leaders.

 

On 14 and 15 March, 11 of our student leaders participated in the annual Bully-Free Ambassadors’ Training Camp, organized by the Singapore Children’s Society. The aim of the training camp is to train student leaders to be ambassadors to advocate a bully-free environment in the school.

During the camp, student leaders had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of friendship and picked up some safe ways to prevent bullying in school.

The programme allowed our student leaders to develop an anti-bully creed and an intervention structure. The student leaders held a Bully Free Campaign from 17-18 April 2017 to create an awareness of bullying and help foster positive friendships within the school community.