Character & Citizenship Education

Department Goals

To develop pupils who are Confident Persons, Self-Directed Learners, Active Contributors and Concerned Citizens.

Approach

The Character and Citizenship Education framework describes the guiding principles and processes of how Guangyang Primary School approaches character development and citizenship education.

The desired outcomes of Character and Citizenship Education for our pupils are Confident Persons, Self-Directed Learners, Active Contributors and Concerned Citizens.

Confident Person is resilient, knows what is right and wrong and is discerning in his choices.

Self-Directed Learner takes the initiative and responsibility to pursue his own learning.

An Active Contributor is a team player who takes initiative, calculated risks and strives for excellence.

Concerned Citizen is rooted to Singapore, informed about Singapore as well as the world. He also strives to better the lives of people around him.

The framework is undergirded by our core values – Loyalty, Diligence, Courage, Honesty and Teamwork. ‘Head’, ‘Heart’ and ‘Hands’ will be the focus of our engagement at all levels.

In engaging the ‘Head’, pupils will be guided to think and reflect on real-life issues and acquire skills, knowledge and dispositions to brave future challenges through the programmes, lessons and authentic experiences provided by the school.

In engaging the ‘Heart’, platforms will be provided for pupils to appreciate our history and heritage as well as connect emotionally with the Singapore story while developing a global outlook.

In engaging the ‘Hands’, pupils will have the opportunity to give back to society and learn that everyone can play a part in building a better Singapore.

Home-School-Community partnership is important for all aspects of education. Parents have the most enduring influence on their children, hence the school will actively engage parents to reinforce the values taught, both at home and in school.

Through our Values In Action (VIA) programme, the school will encourage pupils to identify and understand community issues, initiate actions to make a difference and improve the lives of others in the community. Through this collaboration with the community, we hope to develop in our pupils a sense of belonging and commitment to serve the community and the nation.

Programmes

Leadership Development Programme

The GYPS Leadership Development Programme aims to maximise the development of pupil leaders’ leadership skills (interpersonal, organisational, problem-solving) and attributes (integrity, confidence, commitment), to groom leaders who are self-directed learners, confident speakers, active contributors and concerned citizens.

Opportunities are created for every pupil to have the chance to experience success at being a leader in the classroom, hence forming the bedrock of pupil leadership development in GYPS. Pupils who display leadership potential are selected to be involved in the running of school programmes.  Within each CCA, members who display leadership potential are identified and trained to lead and represent the members of the CCA group.  All pupils are further screened and those who exude leadership capabilities are identified to join the Prefectorial Board to be pupil leaders of the school.

Classroom Leaders Training

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Junior and Senior Leaders Training

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Prefects Camp

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Living with Values@GYPS

Living with Values Programme represents our whole school approach towards creating an immersive environment whereby pupils are actively encouraged to display the school’s core values through various platforms such as recognition of pupils who have displayed the core values, conducting of lessons infused with values, story-telling sessions by pupil leaders and sharing of value quotes with pupils.

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National Education and Social Studies (NE and SS)

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The National Education (NE) and Social Studies (SS) framework follows the outlook of our Singapore MRT track. It outlines the programmes and events carried out for the school to achieve the same desired outcomes of Character and Citizenship Education.

The 3 big circles show the level of involvement of each programme that is conducted with pupils at the core.

The different colours indicate the different approaches that the school undertakes such as Experience, Engage, Equip and Empower.

The dotted lines indicate the various departments helming the National Education events.

The stations indicate the different programmes that the school provides for the pupils and teachers in order to achieve its objectives to engage pupils’ ‘Head’, ‘Heart’ and ‘Hands’ in each journey.

 

The National Education (NE) Messages

1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.  (We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.)
2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony. (We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.)
3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility. (We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.)
4. No one owes Singapore a living. (We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.)
5. We must ourselves defend Singapore. (We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.)
6. We have confidence in our future. (United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.)

 

NE Ambassador Programme

The NE Ambassador Programme aims to provide a hands-on and minds-on experience for pupils to understand the Singapore story. They learn to share this knowledge with friends and peers turning them into both confident speakers and active contributors. The 3-part programme is introduced to P4 pupils and they will be awarded badges, Bronze, Silver and Gold, at the end of the programme.

NE Ambassadors Training Sessions

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Pupils awarded with Gold badges will present an NE story every Mondays during the morning assembly and at our NE Corner during our Open House.

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Learning Journeys @ GYPS

In GYPS, learning journeys are integrated into our curriculum. Pupils go on learning journeys which allow them to learn more about Singapore and to bring the NE messages alive to them.

Through the NE learning journey, field-based learning and NE Interactive Heritage Trail, the school hopes to enhance pupils’ learning experiences, thus injecting meaning to their learning.

School Heritage Champion Awards 2019

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Guangyang Primary School has been selected as one of the recipients of the School Heritage Champion Award in 2019 by NHB. It is an award which recognises and applauds schools that are strong supporters and advocates of National Heritage Board’s heritage education initiatives at least for the past 2 years. Well done, Guangyang!

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Interactive Heritage Trail – Little India

The primary 5 pupils of Guangyang Primary School embarked on a learning journey to Little India on 16th January 2019. The aim of the learning journey was to exposing pupils to the history of Little India and the customs and rituals of Pongal which is the thanksgiving harvest festival of the Tamil community. This learning journey is an annual event in the school.

The pupils learned about traditional Indian desserts, Indian vegetarian food, henna body art and the cultural significance of flowers and garlands in traditional rituals and ceremonies in Little India.

At the Indian Heritage Centre, pupils tried their hands on traditional Indian games and the art of drawing Kolam.

The pupils then went to the Pongal Exhibition at Hastings Road where they learned about the agricultural traditions of the Tamil community. For many, it was the first time saw a cow and a calf. Following that, they were treated to a cultural dance performance on the stage set up at Campbell Lane for the Pongal Celebrations.

It was truly an enriching experience for pupils and teachers.

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Interactive Heritage Trail – Kampong Glam

25 Apr 2018

On 25th April 2018, the P4 pupils went on a heritage trail to Kampong Glam. This was to give the pupils an opportunity to understand what makes Singapore tick and to instil pride in our nation’s achievements. From the trail, our students learnt about the history of Kampong Glam, the pioneers of Kampong Glam, the Malay culture, religion and way of life.

NE Messages

#1: Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
(We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.)

Learning about Islam at the Sultan Mosque

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Bonding with friends over food

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Finding out about perfumes

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Using mobile devices to learn more about Kampong Glam

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Just having a great time!

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NE Commemoration Days @ GYPS

Total Defence Day

15 Feb 2019

Total Defence Day (TDD) was commemorated in Guangyang Primary School on 15th February 2019. The theme for this year’s Total Defence Day is ‘Together We Keep Singapore Strong’. The theme serves to remind all Singaporeans that everyone has a part to contribute to the five pillars of Total Defence.

A week prior to Total Defence Day, pupils were engaged in TDD lessons during Character & Citizenry Education (CCE), Social Studies (SS) and Art periods. Pupils learnt the different aspects of Total Defence and how they could play an active role in keeping Singapore safe. On the week of Total Defence Day, National Education (NE) ambassadors were in-charge of recess booths that allowed pupils to take part in various TDD activities, like jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and  colouring activities etc. A Home Team Roadshow was also organized during recess, to create awareness among pupils on emergency preparedness and staying vigilant at all times.

On Total Defence Day, the highlight of the commemoration was the pre-assembly programme. Our male teachers were dressed in their National Service uniforms, which added colour to the entire event. Our Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Head of Department, Mr Seet Chia Song, delivered the 2019 TDD message. Through Mr Nazirudeen’s powerpoint presentation, pupils learnt the significance and importance of National Service. The assembly ended with the mass singing of the TDD theme song, ‘There’s A Part for Everyone’, led by Mrs Sharon Ng, Mdm Norhafiza, and our NE ambassadors.

At 12.30 pm, pupils proceeded to their form classes where TDD lesson packages were conducted. They learnt about the signals of the public warning system. The upper primary pupils also learnt more about SGSecure. The lower primary pupils then had a Food Rationing Exercise held in their classrooms, while the upper primary pupils had the experience of queuing for their own food rations at the basketball court. The commemoration ended with a post-reflection activity for pupils to pen down their learning takeaways from the event.

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International Friendship Day (IFD)

8 Apr 2019

International Friendship Day is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond.  In 2019, the theme is “Connected Communities”.

Aligned to the 2019 theme on Connected Communities, the commemoration activities organised by GYPS provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate and live together with friends with different traditions, languages, cultures and histories. It is important to encourage our pupils to continue to actively deepen the connection with our neighbours by empowering them in this process of celebrating our vibrancy and building our community. Pupils are treated to arts performances (i.e. Violin, community singing for songs from various countries and craft work).

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Racial Harmony Day

19 Jul 2019

Guangyang Primary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 19 July 2019. The theme for this year is ‘The Singapore Connection’. During the Assembly talk, pupils learnt about the importance of preserving racial and religious harmony. They had opportunities to learn about different cultures, speak different languages and eat different types of traditional food as a multi-racial nation.

Pupils were engaged in a variety of activities such as henna painting, playing traditional games eating traditional food and having trishaw rides with friends of different races. They wore ethnic costumes and some of them took part in the Fashion Parade. They enjoyed these activities and related well with their peers in a harmonious way.

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National Day

8 August 2019

Guangyang Primary School celebrated our 54th National Day on 8 August 2019. Teacher and pupils came ready for the celebration in red and white. This year’s theme was ‘Our Singapore’.

In the morning the school observed a formal ceremony. The march in by the prefects    bearing the National Flag and the school flag, the singing of the National Anthem patriotically as the flag was being raised and the reciting of the pledge in one voice was truly a remarkable sight.

Following the ceremony we had an exhilarating ACES workout before heading back to class for more fun activities.

The highlight of the day was the highly anticipated National Day Concert. This year 3 Courage, 3 Loyalty, Wushu and Indian Dance members put up fantastic performances. There were 2 game segments where attractive prizes were given away. The celebrations ended on a high note with the singing of our favourite National Day songs – Home and Our Singapore.

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Trips for Internationalization Experience

TIE aims to develop in our pupils’ global awareness and cross-cultural skills and sensitivities, thus preparing them to be global citizens of the 21st century. Through overseas immersion programmes and overseas learning journeys, our pupils also learn to appreciate Singapore and her uniqueness.

Penang Cultural Immersion Trip

14 Aug – 16 Aug 2019

A group of 47 Primary 5 pupils, accompanied by 6 teachers went on a learning journey to Penang from 14th August to 16th August. The pupils visited the Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage). During the visit, pupils learned more about the residents of the orphanage through lively interactions. Souvenirs were also presented to the residents of the orphanage. The pupils had the opportunity to learn about the rich heritage and culture of Penang through visits to numerous places of interest. During the UNESCO heritage walking tour, pupils visited the oldest Kuan Inn Temple, Sri Mahamariaman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque and St. George’s Church, all within close proximity from one another. At the batik factory, they learned about the process of batik making and tried their hand at batik painting. The mural wall art walking trail was an eye-opener for the pupils who were fascinated by the beautiful art displays. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. A recreation of a typical 19th century Baba home, the elegantly restored museum displays over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles. Our pupils returned from the learning journey enriched and filled with a deeper appreciation of the different cultures and traditions of the different races

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