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Character & Citizenship Education (CCE) Digest

Issue 4 April 2012

ANGLICAN HIGH SCHOOL


600 Upper Changi Road Singapore 487012 Phone: 6 2414 866 Fax: 6 441 4690 E-mail: ahs@moe.edu.sg

Character & Citizenship (CCE) Digest


Anglican High School

Inside this issue:


Character Education

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CIP/CCE Contest National Education Life Skills CCE Digest Contest

CCE Digest Reflection Contest


What Is The Contest? We would like to know your reflections as AHS Students on what you have read in the CCE Digest, and how it has helped you. Attractive prizes will be given to the best reflection submitted every month. Your reflections will also be printed in the following months CCE Digest. What Do I Submit? You can respond to any of the 4 reflection questions from the 4 sections in the CCE Digest. There is no minimum or maximum words, all submissions of any length is welcome! How Do I Submit My Reflections? There are 2 ways to submit your reflections. You can either email your reflections to Mr Chris at christon.choo@gmail.co m or fill up the contest form and- submit into Christon Choo Life Coach the contest box, all at the RELAC room behind the General Office. Please state your name

Value of the Month: Holiness


Question for Reflection: What does Holiness mean to you? Besides the above listed examples, do you have others? Share with us your opinions and be rewarded!


Aspiring towards purity in body, mind and soul in reverence to God

Come forward!
Do you know of anyone who often shows the characteristics of holiness? Do your part to promote the value of holiness. Grab a nomination form from the General Office to recognise your friend and in doing so, inspire other students to live a life with a value of holiness.

CCE Vision:
Honourable Leaders who are rooted in Singapore CCE Philosophy: We believe that every student can be an upright and useful citizen who embodies Christian values and contribute positively to the society through the practice of servant leadership

- Lee Jie Han SH Character & Citizenship Education

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Character Education
To support the goal of nurturing a stronger Singapore through studentcentric and values-driven education, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will restructure the Edusave awards from 2012 to recognise students who demonstrate exemplary values and civic responsibility and increase the number of awards for achievements in non-academic domains such as leadership, co-curricular activities (CCA) achievements, or service to the school and the community. Specifically, MOE will implement the following: Introduce a new Edusave Character Award Double the number of Edusave Awards for Achievement, Good Leadership and Service (EAGLES) and higher award quantum Increase the income limit to enable more students to qualify for the Edusave Merit Bursary. The Straits Times editorial (published on 19 Mar, 2012) expressed the view that educators alone cannot be tasked to impart values to students. Parents and the immediate family circle have a crucial part to play too. The Straits Times Review & Forum: Shaping character is everyones job The cash that comes with the Edusave Character Awards for students, announced recently by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, is just a token and does not diminish the intent of recognising worthy actions by putting a dollar value to them. However, the flurry of comments that followed the announcement point to what might lie ahead as discussions grow around the formidable task of character and citizenship education, described aptly by Mr Heng as the most difficult to teach well. First, the widespread interest and contributions of the community as a whole will be essential for the sustained development of strategies and practical programmes geared for different groups. Second, the tone and tenor of the discussions that take place will matter for example, whether philosophical divides will surface on how to balance individualism and teamwork. Not least, all should be able to constantly see the wood namely the desired outcomes of character education for the trees. (Continued on next page)

Being Productive during School Holidays Break


Now that the school holidays are here, it is good to take time to relax and de-stress after a long term! However, you can do much more during the school holidays than play and sleep. Instead of spending the whole June break doing nothing, you can spend it productively and feel accomplished at the end of the holidays. Here are some practical things you can do to use your time wisely during the holidays. Do Spring Cleaning The holiday break would be a good time to do some spring cleaning for your home and room. Go through your things and throw away what you dont need and organise your belongings to prepare for the new school term. Volunteer Use the extra free time you have to volunteer at a charity or church. You could help many needy people during your holidays with the time you do not have during school days. You can be a blessing to others and touch someones life. Sign Up for Classes Pick up a hobby or skill during the break, taking the time to learn something that you enjoy. Whether its arts, music or sports you can enhance your life with a new skill. Help Out At Home The school holidays would be a good time to show your parents how much you appreciate them by helping out around the house. You could help to sweep the floor or prepare a meal, relieving your parents and helping to make your home a cleaner and better place to stay. Plan the Next Term You can use the holidays to reflect on your performance in Terms 1 and 2. Look at things you have done well and need to continue in Term 3 and 4, and also what are some things you need to stop or start doing. Set goals for yourself to achieve in Terms 3 and 4, and think about the actions you can take to achieve those goals. Factor in time to revise as well. Rest and Relax Spend some time doing things that you enjoy! Rest your body and mind in preparation for the new school term, so that you can start the new term rested and refreshed and ready to - Christon Choo Life Coach

Question for Reflection: Why is building character important and how is it the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of Singapore? What are your views regarding the new awards?

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Resisting Temptation
Everyone faces temptation, whether or not you are a Christian. While we may not be tempted to commit crimes, we do face small temptations everyday. Some temptations we may face include the temptation to steal, lie or cheat. While there is no secret to overcoming temptation, there are some practical steps which you can take to avoid giving in to temptation. Maintain a Close Relationship with God Through spending time with God in prayer and reading the bible, you can develop a close relationship with God. This close relationship with give you tremendous spiritual strength when you are facing temptation. Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Run From Temptation To avoid being tempted, try not to put yourself into situations where you will be tempted. If you are tempted to watch TV, study in your room where there is no TV to tempt you. 2 Timothy 2:22: Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart Ask Others For Prayer When you are facing a temptation which you have a great challenge overcoming you can also ask your friends or family to pray for you as well. Matthew 18:20: For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. We Will Not Be Tempted Beyond What We Can Handle God has promised that he will not allow us to be temped beyond what we can handle. Through Gods strength, we can overcome temptation and live holy and righteous lives! 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Question for Reflection: What are some temptations you are facing, and how can you overcome them?

The new programme will bring together Civics and Moral Education, National Education, and Social and Emotional Learning. But schools alone certainly cannot build character and citizenship, as many have noted. Ultimately, parents and the immediate family circle might well have the most profound impact on the young. On the push for imparting lasting values, some educators are frank in their admission of doubts, as observed by a National Institute of Education professor: Teachers come to me and say, Im embarrassed, Im not sure if Im practising the values that Im teaching.

This is a central question that all parents ought to address, as it will be futile to tell the young to follow what I say and not what I do. Serving as a role model for the young at home becomes all the more important as their world is often dominated by celebrities and popular culture that convey antithetical values. For example, a role model like Bobby Charlton is hopelessly outnumbered by others in the spotlight like Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez. Parents can help counter the influences of media personalities by quietly and steadfastly demonstrating the values that guide their own actions.

It takes considerable time and effort to build character, of course one more task on a parents already long list of priorities. But it is not something that can be left to schools alone, or left to chance. As former US president Theodore Roosevelt observed: Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

- Lee Jie Han SH Character & Citizenship Education

- Christon Choo Life Coach

Ministry of Education. (2012, 8 Mar). Retrieved 27 Apr, 2012, from http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/2012/03/signalling-importance-of-holistic-education.php

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Community Involvement Programme (CIP)


CIP Reflection : April CCE Digest Winner
This week we include excerpts from the CIP reflection of a student from Secondary 2C on their Service-Learning Trip to Sunlove Home. I feel very sad for them as dementia is a very cruel and incurable illness whereby a person will slowly begin to forget all of his or her memories. Besides that, this trip has also taught me more on how to interact with the elderly and the problems they face on a daily basis such as the difficulty to eat, drink or even walk properly which I can easily do. Furthermore, this trip to Sunlove Home has encouraged me to do more CIP work and to participate in every CIP as I find it fulfilling to be able to bring joy to these people but sad at the same time because I am not able to make a big change in their lives to make it better. I really hope that the school will organise more of these programmes so that I will have the chance to participate yet again. I have learnt many things

Citizenship Education
The school celebrated International Friendship Week on 13 April 2012. The theme for this years celebration is Singapore in the World. It is important for our students to develop a cosmopolitan mindset while remaining rooted to Singapore. At the same time, we would like to encourage our students to engage with our new citizens as well as the many nonSingaporeans who have chosen to make Singapore their home. They bring with them different perspectives, vibrant cultures and exciting ideas which will enrich our lives. Besides having morning quizzes to raise awareness of the objectives of International Friendship Week, different levels have customised CCE lessons targeted at the focus for individual levels. The Secondary Ones learnt to appreciate the uniqueness of Singapores culture and to feel a sense of Pride in being an ambassador for Singapore. The Secondary Twos were encouraged to appreciate the increasing diversity of Singapores society and to understand the importance of integrating foreigners into our community. Secondary Three students learnt to recognise the importance of diplomatic relations. The Secondary Four students learnt to appreciate the role that international bodies like ASEAN play and how Singapores participation in international bodies help it to foster better diplomatic ties with neighbouring countries. The commemoration of International Friendship Week ended with an assembly programme during which students were treated to the insights of international friendship from different perspectives. Mrs Jamuna Mohan and Mr Hoo Boon Hock enthralled students and teachers alike with their rich experiences. In addition, Jeremy and Haozhe(3C) reflected on their personal journeys on how they have formed strong friendships with one another quickly even though they come from different countries. Hui Ting (3C) shared how studying in a different country helped her to gain many new insights about her own country. Chen Hong (2D) shared how one can easily make friends with a nonSingaporean neighbor. It was indeed an enriching afternoon.

Question for Reflection: Do you have any good experience in CIP to share? What do you think you can learn from such an experience?

and one of them is to appreciate what I have now as I may never know when I will lose them. Also, I have learnt to understand and love each and everyone despite the differences. - Samantha Koh, 2C

Question for Reflection: Do you have any personal experiences that you would like to share with the rest, regarding your experiences making friends with nonCitizens? Or do you have any views about integrating nonSingaporeans into our society?

- Lee Jie Han SH Character & Citizenship Education