Character & Citizenship Education
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) @ SMB
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), including National Education (NE), and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), are integral to the holistic development of our students, leading to positive life outcomes. In Sembawang Secondary School, our CCE vision is civic-minded change-makers with a strong moral compass. This is in alignment to the national CCE goal to inculcate values and build competencies in our students to be good individuals and useful citizens.
The school works towards developing Leaders and Change-makers who possess the desired attributes, values, competencies and skills set through the head, heart and hand (3Hs) approach which is progressive and developmental.
CCE 2021 Curriculum Frame
CCE 2021 provides an integrated approach to addressing our students’ development of values, character, social-emotional well-being, and citizenship dispositions in a coherent and holistic way. The CCE 2021 Curriculum Frame takes reference from the existing Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes and aims to enhance clarity on how the core values are linked to the social-emotional competencies, and how they are internalised and lived out by our students.
The curriculum content of CCE is based on the three big ideas of Identity, Relationships, and Choices, and comprises the teaching and learning of core values and social-emotional competencies with a focus on developing a sense of purpose in our students.
The Curriculum Content Areas include
- National Education (NE),
- Sexuality Education (SEd),
- Mental Health (MH),
- Education and Career Guidance (ECG),
- Cyber Wellness (CW) and
- Family Education (FE).
There are several learning platforms where CCE is enacted with intentionality. These include CCE Lessons during curriculum time, Key Student Development Experiences (SDEs) beyond the classroom, school-based initiatives, teachable moments during other subject lessons, and learning opportunities beyond school. For the enactment of CCE to have sustainable impact on our students, a caring and enabling school environment is needed to support their dispositional development.
Key CCE Programmes:
- Education and Career Guidance (ECG)
- Vaues in Action (VIA)
- Citizenship Education (CE)
- Environmental Conservation(EC)
Education and Career Guidance (ECG)
Key Message: To continually develop students’ interests, abilities and passion and teach them to contribute meaningfully to society through their future professions.
In Sembawang Secondary School, a holistic approach is adopted in planning and implementing our Education and Career Guidance (ECG) programme. As part of ECG development in our students, the school inspires all students to set goals and strongly encourages all graduating students to apply for tertiary courses via Early Admission Exercise (EAE) and Direct School Admission (DSA), with a high success rate achieved.
The distinctive ECG programmes that were organised by the school include Education and Career Guidance Fair, Early Admission Exercise Talks, Polytechnic Open House visits, Elective Modules, Advanced Elective Modules, etc. The Elective Modules and Advanced Elective Modules provide opportunities for students from all streams to extend their academic’s learning, focusing on areas related to STEM. These programmes help to widen their knowledge of the various career paths in various industry and prepare them for post-secondary education.
Captivating and informative Education and Career Guidance Fair where tertiary institutions were invited to the school to share information on tertiary courses.
Engaging and Hands-on Elective Module Programme on Aerospace where our students get to enjoy a simulated cockpit experience
Elective Module programme on Pastry Making to groom our future chefs and bakers
Key Message: Discerning and responsible digital users who are able to protect themselves and their well-being in the cyberspace.
The distinctive CW programmes that were organised by the school include Cyber Wellness Carnival, Intergenerational Learning Programme, Cyber Wellness sharing by CW leaders, Cyber Wellness poster design competition, etc. The Cyber Wellness carnival, led by our CW leaders, is an impactful event that combines fun games with embedded CW messages, so that students can learn while having fun. The Intergenerational Learning Programme is a partnership between Family Central and Sembawang Secondary School where our CW leaders teach digital skills and usage of mobile apps to the elderly.
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 1: Shoot down the fake news
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 2: Pass down the message
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 3: Guess the word
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 4: Search the word
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 5: Pick up the real news
Cyber Wellness Carnival – Station 6: Photo Booth
Intergenerational Learning Programme where our Cyber Wellness leaders taught the elderly usage of some mobile apps via Zoom
Vaues in Action (VIA)
Key Message: To nurture Leaders and Change Makers who demonstrate the RESPIRE (school) values to contribute meaningfully to the community
The focus of the Lower Secondary VIA programme is on environmental conservation while the focus of the Upper Secondary VIA programme is on touching the lives of the community. The distinctive VIA programmes that were organised by the school include beach cleaning, designing recyclable bag and giving them to residents to promote environmental conservation, gate painting at rented flats, organising block party for residents, VIA carnival, etc. Over the four to five years in school, our students have experienced many meaningful events that have brought about an impact to the environment and community, while achieving an excellent score in the service component of LEAPS 2.0.
Students painting the gates of residents staying in rented flats as part of their VIA programme
Recyclable bag designed by our students and given to residents as part of advocacy of environmental conservation
Students engaged in beach cleaning and interacting with residents during a block party
Citizenship Education (CE)
Key Message: We believe our students and teachers are informed citizens who have a heart for the nation through cultivation of national cohesion, sense of belonging and confidence in the future.
The distinctive CE programmes that were organised by the school include Total Defence Day celebration, Racial Harmony Day celebration, National Day celebration, etc.
Total Defence Day
For the commemoration of Total Defence Day (TDD), the activities were conducted during CCE lesson. CE Leaders conducted a TDD sharing, presenting on the different aspects of TDD and how we could contribute in building a strong and resilient Singapore. Students then highlighted their commitment by designing a scratch card and placing it together as a class to form a meaningful design related to Total Defence.
Racial Harmony Day
For the commemoration of Racial Harmony Day, students were engaged in discussions and reflected on what it means to live in a multicultural society like Singapore and how we can work together to strengthen racial and religious harmony. At the end of the day, we learnt that harmony comes not through tolerating the differences but a genuine appreciation of our shared aspirations.
National Day Celebration
For our nation’s 55th birthday, we began the day with a record of a parade segment where our Uniform Groups and CE Leaders conducted the flag-raising ceremony with pride. We continued the day celebrating our nation’s achievements and commitment to stay united as one people through the building of structures as a class, while adhering to safe distancing measures. We ended the day with a sing-along session, which was complimented by the creative music videos created by each class!
Structures of iconic buildings in Singapore created by putting together paper cubes designed by students
Key Message: Responsible and caring individual who brings positive impact to the environment
The distinctive EC programmes that were organised by the school include Sembcorp School Recycling Programme, Green Outreach Programme (GOP), assembly talk on recycling by SembWaste, sharing by EC leaders on climate change and recycling, etc. Through these programmes and some hands-on activities such as the GOP, student are constantly reminded of the important messages of reducing, reusing and recycling.
Students collecting newspapers and other recyclables from residents as part of our Green Outreach Programme
Students attending an assembly talk on recycling by SembWaste