National Education The School aims to develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and to build confidence in the future of Singapore within the students and teachers. The events that are organized aim to create a Sense of Belonging, Sense of Reality and Sense of Hope in students and teachers. It also allows everyone to increase the sense of national identity. The activities, programmes and learning journeys include the “Head, Hearts and Hands” framework. This allows students to respond with respect (using their Hearts), reflect before responding (using their Heads), relate, and respond to the changes around them (using their Hands). The framework involves stakeholders; the educators, students and the community who are important in the delivery of NE.
Total Defence Day
Seng Kang Primary School commemorated Total Defence Day on 17 February 2020 to mark Singapore’s fall to the Japanese in 1942. Total Defence Day serves to remind our students that Singapore is worth defending and that we ourselves must defend Singapore. Through the activities planned, we created an awareness that they can play their part too. The focus for this year was “Together we keep Singapore strong”.
International Friendship Day
The school will be commemorating International Friendship Day (IFD) on Thursday, 9 April 2020. The activities will allow our students to learn about and appreciate other cultures in cosmopolitan Singapore. We hope to nurture in our students the spirit of friendship and collaboration amongst people of different culture, races and countries. The theme for this year is ‘Beyond Borders’.
Racial Harmony Day
The School will be commemorating Racial Harmony Day on Tuesday 21 July 2020. This year’s theme will be “Multicultural Singapore”. The students will reflect on our shared experiences and values which has connected us as Singaporeans. Activities on Racial Harmony Day will deepen their understanding of harmony in Singapore. It will be a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate our diversity and richness as we come together and find strength from our shared experiences and heritage.
On 7 August 2020, Seng Kang Primary School will celebrate National Day to commemorate our 55 years as an independent nation. The celebration will be a rallying call for us to unite regardless of race, language or religion. The activities in school will allow us to appreciate our forefathers from past to present. The events organized aim to create a Sense of Belonging, Sense of Reality and Sense of Hope among students and staff of Seng Kang Primary School.
In Seng Kang Primary School, we aim to enhance teacher awareness and understanding in contemporary issues and develop their capacity to facilitate and engage students in discussion of current issues. We also want to develop an age-appropriate approach to sensitize students to current affairs and introduce the discussion of contemporary issues to the classrooms.
Discipline - A Whole School Approach
The approach SKPS has created acclimate of care and concern. Students feel that the school has provided them with opportunities to have excellent relationships with their peers and teachers. They feel that a helping hand is always extended to all. This is due to the ‘discipline with care’ approach that is taken when dealing with students.
Presenting issues of students are taken into consideration by a team of trained teachers before any intervention is meted out. The team consists of teachers trained in special needs (learning needs), school counsellors (emotional needs) and discipline teachers (behavioural needs). The framework below shows how the Referral System works in the school.
In Seng Kang Primary School, prefect leaders are appointed to complement and lead the student body in alignment with vision and mission of the school to achieve its goals. The roles are stated below:
1. Prefectorial Board (Head Prefect, Deputy Head Prefect and Prefect Mentor)
2. Nominated (Year 1 Prefect)
3. Junior (Year 2 Prefect)
4. Senior 1 (Year 3 Prefect)
5. Senior 2 (Year 4 Prefect)
As prefect leaders, they are trained to:
1. Lead Self
2. Lead Others
3. Lead Leaders
Hence, all prefect leaders undergo a structured leadership training programme to develop and hone their leadership skills under the guidance of Prefect Masters.
The school has identified the following leadership skills:
1. Communication skills
2. Inter-personal skills
3. Planning & Organisational skills
Education & Career Guidance
Education & Career Guidance (ECG) comes under the school’s Character & Citizenship Education department framework and is an integral part of the character development of our students. Education and Career Guidance (ECG) equips students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to make informed decisions at each key education stage for successful transition from school to further education or work, and hence to manage their career pathways and lifelong learning throughout their lives. Through ECG, social emotional competencies and qualities of proactivity, adaptability, and resilience are developed to prepare students for the 21st Century. In primary school, the emphasis is largely on creating an awareness of their future education and career options, to enable greater engagement and relevance in their current curricula, and better decision making for their next steps.
Family Tree of Careers (P1/P2)
Awareness: Who Am I?
Lower primary students listened to talks by different parents about their work. The Parent Support Group talked about what their jobs entail, and why they are passionate about their work. They went away inspired by some of the stories that were told.
Kidzania Learning Journey (P2)
Awareness: Who Am I?
P2 students went on a learning journey to KidZania to learn about different occupations that they might be interested in. They interacted with a facilitator who put them through realistic situations like putting out a ‘fire’, operating on a ‘patient’, and flying in an aircraft simulator.
Assembly: Ryan Chan of Hubba Bubbas Band
Experience: Where Am I Going?
Students were treated to an engaging talk detailing the different lines of work Ryan has tried, and were even serenaded with one of his band’s latest songs. He encouraged them to continue to explore different occupations till they find the one they are passionate about.
Secondary School Exhibition (P6)
Advocacy: How Do I Get There?
Students visited schools that specialised in their CCA and/or other niche areas to find out if they would want to apply to them via DSA, to pursue these interests at a higher level.
Innovation and VIA Programme
Design Thinking is introduced into Lifeskills Curriculum. This is in line with the move by the school to introduce Graciousness as part of the school’s values. With the help of the new thinking tools, students learnt to empathize with the needs of the user by putting themselves into the shoes of the person that they are innovating for.
Through the teaching packages, students were equipped with skills to become inventive thinkers. Students learn to analyse issues from different perspectives, generate ideas, make better decisions and derive more effective solutions to problems. Skills learnt are also transferable to VIA projects and curriculum. Students also learnt that they are part of the community and have a responsibility to make the school a better place through their suggestions.
P4 and P5 VIA Projects
VIA and innovation is infused into character education to provide an experiential approach fusing critical thinking in product design and product creation.
These thinking and innovation approaches and skills are incorporated as part of the curriculum design of the school’s Lifeskills Curriculum for Values Education, which also includes Piaget’s Stages of Development and Kohlberg’s Moral Reasoning Theory. Reflections is used as a means of encapsulating student learning whilst the storytelling approach is used in the books and role playing by students and student leaders to deepen their values acquisition.
P4 VIA and Innovation lesson also integrated with their IPW project. These new structure had invoked greater empathy in our P4 students as they were involved to better understand the cancer children’s challenges and how the funds raised would be used to meet their healthcare needs.
P6 VIA Projects
For 6 Charity, 2019, the objective of their VIA project is to show appreciation to the SBS bus captains.
Students created Thank You cards to show appreciation to the bus captains. They also visited the SBS Transit exhibition, to understand more about inclusiveness on public transport.
Some students wore blindfolds and others were taught how to lend a hand to someone who is visually impaired. Students learnt to empathise and show care and concern to the community