Values in Action
Lower Secondary VIA Programme
Lower secondary students extend their services to meet community needs, specifically those of the disabled, elderly and the environment. In these two years, students will move out of the school’s comfort zone to extend their services to the community through activities such as visits to Homes and helping to clean their neighbourhood and community. These activities are organized by the school in partnership with our community partners.
VIA in the lower secondary is aligned to the school’s strategic thrust that looks into Progressive Character and Leadership Development. To this end, students are guided and facilitated to plan and organise before they embark on any of their outreach activities. At the end of each activity, students will do personal reflections to enable them to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the communities that they have interacted with.
Upper Secondary VIA Programme
Having been involved in various types of community service programmes from P1 to Sec 2, students in the upper secondary will take the initiative and responsibility to source out for their own VIA activities. VIA at Sec 3 and Sec 4 is self-directed. This is in line with the school Vision, ‘Girls of Grace, Women of Strength, Leaders with Heart’.
Self-initiated VIA activities for Sec 3 and Sec 4, are classified into 2 main groups, namely, Non-interactive and Interactive. The school has set a cap of 6 hours for Non-interactive activities within a year. The rationale is to encourage the students to be involved in a range of activities by reaching out to the community at large as well as to give them the opportunity to develop various life skills.
Our Sec 3 pupils are to be involved in a Service Learning Project where they will go through lessons during their CME (Civics and Moral Education)periods that help them to understand the concept of organising programmes that would meet the needs of the segment of society that they would choose to help out. Regular reflection sessions, at the beginning, the middle and the end of their prohject also help towards consolidating their learning. Students are
encouraged to have work together with a non-profit organisation of their choice to meet their needs such as helping to raise funds or increase awareness of the organisation. Organisations that have benefitted from the S-L projects have been many such as Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Singapore Children’s Society and the Yellow Ribbon Project.
The Secondary Four pupils get involved in self-initiated activities such as fund-raising, through sale of flags, for organisations such as Society for the Physically Disabled, Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres and various other non-profit organisations. They also help out in activities at the various libraries, and visits to elderly centres.
This page was last updated on: Thu,13/11/2016