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Character and Citizenship Education

At Edgefield Secondary School, we believe that character and citizenship education (CCE) is a shared responsibility, and every interaction with our students, a CCE touchpoint. Developing our students who understand, care about and live out core values such as sincerity, honour, compassion and moral courage is our key focus. We have four CCE goals: ‘Good Character’, ‘Resilience and Wellbeing’, ‘Active Citizenship’ and ‘Future Readiness’.

Through the CCE curriculum and a supportive system of pastoral care and guidance, our students grow into responsible young adults, anchored on sound values, and are ready to navigate the challenges of this increasingly complex world with tenacity; at the same time, their heart is also with the community through their readiness to serve.

The CCE curriculum comprises core modules with thematic focuses such as being a positive influence, mental health, citizenship dispositions and the importance of family as our foundation. Student learning is also enriched further by Guidance Modules (Cyberwellness, Education and Career Guidance, and Sexuality Education), and a wide array of National Education and Values-in-Action programmes.

In addition to the common curriculum, we enhance the students’ learning experiences through the following signature programmes and distinctive pedagogical approaches, so as to sharpen their edge over others whilst building a strong foundation of social and emotional competencies, civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills in our students.

CCE GOAL #1: GOOD CHARACTER

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To build the moral competence of our students, the CCE team explores various facilitative discussion tools so that our students are cognisant of multiple perspectives, and are capable of rationalising cogent arguments or making values-driven decisions.

CCE GOAL #2: RESILIENCE AND WELLBEING

Drawing from leading research on resilience and personal wellbeing, the Pursuit of Happiness taskforce at Edgefield Secondary has identified two inextricably connected and mutually reinforcing factors that determine one’s degree of happiness in life: quality relationships and a healthy identity.

Based on research, the dispositions of empathic compassion, gratitude, resilience and optimism are paramount to the wellbeing of students and in forming a healthy identity. These dispositions will enable them to form quality relationships over the course of their lives.

In order to provide students with the opportunities to grow in this direction and to plant the seeds for their future development, the 2020 Secondary One cohort will be the inaugural batch of students to undergo the Character Strengths workshop to build their self-identity. Over the next few years, they will also be engaged in a wide tapestry of school activities that will help cultivate the necessary key dispositions.

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CCE GOAL #3: ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

At Edgefield Secondary School, values in action are not limited to community involvement programmes. We want to groom compassionate leaders in action and to this end, we offer students the opportunity to be active citizens and conduct service activities that span from the hands-on to thought leadership. The figure below is our guiding framework:

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In the years to come, the school will work towards a model characterised by a unique modular approach to service learning that offers students the opportunity to both explore various service areas and focus on one that matches their individual unique interests and passion.

CCE GOAL #4: FUTURE READINESS

We care about our students’ post-secondary education pathways, and we want them to make informed decisions about the future career or discipline they want to venture into. The Education and Career Guidance team at Edgefield Secondary School runs several topical workshops for both students and parents, in addition to the elective modules for students and learning journeys to Open Houses. Experienced working professionals are also invited to the school for career talks. Close guidance is given to students when they apply for future courses and work attachments. 

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Contributing also to the realisation of the fourth CCE goal is the school’s signature Future Readiness Programme. Find out more about the programme here.