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Character and Citizenship Education

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Character and Citizenship Education

Our Mission :

Nurturing pupils to be self-disciplined individuals that live out their values effectively.
NLS aims to look into Character Development of NorthLight students which is centered on goals in the school’s Strategic Thrusts 1 & 2:

Strategic Thrust 1: Developing Character and Good Citizens

Strategic Thrust 2: Providing Career-Oriented and Skills-Focused education

The NorthLight School CCE Framework is anchored on the school motto “Never Give Up”. The school believes that in order for students to be resilient and confident global citizens, they need to have strength in character. This strength in character comes from within and every NLS student should learn to do his/her best and to embody the motto of “Do Your Best”.

CCE Department Programmes

  • Values-based Assembly
  • At-risk & Engagement Programmes
  • NorthLight Programme
  • NE Programmes
  • Values in Action (VIA)
  • Pupil Leadership
  • Reward & Recognition

We aim to develop our pupils to be

  • Confident persons with a mindset of excellence and integrity.
  • Active team players who can communicate effectively
  • Engaged learners with a passion for learning and a sense of responsibility
  • Concerned citizens who are caring and respectful
We are guided by the NLS CCE Framework which is based on the belief that education is about developing the child holistically. Centred on the NLS vision and mission, this framework focuses on the knowledge, skills and values which we hope to inculcate in our pupils to equip them to be citizens of good character and lifelong learners. Our pupil development efforts are guided by three big ideas – Identity, Relationship and Choices. The framework is supported by learning structures for instructional and non-instructional programmes. Eventually, we hope to nurture our pupils holistically so that we are able to achieve the eight CCE learning outcomes (LOs).

The NorthLight School CCE Framework can be illustrated in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: NorthLight School Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Framework
The NLS CCE framework is represented by a Swiss roll. In NLS, a sound CCE curriculum and framework forms the core of education for our students. Having good values, strength in character and citizenship serve as a moral compass to help our students to steer through life.
a) Core Values

Aligned to the Framework for 21CC and Student Outcomes, the SHINE values (Sincerity, Honesty, Innovation, Networking and Excellence) in NLS form the core of the NLS CCE Framework as core values are fundamental for a NorthLight student to be a person of good character and to be a useful citizen of Singapore who develops to be a lifelong learner.

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Figure 2: Mapping of School values (SHINE) to the CCE core values and NE messages
b) 3 Big Ideas in CCE

To help NLS students develop key understandings of CCE, CCE has to be anchored on the following 3 big ideas:

  • Identity - Having a sense of identity involves embracing a set of values and ideals. A well-developed identity gives on a sense of one’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual uniqueness (Marcia, 1966).
  • Relationships - Relationships engage children in the community to help them define who they are, what they can become, and how and why they are important to other people.
  • Choices - Choices are necessary to help students act upon values; to do what they believe is right, even in the face of pressure and temptation (Lickona, 1991). Thus, choices are platforms that enable students to apply and clarify their values.
C) Enhancing Teacher-Student Relationship (CFT & LIT)
To fulfil its vision to be a living and learning community, NLS will focus on relationship building within the school community. Structures and processes are in place to build a living and learning community. These will include classes meeting their form teachers in the morning (CFT) and protected meal times (LIT) within the school community. Other school-based activities including level-wide school camps, sports day, inter-class competitions will serve to nurture and further enhance teacher-student relationship.
d) NE Events and Programmes
The purpose of National Education is to develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and confidence in the future by:
  • Fostering a sense of identity, pride and self-respect in being Singaporeans;
  • Relating the Singapore story: how Singapore succeeded against odds to become a nation;
  • Understanding Singapore’s unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries; and
  • Instilling the core values of our way of life and the will to prevail, all of which ensure our continued success and well-being
e) Post Exam Activities
  • One NE activity for each Post Exam period;
  • Arts Appreciation activity for each Post Exam period;
  • Class Bonding activities to enhance TSR

The NorthLight Programme (NLP)

NLP is part of the school Character and Citizenship Education. It aims to support the school mission to provide an engaging career-oriented and values-focused education for youth and prepare them for lifelong learning and employability.
There are 5 broad objectives:
  • Support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community through the learning and application of values, in particular the school values of SHINE – Sincerity, Honesty, Innovation, Network and Excellence
  • Acquire socio-emotional competencies and Habits of Mind to help students learn skills and knowledge for meaningful relationships and to help them face various challenges in life
  • Acquire Habits of Mind – a disposition to behave intelligently when confronted with problems or uncertainties
  • Equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions for successful transition from school to further education or work
  • Develop students to become concerned citizens by helping them to better understand the interconnectedness of Singapore and the world we live in
A brief outline for the curriculum is shown in the table below.

Domains

NLP Components

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Values Education 

Service Learning

Family Education

Career & Finance

Service Learning

Family Education

Career & Finance

Service Learning

Family Education

Socio-emotional Competencies

Social Skills

Family Education

Social Skills

Family Education

Social Skills

Family Education

Habits of Mind 

EQUAL

Leadership

EQUAL (Y2 Junior)

Leadership

Education & Career Guidance

Career & Finance

Career & Finance

National Education

The World & SG

The World & SG


NLP assessment is based on the following modes:

  • Project work
  • Performance tasks
  • Observation

Pupil Well-Being

Various support programmes are in place to provide provision of care for our students. These support programmes ensure their socio-emotional well-being and development. They are supported by Year Heads, Discipline Masters, Teachers, Full Time School Counsellors, Educational Psychologists, School Welfare Officers, School Health Advisors and Pastoral Care Officers
(a) Counselling
Various personnel in the school will help to facilitate the personal growth, development and self-understanding of every child in NLS. This in turn, empowers the child to adopt more positive and constructive life practices. Counselling can help our students to develop a clearer understanding of their concerns and challenges and thus help them to acquire new skills to better manage their personal as well as educational issues.

Partnerships

NorthLight School strives to form strategic partnerships with our stakeholders, anchored on the various key approaches with the aim of developing the 21st century competencies in our students. The guiding principle is grounded on the belief that the home, school, industry and community have a shared goal to create an environment that best supports all NLS’ students learning and development. Parents have a primary influence on their children’s total development, while schools provide the foundations through formal education. Industry and community partnerships present authentic opportunities to build the students’ sense of identity and responsibility towards the community and nation. The home, school, industry and community must work together in mutual trust, respect and understanding to bring the best out of the students.

NLP DISCIPLINE GUIDELINE

At NorthLight, We see discipline as educational process to develop students intellectually and morally so that sound values are inculcated and lived out on a daily basis, Our goal is nurture our students into self-disciplined individuals.

We believe in disciplining with care. When we discipline a student, it is not to inflict pain but for the student to learn. Our key approaches include creating a supportive environment and sustainable programmes that focus on success rather than failure. We seek to teach components of good character via social emotional learning through daily routines that will reflect our school values. Teachers and pupils will also model good behaviour and affirm positive actions. Students who have erred in their behaviour will be re-directed and guieded towards the right direction and will take ownership of choices that they make.

We hope that with love, care and clear established rules, our students will choose to live out the school’s values and be responsible in creating a positive learning environment.


The following rules and regulations will be understood by the students at NorthLight.

A) Offences
The school tracks the following offences by recording the cases in the “Offences Module” of the Ministry of Education’s School Cockpit System.

Attendance
  • Late-coming
  • Skipping Classes
  • Leaving school grounds without permissionRemove featured image
  • Truancy
  • Other related offences
Misconduct
  • Disruptive Behaviour
  • Not doing assignments
  • Bringing banned items
  • Improper attire & grooming
  • Open defiance and rudeness
  • Cheating in tests/exams
  • Forgery
  • Abuse of technology
  • Other related offences
Theft / Damage of Property
  • Theft / shoplifting
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
  • Other related offences
Other Serious Offences
  • Assault / Fighting
  • Gangsterism
  • Possession of weapons
  • Gambling
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Pornography
  • Other offences deemed grave and serious
Do note that the above list is not exhaustive. The school reserves the right to make necessary changes as and when deemed fit.

B) Attendance
Flag-raising and Pledge-taking ceremony
  • Students should be in the hall by 7.50am ( at least 10 minutes before the flag-raising ceremony which commences at 8am sharp.)
  • Students who are singapore citizen must sing the National Anthem and take pledge. Pupils will take the Pledge with the right fist over the heart.
  • Attendance will be taken by form teachers after the ceremony via the class register by 8.45am.
Late-coming
  • A Student is considered late when he does not attend the flag-raising and pledge-taking ceremony in the hall
Absence from school
  • A student who is absent due to sickness must produce a medical certificate (m.c) from a certified doctor or letter by parents.
  • For non-medical reasons ( such as a death in the family, etc) appropriate documents or letter from parents / guardian should be produced. Such a letter should be neatly written or typed and enclosed in an envelope.
  • Absence without a medical certificate or a parent / guardian’s letter may be regarded as a truancy case.
C) Movement
Leaving class during lessons
  • If the need arises, a student may be allowed by the form or subject teacher to leave the class briefly by issuing him / her with a leave pass hung around the neck, or a permission slip endorsed by the staff.
  • Students are not allowed to leave class during the 1st period, 10 minutes before the lesson ends and during the periods after recess and lunch.
  • A student seen outside the class during lesson without a pass will be stopped, reprimanded and sent back immediately.
Leaving school premises during school hours
  • A parent / guardian may accompany a sick student home after registering with the General Office.
  • An un-well child may leave school for home only if verbal consent from the parents is established with the staff. A form will be issued to the student and this form needs to be returned to the office stating the time the student has reached home, together with the parent’s signature.
  • During emergencies, the Operations Manager or teacher appointed by the P / VP may send the child home or to be hospital
D Attire & Grooming Uniform
  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed.
Boys’ Hairstyle
  • Hair must be properly groomed and neat. There should be no fringes and sides should not touch the ears. Sideburns should be short.
  • Hair at back should be slopped and above the shirt collar.
  • No skin-heads are allowed.
Girls’ Hairstyle
  • Hair must be neatly combed, clipped or tied up. Unkempt long hair and improper hairstyles are not acceptable.
  • No long fringes touching the eyebrows are allowed.
  • Hair that covers part of the face must be clipped away / up neatly.
  • Only black or dark-coloured hair clip / grips / bands should be used.

Facial Hair
  • Boys should be clean shaven. There should be no wearing of beards and moustache.
General
  • Girls should wear only 1 pair of plain tiny gold / silver-coloured round ear studs or earrings. Multiple ear-piercing is not-allowed.
  • No Jewelries or cosmetics are allowed.
  • Girls should not shave or pluck their eyebrows.
  • Male students should not wear any ear accessories.
  • Lockets of religious significance may be worn, but not exposed.
  • Only black or dark-coloured spectacle frames should be worn.
  • Body piercing, tattooing or other such acts are not allowed.
  • Students’ natural hair colour should not be altered by dyeing, bleaching or any other means.