Character & Citizenship Education
"True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character."
-David O. Mckay-
Character and Citizenship Education in Blangah Rise is anchored on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Happy Kids for personal and inter-personal effectiveness and aims to nurture the well-being of every student with holistic life skills. There are various programmes run by the department to achieve this aim:
Character Education – Connect Time
To ensure every Blangahnite has a deep sense of belonging to his or her class and school, it is important to foster trusting relationships between teachers and students. As such, once a week, form teachers meet up with students one-to-one to find out more about the student’s life, experiences and goals. Through this face-to-face connection, students are free to share their thoughts, opinions and concerns with their teachers. Renard, a Primary 6 student shares, “I look forward to Connect Time as I get time to share with my Form Teachers my views and opinions on class matters.”
Mdm Sa’adah adds, “Connect Time gives me opportunities to get to know my students in my form class better.”
Character Education – GEM Award
In Blangah Rise, all our students are precious gems whom we lovingly polish so that they can shine and be the best they can be. The termly GEM Class award acknowledges students who work cooperatively and exemplify the Seven Habits and the underlying virtues as a class. The termly GEM Student award recognises students from every level who display the Seven Habits and the virtues in their everyday actions.
Character Education – GOTCHA!
‘GOTCHA! Caught you doing good!’ is a platform for recognising students who exhibit the Seven Habits and the underlying virtues by doing good deeds. Students are caught doing these deeds in their everyday actions and routines by their teachers. The acts are then featured and shared with the rest of the student population, encouraging them to do similar good deeds in their daily actions.
Character Education - Kindness Programme
Spread Kindness, Be Greater!
That is the theme that our Kindness Ambassadors have taken on for the school’s kindness programme this year. Our Kindness Ambassadors came up with various activities to encourage fellow Blangahnites to spread kindness the BRPS way.
They led their peers to create kindness posters using kindness quotes. A total of 25 posters were created by 16 classes! These posters will be put around the school to encourage everyone in the school community to be kind to one another. Other activities included the Kindness Bingo Challenge, BRPS Staff Appreciation Day, the kindness assembly programme and kindness recess activities. All these were planned and executed by our very own Kindness Ambassadors.
Character Education – Values in Action (VIA)
"We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give."
VIA @ Blangah Rise focuses on giving back to the school, the community and the environment. Every class carries out a VIA activity to benefit the school community. School programmes and activities are organised to appreciate our Pioneer Generation. Fundraising for charity takes place during festive celebrations in school.
Citizenship Education – Commemoration of NE Events
Blangah Rise commemorates the four National Education (NE) core events to appreciate the defining moments in Singapore’s history.
These significant events are commemorated through various meaningful activities to help our students to be concerned citizens and active contributors.
Total Defence Day serves to remind our students that Singapore is defendable and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore.
International Friendship Day sensitises our students towards the geo-political realities inherent to Singapore.
Racial Harmony Day promotes social cohesion and racial harmony amongst all Singaporeans.
National Day brings to the students a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day.
Citizenship Education – International Students @ Blangah Rise (IBP)
We have a structured approach to ensuring that our International Students assimilate well into the school community.
New International Students are paired up with Singaporean buddies who will show them around the school. The buddies also share with their partners useful information about the school and Singapore. Learning journeys to various places of interest in Singapore are arranged for the International Students and Singaporean buddies so that they learn more about Singapore and forge a stronger bond with one another.
Citizenship Education – Education in Career Guidance (ECG)
What are my strengths and interests?
What would I like to be when you grow up?
What habits and attitudes do I need to develop to help me achieve my future goals?
In Blangah Rise, one is never too young to learn about careers and various educational pathways. The school organises Career Exploration Month to expose our primary school and MOE Kindergarten children to different careers. The students interact with professionals from various fields and learn about their own strengths and interests.
The school also has a programme starting with simple introductory FTGP lessons on Career Guidance for Middle Primary students to in-depth FTGP lessons and the introduction of the MySkillsFuture portal for Senior Primary students. MySkillsFuture is a one-stop ECG portal that empowers students to embark on a journey of self-discovery and make informed education and career choices. MySkillsFuture can be assessed through www.myskillsfuture.sg/primary.
"Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny."