Learning for Life Programme (LLP)
Learning for Life Programme – Leader for Life
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams-
Leader for Life aims to develop our students to become joyful and confident learners who are engaged, self-directed and have the rigour and vigour to pursue their own independent learning. Through this specially tailored 6-year programme that focuses on community service and student leadership, students will be equipped with socio-emotional skills and leadership qualities. Leader for Life seeks to enrich students by teaching them to care for themselves, the community and the environment.
Built upon the school’s curriculum on Environmental Education, Leader for Life provides opportunities for students to put Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids into action in order to become Leaders for Life. It adopts a value-based approach to inculcate virtues such as care, respect and responsibility to create a lasting impact on the students’ own personal and interpersonal growth, as well as encourage them to champion a positive change in the community and environment.
The programme aims to:
- provide students with knowledge and a better understanding of the environment, particularly the impact of humans on the environment
- raise students’ awareness and sensitivity to environmental challenges and
- provide authentic platforms for students to explore environmental issues and take
- action to improve the environment around them
Specially crafted programmes that aim to encapsulate the critical learning objectives of Leader for Life include Class VIA @ Blooming Garden, Little Green Ambassadors, Project GAIA, The Green Snapshots (TGS) Nature and Heritage Trails and Community Outreach Programmes.
Blooming Garden at BRPS
With the objectives of providing our students with more outdoor experiential learning at Blangah Rise Primary School to complement the teaching and learning of Science as well as to provide our students with an authentic platform for Value-in-Action (VIA) project, every class is assigned a garden plot. Students, under the guidance of their form teachers, will take care of the plants in the plot assigned. This provides opportunity for students and teachers to build positive teacher-student relationship as well as imbue in students a sense of responsibility to take care of the environment.
Little Green Ambassadors
Little Green Ambassadors form part of the class committee. They are key drivers who look into fostering sustainable environmental habits in the school. Little Green Ambassadors are caring, confident and responsible.
- Caring - thinks green and helps conserve the environment
- Confident - enforces class and school green rules; encourages peers to carry out the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse)
- Responsible - is a good role model and supports initiatives of Go Green @ BRPS
They also assist the teachers to collect data to help the school community reduce waste, conserve water as well as be more energy-efficient.
One of our key programmes is Project GAIA (Green Awareness in Action). Project GAIA is a community project to enhance students’ learning beyond the classroom and promote recycling and environmental conservation in the community. Some of the programmes in Project GAIA include the commemoration of Singapore World Water Day and Earth Day.
In commemoration of Singapore World Water Day on 22 March, we collaborated with PUB to organise a 2-day event for the students in the month of March. The activities included:
- video screenings of water conservation
- students’ presentations on the Marina Barrage reservoir, floodgates and water conservation
- e-pledge booth for students to take the “I-pledge” to practise the “5 Water-saving Tips” from PUB
- booths set up by the Parent Support Group to educate students on Water Filtration and Water Cycle
- a PUB dispenser for students to drink NEWater – our Government’s drive to be a self-sustained nation
Through this commemoration, we hope our students will better appreciate the value of water and not take it for granted.
In the months of April and May, in conjunction with school-wide efforts to commemorate Earth Day as well as NEA’s Public Hygiene Council’s initiative, Keep Clean, Singapore!, our Primary 2 students, guided by our teachers, participated in a hands-on awareness event for a clean environment to appreciate the hard work and efforts of our estate cleaners. There was also a session for them to show their appreciation to our school cleaners as well as those in the neighbourhood. For Primary 3 to Primary 6 students, they sought support from residents in the neighbourhood to donate their recyclable items. Beyond the collection of recyclables, we want to extend students’ learning by providing opportunities for them to apply skills learnt in the classroom in real-life situations. Students gathered data based on the recyclables collected from the neighbourhood to recommend ways to promote recycling and raise awareness of the importance of caring for and protecting the environment.
The Green Snapshots Trail
The Green Snapshots (TGS) Nature and Heritage Trail is an environment and heritage-themed learning journey crafted by BRPS teachers. The intent of the learning journey is to provide opportunities for both the school and external communities to appreciate the rich and green history of Telok Blangah and the Southern Ridges. The trails are built on the school’s environmental education programme, which weaves nature into the curriculum and provides experiential learning activities for our students. In the guided-trail version, our Primary 4 and Primary 5 student-docents provide an in-depth and personal sharing of the history and flora and fauna of Telok Blangah and Mount Faber. During the 2½-hour long guided tours, they also share about the area’s unique architecture and development over the years.
For our continued advocacy for heritage education and sustained partnership through TGS, Blangah Rise Primary School was awarded the 2019 School Heritage Champion Award (Silver) by the National Heritage Board (NHB).
For our outreach programmes, we actively seek opportunities to participate in Telok Blangah Community Club (CC) and Residents’ Corner (RC) events. In March 2019, our students shared environmental messages with Telok Blangah residents. Some of these messages included water-saving tips, prevention of mosquitoes and pigeon-related issues.
In May 2019, we invited pre-schools in Telok Blangah to join us for a Family Bonding Day. A mini-workshop on recycling and upcycling was conducted. 50 families from 6 pre-schools came together to create a bottled garden. The children then designed their bottles and presented it to their parents as a token of their appreciation.