CHARACTER AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
Character Development @ Bendemeer Primary School
Our school strongly believes in its mission of nurturing and inspiring students to love learning, lead confidently, and make a difference in the lives of others. To develop our students to be passionate learners and confident leaders, we provide opportunities for them to develop into responsible individuals and understand their roles in shaping the future of our nation.
Learning Outcomes (LOs) for Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)
Guided by our school vision, mission and the principles in developing a student-centric, value-driven education, the educational years students spend in our school takes them through their social roles in the various domains of self, family, school, community, nation and the world. We hope our pupils will exhibit the following behavioural traits at the respective portion of their schooling years.
Desired Behaviour Outcomes of a BPS Pupil
||P1 & P2
||P3 & P4
||P5 & P6
Handle changes positively and look for opportunities in challenges
|Student respects and is open towards the views of others.
||Student is positive towards feedback given and finds ways to overcome challenges.
||Student is able to respond positively to changes and challenges and seeks solutions to problems.
Control one’s words, actions and behaviour and work hard in all that one does
|Students is able to control his impulses and demonstrate some form of self-control in the way he interacts with others.
||Student is able to think before reacting and exercises patience.
||Student sets clear goals and follows through on his words and plans.
Love for Self, family, nation and learning
|Student shows love and concern to self, family and nation.
Student shows passion in learning new things, participates actively and works well with others during school activities.
|Student forges meaningful friendships and demonstrates an appreciation of the people from multi-cultural society.
Student has an inquisitive mind, is curious to gain new knowledge and is able to work collaboratively with others.
|Student develops a sense of national identity and an awareness of global issues.
Student understands the importance of collaborative learning by being proactive to extend their learning and shares the new knowledge with others.
Think, speak and live right
|Student is honest and tells the truth.
||Student is reliable and makes responsible decisions.
||Student is reliable and makes responsible decisions.
Keep trying and never give up
|Student does not give up easily when facing difficulties.
||Student handles conflicts and setbacks well to maintain positive relationships with others.
||Student perseveres in the face of challenges and is able to manage conflicts effectively.
Think, feel and do good for others
|Student shows understanding and shares the feelings of others.
||Student shows care and kindness within his /her community.
||Student is responsive to the needs of others and takes initiative to help.
1. ASPIRE Wednesdays
At Bendemeer Primary School, we strive to develop our students to become persons of good character with sound moral values. As part of values education and to provide an opportunity to strengthen teacher-student relationship, we conduct our department designed ASPIRE sessions every Wednesday mornings. Teachers share and explore contemporary and social issues with the focus of creating teachable moments to inculcate values in our students.
2. Mindfulness Practices - ‘Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart’, Bendemeer Student Pledge and Daily Quiet Time Exercise
‘Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart’ is a CCE department initiative aimed at developing in our students a sense of gratitude for the things / people in their lives. Being mindful to take stock and appreciate the littlest things in their lives help students to see the positive amidst challenging times. Teachers and students are encouraged to pen down notes in which they indicate what they are grateful for. Also, after recess, students recite the Bendemeer Student Pledge that serves to remind them of their purpose in school, as a member of the school community and are engaged in deep breathing exercises after that to refocus their state of mind to learn as one Bendemeer family.
3. Our Everyday Responsibilities
Bendemeer Primary belongs to all our students. To inculcate a sense of responsibility in keeping their shared environment clean and pleasant, students are involved in various activities at the start and end of each term, such as ‘Groom My Class’ and ‘Use My Hands’ that provide opportunities for students and their form teachers to bond by tidying up their classroom and demonstrating a commitment to this collective effort together. The daily end of day classroom cleaning and canteen cleaning also cultivates a good habit to be disciplined and follow-through in ensuring that the state of their classroom and canteen remains clean after use. While recognising that mistakes can be made, through the Happy Mop programme, students learn to develop the value of Self-Discipline by taking responsibility for the water spilled and taking the initiative to locate the nearest mop to clean up after themselves.
4. Be like BEN
To create an immersive environment whereby students can be reminded of how they could emulate the school mascot, Ben, in exhibiting the school ASPIRE values.
#### 5. Enhanced CCE lessons (ECCE) Lower Primary
As the name suggests, ECCE lessons aim to enhance the character development of our students in our school ASPIRE values and CCE R3ICH values (Responsibility, Respect, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony). ECCE lessons differ from the usual CCE curriculum in that the lessons are conducted by form teachers and this provides opportunity for the form teacher to strengthen teacher-student relation and peer support relations. The lessons are designed and customised to meet the needs of the students and explicitly integrate school values into it.
6. Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms (STAR)
1) To educate our students and all stakeholders of the school in embracing a quality restroom culture.
2) To provide opportunity for students to be responsible by practicing proper restroom habits and to be gracious in adopting the restrooms.
Our Primary 4 CCE (EL) students were appointed as P4 star ambassadors (SUSTAINING TOILETS AS RESTROOMS (STAR) and scheduled on a duty roster to carry out daily inspections of the washrooms. Students were briefed and educated by their CCE teacher on the learning objectives of the programme and their roles and responsibilities as star ambassadors. At the end of the programme, our students were educated
(1) on the positive and negative impact their actions have in building a quality restroom culture,
(2) to show care and responsibility to the community by practicing good restroom habits.
(3) to improve the lives of people in the school community.
Every day, students would make their rounds to perform the checks. At the end of each assessment, students submitted their inspection checklist to the teacher-in-charge. In the event of immediate severe problems, students reported their findings or any problems to the Teacher-in-charge.
We are proud to announce that in 2021, our school has been awarded the Platinum STAR which is awarded to schools for achieving Gold in three consecutive years.