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Character and Citizenship Education
Head of Department: Mr Lucas Teo Zhiliang
Subject Heads/ Senior Teachers:
Ms Eileen Ong (SH/Partnership)
Ms Bibiana Wong (SH/Service)
Mr Lin Zhiliang (SH/Character Education)
The primary objective of Crest’s Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Programme is to support the holistic development of Crestans, anchored on the school values of Integrity, Care, Resilience, Excellence, Self-worth and Teamwork (i-CREST) . As they progress from Sec 1 to Sec 4, they develop social-emotional and 21st century competencies, as well as positive work habits that enable them to serve and make a difference in the lives of others, in both local and overseas communities.
The specific objectives of CCE are for Crestans to:
- Develop as loyal citizens, imbued with a strong sense of national identity and pride;
- Be able to reflect on and respond to community, national and global issues, and to make informed and responsible decisions;
- Show care and concern for others, be it family, friends or the larger community, and be willing to contribute actively to improve the lives of others; and
- Be socially and culturally sensitive and do their part in fostering social cohesion and harmony.
The CCE curriculum is taught through Crest Time (60-min weekly lesson) and Crest Moments (30-min weekly lesson). It comprises modules such as National Education, Sexuality Education and Environmental Education, while other modules are integrated in other subjects e.g. CyberWellness through ICT lessons, Financial Literacy through Math and Social Studies lessons, relevant NE messages through MTL lessons. Four NE events are commemorated every year, namely Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day.
Values-In-Action (VIA) is an important CCE component, which is driven through the CCA and Vocational programmes, as well as NTUC Income OrangeAid CREST Quest student development programme. CREST Quest comprises team-based learning activities and involves the learning of life skills and values such as resilience, commitment and perseverance. Examples include inline skating, graffiti art, and local and overseas Service Learning projects. The school has several VIA projects in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, and a School Twinning Programme in partnership with a high school in the Philippines.
To facilitate CCE assessment, the school uses the Teachers’ Assessment of Students’ Attitudes (TASA), which is a triangulated feedback system based on the I-CREST values. Outcomes of TASA are shared by Form Teachers during Parent-Teachers-Meetings. Other assessment components of CCE include students’ performance in relevant quizzes and projects, and conduct grade.