Singapore Sports School implements a customised and integrated Character and Citizenship Programme that aims to develop in our student-athletes good character, resilience and social-emotional well-being, future readiness and active citizenship. Through various intentional platforms, programmes and experiences, we envisage that our student-athletes will graduate as Learned Champions With Character, imbued with the values of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence and Resilience (RISER).
Character and Citizenship Education
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) lessons are conducted twice-weekly by academy mentors and cover lessons on Education and Career Guidance, National Education, Sexuality Education, Mental Well-Being, Cyberwellness and CCE Themed Lessons. Academy mentors also facilitate discussions on contemporary issues during CCE lessons and these discussions include topics relevant to student-athletes’ lives such as bullying, online media, and race and religion.
Enhanced Mentorship and Career Guidance
Sports School’s enhanced Mentorship and Career Guidance programme enables student-athletes to meet regularly with their academy mentors and sports staff who guide and advise them how to take practical and realistic steps towards achieving their academic and sports goals. Academy mentors and sports staff also meet with student-athletes and parents over four sessions of School-Parents Meetings and Parent-Staff-Student Conferences to keep the student-athletes on track towards attaining their goals, or take pre-emptive measures if required. Besides classroom Education and Career Guidance lessons, student-athletes are also exposed to talks and webinars featuring practitioners from different professions.
Donning national colours and wearing the moon and stars on one’s chest is a privilege that not many have. Our student-athletes are reminded that, as budding national athletes, they are role models and contribute to nation-building through inspiring and uniting fellow Singaporeans through their achievements in sport. The National Education (NE) programme aims to cultivate in our student-athletes a sense of belonging and emotional rootedness to Singapore. This is primarily done through curating assembly talks and the four commemorative NE events, namely Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day.
Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.
The Key Messages of Sexuality Education are:
The Key Messages of Sexuality Education are:
- Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
- Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
- Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
- Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.
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Value In Action Projects
In addition to being Sport Champions and Champions for Sports, student-athletes are nurtured to care for the community and environment. The organising of the Academy Values in Action (VIA) projects is a learning experience that supports our student-athletes’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning application of values, knowledge and skills.
Each of the 10 Academy Programme sports and Individual Programme in Sports School work with voluntary welfare organisations as a long-term partner. Student-athletes from each Academy will plan and implement activities to help beneficiaries in their partner organisations. Some of the beneficiaries that Sports School partners are the Sunlove Senior Activity Centre @ Golden Saffron, Fei Yue Family Service Centre (Champions Way) and Moral Home for the Aged Sick.
Student Leadership Programme
All student-athletes are introduced to a 3-year leadership development programme using the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Challenge Model as our guiding framework. The five practices for the Leadership Challenge Model are reinforced during the annual four day Level Camps that are organised for the Secondary 1, 2 and 3 levels.
It is the School’s belief that every student-athlete should have exposure to leadership opportunities and can be developed as a leader. Student-athletes either serve as Student Leaders or as Values in Action Leaders during their 4- to 6-year stay at Sports School. Student Leadership positions in the School include being part of the Student Council, Sports and Boarding Captains as well as Class Representatives. Besides providing leadership and service for all major school functions, Student Leaders are also trained as Peer Support Leaders and look out for their peers in the School’s efforts to build a caring and enabling environment.