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Canossian Character Formation

Department Objectives

Our school aims to develop every Canossian pupil to be 
    • A cheerful and committed learner who embraces a growth mindset
    • A leader of life (LOL) who is self-regulated and independent, serving with humility and compassion in the Canossian spirit of love

Department Key Programmes

    • Student Leadership Programme 
    • Values Education
    • Values In Action: Service Innovation Through Design Thinking
    • Leaders of Life (LOL) Programme

Student Leadership Programme

Our school leadership programme aims to develop student leaders with a compassionate heart anchored on service leadership: 

A Canossian leader of character who puts the needs of others first, performs as highly as possible for the greater good of others, and role models the way for others.

There are 3 levels of student leadership: 
    • Class level 
    • Junior leaders (selected P3 and P4 pupils in our Prefectorial Board and CCAs) 
    • Senior leaders (selected P5 and P6 pupils in our Prefectorial Board and CCAs)

Our student leadership training programme runs on a tiered system. 
    • Our broad-based leadership programme focuses on building character of our pupils through our Values Education (VE), Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), Form Teachers’ Guidance Period (FTGP) and Programme for Active Learning (PAL) curricula, hence equipping them with personal leadership skills progressively over 6 years and provides them with leadership opportunities in their own class.
    • All Junior and Senior student leaders attend an annual school-based training with an emphasise on developing their qualities and skills for service leadership. This includes opportunities and projects for them to be empowered and to exercise their leadership skills through action in their service to others.
    • Senior student leaders are provided with training opportunities beyond school to interact and learn from other student leaders such as our affiliated Canossian secondary school, with the aim of being inspired to greater leadership goals and achievements.

We value the importance of self-discipline in our student leaders, as they are role models to the general student population and also ambassadors of the school. The selection of student leaders is based on the teachers’ assessment and recommendations, as well as their past academic and behavioural performance. A student leader’s academic, behavioural performance and involvement in their leadership responsibilities will be reviewed and evaluated by the teachers-in-charge of at the end of each semester. To ensure that our student leaders meet the school’s expectations, our teachers will monitor and provide feedback to our student leaders to enable her to learn and further develop her skills and values. 

Values Education

Values Education (VE) is a school-based programme which is designed to establish our pupils on our school values so that they are able demonstrate positive moral values and attitudes and see the importance of a values-based life.  Our pupils learn about our school values through storytelling, explicit teaching, application of learning and reflection on learning.  Beyond the formal VE curriculum, opportunities are also given for our pupils to put values into action on a regular basis. These opportunities are daily cleaning routine to keep the school clean, Buddies for P1 Pupils, 40 Days of Magical Kindness, Leaders of Life Bingo (holiday tasks card) and Service Innovation through Design Thinking.

Service Innovation Through Design Thinking (Values in Action)

With formation of the heart and service as the hallmark of Canossian schools, our school-based programme, “Service Innovation through Design Thinking”, is designed to develop empathy in our pupils and endow in them the desire to innovate and serve. 

The Design Thinking process is explicitly taught in our school’s Art curriculum and applied through the Values-in-Action (VIA) projects carried out across the levels with a progressive widening of outreach to the community.

Through this 6-year programme, not only will our pupils learn to sensitise themselves to others, understand their needs and show empathy, they will learn that they have the power, regardless of their age, to make a significant difference in the lives of others, which transcend just merely feeling sympathy for them, and be developed to be leaders of life who will proactively serve and make a positive difference in their community.

Level Focus Theme 2018
Primary 1 & 2 Family & Class

The Magic of Kindness

    • To care for others at home and in your class

Primary 3 & 4 School

Enhancing the School Environment

    • To make improvement to the school environment
      • P3: Space to be identified for pupils
      • P4: Space to be identified by pupils

Primary 5 & 6 Community

Make Their Day!

    • To meet the need/s of the community in the Eduplex (Canossian School, pre-school at Canossaville Children and Community Services)

Making a Difference!

    • To meet the need/s of the community beyond Eduplex (Children, Elderly)

Selected Group - Primary 5 & 6 Community

M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Programme

    • To meet the need/s of the community
    • To deepen the knowledge and skills


Leaders of Life (LOL) Programme

Our Leaders of Life (LOL) programme aims to develop our pupils’ social-emotional learning competencies and equip them with living skills that enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life, beyond the formal curriculum. It consists of workshops and holiday activities.
    • LOL Bingo provides our pupils with a list of tasks during the June and December holidays which they could choose to perform so that they can practise their life skills and cultivate good habits. Parents are engaged to support and encourage their child when she / her is doing the task or after she / he has completed the task. 
    • LOL Living Skills Workshops on food preparation are designed to teach our pupils progressively on how to prepare a simple healthy meal for themselves and for their family members, hence helping our children achieve greater independence, confidence and control. At the lower and middle primary, pupils learn how to make their own hot drink, sandwich, salad and toast bread. At the upper primary, pupils learn how to fry an egg and rice and make cupcakes/ cookies.  

Department Strategies

  • Reflection on Learning
Reflection is a key department strategy to get pupils to step back from their learning experience to help them develop critical thinking skills and improve on future performance by analysing their experience. It encourages insight and individual growth as pupils make connections of current experience to previous learning, construct meaning from their experiences and apply what they have learned to contexts beyond their current experience. One of the reflection tools used is “Think Back-Learn From It-Do Better”.

  • Systems and Support Programmes
    • Eat Well! Breakfast Programme
We believe in the importance of having a healthy breakfast before the start of a school day. It is our aim to ensure that our St Magdalene pupils begin the day right by eating well for breakfast in school. This helps our pupils to come to school early to eat together where they talk and build bonds with each another. Through this communal meal, our pupils learn to share and wait for their turns, practise table manners and meal etiquette, and washing and drying their own plates / bowls and cutlery. This teaches them personal and social responsibility. We run the programme on a daily basis and our teachers are present at breakfast to talk, listen and bond with our pupils. This also helps to build the teacher-pupil relationship.

    • Teacher-Pupil Interaction Time
Teacher-pupil interaction is a one-to-one quality time spent between form teacher and their pupil. It is a structured time implemented to build quality teacher-pupil relationships where form teachers get to know each pupil and gain an in-depth knowledge of every pupil in their class. This helps the teachers to identify their pupils’ needs and nurture their character traits. This is also an important platform for building the teacher-pupil relationship so that pupils will feel comfortable and safe to open up and seek help from their teachers.

    • Discipline
The school adopts a restorative approach to discipline. Our Foundress St Magdalene believes in instilling discipline with firmness yet gentle. The Canossian education emphasises on the formation of heart. In the teaching of values in the process of correction, not punishment, it aims to develop the ‘greater spiritual good’ in a pupil. 

Our disciplinary approach empowers pupils to be reflective and responsible by helping them learn from their mistakes in a caring and supportive school environment.  Fundamentally, it is essential to explicitly teach values and SEL competencies and clearly articulate school rules and consequences. The school rules are aligned to the school values and the consequences are linked to misbehaviours.

We conduct conferences among pupils, who are accountable for their behaviours, to resolve conflicts, repair harm and restore positive relationships.

    • Counselling
School counselling programme comprises both psycho-education and counselling intervention. Our school counsellor organises programmes to proactively educate our pupils on topics addressing their developmental social-emotional needs. It aims to equip pupils with knowledge and skills to develop positive mental health and resilience. 

Our counselling intervention programme is organised in a tiered system as shown:

Parental consent is required when a pupil is referred to the School Counsellor for counselling. 
This system aims to provide timely intervention and support to address pupils’ social-emotional needs and help them cope and meet their needs. 

    • Rainbow Programme
The Rainbow Programme is a support programme for P1 to P4 children who have suffered a significant loss in their lives, either by death, divorce or any other painful transitions. Through the support of their group members and the guidance of a trained group facilitator, pupils sort through and understand their grief feelings and thoughts so as to come to a healthy acceptance of the changes in their families.

    • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support
The school-home collaboration is an important partnership in understanding the special needs of a pupil and in ensuring timely and effective support for the pupil. The kind of support that the pupil requires depends on the individual learning needs. In-class and/ or withdrawal support is usually provided to these pupils and the intensity varies depending on their learning needs. 

A reading programme, “SHINE Readers”, aims to help SEN pupils who need improvement in their reading skills. Based on a voluntary basis, a strong reader buddies a struggling reader where the former reads to the struggling reader and they practise reading together. This is conducted twice a week in the morning before school starts.

Experiential Learning

    • Field-based Learning Journeys for National Education & Social Studies 

National Education and Social Studies are part of Character and Citizenship Education. Field-based learning journeys are organised to allow pupils to contextualise their learning experience in an authentic real-world setting. They would learn to explore, construct new knowledge and make connections to the topic being studied through hands-on exploration and engagement in multi-sensory modes. 

The following are the field-based learning journeys conducted for the respective levels in 2018:
o P1: Exploring the Neighbourhood
o P2: Visit to the Singapore Philatelic Museum
o P3: Social Studies School Trail
o P4: Visit to Singapore Discovery Centre
o P5: National Education Show
o P6: Visit to Little India

Through these field-based learning journeys, our pupils gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness in Singapore and the world they live in, and appreciate the complexities of the human experience. They also develop a deeper understanding of the values that define the Singaporean society and dispositions to show concern for the world they live in and demonstrate empathy in their relationships with others.

Others

    • Commemorating our National Education events and Celebrating our Diverse Culture
The school commemorates the 4 core National Education events to reinforce the importance of national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our students, confidence in our nation's future.
o Total Defence Day
o International Friendship Day
o Racial Harmony Day
o National Day
Besides these NE events, the school also celebrates the different festivities (e.g. Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali) to deepen our pupils’ appreciation of our multi-cultural and multi-racial society. 

    • Sexuality Education for Primary 5 and Primary 6