Developing Compassionate Leaders

About Service Innovation through Design Thinking

With the formation of the heart and service as a hallmark of Canossian schools, the school’s life-long learning programme aims to provide our students with the platform to acquire and apply skills that will develop them to become compassionate leaders through the design thinking process, with an emphasis on inculcating empathy in our students.

Using the spiral approach, Design Thinking is explicitly taught in a progressive manner across the levels and with age-appropriate authentic platforms such as the Values in Action (VIA) projects. Students learn to communicate effectively and handle conflicts (if any), develop empathy and seek to understand the needs of others. Structures in the design thinking process, such as ‘Creating a Persona’, ‘Journey Mapping’ and the conducting of interviews, help students develop a deeper sense of empathy for others. Coupled with the experience of prototyping their ideas, students learn that they are empowered to actively make a difference in the lives of others.

The whole programme is designed to instill the right attitude and skills necessary for students to take action and take charge of solving problems around them. Through experiential learning, every student will emerge concerned citizen and an active contributor to society.

CCPS develops students with a heart of compassion for others. With that heart of compassion, they will serve and make a difference in the lives of many.

Spiral Approach: Progression in learning

At P1, P2 and P3, all students are introduced to various aspects of Design Thinking through VIA. At P4 and P5, thinking skills (such as analysing, synthesizing, evaluating) are explicitly taught through the Design Thinking process during Art lessons. These skills are then applied in VIA projects in the respective levels. The area of focus for these VIA projects broadens from P1 to P6.

Level Areas of Focus Theme
Primary 1 & Primary 2 Family & Class The Magic of Kindness
• To care for others at home and in your class
Primary 3 & Primary 4 School Buddy Up!
• To improve the school experience of Primary 1 students

Enhancing the School Environment
• To make improvements to the school environment
Primary 5 & Primary 6 Community Make Their Day!
• To meet the need(s) of the community (The elderly)

Making a Difference!
• To meet the need(s) of the community (Children, The elderly)
A selected group of Primary 5 & Primary 6 students Community M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Programme
• To meet the need(s) of the community
• To deepen knowledge and skills