THE HCI ADVANTAGE
Character & Citizenship Education provides the fundamental foundation to the personal growth and development of pupils through a coordinated approach across various domains:
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Six National Education Messages
Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.
We must preserve racial and religious harmony.
We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.
We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility.
We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.
No one owes Singapore a living.
We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.
We must ourselves defend Singapore.
We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.
We have confidence in our future.
United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.
To nurture students who
- appreciate the Singapore History and factors for her success,
- lead with compassion,
- create a giving and cohesive society and
- take it to greater heights.
The 3-fold approach for NE includes
Racial Harmony Day Celebrations
Harmony Cup - Amazing Race at the Cultural Encalves
This was an exciting race that saw collaboration with HCI and their partner schools namely, Chestnut Drive Secondary, Bukit Panjang Government High, Whitley Secondary, Assumption English Secondary and Westspring Secondary
Racial Harmony Day Celebrations in HCI
The racial harmony day celebrations at HCI enabled students to engage all their senses in experiencing and engaging in the traditions of the different cultures. The students participated in a cultural bazaar, cultural workshop, cultural concert and ethnic dancing.
Our Secondary 2 cohort attended the CEPP course during their sabbatical week in term 3. This program organized by the Civil Defence Singapore was aimed at:
Community Emergency Preparedness Program (CEPP)
- Preparing students to react sensibly in times of emergency and thus engage students in active citizenry
- Educating students on Singapore's unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries.
- NE Noticeboard (walkway to Canteen)
- NE materials are available in the College Library
- NE Resource Corner for staff - Level 3 and Level 4 (Staff Lounge), Admin Block
- MOE NE Unit : http://www.ne.edu.sg/
- Nexus : http://www.nexus.gov.sg
- iPrepNS: Preparation for Pre-enlistees For National Service (NS): http://www.ns.sg/iPrepNS
- Connexion.sg: http://www.connexion.sg/web/guest/home
- Singapore Infomap: http://app.www.sg/
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Pastoral Care & Moral Education
The Pastoral Care and Moral Education (PCME) unit's mission is to equip HCI students with competencies to become a wise, confident and self-disciplined individual, a passionate learner and a compassionate leader to succeed in our ever-changing world. The programme includes civics tutorial session activities, workshops and mass lectures by invited speakers.
The PCME programme carries out the curriculum which aims to develop students in the 6 domains of (i) Self-awareness and mastery, (ii) moral development, (iii) education and career planning, (iv) citizenship development, (v) life roles management and (vi) leadership development. The programme complements and supports the Student Development department's aim to develop passionate and innovative individuals who can serve the community with empathy, integrity and responsibility.
We aim to enhance our caring and nurturing environment, so that our students will distinguish themselves by the following characteristics:
• IQ: Innovative, enterprising, knowledgeable, independent thinking & bilingual
• EQ: Socially confident, able to work in a team
• AQ: Resilient, adaptable to change, strong sense of purpose & physically fit
• MQ: Integrity, sense of commitment to the nation
• CQ: Ability to grow personally through continuous learning and good understanding of diverse cultural heritage, wisdom and values, and to deal effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and understanding.
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|Personal Responsibility||Domain||Focus||Empowerment & Readiness for the Next Stage (Nation)|
|饮水思源||Moral Development||School Mission||School History (College Section)|
School Values (PїER)
Live with Passion, Lead with Compassion
Gratitude Month 2012 (August)
|Education & Career Planning||Planning for the future||
Scholarship Day talks & exhibitions
Local & Overseas Universities talks
Brightsparks scholarship talk
LEAD Package (Interview Skills/ Communication Skills)
e-Career Portal & Personal Statements
Optional workshops: Core Modules
- Interview Skills Workshop
- Career & Scholarship Preparation Workshop
|Self Awareness & Mastery||Lifeskills||
Goal Setting (15Things & Character Strengths)
Learning Styles & Strategies
Stress Management (Flourish!)
Talk on Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Addressing Thinking Patterns
Reflection of 2012 & Looking Ahead (My HCI Journey)
Optional workshops: Core Modules
- Image Management Workshop
Hwa Chong Arts Festival
- Dance: Flamenco, multi-racial ethnic dances
- Music: Xinyao showcase
- Theatre showcase
|Moral Development||Sexuality Education||
HPB Talk on Sexually-Transmitted Illnesses (STI)
Relationship Management lessons
- What is Love?
- Making Responsible Choices
- Marriage and Cohabitation
|Care for Environment||Green Council initiatives & updates|
|Cyber wellness||TOUCH Cyberwellness talk on responsible cyber behaviour|
|Personal Responsibility||Domain||Focus||Empowerment & Readiness for the Next Stage (Nation)|
(平 天 下)
- "Best Business Idea" Competition
- Green Council initiatives
- HC Principal Dialogue speakers
- Scholarship talks & tea sessions
- Internships & attachment programme
|Citizenship Development||Singapore's Achievements||
Commemorative event: National Day
Cohort visits to Officer Cadet School & other venues of significance & history
Dialogue session with Senior Civil Servant
HC Principal's Dialogue speakers
|Total Defence||Total Defence through National Service (Visits to OCS & various locations of interest)|
|Appreciating other cultures||
Exchange Programme student assembly presentations & exhibitions
International Friendship Day events
Founders' Day Comminuty Involvement programme
Social Awareness Week
|Managing Life Transitions||
HC Dialogue Series
Life Career Rainbow
Optional workshops: Core Modules
- Financial Literacy Workshop
CIP, OCIP & OE
Community Involvement Programme (CIP) & Community Outreach
Values in Action (VIA) forms an important part of citizenship education. VIA aims at building social cohesion and civic responsibility. Students are to be nurtured into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to family, society and country.
VIA provides a platform for students to be nurtured as leaders in life-long volunteerism. Active involvement in the life of the community helps develop a strong social conscience and a sense of belonging and commitment to lead and serve the community. Such participation is not "one-off" but a long-term involvement and commitment to service.
Community involvement is an intergral part of the total school culture. When teachers embrace the benefits and importance of community involvement and lead by example, such as accompanying students to perform the service, a deeper sense of service and of friendship and bonding is developed among teachers and students. Special time set apart in the school calendar for community, such as Wednesday afternoons, will further enhance this cause.
VIA in Hwa Chong consist of 3 very important component:
- Community involvement Programme (CIP),
- Community Engagement Programme (CEP) and
- Service Learning (SL)
Community Involvement Programme (CIP)
All students in Hwa Chong is part of this programme. CIP is essential in developing the EQ of each Hwa Chong student. Students will have the opportunities to serve, relate and work with people beyond the school context. The programme enables students to be sensitive to the real needs of society and be able to empathise with people around them. It is the basic building block to nurturing students to become lifelong volunteers.
Community Engagement Programme (CEP)
Made available to only the upper secondary students (Sec 3 and 4), this programme is an abridgesd version of Service Learning. All upper secondary students are encouraged to complete 1 CEP cycle in their final 2 years in High School. Students are expected to go through the four stages of community assessment, planning, evaluation and reflection (CaPER) in order to complete 1 cycle.
Service Learning (SL)
To nurture young hearts to be passionate for community work through
- Understanding the importance of caring for the community
- Familiarising with the real needs of the community
- Serving the community
- Student-initiated community involvement activities
- Student-initiated Service-Learning Projects
- Long term VIA collaboration with student-adopted organisations.
To cultivate life-long volunteerism.
To cultivate students to be a resourceful, independent and passionate leaders.
To encourage students to commit at least 40 hours each to community work in their first 4 years in the High School and to be involved in at least one community involvement project, averaging 40 hours for 2 years in College.
Years 1 & 2: Awareness and Familiarisation Stage
- Moving from the school context to beyond
- Adoption of external organisations
- Meeting real needs
- Start on Service-Learning (S-L) projects
Years 3 & 4: Initiating a Community Project
- Organising long term continual collaboration with organisations
- Proactive, student-initiated VIA activities
- Increasing number of Service-Learning or CEP Projects
Years 5 & 6: Being a life-long volunteer
- All students to be trained or equipped to do S-L projects
- Termly college-based VIA activities, with partners
- Mainly student-initiated VIA activities, (be it service or facilitators for certain organisation or S-L projects), preferably on voluntary basis
- CIP Exco - to come in as S-L facilitators and motivators
- Beyond Singapore: Overseas CIP (OCIP)
High School CIP Programmes
Tracking & Monitoring
With effect from 2009, the school has been using the Intelligent School Portal (ISP) to record the students' CIP hours. Students will be able to monitor and track their CIP records online via the ISP and be responsible for their own development.
In the ISP, CIP activities are categorized into 3 areas: school-wide activity, teacher -organised and student-initiated. For school-wide and teacher organized activity, an administrator is assigned to be in charge of the entry of CIP hours. Teachers are to submit the attendance and the following information to the administrator upon completion of the activity:
- Name of CIP activity
- Service sector
- Activity type
- Name of beneficiary organisation
- No. of hours
- Start Date
- Brief outline how the activity has benefited the community
For student-initiated CIP, which includes SL projects undertaken by the students, students are to fill in Form A - Student-Initiated CIP Activity Form. Students should pass the duly completed and endorsed form to the respective Consortium CIP Coordinators or their project mentors for entry into ISP.
Students are required to complete Form B - Student Feedback Form upon completion of all CIP/SL activities in order to get their CIP hours endorsed by the administrator.
Upon completion of all CIP/SL activities, the beneficiaries will receive Form C - Service Beneficiary Feedback Form for evaluation purposes.
Deadline for Submission of CIP activity to be included in EOY report: To Be Advised
Deadline for Submission of CIP activity to be included in OSA/ ARE (Sec 4 only): To Be Advised
Service Learning Club (for High School)
In order to achieve the CIP objectives, students will be exposed to different types of needs in the community, for e.g. environmental conservation, elderly, disabled, children etc systematically. This will increase their awareness of the needs in the community and in turn, sensitize them to the needs. The planning and coordination will be done and carried out chiefly at the consortium level.
CCAs will continue to support the consortiums' CIP efforts by organizing CIP activities that leverage on the students' skills and abilities acquired through the respective CCAs. For e.g. students trained in first aid should be deployed to help out at community events that require such services.
Every consortium currently has a Service Learning Club (SLC). Students who are in the SLC will form the core group to support the consortiums in organizing CIP activities. The SLC will be a good platform to train students to carry out SL projects and organize CIP activities for fellow students.
To cultivate a passion for volunteerism in our students, a CIP activist will be appointed from every class and this representative will automatically be a member of his consortium's SLC. As the CIP activist, he will be expected to:
- Disseminate information on CIP/SL activities to his class;
- Encourage class participation in CIP/SL activities;
- Be the contact point for CIP/SL activities organised for his class; and
- Take part in SLC activities.
With effect from 2009, students are required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of out of school CIP activities. It is hoped that by doing so, students would move out of the school and be exposed to a wider spectrum of the community. The change in policy would contribute towards inculcating in our students civic- mindedness and developing their social conscience.
CIP Ex Co (for College)
To nurture compassionate student leaders who are always ready to serve the community.
What we do
The CIP Unit aims to raise students' conviction in volunteerism and to instil in them a lifelong interest and involvement in community service. The programmes also provide students with opportunities for leadership training.
There is a student CIP Executive Committee which works hand in hand with the CIP Unit to organize projects throughout the year. They organise Leadership Camps for neighbourhood primary schools, provide free peer tutoring for secondary school students, bring the elderly on excursions and provide opportunities to interact with the minority races.
Students are also strongly encouraged to plan and organize their own CIP projects. These are called Service-Learning CIP projects. For monitoring purposes, students will have to submit an online proposal on the ISP for their project according to stipulated guidelines by the CIP unit and obtain approval by the unit. (Details are also available in the Service-Learning Guidebook.)
For more information on what we do together with our students, please visit http://cip.hci.edu.sg.
Affirmation and validation for our efforts in our community projects come from the numerous awards that our students have received at the national and international level for their community projects. These are some of the awards that we have picked up:
Overseas Community Involvement Programme
The Overseas Community Involvement Programme (OCIP) Unit aims to give students an experience to serve the local and international communities. It gives them an opportunity to work together as a team and to interact with youths from different cultures. Since year 2000, the Unit has organized numerous projects with natures ranging from teaching, healthcare and construction of basic amenities to countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, China, India and Nepal. These projects serve not only to benefit the host country, but also the students who were involved in them. Through such projects, we hope to nurture students who are compassionate, sensitive and responsive to the real needs in the community; and to develop in them a strong social conscience and commitment to the community. We aim to develop passionate and innovative individual who can serve the community with empathy, integrity and responsibility.
Trips in 2013 (tentative)
January / June School Holiday
- OCIP Cambodia (Jan)
- OCIP Vietnam (Jun)
- OCIP Laos (Jun)
- OCIP Nepal (Jun)
November School Holiday
- OCIP Cambodia
- OCIP Vietnam
- OCIP Nepal 1
- OCIP Nepal 2
Our programmes are designed to give students opportunities to develop their leadership potential and acquire leadership skills with an emphasis on character development.
We aim to provide avenues for students to gain a global perspective, to experience joy and develop character and teamwork, resilience, respect for others, themselves, others and the environment, and to learn how to adapt to changes in an uncertain world.
- Organise and design programmes involving experiential learning and adventure
Ensure students effectively utilize the leadership opportunities provided and take personal responsibilities to track their personal progress
The Annual Camp is an integral part of the school's curriculum.
The Activities at Annual Camp aim to:
- Promote character building
- Create responsibilities
- Inspire confidence
- Encourage teamwork
- Promote cultural exchange (where applicable)
- Promote community involvement (where applicable)
By gradually exposing students to the outdoors, through:
The Secondary 1 Teambuilding Camp;
Secondary 1 Camp - Team Building
5 Learning objectives:
- Self Discipline
- Self Awareness
- Bonding with teammates
2012 Sec 1 Camp Details
Where Date & Duration Brief Outline of Camp Sarimbun Term 1,
7 - 9 March 2012
- Team building activities
- Living out of their comfort zones
- Basic Camp Craft
The Secondary 2 Outward Bound Singapore 5 Day Course;
2012 Sec 2 Camp Details
Where Date & Duration Brief Outline of Camp Outward Bound Singapore Term 4,
29 Oct - 1 Nov 2012
- Basic Kayaking
- Trust-building activities- Artificial rockwall climbing and Packing for land expedition.
- Abseiling- Improvised raft-building and Trek to next campsite
- Sea expedition to next campsite
The Secondary 3 and 4 Overseas Camp;
2012 Sec 3 & 4 Camps Details
Where Date & Duration Brief Outline of Camp OB Sabah (Nominated Leaders) Term 2 or 3,
12 - 21 May 2012 or
18 - 27 August 2012
- Canoeing, Belay system training, Rock Climbing and Giant Ladder.
- Sea Expedition
- Crocker Range Expedition
- Hands on community work and exchange culture in the kampong village.
OB Nepal(New) Term 2,
12 - 21 May 2012
- Mountain Trekking
- Community Involvement Programmes
OB Taiwan Term 2,
12 - 21 May 2012
- High Elements Training
- River tracing in wet suits
- Mountain climbing
- Base camp upon reaching, before mobile camp out for the rest of the expedition
OB Brunei Term 3,
18 - 27 August 2012
- Jungle Trekking
- Kayaking Expedition
- Panoramic View of the Malacca Straits
Hainan Outdoor Experience Term 2,
12 - 19 May 2012
- Understanding the farmers' market place
- School visit - e.g. Wenchang High School & Haikou Hua Qiao High School
- Visit Wu Gong Ci (Hainan's history)
- Learn to make "Kong Ming lantern"
- Learn environmental knowledge from a local school
- Visit Asia Pacific Brewery
Gunung Tahan Summit Climb, Malaysia Term 2,
12 - 18 May 2012
- Aircon train to Merapoh
- Uphill jungle trekking and river- crossing
- Ascent to the summit of the highest mountain in West Malaysia
Perak Adventure, Malaysia Term 2,
14 - 18 May 2012
- White-water rafting
- Waterfall abseiling
- Day Trekking
Taman Negara Adventure, Malaysia Term 3,
20 - 24 August 2012
- White-water rafting
- Canopy Walk
- Day Trekking
Canoe Camp, Singapore Term 2,
14 - 18 May 2012
- One-Star Certification (3D)
- 2D / 1N Expedition
Students will embody the qualities of a Hwa Chong gentleman.
Hwa Chong Institution strongly believes that every HCI student has a hidden potential waiting to be unleashed. We believe that through their experience in one of the many camps available, they will come to discover what they are truly capable of, and will come back changed in a way they never thought possible. Their experience at a camp will build their character, boost their confidence and allow them to forge deeper friendships than ever before.
Being newly independent, the college has taken advantage of the greater autonomy granted to us to customize our programmes to better suit the needs of our students.
The Student Enrichment (SE) Unit organizes two major programmes, Sabbaticals and Core Modules which are aimed at developing students' character and leadership potential. In addition, the SE Unit also offers a Foreign Language Programme for our students.
The Sabbaticals Programme occurs once in the year for all C1 students, after the Promotional Examinations in October. All formal lessons during one day are replaced by enrichment electives conducted both within and beyond the college grounds. Students choose from a list of more than 50 modules, which expose them to different experiences. This allows the college to cater for the diverse interests that the students have. Modules include indoor and outdoor electives in Dance & Drama, Handicraft, Art & craft, Music, Cooking, Languages & Cultural and Sports
The 3 main objectives are to:
- expose students to different disciplines and broaden their education experience;
- foster zest for life; and
- create space for students to develop passions for what they do.
Core Modules are half-day workshops held on Saturdays and during June holidays to help students acquire the soft skills required for them to plan for their future after they graduate from Hwa Chong. Core modules are on an opt-in basis and students choose which modules they wish to attend to best cater to their needs.
Features of the Presentation Skills Workshop
- Developing confidence in speaking
- Developing what you are going to say
- Enhancing presentations with tools and aids
- Handling questions from the floor
- Transition between speakers in group presentation
Features of the Scholarship & Career Preparation Workshop
- What universities, scholarship bodies (i.e. organizations) are looking for in their prospective candidates
- How to plan your career
- How to leverage on your skills
- Scholarship & essays / personal statements
- Mock interviews
- Trainers who are previously scholars or people in the industry
Features of the Interview Skills Workshop
- Taking personal inventory & writing personal statements
Building rapport and positive first impression
- Developing delivery skills
Answering general knowledge and curveball questions
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Developing quick thinking skills
Answering competency based questions
- Creating your STAR Stories
Features of the Image Management Workshop
- Creating a positive first impression
How to enhance your image quotient
- Includes dressing for scholarship / job interview
How to project visual confidence
- Positive body language
How to enhance your emotional quotient
- Greetings, compliments, telephone manners etc
- Dining Etiquette
Foreign Language Programme
Foreign language courses are organized on an optional basis with the aim of providing students the platform to acquire a new foreign language and develop a better understanding of other cultures. Language Courses are offered to both C1 and C2 students.
- Spanish Language (Level 1)
- Italian Language (Level 1)
- Korean Language (Level 1)
- Japanese Language (Level 1)
Arts Enrichment and Appreciation
Every Hwa Chong student is a connoisseur of art.
AEA hopes to provide students with the opportunity to "Appreciate the Arts", which is in alignment with the Hwa Chong's education framework.
To expose and encourage students to move beyond the standard curriculum and their CCAs to engage, enjoy, participate and appreciate the Arts Enrichment Programme of different forms mainly in Music, Visual Arts, Film and Dance within their 4 years in High School.
Framework & Programme
|Level||Art Form||Programme / Event|
|Sec 2||Visual Arts||
SHAW (Sports, Health and Arts Week) are organised for students in the afternoon of the Sabbatical weeks.
For the SHAW (arts) activities, students are grouped by their CCA groups, as follow:
Term 1 (Clubs & Societies)
Term 2 (UGs)
Term 3 (Sports)
Within CCA groups, students will be sectioned into their levels, Sec 1 to Sec 4, to align with their art forms of their level.
Occasionally, there will also be lunch time performances for students to both participate and appreciate music.
The aims of music education are to:
- Develop an understanding of and an open mind for music of local and global cultures, with an awareness and appreciation of the links between music and daily living
- Develop creativity and critical thinking skills
- Develop a desire for personal and group expression through music and a life-long love for music
The objectives are:
Content - Pupils will be able to:
- Perform and appreciate a varied repertoire of music from different cultures and genres
Acquire the knowledge of:
- a working vocabulary of the elements of music
- a variety of musical styles
- Identify musical instruments aurally and visually
- Appreciate the social, cultural and historical contexts of music and its relationship to other art forms
Skills - Pupils will be able to:
- Perform solo and in ensemble with confidence, appropriate expression and proficiency through singing and instrumental playing
- Interpret and notate music accurately
- Compose and improvise music with guidance
- Listen to music and communicate the analysis of its characteristics
- Evaluate musical works and performances critically
Values - Pupils will be able to:
- Appreciate the role that music plays in their daily lives
- Develop a willingness to cooperate with and value others in teamwork
- Develop an openness to music from different cultures
- Develop a desire to listen to music and participate in musical activities
General Music Programme
HCI follows MOE’s stipulated music syllabus which revolves around understanding and appreciating major music genres around the world, music traditions of Singapore ( NE ), basic music analysis, performing, composing and others.
Interwoven amongst these are the core music skills of Listening / Composing / Performing and Appreciation.
The implementation of these knowledge are conducted via music courses written by established music educationists and NIE lecturers through interesting music texts.
HCI music offers music quizzes and tickets for student winners to attend concerts by our national orchestra, prominent visiting musicians and talks in some of Singapore’s main concert halls and libraries.
Selected music students visit old folks’ homes and other community venues to share with them the joy of music.
Sabbaticals – Music Enrichment
Our Sabbatical weeks music courses are very popular with our students.
They have helped our students to deepen their content knowledge of these different performing genres and have added much fun and interests on top of the General Music Programme offered in class.
Our core Sabbatical Courses:
2. Electronic Music Composition
Past music courses include Movie Sound Track Composition, i-Pod music composition, Voice Course and others.