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Character & Citizenship Education

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The Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Committee aims to develop Vistarians of Character through the provision of holistic experiences in the affective areas. To help us achieve this, the CCE programme comprises weekly CCE lessons, National Education (NE) events, Values-in-Action (VIA) projects and Education and Career Guidance (ECG) activities. In addition, Cyber-Wellness and Sexuality Education lessons enable our students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature and seeks to help them develop healthy and rewarding interpersonal relationships both in real-life and online.  All these aim to inculcate values and foster the development of 21st Century Competencies in our students so that they can be exemplary individuals and useful citizens who can thrive in the future.

Thomas Lickona, a leading expert in Character Education notes that “Character Education helps to create an environment for caring and learning in school.” Hence, the CCE Committee aims to design curriculum and implement programmes to:

  • develop Vistarians of Character through holistic experiences in the academic and affective areas;
  • inculcate values and foster the development of 21st Century Competencies in every Vistarian so that they can be exemplary individuals and useful citizens who can thrive in the future; and
  • equip Vistarians with the skills and competencies to identify, connect, see relationships and make responsible decisions

We adopt a whole-school approach to CCE, based on the fundamental belief that every staff member is responsible for developing the character of our students through our daily interactions with them.     

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It is important to affirm students who display strong character and positive values. Hence, the school recognises students’ good behaviour through the school-based Values Ambassador Award (VAA) and MOE Edusave Character Award (ECHA). The VAA is given to deserving students who espouse the school values of Care, Respect, Discipline and Enterprise and who have good character. Likewise, the ECHA aims to recognise students who are role models in their conduct or who have demonstrated strong values.


On a more regular basis, students are given an opportunity to share their thoughts on character development with the entire school at morning assembly on Mondays and Wednesdays. This platform titled Moments@NV is a platform for students to develop confidence in public speaking and allow for student ‘voices’ to be heard. Brief reflections by students on sports participation, competitions, Values-in-Action initiatives, cyber-wellness as well as other aspects of school experience allow key messages on values and character development to be communicated at a whole-school level by the students themselves.
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Education and Career Guidance
In addition to these initiatives, the school’s signature ECG programme for our graduating students is the Career Seminar which seeks to provide participants with insights into the world of work, create opportunities for them to engage with professionals from various industries and fields, in a bid to increase their awareness of the tenets of different professions and industries. Speakers from various industries such as Early Childhood Education, Healthcare, Engineering and Business are invited to share their views on what it is like to work in and develop their careers in a particular sector. In 2018, Mr Daniel The, the Executive Director of Popejai Pte. Ltd. engaged the students with his opening speech as he shared his experiences in starting a social enterprise and his learning as social entrepreneur.

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