WHAT IS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT?
Aligned to the Ministry of Education’s Uplift Enhanced School Resourcing initiative, Educational Support aims to enable and empower our students to embody the school’s SHINE (Self-Directedness, Harmony, Integrity, ResilieNce and Excellence) values, and progress in their education. We focus on providing opportunities for all students, especially vulnerable learners who may require more support, to attain their fullest potential.
To support our students, our school plans customised interventions that focus on instilling socio-emotional competencies. Our programmes also leverage on peer support and relationships, strong teacher-student relationships and positive learning experiences to nurture a caring and enabling environment for our students to flourish.
WHAT ARE OUR PROGRAMMES?
In our school, we plan a variety of programmes to engage different student profiles. Some key programmes are outlined below.
I. ORION STARS AFTER SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT
The Orion StaRs After School Engagement programme strives to provide meaningful engagement for Lower Secondary students through:
- Immersive and authentic learning experiences such as Learning Journeys and Values In Action projects
- Interest-based activities such as sports, arts and crafts and cooking.
These varied activities strengthen our students’ personal and socio-emotional learning (SEL) competencies as they learn to collaborate with one other. The programme also strives to help our students develop self-awareness as they discover personal strengths and interests.
(Above) Photos shows students engaged in various interest-based activities such as fencing and craft work (2022).
(Above) Photos show students engaged in learning during the socio-emotional learning sessions (2022).
(Above) Photo shows students posing at East Coast park during their beach-cleaning Values in Action project (2022).
II. MENTORING PROGRAMMES
Our school works closely with vendors and partners to curate mentoring programmes to support and nurture our Secondary 2 and 3 students.
Leveraging significant adults as mentors, our students acquire key socio-emotional competencies in the aspects of self-management, relationship management and responsible decision making. Experiential learning activities such as projects and outdoor learning journeys provide platforms for our students to showcase and strengthen their socio-emotional learning.
(Above) Photo shows our Secondary 2 students with their mentors at a learning journey to Sentosa (2022).
(Above) Photo shows our Secondary 3 students engaged in a group mentoring session. (2022).
(Above) The 30 Nov 2021 Straits Times article on MOE’s UPLIFT efforts, features our Sec 2 StaR Reuben Wong. The article relates Reuben’s journey as one of the beneficiaries of the Thye Hua Kwan (THK) Moral Charities mentoring programme in 2020 and how he made significant improvements with the support given. Source: https://str.sg/3x3d
III. APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAMME (ApLM)
ApLM are enrichment modules that broaden the learning experiences of students and complement the secondary school curriculum with a focus on the practical application of knowledge.
These modules provide our students with applied learning opportunities – learning that involves doing and applying, learning about the real world, and learning for life.
Through ApLM, we hope that our students will discover their interests and strengths, which would inspire them in making informed education and career choices.
(Above) ApLM@Schools: Through hands-on learning experiences in school and learning journeys, ApLM@Schools exposes our students to different fields of interest such as Hospitality, Business and Services, Design and Media, Applied and Health Sciences, Electronics and Info-Comm Technology and Engineering. The photos above show our Secondary 2 students actively engaged in learning during the ApLM@Schools held from 28 Feb 2023 to 3 Mar 2023.
(Above) ApLM@Poly: ApLM@Poly are elective courses developed by the Polytechnics. These electives, each involving 21 to 24 hours of contact time with the Polytechnic lecturers, give students the opportunity to applying their learning to authentic learning contexts. The photos above show our Secondary 3 students during the ApLM@Poly programme held from 13 Mar 2023 to 15 Mar 2023.
(Above) ApLM@ITE: ApLM@ITE are short courses developed to broaden the learning experiences of students. The 22.5-hour programme will introduce students to ITE’s full-time Nitec and Higher Nitec courses. Through the hands-on practical sessions, students will have the opportunity to discover how the knowledge and skills learnt can be applied to related industries. The photos above show our Secondary 3 students during the ApLM@ITE programme held from 27 Mar 2023 to 29 Mar 2023.