Values In Action & Environment

Overview


As an important component of Character and Citizenship Education, the overarching mission of our Values in Action (VIA) programmes aims to instil in our students, graciousness and keenness to serve the community and nation, thus preparing them for a lifetime of active citizenship.


We adopted a whole school approach in providing learning experiences for students to exercise social responsibility in their spheres of influence and play their part through meaningful contribution to the school and community. In support of Keep Singapore Clean Movement, our school-initiated VIA programmes focuses on care for our environment.

 

LevelProgramme
Primary 1Personal Space Cleaning
Primary 2
Classroom Cleaning
Primary 3  Canteen Cleaning
Primary 4 Food Donation Drive
Primary 5  Water Conservation
Primary 6 YCKPS Recycling Drive

Buddy Clean Workshop for the Primary 3s


In our effort to extend our hands to serve the school community and in line with the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in schools, all Primary 3 students were engaged in a capacity building workshop titled “Buddy Clean Workshop” launched by NEA. This programme aims to educate our students to be socially responsible, and caring citizens with good character. The learning experience also provides students the opportunity to learn the various skills required for cleaning as well as effective communication and active listening skills. Students leverage on peer influence and feedback to shape behaviour and foster shared ownership and responsibility of common spaces.

Here are some highlights from the workshop:


Students participated actively in a range of activities during the workshop.


Awareness on the importance of inculcating positive social values and norms on cleanliness were created amongst students.


Students were equipped with relevant skills to carry out cleaning tasks.

Ci Yuan Tray Return Outreach Programme


Our school adopted Ci Yuan Hawker Centre to conduct the Tray Return Initiative as part of our school’s Values in Action programme. This is the second year that our student leaders, Ecopals are participating in this Tray Return initiative. This programme allowed our Ecopals to understand the importance of social graciousness in our society and provided the platform for them to serve as advocators to spread the message that returning their own tray and crockery is an act of graciousness to the public.


Our Ecopals getting ready for the programmes with their handmade bookmarks. 


The NEA Officer, Mr. Johnathon giving the students a briefing before they start.


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Our Ecopals at work.

 


School-initiated VIA Activities



Lower primary students learn to keep their personal space and classrooms clean and tidy.
Canteen Cleaning Programme for all 
P3 to P6 students.




Buddy Clean Workshop for all P3 students, in collaboration with NEA.




In support of World Food Day, a global movement to end hunger and reduce food wastage, we participated in the
Clean Plate Campaign organised by Food From the Heart.

Our school came in
Top 5 among the 36 schools that participated





P5 pupils served as Water Conservation Ambassadors in garnering support from fellow schoolmates to pledge towards
water conservation during the
YCKPS VIA Exposition.


YCKPS Food Donation Drive 2017


The Values-In-Action Programme has been an integral component in the holistic development of every student in Yio Chu Kang Primary. In extending our hands to serve the community, all Primary 4 students were engaged in conducting a Food Donation Drive for the non-profit organisation, Food From the Heart, to support the needy families within our community. The food donation drive was held on 10th April 2017 to 17th April 2017. This Donation Drive forms part of the learning in the P4 Interdisciplinary Project Work, Food for Thought. 

Our P4 students giving a pre-assembly talk to inform the school about the upcoming donation drive.


Students went around the school to promote their projects and to collect donations from the staff and students.

Students were also engaged in the packing and sorting of the donated items. They had to check for the expiry dates

before sorting them according to the different categories, facilitating the distribution of these items to the needy 

households later on.


Collection of donations by Food From The Heart with the help of our helpful students. 


ViA Exposition and Kindness Week


It is the time of the year again for our students to showcase their Values In Action projects that were done during their Values in Action Learning Experience in school. The 1-week long exposition was carried out during the Kindness Week in Term 2 Week 9. Besides involving all students in school-initiated VIA programs, we also collaborated with Social Change in Action (SoCH) to encourage student ownership of VIA activities through students-initiated projects, in support of the global programme Design for Change Movement. Through the planning and implementing of these student initiated VIA projects, students acquire the 21st century competencies and skills. This year, all our Primary 5 students also took the opportunity to serve as Water Conservation Ambassadors to educate their school mates on the ways of saving water and importance of conserving water during the exposition.

P5 pupils serving as Water Conservation Ambassadors in garnering support from fellow schoolmates to pledge towards water conservation during the YCKPS VIA Exposition.

P5 pupils advocating the importance of water conservation during our YCKPS VIA Exposition.

Our SoCH leaders initiated projects, in support of the Design for Change Movement, to effect positive change for a caring and inclusive community. See them in action during the Values In Action Exposition, advocating on topics on Stop Bullying,  Upcycling, Toilet Cleanliness and so on.


In support of Singapore Kindness Movement, our YCKPS students also served as Friends of Singa Ambassadors in finding and implementing solutions to promote kindness within our school.

Our Friends of Singa Ambassadors in action. 

Student-Initiated Values-In-Action Projects (SoCH Programme)


Student were encouraged to initiate VIA projects, in support of the Design for Change Movement, to discover what they care about and effect positive change for a caring and inclusion school community.

Under this programme, selected P4 and P5 Social Change (SoCh) leaders undergo a series of workshops, which empower them to imagine creative solutions to chosen issues, using the Design-Thinking principles such as reasoning, empathy and identifying the ‘beneficiary-experience’ to drive an improved understanding and more effective solutions.  Thereafter, students planned and implemented their projects to drive changes in school. 





3 groups of SoCH leaders were selected and they presented their projects at the 7th "Be the Change Exposition" held at SIM University. Among all the 80 participated schools, our school’s project “Theft! Don’t Be A Victim” was awarded one of the Top 4 teams in the Primary School Category for the 7th Design for Change Competition 2016.


Project “Bullying isn’t a game! Let’s end it today!” initiated by
Manas, Elyse Wong, Wee Zi Rou, Jacelyn Lee, Divan Cheng and Brinly Goh.


Project “Let’s Go Litter Free” to keep canteen clean.
Group members: Lerwinne Ong, Javier Phoo, Justin Yeo,
Anabelle Chasia Soesilo, Khor Zhi Hao
Teacher Mentor: Mrs Geraldine Lim


 Project “Theft! Don’t Be A Victim”.
Project group members: Roshna Shan, Rafiya, John Jacob,
Carrin Pech, Chong Yin Ru and Shannon Foo 
Teacher Mentor: Mr Alfred Goh


Singapore Kindness Movement


In support of Singapore Kindness Movement, our YCKPS students also served as Friends of Singa Ambassadors.




Our Friends of Singa Ambassadors in action.

Environmental Education


In tandem with our Values in Actions education, our school’s Environmental Education aims to inculcate in our pupils to be a community of active environmental activists. 

We focus on the 3R approaches, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Some highlights of our environmental efforts are Earth Hour 2016, Earth Day 2016, School Food Wastage Pilot Project, Tray Return Initiative @ Ci Yuan Hawker Centre (NEA) and Energy Heroes! Mobile Exhibition (SP Services Ltd). 

Through participating in these activities, students are engaged to play an active role in Saving Gaia.

 


Students participate in Tray Return Initiative @ Ci Yuan Hawker Centre