Applied Learning Programme
SJC’s Distinctive Program: An Experiential Journey
Individuals need to be adaptable and willing to learn. They need to have the confidence to deal with problems that have no clear-cut solutions. And they need to be able to work effectively with others, across races and nationalities, and to communicate clearly….For a strong social fabric of trust and togetherness, our young must care for one another, and be committed to our collective future. Ultimately, education is not what we do to our children. Rather, it is what we do with them, and for them, to bring out the best in each of them, so that they grow up to embrace the best of the human spirit.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education
Ministry of Education Workplan Seminar 2013
In line with the ministry of education’s move to provide a holistic education that is student centric and values driven, the Distinctive Programme in SJC envisions to develop students who are socially engaged and confident while being resilient and concerned citizens with a strong sense of global awareness. This broadens their education experience to include developmental opportunities that complement their academic needs in the course of the 4-5 years in SJC. These developmental platforms are created through SJC’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and Learning for Life Programme (LLP).
The Art of Communication in Theatre and Debates
Applied Learning Programme in SJC
An Overview of ALP
The ALP in SJC is an evolution from the existing niche programme on The Art of Communication in Theatre and Debate. SJC students’ inclination towards the arts is a reason why the school moved in this direction to establish a structured aesthetic programme in 2009. With the introduction of the Distinctive Programmes, it was a natural transition for this niche programme to be converted into SJC’s ALP for the students.
The Art of Communication programme in SJC seeks to use theatre and debates as platforms for all students to develop their communication and critical thinking skills while enhancing their global awareness. As a result, this programme is framed to include three tiers, namely experience, engagement and appreciation.
Experience the Art of Communication in SJC
As part of their experience, all SJC students undergo the lower secondary aesthetics curriculum. This is conducted in the form of 4 modules (consisting of dance, drama, communications and music) conducted over 4 semesters. These modules are conducted by both teachers and external vendors, with formative assessments at various milestone points. Another platform all students to develop their communication skills through experiential learning is the secondary 3 dramatic showcase that was piloted in 2014. This serves the dual role in providing a culminating experience for students to apply the various skills learnt in the lower secondary aesthetics module as well as to foster class bonding as at secondary 3, these students are studying together for the first time. In addition, the dramatic and communication techniques are integrated into academic subjects for all students at various points throughout the 4-5 years in SJC to ensure continued application of the skills learnt. Through each experience, the aim is for students to refine their communication skills and gain confidence in themselves in their journey to be the Women of Integrity with the Passion to Pursue Excellence that SJC is proud to introduce into the community.
Get Engaged with the Art of Communication in SJC
Students who wish to further hone their skills in the Theatre and Debates may join any of the 10 arts based CCAs in SJC that range from the performing arts to visual arts and debates. The arts based CCAs feature a wide variety of platforms for students to hone and showcase their aesthetic talents while providing them with the opportunities to develop their leaderships skills as well as interpersonal relationship skills.
Learn from the Appreciation of the Arts in SJC
In SJC, we take pride in providing the opportunities to appreciate confident communication through the various performance platforms provided for all staff and students. This is especially notable for its inclusive nature as students and teachers perform regardless of CCA memberships. Such performances at school level are platforms for all in SJC to confidently articulate their appreciation for the arts and their peers performance in a collaborative environment.