Character & Citizenship Education

Character & Citizenship Education



National Education (NE)

The National Education programme aims to develop national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation, instil in our students, confidence in our nation's future and cultivate a strong sense of belonging to Singapore. The unit hopes to nurture students who are inclusive individuals, concerned about global issues and be able to lead, contribute and serve in the global arena, with emotional rootedness to Singapore.

- Students will be able to participate in the following programmes:

- Celebration of core commemorative events annually, namely Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day, which are planned and organized by the college's own Students' National Education Council (SNEC);

- Dialogues with senior civil servants and ministers, to sensitize students to the rationale behind policies and to raise awareness of the realities facing Singapore and the considerations of policy makers in defending Singapore's interests;

- Learning journeys e.g. to heritage places, mature housing estates, parliament sessions, military camps;

- Our Hwa Chong Conversation (OHCC), where students can attend optional dialogue sessions on current issues; 

- Join the Students' National Education Council and be involved in policy making and planning of school-wide NE events;

- Read the weekly infographics on current issues produced by SNEC and participate in related quizzes;

- Get news updates via the SNEC Facebook;

- More details can be found at the SNEC website at

Pastoral Care & Moral Education (PCME)

The Pastoral Care and Moral Education programme aims to equip the HCI student 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 PCME programme carries out the guidance curriculum which aims to develop students in the domains of (i) self-knowledge and interpersonal skills, (ii) moral and spiritual development, and (iii) life career planning and managing life roles, settings and events. The programme includes civics tutorial session activities, workshops and mass lectures by invited speakers.



Community Involvement Programme (CIP)

Values-In-Action Programme


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.

VIA in Hwa Chong consist of 3 very important components:

1. Community involvement Programme (CIP),
2. Community Engagement Programme (CEP) and
3. 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 the community 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 abridged 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
  • Volunteering
  • Student-initiated community involvement activities
  • Student-initiated Service-Learning Projects
  • Long term VIA collaboration with student-adopted organisations.


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 Council - to come in as S-L facilitators and motivators
  • Beyond Singapore: Overseas CIP (OCIP)

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, e.t.c., 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 mainly at 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 would 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.

Students are also 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 Council (for College)


To nurture compassionate student leaders who are always ready to serve the community.

What we do

The VIA Unit of the college section aims to raise students' conviction in volunteerism and to instil in them a lifelong interest to get involved in community service. The programmes organised also provide students with opportunities for leadership training.

To this aim, students are strongly encouraged to plan and organize their own CIP projects. These are called Service-Learning projects. For monitoring purposes, students will have to submit an online proposal on the ISP for their project according to stipulated guidelines by the VIA unit and obtain approval from their teacher mentors before proceeding with the project.

The CIP Council is the student leadership body that works hand in hand with the VIA Unit to mentor and provide guidance for students embarking on their Service Learning Projects. To further engage their peers in community services, and give their peers opportunities to embark on short stints of community service, the CIP Council organises community service projects such as Leadership Camps for neighbourhood primary schools, provide free peer tutoring for secondary school students, bringing the elderly on excursions throughout the year.

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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.

Outdoor Education

Our mission
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:

  1. Promote character building
  2. Create responsibilities
  3. Inspire confidence
  4. Encourage teamwork
  5. Promote cultural exchange (where applicable)
  6. Promote community involvement (where applicable)


By gradually exposing students to the outdoors, through:

  • Year 1 : Teambuilding Camp,
  • Year 2 : Outward Bound Singapore 5 Day course,
  • Year 3 & 4: Overseas Camp.

Students will embody the qualities of a Hwa Chong gentlemen

Year 5 & 6: Overseas Outdoor Education programme
                     CCA initiated 1 – 2 Days OE programme


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:

  1. expose students to different disciplines and broaden their education experience;
  2. foster zest for life; and
  3. create space for students to develop passions for what they do.

Core Modules

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

  • Personal branding
    •       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.

Courses Offered:

  • Spanish Language (Level 1)
  • Italian Language (Level 1)
  • Korean Language (Level 1)
  • Japanese Language (Level 1)


Arts Enrichment and Appreciation (AEA)

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


Art Form

Programme / Event

Sec 1


  1. Exposure and appreciation of the different genre music during assembly.

Sec 2

Visual Arts

  1. Exposure and appreciation of visual arts by having talks by our very own Art Elective Programme teachers and local artists.
  2. Each class will be arranged to visit Hwa Chong's very own Art Gallery. The tour will be conducted by student gallery guides.
  3. Interested students will have the opportunity to be trained as an art gallery guides.

Sec 3


  1. Talk on film appreciation by local filmmakers during assembly.

Sec 4


  1. Dance appreciation & performance of different genre during assembly.



  1. Exposure and appreciation of various arts forms (film, dance, music, theatre, visual arts) through assembly sessions.
  2. Experience of various arts forms through masterclasses, workshops.
  3. Experience of display of students’ talents in the arts through the Hwa Chong Arts Fest (concert, visual art exhibition)



During Hwa Chong Arts Festival in Term 2, students involved in performing arts CCA participate in a concert at Cheng Yi Auditorium, while students involved in visual arts (including Art Elective Programme, Art Club, Photographic Society, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club, Japanese Cultural Club) participate in a visual art exhibition at the Inner Plaza. Other events include arts programming during mass CT sessions, arts masterclasses, as well as lunch time performances in the canteen. Students also get to attend external concerts organised by various CCA groups and academic departments. The school also partners with SSO to host SSO concerts in the school campus for the school population.

During the afternoons of the sabbatical week (Term 1 - Term 3), our school will have SHAW (Sports, Health and Arts Week) activities. Students within their CCAs will experience either Sports or Arts activities.SHAW (arts)

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, students will be sectioned into their levels, Sec 1 to Sec 4, to align with their level art forms.

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.

Community Outreach

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.
In the pipeline, too, are music lunchtime concerts within our school.

Sabbaticals – Music Enrichment

Our core music courses are very popular with our students. ( see attached Survey )
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: 

1. Guitar
2. Drums
2. Electronic Music Composition

Past music courses include Movie Sound Track Composition, i-Pod music composition, Voice Course and others.