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Character Formation Department

Character Formation Department

The Character Formation Department aims to provide our students with multiple opportunities to develop and acquire values, knowledge and skills through varied classroom lessons and school experiences.

The Character Formation Department uses various platforms to create authentic learning experiences so that students will be able to put their learning into action for the internalisation of skills and values.

CCE Platforms

  • Pastoral Care
  • Canossian Spirituality
  • Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
  • National Education  (NE)
  • Values in Action (VIA)
  • Character & Citizenship Education (CCE) lessons
  • Student Leadership
  • Sexuality Education


Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care programme consists of weekly Pastoral Care (Catholic & non-Catholic) lessons, liturgical events, termly values talks, and post-PSLE Programmes.

The school has designed a programme to teach values and life skills to our students. Imbued in the lessons are stories of the lives of our Canossian Saints and other individuals who have made contributions to mankind. We hope to inspire our children with the stories so that they can grow in their personhood.

The themes for the PC-Catechism is as follows:

P1-P3 : Make Jesus Known and Loved
P4-P6:  Ours Is A Life Built On Love

P1: Knowing Jesus
P2: Loving Jesus
P3: His Love

P4: Jesus Crucified
P5: Jesus Risen
P6: Living in His Love

Canossian Spirituality

The school believes that each child is precious, unique and deserves to be respected. In line with this belief, the school takes care of the spiritual growth of each child as a person through various celebrations and commemorations of events:

  • Combined Opening Mass
  • Start of Stations of the Cross
  • Lenten Retreat for Catholic Students
  • Rite of Reconciliation for Catholic Students
  • Level Mass
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Easter Para-Liturgy
  • May Devotion cum Mother’s Day Celebration
  • St Anthony’s Feast Day Mass
  • International Peace Day
  • Children’s Day Mass
  • P6 Reflection Days
  • Thanksgiving Liturgy
  • P6 Thanksgiving

The faith formation of the Catholic students is taken care by the Chaplaincy Team. The Team, headed by Sr Geraldine Lim,  works alongside the teaching and pastoral systems in the school to ensure that the strong are encouraged, the weak are supported and the indifferent are challenged, so that all may have ‘life to the full’ (John 10:10)

Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)

Introduced in 2012, the FTGP is time set aside each week for teachers to engage in quality interactions with their students so as to develop and strengthen their social and emotional competencies.

During the weekly 30-minute FTGP lessons, teachers will conduct interactive sessions with their students so as to develop strong class bonds, create quality teacher-student relationships and to explicitly teach social and emotional competencies.

National Education (NE)

NE is infused into the core and non-core curriculum at St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School. We aim to develop national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our students a sense of identity, pride and confidence in our nation’s future. To do this, we provide varied NE experiences:

  • Commemoration of the 4 core NE events
    • Total Defence Day
    • International Friendship Day
    • Racial Harmony Day
    • National Day
  • Learning journeys
  • P5 NE show
  • International Students’ Programme

Values in Action (VIA)

VIA are learning experiences which support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. As part of VIA, the students reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.

By serving others as a Canossian Service Leader, we hope our students will grow as persons embracing the school’s core values of Charity, Humility and Forgiveness.

Character & Citizenship Education (CCE) lessons

In 2014, MOE introduced a new CCE syllabus to replace the previous Civic & Moral Education lessons. These lessons are carried out in the various Mother Tongue languages and in English for students who are exempted from Mother Tongue.

The new curriculum will help students to better learn values through three overarching ideas – Identity, Relationships and Choices. Included in the curriculum are National Education (NE) elements and these are explicitly taught during lessons leading up to the 4 NE commemorative events.

A new feature in in the CCE syllabus is ‘Family Time’ – the suggested activities encourage parents to reinforce their child’s learning and promote family bonding.

Student Leadership

We aim to develop in our student leaders the Canossian Attributes of Commitment, Compassion and Cheerfulness in serving and leading others.

In St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School, there are 3 forms of leadership to achieve our vision of Leaders with a Heart for Others.

  • Personal Leadership –  students learn to take ownership of their own actions and choices
  • Peer Leadership – students learn to serve others around them
  • Community Leadership – students learn to serve those in the community

In our school, we believe that every SACPS student is a Service Leader, thus the school’s core values of charity, humility and forgiveness also serves as a foundation for the SACPS Service Leader.

MOE Sexuality Education in Schools

  1. Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.
  2. The goals of Sexuality Education are:
    • To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
    • To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
    • To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.
  3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
    • Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
    • Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
    • Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
    • Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

Overview of ST ANTHONY’S CANOSSIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL Sexuality Education Programme for 2019

  1. Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.
  2. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
    • Science
    • Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP)
    • Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)” (Primary 5 & 6) Teaching & Learning resource package

  1. The upper primary years mark the onset of puberty. With better nutrition and improved health care, children are reaching puberty at a younger age and have to grapple with physical, emotional and psychological changes in themselves. The implication is that our children are becoming biologically ready for sexual activity sooner without necessarily having the corresponding cognitive or emotional maturity to modulate their behaviours. “Curious Minds” is a response to these challenges.
  2. The refreshed Primary 5 & 6 Growing Years (GY) package, “Curious Minds (2nd Edition)”, aims to meet students’ developmental needs, give emphasis to the teaching of skills and values, and focus on helping students navigate changes, build healthy relationships, especially online relationships, and exercise safety.

At St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2019:

Primary 5

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
Gosh! I Am Changing
What Is Happening To Me?
(30 min)
  • know what puberty is
  • identify the physical changes during puberty
Term 3
What Can I Do?
(Part 1)
(30 min)
  • identify the stresses caused by physical changes during puberty
  • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by physical changes during puberty
  • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
  • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty
Term 3
What Can I Do?
(Part 2)
(30 min)
  • identify the stresses caused by physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe healthy ways to manage the stresses caused by these physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • describe the emotions caused by physical changes during puberty
  • recognise that one’s identity does not change even when one’s body is experiencing change due to puberty
Term 3
Main Task
(30 min)
Description of the Main Task:
Students are to play the role of an Uncle/Aunt Agony to help a peer address his/her experiences during puberty. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the peer and share ways to help him/her cope with the changes he/she is going through.
Term 3
Where I Belong
What Are Families?
(30 min)
  • know that there are different types of family structures
  • know that every family is unique
  • state that the three basic functions of families are to provide love, protection and guidance
  • identify the right sources of help to turn to when in need
Term 3
What is My Role?
(30 min)
  • know that gender is about being male or female
  • choose not to stereotype by gender
Term 3
How Do I Keep Myself Safe?
What is Safety?
(30 min)
  • know what sexual abuse is
  • know that there are laws in Singapore that can protect them from sexual abuse
  • know their rights in keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse
Term 3
Stop It! Run! Tell!
(30 min)
  • protect themselves by resisting and removing themselves from harm and seeking help from a trusted adult
  • know their responsibilities in minimising the risk of sexual harm
Term 3

Primary 6  

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
(e.g. Term 1 Week 2)


Are We More Than Friends?
Who Are My Friends?
(30 min)
  • identify the qualities of a healthy friendship
  • recognise the importance of making wise choices in friendship
Term 4
Am I A Good Friend?
(30 min)
  • identify the qualities that they have as a friend
  • recognise the importance of developing in oneself the qualities of a good friend
Term 4
What is Love?
(30 min)
  • identify the characteristics of love and infatuation
  • distinguish between the characteristics of love versus infatuation
  • identify strong feelings arising from infatuation
Term 4
Am I Falling In Love?
(30 min)
  • manage strong feelings arising from infatuation
  • identify ways to manage and cope with teasing from peers
Term 4
Main Task
(30 min)
Description of the Main Task: Students are to play the role of a game designer who wants to create a board game to help students of their age learn more about the Big Idea of Relationships, specifically on family, friendships, love and infatuation. They will consider the issues that their peers would face and craft questions and answers that they believe their peers would benefit most from knowing. Term 4
Friends or Foes?
Are You Really My Friend?
(30 min)
  • identify the pros and cons of forming relationships through social networking websites
  • know ways to keep themselves safe when using social networking websites
Term 4
Is It All Safe?
(30 min)
  • know that some information (like pornography) received through the Internet may be harmful
  • know ways to keep themselves safe when using social media websites or the Internet
Term 4
Main Task
(30 min)
Description of the Main Task: Students are to apply their understanding of Safety in a variety of scenarios where the main character could be in a precarious situation. They will consider the situation from the point of view of the main character, discuss what they think and feel about the situation and what they will do or say to ensure their safety. These scenarios will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Safety and that safety is a right and a responsibility. Term 4

Information for Parents

  1. Parents may opt their children out of the Growing Years programme, and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
  2. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents in Term 3 (for P5 students) and in Term 4 (for P6 students) and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by (date to be confirmed).
  3. Parents can contact the school at 6449-2239 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.
  4. Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should also contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.


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