Character Education in Anglo-Chinese Junior College is aligned to the college’s vision of “Noble Ambition and Character, for the service of God and nation”. As such, the college believes in cultivating students of sound character based on the college values of integrity, tenacity and passion.
ACJC’s character development framework, which is adapted from Thomas Lickona’s theoretical model, approaches character education at two levels. At the classroom level, every teacher is a role model who imparts values and social emotional skills through academic subjects and life skills lessons. At the college level, values are imparted through the establishment of a moral culture, active engagement with parents and the community and co-curricular programmes.
For character education to be effective, there is active communication of the college vision, mission and values between the school leadership and the stakeholders — namely the students, teachers, parents and alumni. As the stake holders identify with the school values, there are opportunities for them to apply and embody such values in activities like the weekly chapel service, morning devotions, assembly talks and college events. In this way, a moral culture is evolved.
Co-curricular programmes play a major role in shaping the values of the students. Every student is expected to participate in at least one co-curricular activity, to serve the community and to gain leadership experience. The college systems facilitate this learning process. The CCA skills framework ensures that all clubs, societies and performing arts incorporate values and socio-emotional skills in their training and activities. The CIP Project Management system allows the student to own and project manage under the mentorship of teacher. As the college believes that every student is a leader, leadership programmes are college-wide with compulsory and elective modules.
Another important dimension of ACJC’s character development framework is reflection. Students reflect on their learning of values at regular intervals and record their learning in the student development portfolio. Parent volunteers also play a vital role in helping the school in character education and are the role models for the students. Meeting regularly to pray for them, these parents also host foreign students and provide dinner for those who do their revision in school prior to the year-end examinations. The college also actively brings in ex-students to help in character development. Alumni are invited as guests of honour in college events or to give talks on their areas of specialisation. Younger alumni who are studying in the local universities come back as peer tutors, coaches and advisors as well.
Above all, what distinctly shapes the character of ACJC students lies in the school motto “The Best Is Yet To Be”. The college believes in always looking forward and endeavouring for the future. ACJC seeks to pass this principle to all its students.