Values in Action (VIA)
In alignment with the Education Ministry’s emphasis on students acquiring values, ACJC’s Community Involvement Programme (CIP) has also been reframed as “Values in Action” (VIA). Essentially, VIA builds on the strengths of ACJC’s CIP practices of student-initiated service and students’ reflection on their learning from service. With a greater focus on values, the college focuses on illuminating the values and attitudes that form the bedrock of service.
Some of our major VIA activities include:
A major highlight in our VIA projects is ACJC’s collaboration with the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) on their signature Project Cheer initiative. Students will design and implement community service activities to bring joy to the beneficiaries in six charities supported by the foundation – Canossaville Children’s Home, Fei Yue Community Services, Lakeside Family Centre, Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore), Singapore Children’s Society and St Luke’s Eldercare. Through the myriad of engaging activities conducted for the underprivileged children and elderly, our students will learn that building a relationship through conversing with the beneficiaries carries greater value than just organising a successful VIA project.
A new community partnership was established with the Dover constituency so that students can volunteer in the college’s immediate vicinity. Students will adopt underprivileged families residing in Dover rental flats. After meeting the families and studying their needs, the students will design customised VIA experiences to improve the families’ circumstances, such as shopping for grocery and furniture, and bringing them for a family picnic and outing. Students’ reflections will collectively show a greater appreciation of growing up in a strong family environment with adequate financial support.
Overseas VIA Activities
Beyond the local community, ACJC aims to offer students an enriching global experience of serving the underprivileged communities in the region. In November 2014, two teams continued their predecessors’ good work in Bintan and Cambodia to conduct Eglish lessons for local children and work on basic infrastructural refurbishment projects. A third team led our college’s inaugural effort to initiate a sustainable overseas community involvement project in partnership with Roslin Orphanage in West Timor, Indonesia. It was a truly eye-opening experience for the students, who helped to cook and distribute food to villagers living in poverty, in addition to organising team-building games for the orphans and painting a beautiful mural within the orphanage.
West Timor 2014
Other activities our school offer include:
Kidsread with NLB
Project with Willing Hearts
Groceries on Wheels with NUSS
Project with Kreta Ayer Volunteer Service Group