February 25, 2016
Cultivating Good Habits for Life Through Everyday Responsibilities
1. By the end of 2016, students in all schools will be involved in and help each other in the daily cleaning of their school environment. Through this, schools hope to inculcate in students a sense of responsibility and care for their own space and for shared spaces. Cleaning can be carried out at different periods, such as before the first lesson, during recess, in between lessons, or just before dismissal. Areas include the classrooms and common areas, such as canteens and corridors. The learning from schools can be transferred to the home environment. Students have everyday responsibilities both in school and at home to do these chores. With this constant practice both in school and at home, students learn pro-social behaviours and cultivate good life habits.
2. Many schools have already incorporated five to ten minutes of cleaning activities within their school hours each day. For example:
- Xingnan Primary School – Students are involved in cleaning at the end of recess and at the end of the day. To cultivate the habit from young, Primary 1 students also have an activity to document how they help their family members with household chores.
- Park View Primary School – Music is played five minutes before the end of each school day, signaling the start of the classroom cleaning routine for all students.
- New Town Secondary School – At the start of the day all students follow the C.L.E.A.N acronym to guide their routine: Clean the whiteboard, Litter-free classroom, Ensure windows and doors are opened, Arrange tables and chairs, and Neatly place the bags on the floor.
Partnership with Parents and the Community
3. Character development is most effective when there is partnership between home, school and the community. The Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum provides opportunities for parents to reinforce their children’s learning and values nurtured in schools. Through CCE Family Time activities, parents and children can decide, plan and carry out children’s contributions to the home. This includes cleaning tasks like making their beds, washing dishes or helping to clean the house.
4. The Public Hygiene Council (PHC) and the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) will also support schools and parents in their outreach efforts. Litter-picking toolkits have been made available to all schools, and educational materials and videos are also available on PHC’s website.