Values in Action Programme
The College Values In Action (VIA) Programme provides real context and experiences for students to serve the community. We have adopted the Service Learning Philosophy towards VIA to engage our students by means of interactive activities and community projects both overseas and locally.
- To bring joy, warmth and love to the less privileged and serve genuine needs in the community
- To inculcate values of social responsibility, humility and life-long volunteerism in students
- To develop students’ organisational, leadership and communication skills to empower them to initiate service projects
The College VIA Programme aims to provide real context and experiences for students to serve the community. Students are encouraged to initiate at least one VIA Project in their Civics Groups and/or CCA during their time in JC. The “Ready, Render, Reflect” framework as depicted below is used to guide all VIA projects in College.
From the Hawaiian culture, ‘Ohana’ means family. The term emphasises that families are bonded; members should help one another in times of need and leave no one behind. This Ohana spirit where the TPJC family comes together and through teamwork show care for the needs of one another and others in the community is what drives our cohort VIA efforts that take place in our annual Project Ohana camp.
From the Japanese word, “Kirei” means clean and beautiful. Project Kirei is a student-driven, school-supported effort for students to take ownership of the cleanliness of their school environment. During this VIA project, all students will embark on a hands-on learning experience in 3 stages:
- Awareness: Students gain a better understanding of important issues or concerns with respect to cleanliness in their school community. They raise awareness to enable others to learn about these issues too.
- Action: Students take action to improve a situation that they care about and take responsibility for the cleanliness of the place in the school that they have adopted.
- Appreciation: Students show appreciation to members of the school community who contribute towards school cleanliness i.e. EAS staff.
Character values are acquired and reinforced through authentic learning experiences. A whole school approach in VIA not only serves as an opportunity for inculcation of values of care and empathy, it also provides students an opportunity to understand one another and foster stronger class rapport. The entire cohort involvement in the two projects mentioned above works to strengthen College values and spirit through working on common goals.
Updated as of 24 January 2018