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Character and Citizenship Education

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Every Clementeen, An Active Citizen of Character


The CCE 2021 curriculum is based on the three big ideas of Identity, Relationships and Choices. It involves the teaching and learning of core values and social-emotional competencies with a focus on developing a sense of purpose in our students. These fundamentals are taught and applied in the six curriculum content areas of CCE. In CTSS, we aspire to mould the character of every Clementeen so that they become active Clementeens with the passion to learn, bright Clementeens with the confidence to lead and caring Clementeens with the humility to serve. 

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Highly Effective Youths (HEY)
The school approaches the teaching of social-emotional competencies through a customised school-based CCE curriculum based on the ‘7 habits for Highly Effective Youths’ by Stephen Covey. It is hoped that these habits, which are a result of a set of attitudes, underpinned by values, will be exemplified in positive behaviours and become a way of life for students.

The 7 Habits programme aims to develop every Clementeen towards being an effective individual and a team player. The 7 habits programme is also integrated into the school’s Life Learning Programme, with students exercising personal leadership in how they lead their lives and interact with their peers. These habits are taught in the CCE lessons and actively applied in students’ school experiences such as in school camps, CCAs and academic lessons.

National Education (NE)

National Education is an integral part of the school’s Citizenship Education programme. With its vision of ‘Every Clementeen, An Active and Global Citizen’, the NE programme aims to nurture active and concerned citizens with the passion to learn, confidence to lead and humility to serve.

One of the key signature events are the NE Aspire Trail which is an NE trail around the school customised by the NE ambassadors with the intent of inducting Sec 1 students into the rich school history and heritage so that they would be responsible members of the big CTSS family. This NE Trail draws on knowledge and information from the CTSS virtual heritage museum.

Sexuality Education

The Sexuality Education module aims to help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and others through making wise, responsible and informed decisions based on positive mainstream values and attitudes. Besides decision-making skills, students are taught to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours on human sexuality through effective communication and problem-solving skills

Mental Health

CTSS focuses on developing resilience through raising awareness of mental health issues, strategies to cope with stress and distress and strengthening a positive outlook about life. The school also taps on the Peer-Support-Leaders programme where buddies offer social and emotional support to students in need.

Education and Career Guidance (ECG)

To help foster a confident 21st century person ready for the work force, Education and Career Guidance module helps students to develop their social and emotional competencies; discover their interests, strengths and weakness; and also explore their career choices. CTSS organizes career fest, polytechnic course tasters and learning journeys to post-secondary institutions to help students make informed decisions regarding their tertiary education.

ECG Counsellor, Mr Damon Choo, is in school every Tuesday to provide ECG counselling services. Students who wish to explore more about post-secondary options or find out more about their career interests and strengths may drop him an email at to book a session. 

ECG Resources

General Information


Singapore’s Education System

ECG Website

My SkillsFuture portal

Schoolbag Website

ECG Parent Guide – Journeying With Our Children, Achieving Their Aspirations

Information on Post-Secondary Education

Post-Secondary Education Options

Early Admissions Exercise - Polytechnics

Polytechnic Foundation Programme 

Joint Admissions Exercise

What’s Next (After ‘N’ and ‘O’ Level)

Information on Pre-University Education

GCE ‘A’ Level Curriculum

Joint Admissions Exercise

Direct School Admission – Junior Colleges

Overview of Admission Exercises

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DSA – JC: Direct School Admission – Junior College (Conducted before O-Level examinations, apply directly to JC/MI)

Poly EAE: Polytechnic Early Admission Exercise (Conducted before O-Level examinations, students submit up to 3 course choices)

ITE EAE: ITE Early Admission Exercise (Conducted before O-Level examinations, students submit up to 3 course choices)

DPPAE: Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme Admission Exercise (Conducted after N(A)-Level results are released, students submit up to 12 course choices)  

JAE: Joint Admission Exercise (Conducted after O-Level results are released, students submit up to 12 course choices)

JIE: Joint Intake Exercise (Conducted after N(A)-Level results are released, students submit up to 12 course choices

DAE: Direct Admission Exercise (Rolling applications, students apply directly to individual poly with O-Level or other qualifications and/or aptitudes and interests)

PFPAE: Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admission Exercise (Conducted after N(A)-Level examinations, students submit up to 5 course choices)

Cyber Wellness (CW)
The Cyber Wellness module focusses on developing the child’s instinct to protect himself and empowers him to take responsibility for his own well-being in cyberspace. It highlights three principles to guide students in their actions, i.e. Respect for self and others; safe and responsible use and; positive peer influence. It also provides a 3-step process, Sense-Think-Act, which is similar to the school’s CCE learning framework i.e. Think-Feel-Act.

Family Education

Lessons in Family Education raise awareness about what makes families resilient and ways teenagers can take to contribute to family life. Conflict management and positive interaction strategies taught in social-emotional competencies lessons can also be applied to family life. The school also regularly organize parenting talk to improve the relationship between parents and their children. Such partnerships are crucial in helping students thrive both in school and at home.


Other than the six content areas, the Values-in-Action programme @ CTSS also provide opportunities for students to reach out to the community and serve.  Such acts of service inculcate in Clementeens the humility to serve. Students also get grow in knowledge about the needs of the school and the community and to work in teams for the greater good of the community. All students are required to take part in or plan and execute at least one VIA project annually.