LLP - The Good Samaritan Programme
The focus of the school’s Good Samaritan Programme (GSP) is on student leadership and Values-in-Action (VIA).
The aim of GSP is to develop each HIHS student to be a servant leader who is compassionate and morally upright, through honing their leadership skills, competencies and values; and nurturing in them a sense of compassion and commitment towards meeting the needs of the community.
Students' Recycling Project
Interacting with Little Ones
Our students teaching the elderly ICT skills under the Intergenerational Learning Programme
Creating Awareness of Community Issues
Students Sharing their SWAP! Projects
Our Secondary 3 students engage in Phase 1 of Service With A Purpose (SWAP!) projects in which they identify and address a social cause or community issue that they are concerned about. Students are encouraged to identify a target community group or organisation that they wish to work with and through the SWAP! projects, they can create awareness or improve the lives for the community group or for the beneficiaries of the organisation.
Secondary 4 and 5: I Can Empower
Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
Our Secondary 4 & 5 students engage in Phase 2 of Service With A Purpose (SWAP!) projects in which they continue to address the social cause or community issue that they have identified the year before. The aim is to promote sustainability of projects so that students can deepen and widen the positive impact of their actions upon the community. The students also assist in a Flag Day event organised by a welfare organization so that they can learn from the humbling experience of raising funds for the less privileged.
In the spirit of encouraging our students to share with the less fortunate and to broaden their cross cultural experience, our school organises an annual overseas VIA trip for selected group of students once a year. Students have the opportunity to serve an overseas community, acquire a better understanding of the overseas culture and learn to appreciate what they have back in Singapore. For the past few years, our school has organised trips to Bintan, Batam, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, as well as Chiangmai in Thailand.
Service through Environment Education
Environment education is also an integral part of our school’s GSP and we wish for our students to develop and demonstrate the compassion to serve the environment and the courage to lead their peers in caring for the environment.
The L.E.A.D (Love our Environment, Always Do our part) programme encourages our students to engage in daily cleaning up of their classrooms during the last minutes of curriculum time. Our students should learn to take ownership of the cleanliness of their surrounding environment and to be advocates of a clean Singapore.
Students Hard @ Work during the HI Clean-Up Campaign
Commemoration of Earth Day
Learning more about the Environment through Exhibits & Advocating for Environmental Conservation
The GSP Curriculum brings out more explicitly the development of service and leadership values and skills. The curriculum adopts a two tier approach to hone the leadership abilities of all students (Tier 1) and identified student leaders (Tier 2).
Appointments are identified and selected at three levels:
(a) Class Level (Class Executive Committee (CEC) and Monitors’ Committee);
(b) CCA Level (CCA Leaders and CCA Committee);
(c) School Level (Advocacy Leaders and Student Council)
Activities and Programmes planned by the Student Leadership Board
1. Teens Conference
The school partners Punggol CC YEC and People’s Association in empowering tier 1 and tier 2 students with opportunities to lead in various projects and at different platforms. This includes our annual Teens Conference and the bi-annual Project Ignite.
The conference saw the participation of some community YECs who serve as a resource and wealth of experience for participating student leaders as they identified social causes of community issues they wanted to address, then planned their course of action based on the 3R approach.
Helmed by our student leaders, the orientation camp (Sec 1) and adventure camp (Sec 3) serve to introduce the students to new expectations for the year.
These camps also provide opportunities for them to hone their leadership and service skills and knowledge.
3. Other Programmes
The school adopts the 5 Leadership Challenges of the Kouzes and Posner Model.
Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 students have many opportunities to learn and apply their learning. Some of these training platforms include the leadership challenge day camp, exposure to local conferences, VIA training, peer support training, workshops on environmental advocacy etc. Other platforms for application of learning for students include the HI Drink-Up Campaign, Tana River Project, refurbishing needy homes in collaboration with Punggol CC YEC, intergenerational learning programme, conducting external training for young prefects etc.
Our students receiving the Silver award for Project Accolade in 2018
PA Service-Learning Award - The school’s sustained efforts under the PAYM Loves Red movement were acknowledged when HIHS was awarded the Gold and Silver awards for Project Accolade and two students receiving the outstanding STAR Award during the Service-Learning Champion (SLC) Festival organised by People’s Association in 2017; and the Silver award for Project Accolade in 2018. Students were also affirmed for their efforts in initiating projects under Project Ignite to benefit residents in the community.
See video for our students' contributions in 2018:
Environment Award - The whole-school approach towards nurturing and demonstrating care for the environment led to the school achieving the Lotus award for the second year running under the SEC School Green Awards in 2017. In 2018, the school attained the Yellow Flame Award for the continued efforts to promote environmental conservation.
Lee Kuan Yew Award - In 2017, one of our 2016 cohort tier 2 student leader also obtained the LKY Award for all-round excellence. She had excelled in both academic and non-academic spheres, and exemplified positive character development, strong leadership qualities and commitment to service to the community.
The Good Samaritan Award - Students are recognised for their leadership and service-learning qualities through the Good Samaritan Award. The annual award recognises Sec 1 to 3 students who demonstrate leadership competencies and contribute meaningful service to the community. These students should display exemplary character and exhibit Courage to Lead and Compassion to Serve.