Student development at Spectra aims to nurture students holistically in cognitive, physical, aesthetic and social-emotional domains. We believe that creating a safe and nurturing environment and building strong student-teacher relationships are critical enablers in helping students rediscover the joy of learning and building strong character.
Character is key in Spectra. A student of sound character would likely have strong social emotional (SE) competencies. To help students develop themselves socially and emotionally, we first determine their emotional intelligence profile using the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) psychometric assessment tool. Students’ EQ-i profiles form the basis for teachers and school counsellors to design curricula and/or stage interventions to help them build strong character. We are intentional in crafting student development programmes that are authentic and experiential to support acquisition of real-world life skills essential to leading a fulfilling life beyond Spectra.
Social and Emotional Competencies
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the acquisition of skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively.SE competencies (Figure 1) can be categorised into five interrelated domains: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision making. The domains of self-awareness and self-management relate to the understanding of self which helps in managing one’s emotions and personal behaviours. The domains of social awareness and relationship management relate to one’s social interactions. In responsible decision, making, moral and ethical choices have to be made with regard to how one handles oneself, relate to others and deal with challenging situations.
Figure 1: Social and Emotional Competencies
Programmes and Activities
As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. We adopt a whole school approach and work closely with parents and the community when it comes to designing innovative student development programmes to meet students’ specific needs for acquiring personal, social and career-related skills.
The various programmes cover a suite of skills and knowledge aimed at helping students gain self and social awareness, and achieve personal objectives in their own capacity.
|Equine-Assisted Learning (EQUAL)||“I Believe” Programme|
|EQUAL aims to utilize the unique characteristics of the horses to nurture our students’ social and emotional competencies – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and responsible decision making.||Through the “I Believe” programme, we aim to empower students by supporting them with programmes that equalise opportunities and enhance their social mobility. We also wish to engage our students in sharing their skills and talents in service to others. Students will find evidence of their worth, strengthen their connection to and success in school, and help build safer communities.|
|Time-Out Programme||Student Leadership Programme|
|This programme aims to help reduce attrition amongst students at-risk of dropping out of school prematurely. The time-out approach involves temporarily withdrawing students from mainstream curriculum and providing them with a modified curriculum. This modified curriculum, while retaining a certain level of academic focus, puts emphasis on the enhancement of social-emotional and affective skills, so as to help students overcome personal, family or social barriers that confound their motivation for and performance in learning.||The programme encourages and develops the leadership potential of every student by building life skills and resilience through activity-based experiential learning and assessment. Students will also learn skills to enhance their leadership effectiveness, as well as their overall well-being and peer connections.|
|Spectra International Culture Experience (S.P.I.C.E.)||Garden-based Service Learning (GBSL)|
|S.P.I.C.E. provides opportunities for students to learn and work together as a class. Students develop an appreciation for the present by understanding the history of the countries they visit. S.P.I.C.E aims to prepare students to be global citizens through cultural experiences and education on cultural differences.||GBSL is an instructional strategy that utilizes Spectra’s Edible Learning Garden as a teaching tool to promote experiential learning of students whereby they are encouraged to construct knowledge, skills, values and attitudes from direct experiences in the garden. This values-driven service learning programme aims to engage and motivate students in their learning of the school values: respect, responsibility and resilience, while meeting their basic psychological need for autonomy, competence and relatedness.|