Developing Principled Leaders
Others before Self; Honour above Duty; Leadership by Example
In CHS, our leadership development programme “Heart of a Leader” is offered to both IP and OP students, and both tracks have the opportunities to excel in leading and serving peers and communities. The concept of ‘Leader’ is integral to the Catholic High experience, and it is rooted in our strong heritage of nurturing generations of leaders for the nation in numerous fields – public service, academia, culture, business and many more.
Through the curricular, co-curricular and community experiences and signature programmes, the Catholic High students are developed to become leaders who are visionary, grounded upon strong moral principles, and who lead with empathy and by example: to inspire, to serve and to leave a collective legacy. Whatever the pathways and opportunities, we take a stand on developing Principled Leaders who can touch lives and transform the futures of himself and others.
Pathways & Opportunities
Today, Catholic High’s student leadership experience is multi-faceted, anchored on an approached modelled after John C. Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership.
We believe that to lead is to make – and be – the difference, and this is the guiding philosophy that steers our student leaders as they helm our various student organisations such as the Student Council, the Prefectorial Board, the Class Management Committee, the Co-Curricular Activities Executive Committees, Ambassador Leaders and more.
The pathways and opportunities for leadership development are varied and dependent on each student’s interest and ability.
Students can opt to develop his leadership through:
- His CCA;
- The Student Leadership Board (SLB);
- The Talent Development Programmes (TDP); or
- Even possibly through all of the above.
For example. we have students who are prefects/councillors, captain/sergeant/president of a CCA and also a leader in TDP.
- As a case in point, our 2017 winner for the Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence, Benjamin Soh, was a Staff Sergeant in NPCC, our Head Prefect as well as an Assistant Chief Editor for our school’s Chinese student newsletter.
Students with leadership potential can then make a decision with teacher and peer endorsement, particularly around Level 2, on whether they want to pursue a leadership development pathway with their CCA (e.g. as CCA leaders such as Sports captains, Uniformed Group sergeants, Club presidents) and/or in Talent Development areas (e.g. as ambassadors/student leaders in our 华青班, CΩergy).
For students who are keen to volunteer their service to others at the school-wide level, they can also apply to our Student Leadership Board (SLB) as probates to be developed and qualify as prefects, student councilors or class management committee leaders.
The school’s formal student leadership curriculum for both IP and OP students is our signature “Heart of a Leader” Programme.
- This programme comprising workshops on communication skills, project management, leadership case studies and scenario planning, as well as intra-school and beyond-school student forums, leadership conferences and community advocacy projects.
- IP students also experience Joint IP Student Leadership Development with students from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School.
We also provide tiered leadership training through our “Gentleman in the Making” programme, so that at the lower levels all our IP and OP students can grow and develop a better appreciation of what are their own strengths and areas-for-improvement, and aspirations as well.
“In my years in Catholic High School, I met many different leaders, and witnessed and experienced many forms of leadership. Being exposed to a multitude of activities, in Prefectorial Board, National Police Cadet Corps and 燎原报 (Chinese Newsletter Writing), offered me the opportunities to learn and practise different forms of leadership, equipping me with critical thinking and evaluative skills, and allowing me to hone my bilingual competency. Most importantly, igniting in me the passion to serve not only the school but also the community.”
– Mr Benjamin Koh Zikang (Catholic High Alumni/2016), Recipient of Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence
Our 2017 winner for the Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence, Benjamin Soh