Thoughtful Leadership Programme
Learning for Life: Thoughtful Leadership Programme
The school’s Learning for Life Programme in the Thoughtful Leadership Programme (TLP) which is driven by the Centre for Thoughtful Leadership (CTL).
The Swiss Thoughtful Leadership Programme (TLP) is the school Learning for Life Programme (LLP). It consists of three sub-programmes, namely, (i) Glocal Perspectives Programme, (ii) Values-In-Action Programme and (iii) Student Leadership Programme. The TLP drives the development of Thoughtful Leadership qualities in students where the taught curriculum across the three sub-programmes (Awareness) culminates in the VIA efforts (Action) of the students. The VIA projects serve as platforms for students to exercise their leadership qualities to plan and offer care to the beneficiaries. Through the process, students are developed in both competencies and a spirit of youth volunteerism (Advocacy).
- The Glocal Perspectives Programme
The Glocal Perspectives Programme (GPP) aims at nurturing students’ discernment with a broad understanding of glocal (global and local) perspectives. They will in turn be able to form their own informed personal perspectives on issues that concern them or they are concerned with. Swiss students are groomed to be ethical and glocal thinkers, and to adopt a forward looking and positive attitude in their thinking, dispositions of thinking that nurture Thoughtful Leaders. To achieve these outcomes, the GPP leverages pedagogical approaches such as role-play, debates and simulated forum discussions and group work, to explore contemporary issues. The discussions help students appreciate their ties to the world around them where they can make a difference.
At the end of the two years, we expect our students to be able to:
- discuss local and world issues with confidence
- articulate a well-considered position on an issue
- actively initiate suggestions for possible social action and change and
- experience knowledge amalgamation using authentic materials and contexts through the use of communication and collaboration skills as well as through independent learning and knowledge application.
- Values in Action (VIA)
The Swiss Values-In-Action Programme (VIAP) is a key lever to develop student character, leadership and spirit for volunteerism. The VIAP adopts a two-tiered programming structure, covering a theme-based cohort programme and student-directed VIA. In the cohort programme, students plan and offer care to different social groups such as young children, the elderly and the disabled. They are also encouraged to champion their chosen areas of advocacy through CCA, class VIA or other student-directed VIA projects. For example, the Swiss Student Council initiated the Diff-Ability Project where they offered authentic learning experiences to better understand the challenges of the disabled community. In 2015, primary school pupils were invited to take part in the Diff-Ability Project. Currently, the Swiss Student Council has embarked on a similar project to raise awareness for the challenges the elderly community faces.
- Student Leadership
The Swiss Student Leadership Programme (SLP) is based on a ‘Character First’ educational principle where good leadership stems from good character; it is about the leader’s impact and influence, not his or her position. The SLP has a two-tiered structure comprising a cohort programme and customised programmes for selected student leaders. For the cohort programme, the school delivers a student leadership curriculum based on the PEMT framework (Principled, Efficacious leaders with Managerial competencies and a Transformational mindset). For selected student leaders, the customised programmes include mentoring by teacher mentors and pinnacle leadership training programmes such as OBS camps.