The Values in Action Programme in Victoria School aims to nurture Victorians to become upright and balanced individuals with good character and leadership qualities. Through the various programmes put in place, the school hopes to foster a sense of belonging and civic responsibility in Victorians by strengthening their commitment to the local community and beyond. Since 2012, Victoria School has initiated Service-Learning for Secondary Ones to Threes while the Secondary Fours are engaged in fundraising activities for Voluntary Welfare Organisations through cohort Flag Day events. Students in the Secondary One to Three levels are now meaningfully engaged in Service-Learning, which is a unique methodology that develops youth through the experience of serving the community. As students become involved in meeting real community needs, experiential learning facilitation methods are used to draw out the learning points for them. Students who participated in Service-Learning will eventually become more adept at decision making, problem solving, critical thinking and will also develop the social skills to communicate better and work well with others.
Values in Education in Victoria School is also based on the VS EDGE (Experience, Develop, Grow and Emerge) framework. It is hoped that through such a framework, students will learn valuable experiences by engaging in community events, develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment and community in the process, grow in empathy through their interaction with the less privileged and ultimately emerge as confident individuals with good moral values and social skills.
Values in Education is compulsory and students must participate at both class and CCA level. It is mandatory for students to fulfil a minimum of 6 Values in Education hours per year. Based on the LEAPS grading system, a student will be awarded 5 LEAPS points for having fulfilled above 100 hours for Values in Education. Hence over here at Victoria School, programmes have been put in place for students to encourage them to fulfil a minimum of 20 Values in Education hours per year.
For students in the Secondary One to Three levels, the assessment of the Service-Learning project will make up 40% of their CLE grade. This component can be broken down into three aspects for grading: 1) Assessment of Service-Learning Project 2) Behaviourial Assessment on Student’s Performance and 3) Assessment of Service-Learning Reflection Blog.
Service-Learning will end with a celebration of the students’ efforts in the form of static displays and assembly presentations. Through such meaningful sharing of students’ efforts in Service-Learning, the school hopes to encourage the spirit of volunteerism and cultivate the values of compassion and empathy in students.