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Student Development Team

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The Student Development Team (SDT) oversees the design and delivery of a holistic student development experience. With a focus on character education and life-skills development, every Temasekian is nurtured to be a socially responsible youth who is able to lead purposeful lives. 

Each level is overseen by the Year Head Team and the Discipline Committee, who work closely with the Form Teachers to meet the social-emotional needs of our students, while the Character and Citizenship (CCE), LEAD@TMS: Student Leadership, and Cross Cultural Awareness (C2A) teams deliver a coherent and customised experience that helps our students be grounded in a core set of values whilst developing new 21st century competencies that will prepare them for the future.

Character and Citizenship Education

Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) undergirds all that we do at Temasek and as such, every school activity is a CCE lesson. The intent of CCE is to help our students: 

1) develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve personal effectiveness and well-being; 

2) develop social awareness and manage relationships for personal and social well-being; and 

3) make responsible decisions and act on them. 

The CCE framework describes how the school approaches character, citizenship and leadership development in the curriculum and co-curriculum. 

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•        School Values are at the core of the framework as they are the foundation of one’s character, and having a strong sense of Purpose supports the internalisation of values for character development.

•        Socio-Emotional (SE) Competencies enable students to manage self and relationships effectively, as well as make responsible decisions. Civic Literacy and Cross-Cultural Skills enable students to adapt to a complex and culturally diverse world.

•        Awareness, Choice, Action and Introspection are key stages of learning that support the development of character and citizenship dispositions, including a sense of belonging, hope and reality, and the will to act for the good of the society.

•        The Temasek Creed exemplifies the desired student outcomes, where every student is nurtured to be citizens of character; one who is exemplary in conduct, passionate in seeking knowledge, undaunted in spirit, and in so doing, may better serve their family, their school and their nation. 


Every student is explicitly taught skills and knowledge through its (ALIVE!) (Active Learning In Values Education!) and FACEtime (Form teacher ALIVE! CCE) programmes. The school has also developed a series of values-based lessons, MOVE!, that uses popular media to teach and inculcate values.

Contemporary Issues

Since 2017, to help raise our students’ awareness of local, regional and global issues, Temasek started to focus on using contemporary issues to teach for social justice. Through a whole-school approach, students have the opportunity to discuss issues through role-plays, activities and simulation exercises during ALIVE! and also reflect on the bi-weekly current affairs article led by a member of the School Management Committee. These learning platforms help students explore multiple perspectives - personal, local, national and global, and in so doing, give agency to students to become citizens who can act for the good of society.

LevelProgramme DescriptionOutcomes
All Levels
Citizenship Education

1) A shared and lively narrative: National Education (NE) Commemorative Programmes, NE in Subjects.

2) Empowering Citizenship Experiences: Values-In-Action (VIA), Level Camps, NE Learning  Journeys, NRIC Presentation, CCAs and everyday responsibilities
Students will have:

  • A sense of belonging: To develop a deeper understanding of who we are, and a shared understanding of the values that are important to us as a Nation. 

  • A sense of reality: To be aware of the contemporary realities - including Singapore's constraints and vulnerabilities - which affect us as a Nation amidst the backdrop of a less predictable world.

  • A sense of hope: To have confidence and optimism in Singapore's future and the resilience to face the challenges ahead.

  • The will to act: To be active citizens who have a collective resolve and a sense of shared mission towards building a Singapore for all. 
LEAD@TMS: Leadership Development
Every Temasekian a Caring Leader

LEAD@TMS works with the CCE team to curate a 4-year introductory series of leadership development lessons. These lessons cover broad areas such as organisation, collaboration and facilitation skills, which students have the opportunity to exercise through VIA projects and other learning opportunities. 

Sec One: Leading Self
Sec Two: Leading Peers
Sec Three: Leadership for Leaders
Sec Four & Five: Leadership for Nation

Students will:

  • Develop self-awareness and self-management skills

  • Manage relationships

  • Develop collaboration and communication skills

  • Make informed decisions

Values in Action (VIA)

Students have opportunities to put VIA through meaningful Service Learning experiences.

Local VIA Projects
  • Sec One: Go Make A Difference (GO M.A.D.)
  • Sec Two: Community (Children/ Youths)
  • Sec Three: Community (Elderly/ Disabled)/ LeaderVIA
  • Sec Four: Nation (Knowledge Application to Sec 1 NE Learning Journey)
  • Sec Two - Five: Temasek Charity Challenge

Overseas VIA (OVIA) Trips
Temasek annually organises OVIA trips to different countries within Asia, which is highly sought after by many Sec Three students. Our students' efforts have reached out to disadvantaged communities in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand.

A key feature of OVIA is that students of different backgrounds are intentionally brought together, and they learn to interact, conceptualise, plan and implement meaningful experiences for others. Notably, our students learn to come out of their comfort zone and also appreciate what they have in Singapore, as they go forth with a strong sense of mission.

Students will:

  • Develop their social awareness and manage relationships

  • Strengthen their collaboration and communication skills

  • Express care and empathy for others

  • Hone leadership and cross-cultural skills

Social-Emotional Learning

Peer Support Programme, which equips students with skills to identify distress among their friends and provide them with support.

Mental Health Week, which promotes mental wellness, cyberwellness and inclusion. This is co-delivered by our Student Leaders, AED (LBS) and Community Partners.

Progressive and Customised Stress Management Module is delivered by the School Counselor.
Student will:

  • Show care and empathy so as to build a more inclusive school environment

  • Understand the impacts of one's own action on themselves and others, both online and offline

  • Identity and apply coping skills to deal with stress/ anxiety/ peer pressure

Student Leaders will:

  • Promote positive peer support
 Secondary Two - Four
Harnessing Applied Learning Opportunities for Students (HALOS) Programme

HALOS is a programme which allows students to choose and pursue a course of interest that is related to their studies or student leadership.

Sec Two: Advanced Elective Module/ Leadership Across Culture
Sec Three - Four: Elective Module
Students will:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in authentic contexts

  • Appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the curriculum

  • Develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills

  • Gain leadership and cross-cultural skills      

MOE's Sexuality Education in Schools

MOE’s Sexuality Education In Schools

Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.

The goals of Sexuality Education are to:

  1. To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
  2. To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
  3. To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.

The key messages of Sexuality Education are:

  1. Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
  2. Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
  3. Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
  4. Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education.

You may also click here for the Overview of TMS's Sexuality Education Programme for 2020.


Information for Parents

Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.

Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 21/02/2020.

Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 21/02/2020.

Parents can contact the school at 64495020, temasek_ss@moe.edu.sg for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should also contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.