5 Key Areas of Development
Every student is to be groomed to become a responsible individual who is proud of his/her integrity and contributes to society. The school implements a holistic character development programme catering for the social-emotional needs of students, with emphasis on moral education set within an Asian cultural context. The moral education programme is taught by the Chinese Language Department and uses the teachings of Confucius, particularly the Di Zi Gui. Love and obedience to parents, integrity, trust and respect are just some of the areas that our students are expected to grow and develop in. Further moral strengthening is done by the Agama Department which teaches students religious ethics and practices. This area falls under the scope of the Chinese Language and INSIGHT Departments.
Students undertake a wide range of subjects during their time at JNY in order to broaden their knowledge of the world around them. The aim of the intellectual curricula is to promote an interest in study and to make learning accessible, interesting and challenging. The curricula at JNY follow the following pattern: Cambridge Checkpoint at Primary Level, Cambridge IGCSE at Secondary Four Level and Cambridge AS & A Levels at Junior College. The school offers YCT and HSK exams from Beijing to aid those students who wish to attend a Chinese University. In addition, the school provides opportunities for students who show great interest or have talents in various fields of specialisation, to attend special training programmes and events. The area of Intellectual Development is overseen by the Academic Team.
Students are encouraged to develop a healthy body and a responsive mind through active participation in sports and games for recreation, specialisation, or as a life-long hobby. Students are tested using the Singaporean National Physical Fitness Award, which tests the students at the beginning of the year and again at the end of the year in order to be able to measure how much they have developed physically. The school provides modern sports facilities and engages qualified instructors to train students in various sports and games. Students are encouraged to participate in district and regional competitions. Furthermore, students will be urged to push themselves and to set and achieve evermore challenging physical goals. This area is under the scope of the Physical Education Department.
Attitude and communicative ability are critical to a student’s well-being and success. We offer several programmes to cultivate students in these aspects, such as INSIGHT, our in-house life skills curriculum developed from Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students will also take part in hands-on real-world Experiential Learning during our Service Learning, Exploration & Expedition Weeks, and Global Discovery Programmes. Additionally, students will choose to attend one of our numerous Co-Curricular Activities that we offer, each of which is structured to facilitate student choice and responsibility. This area is overseen by the INSIGHT Department.
The JNY curricula have been developed in such a way as to teach students how and why they should appreciate the arts. The Visual Arts and Music programmes have been designed to promote this appreciation of the arts and of artistic talent in different forms. Since the aesthetic development of every child is important, the school is collaborating with established institutions, such as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, to further develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts. Students will be exposed to the arts, to different artistic techniques and how art is applicable in everyday situations. The area of Aesthetic Development is the responsibility of the Music and Visual Arts Departments.