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Student Leadership Development@TJC
In TJC, there are many platforms for our IP students to develop their leadership skills, discover their strengths, pursue their personal interests and test their own limits. Whether our students step up to lead the student body, represent the College on the academic or sporting front, render community service or embark on some enterprise, the opportunities to showcase their talents are aplenty.
TJC uses the Leadership Challenge model, developed by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, which is backed by over 25 years of research and data of over 3 million leaders. Based on case studies of leaders about their personal best experiences as leaders, the founders came up with a pattern of behaviours and actions used by people when they are most effective as leaders, encapsulated by the 5 Practices – Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. This tool will enable students to chart their own leadership growth and hone their leadership competencies.
To help students identify and develop their strengths and abilities, we use the StrengthsQuest Profiling Tool, which measures the presence of innate talents within individuals and serves as a point of self-discovery. With a good knowledge of these Signature Themes, students will be able to better harness their own strengths and those of others for individual development and positive group dynamics.
The plethora of Personal Development Programmes (PDPs), the equivalent of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), enhances College life by immersing students in the building of various skill sets and the development of character and leadership. These meaningful experiences through their chosen PDPs are integral to their holistic development. Students are challenged to stand for elections to win positions within the executive committee to lead their PDP members to achieve excellence, whether in the performing arts, sports or clubs.
The Students’ Council
Betterment through Dedication – this motto aptly captures the essence of the Students’ Council, the highest office that any student can hold in TJC. The Students’ Council is led by a group of student leaders from IP Year 3 to JC2, who are committed and passionate about making the College a vibrant and enjoyable second home for TJCians through College-wide and House activities. As student leaders, these councillors will lead in the planning and executing of key events, and will be trained as mentors and facilitators at various platforms such as dialogues, focus group discussions and seminars.
Talent Management (beyond PDPs)
The Mazarin talent development programme aims to expose and stretch outstanding students to reach out and make a difference to others in College, the community or the environment. Selected students will lead in Make A Difference (M.A.D.) projects, which enable them to learn and sharpen their communication skills, leadership skills, geo-political awareness as well as to have a better understanding of their strengths and the ability to develop them further. This programme is very much a student-driven one, monitored by teacher-advisers and mentored by industry professionals.
Leadership Platforms (for application of leadership skills)
IP3 Peer Leadership Programme
A signature programme for our IP Year 3 students since 2005, this 5D4N residential programme is an excellent opportunity for cohort bonding and mastery of leadership competencies. Students will participate in a variety of outdoor experiential learning, which often includes trekking, kayaking and team building activities. Our students will be challenged to step out of their comfort zone and defy their limits. The experience and learning is often so enriching that many participants remember this fondly years down the road!
Student Leadership Congress
Held annually, the Student Leadership Congress organized by the Students’ Council provides a dynamic platform for student leaders from schools across Singapore – from primary school to junior college students – to develop and refine their leadership skills as well as to network and exchange ideas with like-minded peers. SLC hopes to enable each student, as leaders of the future, to realize that no matter what type of leader you are, a “can-do” attitude, a willingness to push boundaries and a readiness to step out of the comfort zone, will take you far in life.
National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA)
The NYAA programme is an exciting personal challenge for young people between the ages of 14 to 25. It is designed to equip youth with personal qualities and skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. This leadership development programme is a do-it-yourself kit for youth development, allowing students to tailor the programme to suit their needs, interests and level of commitment. Students who apply for these awards are self-driven to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities in each of four areas – namely Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. In addition, students applying for the Gold award are required to undertake a Residential Project and prepare an additional report on their experiences in the NYAA programme.