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Student Well-being

The College believes in the holistic development of the students and is committed into looking after the TJCians’ wellbeing so that they can develop into healthy and well-rounded individuals.

Counselling

TJCians with personal or academic problems may approach their Civics Tutors or the School Counsellor at the Drop-in Room/ ParenTeen Centre which is located at the ground floor. Contact details of the School Counsellor can be found in the Student Handbook.

Problems brought to the attention of the Counsellor are kept in the strictest confidence and no information is divulged without the consent of the student concerned, unless there is a danger of physical harm. When necessary, advice and assistance will be sought from external agencies.

The following are some useful hotlines and helplines:
Hotline / Helpline
Contact Details / When To Call
Who Is It For
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)
1800 – 2214444 (24 hrs)  
For anyone in crisis, thinking of or affected by suicide.
Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH) 1800 – 283 7019 
9 am – 6 pm (Mon to Fri)  
Provides information and assistance on mental health matters and psychosocial issues.   
 webCHAT
(Community Health Assessment Team)

Visit www.chat.mentalhealth.sg and click on “webCHAT” 

Provides free and confidential mental health check for those between 16 and 30 years old.  
Help 123
(Cyberwellness Community Support)
https://help123.sg/
(2pm to 10pm)

1800 – 6123 123
(10am to 6pm) (Mon-Fri except PH)
For support regarding cyber bullying and gaming addictions  
Mental Health Hotline
(Institute of Mental Health)
6389 2222
(24 hours)
For immediate support for anyone facing mental health issues

PEERS Support Leaders
The College has a peer support system whereby suitable students are trained as Peer Support Leaders. Peer Support Leaders are trained in various life-skills, such as understanding emotions and acting appropriate actions to help distressed peers, and assist the College in providing a supportive and caring environment.

Student Well-Being: Balancing the Demands of JC Life

"So many things to do; so little time!" is a comment often uttered by JC Students. The challenge is to succeed in riding on the JC experience and not lose oneself in the whirl of events and activities.

7 Study Tips you need to survive Junior College

  1. Make a review of the lecture notes daily
    Highlight the major points of the lecture. Create outlines, charts, flashcards, timelines, and concept maps to help you visualize relationships. Think back to the points stressed by the lecturer and jot down any questions you might have.

  2. Complete your tutorial problems or assignment in advance
    Get to know your tutors. If you are having problems with a subject, talk it over with your tutor as soon as you can.

  3. Find at least one or two friends in each class to study with
    Studies show that students who study with someone are better motivated and achieve better grades

  4. Make use of resources in college
    Use the library, internet or other learning aids regularly to help with your studies.

  5. Set goals
    Goals give your life, and the way you spend your time, direction. Set target grades for each subject which are realistic and achievable.

  6. Manage your time effectively
    Make a list of all the things you need to do daily. Divide your workload into manageable chunks. Prioritize. Schedule your time realistically. Stick to your deadlines.

  7. Reward yourself
    Even for small successes, celebrate achievement of goals. Promise yourself a reward for completing each task, or finishing the total job. Doing so will help you maintain the necessary balance in life.

Sexuality Education – Overview (JC 1 & 2)

MOE Sexuality Education in Schools (JC)

1. 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.

2. The goals of Sexuality Education are:

(i) 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;

(ii) 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

(iii) 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.

3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:

(i) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;

(ii) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);

(iii) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and

(iv) 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.

Overview of Temasek Junior College’s Sexuality Education Programme (JC1 & 2) for 2018

4. Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

Growing Years (GY) Programme: “Love Matters (2nd Edition)” Teaching & Learning resource package

5. The focus for “Love Matters” is on issues in relationships. Specifically, the JC/CI package covers Interpersonal Relationships, with themes of Human Development, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and Culture, Society and Law woven into the main focus on relationships.

Lesson Schedule for JC1 and JC2

At Temasek Junior College, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in JC1 in 2018:

JC 1

UNIT 
LESSONS / DURATION 
Lesson Objectives 
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to: 

TIME PERIOD 


The Real Self           
(Part 3) 

(60 mins) 
  • analyse the impact of one’s self-perception on one’s behaviour 
  • recognise that some messages in the media have sexual connotations and reflect ideals or stereotypes 
  • evaluate messages that promote casual sexual activity among adolescents 
  • recognise that the media has a tendency to inaccurately reflect the effort needed to nurture and maintain relationships 
Term 3 Week 5
Lessons about Love (Part 6) 

(60 mins) 
  • know that love is a commitment and it is not the same as having feelings of attraction 
  • appreciate the importance of balanced roles, self-respect and mutual respect in the healthy development of relationships 
  • recognise that differences in values, goals, and expectations may become challenges and /or lead to conflicts in the relationship 
  • know the different styles of conflict management and acquire effective techniques of conflict management in a romantic relationship 
Term 3 Week 5/10

(60 mins) 
  • appreciate that abstinence is to be cherished and is contingent on the exercise of self-control 
  • examine and empathise with the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy faced by an unmarried couple 
  • appreciate that one’s beliefs on abortion is influenced by one’s religion, culture and values. 
  • recognise that an abortion can have severe effects 
  • evaluate one’s own beliefs about STIs/HIV/AIDS and the need to treat all individuals with respect and dignity 
  • recognise that there is a tendency to underestimate one’s own vulnerability 
Term 3 Week 10

Below are the lessons that will be taught in JC2 in 2018:

JC 2

UNIT 
LESSONS / DURATION 
Lesson Objectives 
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to: 

TIME PERIOD 
Lessons about Love (Part 7) 

(60 mins) 
  • identify signs of an unhealthy dating relationship and the early indications of a breakdown of relationship 
  • appreciate that one can emerge stronger despite having gone through a breakup 
  • explore beliefs about marriage 
  • know the possible psychological impact on children experiencing parental separation or divorce         
  • recognise the importance of having family support for a relationship 
  • aspire to develop similar enduring character traits and qualities that one would consider in a life partner 
  • appreciate that marriage is a lifetime commitment and that there will be challenges in marriage as in any other relationships 
Term 2 Week 6 

(60 mins) 
  • recognise that personal decisions on how one displays own affections in public can affect others 
  • discern the impact of new media on relationship building 
Term 2 Week 7 
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(60 mins) 
  • This will be a culminating formative assessment task for students to consolidate what they have learnt from the previous lessons. 
Term 2 Week 8 

eTeens Programme:

6. eTeens is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to provide JC/CI Year 1 students with accurate information on STI/HIV and protection from a health perspective so as to enable them to make wise, informed, and sensible decisions.

7. Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STI/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.

At Temasek Junior College, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2018:
Topics/Lessons
Programme Learning Objectives
Time Period
Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor
  • Awareness of the different STI and HIV 
  • Modes of transmission for STI and HIV 
  • Modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condom 
  • Consequences and impact of STI/HIV 
  • State the ways of managing the challenges of the impact 
Term 3 Week 9 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

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

9. 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 31/01/2018 (JC2) and 21/02/2018 (JC1).

10. 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 21/02/2018.   

11. Parents can contact the school at 64428066 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

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