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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.

Developing the ACE Student Leader

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The Leadership Challenge

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.

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 2 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.


Personal Development Programme (PDP) Leadership

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.


Class Committee

The Class Committee provides opportunity for many students to develop leadership competencies. The Committee includes roles such as the Class Chairperson who assumes overall leadership of the class, the Citizenship Ambassador who co-organises the commemorative days of National Education, and the Eco Champion who drives the environmental efforts and green movement in the College.


Insight | Outsight: TJC Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

In this Speaker Series, we welcome our distinguished alumni back to inspire our students in their leadership journeys. As our students engage with these established leaders, we hope that they can develop fresh insights as well as outsights. Outsight is defined as the ability or capacity to perceive or anticipate external things. It enables them to see beyond themselves and beyond their normal frame of reference. With outsight, leaders tend to make better decisions because they can see the bigger picture.


IP ACE Initiatives

The TJC’s IP ACE Initiatives are important components in the holistic development of IP students. The programme adopts an experiential approach to nurture in IP students the desired outcomes of an ACE TJCian. Through a confluence of Stewardship, Leadership and Citizenship activities, students will be able to experience and reflect as an Active learner, Caring and committed citizen, and Ethical leader.


Temasek Leadership Showdown (TLS)

The Temasek Leadership Showdown (TLS) is a nation-wide leadership competition which provides a platform for student leaders from primary and secondary schools to hone their leadership skills and competencies, as well as to network with other like-minded student leaders. Organised and facilitated by our student leaders, we hope to inspire the TLS participants to be leaders who can be positive change agents. In 2019, TLS saw a total number of 220 external participants (from 12 and 17 Primary and Secondary schools respectively) and $3138.10 raised for the President’s Challenge.


IP3 MOE OBS Challenge Programme

The IP3 cohort participates in the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme. This is part of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan which MOE has put in place to strengthen the holistic development of our students. The programme seeks to develop ruggedness, resilience, and build cohesion amongst our students. The programme comprises a series of school-based PE and Character and Citizenship Education lessons facilitated by teachers as well as a 5-day expeditionary course at OBS on Pulau Ubin.