Signature Programmes from PE department
Under the strong guiding principles of the PE and CCA frameworks, Catholic High School PE Department implements Learning for Life (LLP) programme to focus on real-life experiential learning to develop pupils’ character and values. The name of the LLP programme is “VITALS”, which is the acronym for Values Infused Through Active Learning in Sports.
Through these signature programmes, pupils are able to discover their innate talents and potential on top of the fundamental and psycho-motor skills that they get to learn during their PE lessons.
As a SAP school, Catholic High School PE Department works closely with the Chinese Department with the aim to develop effectively bilingual deeply-rooted Chinese values. With that in mind, all Primary One 1 students pupils are introduced to a 5-week Wushu programme during PE lessons and they will learn Chinese martial arts footwork with a simple routine for fitness. Through this programme, students pupils will show appreciation for the Chinese culture, martial arts discipline and moral behaviour.
Our Gentlemen showing off their martial arts skills!
The SwimSafer 2.0 programme aims to develop swimming proficiency and water survival skills to children to minimize drowning incidences in a fun manner.
The six-stage programme includes activities and survival taught at each stage of the programme, and works progressively towards the next stages.
Pupils waiting patiently for a big SPLASH!
Visit to Bishan Active Park
As part of our PE syllabus for Outdoor Education module, we equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitude to explore the natural and urban environments safely and responsibly. As such, the Primary 4 pupils will experience a day trip to a neighouring park - Bishan Active Park - so as to have more authentic learning experiences.
Pupils exploring different areas of the park. Photo was taken during Pre-COVID.
Pupils tried to find out more about the park by answering the questions on the worksheets.
Primary 5 Camp
The P5 Camp seeks to develop ruggedness and resilience in our students, and build cohesion amongst them. Using the outdoors as the ‘classroom’ for learning and development, it provides a unique opportunity for them to work together as a small team and to overcome various outdoor challenges.
Through the camp, our pupils will be able to:
- develop their character and build leadership skills;
- build friendships amongst their team members and actively help one another to achieve team goals in an inclusive manner; and
- understand the importance of caring for the environment.
Pupils were supporting each other to get as many of them onto the platform
Pupils were doing navigation work at the outdoor trail.
Besides providing opportunities for pupils to acquire and revisit the skills through physical activities, the PE department also creates platforms for recreational participation such as Lower Primary Sports Carnival and Upper Primary Sports Day. Lower primary pupils will go through a series of games stations that allow them to make use of their acquired fundamental skills such as gymnastics with the inclusion of forward and log rolls; locomotor skills such as running and skipping; non-locomotor skills such as balancing and manipulative skills such as rolling a ball and executing an underarm throw.
Upper Primary Sports day is designed to provide the pupils opportunities to apply the tactics, techniques, concepts and strategies that they have learnt in PE lessons to inter-class games settings. There are four inter-class games, namely Volleyball, Basketball, Floorball and Soccer. Each pupil will represent his class in one of the four games. The four games are chosen with the notion that they are net barrier and invasion games and are part of the revised PE syllabus. Throughout their years of acquiring skills in PE lessons, they will be able to make informed choices on the games that they have demonstrated flair in and to continue to excel in it through this annual event. This will enhance their self-mastery and emotional competencies.
Lower Primary Pupils enjoying their Sports Carnival.
Upper Primary Pupils having their inter-class competition.
Active Youth Workout (Zumba)
In order to increase physical activity participation among pupils through regular workout sessions, the PE Department collaborates with the Health Promotion Board in the Active Youth Workout. All the Primary 3 pupils participate in Zumba sessions which will improve their cardiovascular fitness through a full-body workout.
Primary 3 pupils dancing to the beat
Catholic High School Primary Music
Music is integral to every human culture and opens doors to understanding others through a universal language. The Primary School Music Curriculum aims to develop pupils’ musical skills of performing, listening and creating. Pupils will also develop life-long skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
In Catholic High School, we want to nurture pupils to become open-minded individuals who show appreciation for musical diversity and to continue to have meaningful participation in music in daily life through adulthood.
Over the course of 6 years, pupils will be exposed to different instruments and musical cultures. They will also be given opportunities to perform and showcase their musical talents through physical and virtual platforms.
Primary 1 pupils learning to play a song on the resonator bells
Primary 3 pupils learning to play the keyboard
Primary 6 pupils composing using GarageBand
Ethnic Percussion Programme
As a SAP school, Catholic High School Music Department works closely with the SAP Committee to develop a pupils with a deep understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. Primary 2 pupils learn to play various ethnic percussion instruments such as Indian Zills, Malay Kompangs and Chinese drums over a 5-week Ethnic Percussion Programme during music lessons. Besides learning the techniques to play the various ethnic instruments, pupils are taught to play as an ensemble. Through playing music together as an ensemble, pupils develop better listening skills.
Primary 2 students learning to play the Chinese drums.
The Ukulele Programme is a 10-week long programme that introduces Primary 4 pupils to ukulele basics such as reading chord symbols, producing basic chords and transiting between these chords smoothly. At the end of the Ukulele programme, each Primary 4 class will perform a song for the rest of the school during assembly.
Through preparation for the assembly performance, students pupils learn the importance of perseverance and practice. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride through the hard work they put in in making the performance possible.
Primary 4 students pupils learning to play the ukulele.
Virtual performance put up by Primary 4 pupils in 2021
CHS SuperStars is an annual talent show that provides pupils a platform to showcase their talents and skills. CHS SuperStars encourages creativity and provides a safe space for pupils to express themselves. Participating in the talent show allows pupils’ talents and skills to be discovered and enhances pupils’ confidence. While generating greater awareness of the diverse talents of CHS gentlemen in the school, we hope through CHS SuperStars, our pupils will be inspired to pursue their passion.
2021 Virtual CHS SuperStars finalists
Busking@CHS is held on a termly basis. It provides pupils of different musical ability the opportunity to perform during recess. Through Busking@CHS, student performers gain performing experience and build confidence in performing in front of a crowd.
A pupil performing for Busking@CHS.