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Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)

Overview

The Unity CCA Framework

Our school offers a broad-based and ability-driven CCA programme that will help to develop and maximise the potential and talents of our youth beyond the academic aspect. Our CCA programme strives to complement different areas of education in achieving the Desired Outcomes of Education. The framework of our CCA programme seeks to inculcate Team Spirit, Character Building, Leadership, Ruggedness and Gracefulness in all our students.

CCA Policy (Sec 1)

CCA Policy For LEAPS 2.0

LEAPS 2.0 is a framework to recognise secondary school students’ holistic development. Students will be recognised with levels of attainment in four domains: Participation, Achievement, Leadership and Service.

  1. Participation
  2. This domain recognises students’ participation in one school-based Co-Curricular Activity (CCA). Recognition is based on the number of years of participation and exemplary conduct and active contribution to the CCA. Sustained engagement in the same CCA allows for progressive development of character, skills, knowledge and friendships, and will be accorded higher recognition. 

  3. Service
  4. This domain recognises students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. Every secondary school student will contribute at least 6 hours per school year to the community. They can choose to embark on a Values-In-Action project (VIA). Students will be recognised for the time they put into planning, service and reflection, when participating in a VIA project. 

  5. Leadership
  6. This domain recognises students’ leadership development. Recognition is accorded to students’ ability to take charge of personal development, work in a team and assume responsibilities in service of others. In addition to formal leadership appointments, participation in student leadership modules/workshops, the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) and leadership positions in the school, CCA or student-initiated/student-led projects will also be recognised. 

  7. Achievement
  8. This domain recognises students’ representation and accomplishment in co-curricular involvements beyond the classroom. Opportunities for representation and accomplishment present valuable learning experiences for students to learn discipline, resilience and develop their character. Students may represent the school or organisations endorsed by the school. Recognising external opportunities better caters to students’ diverse interests and talents. It also recognises the community’s role in developing the child.

    Representation refers to being selected and endorsed by the school or an organisation endorsed by the school(e.g. the community club or national association) to contribute, perform or compete. It need not be tied to his/her CCA in school.

    Accomplishment refers to attaining accolades and awards at competitions, festivals, performances, exhibitions, conferences and symposiums where the student represents the school or other organisations endorsed by the school.

    The details on the levels of attainment for each of the domains are attached at Annex A.

Recognition of Students’ Level of Attainment

At the end of the graduating year, students’ co-curricular attainment will be recognised according to Excellent/Good/Fair. The level of attainment will be converted to a bonus point(s) which can be used for admission to Junior Colleges/ Polytechnics/ Institutes of Education (JC/Poly/ITE).

Co-Curricular AttainmentDetails
Excellent
(2 bonus points)
Student who attains a minimum Level 3 in all four domains with at least a Level 4 in one domain.
Good
(1 bonus point)
Student who attains a minimum Level 1 in all four domains with any one of the following:
  1. At least Level 2 in three domains;
  2. At least Level 2 in one domain and at least Level 3 in another domain; or
  3. At least Level 4 in one domain.
FairStudent’s attainment in co-curricular will not translate into any bonus points.

Please refer to examples in Annex B.


Routines and Procedures for CCA Participation

  1. Students must be in appropriate attire for their CCA sessions.

  2. Students must observe proper decorum and good behaviour at all times.

  3. Students must strictly comply with safety precautions and instructions given by the teachers/instructors at all times.

  4. Students who are unable to attend CCA must produce a medical certificate. Parent’s letter will only be accepted for urgent private matters.

  5. Students are responsible for the equipment, facilities as well as the cleanliness of training venues.

  6. Students must take care of their own personal belongings. However, they may seek teacher’s assistance for custody.

  7. Students should refer to noticeboards for CCA information at all times.

ANNEX A

PARTICIPATION (Level of Attainment)
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
Participated in any CCA for 2 years with at least 75% attendance for each yearParticipated in any CCA for 3 years with at least 75% attendance for each yearParticipated in any CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each yearParticipated in any CCA for 5 years with at least 75% attendance for each year 
  Participated in any CCA for 3 years with at least 75% attendance for each year and demonstrating exemplary conduct and active contributionParticipated in any CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each year and demonstrating exemplary conduct and active contributionParticipated in the same CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each year and demonstrating exemplary conduct and active contribution
   Participated in the same CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each yearParticipated in the same CCA for 5 years with at least 75% attendance for each year

SERVICE (Level of Attainment)
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
At least 24 to less than 30 hours of serviceAt least 30 to less than 36 hours of serviceAt least 36 hours of service  
 Completed at least one VIA project that impacts the school or communityCompleted at least two VIA projects that impact the school or community  
  Completed at least 24 hours of service and at least one VIA project that impacts the school or communityCompleted at least 24 hours of service and at least two VIA projects that impact the school or communityCompleted at least 24 hours of serviceand at least one student-initiated VIA project that impacts the community beyond the school and at least one other VIA project
Note: One example of an approach to VIA is Service-Learning. Time spent on VIA projects, including the planning, service and reflection components, will count towards the minimum hours of service stated in the above criterion.

LEADERSHIP (Level of Attainment)
 Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
School-based Leadership OpportunitiesCompleted 2 leadership modules of at least 3 hours each
  • Class Committee

  • Committee for student-initiated or student-led projects, approved by school (or equivalent)
  • Class Chairperson

  • Prefect

  • Peer Support Leader

  • Committee for school-wide events

  • Chairperson/Vice-Chairperson for student-initiated or student-led projects, approved by school (or equivalent)
  • Senior Prefect

  • Chairperson/Vice-Chairperson for school-wide events (or equivalent)
Executive Committee of Student Council / Prefectorial Board (or equivalent)
 Lower Sec CCA Committee (or equivalent)
  • Lower Sec CCA Executive Committee

  • Upper Sec CCA Committee (or equivalent)
Upper Sec CCA Executive Committee (or equivalent)CCA Captain/ Chairperson (or equivalent)
National Youth Achievement Award NYAA BronzeNYAA Silver and above  
Uniformed Groups (Rank)Lance Corporal (or equivalent)
  • Corporal

  • Patrol Second

  • Assistant Patrol Leader (or equivalent)
  • Sergeant

  • Patrol Leader (or equivalent)
  • Staff Sergeant

  • Assistant Company Leader

  • Senior Patrol Leader (or equivalent)
  • Warrant Officer

  • Master Sergeant

  • Station Inspector

  • Troop/ Company Leader (or equivalent)

ACHIEVEMENT (Level of Attainment)
 Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
RepresentationRepresented class / house / CCA at intra-school eventRepresented school / external organisation at local / international event for 1 yearRepresented school / external organisation at local / international event for 2 years
  • Represented school / external organisation at local / international event for 3 years or more

  • Represented UG HQ at international event
  • Represented Singapore Schools at local / international competition

  • Represented Singapore at international event endorsed by national bodies

  • Represented National Project of Excellence at local / international concert

  • Represented MOE at local / international event

  • Represented UG HQ at international competition
Accomplishment  Represented school / external organisation at local / international event and achieved the following (for 1 year):
  • Top 4 (or equivalent) team placing

  • Top 8 (or equivalent)  individual placing

  • Gold/Silver/ Bronze/Merit award / certification (or equivalent)

  • SYF Arts Presentation Certificate of Distinction /Accomplishment

  • SYF Art Exhibition Certificate of Recognition (Special Mention) /Recognition

  • Presented original research paper / project accepted at the platform
Represented school / external organisation at local / international event and achieved the following (for 2 years or more):
  • Top 4 (or equivalent) team placing

  • Top 8 (or equivalent)  individual placing

  • Gold/Silver/
    Bronze/Merit award / certification (or equivalent)

  • SYF Arts Presentation Certificate of Distinction /Accomplishment

  • SYF Art Exhibition Certificate of Recognition (Special Mention) / Recognition

  • Presented original research paper / project accepted at the platform
  • Represented Singapore Schools/ National Project of Excellence/MOE at local / international competition 

  • OR

  • Represented Singapore at international event, endorsed by national bodies
AND achieved the following:
  • Top 4 (or equivalent) team placing

  • Top 8 (or equivalent)  individual placing

  • Gold/Silver/
    Bronze award / certification (or equivalent)

  • Presented original research paper / project accepted at the platform
Uniformed Groups Achievement BadgesBronze Badge (or equivalent)Silver Badge (or equivalent)Gold Badge (or equivalent)Best Unit Cadet / Outstanding Cadet Award by UG HQ (or equivalent)Top Award for each UG (e.g. Camp Pinnacle Badge, President’s Guide Award, Chief Commissioner’s Award)


Annex B (LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT – EXAMPLES)

Example A: Student has attained a minimum Level 3 in all four domains and at least Level 4 in one domain (Participation). Hence, the student’s co-curricular attainment is recognised as Excellent.

DomainDescription of AttainmentLevel
ParticipationParticipated in the same CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each year4
AchievementRepresented school at local competition / conference / festival / exhibition for 2 years3
LeadershipCommittee for school-wide events3
ServiceCompleted at least 24 hours of service and at least one VIA project  that impacts the school or community3

Example B: The student has attained a minimum of Level 1 in all domains with at least Level 2 in three domains. Hence, the student’s co-curricular attainment is recognised as Good.
DomainDescription of AttainmentLevel
ParticipationParticipated in any CCA for 3 years with at least 75% attendance for each year2
AchievementRepresented class / house / CCA at intra-school event1
LeadershipClass Committee2
ServiceCompleted at least one VIA project that impacts the school or community2

Example C: The student has attained a minimum of Level 1 in all domains, with at least Level 2 in one domain (Achievement) and Level 3 for another domain (Participation). Hence, the student’s co-curricular attainment is recognised asGood.

DomainDescription of AttainmentLevel
ParticipationParticipated in any CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each year3
AchievementRepresented school at local competition / conference / festival / exhibition for 1 year2
LeadershipLance Corporal (NCC)1
ServiceCompleted at least 24 to less than 30 hours of service1

Example D: The student has not met the criteria for a Good co-curricular attainment. Hence, the student’s co-curricular attainment is recognised as Fair.

DomainDescription of AttainmentLevel
ParticipationParticipated in any CCA for 4 years with at least 75% attendance for each year3
AchievementDid not represent class / house / CCA / school in any event0
LeadershipCompleted 2 modules on leadership1
ServiceCompleted at least 24 to less than 30 hours of service1

CCA Policy (Sec 2 - 5)

CCA Policy For LEAPS 1.0

Students are expected to perform at 3 different levels according to their ability: Participation, Achievement and Contribution.

  • Every student must take part purposefully in one core CCA, which should be a sport, uniformed group, performing arts group or club/society.

  • Students may only change CCA after one year of participation and only if he/she is accepted in another CCA. Students who wished to change CCA can seek see their respective CCA manager for the procedures involved before the end of each academic year.

  • Students in mandatory activities (i.e. Band, NCC and NPCC) are not permitted to change CCA throughout the secondary school years except for medical reasons; otherwise all the CCA points for the mandatory CCA will be annulled.

  • Students are advised to participate in one CCA. Points are awarded for students’ participation in a second CCA only at
    school representation level.

  • Students’ CCA participation will be taken into consideration for CCA conduct rating:
    • Students who choose not to participate in CCA or whose CCA attendance is below 50% will be given ‘Poor Conduct’.
    • Students whose CCA attendance is between 50% and 74% will be given ‘Fair Conduct’.
    • A minimum CCA conduct grade of ‘Good’ is a prerequisite for awards and incentives offered by the school. It is also a consideration when a student is applying for other scholarships, bursaries or requires a special testimonial.

Computation of CCA points

The CCA Grading Scheme has been designed to:

  • encourage continuous CCA participation;

  • reward sustained effort, contribution and achievement; and

  • develop and recognise leadership qualities

The CCA Grading Scheme, LEAPS awards CCA points are awarded in the 5 categories: Leadership, Enrichment, Achievement,Participation and Service.

  1. Leadership
  2. Leadership points are awarded for leadership roles such as Unity Councillors, Sports Captains, Conductor of Performing Groups, Class Councillors and Office-Bearers of Clubs and Societies. Points awarded for up to 2 activities will be totalled up. The maximum awarded is 12 points.

  3. Enrichment
  4. Enrichment points are awarded for the completion of Character Development Programme (CDP) Modules within the 4 or 5 secondary school years. The CDP provides students with a range of enrichment activities under the 3 domains of Enterprise, Citizenship, Personal and Social Lifeskills. 

    Students are required to complete 2 modules from any of the 3 domains to obtain 1 point and a completion of 6 modules with 2 modules from each of the 3 domains to give students the maximum of 3 points. 

    Our school has a comprehensive CDP in place throughout the 4 or 5 secondary school years to ensure that students obtained maximum points. The participation in the following baseline modules is compulsory for all students:

    EnterpriseCitizenshipPersonal and Social Lifeskills
    Sec 1 Adventure Quest
    Sec 3 Overseas
    Experiential Camp
    National Education
    Learning Journey
    Sexuality Education
    Sec 1 Swimming Programme

  5. Achievement
  6. Achievement points are sub-categorised into Representation, Attainment and Accomplishment points. The maximum awarded for Achievement is 15 points from the 3 sub-categories.

    Representation points are awarded to students who represent their schools in inter-school competitions and SYF central judging, as well as those who represent external organisations in inter-school, regional and international competitions. Only the highest points from the main CCA and 1 other activity will be totalled up. The maximum awarded for Representation is 8 points.

    Attainment points are awarded for students who attain awards that are of anon-competitive nature, such as the SAF-NCC Badge, Advance Scout Standard Badge, Boys’ Brigade Founder’s Badge, Girls’ Brigade Pioneer Brigader’s Brooch. Only the highest points awarded up to 2 activities will be totalled up. The maximum awarded for attainment is 6 points.

    Accomplishment points are awarded to students who win awards at inter-school, national, regional and international competitions. Only the highest points awarded for up to 2 activities will be totalled up. The maximum awarded for Accomplishment is 6 points.

  7. Participation
  8. Points are awarded for participation in the main CCA with at least 75% attendance rate. Points are also awarded for participation in intra-school activities such as Cross Country and inter-class competitions, school performances, SYF Opening Ceremony (outdoor events) and National Day Parade. Only the highest points awarded for the main CCA and 2 other activities will be totalled up. The maximum awarded is 10 points.

    For students with an attendance rate 50%-74%, the CCA points scored for the year will not be computed.However, CCA points accumulated in earlier years can be retained for computation whenever the students rejoins a CCA and fulfils the 75% attendance rate criterion.

    An attendance rate of less than 50%, except for medical reasons, would constitute a break in the CCA and all points accumulated up to and including that year would be annulled.

  9. Service
  10. Service points are awarded for students involvement in community service according to the total number of hours spent in community service over the 4 or 5 years of secondary school. The maximum awarded is 5 points for 100 or more hours of service. The summary for each category is shown in Table 1 below:
cca table 1.png

    At the end of the 4 or 5 year course, the highest points scored in the 5 components will be added up. The points will then be converted to a grade in accordance with Table 2 below.
cca table 2.jpg

Application to JC/Pre-U, Polytechnics and ITE

Students are awarded points for their CCA at the end of the 4 or 5 year secondary school years. The conversion of CCA grades to bonus points is as follows:

  • 2 bonus points: A1 and A2

  • 1 bonus points: B3, B4, C5 and C6
The CCA points converted may be used in their application to Millennia Institute, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education.
  1. Pre-U Courses (Millennia Institute)
    • CCA may be used as one of the subjects to meet entry requirements

  2. Junior Colleges
    • Bonus points awarded can be used

  3. Polytechnics
    • Bonus points awarded can be used

  4. Institutes of Technical Education
    • Bonus points awarded can be used


Routines and Procedures for CCA Participation

  • Students must be in appropriate attire for their CCA sessions.

  • Students must observe proper decorum and good behaviour at all times.

  • Students must strictly comply with safety precautions and instructions given by the teachers/instructors at all times.

  • Students who are unable to attend CCA must produce a medical certificate. Parent’s letter will only be accepted for urgent private matters.

  • Students are responsible for the equipment, facilities as well as the cleanliness of training venues.

  • Students must take care of their own personal belongings. However, they may seek teacher’s assistance for custody.

  • Students should refer to noticeboards for CCA information at all times.