Values in Action (VIA)
Background to Values In Action
VIA is a learning experience that support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. VIA fosters student ownership over how they contribute to the community. As part of VIA, students reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
The key elements of VIA include promoting values in our students through purposeful planning and reflection, and maintaining sustained partnerships with community partners to achieve this aim.
In summary, VIA helps students to internalise values learnt through real life experiential activities. These core values are “Respect; Responsibility; Resilience; Integrity; Care and Harmony”.
(Adapted from information source: https://www.ne.edu.sg/ )
VIA in Meridian Secondary School
In alignment to Meridian Secondary School’s values to develop our students to be part of a Caring community, the VIA programme is a multi-pronged approach which builds on the Service-Learning experiences of our students as they move on from year to year. Students use the Design Thinking approach in VIA to enable them to develop a sense of empathy, gain a deeper understanding of social issues and work together on a project to impact the community positively.
Meridian Secondary School uses a multi-pronged approach in VIA as shown below:
- VIA contribution is tracked in their individual CCA-VIA records and used for
- LEAPS assessment of their CCA grade upon their graduation.
- Additional hours will be credited to students for VIA activities and other self-volunteering opportunities subjected to the proper documentation by the external organisations submitted to the VIA Committee for approval and recording.
Values in the Cyber World – Secondary 1
Students created posters, comic strips and stickers on Cyberwellness based on one of the R³ICH values (Responsibility, Respect, Resilience, Integrity, Care & Harmony).
Bright Spot – Secondary 2
Each class adopted selected areas in school to make the place useful/welcoming to benefit the school community.
Kindness begins me – Secondary 3
The sec 3 students created busyboards to develop fine motor skills for Metta School students.