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Chinese Language and Cultural Special Programme

Objectives of the programme

Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) launched the Chinese Language and Culture Special Programme (CLCSP) in 2007. This programme is specially designed for students with the aptitude and interest to further their knowledge on both the Chinese language and culture. CCHY strives to become a Chinese Language and Cultural Learning Hub in North zone.

The objectives of this programme are:
  • To broaden one's perspectives and inculcate values in our students through the learning of the Chinese language and culture.
  • To enhance one's appreciation and analysis of literature through structured project work
  • To develop one's potential and discover hidden talents through participation in cultural and aesthetic activities.
This programme comprises of two components: Curriculum and Enrichment Modules.

CURRICULUM - Higher Chinese Language

  • Eligibility Criteria: Top 30% of the PSLE cohort can choose to offer HCL in Secondary One. In addition, Secondary One students with good CL (Express) results (75 marks and above) in their end-of-year examination might also be given the option to offer Higher Chinese in Secondary Two (subject to the school's discretion).
  • Enhances and complements the MOE syllabus with additional supplementary materials. Serves to lay a strong linguistic foundation, and further advances students' proficiency in both critical reading and writing skills.

CURRICULUM - Chinese History and Culture

  • Level: Secondary One and Two
  • Introduction to Chinese History and Culture, with an emphasis on key historical personalities and events as well as cultural developments.
  • Introduction to ancient Chinese classics and the study of philosophical sayings and maxims.

CURRICULUM - Literature in Chinese (as a full subject or as a Combined Humanities elective)

  • Level: Secondary Three and Four
  • Adheres to the MOE syllabus. Advocates Teach Less, Learn More (TLLM), an MOE initiative that will empower students to become active and independent learners.

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ENRICHMENT MODULES

These modules are open to all interested students from Secondary One to Four/Five. Students can choose to participate in one or more modules annually. For students with a minimum of 90% attendance, a Certificate of Participation will be awarded.

These enrichment modules serve to complement the curriculum and enhance the learning experience.

ENRICHMENT - Chinese Speech

The objectives are as follows:
  1. Training students in their oratorical skills through speech training workshop.
  2. Providing opportunities for students to showcase their oratorical talents such as hosting stage performance as emcees and conducting school tours.

ENRICHMENT - Chinese Drama

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To cultivate the passion for Chinese Drama as well as the Chinese language and culture.
  2. To raise the level of proficiency of students in Chinese play acting and writing.
  3. To develop appreciative skills in Chinese Drama.
  4. To provide a platform for SEL.

ENRICHMENT - Bi-cultural Studies

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To promote Chinese culture and inculcate moral values.
  2. To widen students' perspectives on socio-cultural issues (Chinese and Western).

ENRICHMENT - Writer-in-Residence Programme

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To enable students to write more confidently through a systematic approach in the teaching of writing skills.
  2. To raise the level of proficiency in Chinese creative writing.
  3. To seek out and develop budding writers who have the potential to write creatively.
  4. To promote the programme to the N2 Cluster schools through sharing session.

ENRICHMENT - Training of Student Correspondents

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To provide the relevant training journalism and the opportunity to take part in the selection of student reporters conducted by the Singapore Press Holding.
  2. To motivate students to write press reports and send in their news report to be published in the newspapers.
  3. To provide students the opportunity to carry out press reporting during school events.
  4. To provide training for students in journalism.

4 students from the Sec 2 Express, Sec 3 Express and Sec 4 Express classes were selected by Lianhe Zaobao to be student journalists. Many of their works were published on the Lianhe Zaobao, supplement, ZaobaoComma and various other publications. They had reported on many school events and many of these reports were published in our school publications, namely, our newsletter and out annual magazine. These publications were effective means by which teachers and students from the N2 Cluster stay well-informed about our school.

ENRICHMENT - Conversational Mandarin

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To teach Sec 1 and 2 non-Chinese students' how to communicate in fluent Mandarin.
  2. To provide a platform for non-Chinese students to showcase their Mandarin speaking skills.

A group of Sec 1 and Sec 2 students completed the Basic Conversational Mandarin course in Term 2. Another took part and completed the Basic Malay course as a post-examination activity in Term 4.

ENRICHMENT - Chinese Calligraphy, Seal Carving and Chinese Painting

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To provide the opportunity to learn and appreciate the Chinese culture and Its' traditional arts.
  2. To deepen the understanding of Chinese Calligraphy Seal Carving and Chinese Painting, and enhance the appreciation of these arts.

ENRICHMENT - Celebrations of Traditional Chinese Festival

The objectives are as follows:
  1. To provide the opportunity to learn and appreciate the Chinese tradition and culture.
  2. To deepen the understanding of the Chinese culture, and enhance the appreciation of it.

OTHERS - National Primary Schools Chinese Play Competition

National Primary Schools Chinese Play Competition 2009 Finals cum Launch of Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Teachers, Students and Alumni Art Exhibition was held on 1st August 2009 in the multi-purpose hall. The GOH is Mr Ong Ah Heng, MP for Nee Soon Central Constituency. 6 teams (Nan Hua Primary School, Singapore Chinese Girls' School, River Valley Primary School, Tao Nan Primary School, Poi Ching Primary School and West view Primary School) was competed in the finals.150 students and teachers with 36 VIPs including the N2 Cluster Superintendent, SMC Vice Chairman and N2 Cluster Principals and Vice Principals.
 
Lower Secondary Higher Chinese students attended the competition as the audience in the MPH. In the National Primary Schools Play Competition Final 2009 held at CCHY (Yishun), survey results from Sec 1D, Sec 1G and Sec 1H reveal that: 88.68% of the audience indicated that they learn good traditional values through the plays, 73.21% of the audience indicated that the competition enhances their love for the Chinese Language, 83.93% of the audience indicated that they have a deeper understanding of Chinese plays, 71.43% of the audience indicated they have become more enthusiastic to watch other Chinese plays.