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Qualities of a Saint

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Exemplary Character

Servant Leadership differs from most other leadership models by virtue of the fact that it focuses on serving others before all else. Character development is the bedrock upon which all the other qualities are built upon.

In SAJC, character education comprises Social Emotional Learning (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision making.) and the internalisation of the College values (WISE and TRUE) in the lives of the Saints. These values are inculcated in Moral Education and Civics lessons, Scripture Readings, Chapel, and Co-curricular Activities and Programmes.

However, the most powerful mode of learning for being an exemplary character is through role-modelling and seizing teachable moments in our daily interactions with students.

Holistic Thinker
“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.” - John Dewey

It is widely agreed by educators and philosophers that the paramount purpose of education is to develop thinking individuals with a heart who can make good decisions in their lives and work.

The "Holistic Thinker" is defined as one who makes good judgements by considering the big picture, innovates and provides practical solutions, and envisions the future and is prepared flexibly for it. The 4 dimensions in Holistic Thinking advocated in SAJC are: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Caring Thinking and Forward Thinking

All lessons and activities in SAJC have clear objectives which include the thinking skills to be taught or reinforced.

Skilled Communicator

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” - Proverbs 25:11

Effective and skilful communication is widely regarded as being the most important leadership skill and a core ingredient for personal and work success. Knowing the right thing to say and how to say it determines our leadership potential and ability to achieve positive outcomes.

To communicate effectively, we have to learn how to deploy our words, tone of voice, emotions and body language to connect with others. It is also the glue that holds our relationships together. Effective communication includes speaking, writing and listening with genuineness, respect and clarity. It involves the use of different modes of communication such as drama and art, as well as information technology to enhance the quality of communication.

In SAJC, we strongly believe in honing the communication skills of our staff and students in the instructional and co-curricular programmes. More than polishing the communication techniques through speech training and practice, we are mindful that the way we communicate reveals who we are as Saints. We aspire that every member of the St Andrew’s community be gracious in speech and seeks to edify one another in the challenges we face and new heights we scale together.

Community Builder
“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey

Community building is defined as an ongoing process where members of a community share skills, talents, knowledge and experiences that strengthen or develop themselves and the community they belong to. A community builder actively takes actions aimed at problem solving and enriching lives, and strengthening relationships in their community.

Nurturing Saints to be community builders empowers them to become responsible adults who will continue to contribute to their communities, workplaces and the nation in the future. They will become Saints who embrace a life-long passion for serving others. As future leaders of the country, Saints must be energised to desire to make effective changes for the better and contribute to the society.

To be an effective community builder, every Saint needs to have a genuine interest and sincere concern for people and acquire a deep understanding of cultural and global literacies in order to reach out and engage both local and international friends.

In SAJC, we believe that ‘No one is here by chance.’ Everyone therefore has a unique role to play in the College and in touching one another’s lives. To create a positive culture and a conducive environment for learning and relationship building, every member of the SAJC community is responsible for creating a caring and nurturing environment for learning and working. Every one is expected to participate in service learning and community involvement programmes locally and/or overseas. In addition, international exchange programmes are also organised for Saints in the academic, sports and aesthetic arenas to develop cultural literacy and for enrichment.