THE HCI ADVANTAGE

Consortiums & Faculties

In Hwa Chong, we adopt a Consortium (High School) and Faculty (College) system. This system provides "a school within a school" environment where dedicated tutors will be able to take care of the well-being of the student population in Hwa Chong Institution in a personalized and individual manner.

Consortiums & Faculties

Consortiums & Faculties

About HCI’s Consortium System (High School)

Already one to place equal emphasis on academic and affective domains in student development, the Chinese High School took the bold but natural step of pioneering the Consortium System in 1999. Previously, the Head of Department (HOD) structure ensured that the academic needs of students were met for individual subjects, while the Pastoral Care and Career Guidance (PCCG) Unit saw to the aff ective needs of students. 

Standing on the shoulders of giants and building on the high standards of the HOD-PCCG system, the Consortium System—which operates on the concept of a “school within a school”—was created.

Each consortium comprises a team of about 30 teachers with a smaller cohort of students as their charges. At the Chinese High School, teachers and students are grouped into 4 consortia, Aphelion, iSpark, Ortus and ProEd. With a smaller student population in each “minischool”, the nimble Consortium System allows for greater autonomy: staff members are empowered to make local decisions efficiently, so as to better respond to the changing needs of both students and teachers. 

The unique set up provides a more holistic, supportive and customised curriculum for our talented students. This in turn enables the Chinese High School to nurture them into leaders, innovators and citizens of tomorrow.

 

About HCI’s Faculty System (College)

Under this Faculty system, students are divided across different streams and subject combinations.  This heterogeneous arrangement encourages students to interact and appreciate one other's differences as well as similarities.

Each faculty is led by a team of Senior Consultant (SC) / Education Consultant (EC)/ Coordinators (Coord). Working very closely with the Civics Tutors, they will oversee the scholastic performance and emotional well being of students in their respective faculties. The work of the faculties will be coordinated and supervised by Directors of Faculty.

The SC/EC/Coord takes on multiple roles within the Faculty. In dealing with the affective aspects of a student's education, he/she takes on the role of a counsellor, disciplinarian and mentor.  The SC/EC/Coord is usually the first person the CT turns to when handling a delicate case. Very often, where they arise, these cases are a complex mix of emotional and discipline issues, each feeding on each other. The SC/EC/Coord is empowered to make decisions on-site to intervene in a timely manner to the benefit of our students.

Such a decentralised Faculty system of managing students will be more efficient in responding to the individual needs of the students.  Decisions can be made on site by the SC/EC/Coord and programmes can be more flexible and customised.


Our Consortia

 

Name

Etymology

Ethos

Aphelion The point furthest from the sun in the orbit of a planet or a comet Building bridges, realizing dreams  

iSpark

The 'i' / eye is the window into the many exciting worlds of ideas, innovation, and imagination, while the spark represents vibrance and energy.  Keep the spark burning
Ortus Latin for a new beginning or a rising star Explore the unexplored arenas; set a new pace for the race

ProEd

Amalgamation of the words ‘Process’ and ‘Education’ The journey is as important as the destination
 

 

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Aphelion iSpark Ortus ProEd

 

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Our Faculties

The entire student population is divided into 4 Faculties.

Name in Greek

Pronunciation

Etymology

Apollo

a-pol'- o

excite, passion

Ares

air'- reez

masculine, strife

Artemis

ahr'-tuh- mis

rugged, fashion

Athena

a-thee'- na

protect, wisdom

 

The Faculty Committee

The key reason for the existence of the Faculty system is to take care of the well-being of the student population in Hwa Chong Institution in a personalized and individual manner. Within each faculty, there is a team of student Faculty Committee.  The Faculty Committee will be formed by all the CT Reps within the faculty. Amongst them a Faculty head and Assistant Faculty Head will be elected to lead the team. The Faculty Committee operates independently of the Students' Council and reports directly to the SC/EC/Coord.  These Faculty Committees are responsible for promoting strong class spirit as well as organising and mobilising support for faculty events, song and dance sessions, inter-faculty competitions etc.

The Faculty Committee also provides a platform for the grooming of student leaders.  These student leaders organise and mobilise support for events for the Faculty which include inter-Faculty competitions in Sports, Cultural and National Education activities, biannual Faculty Outings, faculty CIP/OCIP and other ad-hoc events. The aim of such activities are multi-fold - to add spice and variety to the life of students in Hwa Chong, to provide avenues to express their talents and to build a strong Faculty spirit and through it a strong school spirit and identity.

The Faculty Committee provides a highly enriching experience for its members. Its strength is in the provision of real situations in which student leaders have to harness all their leadership, public relations and administrative skills in order to successfully pull off an event. These provide student leaders in the Faculty Committee an opportunity to build up a strong leadership portfolio.  The Faculty may also present certificates/ meritorious awards for significant contributions by any Faculty member at the end of the year.

The Faculty Committees collate and communicate feedback on student morale, problems faced, suggestions for improvement and overall well-being to the Director/SC/EC/Coord. Feedback channels and sharing sessions are instituted. Termly meetings of the personnel in the Faculty system will be held to discuss issues pertaining to the Faculty system. Meetings as a faculty of students and teachers are held termly to define strategic direction, ways to strengthen collegiality, areas for collaboration intra-faculty-wise and cross-faculty-wise.

  

  

  

  

 

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