Students can Do Good and Do Well—excel in school, have great relationships with their families and serve in church at the same time.
In 2005, Heart of God Church launched the Academic Excellence (AE) programme. By applying the AE principles to their studies, our students have not only seen significant progress in their grades, but also found a new love for learning. Many have graduated at the top of their classes, and some students have even been awarded scholarships. They continue to do well as doctors, lawyers and professionals in MNCs.
Beyond academic progress, our students are motivated and empowered to develop holistically in their unique skill sets, mature in character, and grow in their capacity to touch the lives of those around them.
Students taking their ‘O’ or ‘A’ Level exams need to complete 20 hours of effective studying weekly, before they are allowed to attend church services. All other students are encouraged to study at least 15 hours on top of regular school hours, tuition and supplementary lessons.
Students taking major exams must meet certain grade requirements to volunteer in ministry and in leadership. For example, ‘O’ level students who wish to volunteer in ministry must score a maximum L1R5 of 25 points or L1R4 of 20 points. Those who wish to serve as leaders must set an example and meet a better grade requirement.
Heart of God Church premises are open from Tuesdays to Sundays to provide students with a conducive environment for studying. We also provide tuition for some of our youth leaders. Our tutors include those who have also previously benefitted from the AE programme and are now paying it forward to the next generation.
Every year, we hold an Academic Excellence Open House for parents and teachers to come and hear our teachings and find out more about the AE programme. Our staff and volunteer leaders will be around share about how our students find success and significance in school, family, and their personal lives.
"The AE programme is an excellent platform to keep young people motivated, knowing that they are actually able to balance church activities as well as studies and family activities.
I think it is a programme that should be continued, and I think it’s something that has grown from strength to strength.”
Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef
Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC
Adviser to the Geylang Serai IRCC
Guest-of-Honour, AE 2017
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