AForte is a Bowen signature programme designed to cater to the holistic development of students from the Normal stream.
AForte aims to ensure that students are engaged in classroom
learning, enthusiastic to attend school and most importantly, to broaden their
learning experiences. AForte provides a
range of meaningful activities to help them maximise their potential and
discover their interests and talents.
AForte encourages students to work on the following 4 areas: Attendance (both daily lessons and CCA), Attitude (values and character), Academic performance (studies and grades) and Aspirations (target post-secondary course and ambition).AForte includes 3 key learning activities:
- Building self – students attend multi-week
programmes to help them develop the necessary life skills to recognize and
manage emotions, make responsible and thoughtful decisions and establish
positive relationships with others. Lower secondary classes are involved in The Scaffold Programme which
focuses on building healthy and encouraging relationships within the class. The
Beauty Unravelled Programme caters to female students and helps them to
discover their inner beauty.
- Discovering strengths and building interest
– students attend annual Sports Discovery programmes to experience and explore
different sports such as bowling, kin ball, fencing, golf and unarmed
self-defence techniques (Muay Thai). From Sec 1 to Sec 4, students will
experience up to 4 Sports Discovery sessions.
Students also attend the Experience ITE Programme to expose them to the
wide variety of courses and learning opportunities offered at ITE, both
full-time and apprenticeship programmes.
- Exploring career options – students
attend Elective Modules (EM) conducted in school and at ITE, for a variety of
areas including Aeronautics, E-Entrepreneurship, Food Science Culinary,
Photography and Mechatronics. These modules serve to extend what they
learn in their subjects and give students insight into the jobs and industries
that they might be interested in. From Sec 2 to Sec 4, students can experience
up to 3 EMs. Students can also get to
visit polytechnics and ITE, and take part in various post-secondary
In addition, the school’s Education and Career Guidance programme will support the Normal Course students to learn more about post-secondary options and career possibilities (see later section on Education and Career Guidance).
All students, including Normal Stream students, are welcome to drop by
the CABIN Student Centre (next to the school hall). Project CABIN is a community
project of the Singapore Children’s Society in conjunction with Bowen. CABIN provides a place for students to spend
their time after school hours to enjoy facilities such as gaming consoles and
board games. CABIN activities are also a
platform for students to foster friendships and to participate in activities
organised by the teachers and Singapore Children’s Society.