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  1. 1. There is a hole in this SST handbook. True or false? True, there is an empty spot in the middle of our handbook. But is it just a hole? Wanted : Peek through it; it’s a makeshift party mask. Mix your paint colours on it; it’s the perfect palette. Creative, Hook your dangling earrings through it; it’s an Inventive Kids Who Like accessory holder. Pour icing sugar through it on a cake; it’s a handy sift. Aim your dart at it; it’s an instant bull’s eye. To Learn Differently One teensy weensy hole, and we’ve already dreamt up 5 different uses for it. Imagine what we can do with the fertile minds of bright kids. At SST, we’re not interested in teaching kids to memorise miles of textbook facts, regurgitate them on an exam paper, then promptly forget about them. We’re more interested in grooming students to think differently and apply what they learn innovatively. Who don’t just take a clock apart, but are able to put it back in a different, better way. Who learn about water conservation in school, then go home to build a simple water recycling system. Who not just ask why, but why not? At SST, we make it our business to nurture tomorrow’s inventive minds and show them the world in a whole new way. “SST will value-add to students’ overall growth beyond their ‘O’ Level results, and nurture every student to be a thinker, innovator and entrepreneur,” pledges Mr Chua Chor Huat, Principal of SST. Think your child has what it takes? Come join us @ SST today.1 2
  2. 2. 1. Get an Early Start to Applied Learning 3. Rev Up with our Power of Inf initi Solutions Ltd. Mr Singh is Some learn better by experimenting in the labs or packed Partnership with also a Member of Parliament and relating to tex tbook theories through project work. NTU and NP is the chairman of the Government If your child is one of them, you’ll be excited by what SST Singapore’s premier ter tiary Parliamentar y Commi t tee f o r offers: an early star t to applied learning. Throughout institutions, Nanyang Technological the ministries of Trade & Industry 7 SSTerling Reasons our curriculum, which is customised to emphasise University (NTU) and Ngee Ann and Finance. Why SST is the applied learning, we will help connect the dots between classroom concepts to real-world contex t. By training Polytechnic (NP), are lending their exper tise in curriculum Your child will star t networking School for You students to apply what they’ve studied to what’s development, facilities design from the day he or she joins us! If you think your child could be outside the classroom, it promotes more enduring and enrichment programmes understanding of content and better mastery of to develop SST into a top- the nex t Olivia Lum, our valuable academic subjects. notch specialised school. Besides industry links could be just enjoying access to state-of-the- what you need to help develop Just like at other secondary schools, SST students will also ar t facilities, students also benef it that talent. take their ‘O’ Levels. But here, they get to choose from from research and mentorship a wide array of subjects, plus a new range of ‘O’ Level oppor tunities with NTU professors Applied Subjects available exclusively at SST. (See pg 8) and NP lecturers which enhance their thinking and research skills. The combo of a sturdy academic foundation with practical applied learning skills will prepare students well Thanks to NTU’s collaboration for the ‘O’ Levels. Best of all, they will enjoy the f lexibility with the US-based Ewing Marion to choose either the junior college or polytechnic route Kauffman Foundation in setting to university. up the f irst Kauffman campus in Asia, SST students can meet young entrepreneurs from around 2. Learning at SST is Multi-faceted the world. Learning is a serious business, but who says it can’t be fun! At SST, students do more through a variety A secondary school with ter tiary- of creative applied learning platforms. They see standard learning oppor tunities? more from multiple perspectives via SST’s integrated Now that’s value-add! “I am conf ident that SST approach which combines knowledge across disciplines. will be a well-established, And they learn more by being daring – our strong focus on Innovation & Entrepreneurship will challenge them to 4. Link up with Successful premier institution, one that be conf ident, inventive and experimental, to lead rather Entrepreneurs and offers a distinctive curriculum, than to follow! Innovators preparing its students well for Just how serious are we about a high f lying career, helping Trained to constantly think out of the box, SST students grooming Sin g a p o r e ’ s n e x t will not just be book-smar t but will be a new breed of generation of entrepreneurs and Singapore compete vigorously thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs. innovators? So serious that we’ve on the world stage.” rounded up a Board of Directors that includes distinguished entrepreneurs Dr Su Guaning, President of NTU and and technopreneurs. We are also Chairman of SST’s Board of Directors the first secondary school to have an Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, headed by Mr Inderjit Singh, CEO 3 4
  3. 3. 5. Plug into Information Communication Applied Learning – Learn by Doing Technology 24/7 What’s applied learning? Think REAL (Relevant, Engaging, SST will tap on cutting-edge Information Communication Active Learning). Whether it is core academic subjects Technology (ICT) throughout its curriculum. As par t of like Mathematics and Science for Year 1 to 4, or Applied How Will SST Students Learn? the FutureSchools@Singapore programme, the school Subjects like Media Studies and Biotechnology for Year 3 will receive special funding to develop purpose-built and 4, the practice-based approach makes learning more infrastructure and facilities. Check out our specialised relevant and interesting. Because students are able to see The SST curriculum labs, innovative educational programmes and other how tex tbook theories really work in real life, they can will be taught in high-tech goodies! understand better and hence gain a stronger foundation three key ways - of key concepts, leading to better results! Applied Learning, Integrated Approach 6. Learn from Specially-Trained Teachers and and emphasis in Small Class Sizes Integrated Approach – Learn from Different on Innovation & SST teachers are hand-picked for their passion to teach Perspectives Entrepreneurship. creatively and their ability to impar t applied learning Combining different disciplines encourages students to skills to students. We also have experienced lecturers view issues from multiple angles, helping them build seconded from NP and will be hiring professionals from critical thinking skills. Two integrated subjects - Integrated the industry. With our small class size of just 20 to 25 Humanities and Ar t, Design, Media & Technology (ADMT) students, students can expect maximum attention and - will be introduced in Year 1 and 2. To blend theory with learning oppor tunities! practice, students will also par ticipate in inter-disciplinary project work to test their knowledge and skills across different subjects. 7. Excel at the ‘O’ Levels and Beyond! Yes, we aim to groom students with excellent ‘O’ Level results but we’re looking into more than just straight Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Learn by A’s. Our holistic and broad-based education will also Being Daring! equip SST students with a range of useful life skills, From our collaborations with entrepreneurs, to industry sound moral values, technological smar ts and excellent attachment oppor tunities and enrichment programmes, industry contacts that will give them an edge in whatever SST will create a culture that encourages Innovation & they do! Entrepreneurship. Go ahead, be experimental and toy with new ways of doing things! We’ll groom students to be leaders who will take the untested route, ready to wow the world with inventive smar ts and gungho adventurous spirit. “SST will be a star that shines bright on Singapore’s education landscape. Given the advantages of outstanding school facilities, hand-picked teachers, an applied learning approach, and small class sizes of 20 to 25 students, the SST has all the ingredients to help students ace their ‘O’ Levels and lay a solid foundation for post-secondary and university education.” Mr Chia Mia Chiang, Principal of Ngee Ann Poly technic5 6
  4. 4. How to Tell if Applied Learning Suits My Child While the list below is not exhaustive, it will help provide you with some ideas on how to star t talent-spotting. Check if your child exhibits any of the following traits. He or she… 1. Talks excitedly about lab sessions in school and readily shares stories about school project work, experiments or research repor ts. 2. Enjoys taking things apar t and putting them back together again. For example, he or she prefers hands-on games like Lego and DIY kits, and books on science and building things. 3. Likes designing his/her own website or blog, filming home videos, writing stories or other creative works. 4. Chooses CCAs like Robotics Club, Science Club and Infocomm Technology Club. 5. Tries out classroom theories in fun ways, such as baking cookies to learn about heat, and concocting fizzy cocktails to learn about chemistry reaction. 6. Is easily bored and always looking for ways to do things differently. 7. Has an eye for picking out ‘useless’ bits and bobs and recycling them as interesting DIY projects or gift ideas. 8. Always brimming with ideas and new things to do, such as ways to raise funds for school charity projects.7 8
  5. 5. Science Applying Science in real life: In year 1 and 2, students learn to apply their knowledge of science and to solve real- world problems creatively. For example, project work can involve collectiing data on the temperature and lighting patterns in the classroom, and coming up with energy- saving solutions to keep the classroom cool. In Year 3 and 4, students develop a deeper understanding of scientif ic concepts through typical subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology, or new Applied Subjects like Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Technology, and Fundamentals of Electronics. Mathematics Harnessing the power of Mathematics: All SST students Languages will take Mathematics and Additional Mathematics at the Bringing Languages to Life: More than just honing GCE ‘O’ Level examination. The subjects will be brought to grammar and spelling, we want to groom eloquent and life by teaching the students to apply Mathematics in the conf ident communicators who can use the gift of words everyday life, such as how the concept of algebra can be effectively. For example, students may practise their writing applied to the variety of mobile phone plans on offer to skills by penning news ar ticles for an SST e-magazine on f igure out the best deal for individuals and families. its website. Or, to develop their analytical skills, they may be asked to compare and understand the different contex t and angles that mainstream newspapers, tabloids, magazines and popular blogs used to repor t the same news event. Humanities Integrated Humanities for a better world view: Teachers will draw on real-life examples to encourage “To create high growth technology a macro world view. In Year 1 and 2, students will study Integrated Humanities, an interdisciplinary subject that enterprises for the future, Singapore needs combines History, Geography and Economics. In Year 3 to expose our students to entrepreneurship, and 4, they may learn about global interdependence in especially technopreneurship, as early Social Studies class, for example by analysing Arab-Israeli as possible. SST is the best place to start… relations in the Middle East and America’s involvement in I am sure that in the long term, we will be the f irst Gulf War to appreciate current world affairs. able to see many technology companies Year 3 and 4 students also get to par ticipate in specialised started by SST students.” action-research mentoring programmes such as the Nanyang Research Programme (NRP), mentored by Mr Inderjit Singh, CEO of Infiniti Solutions, academics from NTU. Chairman of SST’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, and a member of the SST’s Board of Directors9 10
  6. 6. Applied Subjects at Y ear 3 and 4 SST offers the widest range of Applied Subjects at ‘O’ Levels, which feature rigorous coursework with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and a practice-oriented assessment. 1. Media Studies (EL) Designed to train students in media literacy, it helps hone critical thinking and writing skills, both essential skills for subjects like General Paper and Knowledge and Inquiry in junior college. Students gain a f irm foundation which helps them in fur ther studies related to media. They will also enjoy hands-on experience in video production, from scripting and f ilming to editing and audio mixing. Budding f ilm makers, star t your blockbuster now! 2. Fundamentals of Electronics Students learn the basics of electronics through a variety Art, Design, Media and Technology (ADMT) of projects, such as electronic circuit construction. Imagine The power of Ar t, Design, Media and Technology being able to build a simple computer! The knowledge (ADMT): The ADMT syllabus provides Year 1 and 2 gained from this subject will be relevant to many Did you know? students with a strong grounding in the fundamentals while f ields of engineering, which gives them a head star t There is growing demand for exposing them to design-related f ields such as Graphics & should they choose to enrol in an engineering course in applied learning among Singaporean Information Design, Product & Industrial Design, Interactive a ter tiary institution later. students. In 2007, 70 secondary Digital Media & Video Production, and Architecture & Environment Design. These subjects are springboards to schools partnered polytechnics to more advanced modules like Applied Subjects on Design offer 60 Advanced Elective Modules 3. Design Studies in a variety of fields, attracting Studies and Media Studies (EL) at Year 3 and 4. From creative idea generation, learning from 2,300 students. Also, since 2008, successful media designers to working with hundreds of students at 8 schools To test their ADMT smar ts, they may be challenged to state-of-the-ar t computer graphic software have taken new GCE ‘O’ Level design funky cases for MP3 players. Here’s where they and rapid prototyping systems, this subject Applied Subjects such as Creative apply their knowledge on ergonomics, anthropometry, will suit those with a keen interest in applied 3D Anima tion, Fundamentals of culture, geographical and even lifestyle considerations. ar ts and design. Students will conceptualise Electronics and Introduction to and build models of trendy mobile phones and Enterprise Development. furniture, design a website or TV ad, or even take Innovation & Entrepreneurship par t in national and international communication SST is the first secondary school to offer Injecting Innovation & Entrepreneurship: A targeted design competitions. There’s no limit to creativity! the widest range of Applied Subjects, approach to instill early in our students a sense of curiosity, a passion for creativity, an innovative spirit, an entrepreneurial including 3 new subjects exclusively for mindset and a willingness to challenge conventional SST students only. Our students get to wisdom. Social and business enterprise projects are some choose up to 2 Applied Subjects while of the exciting plans SST has in mind for our students. their peers can only take 1.11 12
  7. 7. Character Education This programme will nur ture dynamic leaders with critical A Holistic Approach thinking skills, sound moral values and a hear t to serve the community. Students may even go on overseas trips to work on community projects, a great oppor tunity to collaborate with their peers around the world Beyond the books, SST students can also and build up a better world view and strong look forward to these leadership qualities. student development programmes. 4. Environmental Science & Technology Explore the impact of human activities on the environment. Discover how technology can be used to solve environmental problems. Students will experience real-world projects. For example, they may go on a f ield trip to Sungei Pandan to collect water samples, analyse them in the lab to see if the quality is suitable for recreational purposes, then recommend a suitable water treatment process. 5. Biotechnology Through fascinating lab-work, projects and site visits, students will study the developments and applications of biotechnology in medicine, agriculture, bioengineering and bioremediation. Who knows, SST could groom a Sports & Wellness whiz kid who discovers a new antibiotic! Going beyond games and exercise, the Spor ts & Wellness programme will integrate diet and nutrition, physical and health education. Students will learn healthy eating tips, and concepts of f itness and principles of training so that they can plan and implement their own f itness programmes. They will also acquire basic f irst aid skills and use hear t rate monitors to better understand their body and guide their training intensity. The programme will enable them to make a personal choice and commitment to lead a healthy and physically active lifestyle.13 14
  8. 8. Technology @ SST Digital natives will feel right at home on SSTs Forget about chalk and talk. From social In 2010, the f irst batch of SST students attended high-tech campus. networks to collaborative tools like wikis and online classes at our temporary school site at 5 Clementi spreadsheets, SST’s rich ICT-enabled environment will Avenue 6 (formerly Clementi Nor th Primary School), create a global classroom for its students! which had been refurbished with specialised labs and facilities. SST will have purpose-built infrastructure, facilities and specialised labs to tap on Information Communication Come January 2012, SST will open the doors to its spanking Technology (ICT) pervasively in its curriculum. Equipped new campus located at the junction of Clementi Road with a computer each, students will enjoy exciting and Commonwealth Avenue West. The high-tech campus ICT-enabled learning experiences. with a ‘green hear t’ will feature cool gadgets like roof gardens with bio-retention ponds, eco cooling systems Their everyday learning experiences will encompass: and solar panels that harness the sun’s power to light up the campus. • Using network technologies, dynamic geometrical software applications and interactive applets to investigate and understand mathematical concepts. • Tapping on high-end technology such as High-Performance Layer Chromatography and UV spectrophotometer to bring Science lessons to life. • Adopting digital video and imaging technology in ADMT class. • Utilising the Geographic Information System to discuss environmental issues in Humanities lessons. • Par ticipating in online forums to gather multiple perspectives, and ref lecting through blogs to enhance communication skills in language learning. The FutureSchools@Singapore programme provides another exciting platform for learning, where students interact and learn with avatars, and carry out investigation through par ticipation in vir tual environments simulating real life scenarios.15 16
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  10. 10. Student Selection Website: SST enrols all students through the Direct School Admission Tel: +65 6571 7200 (DSA) exercise. For more information on the DSA exercise, Fax: +65 6872 0856 How to please visit our website at or refer to the SST DSA leaf let. Email: Enrol in SST Getting to SST Number of Students Address: 5 Clementi Avenue 6 S(129 835) Excited to learn in a SST will admit up to 200 Sec 1 students star ting from 2010. whole new way? Here s From 2012, the school will also have a second entry point Bus services: how to join us at SST. at Sec 3 and will accept up to 50 more Sec 3 students Along Clementi Avenue 6 (2 min walk): 185, 189 each year. This will allow late developers or students Along Commonwealth Avenue West (6 min walk): who discover their interests at a later age to transfer 52, 99, 105, 105B, 106, 173, 183, 188, 963, NR5, NR8 to SST. At Clementi interchange (15 min walk): 7, 14, 96, 99, 147, 156, 165, 166, 173, 175, 196, 282, 284, 285 Nearest MRT station: Clementi (15 min walk) School fees Singapore Citizens - $250 per month Permanent Residents - $300 per month Foreigners - $500 per month Financial Help Similar to other Independent Schools, the Government will provide heavy subsidies and f inancial assistance to ensure that the fees are affordable. SST students may apply for the Independent School Bursary and the MOE Edusave Scholarships, receiving subsidies of up to $2400 a year. In addition, SST will offer its own f inancial assistance schemes. Students from low income families will not be disadvantaged from enrolling in the SST in any way. SST’s Permanent Campus from 2012 Address: Junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West Bus services: Along Clementi Road: 52, 74, 74e, 151, 151e, 154, 165 Along Commonwealth Avenue West: 14, 74, 74e, 105, 147, 166, 18519 20 Nearest MRT station: Dover
  11. 11. Q: How will SST differ from other secondary schools that also offer Applied Subjects? Get Your A: Unlike other secondary schools that only offer one Applied Subjects, the SST will adopt a whole-school Questions approach towards applied learning. This means the entire educational contex t and philosophy of the About SST school, including vision, mission, teaching, facilities, and student programmes will be designed to provide the Answered ! best environment possible for applied learning. Q: Applied learning seems to be a new, SST is the f irst one-stop school where students can untested way of teaching. How can I be choose from the widest range of Applied Subjects. sure it will work? These are Media Studies (EL) and Fundamentals of Electronics, as well as three new ones (Design A: Applied learning is not a new concept. More than Studies, Biotechnology and Environmental Science & 2,300 students have taken 60 over Advanced Technology). SST students can take up to 2 Applied Elective Modules with emphasis on applied learning Subjects while students at other schools can only at secondary school level since 2007. Because of its take 1. success, popularity and relevance, MOE has offered three GCE ‘O’ Level Applied Subjects such as the Regular ‘O’ Level subjects such as Mathematics will also Creative 3D Animation, Fundamentals of Electronic be customised to emphasise real-world applications, and Introduction to Enterprise Development. taught using more applied teaching approaches such as investigative learning, problem-based learning or project work, so as to help students better appreciate Q: Is Primary Six too early an age to decide if a the real-world relevance of what they learn. Keeping student has an interest in applied learning? class sizes small at just 20 to 25 students also facilitates students’ development of process skills and learning A: Based on MOE’s experience, there is a strong demand through experimentation. Students will benef it from students in taking up Applied Subjects and from the close individualised attention, supervision, Advanced Elective Modules as par t of their secondary monitoring and formative assessment of the learning school curriculum. MOE’s consultations with teachers, process. parents and students, including those who are likely to progress to university, also show a growing demand More excitingly, SST students will enjoy enrichment for innovative, applied learning options. SST will give programmes specially organised for them by NP such students more choice in their learning pathway. and NTU, and even enjoy the learning exposures attachments at leading companies. To determine if students are really suited to the applied style of learning, those who wish to enrol in SST will undergo a series of selection rounds. These include the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST), a camp to evaluate their aptitude for applied learning, as well as assessment of their CCA involvement, student por tfolio, teacher’s recommendation, and interview, if necessary. 21 22
  12. 12. Q: How will SST be different from NUS High? Q: What pathways can SST students choose How do parents or students decide if they after their ‘O’ Levels? should apply to SST or NUS High? A: SST will prepare its students well for post-secondary A: While both are Specialised Independent Schools education, whether in the junior colleges or targeting students with specialised talents or interests polytechnics. Students enjoy the f lexibility to choose an in various f ields, NUS High appeals to students with a appropriate combination of regular ‘O’ Level subjects strong interest in research in Science and Mathematics. and Applied Subjects. The applied learning approach Its students will embark on various independent will help students gain a strong foundation in academic research projects, one of which is a core requirement concepts and competence in real-world applications, for graduation. which will serve the students whatever they choose to do after secondary school. SST, on the other hand, will cater to top students who prefer an applied approach to learning, and who have a keen interest in applied areas related to technology, media and design. SST will emphasise real- Q: Can the Applied Subjects be recognised for world applications and project-based learning to help JC admission? students better appreciate the real-world relevance A: Yes. Similar to the regular ‘O’ Level subjects, the of what they learn. This gives students a strong Applied Subjects will be ref lected in the GCE ‘O’ Level foundation to progress to either the junior colleges or Cer tif icate, and recognised for admission to junior poly technics, and subsequently to university. colleges and polytechnics respectively. Q: Will SST’s applied learning approach cause Q: Will SST students’ exposure in applied my child to spend too much time on hands- learning be considered for credit exemption on project work and not enough time on when they apply to the polytechnics? studying core academic ‘O’ Level subjects? A: SST students who wish to continue their post- A: Applied learning is not just about hands-on project secondary education in the polytechnics can apply for work. It is also a practical way of learning, teaching direct admission to the Polytechnics through the Direct students to understand their tex tbook concepts more Polytechnic Admission (DPA) exercise. The Polytechnics eff iciently by relating to real cases and situations. will take into account the students’ exposure in applied This makes learning authentic and builds more learning areas. Students who have taken Applied enduring knowledge. Subjects may also be exempted from cer tain relevant polytechnic courses or modules. While SST offers students a range of options in applied areas related to technology, media and design, it will continue to provide a strong foundation in the core subjects such as the Languages, Mathematics, Q: Will SST students be given priority in Humanities and Science. admission to NP and NTU? Where there is project work involved in the curriculum, A: Admission to NP and NTU continues to be merit- SST will also be mindful to ensure that students’ based and applicants from SST would be assessed workload remains manageable. alongside applicants from other schools. However, SST students will enjoy exclusive learning and mentorship 23 oppor tunities with lecturers from these institutions. 24
  13. 13. Wha t parent s and s tudent s are say ing about SST! It was a tough decision for the family - SST or a much more After f ive weeks of lesson, I began to appreciate the applied established, already successful school and dad’s alma mater to learning methodology that has become the hallmark of boot? It was unanimously decided at a family conference that SST. Every exercise demands the students to analyse and we would put our bets on SST. We relished the idea of being synthesise. Yet SST is not only about producing a batch pioneers and the proposed curriculum was not only very of bright students; emphasis is also given to moulding a attractive to Christian but suited to his strengths. One and generation of socially responsible and globally connected a half months into school, and absolutely no regrets! leaders. It is no wonder that SST is We’re delighted at how he’s had wonderful a cut abovet he rest! As a parent, I am opportunities to shine and succeed and very proud to be apart of the he’sreally motivated and happy. SST community Monica Lim, Parent of Christian James Lim (S2-08) Siti Hawa Samsuddin, Parent of Muhammad Hakeem (S2-04) “Being pioneers is not a common opportunity. I am very particular about learning methodologies and this is Be different. Entering any other school gives where SST has an advantage. SST emphasises on extensive common experiences, but being a pioneer hands-on activities and learning by discovery. SST’s vision in SST is unique.” Kimberly Ong (S2-04) towards global readiness will put my son at a competitive advantage for his future. Kelvin Ong, Parent of Justin Ong (S2-03) “I chose SST because it offers me an alternative choice in my studies. The class size is also smaller which means more attention is given to each pupil. The teachers are friendly and helpful. Lessons are SST has provided an excellent learning environment that also very engaging” allows our son to actively explore his interests and passions. Shamus Seng, (S2-01) We have seen him mature into a very responsible, independent and highly self-motivated individual in just a short span of two months. It’s heartening to hear him speak with such enthusiasm about his learning SST is futuristic, something different and unique, and journey in SST. Thank you SST for a bit more adventurous. It is a new school, but why bringing such joy in him. bother to go to an already established school when Anisa Tyebally, Parent of Mikhael Tyebally (S2-06) you can create history. A less travelled road is more challenging,but there will be more opportunities.” Ar thur Lee (S2-04)25 26
  14. 14. All information is correct at time of print (March 201 1)