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There is a hole in this SST handbook. True or false?
Th e Buz z
True, there is an empty spot in the middle of our
25 handbook. But is it just a hole?
Peek through it; it’s a makeshift party mask.
Mix your paint colours on it; it’s the perfect palette.
I n f o r mat io n
20 Hook your dangling earrings through it; it’s an Inventive Kids
Pour icing sugar through it on a cake; it’s a
Aim your dart at it; it’s an instant bull’s eye.
How to Enrol Differently
i n SST G e t Yo ur One teensy weensy hole, and we’ve already dreamt
19 Questions up 5 different uses for it. Imagine what we can do
About SST with the fertile minds of bright kids.
A ns we r e d
How to 21
At SST, we’re not interested in teaching kids
T ell i f
Ap p li ed M e e t t h e S S T Te am to memorise miles of textbook facts, regurgitate
Learning 17 them on an exam paper, then promptly forget
Su i ts M y about them.
C hi ld
o ld e r
07 W el c o me t o S S T’s essory h
We’re more interested in grooming students to think a c c y o u r e a r r in g s
H i g h-Te c h C amp us for
16 differently and apply what they learn innovatively.
How Will S S T Who don’t just take a clock apart, but are able to put
St ud ent s Lea rn it back in a different, better way. Who learn about
06 T echn o l o gy @ S S T
water conservation in school, then go home to build
15 a simple water recycling system. Who not just ask
7 SSTerling SST ’ s
Reas o ns why, but why not?
C u rri cu lu m
Why SST is t he 08
Scho o l fo r Yo u At SST, we make it our business to nurture
A Holistic tomorrow’s inventive minds and show them the world
Wa nted : Ap p ro a ch in a whole new way. “SST will value-add to students’
Creative, overall growth beyond their ‘O’ Level results, and
I nventive Kids
Who L i ke
nurture every student to be a thinker, innovator and
To L earn entrepreneur,” pledges Mr Chua Chor Huat, Principal
Differently of SST.
Think your child has what it takes? Come join us
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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 T rade & 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 g ro o ming 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
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
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,
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
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
Th e wor ld’s fir st
with new ways of doing things! We’ll groom students to por ta ble TV To ast er
be leaders who will take the untested route, ready
co ns ta nt ly
T ra ine d to to wow the world with inventive smar ts and
e do ts th e bo x,
we co nn ec t th th ink ou t of gungho adventurous spirit.
sr oo m S S T st ud en ts wi ll no t
be tw ee n cl as
to re al sm ar t bu t
co nc ep ts ju st be bo ok
br ee d of
wo rl d co nt ex
t wi ll be a ne w “SST will be a star that shines bright on Singapore’s education
th ink er s, inn ov at or s an d
en tr ep re ne ur
s 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 technic
How to Tell Whether it is conventional subjects like
Languages and Mathematics, or Applied Subjects
if Applied like Media Studies and Biotechnology, you can SST 's
Learning Suits expect an SST twist in every lesson.
My Child Year 1 & 2
Focus is on regular academic subjects with emphasis on real-world applications.
While the list below is not
exhaustive, it will help provide
you with some ideas on how Compulsory
to star t talent-spotting. Student Development
Sports & Wellness
Mother Tongue Language
Check if your child exhibits any of the following traits. Elementary Mathematics
Innovation & and holistic
He or she… Science Entrepreneurship learning with
Programme solid grounding in
Integrated Humanities +
1. Talks excitedly about lab sessions in school and readily Art, Design, Media & Character, Citizenship, subjects @ SST
shares stories about school project work, experiments Technology (ADMT) Leadership, Lifeskills
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. Year 3 & 4
Students choose a combination of 6 to 7 regular ‘O’ Level Subjects and 1 to 2 Applied Subjects.
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 Choose 1 - 2
Infocomm Technology Club.
5. T out classroom theories in fun ways, such as baking
ries Media Studies (EL)
Choose 1 - 3
cookies to learn about heat, and concocting fizzy cocktails Science Subjects Fundamentals of
to learn about chemistry reaction. Compulsory Pure Physics
Core Subjects Environmental Science
Pure Chemistry &Technology
6. Is easily bored and always looking for ways to do
English Language Pure Biology Biotechnology Rich applied
Mother Tongue Language learning
Choose 1 Student Development experience with
7. Has an eye for picking out ‘useless’ bits and bobs and Elementary Mathematics Humanities Subject solid grounding
Sports & Wellness in academic
recycling them as interesting DIY projects or gift ideas. Additional Mathematics Social Studies
& Geography + subjects @ SST
8. Always brimming with ideas and new things to do, such Social Studies Innovation &
& History Entrepreneurship
as ways to raise funds for school charity projects. Programme
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.
Harnessing the power of Mathematics: All SST students
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 its
f igure out the best deal for individuals and families.
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.
Integrated Humanities for a better world view:
Teachers will draw on real-life examples to encourage
a macro world view. In Year 1 and 2, students will study
“T create high growth technology
Integrated Humanities, an interdisciplinary subject that
combines History, Geography and Economics. In Year 3
enterprises for the future, Singapore needs
and 4, they may learn about global interdependence in to expose our students to entrepreneurship,
Social Studies class, for example by analysing Arab-Israeli especially technopreneurship, as early
relations in the Middle East and America’s involvement in as possible. SST is the best place to start…
the f irst Gulf War to appreciate current world affairs.
I am sure that in the long term, we will be
Year 3 and 4 students also get to par ticipate in specialised
able to see many technology companies
action-research mentoring programmes such as the started by SST students.”
Nanyang Research Programme (NRP), mentored by
academics from NTU. Mr Inderjit Singh, CEO of Infiniti Solutions,
Chairman of SST’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Council,
and a member of the SST’s Board of Directors
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
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 wisdom. SST students only. Our students get to
Social and business enterprise projects are some of the choose up to 2 Applied Subjects while
exciting plans SST has in mind for our students. their peers can only take 1.
Character, Citizenship, Leadership &
Life Skills (CCLL) A Holistic
This programme will nur ture dynamic leaders with critical
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 Beyond the books,
SST students can also
to collaborate with their peers around the world
look forward to these
and build up a better world view and strong student development
leadership qualities. 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.
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
whiz kid who discovers a new antibiotic!
Sports & Wellness
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.
Technology SST' s High-tech
@ SST Campus!
Digital natives will feel
right at home on SST's Forget about chalk and talk. From social In 2010, the f irst batch of SST students attend
high-tech campus. networks to collaborative tools like wikis and online classes at a 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 has been refurbished with specialised labs
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
• 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
• Utilising the Geographic Information System to discuss
environmental issues in Humanities lessons.
c t r ic it y
F r e e e le r T r e e • Par ticipating in online forums to gather multiple
S o la 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.
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Specially selected and
in applied learning
pedagogy, the SST team
is all geared up to groom
a new generation of Students can look forward to a strong suppor t network of
inventive learners. pastoral care programmes.
A teacher will be assigned to each small group of students,
providing advice and guidance.
A full-time school counsellor will offer specialist guidance
Student Selection Website: www.ss t.edu.sg
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 www.sst.edu.sg or refer to the
SST DSA leaf let.
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)
Singapore Citizens - $250 per month
Permanent Residents - $300 per month
Foreigners - $500 per month SST
Financial Help 204
Similar to other Independent Schools, the Government
will provide heavy subsidies and f inancial assistance to Le
ensure that the fees are affordable. SST students may
apply for the Independent School Bursary and the MOE Pr School
e6 312 311
Edusave Scholarships, receiving subsidies of up to $2400 Av
a year. In addition, SST will offer its own f inancial 313 314
52, 99, 105, 105B,
assistance schemes. 106, 173, 183, 188,
963, NR5, NR8
en 316 315
Students from low income families will not be disadvantaged Jal 7, 14, 96, 99, 147, 156, lem
an 165, 166, 173, 175, 196, C
from enrolling in the SST in any way. mp 282, 284, 285 318
SST’s Permanent Campus from 2012
Junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West
Along Clementi Road: 52, 74, 74e, 151, 151e, 154, 165
Along Commonwealth Avenue West: 14, 74, 74e, 105, 147, 166, 185
Nearest MRT station: Dover
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
approach towards applied learning. This means the
entire educational contex t and philosophy of the
school, including vision, mission, teaching, facilities, and
student programmes will be designed to provide the
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 2,300
Studies, Biotechnology and Environmental Science &
students have taken 60 over Advanced Elective Modules
Technology). SST students can take up to 2 Applied
with emphasis on applied learning at secondary school
Subjects while students at other schools can only
level since 2007. Because of its success, popularity and
relevance, MOE has offered three GCE ‘O’ Level
Applied Subjects such as the Creative 3D Animation, Regular ‘O’ Level subjects such as Mathematics will also
Fundamentals of Electronic and Introduction to be customised to emphasise real-world applications,
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 the
from students in taking up Applied Subjects and close individualised attention, supervision, monitoring
Advanced Elective Modules as par t of their secondary and formative assessment of the learning process.
school curriculum. MOE’s consultations with teachers,
parents and students, including those who are likely to More excitingly, SST students will enjoy enrichment
progress to university, also show a growing demand programmes specially organised for them by NP
for innovative, applied learning options. SST will give and NTU, and even enjoy the learning exposures
such students more choice in their learning pathway. 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,
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
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
poly technic 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
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
established, already successful school and dad’s alma mater After f ive weeks of lesson, I began to appreciate the applied
to boot? It was unanimously decided at a family conference learning methodology that has become the hallmark of
that we would put our bets on SST. We relished the idea of SST. Every exercise demands the students to analyse and
being pioneers and the proposed curriculum was not only very synthesise. Yet SST is not only about producing a batch
attractive to Christian but suited to his strengths. One and a of bright students; emphasis is also given to moulding a
half months into school, and absolutely no regrets! generation of socially responsible and globally connected
We’re delighted at how he’s had wonderful leaders. It is no wonder that SST is a cut above
opportunities to shine and succeed and he’s the rest! As a parent, I am very proud to be a
really motivated and happy. part of the SST community
Monica Lim, Parent of Christian James Lim (S1-08) Siti Hawa Samsuddin, Parent of Muhammad Hakeem (S1-04)
I am very particular about learning methodologies and this is “Being pioneers is not a common opportunity.
where SST has an advantage. SST emphasises on extensive Be different. Entering any other school gives
hands-on activities and learning by discovery. SST’s vision common experiences, but being a pioneer in SST
towards global readiness will put my son at a competitive is unique.” Kimberly Ong (S1-04)
advantage for his future.
Kelvin Ong, Parent of Justin Ong (S1-03)
“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 also very engaging”
SST has provided an excellent learning environment that allows Shamus Seng, (S1-01)
our son to actively explore his interests and passions. 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 SST is futuristic, something different and unique, and a bit
about his learning journey in SST. Thank you more adventurous. It is a new school, but why bother to
SST for bringing such joy in him. go to an already established school when you can
Anisa Tyebally, Parent of Mikhael Tyebally (S1-06)
create history. A less travelled road is more challenging,
but there will be more opportunities.” Ar thur Lee (S1-04)
www.sst.edu.sg All information correct at time of printing (April 2010)