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The Humanities Department explores the use of source-based learning, Inquiry-based learning and Assessment for Learning as important teaching tools to engage students in independent learning. Students are engaged in a range of field-based assignments and innovative performance tasks that use various ICT platforms such as Google Docs, Tricider, Plickers, Popplet, Toondoo, Nearpod and online games to support their learning and research projects. 

Enrichment Programmes

Sec 2 Learning Journey to battlefield sites - students taking part in the wreath-laying ceremony at Kranji War Memorial.JPGSec 3 Geographical Investigation - Learning Journey to Chinatown.jpeg

Left: Secondary 2 Learning Journey to battlefield sites - students taking part in the wreath-laying ceremony at Kranji War Memorial.
Right: Secondary 3 Geographical Investigation - Learning Journey at Chinatown

On 7-9 March, Secondary 2 Learning Journeys to the `Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies’ exhibition, Kranji War Memorial, and Changi War Museum and Chapel were organised. The visits helped to create not only an awareness of the history of Singapore with focus on the Japanese Occupation of Singapore but also an appreciation of Singapore’s historical and cultural heritage and the National Education messages as part of Total Defence. In particular, the War Remembrance Ceremony left a deep impression on the minds of students about the horrors of the Japanese Occupation and the sacrifices made by some of our war heroes.

On 5 March, 54 Secondary 3 students participated in a Learning Journey to the Parliament House where they had the opportunity to listen to Ministers and Members of Parliament debate on the policies and details of the proposed Bills at 'live' Parliament proceedings. The experience enhanced students’ understanding of the topic in their Social Studies syllabus on Citizenship and Governance

The Elements of Business Studies(EBS) Challenge conducted in-house for the Secondary 2NT students by the Secondary 3NT students on 27 February helped the Secondary 2 students learn about the work of some prominent Singaporean entrepreneurs, as well as some key financial and EBS concepts on the hospitality, retail and travel and tourism industries as they were brought through the various game stations. The Secondary 3 students learnt the benefits of working together in conceptualising and preparing the games for the event.

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In Term 2, The Humanities Challenge was held in conjunction with International Friendship Day to create awareness amongst Secondary 1 students on the geographical or historical features of neighbouring ASEAN members. 16 teams of four members each took part in the challenge which comprised riddles and online questions related to geographical features and famous landmarks of ASEAN countries.

Left: Humanities Challenge during International Friendship Day Celebration

Selected Secondary 3 students took part in a Learning Journey at Religious & Rehabilitation Group (RRG) Centre to learn about the threat of radical ideology and its counter narratives in greater depth.

As part of the Post-Mid-Year Examination programme, a Learning Journey to the Botanic Gardens was organised for all Secondary 1 Express and NA students. The Secondary 1 NT students were able to experience hands-on activities such as henna painting and sari wearing at Little India and playing of traditional games at Kampong Glam.

On 2 August, Secondary 3E3 students were engaged in a dialogue session with guest speaker, Dr Norshahril Saat from the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, as part of the Humanities enrichment programme entitled `In Conversation with’. Student participants learnt to appreciate the importance of engagement in community and national issues that will help to instil a sense of belonging to Singapore and have a better understanding of the rationale of national policies such as those with regards to national service, racial and religious harmony and transportation that are vital to the development and security of Singapore.

12 North Stars from Secondary 1 and 2 participated in the National Stamp Collecting Competition organised by the Singapore Philatelic Museum. This competition aimed to promote the study of postage stamps and philatelic materials to learn about Singapore and the world. Our North Stars did us proud by performing well in the competition - our teams clinched one Gold Award with Special Prize, one Silver Award and one Bronze Award.

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National Stamp Collecting Competition - Gold Award with Special Prize winners from Secondary 1 classes