|Name of Head of Department|
|Mr Danny Cha Boon Hon|
|Name of Subject Head|
|Mr Sam Soo Boon Siang (SH GE/NE)|
|Name of Senior Teacher|
|Mdm Howe Joo-Li Serene (ST/Geography)|
|Names of Members of the Department|
|Mr Wong Jing Jie||Mdm Zanariah Bte Zainal Abiden|
|Mr Tan Kian Hong Edwin||Mr Tan Tian Kiat Roy|
|Ms Kwek Co Hui||Ms Teo Siew Hui Jessie|
For all students to understand the world and thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
To provide students with multiple lenses to understand our world, to understand past and present trends to allow them to thrive in the future.
During the Humanities week, students participated in the ‘ZSS Eraser Challenge’ where they had to answer questions about various countries, and then took turns to try to win one another’s erasers. It was an interesting activity for students to learn about the existence of other countries through the eraser game. The week also saw the Secondary 3 students battling it out in the annual inter-class humanities quiz. The quiz included questions on geography, history, and current affairs.
In addition, students were also given the opportunity to showcase their projects in the canteen. The week was indeed a great way to foster a love for the Humanities.
The Humanities Department took part in a few key activities this year in an attempt to provide our pupils with the opportunity to gain knowledge beyond the school curriculum.
Cultural Trip to Chiangmai
In November 2017, the Humanities department together with the Craft and Technical department collaborated on a cultural and school exchange trip to Chiangmai, Thailand. The trip aimed to provide the 30-odd students the chance to experience authentic learning beyond the textbooks.
On the first day, students learnt about Thai cooking and even went on a marketing spree to shop for the ingredients. They showed much appreciation towards the hard work put into the food preparation. They also went to the ‘Elephant Poo Poo’ park, to observe how elephant droppings were made into papers and note books. On the next day, the students experienced other aspects of Thai culture by learning how to do simple silver crafts and umbrella painting. The students had great fun as some of them have not done such activities before. Lastly, the students went to JAKKAMKANATHORN Secondary School, where they were immersed in cooking, dancing, and singing planned by their Thai counterparts. The students shared how they found the trip enriching in widening their exposure and cultural awareness of others around them.
NUS Geography Challenge
The Humanities Talent Programme gives our higher ability students the opportunities to stretch their potential and to widen their horizon beyond what they learn in classrooms. This year, our students participated in the annual NUS Geography Challenge. The participants were Celine Tay Kai Xin (4E2), Seri Dewi Ismelati from 4E3 and Lim Si Ya (4E4). It was definitely a good learning experience for the students as they were challenged with higher level questions and tasks.
E3: Explore, Experience, Engage
The inquiry-based learning approach played an integral role in facilitating students’ learning. It excites pupils by making learning more fun and at the same time, create opportunities for independent learning.
For Geographical Inquiry, we carried out the pre-packaged walkabout around the neighbourhood in Bukit Panjang for the secondary 2 Geography students.
The Secondary 2 Historical Investigation focused on the impact the war had on Singapore. Students were asked to choose a war-time character and make war-time diary entries in that person's perspective. This project not only educated the students on the impact of the war on the country, but it also developed a sense of empathy for our past and a sense of gratitude for our present.
Water-Testing at Marina Barrage
In collaboration with the Mathematics Department, the secondary 1 students went on a learning journey to Marina Barrage. The enthusiastic students had a fun time conducting water testing on the reservoir’s quality of water.
Cluster Humanities Challenge
On 30th June 2017, our school took part in the West 6 Cluster Humanities Challenge at Assumption English School. This inter-school event seeks to instill in students an appreciation of the Humanities discipline, and challenges students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the Humanities beyond the classroom and examination setting. In solving the scenarios at each station. The challenge also aimed to imbue students with the important values and attitudes - the ‘Singapore Spirit’- that each Singaporean needs to exhibit in order to survive and thrive in the VUCA environment of the 21st Century. The students who participated were Chew Ding Yao and Thum Weng Chuen (3E4), Erin Bluea Gacuray Pang (3E1) and Jarrell Koo Jia Le (3E2).