School of Science and Technology, Singapore

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School of Science and Technology, Singapore
新科技中学
Sekolah Sains dan Teknologi Singapura
அறிவியல் மற்றும் தொழில்நுட்ப பள்ளி, சிங்கப்பூர்
School of Science and Technology, Singapore logo.png
Ragul SST 2014.jpg
Address
1 Technology Drive

138572

Singapore
Coordinates1°18′49″N 103°46′27″E / 1.313653°N 103.774264°E / 1.313653; 103.774264Coordinates: 1°18′49″N 103°46′27″E / 1.313653°N 103.774264°E / 1.313653; 103.774264
Information
TypeSpecialised Independent
Secondary School
MottoShaping Future Innovators
The SST Way
Established1 January 2010
PrincipalLinda Chan
GenderMixed
Age range13 - 16
Enrolment~800
Average class size25
LanguageEnglish, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
AreaCommonwealth West
HousesBlack, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue
Colour(s)             Red, Blue and Grey
Alumni nameSST Alumni
Website

The School of Science and Technology, Singapore (simplified Chinese: 新科技中学; traditional Chinese: 新科技中學; pinyin: xīn kē jì zhōng xué) (abbreviation: SST) is a specialised independent secondary school in Singapore[1], offering a four-year Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Programme for secondary students.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

The school uses the Direct School Admissions (DSA) Exercise to obtain its cohort of 200 students,[2][4][5] with the application, including a written test and a selection camp.[8] The school does not take part in the Secondary 1 Posting Exercise, and extra slots are filled in by the Supplementary Intake Exercise (SIE). SST admits an additional of up to 50 students for Secondary 3.[6]

The school is also the sixth school in the FutureSchools@Singapore Programme, relying fully on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for its specialised curriculum.[2][6][8][9][10]

History[edit]

Foundation and Vision (2008-2010)[edit]

Founded in 2008, SST is Singapore's fourth specialised independent school, after the Singapore Sports School, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the School of the Arts.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The school is a subsidiary under Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and with its parent organisation, Ministry of Education (MOE).[citation needed]

The institution was first announced in Parliament by then-Minister for Education Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 4 March 2008,[11] that a new specialised independent school with an emphasis on applied learning will be set up.[5] Mr Chua Chor Huat, then-principal of Ngee Ann Secondary School, was appointed to be principal of SST starting from June 2008. Prof Su Guaning, the then-President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for SST.[1][2][8]

Housed temporarily in NP, and with the collaboration of MOE and NP, SST was established. On 11 March 2008, job applications were sent out to all teachers in Singapore. Together with MOE's Curriculum Planning Division, lecturers from NP and NTU, and the teaching staff recruited, the school's curriculum was developed.[2][6][7][12]

On 3 March 2009, SST held its first board meeting, chaired by Prof Su Guaning, in signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NP and NTU.[1][7][13][14]

Temporary Campus (2010-2012)[edit]

On 4 January 2010, SST moved to its temporary holding site of former Clementi North Primary School, at 5, Clementi Ave 6,[4] to welcome the first batch of students, while waiting for completion of the permanent campus.[7][8][12][13][14][15]

On 29 March 2010, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the school, with Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development, and Ministry of Education Grace Fu.[citation needed] SST also received a S$8.1 million donation from Ngee Ann Kongsi, to be used for annual scholarships and bursaries.[15]

Permanent Campus (2012-present)[edit]

On 3 January 2012, SST moved to its permanent and current location, at 1 Technology Drive.[3][4][5][7]

On 13 April 2013, SST was officially declared open by Deputy Prime Minister and then-Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam.[3]

On 25 July 2016, SST signed an MOU with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)[citation needed]

Principals[edit]

Name of Principal Years Served
Chua Chor Huat[12][16] 2008-2014
Hoe Wee Meng[16][17] 2014-2015
Linda Chan[16][18][19] 2015-present

Curriculum[edit]

Academic Curriculum[edit]

Secondary 1 and Secondary 2[edit]

Secondary 1 and 2 students take the standard Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Express Stream subjects.[4][20]

Secondary 3 and Secondary 4[edit]

Secondary 3 and 4 students take the standard Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Express Stream subjects, with the addition of an Applied Subject - Computing+, Biotechnology, Design Studies, Electronics.[3][20] Applied Subjects (AS) are elective subjects and will be reflected in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level Certificate.[5]

Extended Curriculum[edit]

The extended curriculum named ChangeMakers Program (CM), combines principles and skills from, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E), Art, Design, Media & Technology (ADMT), Mathematics, and Science. This program is taught by solving real world issues within and across the disciplines.

Campus[edit]

SST students at a project discussion at OurSpace

The SST Campus consists of 4 blocks and a football field, situated north-east of the junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West, a short walk away from Singapore Polytechnic.[3][4][5][7]

Science Hub[edit]

The Science Hub consists of ten laboratories, four dedicated to the Applied Sciences, as well as a tissue culture room, a research lab, and an engineering lab.

Sports Complex[edit]

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Sports Complex was constructed with donations received from Ngee Ann Kongsi[citation needed]. It has both indoor and outdoor sports facilities, in addition to a synthetic football field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Su, Guaning (3 March 2009). "School of Science and Technology, Singapore, MOU Signing and Media Conference". news.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Singapore, Ministry of Education (3 March 2008). "New School of Science and Technology to Open in 2010". moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Kham, Priscilla (13 April 2013). "First students from School of Science and Technology to sit O levels this year". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Tan, Amelia (22 November 2009). "Science and Tech school's places all filled". www.asiaone.com. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Baker, Jalelah Abu (6 March 2009). "New specialised school set to accept applicants". www.asiaone.com. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Singapore, Ministry of Education (3 March 2008). "New School of Science and Technology to Open in 2010" (PDF). National Archives Singapore. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "School of Science and Technology, Singapore, is opened - Singapore History". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Shanmugaratnam, Tharman (3 March 2008). "FY 2008 Committee of Supply Debate
    1st Reply by Minister on Educational Policy"
    (PDF). National Archives of Singapore. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  9. ^ Singapore, Ministry of Education (2011). "FutureSchools@Singapore Programme" (PDF). National Archives of Singapore. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  10. ^ Ong, Boon Kiat (2 December 2009). "Schools of the Future". www.asiaone.com. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  11. ^ Sin, Yuen (17 October 2017). "School of Science and Technology's focus on applied learning bears fruit". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b c Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (4 March 2009). "NTU signs MOU with the School of Science and Technology, Singapore, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic". news.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b Singapore, Ministry of Education (3 March 2009). "SST Students to Benefit from NTU, NP Partnership". moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (3 March 2009). "SST Students to Benefit from NTU, NP Partnership". news.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b Hoe, Yeen Nie (29 March 2010). "Ngee Ann Kongsi donates S$8.1m to School of Science and Technology". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Lee, Pearl (7 October 2015). "62 schools, including the School of Science and Technology, will have new principals next year". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  17. ^ Lee, Pearl (23 October 2014). "New principals for 52 schools". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  18. ^ Singapore, Ministry of Education (7 October 2015). "Appointment and Posting of Principals". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  19. ^ Lee, Pearl (8 October 2015). "Jesuit priest among 21 newly appointed principals". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b Singapore, Ministry of Education. "School of Science and Technology, Singapore". beta.moe.gov.sg. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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