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Art / Design Technology

Philosophy

In Maris Stella, we seek to inculcate in students a life-long interest in Art.  We believe in the infinite capacity of our students’ imagination and their ability for artistic expression.  In view of developing their visual literacy and critique skills, we are broadening students’ exposure to artistic expression and the role Art plays in society.  We believe in developing in Marists the self-confidence and sense of achievement in art-making and cultivating student advocacy for Art.

 

Programme

The MSHS Art programme places great emphasis on a synergistic & student-centric Art and Design Curriculum.  Teaming up with the Design & Technology Department, we ensure that all students at the Lower Secondary level are equipped with knowledge and skills in the areas of

 

1) New Media Art production harnessing ICT resources

2) Visual Critique

3) Design 

4) Drawing & Painting &

5) Craft. 

 

The programme allows for student’s choice of study after the foundational studies in Art/Design. This is carried out in 6 modules that include photography, animation, digital painting, wet/dry media, paper engineering, electronics and mechanics.  

 

Students deepen their craft acquisition and appreciation due to the increased hours of study via banding of students and teacher expertise.  The modules allow for widened latitude and opportunities for risk taking & invention through the multi-disciplinary approach.

 

Students who are passionate about Art and wish to study it at a deeper level may choose to continue the pursuit of the subject as an O-level examination subject at the Upper Secondary level.

English

VISION

Marists who have experienced the MSHS’s 4-year English Language Curriculum will be:
 
- Confident and competent users of the English Language
 
- Critical and inventive thinkers
 
- Concerned global citizens
 
MISSION 
 
To teach Marists the skills and strategies to be increasingly competent in the use of the English 
 
Language through the use of pedagogically sound instructional strategies complemented by 
 
rigorous department programmes, all of which are closely aligned to the outcomes of the EL 
 
KEY APPROACHES
 
1. Quality MSHS English Language and Literature in English Curricula
 
2. Professional Development 
 
3. Extensive Reading Programme
 
4. Differentiated Enrichment Programmes for English Language and Literature in English 
 
2016 PROGRAMMES
 
Curriculum Map of MSHS 4-year EL Instructional Programme
 
Extensive Reading Programme:
 
a) Lower Sec - Selection of online articles and short stories and novels
 
b) Upper Sec – Selection of online articles, novels, Present Perfect magazine subscription, newspaper reviews and Show-and-Tell sessions 
 
Enrichment Programmes for all Marists:
 

Sec 1

Creative Writing & Performance Workshop

Sec 2

Drama Workshop

Sec 3

Public Speaking Workshop

Sec 4

Oral Communication Workshop

Sec 1 -3 Inter-class Competitions

 

 

Stretch Enrichment Programmes for selected Marists:

Sec 1 & 2

Creative Arts Programme (Gifted Education Branch, MOE)

Sec 2 & 3

United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations Preparatory Conference;

National Schools Literature Festival;

Words Go Round 2016

Sec 3

YMCA Plain English Speaking Award;

National Schools Literature Festival;

Drama production

Sec 4

Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition;

Drama production

Chinese

部门愿景

  • 学生乐学
  • 教师乐教
  • 踏实务实
  • 精益求精
  • 和谐、积极的学习共同体

 

教学理念

 

        我们坚持走华文教学生活化的道路。寻找生活与语言教学的结合点,让生活成为学生学习华语的最好教材,引导学生“活”学华文,学“活”的华文。让华语成为学生能在生活中自如运用的交际工具。

         同时我们也重视华语的人文性,  充分发掘蕴含于华语中的精神财富。让流传了数千年的哲理、智慧和美德指引学生们的人生之路。

 

语言课程与特选文化活动

 

         海星中学是一所华文特选中学,肩负着传承中华传统文化的神圣使命,因此华文部的课程和活动设置遵循着语言和文化并重的原则,

 

·      语言课程:快捷华文  高级华文 华文文学

·      华文课外拓展阅读计划:

《三国演义》

《西游记》

《亲爱的汉修先生》

《鸽子树》

《小王子》

《追梦的翅膀》

《桥下一家人》

《联合早报》《逗号》

 

 

·      校本文化深广课程

中一:棋文化

中二:鼓文化

中三:龙舟竞技

中四:华文影视欣赏

 

特选文化系列活动:

 

1. 中一新生露营校史探索

2. 华族传统节庆庆祝(春节、端午、中秋)

3. 海星中学特选主题周会

4. 华艺-母语双周

5. 全国中学生华语短片制作赛(2008年创办)

6. 全国中学华语辩论友谊赛(2008年创办)

7. 演讲与口才培训委员会

8. 新加坡特选中学学术幼苗计划

9. 海星华文散文创作大赛

10. 学生华文文集《海星》

11. 知行合一文化浸濡:西安, 上海及苏杭

12. 国际友好交流合作项目:西安市高新一中初中校区

13. 海星中学、西安高新一中初中校区、丹绒加东女中三校文化论坛

 

教师发展与培养

·      集体备课

·       与南侨中学联办树人奖全国中学教师优秀论文及教案大赛

Food and Consumer Education

The new Food and Consumer Education (FCE) syllabus is designed to replace the former Home Economics curriculum. This new syllabus will be taught in Secondary One with the objective of empowering students to be health-conscious and discerning consumers. It will also enable our young students to better manage their lives for the present and future. The focus is on how individuals and families can optimise their resources of food, finance and time to meet their physical, mental, social and economic needs.

 

The two core areas of study in FCE are Food Studies and Consumer Studies. In Food Studies, students will also learn the importance of having a healthy diet through good meal planning and make connections between food choices and diet-related diseases. In Consumer Studies, students will learn how to manage their money and resources through identifying their needs and wants, formulating and managing a budget plan.  Students will also learn about consumer rights, responsibilities and how to seek redress when goods or services purchased are damaged or unsatisfactory. It is also important for students to be smart shoppers by knowing where to obtain information on products and services.

 

Our students will also be given practical lessons in the kitchen. They will be taught how to prepare various dishes that incorporate different methods of cooking and culinary skills. At the end of Secondary One, students will create and design quality food products by applying Critical and Inventive Thinking, an important 21st Century skill.

 

In addition, the FCE department will be bringing all students on a Learning Journey to the NTUC supermarket in Nex Shopping Centre. The trip provides an authentic learning environment where students will experience real life application of FCE concepts such as reading and comparing nutrition labels, understanding food claims, food additives and how to choose fresh food.

 

More information can be found on http://mshsfce.wix.com/mshsfce

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities

Vision: To inculcate in Marists a love for the Humanities subjects and develop them to be critical and independent thinkers prepared to face the globalized world while remaining rooted in Singapore

 

Core Curriculum

Geography

Lower secondary Geography is taught on a modular basis. In Sec 1, students study Geography in Semester 1. In Sec 2, students study Geography in Semester 2. In upper secondary, Geography can be studied as an elective (part of Combined Humanities) or as a 2nd Humanities subject. The study of Geography aims to achieve the following desired outcomes:

 

History

History education in Singapore seeks to develop in students an appreciation of past human experiences, critical awareness of the nature of historical knowledge, and the ability to make connections between the past and present.

 

Lower secondary History is taught on a modular basis. In Sec 1, students study History in Semester 2. In Sec 2, students study History in Semester 1. In the upper secondary level, students can choose to study History as an elective (part of Combined Humanities) or as a 2nd Humanities subject. The History syllabi (from lower to upper secondary) aim to develop in students the following qualities:

 

Social Studies

Social Studies is studied by students in upper secondary. It is the compulsory component of the subject ‘Combined Humanities’ – a compulsory subject for all students in Singapore.

 

There are 2 core ideas in the framework – ‘Living Global’ and ‘Being Rooted’. These 2 core ideas are delivered through themes that reflect issues from disciplines such as History, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics. This subject aims to develop various abilities in students:

 

·      Understand the structure of government and its functions in a contemporary society and recognize the importance of good governance and the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens

·      Understand the dynamics of living in a multi-ethnic environment and recognize the significance of social cohesion within a diverse society

·      Understand that the scarcity of resources affects the ways in which resources are allocated and managed, and recognize that informed decisions are made based on the choices available

·      Understand the global interconnectedness and interdependence among world societies and recognize the need to adapt to the changing world environment

The Social Studies syllabus aims to:

·      imbue students with the skills of critical enquiry, investigation and reflection,

·      develop critical and creative thinking in students, and

·      develop students to acquire, process, manage, and use information effectively

 

Key Activities and Achievements of the Department:

 

1.    Learning Journeys (Sec 1 to 4)

·      Sec 1: Arts Trail

·      Sec 2: The Last Stand (Bukit Chandu)

·      Sec 3: Resilience Trails

·      Sec 4: Visit to Parliament House

 

2.    National Education

·      Total Defence Day

·      International Friendship Day

·      Racial Harmony Day

·      National Day

 

3.    Enrichment Activities

·      Lower Sec Conversational Malay lessons

 

4.    Competitions/ Conferences for Students

·      Geography Challenge (organized by the National University of Singapore)

·      National Stamp Competition (organized by the Singapore Philatelic Museum) – Silver Award

·      Participation in Mock UN Conferences (MUN) e.g. SCMUN (organized by Singapore Chinese Girls School), RVMUN (organized by River Valley High School), and the United Nations Association Singapore MUN

·      Humanities Competition (organized by Raffles Institute) – 2nd runner up

Mathematics

Special Programmes & Competitions:

Monthly Math Quest

ICAS competition

Singapore Mathematical Olympiad (SMO)

Math e-Trail for Sec 1 and Sec 3

JC or Poly Math Challenge for Sec 3 and Sec 4

Academic Assistance Programme for Sec 1 - 3

Grade Enhancement Programme for Sec 4

 

Professional Development for Teachers:

Lesson Study

 

Key Achievements:
Singapore Mathematical Olympiad 2015:
School Award : Silver
Individual Award : 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 12 Bronzes


ICAS Mathematics Competition 2015:
Medal Awards for Top Student in Singapore :

Gerald Tan Yan Xi (1C), Wang ZeSong (3B), Anysley Lee Yu Quan (3G)

 

Number of High Distinction: 34
Number of Distinction: 227

Number of credits: 342

Music

Philosophy

Music primarily embodies the creative, imaginative and emotional facets of the complex human mind. People who study music learn to develop their creativity and expression, and the subject also instills better self-understanding on the part of the learner.


The Music department believes that these outcomes play a crucial role in shaping a young learner into a more passionate, creative and reflective socialite with emotional depth and the ability to express himself appropriately.



Music comprises of four main skill categories, namely performing, composing, appreciation and music literacy. Through the acquiring and honing of these four skills, young Marists acquire a better understanding of the aesthetic aspect of the arts, and also, not to miss out the sheer enjoyment of having the skill to play music themselves - fun and social activity that has entertained mankind since the beginning of civilization.
  

 

Programme

Our general music programme is categorised in a modular format. The approach is to incorporate different skills and aspects of the content so as to benefit students with a bird's-eye view of the entire context. In each module, there will be differentiated activities that challenge students to apply what thay have learnt. Often, students are required to fuse what they have learnt with their personal experiences, instead of reproducing 'textbook answers'.



The modules are planned and revised on a regular basis, and despite the huge content that covers the subject, we as teachers consistently upgrade ourselves by attending courses and seminars, and learning new musical instruments so as to keep up with the times.

Physical Education

Philosophy

The Physical Education (PE) department believes in the importance of an all-round balanced 
education. PE plays an essential role in the physical growth and development of all students. As 
such, the PE department aims to equip all students with life skills and character building through 
sports and physical activities.
 
 
Curriculum:
 
1. Physical Education
In line with the new PE syllabus (2014), students will learn to demonstrate physical skills and 
knowledge from sports and games from each of the three game categories (territorial-invasion, 
net-barrier and striking-fielding). In addition to the physical activities, students will also 
experience outdoor education and physical health and fitness.
The department also offers opportunities for students to participate and compete in sporting 
events like the Cross Country Race, Inter-House/Class Games, Track & Field Meet and the 
Marist Ironkid Biathlon.
 
2. GCE O-Level Physical Education
GCE O-Level Physical Education (OPE) is offered as a subject to selected students to stretch 
their potential beyond normal PE lessons. OPE students should be able to plan, perform, 
analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities. In addition, the students should 
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors affecting performance, health, safety and 
training and the reasons for participating in physical activity. The pioneer batch of OPE students 
sat for their GCE ‘O’ level examination in 2014. 
 
Compulsory Enrichment Programmes:
  • Sec 1 & 2 Sports Exposure Programmes
  • Sec 2 Adventure Camp
  • Sec 3 Team Bonding Camp
 
Optional Enrichment Programmes:
  • Outward Bound Adventure Challenge Courses
  • Scuba Diving
  • Rock Climbing Level 1 & 2
  • 1-Star & 2-Star Kayaking Course

Science

Department Goal
 
To nurture our Marists into inquirers who enjoy and value science as an important tool 
 
in helping them explore their natural and physical world.
 
Objectives of Programme
 
 To inculcate an inquisitive mindset
 
 To impart excitement and value of Science
 
 To develop in students Science research skills 
 
Curriculum and Pedagogies 
 
 Inquiry-based Learning 
 
 Broad-based education
 
 Development of skill sets, ethics and attitudes
 
 Lower Sec Science Thematic Approach 
 
 Nature Of Science
 
 
 
Stretch Programme for Lower Secondary
 
 Life Science Enrichment
 
 ICAS Competition
 
 
 
Stretch Programme for Upper Secondary
 
 In house Research (Elementz, SSEF)
 
 Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad
 
 Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad
 
 Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad
 
 A*STAR Science Award
 
 ICAS Competition