Art / Design Technology
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.
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
4) Drawing & Painting &
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.
Creative Writing & Performance Workshop
Public Speaking Workshop
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
YMCA Plain English Speaking Award;
National Schools Literature Festival;
Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition;
· 语言课程：快捷华文 高级华文 华文文学
11. 知行合一文化浸濡：西安， 上海及苏杭
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
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
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 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 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
Special Programmes & Competitions:
Monthly Math Quest
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:
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 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.
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.
- Sec 1 & 2 Sports Exposure Programmes
- Sec 2 Adventure Camp
- Sec 3 Team Bonding Camp
- Outward Bound Adventure Challenge Courses
- Scuba Diving
- Rock Climbing Level 1 & 2
- 1-Star & 2-Star Kayaking Course