To realise the school’s vision and mission, the department focusses on 2 key areas-
a. The building of staff capacity
b. The holistic development of the students
A. The building of staff capacity
The staff is made up of experienced and beginning teachers.
Structured processes like Timetabled time, Contact time, professional learning teams allow the staff to come together in school to share their strengths and address their areas of improvement.
Teachers are also encouraged to attend relevant courses outside school and share their learning points from these courses with their colleagues and infused the learning points into their teaching and learning.
B. The holistic development of the students
The main focus is the academic area where the students are nurtured and prepared to excel in their academic examinations so as to allow them to further continue their education when they leave the school.
To inculcate in the students the 21st Century Competencies and CCE values, the students participated in special programmes like enrichment and competitions.
Applied Learning Programme (ALP) – Health and Sports Science
The school is collaborating with the Singapore Science Centre and the Republic Polytechnic in our Applied Learning Programme focused on Health and Sports Science.
All lower secondary students will be trained in the basics of Health and Sports Science through the related subjects – Science and PE. Through this programme, the students will be able to:
1. Connect academic knowledge and skills with the real world through application of thinking skills, connecting knowledge across subject disciplines, stretching the imagination and applying these in authentic settings in society and industries.
2. Appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum.
3. Develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills.
This ALP would better prepare our students to take courses related to Health Sciences and Sports Science.
STEM Challenge - The bright ideas challenge
The Bright Ideas Challenge Singapore is a Shell initiative, organized by Science Centre Singapore and supported by the Ministry of Education. It provides a platform for secondary students to imagine creative ideas of how cities of the future might be powered. It provides an opportunity for students to see how STEM can tackle real world problems and make a positive difference in the world. It is designed to spark young people’s curiosity in STEM and to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. Preparation for the competition starts in November of the previous year, with a workshop that helped guide the team to derive at their respective innovative solutions.
C. B. Paul Science Quiz
This annual event is organised by Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) Science and Mathematics Council in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). It aims to provide a platform for students to develop their aptitude and potential in the pure and applied sciences through critical thinking. Participants will be able to network with other like-minded students and academia in Singapore.
The C.B Paul Science Quiz is a highly challenging competition for the students. They need to have a good knowledge in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Field in order to score well.
The Amazing Forensic Science Challenge is held yearly as part of the East Zone Science Carnival organised by Victoria Junior College. Every year, St. Patrick’s School sends two teams of Secondary 3 Express students for this competition. Our students get to pit their detective skills against other teams from schools in the East Zone. Each team will be presented with a crime scenario and there will be several tasks/experiments to perform in order to solve the crime. These tasks/experiments are closely linked to the content knowledge that they have been taught in school and are cross-disciplinary. The winning team is the team who manage to solve the crime in the shortest time.
To prepare the students for this competition, the students attend the Forensic Science workshop conducted by Dunman Secondary. In this workshop, students get to learn techniques are such as gel electrophoresis, finger prints identification techniques, blood tests and many others.