2017 marks the first examination of the
revised Social Studies Syllabus for Upper Secondary. The department continues to develop students
into informed, concerned and participative citizens. This is usually done through debates on
current affairs, discussions within the class to further empower them so that
they can develop to be responsible citizens who are equipped with skills to
deal with societal issues.
With the introduction of Historical and Geographical Investigations in 2013, a number of amendments have been made to the respective investigations for both History and Geography. Students now have more autonomy in deciding which aspects they would like to explore and work on. Marks have also been re-distributed to ensure that there is equal weighting for both individual and group contributions to the project to impress on students the importance of both group and individual work.
To ensure better facilitation of the investigations, the Humanities Department also organizes field trips and learning journeys to spark curiosity and interest in our students for Humanities subjects. The department organises visits to the National Museum of Singapore for Historical Inquiry. The students have given feedback that they enjoyed interacting and working with one another. Also, the students discovered many interesting facts about Singapore and its history through the learning journeys. Our Secondary Three and Four students continue to visit Chinatown to apply what they have learnt in their Geography classes. All these were truly authentic learning in action.
We will continue to hold true to our vision of developing Patricians to be independent thinkers with a global outlook. We do this by imbuing our students with relevant 21st century skills and competencies, ready for the future. ‘The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power -- to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.’ – Michelle Obama