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Teaching Staff

01/Dr Nandakumar
HOD Humanities
02/Mr Rayner Goh
HOD Student Development
03/Ms Oh Peck Lin
School Staff Developer
Elements of Business Skills

04/Mr Rahmat Tirmizi Bin Juma'at
Senior Teacher, Geography
English Language
05/Mr Yeo Chin Hwei 
Senior Teacher, Physical Education
Physical Education

Mr Low Chi Arn, Benjamin
07/Ms Iman Nor Atiqah Binte Sofian
Social Studies
English Language

08/Mr Mustaqim Bin Mohamed
Social Studies

09/Ms Susan Liang Siew Geok
English Literature

10/Ms Luo Yuhui 
Social Studies
English Language

11/Ms Erlinda Tanuwijaya
Social Studies

12/Ms Darshini D/O Gunaseigaran
English Literature

13/Mr P Vinoth
Physical Education

Social Studies


Subjects Offered

      • Humanities (SS/Geography)
      • Humanities (SS/History)
      • Humanities (SS/Literature in English)


The aims of the syllabus are to enable students to: 
      • understand issues that affect the socio-economic development, the governance and the future of Singapore.
      • learn from the experiences of other countries to build and sustain a politically viable, socially cohesive and economically vibrant Singapore. 
      • develop thinking and process skills which are essential for lifelong and independent learning. 
      • have a deep sense of shared destiny and national identity. 
      • develop into citizens who have empathy towards others and will participate responsibly and sensibly in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society. 
      • develop into responsible citizens with a global perspective.

T & L Framework

The intended learning outcomes shown in the outermost circle frame the syllabus content and the six themes of the syllabus. SS_framework.png



Subjects Offered

      • Humanities (SS/History)
      • Full History


History education in Singapore seeks to develop in students a critical appreciation of past human experiences and connections between the past and present. 

There are seven qualities of a History learner, which the History Syllabuses (from lower secondary to pre-university) aim to develop in our students. These seven qualities are further elaborated in the framework below.

T & L Framework


Subjects Offered

  • Humanities (SS/Geography)
  • Full Geography


Geography builds on students’ experiences and prior knowledge to examine the physical and human phenomena found on Earth as well as their complex interactions and patterns across space. 

Geography emphasises the integrative study of physical and human environments to enable students to gain a better understanding of their own space and other parts of the world.

It also focuses on the interconnectedness among groups of people, and between people and their environment. 

T & L Framework




NUS Geography ChallengeParticipation
 Bendemeer Sec War & DiplomacyParticipation2019
 HSI ChallengeParticipation2019
MOE History ChallengeParticipation2019

Humanities Department Activities 2022

Humanities Film Appreciation Post Exam Activity (24th May 2022)
As part of the Post-Weighted Assessment Activity, the humanities department conducted the film appreciation activity for the Secondary 3 History and Geography students and the Secondary 4N Social Studies students. For the geography students, they watched the 1997 film, Dante’s Peak. Students had to apply their understanding of volcanoes and their impacts from lessons, and compared them to what they saw in the movie. The history students watched the film, Valkyrie which was based on the assassination attempt on Hitler by the German Army, this helped them to build a deeper understanding of historical events. The social studies students watched the film, Common Spaces and learnt more about the use of communal spaces and tensions arising from a diverse society. 

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Secondary 3 Geography students watching Dante’s Peak and answering the appliction questions using their PLDs.

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A poster for the movie ValkyrieStudents were tasked to examine historical sources after watching scenes from the movie

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A student receiving a prize for the Social Studies Kahoot quiz.Secondary 4 students watching the film, Common Spaces.

Humanities Department Activities 2020

National Junior College e-International Humanities Symposium (IHS)

Four Secondary Three students participated in the National Junior College e-International Humanities Symposium (IHS). This year's symposium focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations (UN). The students had decided to focus on SDG 5, 'gender equality' and conducted their research from a macro-perspective of the issue.
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Asean Quiz 2020

The Secondary Three students took part in the Asean Quiz 2020 that was jointly organised by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), and in partnership with National University of Singapore History Society (HISSOC). The National-level quiz presents an excellent opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge on ASEAN.

Historical Scene Investigation Challenge 2020

Four Secondary two students embarked on this annual competition organised by the National Library Board. The competition provided an exciting experience for our students to put their historical inquiry and information literacy skills to the test. The theme for this year was on Public Health requires students to identify and analyse public health-related incident or movement in Singapore in the period from 1900 to 2000.

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Humanities Department Activities 2019

Humanities Learning Journey to Changi Airport
The Secondary Three students embarked on a journey to understand the elements of Social Studies, History and Geography that is available in the monumental vicinity of Changi Airport. With terms such as globalization, internal security as well as physical landscape, students were able to immerse themselves into the surroundings of Changi Airport as well as the Jewel Changi Airport, the latest attraction opened recently.

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Students embarking on the Learning journey to Changi Airport

Geographical Investigation
As part of their coastal studies, the Secondary Four Geography students went to East Coast Park to conduct their geographical investigation to understand how the steepness of the beach area affects the sorting and angularity if beach particles. The geographers used a multitude of fieldwork equipment such as a quadrat, ranging poles and clinometer. Such experiential learning is integral to help our students understand and appreciate the subject better

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Students recording their collected data for further analysis
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Students collecting coastal data for their investigation

The Bicentennial Experience
The Secondary One students embarked on a learning journey to the Fort Canning Centre as part of the Singapore Bicentennial Experience. The multimedia sensory experience gave the students the opportunity to experience and witness key moments in Singapore’s transformation from as far back as the year 1299. The Bicentennial Experience also provided them with a good platform in understanding Singapore’s history through the pavilions set up within the greenery of Fort Gate at the vicinity of Fort Canning Centre.

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Understanding the flora that makes up Singapore's Rainforest
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Finding out the rich history behind the memorial stone

International Model United Nations Conference 2019
Three of our Secondary Three students participated in the conference hosted by the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). The conference exposed our students to gain a better understanding of international relations and the intricate workings of the United Nations through experiential learning. The three students took on roles as delegates of UN member nations and discussed key regional and global issues such as poverty and economic development.

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our students with their certificates
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showing off their identify passes at the IMUNC 2019

Learning Journery to Chinese Heritage Centre
As part of their post exam activity, the Secondary Two students embarked on a learning journey to the Chinese Heritage Centre located at the Nanyang Technological University. The trip provided the students with a deeper understanding into the ethnic Chinese communities in different parts of the world. During the trip, the students visited a permanent exhibition called “Chinese More or Less: An Exhibition on Overseas Chinese Identity” that explored themes related to the Chinese identity

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Students learning more about the early Chinese settlers in Singapore
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Students recording their findings in their worksheets

Learning Journey to former Ford Factory and Kranji War Memorial
The Secondary Two students went on a learning journey to the Former Ford Factory and Kranji War Memorial to provide them with a more immersive understanding of their Secondary Two History syllabus in relations to the World War II. The Former Ford Factory exposed the students to oral history accounts, archival records and published materials of the lives of people during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore

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Students at the Kranji War Memorial observing the numerous memorial stones

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 Students at the former Ford Factory, learning more about the history of Singapore