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Teaching Staff


Head Of Department (Humanities)
Dr Nandakumar Mayakestan

 Geography  History  Social Studies

Mr Rayner Goh 
HOD (Partnership & Outreach)

Ms Oh Peck Lin
School Staff Developer

Mr Rahmat Tirmizi

Mr Teo Eng Tong

Mrs Kee-Ong Hwee Zhen, Zenn

                     Ms Vikneswari                      Year Head (Lower Secondary)

Mr Mustaqim Mohamed

Mrs Kee-Ong Hwee Zhen, Zenn

Ms Darshini

Ms Susan Liang

Ms Vikneswari

Mr Rayner Goh

Mr Teo Eng Tong

Mr Mustaqim Mohamed

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 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