Secondary education at SIS provides a range of experiences to help students develop skills, competencies and values that will help them thrive in a fast-changing world. Our bilingual curriculum (English and Chinese) builds on the foundation of the primary curriculum and prepares students for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the end of Secondary 4, followed by the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
Our curriculum is future-oriented, holistic and rigorous. It emphasises the development of an international outlook amongst our students, cultivation of sound values and character, and acquisition of 21st Century skills and knowledge in a bilingual environment. The curriculum is complemented by a vibrant co-curricular programme.
The details of our secondary programme are detailed in the following segments:
- Curriculum Philosophy & Framework
- Secondary Curriculum Overview
- Secondary Level Subjects
- Pedagogical & Assessment Tools
Based on the Singapore curriculum and adapted to the HKSAR context, the curriculum framework for the secondary section is shown in the diagram below:
Values, knowledge and skills remain the fundamentals of the curriculum at this stage. The main distinction is the interplay of values, knowledge and skills, and the more active role expected of the student.
This emphasis on process (as shown in the diagram above) is expressed in the key elements of:
- Valuing – Our students are able to distinguish the value of things and relationships, and make informed choices based on sound values. Each student will forge emotional bonds within the community, develop his/ her personal identity, and strengthen his/ her character in preparation for a world that is likely to confront him/ her with competing world views and conflicting values.
- Knowing – Our students are able to acquire knowledge and make sense of it, including in relation to the physical and living world and the society in which they live.
- Applying – Our students are able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired for the betterment of the community they live in and in preparation for further education and training.
Our Distinctive Features
- Infusion of Character Education into the curriculum;
- Discussion of current affairs in the HKSAR and global community;
- Uniquely-structured co-curricular programme including:
- co-curricular activities (sports, performing arts and clubs & societies);
- community involvement projects;
- school camps;
- enrichment programmes;
- visits to local institutions; and
- overseas learning journeys.
- Systematic leadership development programme to equip students with skills and opportunities that they can apply to their learning; and
- Comprehensive life-skills package incorporating:
- Civics and Moral Education (CME);
- Pastoral Care (PC);
- Sexuality Education (SEd);
- Social & Emotional Learning (SEL);
- Education Career Guidance (ECG); and
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Secondary Curriculum Overview
The Secondary Curriculum is modelled along the lines of the rigorous, practical Singapore education system and offers a seamless natural path of progression to IGCSE, and then to the IB Diploma Programme.
This 6-year curriculum is coherently sequenced to promote a balanced development of the whole person in terms of intellectual, emotional, personal and social growth. Students study a wide variety of academic subjects while experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of an international school with a Singapore flavour, which includes participation in co-curricular activities, leadership opportunities, sports, and social events. Students also develop important study skills and habits in addition to language skills. In short, the curriculum is aligned to the IB learning outcomes to ensure that our students become not just knowledgeable and reflective thinkers, but also principled, caring and responsible global citizens ready to take on the world.
Secondary Level Subjects
Secondary 1 and 2
Our Secondary 1 and 2 curriculum is aligned to the Singapore Lower Secondary curriculum and thus provides a seamless progression from the primary school education. SIS offers an array of core and enhancement subjects to help lay a strong academic foundation and allow students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for progression to the next level.
|Core Subject Areas||Enhancement Subject Areas|
|English Language and Literature||Art|
|Chinese - First Language||Music|
|Science||Life & Knowledge Skills|
|History||Civics and Moral Education|
|Geography||Information & Communication Technology (ICT)|
|Education Career Guidance (ECG)|
Secondary 3 and 4
The school prepares Secondary 3 and 4 students for the IGCSE examinations and the International Certificate of Education (ICE) developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). To qualify for the ICE, candidates must achieve at least a pass in at least 7 subjects including two languages (Group 1) and at least one subject from each of the other subject groups (Group 2 to 5).
The Cambridge IGCSE subjects offered at SIS are as follows:
|GROUP 1||GROUP 2||GROUP 3||
English First Language
Chinese First Language
Chinese as a Second Language
Art and Design
All Secondary 3 and 4 students take:
- The following compulsory subjects from Group 1 to 4:
- English First Language, World Literature, Chinese First Language or Chinese as a Second Language, Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology or Physics, and Global Perspectives or Geography or History
- 1 elective subject from Group 5: Art & Design, Information & Communication Technology or Music
- At least 1 elective subject from Group 2 to 5 (subject to certain constraints); and
- Physical Education and Pastoral Care
These subjects provide the range of learning experiences needed to cover the required breadth and depth of a sound secondary education. By the end of Secondary 4, our students will become familiar with the core subjects areas and will have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to identify their preferences and eventually streamline into specific course choices for the IB Diploma Programme.
Download Slides for IGCSE Subject Combination Talk for Parents of S2 Students
Teaching & Learning: A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to engage students actively in their learning:
- experiential learning;
- problem-based learning;
- differentiated instruction;
- cooperative learning and group work;
- use of ICT – the use of iMac for music, art and graphic design; data-loggers for geography and science, e-platforms for knowledge forums;
- inquiry-based approach in the humanities and sciences (through sources and real world cases); and
- presentations, debates and role plays.
Assessment: Different modes of assessment are used to evaluate students’ learning:
- traditional pen-and-paper tests;
- self- and peer assessments;
- investigative projects;
- rubric assessments;
- performance tasks;
- portfolios; and
- international assessments such as University of New South Wales International Assessments for Schools (English, Mathematics and Science).
Varied assessments are used to enhance higher-order thinking skills in students and promote independent learning. In addition, the students will make use of their computer skills and be suitably prepared for life in the digital age.
Below are links to the various secondary assessment calendars. Here you can monitor the assessment schedule for your students. The calendars are kept up to date by the teachers.
- Secondary 1 Assessment Calendar
- Secondary 2 Assessment Calendar
- Secondary 3 Assessment Calendar
- Secondary 4 Assessment Calendar
- DP1 Assessment Calendar
- DP2 Assessment Calendar
- AY1617 End of Year Exam Schedule (S1-S3, DP1)