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ZHSS Signature Programmes
The Zhonghua Graduate
Our future-ready curriculum and signature programmes equip our students with 21st Century Competencies to prepare them to be scholars and leaders of the future with a heart to lead and serve the community. We believe that the Zhonghua Graduate will be:
A Passionate Learner in Pursuit of Excellence
Zhonghua Secondary School has achieved high value-added academic results over the years. In line with our mission of developing passionate learners, our teachers enact different modes of thinking and inquiry to stretch every student in their pursuit of excellence and to cultivate them as Scholars of the 21st Century.
Science and Technology Research Education
Design Thinking Programme
All our Lower Secondary students go through Design Thinking, a life skill that equips every child with a problem-solving mindset to come up with innovative solutions in the design of products to meet real-life challenges.
STEAM Research Programme
STEAM represents the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) domains plus Arts – which includes humanities, language arts, music, visual arts, design thinking and new media. We believe in the importance of Art in connecting people and in developing creative solutions in real world problems. Students also have to understand how each discipline is connected and related in the real world.
In the STEAM Research Programme, students embark on a 1-year project where they have the opportunity to work on real world problems that encourages the application of STEAM. It also aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to be the next generation of entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and innovators.
The students are mentored by Zhonghua Teachers and they adopt both the creative problem solving and design thinking frameworks, which provide useful scaffolds for young innovators as they seek creative solutions to real life problems.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in competitions such as the MOE Innovation Programme (IvP) and the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors Award.
Robotics & Computing Programme
To ride on the current global wave for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, the school has positioned Robotics and Computing to strengthen the curriculum offering in applied learning. The Robotics Module with LEGO EV3 robots is aligned with the Math and Science curriculum and is offered to all Normal Stream students. Computing as a GCE ‘O’ Level subject has been offered since 2017 to students who are passionate in computing.
Data Literacy Programme
Data literacy, the ability to read and write effectively with data — is critical to success in the 21st century. Sec 1 and 2 students will be taught how data can be managed and processed by using functions and formulas in a spreadsheet application to produce information and inform decision making. The programme aims to develop students’ ability to manage and process data using a spreadsheet application, and to present their data through the design of infographics. Students will be equipped with critical thinking and data literacy skills to interpret and derive meaningful insight from the vast amount of data available.
A Dynamic and Resilient Leader with a Spirit for Innovation
In Zhonghua, we believe that every student can be a Future-Ready Leader. Opportunities are provided at every level for leadership development: class, character and citizenship, co-curricular activities, monitor board and student councillor. Student leaders from Zhonghua are also recognised for their deep sense of service to the community and country.
Environmental and Sustainability Education
Environment Education Programme
Zhonghua’s Environment Education curriculum seeks to connect students to the world around them, teaching them about both natural and built environments. Students apply thinking skills and connect knowledge across subject disciplines in environmental and sustainability issues. Skills such as exploring possibilities and generating ideas in solving real-world problems, exercising sound reasoning and evidence-based decision-making, are incorporated in this curriculum. Through this programme, Zhonghua students develop multiple perspectives in studying the environmental and sustainability issues and understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment.
Student Leadership Programme
The Student Leadership Programme at Zhonghua aims to nurture dynamic and resilient leaders with an excellence mindset and a spirit of service and innovation. The development and harnessing of each student’s leadership potential is guided by the school’s vision, mission and core values. Tiered leadership training and experiences are provided to level up their competencies and opportunities are given at various platforms in the class and school to demonstrate their leadership. Their development is also evaluated at specific touch points throughout their four or five years spent in Zhonghua. In our docent-ship programme, student leaders lead by sharing their knowledge and experiences with audience of varying profiles, gaining a deeper understanding of diverse subject matter.
A Cultured and Caring Citizen with a Global Outlook
Zhonghua students are aesthetically attuned through their deep appreciation of different cultures and art forms such as music, dance and drama. Through the Capacities for Imaginative Learning approach, they are taught how to perceive, question, make connections and construct actions as active participants, and Cultured and Caring Citizens of the 21st century.
Glocal Perspectives Education
Cross Cultural Programme
As representatives of the school, the community and our country, Zhonghuarians are cultured, caring and global in outlook, with a deep appreciation of their own heritage as participants of our ‘think-global-act-local’ education. Through immersion in the rich culture of our centennial-old school and our cross-cultural programme, they are provided with a plethora of opportunities to engage in a range of cultural activities and taught to juxtapose similar art forms in different cultures through a comparative approach.
Art Elective Programme
Zhonghua Secondary School is the first co-ed secondary school to offer the MOE Art Elective Programme (AEP). The AEP provides an enriched learning environment for our students to develop their art skills and knowledge, while cultivating in them the attitude to think critically about issues around them and the ability to communicate confidently through their works of art. Our students’ personal viewpoints on relationships, education, technology and the environment are being explored creatively through the use of painting, drawing, installation and other media. AEP is a select programme offered to groom future leaders in the arts.