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ALP in Environment Education


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Environment Education is our school’s distinctive niche programme, to help students connect their academic knowledge with real-world application.

Our flagship programme leverages the natural and urban design environments offered in Punggol eco-town, right at our doorsteps!

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(Picture is reproduced with permission from NParks. For more info about the North Eastern Riverine Loop, you may refer to their DIY guide here).

                        

Our Vision for Mankind

Harmony between Science & Nature

To achieve this common goal, we reach our students one step at a time, 
for every step leaves its print (一步一脚印).

Our Humble Objectives

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Student Engagement:

•       Provide immersion in authentic & hands-on settings

•       Increase awareness of higher education & career opportunities

Integration & Application:

•       Connect knowledge across subject disciplines through scientific & geographical investigations.

•       Communicate perspectives on global environmental issues

Character Development

•       Help students appreciate the harmonious relationship between Science and Nature needed for sustainability of 
        mankind

Opportunities for all Students

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Tier 1 (Mass):  

•       All students and streams

•       15 hours per student per year

Tier 2 (Targeted): 

•       Interested students & Environment Club members

•       Over 30 weeks a year

Journey of Self-discovery

Our students undergo a journey of self-discovery through these modules in their formative years.

Let's take a look at some of our Tier 1 programmes

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The Waste Management module is conducted for Secondary 1 Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical students over one semester during their Science lessons.

In this module, students learn about the importance of eco-sustainability and develop an awareness about waste management related issues in Singapore and around the world. Our students also learnt about the design and construction of a vermicomposting system as a method of food waste recycling. In groups, they identify matured vermicompost in the form of worm casts and assess the results of the compost through a simple bioassay.


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Students engaged in a hands on activity to understand how the porosity of clay, soil, gravel and sand affect the quality of landfills.


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Students learning about red worms (Eisenia Fetida) and their role in vermicomposting.

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Students also learn about the design considerations for building a vermicomposting bin. After which, in groups, students will collaboratively research, design, build and learn how to maintain their vermicomposting bins.

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The Clean Energy module is conducted for Secondary 2 Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical students over one semester. This module is an effective collaboration amongst Science, Geography and Design & Technology Departments in Punggol Secondary School.

This module aims to raise energy efficiency awareness amongst our students. During lessons, they are engaged in hands on activities to explore the various types of clean energy and are given opportunities to discuss ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Students learning about biofuels and how it can be obtained from vegetable oil during their Science ALP lesson.

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Students learn how hydrogen can be used as alternative energy resource and the working principles behind hydrogen fuel cell technology during their Science ALP lessons.

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Students learning about the design behind a wind turbine in their Geography ALP lesson. 

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Students experimenting with solar panels and motors to produce a car that can run on solar power during their Design & Technology ALP lessons.

Professional Development for our Teachers

To ensure that our teachers are effectively equipped to teach these modules, familiarisation sessions are conducted regularly for the teachers by our STEM educator, Ms Iris Ng.

Teachers come together to go through all the ALP lesson plans, practise with the hands-on activities that our students will do for the year, and offer feedback and suggestions on how these lessons can be refined for our student profile. 

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Reaching out beyond the classroom

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Community Food Waste Recycling Project @ Punggol East 2017 

Organised by the Rivervale Court Residents’ Committee, this project strived to create a greater awareness about food waste recycling among residents and students, and to cultivate recycling habits among students.

Environment Club members and Secondary One students reached out to the school canteen stall holders to educate them about food waste reduction and recycling. Our students collected inedible food waste from them every other day to put into the food waste recycling machine (Bio-digester) from Biomax Technologies Pte Ltd which is a Singapore-based green technology company, to churn out fertilisers for our Butterfly Garden.


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The Environment Club members reached out to the student body during their recess and Year Head talks to educate students and teachers on food waste reduction and recycling.

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Students educating canteen stall holders on the importance of food waste wastage, reduction and recycling.

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Student collecting inedible food waste from Stall 7 auntie.

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Adding inedible food waste into the Bio-digester.

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Students attended a training session conducted by Biomax Technologies Pte Ltd to learn how to operate the machine.

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Students collecting the compost from the Bio-digester which was used to fertilise our Butterfly Garden.

On 22 April 2017, a group of Secondary 1 students enthusiastically shared their experiences using the Bio-digester and educated the Punggol East residents at Rivervale Mall on how to reduce food waste.

The students also shared about vermicomposting and showcased the experiments the experiments they carried out in their Applied Learning Programme lessons on Waste Management.

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Angel Chee from Class 1A was interviewed by Channel 5 and Channel News Asia as she shared about the importance of food waste reduction and recycling.

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Students received recognition for their contributions and efforts in getting the school community involved in food waste reduction and recycling.

Vermicomposting Sharing Session for Er Chong Junior High School, Taiwan

This year, on 24th May, Punggol Secondary School hosted the Principal, Mr Jong Jaw-Jinn, the Director of Counselling, Ms Ye Jing-Yi, Counselling Teacher, Ms Syu Wun Jing and 20 students from Er Chong Junior High. The students and teachers were keen to learn more about our school’s aesthetics and environment education programmes.

Ms Christine Hor and a few Secondary 1A students shared about our food waste reductions and recycling programmes. The students engaged our guests learnt about vermicomposting and were given an opportunity to feel the red wriggler worms. We also introduced our guests to the Bio-digester from Biomax Technologies Pte Ltd and shared with them how the inedible food waste from the school canteen is recycled and turned into fertilizers for our plants in the Butterfly garden. Our guests were enthusiastic learners and actively participated in activities we had arranged for them.

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Vermicomposting Workshop for the Parent Support Group (PSG)

The ALP team of teachers also believe that parents play a key role in providing a supportive environment for our children to learn hence we feel it is crucial to actively engage our PSG members in raising awareness on environmental issues.

Our ALP Science teachers, Mr Stephen Low and Ms Janani as well as Ms Iris Ng our STEM educator, conducted a vermicomposting workshop for our very enthusiastic PSG members.

Our members were also given a tour around our Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden is fertilised using our chemical free worm castings from the vermicomposting sessions carried out during Environment Club and Science ALP lessons.

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Our Achievements


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Shell Bright Ideas Challenge 2017

Achievement - Merit Award

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The Bright Ideas Challenge is a national challenge which provides a platform for secondary students to imagine creative ideas of how cities of the future might be powered. It provides an opportunity for students to see how STEM can tackle real world problems and make a positive difference in the world. It is designed to spark young people’s curiosity in STEM and to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

Team Hydronyamz comprising of Aimery Tay, Oliver Ong, Vernice Long from Class 3A and Ryan Neo, Joyce Ngiam from Class 3B took part in the Shell Bright Ideas Challenge 2017. The team’s task was to tackle the energy shortage that the world may face in 2050. The team was guided by Mr Jonathon Ng, Mr Freddy Wong and Ms Iris Ng who is our STEM educator. 

Putting on their thinking caps, the students identified a possibility of water shortage and an increasing competition for land usage. These factors could create pressure on households to minimise their water wastage. The team researched on the water wastage across various household appliance and created a prototype that could collect used water from household appliance like washing machines and air conditioners. The water will be filtered and collected at a common collection point. If needed, the water will be channelled back to the appliances.

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The team was shortlisted as one of the fifteen finalists to present their idea to a panel of judges as well as the public. The students were also given the opportunity to present and converse with the Education Minister, Mr Ng Chee Meng.

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We are proud to announce that they received the Merit Award for their prototype and all five students also achieved the Young Engineer Gold Award.

 

Our students have been featured in the above video from 2.17 to 2.30, titled, Science Centre The Bright Ideas Challenge 2017.

For more ALP related achievements, please visit our Environment Club page and Science Page.