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Science

Our Cornerstones

Vision
Every student is a self-directed and life-long 21st Century learner, ready to be an active contributor to the society, using Science knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Mission
To develop 21st Century Jun Zi (君子), who have a strong sense of self-directed learning attitude with a team of committed teachers based on a learner-centric environment.

Opportunities for All Students

We provide opportunities for all students to learn science at the highest level they can attain in their years at Punggol Secondary School.

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  • Pure Science [Depth & Breadth]
    Helps motivated students to be prepared for the depth & breadth of Science & Engineering in A-Level & University.

  • Physics & Chemistry for all
    - Conceptual foundation for all 3 sciences
    - Pre-requisites for many post-secondary course options. 

  • Stretch curriculum for N(A)
    - N(A) students are taught at Express rigour, so that they are ready for the same O-Level exam at the end of their education at Punggol Secondary School.

Our school’s candidature for Pure Science subjects has increased steadily over the years.

O-Level Exam Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Pure Physics

Not offered

27

30

47

50

Pure Chemistry

Not offered

27

30

47

50

Pure Biology

11

20

38

37

40

In the most recent 2016 O-Level exam, we have achieved 89% passes in all 3 Pure Science subjects, with 23 students scoring grades B3 and better for Pure Physics, 12 students scoring grades B3 and better for Pure Chemistry, and 19 students scoring grades B3 and better for Pure Biology.

(For purposes of choosing A-Level Science subjects in Junior Colleges, a B3 grade in Pure Science is viewed at least as favourably as an A1 grade in Combined Science, or more favourably, because the student has learnt more chapters and were tested on more challenging questions).

Our Pedagogical Strategies

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  • Student Engagement [Passion]
     -  Real-life examples
     -  Hands-on experiences

  • Conceptual Understanding [Foundation]
     -  Inquiry & Reasoning
     -  Activating prior knowledge
     -  Addressing misconceptions

  • Practice & Feedback [Reinforcement]
     -  Targeted Practice
     -  Timely & Effective Feedback

  • Information & Communications Technology [21st Century Readiness]
     -  Learning anytime, anywhere
     -  Possibilities of Virtual Experiments

Practices Grounded on Theory & Research

Psychology:     Boosting students’ expectancy
(Belief that effort & learning leads to performance)

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Neuroscience:  Spaced Repetition
(to promote retention and sustainability of learning)

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Students are engaged in the construction of a simple balloon-powered car in their science lessons to understand the effects of forces.

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Students learning about Biodiversity in their Science lesson as they take photographs of various species of plants found in Punggol Secondary School using iPads. 

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Students creating a dichotomous key to classify the flora found in Punggol Secondary School using their iPads. 

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Elements 4D is a set of interactive blocks that aims to help students learn the properties of hydrogen and oxygen in a more visual and educational bringing the periodic table to life through augmented reality. These element blocks can be combined, enabling students to witness chemical reactions in real time. 

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The use of Kahoot to administer formative assessments in Biology lessons. 

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Youtube is also used to host authethic Punggol Secondary School’s teachers video-based practical lessons to provide feedback to students. EdPuzzle is also used to produce videos with embedded questions to effectively prime students while they watch videos as assignment.
 

Science Enrichment, Projects & Competitions

We have an in-house Science Enrichment Programme to ignite in our students the passion for learning Science and to expose them to scientific applications so that they could link real life application of Science to what they learn in school.
We also prepare students for relevant competitions so that they are able to develop their 21st century world skills such as presentation and public speaking. In the midst of preparing for the competition, students are also engaged in scientific research and report writing.

Our accolades in 2016 include:

  • North Zone ELEMENTZ Science Research Conference: Silver (Lower Sec)
  • North Zone ELEMENTZ Science Research Conference: Bronze (Upper Sec)
  • Science Buskers Competition at VivoCity: Finalist 
  • ignITE Science Challenge: Amphibious Vehicle category: Finalist, Best Poster
  • SembCorp GreenWave Competition: Encouragement Prize
  • World Ocean Day 2016: 12 students’ posters displayed at the S.E.A. Aquarium
  • Shell STEM Innovation Challenge: Night Solar Car Race: Participation
  • National Environment Quiz (organised by Nan Hua High): Participation

Our accolades in 2017 include:

International C.B Paul Science Quiz 2017

Teacher ICs: Ms Christine Hor
Achievement - 4 Bronze Awards & Special Talent Award

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Our students participated in the 39th International C. B. Paul Science Quiz 2017 is organised by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) Science and Mathematics Council, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). This competition aims to provide a platform for students to develop their aptitude in Sciences and Mathematics through critical thinking.

The students were put out of their comfort zone as they attempted questions that they have not been exposed to. Nonetheless, our Punggolites did not let the difficulty of the quiz put them down and instead rose up to the challenge. We are very proud and happy to have clinched 4 Bronze awards. A big congratulations to Sumalinog Patricia from class 2A, Keith Pang from class 2D, Narengautham Govindaraj from class 2D and Niviya D/O Parkash from class 4A. Special mention also goes to Niviya and Patricia who were also awarded the Science Talent Award.



Elementz Science Project Competition (Lower Secondary)
Teachers ICs: Ms Debbie Teo, Ms Christine Hor & Mr Roy Tan
Achievement – Gold & Certificate of Commendation

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The Elementz Science Research competition requires students to undertake an investigative-type project. This allows students to experience conducting their own experiments, write report based on their findings and lastly to share their projects in front of a panel of judges. This year Punggol Secondary School sent in two teams and we are proud to announce that we clinched a Gold and a Certificate of Commendation. 

8 students from Secondary 2 started their journey at the end of May where they came together in their teams to decide on the projects they would like to embark. From their exposure to vermicomposting and biocompost during their Applied Learning Programme in Secondary One, the two teams decided to research on the red wrigglers’ (Eisenia foetida) diet on the potency of worm cast as fertilisers and the effect of the application method of organic compost on plant growth. 

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Two months of hard work culminated in some interesting findings such as apple peels giving the most effective compost and spraying nutrient solution likely gave the best growing plant. The students presented these ideas via a 10 minute presentation at Anderson Secondary School. Participating in this competition has exposed the students to the scientific methodology and they picked up new skills like critical thinking, report writing, data analysis and oral presentation. They have also learned to persevere through difficulties and the teams came out stronger than before. 

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Science Buskers Festival organised by Singapore Science Centre
Teachers ICs: Mr Roy Tan, Ms Debbie Teo & Mr Jonathan Ng
Achievement – Judges’ Choice Award for Best Skit

Science Buskers is a festival that encompasses the idea of developing the individual's communication skills through expressions of science in creative manners. Organized as a competition, this event serves as an excellent platform to spread key messages relating to the importance of inspiring an interest in science. During the competition, contestants will do a "show-and-tell" on any science topic, and judging will be based on audiences' votes and judges' scores.

This year four teams from Punggol Secondary school participated in the Science Buskers Festival audition round. The teams are:

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Team Starchaneous Boys managed to make it to the Finals! The term ‘Starchaneous’ was derived from the word starch, a key ingredient in their performance and the team comprise of Vasisht, William and Muhammad Shariff.

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The judges were impressed with the boys’ performance and awarded them the Best Skit for the judges’ choice award. Science Centre has also presented the school a prize voucher of $100. This achievement will not be possible without the long hours of practice and high level of enthusiasm shown by the boys. 



ignITE Science Challenge – Nutri on a Penny
Teacher IC: Mr Sebastian Lee
Achievement – Certificate of Participation

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Ieyad Khalishan B Roslie, Joseph Eng Jun Xian and Muhamad Ashatur Ridha B M R, from Class 3T1, proudly represented Punggol Secondary School at the 2017 ignITE Challenge held at ITE East Campus.

The team was tasked with creating a tasty meals within an hour that are both healthy and inexpensive. They were also required to recommend the choices of ingredients (strictly only vegetarian) which are nutritious, easily available locally and affordable. The team spent several weeks before the competition researching and sourcing for the best way to take on the challenge. Help rendered by Ms Jessica See during the preparation turned out invaluable in their quest to succeed in the competition.

Our students did us proud, coming through the preliminary rounds and winning certificates of participation.



ignITE Science Challenge – Creative 3D modelling
Teacher IC: Mdm Masurah
Achievement – Finalist

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In this competition, students are to draw and assemble a 3D model using a 3D pen and paper templates. ignITE Science Challenge is a platform for normal course students to apply their hands-on skills to innovate and prepare them for the 21st Century. Three of our students participated in this competition and were amongst the eight schools selected for the finals. Although they did not attain the top 3 placing, the enriching experience had helped our students to realise the various opportunities that await them after their secondary school education.



SHELL STEM Bright Ideas Challenge
Teacher ICs: Mr Jonathan Ng, Mr Freddy Wong & Ms Iris Ng (STEM Educator)
Achievement - Merit Award & Young Engineer Award - Gold Award for all participants

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Team Hydronyamz comprising of Aimery Tay, Oliver Ong, Vernice Long from class 3A and Ryan Neo, Joyce Ngiam from 3B took part in the Shell Bright Ideas Challenge. The team’s task was to tackle the energy shortage that the world may face in 2050.

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.
 
The team was shortlisted as one of the fifteen finalists to present their idea to a panel of judges as well as the public. We are proud to announce that they received the Merit Award for their prototype. 


Our Belief: Every Student can Learn Science well!