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Applied Learning Programme in Environment Education

Applied Learning Programme (ALP)

The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Environment Education is Punggol Secondary School’s distinctive niche programme. The ALP allows students to connect knowledge across subject disciplines, stretch their imagination and apply knowledge to real-world problems.

Our Vision: Harmony between Science and Nature

  • To achieve this common goal, we guide our students, one step at a time, for every step leaves a print.
  • Help students appreciate the harmonious relationship between Science and Nature needed for sustainable living.

Our Objectives:

  • Student Engagement
    • Provide immersion in authentic and hands-on settings
    • Increase awareness of higher education and career opportunities

  • Integration & Application
    • Connect knowledge across subject disciplines through scientific and 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

Journey of Self-discovery

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

Secondary 1 Module: Waste Management

The Waste Management module is conducted for Secondary 1 Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical students 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. For a unit on vermicomposting, our students also learn about the design and construction of a vermicomposting system as a method of food waste recycling.

Secondary 2 Module: Clean Energy

The Clean Energy module is conducted for Secondary Two Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical students. This module is an effective collaboration amongst the 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 and discussions to explore the various types of clean energy and ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

For the Secondary Three students, the ALP committee collaborates with the Learning for Life Programme (LLP) committee to provide an opportunity for students to put what they have learnt in their ALP (Environment Education) into action. Students reach out to the community and contribute to efforts in protecting and advocating for the conservation of our environment through their service-learning projects.

Learning Journeys and Enrichment Programmes

Secondary One to Three students also engage in a series of meaningful ALP activities after their end-of-year examinations.

Learning Journey to Kok Fah Technology Farm

The Secondary One students visit Kok Fah Technology Farm as part of their ALP module in ‘Waste Management’. They learn about the workflow and climate control processes in Kok Fah Farm’s Showcase Greenhouse, and how technological and scientific advancements over the years can help to efficiently increase food productivity. The Farm guides also discuss the pros and cons of different farming systems and how these systems help in increasing food security in a land-scarce Singapore.

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Students learning about different farming systems.

The Art, Science & Math of Ice Cream Making - I Scream for Ice Cream!

The Secondary One cohort also makes ice-cream to learn how it is made industrially. This programme creates a platform for cooperative and collaborative experiential learning for students to apply and connect concepts taught during Science, Mathematics and Food & Consumer Education lessons.

STEM Trail at Gardens by Gardens by the Bay

The Secondary Two cohort visits Gardens by the Bay for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Trail which allows them to apply their mathematical and scientific knowledge in a real-world setting. They collaborate in activities that tap on their skills in topics such as Mensuration, Proportion, Chemical Changes and Energy. In addition, they gain a greater appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the flora found at the Gardens and the technology at work behind the scenes that helps to maintain this iconic Singapore landmark.

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Students having a discussion and solving questions as part of the STEM trail at Gardens By the Bay.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Biodiversity Walk and Intertidal Coastal Cleanup

The Secondary Three Express students will participate in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Biodiversity Walk. They walk through the mangrove forest of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves, where they can closely observe the biodiversity of the mangrove ecosystem. They can also learn about how well these mangrove trees have adapted to the salty water conditions and their importance in the ecosystem. In addition, students also get to see unique mangrove inhabitants such as mudskippers, monitor lizards, tree climbing crabs, kingfishers, and even crocodiles.

After the biodiversity walk, students engage in the Intertidal Coastal Cleanup in collaboration with International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS). Students actively and enthusiastically contribute to the cleaning up of pollution and rubbish along Singapore’s shores.

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Students learning about the flora and fauna at Sungei Buloh Wetland

Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Symposium

In 2019, Punggol Secondary School was invited to present at the ECG symposium at Ngee Ann Polytechnic to showcase our school’s ALP in Environment Education. The ECG symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for students to meet and interact with industry partners in STEM fields. This experience also allows students to have a broader understanding of the STEM industry and explore the various domains of STEM.

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Punggolites presenting at the ECG symposium at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Advocating for the environment and raising environmental awareness

2017 Community Food Waste Recycling Project @ Punggol East

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

On 22 April 2017, a group of our Secondary One students educated Punggol East residents at Rivervale Mall on how to reduce food waste with the Bio-digester. The students also shared about vermicomposting and showcased experiments they carried out in their ALP lessons on Waste Management.

Apart from that, Environment Club members and Secondary One students reached out to 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 Bio-digester to churn out fertiliser for our Butterfly Garden.

2018 'Future City – Sustainable Living Goals' Labour Day event at the Istana

In collaboration with the Science Centre, The Istana hosted a public event 'Future City – Sustainable Living Goals' on Labour Day. The event showcased how the individual and the community can play a role in achieving sustainable development goals as well as how one can leverage STEM for a sustainable future.

A group of our Secondary 3 students was invited to showcase projects related to waste management and clean energy which they had carried out during their ALP lessons. They shared enthusiastically how red wiggler worms can be used to break down organic food waste into useful nutrients in the vermicomposting process. On top of that, students were also given an opportunity to present to the President, Mdm Halimah Yacob, who tried some of the hands-on activities and featured our team on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Our team presented on vermicomposting to the President, Mdm Halimah Yacob

2018 TEDxNTU event

TEDxNTU is an annual public event that brings together the community leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in any discipline — technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business, development. 40-50% of their audience are typically non-NTU students/faculty members.

One of the core values in TEDxNTU 2018’s theme was to combat food waste and reduce food waste. As such, a group of our Secondary One students were invited to set up an exhibit to showcase projects related to waste management and share with NTU students and the public on what our school has been doing to help combat food waste.

2018 Interview for STEM feature story for Straits Times Schools' IN magazine

Punggol Secondary School was recommended by MOE to be interviewed for a STEM feature story for the Straits Times Schools' IN magazine in 2018. A group of Secondary Two students from the Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical streams and the teacher in charge of ALP, Ms Janani Balakrishnan, were interviewed to share more about the school's ALP in Environment Education. These students diligently prepared stations in the science lab for the journalist to engage in a few hands-on ALP activities and explained the concepts and activities to her. The students were featured in the Straits Times Schools' IN magazine published on Monday, 23 July 2018.


2018 Elementz Science Project Competition (Lower Secondary)
Teachers ICs: Ms Debbie Teo & Ms Christine Hor
Achievement – Top Viewer's Choice, Gold Award & Certificate of Commendation

In 2018, we sent two teams to participate in this competition. After working tirelessly, the teams managed to clinch a Gold Award and a Certificate of Commendation for their projects. They were also presented with the top Viewers’ Choice award for the former.

The theme for 2018’s competition was ‘Changing the World, One Idea at a Time’. Our teams investigated the use of starch-based bioplastics and pervious concrete. The project involves three phases: experimentation, report writing and presentation. The teams displayed resilience to overcome their difficulties as well as learn scientific methods and skills to write a science report. At the same time, they honed their communication, presentation and teamwork skills.