PROGRAMMES

Academic Programmes

Integrated Programme

The strength of Hwa Chong’s IP is in our ability to combine scholastic excellence with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom. Every Hwa Chong student receives a rigorous curriculum that emphasises leadership, character building, academic excellence, and creativity.

The Hwa Chong Integrated Programme (IP) is designed by our own teachers who have years of experience teaching high ability students. Preliminary consultative work on our IP was done with help from a 34-member International Advisory Panel comprising 2 Nobel Laureates, distinguished professors from Harvard, Princeton and Cambridge as well as eminent industry captains.

Importantly, the school aims to provide a caring environment that is intellectually stimulating, secure, and joyful.

The seamless and broad-based 6-year IP is organised into 3 stages:

  • At Stage 1, students are exposed to a general curriculum that allows them to explore various fields of studies.
  • At Stage 2, students embark on a sustained and in-depth study of their chosen area of specialisation. The curriculum for the Sciences and Humanities will be broad-based at this point.
  • At Stage 3, students consolidate their knowledge and sit for the Cambridge GCE Advanced-Level Examinations. They are expected to be actively involved in outreach programmes and can initiate major research projects which could form the basis of their undergraduate studies.

 

Annually, there are over 200 different student-initiated service learning projects school-wide. Selected projects receive financial support from the Citibank Youth for Causes Fund and Campus ChangeMakers by NYC. These include promoting an appreciation of Chinese culture at the Singapore History Museum, conducting web design courses for underprivileged children at community centres, organising rainbow camps for the Salvation Army and creating online learning programmes for primary school students.

In addition, all Hwa Chong students are involved in different Community Involvement Projects conducted by their respective consortia and faculties throughout the year. They include painting one-room flats, fund-raising through collecting old newspapers, tutoring pupils from needy families as well as interacting with the dementia elderly and the intellectually disabled.

Hwa Chong Holistic Development Model

Our Holistic Development Model – which underpins education at Hwa Chong – reflects the best of East and West.  It places emphasis on the Moral, Intellectual, Physical, Social, and Aesthetic domains.

With our seamless 6-year IP, we have adopted for our Affective Programme an integrated cross-disciplinary approach driven by students' creativity, self-direction, and leadership.

Specifically, the Holistic Development Model has 2 aspects (see diagram):

(1) Years 1-4 aim to build students’ CHARACTER by developing them holistically.  During these formative years, we also want to inculcate in them a love for the nation and a zest for life.

(2) The apex reflects our mission to develop leaders in research, industry and government.  What it shows here is our quotient-centric approach (IQ, EQ, CQ, MQ, and AQ) towards character development and leadership training.

Simply put, the school grooms exceptionally talented young men and women.  Through their sheer genius, leadership, and enterprise, they will provide sustenance to the nation by generating opportunities for others. This, ultimately, will be our contribution to Singapore.

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GEP

The Hwa Chong school-based Gifted Education programme, hosted by the iSpark Consortium, emphasises the student’s total development, which spans the moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic realms. A varied curriculum and enrichment programme has been designed in accordance with a constructivitist and investigative approach.

In-class enrichment and curriculum differentiation, including interdisciplinary studies, leadership development and individualised research projects, are key features of this programme.

The iSpark Consortium also hosts talent development programmes within the Centre for Scholastic Excellence, so that each student is academically stretched to his fullest potential. In addition he receives an equally enriching and meaningful character education which encourages him to work with the community through the global community outreach and the service-learning initiative.

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Subjects Offered

English Language/General

The goal of the English Language Programme at HCI is to develop independent thinkers who can see the connection between language study and its application to life. A holistic educational approach ensures that students are given the freedom to intellectually grasp these relationships and apply them to authentic tasks. The core modules cover all the key components of language and literary skills that students must master to function effectively in the social dimension spelled out in the school mission. In addition, there are special non-compulsory electives to challenge the more able students. Where the core elements embody the rigour and breadth of the skills, knowledge and concepts that students need to know, the electives are intended to offer students the opportunity to go in-depth into specific areas of the English Language and Literature curricula.

Adopting a multi-pronged approach, the Hwa Chong General Paper curriculum comprises a broad variety of stimulating modules designed to develop all-round individuals.  A theme-based reading and writing programme offered at the College level, the topics covered include the mass media, environment, science and technology, culture and tradition, religion, crime and punishment and citizenship in Singapore.

Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) is a multi-disciplinary H2 A-Level subject that explores the different fields of knowledge and applies various modes of inquiry to a range of issues and ideas.  The subject aims to develop students' ability to critically evaluate arguments and engage in independent research.  Students can offer KI as a contrasting subject.  As the 4th H2 subject, KI will be offered by students who are academically able to cope with 4 H2 subjects on top of other H1 subjects.  KI is also taken in lieu of General Paper.  In Hwa Chong, we are looking for bright students who are linguistically competent and have an inquiring mind.  KI students are expected to read widely and they must be highly proficient in written English as well as independent learners.


Chinese Language

Please view the following websites for more information:

Chinese Faculty Homepage (High School)
Chinese Faculty Homepage (College)


Humanities Programme

As the first institution chosen by the Ministry of Education for the Humanities Scholarship Programme Hwa Chong has established and maintained its position as a leading centre for successful applications to top universities around the world.

Since the Programme’s inception in 1981 more than 300 alumni have graduated from Oxford and Cambridge alone, and in recent years an impressive record of admissions has been built up with the Ivy League institutions of the USA as well.

Undoubtedly, the source of this success lies with the Programme’s tutors who are not only unrivalled in their specialist subject skills but also in the university placement and scholarship advice that they have to offer.


Mathematics

Please view the following wikis for more information:

Mathematics Department Wiki (High School)

Mathematics Department Wiki (College)


Science

The Hwa Chong Integrated Programme for Science is implemented across 6 years.  Our integrated framework provides a dynamic learning environment for students with an aptitude and interest in Mathematics and Science.  Special emphasis is placed on the mastery of fundamental knowledge and experimental skills.  Our plan is to further integrate the Mathematics and Science disciplines to foster an appreciation of how they work together and form a whole.

In a tripartite collaboration with A*STAR and NTU, Hwa Chong also offers research electives based on the H3 module to encourage new and independent modes of learning and exploration.  Each JC student is matched with a mentor depending on interest, and engages in collaborative research with leading scientists and researchers working on real-world scientific problems.

The aim of our Science programme is to broaden students' interests in Science by providing a stimulating environment that will enrich their basic Science training.  Besides exposure to major advances in the life sciences and new technologies, students will be trained to think critically and independently.


Infocomm Studies

HCI Infocomm studies aim to broaden and deepen students understanding of knowledge in the area of information technology. It provides an opportunity for deeper understanding of specific area of knowledge and skills. The 2 years curriculum will allowed students to specialise in their area of interest.

The Secondary 1 curriculum aims to provide a broad based education that lays the foundation for the second year of specialization. Each module is compulsory and it will be taught over a term.

The curriculum will give students the exposure to programming, web publishing and multimedia design.

The Secondary 2 curriculum allows students to choose an area of knowledge to specialize. In each of the modules, students are given 3 terms to explore deeper and expand their knowledge in the either advanced problem solving in C++, web-publishing with CSS, client-side & server-side scripting, mobile application development/ Robotics or programming in Python.

During the curriculum, students will be tested on their knowledge and skills acquired through learning tasks, class test, projects and assignments.


Physical Education

The PE & CCA Department aims to prepare our young adults for the challenges ahead by cultivating lifelong recreational involvement, aesthetic appreciation, civics mindedness and leadership qualities in our students through the PE and CCA programs.

Our programs serve to:

  1. Enhance students' learning process and performance;
  2. Strive for excellent performances at the National Inter-Schools Sports Championships, Singapore Youth Festival Competitions, as well as other CCA awards and competitions;
  3. Promote healthy life styles among students;
  4. Inculcate the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, and Excellence in all students.

Programs for 2010

a)                  PE Programs

Students will be furnished with the knowledge and skills in fitness management, sports and games, and health management. These are achieved via activities like dance, badminton, basketball, floorball, golf, handball, netball, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and outdoor education etc. Students would be able to apply the skills they learnt when participating in various intra-school sports events. Students would also be able to plan and engage in healthier lifestyle through the Health Education Programs.

b)                  Leadership and enrichment courses

During the March holidays, the PE Department and Outdoor Activities Club (OAC) will organize a Youth Leadership Training Camp (YLTC). This is to provide opportunities for participants to display and enhance their leadership skills though experiential learning.

When the C1 CCA student leaders assume their roles in the 2nd half of the year, the PE & CCA Department, together with the Student Development Department, will organize various CCA Student Leaders' Programmes and Workshops for all CCA key appointment holders.

c)                  Intra school tournaments

The PE & CCA Department organizes the Annual Cross-Country Meet, Track and Field Meet, Sports Education Program, and the Festival of Sports (FOS). A variety of games like basketball, floorball, netball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball etc will be played during the FOS. Through the organization of all these sports events, we aim to promote healthy lifestyle activities among staff and students. We also wish that the Hwa Chong family spirit can be enhanced through students' and staff's participation in these events.

d)                  Youth Olympic Games 2010

Hwa Chong is actively involved in many of the programs leading up to the Youth Olympic Game (YOG) 2010. As parts of the Olympic Education Programme, classes are involved in the Olympic Project Presentation, where students research on Olympic-related topics to be presented to the school. The annual cross-country meets, annual track and field meet, as well as the annual Arts Festival are all Olympic-themed.

For the Friends@YOG 2010 program, Hwa Chong is honoured to be identified to conduct twinning activities with Schools from the People's Republic of China and Venezuela. Our local partner schools are Singapore Chinese Girls School and Henry Park Primary School. The HCI PE & CCA Department is involved in the following YOG events either as organizers, participants, or volunteers:

  • The Youth Sports Conference
  • International Conference on Physical Education and Sports Science
  • Legacy for YOG
  • Friends @ YOG Olympic Walk
  • The Friendship Fabric design
  • National Inter-Schools Sports Quiz
  • National Inter-Primary Schools Sports Project Presentation
  • Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame
  • 2nd International Youth Leaders' Forum
  • YOG Volunteer Management
  • The Youth Olympic Village
  • YOG Opening Ceremony
  • SYF Instrumental Ensembles Presentation II
  • Student athletes in the YOG

Literature in English

With our seamless 6-year Integrated Programme, the Literature course in Hwa Chong covers 3 major phases: the Sec 1 & 2 Exploration phase; Sec 3 & 4 Development phase, and the JC1 & 2 Consolidation phase.  In each phase, students are exposed to a wide variety of texts, genre exposition, and diverse methodologies.

Adopting a differentiated approach to learning that goes beyond the classroom, the course provides students with opportunities to experience Literature through activities like symposiums, debates, mock conferences, field studies, project work, independent study and drama.  Such activities not only expand students' horizons, but also help them look at issues from a broader perspective, apply knowledge, and contest the arbitrary divisions that separate subjects.


 

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Sabbatical Programme

A unique feature of the Hwa Chong Integrated Programme, Hwa Chong Sabbatical Programme allows students from Sec. 1 to Sec. 4 to go on sabbatical courses for one week, from Term 1 to Term 3. The school organizes Sabbaticals with the aim of creating space for students to develop passion for what they do. During Sabbaticals, formal lessons are replaced by enrichment programmes.

There are various areas of programmes for students to select from each term, namely, Arts & Aesthetics, Chinese Studies, Humanities, English & Literature, Leadership, Technology, Science and Math, Camps and Student Exchange. All students are engaged in activities outside the classroom during term time to further broaden their educational experience. This allows them to explore their diverse interests and have fun all at once.


Students will bid for their sabbatical courses every term, using the i-ComP.

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