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Fun school for Normal Technical students

Crest Secondary School in Jurong East will provide hands-on vocational training

Published on Oct 28, 2012 6:00 AM
Crest Secondary principal Frederick Yeo (fourth from left), with teachers (from left) Usha Krishnasamy, Aishah Lidon, Derek Loh, Sam Ho, Eileen Ong (standing) and Ow Hui Keng are preparing to welcome the school's first batch of students in January. Besides getting their N-level certificate, students will graduate with an ITE Skills Certificate. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING

Crest Secondary School gets its first batch of students in January and from Day One, the emphasis will be on showing students that learning can be fun and useful.

The school is unusual because it is the first to take in only Normal Technical stream students, who include the least academically inclined.

In the run-up to opening day, principal Frederick Yeo and his team have covered all bases - from plans for brightly coloured classrooms to co-curricular activities (CCAs) and the uniform itself.

As for what it will teach, the programme will let students spend a third of their time on hands-on vocational modules which include training workshops, learning journeys and work attachments.

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Background story


Crest Secondary, which opens in January, is the first of two specialised schools for Normal (Technical) students.

The other will be at Woodlands Drive 64 and will admit its first students in January 2014.

Three other schools also offer specialised subjects to engage students in the Normal(Technical) stream.

Since 2008, Bedok Town Secondary, Shuqun Secondary and Si Ling Secondary have partnered the Institute of Technical Education to offer subjects with greater emphasis on practice-based learning.

Si Ling Secondary offers retail operations, and computer and networking; while Bedok Town Secondary has retail operations, and electrical technology and applications.

Shuqun Secondary has mobile robotics.

The aim is to develop new teaching methods to enhance the quality of learning and engagement for their Normal (Technical) students.

Academic subjects like mathematics have also been customised to have a more practical approach and students do short industrial attachments or attachments at the ITE as part of the programme.

The schools have reported better performance from the students after the introduction of these initiatives.

Jane Ng