SST- w new principal, less student involvement?? still gd?

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SST- w new principal, less student involvement?? still gd?

Postby kidzo galore » Tue May 31, 2016 9:33 pm

Hi

I would like to have some feedback from parents about current SST now.

Is it still a school that encourages students invovlement with the new principal? still encouraged to have kids there?

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Re: SST- w new principal, less student involvement?? still g

Postby thinkie.lee » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:25 pm

Parent of 4 years here. Has been a year since the new P (Linda Chan) assumed office.

From what I see, observe and here, the school is relatively the same. Student teacher relationship is still very very strong, learning is more personal. Understand that she has signed more partnerships, expanding opportunities which is a good thing.

With regards to involvement with new principal, it has been usually student leaders who interact with School Administration and students. She has made improvements to school infrastructure from school feedback. She tries to interact with students, students do talk to her directly if they have an idea. Though they usually go through teachers which has been the case since sec 1.

With regards to student life now, I have written the following post in the SST thread. Do hop over there if you are interested about SST:
Hi, hope I can shed some light as my child is currently in SST. Now in upper secondary

SST's selection process is very different from other schools. As it is the only admission pathway into the school as its a Specialized Independent School - which means it has autonomy to develop its on programmes etc.

The process looks at Logical Reasoning and mastery of language --> CRT and GAT

I understand they also look at the "whole person".

As some of you know, the second stage of the admissions process is the interview where there are some projects/task given. This tests the candidate's appeal to applied and interdisciplinary learning ( the core foundations of a SST Education), communication skills etc. In addition, their critical thinking and linkage to solving real world problems through STEAM ( Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math) is articulated, so the teachers will pick the candidates from there.

My advice is just go and apply. Not having Olympiad does not mean they are a weak candidate. If your children do reasonably well and has decent grades, portfolio and does well through the assessment, he/she will be admitted into SST

With regards to the PSLE scores. As its an all DSA school, they do fluctuate. For the weaker students at the end of the spectrum, I think I can fill you in on SST's remedial system.

It's called SSP - Essentially its small consultation classes any student can attend. Weaker students are identified and told to attend these smaller classes.This gives time for teachers to work together with the child. In addition, I find SST teachers one of the most accommodating in the sense that they actively encourage students to organize consultations aside from SSP. The teacher - student relationship is very strong across the board.

So yes, the school has systems, the school has resources. If the students want to delve into the sciences, they can always join the Talent Development Programme or Propose to go for competitions with a teacher advisor. If they want to do service learning, the teachers are always open to suggestions.

If the student wants to improve academically, the teachers will be accommodating with consultations etc.

I guess its the work hard, play hard culture in SST

I am quite glad that the teacher student relationship for acad and beyond is very strong.

The resources are there, its just whether the students want to use it or not

Thank you

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