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Humanities Department

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1Mdm Lena YeoHOD Humanities
2Mrs Preeti SheriHOD CCE
Mrs Ong-Yip Wan Wei Nicole Assistant Year Head 
Mr Nallu Dhinakharan  SH CCE
 5Ms Lim Zhi Ying  SH History
 6Mr Shahril Bin Mohd Shah Teacher 
 7Mr Tan Eng Tee, Derrick Teacher 
 8Ms Chia Yu Ru Teacher 
 9Mr Ivan Lee Jia Xiang  Teacher
10 Mr Nicholas Seow Wei Ming Teacher 

Mission Vision

The Humanities Department’s vision is: 

Learners who embrace their role as global citizens who are able to manage complexity, ambiguities and diverse perspectives in an increasingly globalized world through being able to think critically and flexibly when faced with issues and challenges

Its Mission is: 
Teach and Inspire Tampinesians with a concern for the world and to do their best as useful and contributing citizens for the world they live in

Its Aims are: 
  • To develop a genuine interest and an understanding of Geography and History or Social Studies at the lower secondary levels
  • To generate thinking and passion in students about subjects taught through conceptual understanding and skill acquisition
  • To strengthen students’ appreciation of subjects to real-life through making connections between learning and real-life issues and challenges 

The department seeks to develop critical thinkers who are able to work collaboratively with one another. The key programmes are designed to provide students with an appreciation and understanding of the Humanities disciplines, at the same time equipping them with useful skills such as research, perspective-taking and decision making.  

Key Programs For Each Level

Geographical Investigation Field Trips for 
Sec 1 and Sec 3 students
The Sec 1 and 3 students visited the Sengkang Floating Wetland and Little India Arcade respectively. They collected primary data which enabled them to draw conclusions on the notions of water conservation and the local heritage of these sites.

Secondary 1 students exploring Sengkang Floating Wetland as part of their Geographical Investigation

Sec 1 Humanities Trail 

To promote the joy of learning History and Geography through experiential and collaborative learning, and to help students appreciate the history and significance of significant landmarks in the Civic District Area, Sec 1 students went on a Humanities trail to uncover Singapore’s heritage at the National Gallery and the Singapore River. The trail included an exploration of how Singapore has transformed in its young nationhood journey. 


Teacher explaining to students about the transformation of Singapore’s landscape.

Sec 2 Learning on the MoveTo spark curiosity in students and to prepare them for the Upper Secondary Social Studies curriculum, LOTM is about experiential learning in an authentic setting. Students work collaboratively to explore concepts of governance, diversity, and globalization at the Singapore Changi Airport through fun tasks such as figuring out currency exchange, and observing the infrastructural set-up which promotes social harmony and inclusiveness. 
Upper Secondary Stretch Programme As part of enriching students’ experiences in Humanities, opportunities are provided to students to participate in externally organized competitions and interaction sessions. An example is the Geography Challenge where students gather data to connect learning to real-life issues and sense-make and participate in challenge tasks.
Sec 4/5 SS Talk SeriesExpert speakers are invited to share with students issues discussed in Social Studies classroom, such as political impacts of globalization and Singapore’s response’s to security. 


Aces Go Places!

Pursuing its goals of moulding future-ready students and providing a holistic education and development, the Humanities Department harnessed the Authentic, Constructivist and Experiential (ACE) approach to drive its 2022 instructional programmes, events, and activities:

January – March

Annual NUS Geography Challenge (NUS Geography Department and the NUS Geographical Society)

Our team designed, scripted, recorded and produced a 5-minute video on the school’s position as an Eco-Stewardship pilot school. Walden Raine Longdid (4E1) Silver Medal recipient, Kawaguchi Nae (4E1) Bronze Medal recipient Kendrick Chua (4E1),  and Loretta Kek (4E2) Certificates of Participation recipients did the school proud in the competition that saw the participation of 119 school teams.


The Istana Heritage Challenge

This august building was the first Learning Journey destination for the 2022 Secondary 1 cohort.  The cohort was exposed to the nation’s historical development through the various displays and had fun teachable moments through the various station activities.


ASEAN Symposium (by ISEAS & Kranji Secondary School)

This was a fruitful experience for our Secondary 3 and 4 students who were engaged in the sharing of diplomats’   experience and insight on role and activities of ASEAN.  Our students’ focus in the Symposium was on the topic of trafficking, studying various case studies and linking it back to the role of ASEAN.


NASMUN (Ngee Ann Secondary School)

Chin Huan, Amirul, Elijah, Naomi and Erika from Secondary 3E4 - our student delegates to the conference submitted their position papers reflecting their country’s stance and thoughts regarding the topic being debated in the council. Chin Huan (delegate of Jamaica) won the best UNEP position paper. Through NASMUN, our student delegates have strengthened their communication and problem-solving skills through collaborating and hearing differing perspectives from students at other schools


Temasek Distinguished Guest Series (Temasek Junior College)

10 students from the Secondary 3 cohort participated in the Temasek Distinguished Guest Series focusing on issues such as Hustle Culture, NFTs, Russian-Ukraine conflict. They also had the privilege to attend a symposium session with guest speaker Professor Inderjit Singh.


Humanities Department Learning Journey to Singapore’s First Community-Based Circular Ecosystem for Sustainable Food Production

The department had an enriching and fun time visiting the Tampines Black Soldier Fly Eco-Farm facility, tilapia pond, and the vertical vegetable farm at Blk 146.


Social Studies Talk on Transnational Terrorism

A sharing cum Q & A session by Mr Salim Mohamed Nasir from the RSIS, NTU on the threat and management of transnational terrorism to Singapore to our Secondary 3 cohort.

Learning on the Move

A fun-filled and enriching item mounted by the Humanities Department for the Secondary 2 cohort as an introduction to the issues in Social Studies in Secondary 3.