4 MARCH 2008
Establishing A School of Science and Technology
Minister for Education, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, announces the establishment of the School of Science and Technology (SST), Singapore, as the nation’s fourth Specialised Independent School.
4 MARCH 2008
The steering committee and sub-committees are formed to design a holistic curriculum with a focus toward the Sciences and Technology. The Ministry of Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) supports SST in an overseas learning journey, focus group discussions with prospective students and parents, as well as recruitment of the school’s first batch of pioneer staff.
3 MARCH 2009
SST’s pioneer staff start work in an office housed at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Behind the doors of this office, countless discussions and meetings are held to plan for the school’s curriculum, publicity and outreach activities, as well as the refurbishment of our holding campus.
3 MARCH 2009
The First BOD Meeting and MOU Signing Between NTU, NP and SST
The SST Board of Directors (BOD), chaired by Prof Su Guaning, President, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), convenes the first SST Board of Directors’ meeting. The inaugural meeting is followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NTU, NP and SST, Singapore.
18 MARCH 2009
First Outreach Efforts
First outreach efforts to Primary 6 students in Singapore through Learning Quest 2009 @ SST held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic
18 APRIL 2009
Direction School Admission (DSA)
SST’s first round of Parent’s Seminars at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for parents of Primary 6 students across all primary schools in Singapore. Commencement of the first Direct School Admission.
23 MAY 2009
SST’s Inaugural Open House
SST holds its inaugural Open House at the holding site near Clementi Avenue 6 and Dr Ng Eng Hen, Ministry for Education, graces the occasion as Guest of Honour.
24 OCTOBER 2009
First A Day@SST
SST’s first A Day @ SST, where potential students experienced “learning in a whole new way” with classroom activities.
Prior to joining SST, students from the Pioneer Cohort are given the opportunity to vote for their preferred school uniform. The final designs are selected based on the votes and the school’s requirements
The SST S&W attire comes in 5 versions to represent the House colours. They are Black, Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. These colours are in reference to the five colours of the Olympic Rings. Students are assigned their specific Houses when they enter SST in Secondary One and remain in the House throughout their journey in SST.
4 JANUARY 2010
The First Cohort of Students
The pioneer cohort of SST students begins school. The exciting array of activities on the first day of school includes the Bridge Building activity, the Amazing Race and the overnight camp. The key cornerstone of the Orientation Camp is the annual Badge Ceremony, where students receive the collar pins to reaffirm their status as SST students.
29 MARCH 2010
The Groundbreaking Ceremony
SST holds its Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new school campus with Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education as the Guest of Honour. On the same occasion, SST receives a donation of S$8.1 million from Ngee Ann Kongsi.
23 MAY 2010
The MOU Signing Between SST and IBN
SST signs a MOU with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), to broaden and deepen SST students’ learning in the field of scientific research as well as concepts of technopreneurship.
23 – 29 MAY 2010
First Overseas Learning Trip for Students
Secondary 1 students visit Beijing & Guangzhou, China under the schools’ Global Citizenship Programme (GCP).
School Blazer Introduced
During formal school events and external competitions, SST students will wear the school blazer, together with a white long sleeve shirt, striped tie and black dress shoes.
4 JANUARY 2011
The First Day of School
Students celebrate the first day of school in Year 2011 by showing appreciation towards the construction workers of SST’s new campus with a special presentation, a robotics showcase and a buffet lunch.
25 JANUARY 2011
MOU Signing with Overseas Education Partners – RDFZ Xishan School
SST signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Renda Fuzhong (RDFZ) Xishan School (人大附中) from China – for the purpose of working in close partnership with each other and promoting exchanges in the field of education and learning.
11 MARCH 2011
The inaugural speech day cum prize-giving, Celebrations@SST, is held to celebrate students’ academic and holistic achievements in school.
3 JANUARY 2012
Move to New Campus
SST marks its move to the new campus by engaging in a community food donation drive. The initiative is an extension of the school’s service learning programme to instill active citizenship amongst the students. On the same day, the SST school flag is also unveiled for the first time to the school community as well as the media.
16 AUGUST 2012
Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE)
SST is initiated as one of the founding members of the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE), a professional network that facilitates extensive sharing of pedagogical ideas, resources and best practices in 21st century learning.
The school jacket is introduced to keep the students comfortable during local and overseas excursions and also serves as a means of identification.
20 MARCH 2013
Final Version of School Song
The school song emerges with the involvement of several parties and multiple stages in conceptualisation and development. Made of 2 stanzas, the chorus and a bridge, it is put together based on word clouds generated from student contributions. The final version of the song is recorded; sung by SST’s very own Show Choir.
13 APRIL 2013
The Official Opening of SST
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam attends the ceremony together with a few other distinguished guests such as Dr. Su Guaning, SST’s Chairman and President Emeritus at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Highlights include a lion dance, a P.E.T water rocket salute and a flash mob by the students and an LED light dance performance by the SST Show Choir.
22 MAY 2013
First Student Congress – EXPose
Working around the themes of “Discover”, “Dream”, “Design” and “Deliver”, students share their opinions of what makes SST tick (Discover) and what they envision SST to be like in the future (Dream). Selected students also participated in the brainstorming and design of strategies to bring about positive change.
20 – 21 NOVEMBER 2013
SST organises its inaugural Hackathon with the theme “Enhancing the Community Spirit – Through Web Applications”. Participants hail from 38 teams from 21 schools. The overnight coding event is the first of its kind that reaches out to primary and secondary school students nationwide.
18 NOVEMBER 2013
At the end of four memorable years in SST, graduands from the pioneer cohort bid farewell to their classmates, friends and both academic and non-academic members of SST community, as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
13 JANUARY 2014
Release of O-Levels results (Pioneer Cohort)
The pioneer cohort receive their GCE O-Level results. The students performed very well. 100% of the students are able to gain entry to a polytechnic, 98% of the students can advance to a Junior College or Polytechnic and 56.5% of the students obtain 5 or more distinctions.
3 APRIL 2014
Visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee
PM Lee and Mrs Lee are given a warm welcome during their visit with SST. Highlights include a tour to the Biotechnology lab, a lesson observation of a class using TI-Nspire to solve a Mathematical problem and also a visit to the the Robotics @APEX room, where PM Lee and Mrs Lee are given a chance to navigate the robots in order to complete a task.
3-5 JUNE 2014
SST organises its inaugural Make-A-Thon with the theme “Enhancing the Life of Singapore’s Pioneer”. A total of 120 students from 6 primary schools and 10 secondary schools participated in the overnight coding event
28 JUNE – 4 JULY 2014
Lab School @ SST
SST organises its inaugural Lab School. Lab School @ SST brings partners together on a common platform to share teaching and learning practices in applied learning approaches, create ideation space in the use of technology to support applied learning and to create opportunities for future collaboration.
Strategic Review Exercise
The school embarked on a Strategic Review Exercise where Board members, parents, staff and students were consulted. The vision and mission were refreshed to guide future initiatives.
3 NOVEMBER 2014
School Green Awards
SST attained the Lotus Award for the School Green Awards organised by Singapore Environment Council (SEC). It also attained the bronze award for the 3R Awards (based on the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) which recognised our efforts in practising the 3Rs, contributing to better waste management and recycling.
15 DECEMBER 2014
Change of Leadership
Founding Principal, Mr Chua Chor Huat was succeeded by Mr Hoe Wee Meng. Parents, students and staff of SST thanked Mr Chua for his pioneering work in establishing the school via various tributes.
16 MARCH 2015
SST Tech Summit
SST organised its inaugural SST Tech Summit 2015, a one-day event that focuses on harnessing Google-related apps or platforms for education to promote self-directed learning and collaborative learning among students. It provided a platform for researchers and practitioners to meet and share their experiences in deploying Google Apps for Education.
16 APRIL 2015
Apple Distinguished School award
SST was selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015 & 2016. This is our recognition as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence
17 APRIL 2015
SST-3M Innovation Challenge
SST collaborated with 3M on the inaugural SST-3M Innovation Challenge in alignment with the World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW). Based on the themes of aging population, education and safety, Secondary One students developed the prototypes for their creations using special Innovator’s Toolkits from 3M. Students were mentored by selected 3M staff during the project period and the top five prototypes were presented to judges at a fair which showcased all the projects.
2 JULY 2015
Visit by Minister Heng Swee Keat
SST hosted Education Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat, during his visit to the school. He was treated to a showcase of student projects which included a haze sensor and smart car park.
15 DECEMBER 2015
Change of School Leadership
Mrs Linda Chan takes over the reins as Principal of SST. Mr Hoe Wee Meng will assume a new role in the Prime Minister’s Office.
12 JANUARY 2016
SUTD – SST Big – D Camp
50 students from SST participated in a design and prototyping workshop at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Known as the SUTD-SST Big-D Camp, this inaugural programme will kickstart a series of collaborations between SST and SUTD 101.
30 MAY 2016
SST officially joins the International Science Schools Network (ISSN) as a Guest Member.
1 – 2 JUNE 2016
SunburST Makers’ InnoFest
Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme (STEP) supported SST in the SunburST Makers’ InnoFest which aims to build capacity and seed interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) amongst young innovators through a series of maker-centric workshops.
25 JULY 2016
SST-SUTD MOU Signing
SST and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) sign MOU in a collaboration to extend joint initiatives to groom young leaders with the passion and aptitude for STEM and design.
JULY – AUGUST 2016
First Cohort of Students (Class of 2013) Receive Their GCE A-Level
and International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificates and Scholarships
Photo: Ministry of Defence, Singapore
Our alumni from the Class of 2013 continue to do SST proud with their various achievements; receiving scholarships, awards and taking leadership positions in their respective schools. One of our outstanding alumni, Ho Yan Jin, was the first female to receive the Singapore Armed Forces Engineering Scholarship, aimed at attracting top scientists and engineers.