Friday, 1 November 2013

How cool is this? @ OGDC

On the last day of the GCP Brunei Trip, SST students had a ball of fun at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre in Seria, Brunei.

Then, it's farewell to Brunei and thank you for the memories.

Read more here.

On Air: SST @ RTB

SST students were privileged to be able to visit Brunei's national broadcaster, Radio Televisyen Brunei or RTB.  They were featured 'live' on a morning talk show and had the opportunity to be on air at Pelangi 91.0 FM (an infotainment radio channel for youth).  After this memorable visit, SST students learnt about the history and pageantry of Brunei at the Brunei History Museum and Royal Regalia.

Read more about their exciting trip in Day Four entry.

It's paddy and playtime in Brunei

It's paddy and playtime in Brunei on Day Three as the SST group visited Wasan area experience the rustic kampong life. Then, a long, long drive to Labi brings the group to an Iban Longhouse.

Read about it in the Day Three entry.

Visit to Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan

SST had a rousing welcome from the students and staff of Maktab Sains.  SST students had an enriching experience when they work collaboratively with Maktab Sains students to design a student hub using Google Sketch-up.

In the afternoon, SST students headed to the 'Venice of the East' or Kampong Ayer and went in search or proboscis monkey in the wild too. Click on Day Two tab to read about it.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Pearls in your Black Pearl Tea

You know, the pearls in your Black Pearl Tea drink are made of sago... SST visited a Sago Factory on Sunday and learnt the process of sago making the Bruneian way.  And, some of the students enthusiastically took part in the process too.. have a look.

For pictures of students in action, click on Day One tab.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Update: 27 Oct (1200hrs)

We are at Gate F60 waiting to board the plane.  Thank you, parents and families, for the wonderful send off.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Global Citizenship Programme (GCP)


To inculcate in students
1.   the importance and relevance of being good Global Citizens;
2.   the awareness, implications and responsibilities as Global citizens; and
3.   the understanding that citizenship transcends over boundaries.

This GCP trip to Brunei aims to enhance the educational experience of an SST student by providing meaningful opportunities for

1.     Exploring, appreciating and understanding the culture and language of the people in Brunei; 
2.     Experiencing what school life is like and forging friendships with students in Brunei;
3.     Experiencing and appreciating the scenic landscape and nature in Brunei;
4.     Understanding how Brunei keeps pace with modernization; and
5.     Understanding Singapore’s relationship with Brunei.

27 October (Sun) to 31 October (Thu) 2013

Mdm Arfah Buang (MTL Dept.)
Mr Ng Guohui (Science Dept.)
Ms Chua Lily (EL Dept.)

No. of students: 32 (Sec Ones) + 2 (Student Leaders - Sec Twos)

Partner institution in Brunei: Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSBSPS) [Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College]


Enduring Understandings (EU)

EU1: Culture is a way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs.
EU2: Culture influences all our behaviours and interactions.
EU3: History is an intimate part and parcel of culture and society.
EU4: Decisions concerning the use of economic resources impact individuals and groups in society.

Essential Questions (EQ)
EQ1: What can we learn about a culture through its artefacts?
EQ2: How does culture shape the way we see the world and make sense of it?
EQ3: How does history shape the social relations and memories we live with today?
EQ4: How does the Iban community maintain its culture and identity?
EQ5: What effects does the economy have on society?

Students will learn
LO1: about the interplay between culture and behaviour through immersing in the Bruneian way of life.
LO2: that heritage is more than simply the things Bruneians preserve from the past as it reflects the way they see themselves as a community today as well as how they project themselves into the future.
LO3: that a culture emerges from the growing history and experiences of the Bruneian society and its tradition.
LO4: how national policies and modernization impact the lives and practices of a minority community in Brunei.
LO5: about the relationship between Brunei’s oil industry and its socio-economic development.

Student deliverables:

  • Daily reflection & online posts
  • Photo essay
  • Research report
  • Presentation
Roles in groups:

  • Research Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Photographer
Research themes / sub-themes: (please look under 'Resources' tab for related readings)

  • Architecture - e.g. structures, design influences, living conditions
  • Agriculture - e.g. products, practices, labour, land use and water management 
  • Biodiversity - e.g. flora and fauna, ecosystem, nature and human well-being, impact of climate change
  • Culture and Tradition - e.g. language, etiquette, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, gender roles, diet, religion
  • Education - e.g. school system, literacy rates, rights of children, gender equality, affordability, social mobility
  • Oil - e.g. imports/ exports, resource depletion, impact on society & economy
  • Sustainability - e.g. diversification of economy, renewal of resources 
  • Technology and Mass media - e.g. new technology, social media, engagement of youths, information management 
  • Tourism - e.g. profile of tourists, impact and implications of tourism, ecotourism
Allocated research areas (final):
  • Group A - Technology and Mass Media
  • Group B - Oil
  • Group C - Architecture
  • Group D - Biodiversity
  • Group E - Culture and Tradition  
  • Group F - Tourism
  • Group G - Sustainability
  • Group H - Oil
  • Group I - Education
  • Group J - Culture and Tradition
  • Group K - Agriculture
Please go to the daily itinerary for the scheduled 10-min presentations by groups.