We aim to develop scientific understanding by creating opportunities for students to question what goes on around them. We explore what science and scientific endeavour are to put a human face on the relentless pace of progress. Students learn objectivity and scientific literacy whilst appreciating the need for greater public understanding.
We develop their practical skills so that they can try to answer the questions they pose. Our students develop a critical and analytical way of thinking, allowing them to always work beyond what is being presented.
In Grades 7 and 8, our students study a general science course based on the Australian national curriculum, which prepares them for studying IGCSE. Students in Grades 9 and 10 embark on the IGCSE (Cambridge Board) Science course. They can take all three separate sciences as individual subjects (3 IGCSEs) or complete the more general Coordinated Science subject (2 IGCSEs).
In Grades 11 and 12, as part of the IB Diploma Programme, students can choose to study Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology or Physics (SL or HL), Environmental Systems and Societies or Sports Exercise and Health Science (SL only).
Our Approach to Learning
Our students learn about the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. They also learn how science is studied and practised and become aware that scientific research results can have good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
Throughout their time at SJI International, we encourage our students to develop their investigative skills. They are inspired to think like scientists and are often challenged to use their scientific knowledge to explain observations and processes. We emphasise developing creativity in experimental design, enabling our students to establish the planning and manipulative skills necessary to create and perform practical investigations with accuracy and precision. Our ‘hands-on’ approach is designed to aid the development of students into excellent scientists and inspire in them a lifelong love of the subject. By utilising various means to engage a wide variety of learning styles, we strive to enable all students to reach their full potential. We want them to become responsible, self-motivated learners who take the initiative and seek to learn about the Sciences because we have helped them develop a curiosity and desire to know more.
Beyond the classroom
Our students are encouraged to take their Scientific prowess beyond the classroom. They are provided with opportunities to take part in a host of Mathematics competitions, such as:
Chemistry Junior Olympiad
- This is a competition run by NUS open to all Grade 9 students where they compete against other Singapore schools to represent Singapore in the international competition.
Physics, Biology and Chemistry Olympiad
- This is a competition run by NUS open to all Grade 11 students where they compete against other Singapore schools to represent Singapore in the international competition.
- This is an international competition run by the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute. Where they compete internationally, this is open to Grades 7 to 12 students.
LKC Anatomy Challenge
- This is a Biology based competition that is run for Grade 11 students.