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Department vision : Global Citizens, Independent Learners

The study of Humanities in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School aims to develop “Global Citizens, Independent Learners” through the discipline of Geography, History and Social Studies. Students will be prepared to contribute actively as global citizens, through the acquisition of a range of knowledge and skills to understand and appreciate the complexities and dynamism of the human experience and the world we live in.

The Team

Mrs Jacqueline Tang 
(HOD Humanities)
lee_wui_lin_jacqueline@moe.edu.sg Geography
Mrs Yvonne Lau Chin Leng
seh_chin_leng_yvonne@moe.edu.sg   Geography  
Mr Joseph Chan
(HOD Integrated Programme) 
Miss Sharon Law
(SH History)
law_huizhen_sharon@moe.edu.sg History, Social Studies
Miss Lin Binbin 
(SH Geography)
lin_binbin@moe.edu.sg Geography
Mrs Lily Tan 
(Senior Teacher, History)
lim_lily_b@moe.edu.sg History, Social Studies
Mrs Josephine Sherwood
(Senior Teacher, Geography)
quek_lee_nar_josephine@moe.edu.sg Geography
Ms Naseem Fathima naseem_fathima@moe.edu.sg History
Miss Amanda Wong wong_yan_keet_amanda@moe.edu.sg History
Ms Elaine Goh goh_yi_ling_elaine@moe.edu.sg Geography
Miss Juliet Huang huang_chenmei_juliet@moe.edu.sg History, Social Studies
Ms Claire Cher cher_lian_mui_claire@moe.edu.sg Social Studies
Ms Uma Ramakrishnan uma_ramakrishnan@moe.edu.sg Social Studies
Ms Fatmah Binte Ismail Talib fatmah_ismail_talib@moe.edu.sg History
Ms Siti Wajihah Binte Zar'An Siti_wajihah_zaran@moe.edu.sg Geography
Miss Claribel Wong wong_hui_yu_claribel@moe.edu.sg History, Social Studies
Miss Amanda Lek Xintian Lek_xintian_amanda@moe.edu.sg Geography
Miss Eileen Tan Tan_yi_lin_eileen@moe.edu.sg History 
Ms Nurashimah Binte Ramnatas nurashimah_ramnatas_mohd@moe.edu.sg Geography

The Geography Curriculum

The Geography syllabus adopts a thematic and issue-based framework. In the lower secondary syllabus, students explore geographical issues through the theme of “interaction”, using geographical lens to understand the interaction between human and the environment. Students will learn how population drives resource consumption and the need for resource management, as well as understand how physical environments are altered to create living spaces and its resultant issues. Students in the upper secondary syllabus explore issues through the theme of “change and managing change”, understanding and examining relevant and current issues due to changes in the physical world and human world. Students will appreciate the complexity and dynamism behind the changes, and the multiple perspectives in change management.

The History Curriculum

The History syllabus adopts a thematic and issues-based framework. In the lower secondary syllabus, students explore historical issues through the theme of “rootedness”, using historical lens to understand the origin of Singapore, its connections with Asia and the world, its development and challenges within the timeframe of 1400s to 2000s.  Students in the upper secondary syllabus explore issues through the theme of “change and managing change”, understanding and examining key events, ideas and forces that shaped the world today.


Integral to the study of humanities is inquiry-based learning as its main pedagogical approach, to encourage critical thinking, investigation and problem solving in the exploration of issues. Students would be equipped with 21st Century skills to become independent learners. Geographical and historical investigations through field-based and experiential learning offer opportunities for students to engage in the inquiry process.



Assessment in the Humanities curriculum include Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning to encourage ownership of learning and the progressive development of skills and knowledge. Modes of assessment include Geographical and Historical investigation, source-based questions, short answer questions and structured questions. Students will be provided opportunities to engage in formal and alternative assessment tasks at both individual and group levels.

World Readiness Programme

As part of the unique World Readiness Programme (WRP) in the Integrated Programme to prepare our students for the world beyond the classroom, students go through modules on Social Studies and Emerging Asia. The modules seek to broaden students’ perspectives and understanding on local, regional and global real-world issues.

Humanities Talent Development Programme

The Humanities Talent Development Programme (HTDP), jointly offered by the Humanities and English departments seeks to identify and develop Integrated Programme students who have the passion and desire to pursue Humanities subjects in greater depth and exposure.

As part of their development, students can look forward in participation in Humanities Seminars, an independent research project under the guidance of identified mentors as well as external opportunities in the form of forums, competitions and conferences.

The programme seeks to develop students to be
 -       Critical thinkers who understand the human condition and global issues
 -       Effective and eloquent communicators with a personal voice
 -       Empathetic towards others

This page was last updated on: Thu,16/03/2017