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Joint Integrated Programme


The Joint Integrated Programme (JIP) by CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (SNGS) is jointly offered in collaboration with Catholic High School (CHS), Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS) and Eunoia Junior College (EJC).  Integrating and extending from the best elements of existing signature programmes unique to our schools, our JIP aims to provide academically strong students with an enriched broad‐based curriculum. Our students have the opportunities to engage in a wide spectrum of authentic and future‐oriented learning experiences that will equip them with competencies to navigate in a complex world.

JIP students from CHIJ SNGS, CHS and SCGS will spend their first four years in their respective secondary schools before progressing to EJC. Our students can look forward to the following MOE Special Programmes in the pursuit of their learning passions and aspirations. These include the Music Elective Programme (MEP) from Year 1 and the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) from Year 3. EJC students can offer the BSP, MEP or the Humanities Scholarship Programme.

For more information, download the JIP Prospectus here.

Philosophy and Approach

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, Catholic High School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School have in common a strong tradition of excellence in all-round development of students, an outstanding legacy of producing visionary leaders and a strong network of alumni members from different fields who are dedicated and supportive of their schools. EJC will leverage the best elements that are unique to the three schools, in particular, the synergy resulting from the confluence of three schools with strong heritage, sustained traditions of excellence and strong alumni networks, to realise our shared JIP vision of nurturing a community of principled leaders. Together, the four schools are weaving a tapestry of educational experiences with a strong emphasis on Character, Cognitive and Leadership development, to develop our students with a Passion for Life and Service to Society.

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The above diagram summarises the JIP approach for developing and nurturing our students, through the three main blocks of (1) Cognitive development, (2) Character development and (3) Leadership development. The outer portion of the diagram shows the desired outcomes, in terms of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are embodied by our graduates.


Curriculum Framework

JIP students can expect to immerse themselves in an enriched, extensive and authentic six‐year learning experience that would enable them to explore and further develop their personal strengths, passions and talents. Apart from the Core Curriculum, the JIP has two Flagship Programmes:
1. World Readiness Programme and
2. Passion Pursuit, as shown below:
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Our Core Curriculum

Our Core Academic Programme ensures that students in the JIP are poised to further their intellectual pursuits and realise their potentials in different areas of interests and specialisations by providing a strong grounding in knowledge and skills across the different subject disciplines. Developed collaboratively by the three partner schools, the Year 1 to 4 academic programme is aligned with the three disciplines of Languages, Humanities and the Arts, and Mathematics and Sciences. This is to ensure a strong grounding in the content and skills, and rigour required to excel in the core subject disciplines offered within the same disciplinary clusters at Year 5 (JC1) and Year 6 (JC2)

A deep understanding of subject matter is emphasised as it supports further intellectual pursuits by enabling students to transform factual information into “useable” and new knowledge. Hence, all Years 1 and 2 students would offer a general curriculum that enables them to explore various disciplinary fields and make an informed choice regarding the subject options to be offered at Years 3 and 4, and subsequently at Year 5 and Year 6 including the MOE Special Programmes offered by EJC.

World Readiness Programme
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Beyond the Core Academic Programme, our unique World Readiness Programme (WRP) aims to develop our students’ ability to impact lives in positive and ethical ways – in line with our JIP outcomes of a Global Outlook and Ethical Leadership. The WRP prepares our students for the world beyond the classroom, equipping them to understand Singapore’s role in the international arena and exposing them to Eastern and Western perspectives of geopolitical, social, cultural, economic and technological issues and megatrends.

From Year 1 to 4, modules offered under Philosophy, Current Affairs and Emerging Asia, some in the Chinese language, ride on the existing strengths of our schools in nurturing bilingual and bicultural students. They also develop our JIP students to be well‐versed in eastern and western perspectives on knowledge, reason, and values. In turn, the Current Affairs modules are designed to promote an understanding of global issues and megatrends. Collectively, the World Readiness Programme offered at Year 1 to 4 develops global perspectives and equips our JIP students with the critical knowledge, skills, and values needed to be the best for the world.

The WRP utilises a variety of learning platforms to engage students. On top of lectures and tutorial in each school, schools also engage or participate in programmes organised by external agencies (e.g. participation in Model United Nations Conferences). The three partner secondary schools also organise annual WRP Symposiums where students are brought together to benefit from the synergistic sharing of ideas and perspectives. At these WRP Symposiums, our students interact with people across a spectrum of society, including research engineers, foreign diplomats, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.

Passion Pursuit
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Guided by the firm belief that joy for learning is key to supporting future learning, our Passion Pursuit (PP) offers customised opportunities for our JIP students to pursue their learning at an extended or deeper level in both the academic and non‐academic domains in their six years with the JIP. Passion Pursuit provides avenues for high academic achievement, intellectual discovery, leadership excellence and extra‐curricular exploration essential to lifelong learning through an enriching journey of Diverge, Converge and Emerge. Across the three strands, Passion Pursuit is implemented through Platforms for Exploration and Platforms for Pursuit, and is enriched by the strong partnership among our three schools and our networks of alumni and community partners.

Platforms for Exploration enable students to nurture their intellectual curiosity and further their interests in the various domains. There are opportunities for students to be exposed to various fields at an introductory or novice level often triggered by an initial interest. These modules encourage student exploration and experimentation to ascertain if they wish to pursue them at a deeper and more sustained level.

Platforms for Pursuit enable the pursuit of disciplines at a deeper level while nurturing the students to be confident and self-directed learners. This is delivered through a range of creative and innovative avenues, and students can look forward to engaging actively in meaning-making through rich dialogue and interaction. An example of Platform for Pursuit is the Research and Mentorship Programme which enables all our JIP students to have a choice of engaging in discipline‐based or multidisciplinary projects with a teacher mentor or an expert in specialised fields. A reflective component weaved into the design of this programme brings our JIP students on a journey of self‐discovery to deepen their engagement in these areas.

Talent Development Programmes

The three secondary schools in the JIP partnership offer a spread of talent development programmes to help our Year 1 to 4 students transform their gifts into talents. Under these talent development programmes, our JIP students are nurtured to take on challenging assignments that stretch them beyond their current competency and potential. These talent programmes can be in the areas of academics, aesthetics and even sports. For example, CHIJ SNGS offers a suite of Bilingual and Bicultural Programmes (including a Translation Programme) and Science Mentorship Programme.

In addition, the JIP schools also offer MOE Special Programmes such as the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP), the Music Elective Programme (MEP) and the Humanities Scholarship Programme. Our BSP students will develop high cultural intelligence through an extensive Chinese curriculum and immersion experiences in China and a Western Country, along with opportunities to interact and share their experiences with students from other BSP(C) schools. Through the MEP offered in SNGS, CHS and EJC, students with an aptitude for music can pursue a deeper and more comprehensive study in music.

Life Skills, Character and Citizenship Programme

The JIP Life Skills, Character and Citizenship Programme aims to bring students on a meaningful journey to inspire active citizenship as well as nurture sound values and life skills. JIP students will experience a rigorous six-year curriculum that foregrounds and instills core values, essential social and emotional competencies and inspires them towards active citizenship. They will be encouraged to champion and support causes they are passionate about, to identify and seek to meet the needs of specific individuals or groups in their community, and to work towards creating a more inclusive society both within and beyond the school.

Research and Mentorship Programme

The Research and Mentorship Programme in CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School emphasises progressively equipping our students with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in research projects at a higher level. Students are provided with platforms to apply their knowledge and skills in authentic settings. These learning experiences help strengthen students’ future-ready skills such as: information and research literacy skills, complex problem solving skills, and collaborative skills.

The Research and Mentorship Programme is structured as follows:

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For Advanced Research, our students have the opportunity to pursue their passions at a higher level through individual or group research projects. The types of research projects include school-based projects mentored by teachers and external research projects mentored by experts in their specialised fields. Examples of projects pursued by our Year 3 and 4 students include: decision-making of General Yamashita and General Percival during the invasion of Singapore, portrayal of gender roles in Disney films, the ability of driverless cars to recognise road signs, and the ethics of genetically modified food.