The Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Environmental Sustainability is Punggol Secondary School’s distinctive niche programme. The ALP allows students to connect knowledge across subject disciplines, stretch their imagination and apply knowledge to real-world problems.
Our Vision: Harmony between Science and Nature
To achieve this common vision, we guide our students one step at a time for every step leaves a print.
We aim to help students appreciate the harmonious relationship between Science and Nature needed for sustainable living.
Journey of Self-discovery
Our students undergo a journey of self-discovery through these modules in their formative years.
Secondary 1 Module: Waste Management
The Waste Management module is conducted for Secondary 1 Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical students during their Science lessons. In this module, students learn about the importance of eco-sustainability and develop an awareness about waste management related issues in Singapore and around the world. For a unit on vermicomposting, our students also learn about the design and construction of a vermicomposting system as a method of food waste recycling.
Secondary 2 Module: Clean Energy
In the ‘Clean Energy’ module, all Secondary Two students learn about clean energy technologies and practices for sustainable living through a hands-on approach. This module is an effective collaboration amongst the Science, Geography and Design & Technology Departments.
In Science and Geography lessons, students explore alternative energy sources, other than fossil fuels, such as hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels. Students also learn the value of renewable sources of energy. Across the world, access to modern electricity or other forms of energy sources are not readily available. This allows students to have the opportunity to discuss how to drive change and strive for clean and affordable energy.
In Design and Technology lessons, students learn the stages of design model and application of portable clean energy sources. The design journal guides students in the context of the design scenario and project’s specifications. Students would then apply a random line trigger technique for idea generation for the solar panel holder and fan stand.
ALP infused into LLP
The ALP committee collaborates with the Learning for Life Programme (LLP) committee to provide an opportunity for students to put what they have learnt in ALP (Environment Sustainability) into action.
Students reach out to the community and contribute to efforts in protecting and advocating for the conservation of our environment through their service learning projects.
In 2021, the ALP committee collaborated with the LLP committee once again. Secondary 3 Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students were given an opportunity to make herbal candles, a simple, eco-friendly and popular way to fragrance one’s room, promoting environmental sustainability. The herbal candles made were presented to some Club HEAL (Hope, Empowerment, Acceptance & Love) members to help regain confidence in themselves.
Student Development Week Activities
The Secondary One to Three students also engaged in a series of meaningful ALP activities after their examinations.
Upcycling disused plastic milk bottles into bottle lamps
As environmental sustainability continues as a top trend in the retail industry, retailers have taken steps to become more sustainable. One way is to use recycled materials to construct LED lamps. The Lower Secondary students had the opportunity to experience first-hand upcycling of a disused plastic milk bottle into a bottle lamp. Each student brought home an LED-powered bottle lamp that is energy efficient.
Coding for Fun
Secondary One students have the opportunity to solve real-life problems with tangible solutions by developing their 3D prototyping and coding skills. The students learned to build prototypes with Strawbees (a reusable building kit that consists of colourful building straws and versatile connectors) and program their microbit using Makecode’s block-based programming platform. Students solved problems related to city building, from designing environmentally friendly buildings to tackling rubbish disposal systems. This activity allowed students to create solutions to solve real-world problems to promote environmental sustainability.
Plastic Bottle Self-Watering Planter and Environmental Sustainability Farming
Students have the opportunity to use upcycling techniques to cut and transform the bottles into a new product – a self-watering planter. Through the activity, the students learned the importance of food security and urban farming in Singapore, which are part of the government’s efforts to promote the sustainability of food supplies.
Learning Journey to Kok Fah Technology Farm
Students visited Kok Fah Technology Farm as part of their ALP module in ‘Waste Management’. They learned about the workflow and climate control processes in Kok Fah Farm’s Showcase Greenhouse and how technological and scientific advancements over the years can help to increase food productivity efficiently. The farm guides also shared about the pros and cons of different farming systems and how these systems assist in increasing food security in a land-scarce Singapore.
STEM Trail at Gardens By the Bay
The Secondary Two cohort visited Gardens by the Bay for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Trail, which allowed them to apply their mathematical and scientific knowledge in a real-world setting. They collaborated in activities that tapped on their skills in topics such as Mensuration, Proportion, Chemical Changes and Energy. In addition, they gained a greater appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the flora found at the Gardens and the technology behind the scenes that help maintain this iconic Singapore landmark.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Biodiversity Walk and Intertidal Coastal Cleanup
Secondary Three Express students participated in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Biodiversity Walk in 2019. They walked through the mangrove forest of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves, where they could closely observe the biodiversity of the mangrove ecosystem. They also learned about how well the mangrove trees have adapted to the saltwater conditions and their importance in the ecosystem. In addition, students also got to see unique mangrove inhabitants such as mudskippers, monitor lizards, tree-climbing crabs, kingfishers, and even crocodiles.
After the biodiversity walk, students engaged in the Intertidal Coastal Cleanup in collaboration with International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS). Students actively and enthusiastically contributed to the cleaning up of pollution and rubbish along Singapore’s shores.
Advocating for the environment and raising environmental awareness
Students from the Environment Club play a key role in promoting environmental sustainability in the school. Despite the constraints posed by COVID-19, they participated in several community youth advocacy projects, spread environment messages to their peers, conducted sharing on Earth Hour and Earth Day and raised awareness on recycling.
International C.B Paul Science Quiz: 2 Silver, 2 Bronze and 4 Honourable Mention
Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad: 1 Silver
Vanda Miss Joaquim Award Sustained Achievement Award
International C.B Paul Science Quiz: 5 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze and 2 Merit. Overall 4th and runner up in Finals.
Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad: 2 Bronze and 3 Honourable Mention
Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad: 3 Merit
Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad: 1 Bronze and 7 Honourable Mention
Vanda Miss Joaquim Award Sustained Achievement Award
International C.B Paul Science Quiz: 2 Silver, 3 Bronze and 1 Merit
Singapore Junior Biology Olympiad: 4 Bronze and 1 Honourable Mention