Here in Brainy Bairn Secondary our aim is to educate and support our students to become advanced performers as well as engaged learners in their academic work. Our objective student profile, is a student who knows how to think and behave in the 21st century. In this regard we continue to develop our ATC 21S model (Assessment and Teaching of 21st century skills) and map into our curriculum, strategies to ensure that our students are able to enquire, apply, analyse, evaluate and create original concepts from what they learn, as well as communicate their ideas clearly using ICT.
We are a Cambridge Assessment International Education associate school offering the Cambridge International Education curriculum from Secondary 1 through to IGCSE and onward to the A-Level. We emphasise in our teaching methods, strategies that underpin competence and create the optimal learner attributes in our students. By competence we mean those specific patterns of performance and behaviour that enable our students to perform a task at the required standard. The competence that we want our students to attain relates also to the ‘combinations of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which facilitate the application of knowledge to real world contexts’ (Cook & Weaving, 2013). The OECD (2005) says that competency ‘involves the ability to meet complex demands by drawing on and mobilising psychosocial resources (including skills and attitudes) in particular contexts’.
By following the CIE curriculum, we want to ensure that our students attain the right learner attributes. These learner attributes are: ways of thinking (creativity, critical thinking, metacognition and problem-solving); ways of working (collaboration and communication); tools for working (information literacy and ICT literacy); living in the world (local and global citizenship, life and career, personal and social responsibility, cultural awareness and competency).
We guarantee our commitment to provide good quality education for all our students - personalized to cater for their individual circumstances, interests and ability. We recognize and celebrate each student’s achievement in a way that inspire and motivate them. We share in the philosophy of Heng Swee Keat that, “Ultimately, education is not what we do to our children. Rather, it is what we do with them, and for them, to bring out the best in each of them, so that they grow up to embrace the best of the human spirit – to strive to be better, to build deeper wells of character, and to contribute to society.”