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Aesthetics & Design

The Aesthetics and Design Department of St. Andrew's Secondary offers Art, Design & Technology (D&T), Home Economics and Music to its students. These subjects are taught to all Lower Secondary students. Art, D&T and Music are offered to Upper Secondary students as elective subjects.


The Art Unit is a part of the St. Andrew's Secondary Aesthetics and Design Department. Visual Arts is taught to all Lower Secondary students. Art is also offered as an elective subject to Upper Secondary students. St. Andrew's Secondary is selected as one of the first two schools to host an Enhanced Art Programme since 2011. 

The curriculum aims to cultivate an appreciation of art and design through meaningful art education whereby every child will become visually literate.

A visually literate child will be able to observe, understand and make meaning of the world they are in. They will also be able to communicate their ideas by using and creating visuals. 

A child who appreciates art will be able to recognise the relevance of art and find art valuable in their lives.

Lower Secondary Curriculum

  • Acrylic Painting
  • Animation (Cinema 4D)
  • 3D Modelling (Cinema 4D)
  • Pencil/ Colour Pencil Rendering
  • Digital Photography
  • Photo editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Study of Visual Arts (SOVA)
Upper Secondary Curriculum

  • Pencil/ colour pencil rendering
  • Marker rendering
  • Acrylic painting
  • Observational drawing and painting
  • Digital photography
  • Photo editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Study of Visual Arts (SOVA)
  • Visits to art spaces and exhibitions

2013 Trip to Korea:
Anyohaseyo! In line with one of our school's strategic thrusts "Empowering Learning", the Aesthetics and Design Department embarked on a 7-day learning journey to South Korea for Secondary Three Art and D&T students on the 27th October 2013. Twenty students from the secondary three were selected for the trip and were joined by two teachers, Mr Steven Woo and Mr Jansen Ho. The seven days trip proved to be a great success due to the enthusiastic input from the teachers and students, and the continuing support from the school and A&D Department.
The objectives of this learning journey were to immerse students in another educational system and learning environment as well as to expose them to another culture in South Korea, where many world leading industries such as Kia motor and Samsung are research, developed and implemented. The learning journey also provided an opportunity to learn from other cultures and give students foundation upon which to build their knowledge for their O’ level coursework.
This fantastic opportunity would not have been possible without the continued support from the principal and parents. Many thanks to all of the industries, Hongik University, Incheon Middle School, and tour guides that were responsible for making this learning journey a success. Kamsahamnida!

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With Incheon Middle School
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Kia Motor
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The St. Andrew’s Secondary Art Unit also supports other schools in the following areas as part of its South Zone Centre of Excellence for Design Program:
  • Professional Sharing of Teaching Pedagogy 
  • Learning Journeys to Art Spaces/ other institutions 
  • Coursework Sharing for Secondary Schools

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The D&T unit aims to prepare students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world by giving them opportunities to think and intervene creatively through the Design process. It structures its curriculum with the aim to produce men who can contribute to society through knowledge and technology that are both innovative and intellectual.

Lower Secondary Curriculum

The Lower Secondary D&T curriculum is conducted throughout the academic year. In D&T, we trained students to think through drawing and making. The following are the knowledge and skills that students will acquire through this subject:
  • Sketching and drawing
  • Research and information gathering
  • Ideation process
  • Cardboard modelling
  • Basic concepts and applications of mechanisms, structures and electronics
  • Working with plastics, wood and aluminium
  • Basic Computer Aided Design

In addition to the standard curriculum, students’ learning experience is enhanced through the following programmes which we organise throughout the year:
  • Saints Millennium Race (Intra-School Competition)
  • South Zone Millennium Challenge (Inter-School Competition)
  • Crocodile Clips Program for NT (Basic)
  • Solidworks Program (Basic)
  • F1 in Schools Workshop for RKS Adams

Upper Secondary Curriculum

The Upper Secondary D&T curriculum is very rigorous as we are preparing them for the national examinations. We focus largely on skills that would prepare them to handle the coursework component of the national examinations. The coursework component consists of the Design Journal, Presentation Boards and Artefact and it takes up 70% of the total score for the subject. The following are the knowledge and skills that students will acquire through this subject in Upper Secondary:
  • Sketching and drawing
  • Planning and monitoring a project
  • Design process- Research and information gathering
  • Cardboard modelling- Concepts and applications of mechanisms, structures and electronics
  • Machine operations (Centre lathe, Wood lathe, Vacuum forming, Blow moulding)
  • Working with plastics, wood and aluminium
  • Computer Aided Design

In addition to the standard curriculum, students’ learning experience is enhanced through the following programmes which we organise throughout the year:
  • Crocodile Clips Program for NT
  • Pro-Desktop Program for NT
  • Solidworks Program
  • Bridge Building Competition 
  • Wheelchair Ramp Fabrication for Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Programme 

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The Home Economics Unit aims to enrich students’ experience in equipping themselves with the basic skills for independent living through the principles of nutrition, food management, textiles cum clothing design and consumer education.


Apron Design Lessons
The apron printing lesson is one of the first few lessons for Secondary One students. During these lessons, the students are introduced to the Green Street software which allows students to design their own name to print on their apron. This IT enriched lesson introduces design skills and helps to promote a sense of ownership as students design their own aprons and use them in subsequent lessons when they are cooking. 
Cooking Assessment
Practical cooking assessments are conducted during lessons for all lower secondary students. This is a good channel of assessment where students are assessed on their cooking skills. This is a student-centered lesson as students learn from their own mistakes. They also learn about the importance of good hygiene in the kitchen, simple housekeeping procedures and also time management skills.
Course Work Modules (Secondary 1 Express classes)
Course work is a higher-order thinking project work that is carried out for all Secondary One classes.

In this challenging project work, students are given a case study about a person with a health condition, eg: Diabetic, Hypertension, Heart disease or Obesity and are expected to create a healthy meal for this person. 

Students will need to go through weeks of research, planning and decision making before proceeding to buy the necessary ingredients that they have planned to cook for their case study. The cooking is assessed during their practical lessons.
‘Recycling’ Projects (Secondary 2)
The ‘Recycling’ project aims to encourage students to utilize ready/ used materials in innovative ways. Students are tasked to use discarded materials and make them into aesthetically pleasing flower holders.
‘Teach less Learn More’ Projects
The TLLM project aims to help students to take charge of their own learning. This project helps prepare students to be able to look for relevant information on the internet and make them to be able to create their own PowerPoint slides to help them learn. This is a very interesting project that allows a wide range of creativity amongst students. Students feedback that they have learnt far more than what the text book has to offer. This opens up the horizon of our students, thus better preparing them with the right skills for tertiary education. Since this is a group project, it also allows students to interact better with their classmates and teaches them social skills.

Achievements in 2012

SASS food photography competition 2012 was organised by our own school teachers together with Passion photographers. These entries were judged by Mr William Teo, the director of Passion Photography. Top 3 students with good pictures of food were given trophies. 

One of the winning entries taken by our Secondary One student.
End-of-Year practical exam of Chicken in a
Jacket done by Secondary Two students.

A delicious set up for a restraint setting
done by Secondary Two students for their
End-of Year exams.

A lovely dinner setup arrangement of
Chicken in a Jacket by our Secondary
Two students.