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Crest Secondary School, a Specialised School for Normal (Technical) students, took in its first batch of Secondary One students in January 2013. First announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 2010 National Day Rally, the pioneering school team has selected Crest as the school’s name to underline the aspirational aim of helping every Crestan develop and rise to his/her potential, regardless of background, and to graduate as a confident individual, anchored in sound values and equipped with the skills to succeed in future learning, employment and life.
Crest’s pioneering team comprises experienced School Leaders, Heads of Department and Teachers seconded from the Ministry of Education and the Institute of Technical Education. Their decision to come on-board the school is motivated by their strong passion for working with N(T) students and making a significant difference in their lives.
Crest will offer a customized Sec One to Sec Four curriculum that integrates both academic learning and vocational training. Apart from N(T) subjects such as English Language, Math, Basic Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil) and Science, the school will also offer four ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) courses, namely Hospitality Services, Retail Services, Facility Services and Mechanical Servicing. Learning will be practice-oriented, with an emphasis on skills development to prepare students for progression to post-secondary skills training at the ITE and for employment. Industrial attachment will be an important component of the ISC learning experience for the students, spanning about 200 hours from Sec Three to Sec Four. In addition, the school will adopt innovative pedagogies to strengthen students’ literacy and numeracy skills through real-world, ICT-enriched learning contexts.
A key cornerstone of the school’s holistic education is the approach in building students’ character, with a strong focus on values education and strengthening social and emotional competencies. The aim is to develop Crestans as well-rounded individuals, anchored in good character and equipped with useful vocational and life skills.
At the end of their four-year journey, Crestans will graduate with the GCE N(T) Level Certificate and the ITE Skills Certificate.