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Mother Tongue Department 

Department Vision
  • Every student a Competent Communicator in Mother Tongue Language

Department Mission

  • To develop students into competent users of their Mother Tongue Languages
  • To nurture students to appreciate and understand the culture of their Mother Tongue Languages, as well as that of others, so as to develop cross-cultural literacy

Department Programmes

1)      ReAP (Reading with Active Participation) Programme
          This newspaper reading programme enables Northstars to develop literacy and communication skills and                 hone their critical and creative thinking skills through various lesson activities based on newspaper                             reading and current affairs.

2)      Cultural Literacy Programme
          a)  Conversational Chinese Malay (CCM) Programme
                Through this 14-week programme, Secondary 1 Northstars offering MTL at Express level will acquire an                   elementary understanding of the Chinese/Malay languages and be able to hold a simple conversation                         with a native speaker in common scenarios.
           b)  MTL Festive Celebrations (Lunar New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Pongal)
                 Northstars will learn about the cultures and customs related to different Mother Tongue Languages                           and develop cross-cultural literacy skills.

3)       Mother Tongue Fortnight
           Northstars will learn more about the culture related to their Mother Tongue Languages through a range of             activities, such as learning journeys, workshops, performances and talks.

Our Higher Ability Students are further developed through

  • representing the school in essay writing, newspaper making, oracy and translation competitions, among others.
  • serving as School Correspondents – write to newspapers to share about school events.

Adaptive Learning at NSS

Our school is featured in Lianhe Zaobao on 14 Nov 2019, as one of the pilot schools for the
adaptive learning system and AI learning companion, which will be launched in all Primary and
Secondary schools by 2025.

The adaptive learning system uses machine learning to tell how each student responds to
learning materials in order to recommend a customised pathway for each individual. The AI
learning companion will also help students reflect on their learning experiences and recommend
further learning activities.

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Lunar New Year at NSS

Northland celebrated Lunar New Year on 4 February 2019, which was the eve of the Lunar New Year. The celebrations started off with a mask appreciation performance and a mask painting activity in class. The students later gathered at the hall for the finale - an entertaining Chinese New Year concert, which comprises a dragon dance performance and the God of Fortune to usher in the New Year. 

Northland Sec celebrates Pongal Festival (2019 TL Unit)

Northland Secondary School celebrated Pongal on Friday, 18 January 2019. Organised by the Tamil Unit, the event sought to educate the students on the significance of Pongal. Pongal is a festival celebrated in South India over four days, by farmers who give thanks to the Sun God for the blessings of a rich harvest.