SIP(Structured Integrated programme) @Hwa Chong Institution

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SIP(STRUCTURED INTEGRATED PROGRAMME)
@HWA CHONG INSTITUTION
OUR INTERVIEW

Project Title: The Introduction on the Structured
Integrated Programme(SIP) in Hwa Chong
Institution(HCI) in 2012
Interviewee: Lim Seow Yi (Mr)
Format: MP3
Recording Language: ENGLISH
Running Time: 11:14
OUR INTERVIEW
Synopsis:
Mr Lim Seow Yi, Lower Secondary Science Teacher in HCI, is
our interviewee. He explains the purpose of why the Structured
Integrated Programme(SIP) was introduced in Hwa Chong
Institution(HCI), that revoked the Secondary 3Q classes that
before. Also, the effectiveness of the SIP in HCI, and the
reactions of students to the subject matter and the pros and
cons of the new system. Lastly, the effects the students might
face such as Psychological and Mental effects, Social Effects
and others. Also, he talks about how the SIP is unique to HCI
only that helps prepare Students for both the Integrated
Programme and in case, the GCE O-Levels. The present
syllabus and format of the SIP system.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SIP
The Structured Integrated Programme is a
programme started in 2012 that is meant to
replace the precedent Secondary 3Q class system.
 It is a programme that is unique to Hwa Chong
Institution (HCI), because it grooms Secondary 3
students who did not do well in Secondary 2 to
revert back to the normal IP(integrated
Programme)and just in case ,to prepare them for
the O-levels, if they do not make the standard.
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DIFFERENCES IN THE OLD/NEW SYSTEM
OLD SYSTEM(3Q class)
NEW SYSTEM(SIP)
MSG(Mean Subject Grade) >4.00
MSG(Mean Subject Grade)>3.00
Concentrates on preparing Students for Olevel classes ONLY.
Concentrates on helping students revert
back to the normal IP system, and just in
case, the GCE O-levels.
Minimum MSG to leave class in Secondary
4 ≤ 4.00 (IP)
Minimum MSG to leave class in Secondary
4 ≤ 3.00 (IP)
Focuses on the O-level syllabus
A more structured programme for students
to keep up with the pace of the IP, that also
covers some of the O-level Syllabus.
Mean Subject Grade is calculated by all points earned by all subjects, (e.g. 6A1s, so
6 points), divided by number of subject. In this case 6/6 = 1.00
REASONS FOR THE SIP
SIP was introduced last year to help students who
might difficulties in the IP system, instead of
directly preparing them for O-levels.
 So, in other words, it is meant to act as an area to
help students get back to the IP system instead of
directly focusing on the O-levels.
 SIP is to help students cope with the IP, and also in
case, to prepare them for O-levels, if necessary. A
Win-Win situation
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EFFECTS ON STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Students enjoy being in SIP classes.
 Students are motivated, and are working hard
to revert back to the normal IP system.
 Pace is good for students, as it is at a slow
pace for them to catch up.
 Teachers are working harder to help these
students, workload increase.
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NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON STUDENTS
As student being channelled into the SIP may
come as a big shock to him, as he did not
expect his MSG to be that bad.
 They may not be mentally prepared for the new
system.
 Disappointment to those who did not expect to
land up in SIP.
 Shame.
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EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SIP
Pro and Cons?
 There are no problems yet.
 There is not much difference between the IP
and SIP system, except for the pace and focus.
 Students in SIP would not lose out if they return
to the normal IP system in Secondary 4, and
they would not lose preparation time for the Olevels.
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EFFECTIVENESS OF SIP
Instead of condemning them to the previous Olevel class, 3Q, it gives these students a chance to
do better, and could possibly return back to the
normal IP class, instead of immediately sending
them to prepare for the O-levels.
 Gives them another route for them to succeed.
 Workload will be the same as the normal IP
system.
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THANK YOU
Resources taken from:
 www.hci.edu.sg
 Interview with Mr Lim Seow Yi
 Old HCI student handbook

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