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Talent Management

Talent Management

Principal’s Honours List

Aims

TK’s mission is to nurture students to their fullest potential, developing in them sound values and leadership skills, in an environment that encourages creativity and dynamism.

The Principal’s Honours List (PHL) students are given varied platforms for them to develop both their academic and non-academic domains.

The PHL students are expected to live out TK values of Ability to Succeed, Integrity, Ingenuity, Loyalty and Charity as well as embody the characteristics of the TK Graduate.

The objectives of the PHL programme are as follows:

  1. To enhance cognitive development with a focus on critical inventive thinking
  2. To learn new skills through the varied platforms provided to them
  3. To possess strong leadership and communication skills
  4. To contribute back to the school and/or the community


Background 

The Principal’s Honours List was created in 2007 in conjunction with the creation of the TK Scholars Programme (TK-SP).

The intake quality of students at TK has been gradually improving as evident from the PSLE t-score for our Secondary One intake over the last few years. In line with the school’s mission to develop each student to his or her fullest potential and in recognition of his or her talents, it has been decided that there should be a structured approach to manage and develop these outstanding students.

The programme is reviewed in 2016. From 2017, it will be a Distinctive Programme in Thrust 1 for Cognitive Development as the main element with focus on critical and inventive thinking (CIT).

 

Vision

To be Scholars of the Nation

Our PHL students must be role models to their peers in both academic and non-academic domains. They must have passion for learning in any domain and carry the TK brand to greater heights.
 

Approach

The Principal’s Honours List students are determined after the final-year examinations at the end of each academic year. Eligibility is determined based on the combined marks for all subjects taken in the academic year.

Level Selection Criteria
For All Levels L1R5 = 12 and 70% overall

 

Da Vinci Plus Programmes

The focus of the programme is developing TK graduates who are ready to face the key driving forces of the future – globalization, changing demographics and technological advancements. Our PHL students will have to be prepared to face these challenges and seize the opportunities brought about by these forces.

Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3 programmes will focus on enhancing their 21st Century Competencies and it will be categorized into 5 domains – Cognitive Domain, Sports and Health Domain, Arts and Aesthetics Domain, Character and Leadership Domain and Community and Citizenship Domain.

Each level of PHL will be also have macro-thematic approach to ensure spiraling growth of our PHL students.

Da Vinci Plus 2 – Changemakers

Da Vinci Plus 3 – Research and Inquiry

Da Vinci Plus 4 – Going Beyond

 

Da Vinci Plus 2 – Changemakers

This programme is a platform for the PHL students to be proactive. They will initiate and embark on community service project that could improve or change the lives of TK students or others. These projects can aim to address areas of concern in our school and/or community. Students must conduct research on the identified social issues to better understand them. Students will also have more opportunities and be empowered to make a difference to others by creating possible awareness and solutions to these issues.

 

Da Vinci Plus 3 – Research and Inquiry

In this programme, PHL students will embark on research projects which will sharpen their thinking processes. The projects will involve student-centered questioning or inquiry in one of the 5 stated domains. Research is a life skill and the process of inquiry extends beyond the academic world to include evidence and data collection. This will lead to greater understanding of the discipline and students will also develop the corresponding ability to formulate patterns, correlations or similarities.

Developmental Plan for PHL – Five Domains of Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3

 

Level Cognitive Domain Sports & Health Domain Arts & Aesthetics Domain Character & Leadership Domain Community & Citizenship Domain
Sec 2 Student Research

+

TK Sports & Health Ambassador

Student Research

+

Docents of a chosen Museum

Student Research (CCM Project)

+

TK Advocates

of Values

NE PHL

Student Research

(Recess Programme / Malay Heritage Centre Project)

+

Docents of TK Heritage  Lab

Sec 3 Student Research

(Disciplines)

–            Science

–            Maths

–            Humanities

–            Mother Tongue

–            English

 

* All domains for Sec 2 and 3 PHL students will involve student research

 

Sec 2 and Sec 3 PHL students will choose 3 of their preferred domains from the above table so as to ensure greater ownership of their growth in the various domains. They will also indicate whether they prefer to embark on self-directed or guided projects. The TM team will allocate the domain for the year based on their choices (individual or groups).

Da Vinci Plus 4 – Going Beyond

Sec 4 PHL students will serve as mentors to their juniors in the Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3 programmes. They will also attend training sessions to hone their skills for the various assessments during their university and scholarship applications. These include workshops for personal statement writing, resume and interviews and oracy skills.

Student Research Structure for Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3 (CIT focus)

Complementing TK core academic and student development programmes are the Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3 to help our PHL students develop their thinking skills, connect knowledge across subject disciplines, stretch their imagination, and apply these in authentic settings. These programmes also aim to help students appreciate the relevance and value of what they are learning in the academic curriculum, and develop stronger motivation and purpose to acquire knowledge and skills.

21st Century Competencies

 

Aims Learning Outcomes

 

Da Vinci Plus 2 Da Vinci Plus 3
Civic literacy , Global Awareness and Cross Cultural skills

Knowledge Application

 

 

Develop self-directed and life-long learning skills

 

 

  1. Enhance project planning and research skills
  2. Apply and transfer  knowledge and skills learnt across disciplines
  3. Recognise the relevance and inter-relatedness of what is learnt

 

 

 

Area of Research or Driving Questions determined by teacher.

 

Project task must meet the needs of the school/committee.

 

Deliverables discussed as a team and approved by teacher.

 

Teacher to guide group on crafting of project task and

driving questions for conducting primary data collection.

 

NLB materials research skills – Primary and Secondary sources of information.

 

 

Conduct research – Field work observation, photo evidence, recording, conduct interview and survey (optional).

 

Group to identify area of Research or Driving Questions in the chosen discipline given by teacher.

 

Deliverables discussed as a team and approved by teacher.

 

Students to be able to craft their own hypothesis.

 

Students to craft survey questions to test hypothesis – data collection.

 

NLB materials research skills – Primary and Secondary sources of information.

 

Conduct research – Field work observation, photo evidence, recording, conduct interview and survey.

 

Critical and Inventive Thinking

Independent Learning

Creative Thinking

Apply Creative and Critical Thinking Skills  

  1. Monitor own

learning through analysis of findings and data processing

  1. Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards learning and work
Students are to:

 

Utilise Da Vinci Curriculum @ TK Critical Inquiry Approach (refer to page 4 of Da Vinci Programme Overview)

 

Apply Scientific, Geographical, Historical, Mathematical, Design Technology and Language skills.

 

Apply data analysis and graphical representation skills of analysed data.

 

Present findings convincingly.

 

Explain different points of view on the same topic.

 

Make a strong, convincing argument for your preferred point of view.

Students are to:

 

Utilise Da Vinci Curriculum @ TK Critical Inquiry Approach (refer to page 4 of Da Vinci Programme Overview)

 

Apply Scientific, Geographical, Historical, Mathematical, Design Technology and Language skills.

 

Apply data analysis and graphical representation skills of analysed data.

 

Analyse findings and explain the arguments for and against different points of view on the topic.

 

Make a strong, convincing argument for your preferred point of view.

Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills Foster Collaborative Learning Skills  

  1. Collaborate with others

 

 

 

 

Group formation based on students’ project interest.

 

Teacher – student consultation

 

Small group facilitation

Group formation based on students’ project interest.

 

Teacher – student consultation

 

Small group facilitation

Improve Communication Skills
(Oral and Written)
 

  1. Communicate ideas clearly & effectively
Outcomes: (grp or individual)

300 – 500 words Closure Report

Format:

Title Page

Content Page

Background / Introduction

Methods / Processes

Results

Observations / Learning Points

Conclusions / Reflections

References and Appendices

 

Present at Da Vinci Plus Symposium

Oral Presentation Skills

–          Organizes ideas well.

–          Delivers presentation well.

–          Use rhetorical strategies to capture audience’s attention.

Or compile all reports online

Outcomes: (grp or individual)

800 words Closure Report

Format:

Title Page

Content Page

Background / Introduction

Methods / Processes

Results

Observations / Learning Points

Conclusions / Reflections

References and Appendices

 

Present at Da Vinci Plus Symposium

Oral Presentation Skills

–          Organizes ideas well.

–          Delivers presentation well.

–          Use rhetorical strategies to capture audience’s attention.

Or compile all reports online

 

Students’ Mass Leadership Trainings

All PHL students would attend oracy speech training and Sec 2 and 3 PHL students would undergo a mass training on project organisation. The topics to be covered are:

  • Doing Learning Needs Analysis for the school / community (for Sec 2 PHL only)
  • Deciding Project Objective and Scope
  • Deciding Project Schedule and Budget
  • Deciding work allocation for group
  • Crafting a Project Proposal for the Da Vinci programme
  • Managing Project – Managing Issues / Problems and Timeline
  • Managing Project Budget
  • Documenting of Project
  • Reviewing Project and Process Improvement
  • Writing Project Report

Students in Da Vinci Plus 2 and 3 Programme will be trained in Critical and Inventive Thinking and Research Skills too.

Monitoring our PHL students

PHL students from each level will have a teacher-mentor monitoring their development during the year.

Teacher-mentors will also check with the teachers-in-charge of the TK Student Council as well as Co-Curricular Activities to monitor the progress of the PHL students holding key leadership positions in TK.

Da Vinci Plus Organisation Chart

To refer to Annex A for Da Vinci Plus Organisation Chart.

 

Funding for Da Vinci Plus Programmes

The PHL groups who initiate projects that are meaningful for either the school or community will be advised to apply for National Youth Grant or Young ChangeMakers Grant under National Youth Council. The funding cap per project under the YCM Grant is $3000 or 80% of expenditure (whichever is lower).

 

Timeline for Da Vinci Plus Programme

 

No Date Plan Action By
1 January Meeting with PHL TM
2 January Selection of Domains PHL
3 January Sec 2 and 3 PHL Mass Project Management Training TM
4 January – March Sec 4 Mass Training Alumni
5 February Sec 2 and 3 PHL Oracy, Critical and Inventive Thinking and Research Skills TM
6 February – September*

(Assembly Protected Slots)

25 January

8 March

26 April

 

 

 

Da Vinci Plus Research Projects PHL
7 11 September Submission of Closure Reports PHL
8 May Meeting with PHL TM
9 October Review with Teacher-Mentors TM
10 November Review of PHL Development Plan TM

*to draft the detailed timeline for subject discipline-based student research (Da Vinci Plus 3)

 

Recognition

PHL students are recognised at the following platforms:

  1. Tea Session with the Principal
  2. Prize Giving Day

From programme drivers

  1. Synopsis of guided projects (includes Programme title – Da Vinci Plus 2 or 3)
  2. Names of Teacher-Mentor
  3. Timeline
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