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The Ministry of Education (MOE), via the Niche Programme, provides funding for mainstream secondary schools with good talent development programmes and proven track records of achievements in their identified area of excellence or niches.
From 2006, niche schools participating in DSA-Sec Exercise are allowed to admit students up to 5% of their Secondary One intake on a discretionary basis for the purpose of building up their niche. This gives niche schools greater flexibility in student admission so as to allow a more diverse range of student achievements and talents to be recognised. It also gives due consideration to abilities not fully assessed in the PSLE. Having niche schools as a part of the educational landscape is also in line with MOE’s move to support a more flexible and broad-based education system.
Jurong Secondary School has obtained her second niche status in Community-based Field Studies in 2013.
1. JSS SPORTS EXCELLENCE (BASKETBALL) PROGRAMME
Riding on a proud history of winning Zonal and National titles in basketball, JSS embarked on its Sports Excellence (Basketball) programme in 2006. Besides nurturing basketball talents into competitive athletes and ultimately champions in the sports, the Sports Excellence (Basketball) Programme serves as a vehicle to impart our core values of Loyalty, Industry, Sincerity and Love to each of our players. We firmly believe that sports is a perfect platform for values education and character building. Under a structured training programme of techniques, tactical awareness and physical fitness led by a strong team of teachers and coaches, each of our players will be nurtured into a champion of his/her future.
2. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES APPLIIED LEARNING PROGRAMME
In 2015, the Applied Learning Program (ALP) Environmental Studies: An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable living was launched as a flagship programme for JSS. This unique school wide program focuses on the interdisciplinary connections and interactions between environmental and social systems, i.e. cultural, economic, and social forces that shape environmental challenges of the 21st century. It requires for our students to think critically about environmental issues and actively participate in experiences where they can apply their knowledge, including serving our community with the knowledge and skills necessary to work towards environmental change.
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