The Talent Development Programme

The Dunman High School Talent Development Programme (DHS TDP) is one of Dunman High’s key programmes specially tailored for high-ability students to achieve peaks of excellence.

DHS TDP aims to foster high-ability students’ cognitive development and to nurture their affective and character development through these programmes. Our school-wide enrichment for Talent Development is guided by Renzulli’s School Enrichment Model (SEM) and Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness & Talent (DMGT) and is offered in four main platforms:

  • School-based Gifted Education (SBGE) Programme,
  • Specialised Talent Development Programme
  • Department Talent Development Programme, and
  • Academic Co-Curricular Activities.

School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE) Programme

The SBGE is our programme for high-ability learners where their learning experiences are differentiated in terms of curriculum content, teaching and learning processes, assessed products and learning environments (based on the June Maker Model). This platform allows students to maximize their academic potential in different subject disciplines.

In Year 1 and Year 2, students who are formerly from the Gifted Education Programme in their Primary Schools are placed in SBGE classes together with other high-ability students. Students in the SBGE classes will experience all-round core-curricular enrichment. In Year 3 and Year 4, admission to SBGE classes is based on merit and teachers’ recommendation.

Specialised Talent Development Programme

Students with the aptitude and passion in the Humanities, Languages or Sciences are also offered the opportunity to participate in Specialised Talent Development Programme organised by DHS, MOE or external agencies. They embark on research projects or participate in competitions that deepen their specialised knowledge and increase interaction opportunities with experts from the various fields to learn about latest research developments. Through their participation, students strengthen their disciplinary understanding and thinking skills, and their social and emotional competencies such as decision-making and core values such as resilience and responsibility.

Examples of Specialised TDP in DHS:

  • Chinese Language Talent Programme
  • Creative Arts Programme
  • Future Problem Solving Programme
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Research Programme
  • MakerEd@DHS (Computing & Robotics Programme)
  • Moot Parliament Programme
  • Nanyang Research Programme
  • Science Mentorship Programme
  • Sports Science Research Programme
  • Research@Young Defence Scientists Programme

Department Talent Development Programme

TDP is also provided at the departmental level where various departments offer differentiated advanced learning opportunities that develop students’ cognitive capacity, creativity and sense of empathy and appreciation for the human condition. These learning opportunities may form part of the core curriculum or co-curriculum and are held during or beyond the curriculum time for selected group of students.

Examples of Department TDP:

  • Art Special Programme (School-based)
  • Bicultural Studies Programme 
  • Music Elective Programme
  • Competitions training (e.g. National Science Challenge)
  • Enrichment Programmes or courses at advanced level of knowledge and skills
  • H3 academic subjects (Year 5 to Year 6)
  • MOE – Local Student Attachment Programme
  • MOE – Overseas Student Attachment Programme

Academic Co-Curricular Activities

Year 5 and Year 6 students who have special aptitude, capacity and passion for the Humanities, Mathematics or the Sciences have the option to be a member of the academic-based CCAs such as International Strategic Affairs Council (Humanities), Mathematics Society and Science Society, as TDP. They are given special training and research mentorship opportunities and are also involved in organising local and/or international events such as the ASEAN Plus Summit.

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