Our Journey

2011

Image 1.jpgVCA Design Thinking Committee bonding over coffee.

  • Victoria Cedar Alliance (VCA) Design Thinking Committee was set up.


2012

  • Teachers attended workshops at Stanford d.school and Henry Ford Learning Institute on Design Thinking.
  • All staff in Cedar Girls’ Secondary School were trained in Design Thinking.

Image 2.jpgIP1 students in actions.

  • Imagineering Programme was launched for the first batch of IP1 students.
  • Pilot collaboration with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) with VCA schools on Design Thinking projects.


2013

Image 3.jpgStudents sharing solutions brought about by Design Thinking in Integrated Project Work. 

  • Imagineering Programme was offered to IP2 and IP3 students.
  • Design Thinking was introduced to Integrated Project Work for Sec 1 and 2 students.
  • Collaboration with SUTD partnering four Voluntary Welfare Organisations (Tung Ling Elder Care, St Hildas Elder Care, Brahm Centre and Changi Simei Constituency). 


2014

Image 4.jpgIP4 students present their social innovation project to a representative from Changi Simei Constituency Office.

  • Social Innovation Fair was launched for existing partners in collaboration with Victoria School. 


Image 5.jpgStudents create prototypes of their project solutions using skills learned in SUTD.

  • Partnership with SUTD, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and National Library Board (NLB) for the IP3 Imagineering Programme.


2015

Image 6.jpgIP3 students and staff from Cedar and VS together with the faculty from SUTD. 

  • Partnership with Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, SUTD for IP3 Imagineering Programme.
  • Three teams of Cedarians were selected to compete in Destination Imagination Singapore in the Social Innovation category. One team emerged as champions in the category, and advanced to the Destination Imagination Global finals at the University of Tennessee, USA.
  • Student leadership boards and co-curricular activities used Design Thinking to solve issues in school.
  • VCA Design Thinking Academy (DTA) conducted Design Thinking workshops for Singapore teachers under the auspices of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Singapore (ASCD Singapore). 


2016

Image 8.jpgA panoramic view of the Cedar
Social Innovation Learning Space.

  • Social Innovation Learning Space (SILS) was launched during Speech Day, for students to collaborate and learn about social innovation in different subject disciplines.

Image 9.jpgCedarians collaborate with a Chinese Opera Troupe for
Cedar Social Innovation Day 2016.  

  • Inaugural Cedar Social Innovation Day with the theme of Connecting Communities was launched on 25 May. All students participated in class-level social innovation projects to impact the community.

Image 10.jpgCedarians interact with the elderly as part of
Cedar Social Innovation Day 2016.

Image 11.jpgCedarians promote environmental cleanliness at hawker centres as part of Cedar Social Innovation Day 2016.

  • Teachers went on a study trip to Denmark and Sweden to glean possibilities on how to further improve our Social Innovation Programme and move towards becoming a Centre for Social Innovation.

2017

2017.jpegStudent participating in the GEB Innovation Programme.

  • Cedar participated in the Gifted Education Branch Innovation Programme.

jorunal.jpegLaunch of Social Innovation Journal.

  •  Launch of the Social Innovation Journal as a handbook and reflection log for students during their 4 years in Cedar.

Image 14.jpgVisit by Director of Danish Social Innovation Organisation, MindLab - Mr Thomas Prehn 

  • Launch of the Social Innovation Award.
  • Launch of Cedar as a Centre for Social Innovation.