Our Journey


Image 1.jpgVCA Design Thinking Committee bonding over coffee.

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


  • 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.


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). 


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.


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). 


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.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.


Be that___,Stop the discrimination (IP3 GEB IVP)
  • Students were inspired by volunteering at Singapore Cancer Foundation to come up with a storybook and accompanying doll with removable hair to educate students to be more sensitive to those who are different from them (e.g.: youth who have cancer). They presented their ideas at the MOE Gifted Education Branch Young Innovator’s Fair. 

Exercise Cube (Y3 Imagineering)
• Students collaborated with Henderson Senior Activity Centre to design a mobile exercise cube which could allow elderly with weak 
knees exercise with basic hand movements, so that they could maintain an active lifestyle.
They presented their ideas to IP3 students in Cedar and VS at SUTD.

U-Walker (Y3 Imagineering)

  •   Students collaborated with SilverACE Senior Activity Centre to design a device which could be added to 
the base of an umbrella which could provide elderly better stability during wet weather without the social 
stigma of using a walking stick. They presented their ideas to IP3 students in Cedar and VS at SUTD.

The Bystander Effect (IPW)

 • A group of school Cyberwellness Ambassadors created a set of lesson plans and resources to educate students on 
the importance of taking a stand towards cyber-bullying. The lesson package was implemented by 
the students during Level 1 and 2 CCE lessons, and presented at the East Zone Cyberwellness Conference 2017.

Under the Sea (VIA)

 • A group of Cedarians created a storybook in Sec 2 to raise awareness amongst pre-school students to keep beaches clean. The book was then professionally developed with the assistance of NEA, and distributed to pre-schools under the South-East Community Development Council. The students carried out further outreach to kindergartens using the storybook in Sec 4 for their VIA project.


 Portable Basketball in a Box (IPW)

  • The physically-disabled elderly residents of Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home needed a way to exercise indoors. This group of students devised a portable basketball hoop set which impressed the organisation so much that they requested for the latest version of the prototype to be used in their physiotherapy room. The students also presented their ideas to educators across Singapore in 2018.

Under the Sea Translation Project (IPW)

  • In how many languages can you express your love for the enrivonment? Students collaborated with NEA and LKY Fund for Bilingualism to translate the book ‘Under the Sea’ into Mother Tongue Languages (Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil). They also worked together to create teaching resources that accompanied the book, suitable for pre-school and kindergarten students. The books have been shared at the NEA Clean & Green Carnival.


  • Cerebral palsy patients often have difficulty handling kitchen knives. This group of students created an acrylic covered knife held together by magnets, which reduces the likelihood of injury. Their solution was well received by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance of Singapore, and subsequently showcased at the MOE Gifted Education Branch Young Innovator’s Fair and at the SUTD’s Maker’s Faire. 

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All-in-one box-of-fun (VIA)

  • Dyspraxic children have difficulty with body coordination and movement. These students created 5 games that targeted specific psychomotor skills that dyspraxic children have difficulty with. The set of games went through multiple rounds of iteration with occupational therapists from Therapy Alliance, and are currently being adopted by the organisation as learning aids for dysphraxic children.

PROJECT FORTIS (Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes)

  • This group of Cedarians from IP4 raised awareness about the importance of inclusivity in society by a fund-raising concert for the Disabled People’s Association. Through the support of the Citi-YMCA Youth for Causes Programme, they galvanised the support from 50 volunteers both from and outside of Cedar and raised $5,600 from the concert.