Catholic High School started the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) [BSP(C)] in 2016. We offer this programme to Year 3 students who are passionate about learning from the cultures of the East and West. Year 1 and 2 students may prepare themselves for the BSP selection process (at end of Year 2), by applying for development programmes such as our Cultural Ambassador Programme (华青班).
This is a four-year programme. Students successfully admitted to BSP(C) will complete their Year 3 and Year 4 of BSP in Catholic High School and continue the programme at the Eunoia Junior College.
(Photo below: One of our BSP scholars from class of 2016-2017, Ong Chong Yu, at the award ceremony for his Prime Minister’s Book Prize. Established in 1974, the Prime Minister’s Book Prize is a national award recognising outstanding students for bilingualism.)
“Every CHS BSP student is a bicultural and bilingual leader with the perspectives, principles and passion to touch lives and transform futures.”
The objectives of the BSP(C) are to:
1. Nurture principled, bicultural and enterprising leaders who are able to engage with China and understand the West;
- Develop bilingual scholars who are passionate about analyzing and projecting the historical, cultural and contemporary developments of both the East and West; and
- Broaden our students’ horizon, and cultivate their global perspectives and world readiness as part of the global diaspora.
This programme aims to deepen students’ understanding of history, social evolution, economic developments and international relations of contemporary China with the rest of the world, particularly the West. Students will be exposed to historical analyses, experiential learning and other approaches that cultivate their interest and deepen their learning.
Besides covering topics related to China, students will also learn more about their roots and roles as Southeast Asian Chinese and how the development of China will affect them.
Students will have the opportunities to carry out research studies, attend various seminars and workshops organized by MOE and the school, as well as go for overseas immersion programme.
Overseas Immersion Programme (Programme will be adjusted based on national guidelines for overseas travel）
All BSP students will have the opportunity to go for 2 weeks of overseas immersion programmes to China in Year 3.
Scholars will have the opportunity for extended immersion to China and/or a Western country in Year 4.
Students in BSP(C) will be graded based on:
• Research based presentation
• Thesis writing in Year 4
• Written paper at the end of the year
BSP students will be given a grade for their performance in BSP at the end of year.
MOE BSP Scholarship
Year 2 Students who have obtained exemplary results in both English Language and Higher Chinese Language will be recommended for this scholarship.
The scholarship is tenable for 4 years, from Year 3 to Year 6, and scholars are to fulfil the following scholarship requirements:
a. At Year 3 and 4: Offer Higher Chinese and Chinese Electives as required by the school （BSP）
b. At Pre-University: Offer H2 China Studies (Chinese); and
c. Participate in BSP(C) activities organised by the MOE and school.
Please refer to the MOE website for more details about the scholarship.