Five young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony on 9 July 2014. They are:
- Miss Gidwani Poojalal, 31, from Haig Girls’ School;
- Mdm Nur Ain Binte Ahmad, 34, from Park View Primary School;
- Ms Lin Xiaojun, 28, from Chestnut Drive Secondary School;
- Mr Mohamed Ashiq Bin Mohamed Elias, 34, from Pasir Ris Secondary School; and
- Miss Khairiah Bte Hairoman, 34, from Peirce Secondary School.
Selected from 14 finalists, the five winners strongly believe that education is about nurturing the child holistically. They have sought to nurture all-rounded individuals through their lessons and interaction with students. These teachers have also distinguished themselves by adopting innovative approaches both in and outside the classroom, as well as demonstrating dedication in stretching their students’ potential. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the award winners.
The OYEA is a national award that recognises young teachers for their commendable enthusiasm, energy and active involvement in youth development. Since its inception in 1999, 49 outstanding young educators, including this year’s winners, have received the award.
The OYEA winners were selected by the OYEA Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Education, the National Institute of Education, and the National Youth Council. A total of 4,549 nominations from the schools and members of the public were received for 911 teachers from 216 schools in 2014.
Besides honouring the achievements of young educators, OYEA aims to inspire youths that teaching is a fulfilling profession. Besides receiving a trophy and citation certificate, all the OYEA winners will be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme. The list of the 2014 finalists and details of OYEA are in Annex B.
Some 550 students from 30 pre-university institutions, including Junior Colleges, the Centralised Institute, and Polytechnics will come together at the Pre-University Seminar 2014.
The theme for the Pre-University Seminar is “Many Stories, One Future”. The seminar will be held from 2 to 5 June 2014 at the National University of Singapore. The theme invites participants to focus on the authentic stories of Singaporeans from different sectors and walks of life. Students will interact and connect with Singaporeans from diverse backgrounds by visiting people, organisations and places of interest. This focus on stories will encourage young people to connect with others and become more aware of the diversity of needs and aspirations of fellow Singaporeans. Students will present their insights to fellow participants and guests on the experiences, needs and aspirations, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing Singapore. They will also contribute ideas on building the Singapore they would like to see.Pre-University Seminar Highlights Project: The Story
This year’s Seminar will encourage student collaboration, imagination and involvement. Students are grouped by sub-themes and each group must discover and explore a part of the “Singapore Story” by doing the following four components:Field Work
Each group of participants will visit people, organizations or places of interest related to their sub-theme. During the field work, participants will have the opportunity to interact and connect with Singaporeans from different backgrounds and learn about their experiences. These glimpses into the lives of Singaporeans, whom the participants may otherwise have not encountered, will deepen their understanding of what it is to be a Singaporean. It will also help them to better appreciate the challenges of building an inclusive society, which provides for a diversity of needs and aspirations.Forum Discussion
Each discussion will:
focus participants’ findings from their Field Work;
involve three panelists, selected for their specific area of expertise;
be moderated by Teacher-Facilitators, with the assistance of the Student Liaison Officers. This will ensure that all participants and panelists are given the opportunity to take part in the discussion meaningfully.
Participants will share the experiences of the people they meet in an informative and engaging manner through a creative medium. This can take the form of a photo-journal display, an interview, a performance piece or any medium that the groups think is feasible and effective.Reflections
The members of each team will write their reflections on the implications of the Story they are sharing. The process will be facilitated by guiding questions to allow teams to share:
an analysis of the issues revealed by the Story;
an examination of participants’ personal response to these issues; and
a team pledge committing each member of the team to make a positive change in the way they live as citizens.
Please refer to the Annex for the sub-themes and guiding questions.Carnival@Closing
This year’s closing ceremony will be a carnival celebrating both the participants’ creative expressions and the lives of Singaporeans. In keeping with the carnival spirit, participants and guests will freely mingle and interact at the various booths.
Celebrating The Legacy of Education Pioneers: More Than 700 Pioneers and Guests Experience "Back to School" Nostalgia at MOE's Pioneer Tribute Celebration
To celebrate our achievements in education and to recognise the contributions of our pioneers, more than 700 pioneers and guests were invited to a Pioneer Tribute Dinner organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on 31 July 2014, at Fairmont Singapore.
At the dinner, the pioneers were treated to a nostalgic “back to school” programme, reflecting a typical school day. These included a “school assembly” segment with a lively ballroom dance performance by Edgefield Primary School, a “principal’s address” by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, as well as a “history lesson” showcasing the milestone contributions of our pioneers to Singapore’s journey in education. The evening ended with a “music lesson” featuring community singing of a medley of familiar and favourite tunes such as “Burung Kakak Tua”, “You Are My Sunshine” and “Munnaeru Vaalibaa”.
In his address, Minister for Education paid tribute to the pioneers’ contribution and service to Singapore and Singapore’s education system. In particular, Minister Heng attributed three legacies to the education pioneers:
The first legacy: pioneers laid the firm foundation for our success in education, and in our nation.
The second legacy: their pioneering spirit, underpinned by the values of resourcefulness, resilience and responsibility, forged a generation of young Singaporeans to become good and worthy citizens of Singapore.
The third legacy: by their example, they inspired their students to join the noble profession of teaching, to carry the torch forward and to keep its flame burning bright.
The Pioneer Tribute Dinner flagged off MOE’s year-long Educators@SG50 celebrations and tribute to pioneer educators and staff who served in education during the post-independence years.Educators@SG50
MOE begins its year-long celebration and series of activities, under the banner of Educators@SG50, which will include school-based pioneer tribute events, key MOE-organised events and activities for pioneer, senior and current educators, staff, students and members of the public, in line with Singapore50 celebrations. More details will be announced at a later date.
From 5 September 2014, MOE Heritage Centre will hold a series of Pioneer Tribute Tea Sessions for pioneers and retired senior educators and staff every Friday until 31 October 2014. They can visit the galleries with their families and friends to relive the Singapore Education Story, reminisce their years in school and share tales with fellow retired educators. The first session on 5 September, Teachers’ Day, will feature celebratory festivities including food stalls and performances. For more information, call 6838 1614 or visit www.moeheritagecentre.sg.
The Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools1, a student-driven and school-supported effort for students to take ownership of the cleanliness of their school and the environment, was launched by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at Woodgrove Secondary School on 29 July 2014.
Through Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), students learn about the values of responsibility and care. The Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools will allow students to put these values into practice - to be responsible for keeping the places they frequent clean, such as the classroom, the school compound, or common areas in the neighbourhood, and thus show care for the people living and working around them. Schools will be supported by the Public Hygiene Council (PHC) in this movement.
Several schools already have students adopting spaces within the school that they are committed to keep clean. Marsiling Primary School students are responsible for the cleanliness of their own classroom and common areas in the school. Schools like Endeavour Primary School are using cleaning routines to instil good hygiene habits in their students. Some schools have also adopted public spaces, for instance, Damai Secondary School, where students keep the waterways clean.
With the launch of the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools, schools will be coming on board, giving their students the chance to propose ideas to keep the school and neighbourhood clean, put their ideas into action and carry them out on a sustained basis to cultivate good habits. Mr Heng Swee Keat said, “Through the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools, students can learn to take ownership of our community spaces and our Singapore. Students can become role models and advocates of a clean Singapore to their classmates, family members and people in the community. It will help our students develop empathy and responsibility, a sense of belonging and commitment to the community, and a deep understanding of our interdependence.”Values in Action (VIA)
The Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools will be part of Values in Action (VIA) in schools. VIA is a hands-on learning experience integral to CCE. Students develop a sense of social responsibility through identifying community spaces they are concerned about and brainstorm practical ways in which they and the community can keep such spaces clean. They will carry out their projects, reflect on the outcomes and keep improving their efforts. There will be a showcase of schools’ efforts at the National Environment Agency’s Clean and Green Singapore Schools Carnival in November 2014.
There are three ways students can contribute in VIA:
- Action - Students take action to improve a situation they care about.
- Awareness - Students raise awareness so that others may learn about an important issue or concern in the community.
- Advocacy - Students inspire or influence others to make a difference.
A key feature of the new CCE curriculum for primary schools is the Family Time segment. Family Time reinforces what is taught in school at home through suggested activities for parents and children to carry out together. Some of these suggestions involve families talking about how they can make a contribution to the cleanliness of Singapore. For example, on a visit to the park together, parents could discuss with their child how he / she could play a part to keep the park clean and green so that everyone can enjoy it.Partnership with the Public Hygiene Council (PHC)
The PHC will support schools in implementing the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools by providing various resources, as well as advice on areas which could be potential littering hotspots. Litter-picking toolkits will also be available for schools. These toolkits, comprising tongs, gloves and other equipment, can be used to support various cleanliness-related projects proposed by the students. All schools have received a PHC “Bright Spots for Schools” Guide in July 2014 to kick-start their efforts and help them understand how spaces can be transformed into Bright Spots.
In 2015, the PHC will also be providing every Primary 4 student with a checklist to reflect on their habits and how these affect the cleanliness of the environment as part of the Family Time activities. Every Primary 5 student will also be given a postcard for them to write to their Primary 1 to Primary 4 juniors and encourage them to practise good habits that demonstrate care for the environment. These resources will help students advocate a caring and responsible Singapore.
Mr Liak Teng Lit, Chairman of the PHC, said, “Keeping Singapore clean requires a concerted effort from all. With the strong support from the students and their parents, I believe we are a step closer to being a truly clean Singapore, not just a cleaned one.”Footnote
- This was first mentioned by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the 7th Teachers’ Conference on 3 June 2014.↵
The Ministry of Education (MOE) congratulates our students for their excellent performance at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament as well as the International Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics and Physics in July 2014.
27th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT)
The Singapore team clinched the 1st position in a field of 28 countries and was awarded the Gold medal at the 27th IYPT held in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, from 3 to 10 July 2014.
The Singapore team comprised of Phyllis Poh Hui-Li and Joel Tan Shi Quan from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, as well as Li Bingjian, Tan Yan Quan and Shen Yu Jun from Raffles Institution.
The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Yeo Ye from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Mr Sze Guan Kheng from Raffles Institution and Ms Joy Wong, Curriculum Planning Officer from MOE.
25th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
The Singapore team obtained three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 25th IBO held in Bali, Indonesia from 6 to 13 July 2014. Singapore was placed 2nd in a field of 238 student participants from 61 countries.
The Gold medallists are Qu Xinyi from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Cleon Kho Yu Xuan from Hwa Chong Institution and Raphael Soh Qin from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Timothy Sim Soon-Song from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).
The Singapore delegation was led by Dr Beverly Goh and Dr Shawn Lum from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Dr Ng Ngan Kee from the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS, Mr Jin Chentian, IBO alumni member from the Singapore Institute of Biology and Mr Tan Hong Kim, Curriculum Resource Development Specialist from MOE.
46th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
The Singapore team received two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the 46th IChO held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 20 to 29 July 2014. Singapore was placed joint 2nd with China, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam, in a field of 291 student participants from 75 countries.
This year’s Top IChO Student was awarded to Sun Jiarui from Raffles Institution. The other Gold medallist is Chen Xi from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Brandon Tan Kai Jie from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Wong Wen Jun Lawrence from Raffles Institution.
The Singapore delegation was led by Mr Fung Fun Man and Dr Chui Sin Yin from the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Dr Li Wei from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and Mr Chok Yew Keong, Curriculum Planning Officer from the Ministry of Education.
55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
The Singapore team clinched three Gold medals, two Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the 55th IMO held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 13 July 2014. Singapore was placed 8th in a field of 101 countries and 560 participants.
The Gold medallists are Liu Yijia, Sheldon Kieren Tan and Tan Siah Yong of Raffles Institution. The Silver medallists are Ling Yan Hao and Dylan Toh Shan Hong of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the Bronze medallist is David Lin Kewei of Raffles Institution.
The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Wong Yan Loi from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore, and Mr Lu Shang-Yi of Raffles Institution. Associate Professor Tay Tiong Seng from the Department of Mathematics, NUS, who was one of the chief trainers, was also part of the delegation.
26th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)
The Singapore team received two Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 26th IOI held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 13 to 20 July 2014. Singapore was placed 7th together with Bulgaria in a field of 315 student participants from 82 countries.
The Gold medallists are Ranald Lam Yun Shao and Feng Jiahai from Raffles Institution. The Silver medallist is Theng Kwang Hui Mark from Hwa Chong Institution.
The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Tan Sun Teck from the School of Computing, NUS, and Ms Goh Keng Wah from Hwa Chong Institution.
45th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
The Singapore team obtained three Gold medals, two Silver medals and the ‘Best in Experiment’ Award at the 45th IPhO held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 13 to 21 July 2014. Singapore was placed 5th in a field of 374 student participants from 85 countries.
The Gold medallists are Wang Fan, Francis from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Chan Jau Tung and Lim Yong Hui from Raffles Institution (Junior College). The Silver medallists are Gideon Lee from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and Jee Kai Yen from Raffles Institution (Junior College). The ‘Best in Experiment’ award winner is Wang Fan, Francis from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.
The Singapore delegation was led by Associate Professor Rajdeep Singh Rawat and Associate Professor Lee Choon Keat, Paul from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Mr Wong Chu Lin from Raffles Institution (Junior College).
A Joint Effort
Our students’ participation in these International Science competitions is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations:
- DSO National Laboratories;
- Institute of Physics, Singapore;
- National University of Singapore;
- National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University;
- Singapore Institute of Biology;
- Singapore Mathematical Society; and
- Singapore National Institute of Chemistry.
Background for International Young Physicists’ Tournament
The IYPT is a competition for students between 15 and 18 years old to solve complicated scientific problems in teams. Participants apply the actual scientific methods used by real physicists to solve problems often related to phenomena that confront us in our everyday lives. Starting from research, they proceed on to modelling, then experimentation and finally an oral defence of their proposed solutions to the given problems before experts and peers. The IYPT requires its participants to demonstrate the abilities to work in teams and to manage uncertainties and complexities. See the Annex for more details of the conduct of IYPT.
Members of the team representing Singapore at the IYPT were selected from the Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT), a local competition modelled after the IYPT. The SYPT provides opportunities to develop our budding physicists and promotes a new and exciting way in the learning of physics.
Background for International Olympiads
The International Olympiads for Science bring together the best and brightest students from around the world, challenging and stimulating their minds in the spirit of competition. Through rigorous tests of theoretical knowledge, students demonstrate their mastery of scientific concepts. Their experimental skills are also put to the test in the Science Olympiads.
The Olympiads are thus global platforms to stretch some of our most able students in Science. By pitting their skills and knowledge against international peers, not only would our students be exposed to an enriching learning experience, they would also be motivated to strive for excellence in the international arena.