Spreading across a range of genres, students expressed their creativity in the production of videos and animations that received recognition at the Schools Digital Media Awards (SDMA) 2014 presentation ceremony held on 6 March 2014.
Co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (School of Film and Media Studies), the SDMA affirmed the efforts by students and teachers from 211 schools across primary, secondary and pre-university levels. Of the 507 submissions received this year, 72 productions stood out (1 Platinum Award, 17 Gold Awards, 21 Silver Awards and 33 Merit Awards) and more than 300 students were given awards in the presentation ceremony graced by Ms Sharon Au, Senior Manager at MediaCorp.
Students were invited to express their creativity through different genres such as documentary, drama and advertisement on different themes. With the introduction of new themes such as “Contributing to My Family”, “My Community, My Nation and I” and “Old Is Gold”, students shared interesting stories about family dynamics. Other themes include: “School Days (Inspirational Teachers and Principals, and My Special Place in School)”, “Hear Me Out - Hope” and “Do You Know?”
Some 36 artwork pieces by more than 40 teacher-artists will be featured at this year’s art teachers’ exhibition which opens from 7 March to 19 March 2014, 12.00 to 8.00pm, at the School Of the Arts (SOTA) Art Gallery. The range of artworks includes paintings, photographs, videos, ceramics, mixed media assemblages and performance installations. Admission to the exhibition is free.
Titled “a-edge”, the annual exhibition now in its 3rd year celebrates arts educators who seek to hone their artistic and creative skills, and explore the cutting edge of arts practice and pedagogical research. Participating teacher-artists would share lesson ideas derived from their artworks with other art teachers, and build collaborative communities to transform classroom teaching.
The lesson ideas will be shared with gallery visitors via a QR code printed on exhibition wall labels. This mobile app feature enables other teachers to retrieve the lesson ideas in-situ and reflect on how art can connect everyday experience, social critique, and creative expression with student learning.
The exhibition is curated by Miss Daniela Beltrani, a performance artist and independent curator with vast experience working with practising artists and curating exhibitions. Sample images of the artworks can be found in Annex A and details of the exhibition can be found in Annex B.
The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ Level (GCE ‘A’ Level) Examination is conducted jointly by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, the Ministry of Education and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).
Of the 13,936 students who sat the 2013 GCE ‘A’ Level Examination as school candidates, 12,701, or 91.1%, received at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.
School candidates have been issued their result slips by their respective schools from 2.00 pm today. Private candidates will receive their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the SEAB website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm today.
The Ministry of Education will set up five more MOE Kindergartens in 2015. Similar to the first five kindergartens, the next five kindergartens are located in the heartlands. Four of the kindergartens will be located within primary schools (Frontier Primary, Punggol Green Primary, Sengkang Green Primary and West Spring Primary) and one will be located in the community (Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9). Care services will be provided at these five MOE Kindergartens.
In 2013, MOE announced that 15 MOE Kindergartens would be set up over the next three years. The objectives of the MOE Kindergartens are to provide quality pre-school education that is affordable to Singaporeans as well as to pilot teaching and learning resources and establish good practices for sharing with the pre-school sector.
The registration exercise for 2015 admission to Kindergarten 1 (K1) will be held at the respective MOE Kindergarten on two days; Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 April 2014, 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm. The registration exercise is open to Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident children born between 2 January 2010 and 1 January 2011 (both dates inclusive). The locations of the MOE Kindergartens and the number of places available are as follows:Name of MOE Kindergarten Address Number of K1 places available for 2015 admission MOE Kindergartens commencing in 2015 MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Frontier Primary School
20 Jurong West Street 61, Singapore 648200 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Green Punggol Green Primary School
98 Punggol Walk, Singapore 828772 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green Sengkang Green Primary School
15 Fernvale Road, Singapore 797636 120 MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring West Spring Primary School
60 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, Singapore 679946 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun
Blk 318A Yishun Ave 9, Singapore 761318
Registration for MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun will be at Chongfu School, 170 Yishun Ave 6, Singapore 76895960 Existing MOE Kindergartens MOE Kindergarten @ Blangah Rise Blangah Rise Primary School
91 Telok Blangah Heights, Singapore 109100 60 MOE Kindergarten @ Farrer Park Farrer Park Primary School
2 Farrer Park Road, Singapore 217567 60 MOE Kindergarten @ Dazhong Dazhong Primary School
35 Bukit Batok Street 31, Singapore 659441 80 MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol View Punggol View Primary School
9 Punggol Place, Singapore 828845 120 MOE Kindergarten @ Tampines Blk 489C Tampines St 45, Singapore 522489 60
The MOE Kindergartens commencing in 2015 will hold road shows on Saturdays, 22 March and 29 March 2014 to provide more information to interested parents. Parents can visit the road shows to learn more about the curriculum and programmes offered at the MOE Kindergartens. The road shows will begin with a presentation, followed by a Question and Answer session. There will also be exhibition booths with information about the curriculum and programmes. The schedule of the road shows is as follows:Name of MOE Kindergarten Road show details MOE Kindergarten @ Frontier Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Frontier Primary School
Time: 9 - 11am MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Green Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Punggol Green Primary School
Time: 2 - 4pm MOE Kindergarten @ Yishun Date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Chongfu School
Time: 2 - 4pm MOE Kindergarten @ Sengkang Green Date: 29 March 2014
Venue: Sengkang Green Primary School
Time: 9 - 11am MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring Date: 29 March 2014
Venue: West Spring Primary School
Time: 2 - 4pm
Parents are advised to use public transport to get to the MOE Kindergartens. Those who drive should park at nearby public car parks as there will be no public parking within the school premises.Curriculum
The key features of the MOE Kindergarten curriculum are its distinct Singapore flavour, as well as its two flagship programmes - the Starlight Literacy Programme and the HI-Light Programme. The curriculum features a distinct Singapore flavour which allows children to learn in an authentic context. The Starlight Literacy Programme aims to nurture early childhood bilingualism and is offered in both English (EL) and all three official Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs)1. The HI-Light Programme supports holistic development of children through integrated learning experiences.
Teachers will use two core pedagogies to engage children in learning: first, purposeful play, where children are participating in activities that are enjoyable and deliberately planned to achieve important learning outcomes. Second, quality interactions, where teachers use prompts and ask key questions to engage children in conversations to help them build on ideas and concepts.
Through the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), MOE will share the curriculum as well as teaching and learning resources being piloted at the MOE Kindergartens with other pre-school operators to help catalyse quality improvements in pre-school education across Singapore.
For more information about the MOE Kindergartens, parents can visit www.moekindergarten.edu.sg, or contact MOE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6872 2220 (Mondays to Fridays: 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturdays: 8.00am to 1.00pm).Footnote
- The model of MTL provision may vary across centres, depending on the actual enrolment of children who take each of these MTLs at each kindergarten.↩
As part of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE), Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, will lead a delegation to Germany and Switzerland from 10 to 16 February 2014. ASPIRE aims to enhance students’ career and academic prospects, and strengthen applied study in polytechnics and ITE in partnership with industry.
The delegation will visit public agencies and education institutions to understand their model of applied study and how students are provided guidance in choosing their education and career pathways. The delegation will also visit several companies in Germany and Switzerland to study how they partner education institutions to offer structured internships and training in the workplace for students through apprenticeships.
Ms Indranee Rajah, who is the Chairman of ASPIRE, will be accompanied by ASPIRE Committee members from the private and public sectors, as well as officials from the Ministry of Education.
The 2014 National School Games (NSG) Opening Ceremony that marks the start of the annual inter-school games was held at ITE College Central, graced by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, on 6 February 2014.
As the largest and most extensive annual youth sports event in Singapore, an estimated 55,000 students will participate in competitions across 28 sports from 6 January 2014 to 29 August 2014. The ceremony signifies the commitment by the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council (SPSSC) and the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) to offer inter-school competition opportunities with a strong educational focus to students.
Accompanying the revised Physical Education (PE) syllabus which is being implemented in phases from 2014, the Ministry of Education had updated the PE and Sports Development Framework in 2013 to support schools in providing good PE and Sports Education programmes. The revised framework guides schools in providing developmental opportunities for all students, and those with specific interest and ability in sports. More details on the framework can be found in Annex A.
Since 20101, the NSG has provided our students with the opportunities to compete, interact and develop character and values through real-world and authentic experiences. Students learn life lessons, cultivate positive attitudes, and strengthen their people skills through the training programme and the competition experience.
To ensure that all students have an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the NSG, and to reflect on the value of sports participation, schools will be encouraged to conduct their own symbolic ceremony in February 2014. Students will hear the NSG message from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, and view excerpts of the Opening Ceremony on the MOE YouTube channel.Footnote
- The term “National School Games” (NSG) was introduced in 2010. It was formerly known as the National Inter-School Championships.↩
As part of its efforts to provide students with a holistic and well-rounded experience in the co-curriculum, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement an updated LEAPS framework, LEAPS 2.0, starting with Secondary 1 students from 2014. The updated framework will enable schools to better align their co-curriculum to encourage students’ holistic development in terms of life skills, competencies and values.Updates in LEAPS 2.0
Under LEAPS 2.0, students will be developed through levels of attainment (Level 1 to 5) within the four domains of Leadership, Achievement, Participation and Service. The table below reflects the key features of LEAPS 2.0 to recognise students’1 diverse interests and talents while promoting balanced development across the domains.Previous LEAPS New Features of LEAPS 2.0 Rationale Recognition is given to students’ Participation in a CCA Broader recognition to include active Participation and exemplary conduct in a CCA
- To recognise the quality of student’s involvement in the CCA
- To go beyond positional leadership to also recognise self-leadership and quality of leadership
- To recognise students’ diverse interests and talents
- To recognise the importance of the ‘school-home-community’ approach where parents and community partners all have a part to play in nurturing the development of students
- To recognise the quality of learning through service
- To give schools greater autonomy to customise enrichment activities that meet the specific needs of their student profiles
- To rebalance the recognition and students’ participation across domains by requiring a minimum attainment in each domain
- To describe the quality of the students’ co-curricular experience more meaningfully
Secondary 2 to 5 students will continue to use the current LEAPS framework until 2017 for continuity of learning and progression in students’ development and attainment.
Schools will provide school-based briefings for all Secondary 1 students and their parents as part of the school orientation programme in January 2014.Footnote
- LEAPS stands for Leadership, Enrichment, Achievement, Participation and Service↩
- Values-In-Action, builds on the strengths of the previous Community Involvement Programme (CIP) to place a greater focus on students acquiring values. It encourages students to identify and understand community issues, initiate action among their peers to make a difference and improve the lives of others. ↩
The Ministry of Education (MOE) today announced the appointment of the committee for the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE). The ASPIRE Committee, chaired by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, will look at enhancing career and academic progression prospects for Polytechnic and ITE graduates through the strengthening of industry linkages to provide work-relevant training for students, enhanced educational and career guidance, and pursuit of industrial research, innovation and enterprise activities that support the Polytechnics and ITE’s academic mission.Enhancing Polytechnic and ITE Education
Together with the Universities, our Polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) form the many peaks of our education system and support Singapore’s economic development. Our Polytechnics and the ITE system have done well by focusing on the acquisition and application of skills, through hands-on, practice-oriented learning.
As our economic environment becomes more dynamic, varied and complex, the demand for workplace skills and competencies will evolve. To prepare and empower Polytechnic and ITE graduates to seize the opportunities and thrive in the economy of the future, MOE has convened a committee of prominent stakeholders in industry, community, public service and academia to review and recommend enhancements to the applied education model at the Polytechnics and ITE. This will build on the current strengths of the Polytechnic and ITE system.
SMS Indranee said, “Our Polytechnics and ITE offer quality practice-oriented education. They are part of a diverse higher educational landscape with many pathways catering to individuals with different strengths and interests, so that each individual can be developed to his or her full potential. This is an important review because each individual matters, and we must ensure that our approach to technical education can help ensure that polytechnic and ITE students will continue to be well equipped for work and life even as the operating environment evolves. We also want to avoid mismatch between industry needs and student qualifications, skills and capabilities. As part of this review, we will be actively engaging key stakeholders, including students, parents, educators and staff in our polytechnics, ITE and schools, and employers.”Structure and Composition of the ASPIRE Committee
The ASPIRE will be led by a Steering Committee supported by three Review Committees and an Engagement Committee (see Annex A). The list of members and Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee, the Review Committees and the Engagement Committee can be found in Annex B.
The ASPIRE Committee is expected to complete its work in the second half of 2014. Its activities will include meetings, study trips to relevant institutions and industries in Singapore and abroad, as well as engagement sessions with the various stakeholder groups.
Release of 2013 Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination Results and 2014 Joint Admissions Exercise for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education
The results of the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 13 January 2014.
School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 13 January 2014.
Private candidates will be informed of their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 13 January 2014.Joint Admissions Exercise
Students who wish to apply for Junior Colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI), Polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their GCE ‘O’ Level results.
The following groups of applicants are eligible to participate in the JAE:
- All Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) with valid GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
- International students studying in a government school, government- aided school or independent school in Singapore with valid 2013 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results
JAE registration will open from 3.00 pm on Monday, 13 January 2014 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 17 January 2014.
Applicants are to submit their application online through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae.
Eligible applicants who sat the 2013 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination will receive Form A on the day of the release of examination results. Form A will list:
- The applicant’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination results;
- The courses which he/she is eligible to apply for under the JAE; and
- His/her JAE-PIN (i.e. a personal password for the applicant to access JAE-IS).
Applicants are to complete the course application worksheet (provided in both Form A and the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE-IS. Applicants who have completed their worksheet prior to logging on to the JAE-IS should be able to complete their applications on the JAE-IS in less than 15 minutes.
Applicants are required to use their NRIC number or FIN, together with the JAE-PIN that is provided in their Form A, to access the JAE-IS. A SingPass is not required.
Applicants are to provide a local mobile phone number during registration through JAE-IS if they wish to receive the results of their JAE application via Short Messaging System (SMS).
SC/SPR applicants, who did not sit for the 2013 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination, are required to use their NRIC and SingPass to access the JAE-IS. Alternatively, they may apply in person at MOE Customer Service Centre during the JAE registration period. To do this, applicants are required to bring along their original identity card, original GCE ‘O’ Level Examination certificate(s)/result slip(s) and Secondary School report book and/or CCA Certificate(s).
An application fee of $7 will be charged for the first application, and $10 for amendment of choice(s) to the submitted application. JAE applicants are allowed to amend their submitted application only once. They are not required to make their fee payment online during the JAE period. All JAE application fees will be collected only after the exercise, by the institution (i.e. JC, MI, Polytechnic or ITE) that the applicant is eventually enrolled in.Results of Application
The posting results of the JAE application are tentatively scheduled for release on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 through the following modes:
- JAE-IS which is accessible through the JAE website;
- SMS to the mobile phone number provided by applicant during registration
For more details on the JAE, applicants may refer to:
- JAE Website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae;
- MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872-2220 during office hours
In addition, students who wish to apply only to the Polytechnics can also participate in the Joint-Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE). The Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) complements the existing JAE, by allowing polytechnics to consider applicants based on a broader measure of merit beyond academic performance in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination. Through the JPSAE, polytechnics may admit students who have demonstrated a strong passion or aptitude through work attachments, sustained involvement in course-related projects or students with outstanding talents or achievements in leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, sports, and artistic and creative areas.
Each polytechnic may decide on its own means of assessing applicants’ talents and achievements, which may include portfolios and interviews. Only applicants assessed to be able to cope with the rigours of a diploma education are admitted.
The JPSAE will be conducted, together with the JAE. A student may apply concurrently to both JPSAE and JAE. Successful applicants may be offered a course under the JAE, and the same or another course under the JPSAE. Students who are offered courses under both JAE and JPSAE should accept only one of the two offers during the enrolment period set by the Polytechnics.
Details on the JPSAE can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/jpsae and on the respective polytechnics’ websites.Progression Pathways for Secondary Four Normal (Academic) Students The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)
Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who attempted the Normal (Academic) examinations in 2013 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points1 will be eligible to apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP). The PFP is an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year. It is a one-year foundation programme at the polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers.
On 13 January 2014, students eligible for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P from their respective secondary schools, inviting them to apply for the PFP. Each copy of Form P contains a unique password. Students should use the respective passwords to submit their applications online via the PFP website at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg.
Application for the PFP will open from 2.00 pm on Monday, 13 January 2014 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 17 January 2014.
The PFP posting results will be released at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 through the PFP website. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 23 January 2014. More details on the PFP can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp.The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)
The final application phase for the Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will open at 2.30 pm on Monday, 13 January 2014 and close before midnight on Thursday, 16 January 2014. Eligible students should submit their DPP applications online via the DPP application portal at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/intake/.
The DPP posting results will be released at 9.00 am on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 through the DPP application portal. Students will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept or reject the DPP offer by midnight on Thursday, 23 January 2014. More details on the DPP are available at http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.For successful PFP and/or DPP applicants
The last day of school for current Secondary 5 students who have successfully applied to the PFP or DPP will be on 30 January 2014. Existing DPP students who have successfully applied to the PFP and accepted their PFP course offers should apply for withdrawal from ITE.
Students will be informed by the respective polytechnics and ITE on the dates of enrolment for the PFP and DPP.Footnote
- The ELMAB3 aggregate comprises English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), and the student’s three best other subjects. To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum of Grade 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. More information can be found at http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/pfp_eligibility.html↩