293 schools to be recognised for efforts in offering holistic education
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293 schools will be recognised for their efforts and achievements in giving students a holistic education.
SINGAPORE: 293 schools will be recognised for their efforts and achievements in giving students a holistic education.
Two schools will also receive the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course for their creative teaching and learning methods.
Zhenghua Secondary School is one of the recipients for this award.
One of its key programmes is a one-and-a-half year Diamond Programme for Normal Technical students that includes climbing and first-aid courses modelled after various sports science modules.
The school hopes this will give students a better understanding of the sports and fitness industry.
At the end of the course, students will attain a Sports Climbing Level 1 certification, a First-aid certification and the National Youth Achievement Award.
The school also uses simple psychological instruments to better understand the student's social-emotional background and strengths. This allows the school to develop a customised curriculum for its students taking the Normal course.
Zhenghua Secondary School principal, Mrs Fiona Tan, said: "There are a lot of teacher-student conferences. We do focus group discussions, we carry out surveys. We also give them very simple profiling instruments, for example, what kind of learner are you? Are you an audio learner, a visual learner, a kinaesthetic learner?
"Very importantly, we want to find out the skills, the strengths and interests of our students. Then through that, we customise our programmes accordingly for them."
Ang Teng Wei, a Secondary 3 student at the school, said the programmes have helped to build up his confidence.
Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School is also one of five schools who will receive the PARTNERS (Outstanding) Award (PARents, Teachers and Neighbourhood Resources in Synergy) for their collaborative partnerships with stakeholders.
One such partnership is with the school's Parent Support Group which also includes some parents whose children have already graduated from the school.
The awards will be presented at the Ministry of Education's Work Plan Seminar on September 25.
Chiam Lee Choo, chairman of Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School’s Parent Support Group, said: "Even though my son already graduated two years ago, I want to support the school for what they've done for my son."
See Soo Peng, head of department of character & citizenship education at Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School, said: "They actually provide immediate feedback to our teachers as well to the school leaders regarding the school programmes that we have. They also provide feedback curriculum wise, so it does aid the teachers in planning for the next academic year."
Starting next year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will also simplify the school awards system by removing the Masterplan of Awards scheme.
It will see the top honour - the School Excellence Award - being removed. The Award recognises schools for their sustained excellence in both education processes and outcomes.
Instead, MOE will place more emphasis on recognising best practices by schools in delivering a well-rounded education.