Ministry of Education, 23 April 2008 – Seventeen primary schools have been awarded the Programme for School-Based Excellence in 2008. The 37 schools which received the award between 2005 and 2007 had their awards renewed this year (refer to annex).
In addition, nine secondary schools have been awarded Niche Programme status in 2008. The 20 schools which received the award between 2005 and 2007 also had their awards renewed this year (refer to annex).
Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education, announced the recipients for both awards on 23 April 2008, at a visit to Chua Chu Kang Primary School, a 2008 Programme for School-Based Excellence recipient.
Programme for School-Based Excellence for Primary Schools 2008
The following are the 17 primary schools that have been awarded the Programme for School-Based Excellence in 2008. Their niches are indicated as follows:
The following 9 secondary schools have been awarded Niche Programme status in 2008. Their niches are as follows:
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)
Drama, Water Polo
Bowen Secondary School
Manjusri Secondary School
Pasir Ris Secondary School
Riverside Secondary School
Springfield Secondary School
Woodlands Ring Secondary School
Zhenghua Secondary School
School Visit to Chua Chu Kang Primary School
Chua Chu Kang Primary School is well-established in the area of Robotics. The school has consistently achieved top 3 positions in various awards in the National Junior Robotics Competition since 2003, and has represented Singapore in the World Robotics Olympiad in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The school is developing a curriculum which infuses Robotics into its Science and Art lessons, to encourage discovery through experimentation, as well as to teach resilience, perseverance, creativity and the value of teamwork, aligned with the school’s core values.
To develop more peaks of excellence in our school landscape, MOE launched the Programme for School-Based Excellence and Niche Programme Schools in 2005 to encourage greater diversity in our primary and secondary schools respectively.
Programme for School-Based Excellence
The Programme for School-Based Excellence helps to develop strong primary schools with distinctive character to give more opportunities for our students to develop different areas of excellence. Successful applicant schools would receive MOE funding so as to further raise the quality and outreach of their school-based programmes and initiatives.
Applications for the award were evaluated based on the strength of niche, sustainability, strength of the educational value of the programme, how pervasive the reach of the programme is in the school, and, involvement of stakeholders in the programme.
Niche Programme Schools
The Niche Programme better supports mainstream secondary schools with good talent development programmes and proven track records of achievements in their declared niches. These schools receive MOE funding, and can admit up to 5% of their Secondary One intake on a discretionary basis through the Direct School Admission exercise, so that a more diverse range of student achievements and talents can be recognised.
Applications for the award were evaluated based on the strength of niche, sustainability, and the educational value and pervasiveness of the programme.
Primary Schools which had their Programme for School-Based Excellence Status Renewed this year:
Admiralty Primary School
Ai Tong School
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
Bukit View Primary School
CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
CHIJ St Nicholas School (Primary)
Chongfu Primary School
Evergreen Primary School
Fuhua Primary School
Gongshang Primary School
Greenridge Primary School
Haig Girls’ School
Hougang Primary School
Kong Hwa School
Kranji Primary School
Maha Bodhi School
Maris Stella High School (Primary)
Montfort Junior School
Nan Chiau Primary School
Nanyang Primary School
Ngee Ann Primary School
Park View Primary School
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
Pei Chun Public School
Punggol Primary School
Rulang Primary School
Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School
St Hilda’s Primary School
St Andrew’s Junior School
St Margaret’s Primary School
St Stephen’s School
Tao Nan School
Telok Kurau Primary School
Yio Chu Kang Primary School
Zhenghua Primary School
Secondary Schools which had their Niche Programme Status Renewed this year: