2008 School-Based Excellence Awards for Primary Schools

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:

School

Niche

Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) Bowling
Chua Chu Kang Primary School Robotics
Henry Park Primary School Gymnastics
Hong Kah Primary School Volleyball
Hong Wen School Rope Skipping
MacPherson Primary School Choral and Instrumental Ensemble, Softball
Mayflower Primary School Dance
North View Primary School Guzheng
Northland Primary School Chess
Pasir Ris Primary School Floorball
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) Handbell
Peixin Primary School Band
Raffles Girls’ Primary School Choir
St Stephen’s School Band
Tanjong Katong Primary School Netball
Tao Nan School Badminton
West View Primary School Brass Band

Niche Programme Schools for 2008

The following 9 secondary schools have been awarded Niche Programme status in 2008. Their niches are as follows:

School Niche
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Symphonic Band
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Drama, Water Polo
Bowen Secondary School Band
Manjusri Secondary School Wushu
Pasir Ris Secondary School Chinese Orchestra
Riverside Secondary School Dance
Springfield Secondary School Rock Climbing
Woodlands Ring Secondary School Robotics
Zhenghua Secondary School Uniformed Groups

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.

Background

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.

Annex

Primary Schools which had their Programme for School-Based Excellence Status Renewed this year:

  1. Admiralty Primary School
  2. Ai Tong School
  3. Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
  4. Bukit View Primary School
  5. CHIJ (Kellock)
  6. CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
  7. CHIJ St Nicholas School (Primary)
  8. Chongfu Primary School
  9. Evergreen Primary School
  10. Fuhua Primary School
  11. Gongshang Primary School
  12. Greenridge Primary School
  13. Haig Girls’ School
  14. Hougang Primary School
  15. Kong Hwa School
  16. Kranji Primary School
  17. Maha Bodhi School
  18. Maris Stella High School (Primary)
  19. Montfort Junior School
  20. Nan Chiau Primary School
  21. Nanyang Primary School
  22. Ngee Ann Primary School
  23. Park View Primary School
  24. Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
  25. Pei Chun Public School
  26. Punggol Primary School
  27. Rosyth School
  28. Rulang Primary School
  29. Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School
  30. St Hilda’s Primary School
  31. St Andrew’s Junior School
  32. St Margaret’s Primary School
  33. St Stephen’s School
  34. Tao Nan School
  35. Telok Kurau Primary School
  36. Yio Chu Kang Primary School
  37. Zhenghua Primary School

Secondary Schools which had their Niche Programme Status Renewed this year:

  1. Admiralty Secondary School
  2. Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
  3. CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent
  4. Clementi Town Secondary School
  5. Deyi Secondary School
  6. Fuhua Secondary School
  7. Gan Eng Seng School
  8. Jurong Secondary School
  9. Jurong West Secondary School
  10. Montfort Secondary School
  11. Northland Secondary School
  12. Outram Secondary School
  13. Presbyterian High School
  14. St Andrew’s Secondary School
  15. St Hilda’s Secondary School
  16. St Margaret’s Secondary School
  17. St Patrick’s School
  18. Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
  19. Yishun Town Secondary School
  20. Yuhua Secondary School

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