Press Releases

September 10, 2009

Recognising School Achievements in 2009

Two Secondary Schools Receive the Inaugural Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course (LHL AIN) will be presented for the first time this year. Clementi Town Secondary and Dunman Secondary will receive this inaugural award. They are among a total of 275 schools that will receive 580 Special and Level Two Awards this year under the Ministry of Education (MOE) Masterplan of Awards (MoA). The pinnacle award for educational excellence under the MOE MoA, the School Excellence Award (SEA) will be received by Rulang Primary School and St Joseph’s Institution this year. These awards will be presented to the schools at the 2009 MOE Work Plan Seminar on 17 September 2009 by Minister for Education, Dr Ng Eng Hen.

This press release provides information on the following:

  • A. Recipients of the Inaugural Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course (LHL AIN).

  • B. Award Recipients under the MoA. The award recipients comprise schools that have attained commendable achievements in various categories, including those with exemplary processes as well as excellent outcomes in both academic and non-academic areas. Information on the 2009 award recipients is provided in the Honour Roll. Information on all Special and Level Two Award holders is also provided.

  • C. School Achievement Tables (SATs). The SATs highlight the achievements of secondary schools in the academic value-added and non-academic domains.

A. Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course

The Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course (LHL AIN) is supported by an endowment fund donated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The award recognises schools whose innovative practices have led to significant benefits in the all-round development of students in the Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Courses. These schools would have demonstrated strong outcomes in educational innovation in teaching and learning, school management and organisation as well as student development. Up to 2 schools per year will be recognised under this award which is valid for 6 years. Each winning school will receive a cash award of $3,000 and a plaque.

The recipients for LHL AIN for 2009 are:

  • Clementi Town Secondary School
  • Dunman Secondary School

B. Masterplan of Awards

The MoA was instituted in 1998 as part of the implementation of the School Excellence Model (SEM). The SEM, a framework for school management, emphasises a holistic approach to education with equal focus on processes and outcomes. The MoA recognises our schools’ efforts in providing students with a holistic education to enable them to achieve the Desired Outcomes of Education. The awards serve as milestone checks to guide schools on their journey to excellence by providing them with a systematic and progressive framework to chart their progress through benchmarking and continuous improvement.

The MoA was expanded in 2004 to provide a broader and more holistic picture of schools’ performance. It comprises four levels of awards, including the School Distinction Award and the School Excellence Award, as shown in the following diagram.1

MOE Masterplan of Awards for Schools
MOE Masterplan of Awards for Schools
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Level One Awards are given to schools to affirm their achievements in certain domains in at least a single year, while Level Two Awards recognise schools for their sustained excellence in specific areas. The Special Awards recognise schools’ holistic efforts in establishing outstanding education processes and obtaining excellent outcomes.

School Excellence Award (SEA)

The SEA recognises schools for their excellence in both education processes and outcomes. It is the highest and most prestigious award under the MoA structure and serves as a mark of distinction for schools that have sustained achievements in a wide spectrum of student development processes.

This year, the 2 new recipients of the SEA are:

  • Rulang Primary School
  • St. Joseph’s Institution
School Distinction Award (SDA)

The SDA recognises high-achieving schools with exemplary school processes and practices. This year, there are 7 new recipients of the SDA: 2 Primary Schools, 4 Secondary Schools and 1 Junior College. They are:

Primary Schools
  • Rosyth School
  • Tao Nan School
Secondary Schools
  • Riverside Secondary School
  • St. Hilda’s Secondary School
  • Victoria School
  • Yishun Town Secondary School
Junior College
  • Nanyang Junior College

The SEA and SDA Honour Roll is in Annex A1. The complete lists of SEA and SDA recipients can be found in Annex A2 and Annex A3 respectively.

Best Practice Award

The Best Practice Award (BPA) recognises schools for their effective practices and systems that lead to good education outcomes in both academic and non-academic areas. There are 4 categories for the BPA: Organisational Effectiveness, Student All-Round Development, Staff Well-Being, and Teaching and Learning.

This year, 17 schools will be presented with 24 BPAs (see Annex B1). The breakdown is as follows:

  • 6 schools will receive BPA for Student All-Round Development
  • 8 schools will receive BPA for Staff Well-Being
  • 10 schools will receive BPA for Teaching and Learning

The complete list of BPA recipients can be found in Annex B2.

Development and Outstanding Development Award (National Education)

National Education (NE) is an important part of the education process. It aims to develop in our young the instinct for survival, national cohesion and confidence in our future. NE provides the knowledge, experience and tools for our young to know and understand Singapore, acquire a well-founded confidence about the Singaporean way of life, and critically think about how they can shape Singapore’s future.

The NE Awards recognise schools for their NE efforts. There are two levels of attainment for the awards: Development Award, i.e., DA (NE) and Outstanding Development Award, i.e., ODA (NE). The attainment of the level of award depends on how well a school meets the evaluation criteria.

From the ODA (NE) award winners, a maximum of 2 award recipients, one for the Primary School category and another for the Secondary School and Junior College/Centralised Institute category, will be selected for the Lee Kuan Yew National Education (LKY NE) Award. Introduced in 2002, the LKY NE Award recognises schools that have excelled in their national education efforts in imbuing our students with a strong sense of national identity and social responsibility. It is the pinnacle of the NE Awards.

This year, 5 schools will be presented with the ODA (NE). They are:

  • Admiralty Primary School
  • Elias Park Primary School
  • Evergreen Secondary School
  • Nan Chiau High School
  • Catholic Junior College

Of these schools, Admiralty Primary School and Evergreen Secondary School will be receiving the LKY NE Award.

The list of 2009 recipients of the ODA (NE) and DA (NE) is in Annex C1. The complete list of ODA (NE) recipients can be found in Annex C2.

Development and Outstanding Development Award (Character Development)

The goal of education is to nurture the whole child, including his/her character. Character development is the teaching of values and social and emotional competencies. It is also about providing opportunities for students to demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values taught.

The Development Award for Character Development [DA (CD)] recognises schools that have put in place systems and processes for the effective development of students’ character. The Outstanding Development Award for Character Development [ODA (CD)] recognises schools with innovative, sustainable and exemplary approaches to character development.

This year, 10 schools will be presented with ODA (CD). The recipients are:

  • Bukit Panjang Government High School
  • Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
  • CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
  • Kranji Secondary School
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)
  • St. Margaret’s Secondary School
  • Catholic Junior College
  • Pioneer Junior College
  • Methodist Girls’ School
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

The list of 2009 recipients of the ODA (CD) and DA (CD) is in Annex C1. The complete list of ODA (CD) recipients can be found in Annex C2. Sustained Achievement Award

The Sustained Achievement Award (SAA) recognises schools’ ability in sustaining good outcomes over a number of years, in five areas: Academic Value-Added, Aesthetics, Sports, Uniformed Groups and Physical Fitness. Schools will need to achieve an Achievement Award (AA) in the same category over three consecutive years before they are awarded the SAA.

This year, a total of 274 schools will be presented with SAAs. Table 1 shows the number of schools that receive SAAs in the respective categories. Details of the recipients of SAA for the Academic Value-Added domain and SAA for the Physical and Aesthetics domain in 2009 can be found in Annex D1 and Annex D2 respectively.

Main Level Academic Value-Added Domain Physical and Aesthetics Domain
‘A’ Level Normal Special / Express Aesthetics Sports Uniformed Groups Physical Fitness
Primary - - - 97 58 - 65
Secondary - 2 24 14 47 97 37
JC /CI 3 - - 4 2 - 7
Full - - 5 4 5 2 5
IP5 - - - 5 9 6 10
All 3 2 29 124 121 105 124
C. School Achievement Tables: A Holistic Approach

The School Achievement Tables (SATs) provide a broad picture of schools’ performance, capturing their achievements in both academic and non-academic domains. These comprise the:

  • School Excellence Award and School Distinction Award
  • Best Practice Award
  • Outstanding Development Award and Development Award
  • Academic Value-Added Award
  • Physical and Aesthetics Award6

The 2009 SATs for the Special/Express course and the Normal course can be found in Annex E1 and Annex E2 respectively. The SATs display schools in the first 9 bands for the Special/Express course and the first 5 bands for the Normal course. Schools that offer the Integrated Programme (IP) and those with small candidature (less than 40 students) are excluded from the SATs. The list of schools that are excluded can be found in Annex F1.

In addition, information on the achievements of schools will also be available through the following:

The information provided at these sources will help parents and students make informed decisions when selecting schools.

Footnote

  1. SAA (Physical Fitness) will be presented for the last time in 2009.
  2. SAA (CHERISH) will replace SAA (Physical Fitness) from 2010.
  3. AA (Physical Fitness) (TAF Award) was presented for the last time in 2008
  4. The Joint HPB-MOE AA (CHERISH) was presented for the first time in 2008.
  5. With effect from 2008, Junior Colleges (JCs) that offer the Integrated Programme (IP) are no longer eligible for Academic Value-Added (AVA) awards based on their A-level performance (starting from the 2007 A-level cohort). The affected JCs are Raffles Institution (JC), Hwa Chong Institution (JC), National JC, Victoria JC and Temasek JC. In addition, the JC sections of River Valley High School, Dunman High School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) are also similarly ineligible for AVA awards.
  6. Due to the high number of Level 1 AAs in the Physical and Aesthetics domain, only Level 2 SAAs are indicated for this domain.