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Reference No : Edun S02-03-002 Vol 18

Press Release No : 06097

Date : 7 Jan 1998

PRIMARY ONE PRIORITY FROM YEAR 2000 FOR ALUMNI

  1. The Ministry of Education will grant priority for Primary One registration to members of school alumni associations and school volunteers who serve at least 40 hours a year.

    Members of School Alumni Associations

  2. Children of former students will be given higher priority for Primary One registration if their parents are also members of the school alumni association for at least one year before the registration. This will apply with effect from the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise for entry to Primary One in the year 2000. It will be for children born between 2 January 1993 and 1 January 1994. There is no change in priority for children of former students who are not members of the alumni association.
  3. The Ministry of Education announced this move as part of a scheme to encourage former students to become active members of their alumni association. Where there is no alumni association at present, the principal of the school will help former students who are interested to set one up.
  4. Alumni associations help former students maintain their bonds with their schools. Members keep up the school's traditions and contribute towards its development. In this way, the community, parents and school alumni join together to help schools do their best for their students.
  5. For the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise, the new scheme will see the current Phase 2A divided into two parts as follows:

    Phase 2A(1)

    for former students of the school who become alumni members not later than 30 June 1998; and
    for members of the School Advisory Committee/School Management Committee.
    Phase 2A(2)

    for former students of the school who are not alumni members; and
    for staff of the school.

    Voluntary Service

  6. Currently, a child whose parent has provided voluntary service to the school may register under Phase 2B. The Ministry has decided to spell out more clearly the term, "voluntary service", to require that the parent must give at least 40 hours of voluntary service in the12 months before registration. The objective is to encourage parents and the community to develop continuous personal involvement and commitment to the schools. The school will decide the types of voluntary service that it requires. This condition will also take effect from the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise for children who will enter Primary One in the year 2000.

    Implementation

  7. There will be no change to this year's Primary One Registration Exercise for children entering Primary One in the year 1999.
  8. The changes will only take place in the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise for children entering Primary One in the year 2000.
  9. Please refer to the table below for a summary of the registration phases for the 1998 and 1999 Registration Exercises.
  10. Attached to the press release are the following reference materials:
    Annex A- List showing Primary Schools with affiliated Alumni Associations
    Annex B- Questions and Answers


     

    Enquiries

  11. Members of the public can contact the Ministry's hotline at tel:1800-735 4466 for further enquiries.

    Website Address

  12. The information provided in this press release can also be obtained at MOE's Website at http://www.moe.edu.sg



MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

PRIMARY ONE REGISTRATION EXERCISE
for Children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents



Group

1998 REGISTRATION (Children born between 2 Jan 92 and 1 Jan 93 who will enter Primary One in the Year 1999)

1999 REGISTRATION (Children born between 2 Jan 93 and 1 Jan 94 who will enter Primary One in the Year 2000)

For a child who has a sibling studying in the school

Phase 1

Phase 1

For a child whose parent is a former student of the school and who is an alumni member

No special priority

Phase 2A(1)

(only if the parent joins the alumni association no later than 30 June 1998)

For a child whose parent is a member of the School Advisory/ Management Committee

Phase 2A

Phase 2A(1)

For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the school

Phase 2A

Phase 2A(2)

For a child whose parent is a staff member of the school

Phase 2A

Phase 2A(2)

For a child whose parent has given voluntary service to the school.

Phase 2B *

Phase 2B *

(only if the parent has given at least 40 hours of service between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 1999)

For a child whose parent is a member of the church/clan directly connected with the school

Phase 2B *

Phase 2B *

For a child whose parent is an active community leader

Phase 2B *

Phase 2B *

For a child who is ineligible for or unsuccessful in earlier Phases

Phase 2C

Phase 2C

For a child who fails to get a place in a school of choice at Phase 2C

Phase 2C Supplementary

Phase 2C Supplementary

Notes :

* Only 50% of the vacancies may be filled in Phase 2B, so as to leave places for Phase 2C.

Children who are not Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents will be registered under Phase 3.

Should the number of applications exceed the number of vacancies in any Phase, places will be balloted according to the following order of priority:

1. Children living within 1 km of the school of choice.

2. Children living within 2 km of the school of choice.

3. Children living outside 2 km of the school of choice.






ANNEX A

PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH AFFILIATED ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS


S/No


Primary School


Name of Association


Name of Principal


1


Ai Tong

Ai Tong School Alumni Association

Mr. Ting Beng Chin

Tel: 64547672


2


Anglo-Chinese (Barker Road)

The Singapore Anglo-Chinese School Old Boys' Association

Mr Ng Eng Chin

Tel: 62562217


3


Anglo-Chinese Junior

The Singapore Anglo-Chinese School Old Boys' Association

Mdm Gladys Chia NT

Tel: 67337911


4


Catholic High (Primary Section)

Singapore Catholic High School Old Boys' Association

Mrs Goh Hwee Choo

Tel: 64582177


5


Canossa Convent Primary School

Canossian Schools Ex-Pupils Association

Sister Maria Sim

Tel: 62872971


6


CHIJ (Katong) Primary

Katong Convent School Alumnae Association

Mrs Magdelene Bheem

Tel: 63443072


7

CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Old Girls' Association

Mrs Lau Swee Chin

Tel: 63532164


8


CHIJ ST Nicholas Girls

(Primary Section)


St Nicholas Girls' School Alumnae Association

Mdm Lee Poh See

Tel: 64549698


9


Chongfu Primary

Chongfu Old Students'

Association


Mr Low Siang Chee

Tel: 67585527


10


De La Salle
Christian Brothers' Old Boys' Association

President: Mr Anthony Thng Tel: 62550109


Mdm Tan Chwee Lian

Tel: 67667675


11


Fairfield Methodist Primary
Fairfield Alumni Association
Miss Dorothy Ho

Tel: 67788431


12


Gongshang Primary

Gongshang Old Boys' Association

Mr Wee Ful Twee

Tel: 67831191


13


Henry Park Primary

Henry Park Primary School

Alumni Association


Mr Lim Chew Hia

Tel: 64663600


14


Kong Hwa School

Kong Hwa School

Alumni


Mrs Pang Hong Tin

Tel: 63421195


15


Maha Bodhi School

Maha Bodhi School

Old Students' Association


Mr Chew Chong Theng

Tel: 67441429


S/No


Primary School


Name of Association


Name of Principal


16


Maris Stella High (Primary Section)

Maris Stella High School Alumni

Bro Anthony Tan K H

Tel: 62827743


17


Marymount Convent (Primary Section)

Marymount Convent School Alumnae

Miss Evelyn Van

Schoonbeck

Tel: 62566701


18


Methodist Girls' School

(Primary Section)


Singapore Methodist Girls' Alumnae Association

Miss Kon Mei Leen

Tel: 64693155


19


Monfort Junior School

Old Monfortian Association

Mr Neo Tick Watt

Tel: 63869351


20


Nan Chiau High (Primary Section)

Nan Chiau Alumni Association

Mr Ng Lee Huat

Tel: 67370480


21


Nanyang Primary

Nanyang Girls' High Alumni Association

President: Ms Lee Siok Tuan

Tel: 65302999


Miss Lim Poh Suan

Tel: 64672656


22


Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' Primary

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School Alumni

Mrs Lim Kim Chee

Tel: 62862795


23


Pei Chun Public

Pei Chun Old Students'

Association


Mr Chen Keng Juan

Tel: 62592831


24


Qiaonan Primary

Qiaonan Primary School

Alumni Association


Miss Violet Khor K H

Tel: 67817695


25


St Andrew's Junior School
St Andrew's Old Boys' Association
Miss Poh Chwee Sian

Tel: 62884303


26


St Anthony's Canossian Primary
Canossian Schools Ex-Pupils Association
Sister Angela Ng Swee Miang

Tel: 64492239


27


St Anthony's Primary

Christian Brothers' Old Boys' Association

President: Mr Anthony Thng Tel: 62550109


Mr Yong Shao Chih

Tel: 65690822


28


St. Hilda's Primary

St Hilda's Primary Alumnae

Miss Foo Pee Pee

Tel: 67811916


29


St Michael's School
Christian Brothers' Old Boys' Association

President: Mr Anthony Thng Tel: 62550109


Mrs Florence Lim

Tel: 62552700


S/No


Primary School


Name of Association


Name of Principal


30


St Stephen's

Christian Brothers' Old Boys' Association

President: Mr Anthony Thng Tel: 62550109


Mr Patrick Sih

Tel: 62419513


31


San Shan Primary

San Shan Primary School

Alumni


Mr K P Bala Krishna

Tel: 62540149


32


Singapore Chinese Girls' Primary

Singapore Chinese Girls' School Alumni

Miss Rosalind Heng C L

Tel: 6252 7966


33


Tao Nan School

Tao Nan Alumni Association

Mr Tan Yock Leng

Tel: 64428307

(Information as at 10 Jan 98)

ANNEX B

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  1. How does one become a member of an alumni association?

    Contact the principal of the school or a committee member of the association. If your former primary school does not have an existing alumni association and you are interested in forming one, please work with the principal of the school in locating other old boys and girls, and consult the principal on how you can go about setting up the alumni association if there is enough interest.

  2. I live next door to School A? Can I join the alumni association of the school?

    Whether you can join the alumni association of the school depends on the rules of that association. However, please note that registration under Phase 2A(1), which will be effective from 1999, requires that you must be a former student of the school in addition to being a member of the alumni association.

  3. What are the benefits of joining the alumni?

    The benefits depend on the alumni association concerned. To encourage stronger links between alumni and their school, former students of the primary school who are members of the alumni association can register their children under Phase 2A(1) in the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise for entry in the year 2000.

  4. I studied in School A from Pri 1 to 3, and transferred to School B at Pri 4.
    Does it mean that I can join the alumni associations of both schools, and register my child in either one of the two schools?

    Yes, you can be a member of the alumni associations of the two primary schools you have attended, and choose to register your child under Phase 2A(1) in either of the two schools.

  5. By which date should I join an alumni association if I want to register my child under Phase 2A(1)?

    Phase 2A(1) comes into effect from the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise. This is to give parents time to join existing associations and for new associations to be formed. You must be a former student of the primary school and a member of the alumni association for at least a year before you may register your child under Phase 2A(1). If you wish to register your child under Phase 2A(1) in 1999 for entry to Primary One in the year 2000, you must join the alumni association by 30 June 1998.

  6. What are the obligations expected of an alumni member?

    This depends on the individual alumni association. Please check directly with the alumni association concerned.

  7. Why is the figure - at least 40 hours of voluntary service - used as a yardstick for parents who have provided voluntary service to schools?

    It is a long-standing rule that parents who volunteer their services have priority under Phase 2B. The new rule makes it clear that the school requires at least 40 hours of voluntary service a year. This is to encourage continuous involvement. We have worked on an average of one hour a week and 40 school weeks, hence the figure of 40 hours.

  8. I am currently volunteering my service to a school. How do I qualify to register my child under Phase 2B?

    The rule requiring at least 40 hours of voluntary service a year comes into effect from the 1999 Primary One Registration Exercise. If you wish to register your child under Phase 2B in the 1999 Exercise for entry to Primary One in the year 2000, you will have to serve the primary school at least 40 hours between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 1999. The Principal will have to certify the amount of service rendered.

  9. I wish to volunteer my service to a school. How do I go about it?

    You can contact the school to indicate your interest in volunteering your services.

  10. What are the Ministry's guidelines to Principals about what type of volunteers they can take in ?

    The needs vary from school to school; different schools can require different types of services. Principals are in the best position to know what would be most helpful for their schools. They will decide what types of voluntary service will most benefit the school and its students.



 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

8 JANUARY 1998



 
 

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