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EDUN N25-02-004 


23 Sep 2003 






1.           The Masterplan of Awards comprises three levels of awards, of which the Sustained Achievement Awards (SAAs) and The Best Practice Awards (BPAs) form the middle level. This year, a total of 163 SAAs and 14 BPAs will be presented to 118 schools. This represents a significant rising trend as compared to 105 schools winning 139 SAAs and 3 schools winning 3 BPAs in 2002 and 83 schools winning 102 SAAs and 5 schools winning 7 BPAs in 2001. The winners will receive their awards from Acting Minister for Education at the 2003 MOE Workplan Seminar on 2 October 2003. 


2.           This year, the Lee Kuan Yew National Education (LKY NE) Award will be presented to Admiralty Primary School. The school will receive a plaque and a cash award of $3000. In addition, Chongfu Primary and Damai Secondary will be presented with the National Education Achievement Award (NEAA) in recognition of their commendable achievements in NE for the year. 


Sustained Achievement Awards (SAAs) 


3.           The 163 SAAs include 7 for Academic Value-added, 8 for Arts, 78 for Physical Fitness, 19 for Sports and 51 for Uniformed Group. The 118 winning schools this year comprises 49 Primary Schools winning 59 SAAs, 60 Secondary Schools winning 89 SAAs and 9 Junior Colleges winning 15 SAAs. Twenty-four of them are first time winners1


4.           For Primary Schools, the first time winners are 

  1. Concord Primary, 

  2. Ngee Ann Primary, 

  3. Rulang Primary, 

  4. St. Anthony's Canossian Primary, 

  5. St. Gabriel's Primary, 

  6. Unity Primary, 

  7. Woodgrove Primary, 

  8. Yew Tee Primary, 

  9. Yio Chu Kang Primary and 

  10. Zhonghua Primary. 

5.           For Secondary Schools, the first time winners are: 

  1. Ang Mo Kio Secondary, 

  2. Beatty Secondary, 

  3. Bowen Secondary, 

  4. Canberra Secondary, 

  5. CHIJ St. Theresa's Convent, 

  6. Evergreen Secondary, 

  7. Fuhua Secondary, 

  8. Monfort Secondary, 

  9. Northland Secondary, 

  10. Peirce Secondary, 

  11. Springfield Secondary, 

  12. Whitley Secondary and 

  13. Yishun Town Secondary. 

            Tampines Junior College is the first time winner amongst the Junior Colleges. 


6.           Among the 92 repeat winners2 this year, 38 schools are winning the SAA for the fifth time3. Of the 38 fifth time winners, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' Primary School, Singapore Chinese Girls' Primary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Nanyang Girls' High School, Raffles Institution, The Chinese High School and Anglo-Chinese Junior College will receive 3 SAAs each, and Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) will receive 4 SAAs. The details are given in Annex A1, A2 and A3 (showing results for Primary, Secondary and Junior College respectively). The trend data for the SAAs can be found in Annex A4


Best Practice Awards (BPAs) 


7.           This year, a total of 14 BPAs will be presented to 1 Primary School, 8 Secondary Schools and 2 Junior Colleges. Among the winners, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Raffles Girls' Secondary and Hwa Chong Junior College will each receive awards in 2 categories of BPAs. This is also the first year in which there are winners for the BPA category of Student All-Round Development since the Best Practice Award was introduced in 2001. The 2 schools that met the selection criteria are Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and River Valley High School. The details are given in Annex B (Table showing results of BPA winners). 


Masterplan of Awards 


8.           The Ministry of Education's (MOE) Masterplan of Awards was instituted in late 1998 to recognise schools' success in the delivery of holistic education. This system of awards is part of the implementation of the School Excellence Model (SEM), which is a framework for school appraisal that emphasises a holistic approach to education with equal focus on processes as well as results. 


9.           SAAs give recognition to schools that have performed well consistently over a period of years, in academic and non-academic areas. There are 5 categories of SAA, namely: 

  1. Arts 

  2. Sports 

  3. Uniformed Group 

  4. Academic Value-added 

  5. Physical Fitness 

10.         BPAs give recognition to schools with effective practices and systems that lead to desirable academic and non-academic educational outcomes. There are 4 categories of BPAs, namely: 

  1. Organisational Effectiveness 

  2. Staff Well-Being 

  3. Student All-Round Development 

  4. Teaching and Learning 

National Education Awards 


11.         The Lee Kuan Yew National Education (LKY NE) Award recognises schools that have made special efforts to design and implement innovative and effective programmes to equip our students with the basic attitudes, values and instincts which make them Singaporeans. Up to two LKY NE Awards are given out each year. Other schools with commendable achievements in NE will be given the National Education Achievement Award (NEAA). 




12.         As in previous years, the Ministry of Education is providing information on the performance of Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges to help pupils and their parents make informed choices when opting for Secondary Schools or Junior Colleges. The performance indicators for Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges highlight the top-ranking schools in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) 'O' and 'A' Level Examinations respectively, both in terms of absolute as well as value-added performance. Performance in terms of physical fitness is also provided. 


Secondary Schools 


High Value-added Secondary Schools 


13.         This year, CHIJ St. Theresa's Convent, Greenview Secondary, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls', St. Gabriel's Secondary, St. Margaret's Secondary, Xinmin Secondary and Yuan Ching Secondary qualified for value-added awards in both the Special/Express and Normal courses. 


14.         The high value-added Secondary Schools are shown in Annexes C1 and C2. These schools have helped their pupils perform better than expected based on their PSLE scores. The Ministry will award $20,000 to each of the top 10 schools and $10,000 to each of the next 10 schools in recognition of their good efforts. 


Top Secondary Schools based on Absolute Performance 


15.         In the Special/Express course category, the top five schools were Raffles Institution, Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Nanyang Girls' High, The Chinese High, and Dunman High. 


16.         For the Normal course, the top five Secondary Schools were Ngee Ann Secondary, Xinmin Secondary (tied first with Ngee Ann Secondary), Anderson Secondary, St. Gabriel's Secondary, Commonwealth Secondary and Jurong Secondary (tied fifth with Commonwealth Secondary). 


17.         The top schools in the 2002 GCE 'O' Level Examination are listed in Annexes C3 and C4

Top Secondary Schools in Fitness 


18.         Based on the composite Fitness Index, the top 5 schools in 2002 were CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls', Cedar Girls' Secondary, Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Crescent Girls' and Singapore Chinese Girls'. 


19.         The top 50 schools in terms of students' physical fitness, lowest percentage overweight and Fitness Index are shown in Annexes C5, C6 and C7. These indicators are based on students across all levels in the school. 


Junior Colleges 


High Value-added Junior Colleges 


20.         Based on the 2002 GCE A-level examination results, Temasek JC was the top JC for value-added performance while Victoria JC came in second. The value-added performance of a JC is calculated by comparing its students' A-level performance against the expected performance based on their O-level results when they entered the JC. The Ministry will award $20,000 to Temasek JC and $10,000 to Victoria JC for their good performance. 

Top Junior Colleges in Fitness 


21.         Based on the composite Fitness Index, Jurong JC, Hwa Chong JC and National JC were the top JCs. Selected Performance Indicators for JCs 


22.         Annex D1 shows the performance of each college in a number of selected academic performance indicators and the L1R5 intake score of its students. 


23.         Annex D2 shows the students' physical fitness and percentage of overweight students in each JC. 


24.         In Annex D3, the colleges are ranked according to the different indicators, including value-added performance and fitness index. It shows that different colleges excel in different areas. 


25.         Annex D4 shows the L1R5 aggregate scores of students admitted to the different JCs in 2003. 


26.         Data on the performance of each JC will be included in the Provisional Admissions Exercise booklet.


Click here for Annexes A1-A4

Click here for Annex B

Click here for Annexes C1-C7

Click here for Annex D1-D4


1Schools that are winning the SAA for the first time in 2003 and have not won any SAA in other categories in previous years (1999 - 2002).

2Schools that have won SAA in the same category for two times or more. 

3Schools that have won SAA for the fifth consecutive year in the same category.



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