National School Games 2014 - Learning Grit, Integrity and Service for Life through Sports

Published Date: 06 February 2014 12:00 AM

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1.The 2014 National School Games (NSG) Opening Ceremony that marks the start of the annual inter-school games was held at ITE College Central, graced by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, on 6 February 2014.

2.As the largest and most extensive annual youth sports event in Singapore, an estimated 55,000 students will participate in competitions across 28 sports from 6 January 2014 to 29 August 2014. The ceremony signifies the commitment by the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council (SPSSC) and the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) to offer inter-school competition opportunities with a strong educational focus to students.

3.Accompanying the revised Physical Education (PE) syllabus which is being implemented in phases from 2014, the Ministry of Education had updated the PE and Sports Development Framework in 2013 to support schools in providing good PE and Sports Education programmes. The revised framework guides schools in providing developmental opportunities for all students, and those with specific interest and ability in sports. More details on the framework can be found in Annex A.

4.Since 20101, the NSG has provided our students with the opportunities to compete, interact and develop character and values through real-world and authentic experiences. Students learn life lessons, cultivate positive attitudes, and strengthen their people skills through the training programme and the competition experience.

5.To ensure that all students have an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the NSG, and to reflect on the value of sports participation, schools will be encouraged to conduct their own symbolic ceremony in February 2014. Students will hear the NSG message from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, and view excerpts of the Opening Ceremony on the MOE YouTube channel.

Footnotes:
  1. The term “National School Games” (NSG) was introduced in 2010. It was formerly known as the National Inter-School Championships.
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