ITE College East student suspended after filmed beating schoolmate (16 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE - A student at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East has been suspended for beating up a schoolmate.

A video of a boy being punched and kicked repeatedly by another student in the school on Feb 8 has gone viral on social media."

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SG Enable launches mentorship for special needs students to team up with managers (17 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE - Students with special needs in tertiary institutions are being paired with mentors in management positions to encourage both groups to better themselves.

Called Rise Mentoring, the programme developed by SG Enable aims to encourage both groups to rise - for the mentors to be more confident in working with persons with special needs and for the mentees to discover their strengths and abilities."

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Polys, unis to run more modular courses (17 February 2017)

"Hoping to stay competitive in his job despite various commitments and a busy schedule, engineer Mohamed Johannes Wahid took up a modular course in maritime and offshore operations two years ago.

The 36-year-old, who learnt about the various activities carried out in the oil and gas industry and the financial and safety requirements, completed the short course at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) last April, after about five months. He now applies what he learnt in the classroom to his job in a subsea services company."

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ITE's new NE Hub speaks for itself (17 February 2017)

"A heritage gallery at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central is getting an American voice.

Visitors to the college's National Education (NE) and heritage learning gallery, which was reopened yesterday as the NE Hub, will get to pose questions to a virtual personal assistant (PA), as part of the gallery's enhanced user experience."

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A-level results to be released on Feb 24 (17 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE - The 2016 GCE A-level examination results will be released next Friday (Feb 24).

Candidates from schools may collect their result slips from their respective schools on that day, from 2.30pm onwards, the Ministry of Education said in a press release on Friday (Feb 17)."

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Teens rise to challenge of being reporters (18 February 2017)

"These engaging portraits of Chong Boon Market hawkers were taken by teens who rose to the challenge of telling a local story, as part of an apprenticeship in journalism.

The profiles of the hawkers stand proudly in Chong Boon Secondary's school hall as a proud testimony of the work of the 13 students who signed up with The Apprenticeship Collective (TAC) just six weeks ago."

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How to pick a pre-school in less than an hour (19 February 2017)

"As soon as I walked into Ms Celia Rojas' pre-kindergarten class in Union City, New Jersey, I was sucked in by the hum of activity. Art plastered the walls, plants were hanging from the ceiling, and in every nook there was something to seize a child's imagination.

Some children were doing cut-outs of paper clothing and others were at an easel, painting. A bunch of children were solving puzzles on a computer, while another group was building a pink cardboard chair, which they called "A Chair for My Mother". In the reading corner, a girl was learning about how, when the wasp larva hatches, it eats the spider. Three classmates were playing dress-up, trying on old felt hats and checking out themselves in the mirror."

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Visitors welcome name change of WWII gallery (19 February 2017)

"Visitors to the revamped World War II gallery space in the Former Ford Factory will see its signage changed in a month or so, said the National Library Board (NLB) yesterday.

Initially called Syonan Gallery: War and its Legacies, the space was renamed Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies last Friday, following a public outcry."

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Minority report: Students of other races in schools with a strong Chinese tradition (20 February 2017)

"The issue of Chinese students in the handful of Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools, first set up about 35 years ago, having few or no friends of other races has often been highlighted. But this has also been discussed at other non-SAP schools with a strong Chinese tradition, like Hwa Chong Institution's junior college section, which are open to students of all races and usually do not require them to take Chinese as a mother tongue.

As far back as the 1990s, the college's head of English said some non-Chinese students did not choose Hwa Chong because they had the impression that it was Chinese in its orientation. "This is a (vicious circle). If the minority students do not come, they will never be able to explain what we offer and the image will remain, rightly or wrongly," he added."

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He learnt to mingle and picked up Mandarin (20 February 2017)

"When Mr Shaik Nifael Shaik Nazeemuddin found out in 2003 that his secondary school posting was to Nan Chiau High School, one of Singapore's oldest Chinese schools, he cried.

It was not so much that it was his fourth choice, but more because its name rhymes with a certain Hokkien word."

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Unplugging your kids from the digital world (20 February 2017)

"Deep in thought, I failed to notice the persistent drumming of little fingers on my thigh.

"Put... down... your phone," sputtered my ruddy-cheeked, then 20-month-old toddler, tightly clutching her Dr Seuss' Mr Brown Can Moo board-book."

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An 'oddity', but he didn't feel alienated (20 February 2017)

"Back when Mr Tinesh Indrarajah was a first-year junior college (JC) student at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) in 2011, a school visitor was puzzled when they met.

"He asked me: Are you Indian? What are you doing in this school?" recalled Mr Tinesh, 23, now a master's student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and concurrently a fourth-year undergraduate at Yale-NUS College."

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Varsities open more places for non-academic talents (20 February 2017)

"More students who fall short of the entry score for a degree course can be considered based on their talents in various fields, including the arts and sports. Up to 2,240 university places will be available this year under the discretionary admission (DA) scheme.

The National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) will increase the places for the DA scheme, from 10 per cent to 15 per cent of their intake. This translates to about 1,050 places at NUS, 900 at NTU and 290 at SMU."

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Stem careers aren't just for guys (20 February 2017)

"Teenage girls in Singapore may not choose jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) despite studying the relevant subjects, a study has found.

This is in spite of some encouraging statistics and real-life inspirations. For example, more than 70 per cent of female fresh graduates with Stem degrees landed their first jobs within six months of graduation, according to the second edition of a MasterCard study called Girls In Tech."

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She was some schoolmates' first Malay friend (20 February 2017)

"The school's name, Nanyang, refers to the lands south of China, which were in the Chinese sphere of influence for centuries.

And the members of Nanyang Junior College's (NYJC) school management committee were all Chinese."

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More employers at SIM's career fair (20 February 2017)

"At a time when there are concerns over the employability of private school students, Singapore's largest private school is pulling out all the stops to boost the job prospects of its students.

Singapore Institute of Management's private school arm had 129 employers take part in its career fair held on Friday - almost double the number last year."

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Nurturing confident communicators (3 February 2017)

"At Holy Innocents’ High School, young aspiring deejays and journalists cut their teeth running the school’s radio programme and setting up their own news blogs, and learn the art of effective communication.

It’s 7.10am on a Thursday. Asta Cheng’s voice, cheerful and relaxed, is heard over the school’s PA system.

“Good morning! You’re listening to HIHS on Air. I’m Asta from Class 2 Humility.” [ML1] It’s the exam period and Asta shares studying tips and various stress busters. On other days, she talks about the latest news or events that are taking place in school."

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Taking Farming Indoors (6 February 2017)

"Is it possible to overcome the limitations of traditional farming of growing vegetables without sunlight and under controlled conditions? How safe and sustainable is it to push the boundaries of mother nature to grow food faster?

To address these concerns, some companies have turned to indoor farming to cultivate quality vegetables in a soil-based, pesticide free environment to ensure nutritious and high-quality production. It is an emerging industry, and for Alfred Tham, Assistant General Manager of Panasonic’s Agriculture Business Division, pioneering Panasonic’s urban farming efforts have been challenging, yet fulfilling on many levels."

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Spearheading a Television Revolution (7 February 2017)

"When televisions invaded the Singaporean consciousness in the 60s, the late Miss Tan See Lai was a teacher who led the production of educational TV programmes for students.

Within the darkened room sits rows of chairs and one television set. It is the only set in the entire secondary school.

Suddenly, the lights come on and the teenaged students, led by their teacher, troop into the room. They dutifully sit down and the teacher turns on the TV. They watch a black-and-white screening of a 15-minute science lesson."

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MOE Kindergarten Open House and Registration (8 February 2017)

"The MOE Kindergarten registration exercise for Kindergarten 1 (K1) admission in 2018 will be held over two time periods - 1 and 3 April 2017 (for 10 MKs), and 8 and 10 April 2017 (for the remaining 8 MKs). The registration exercise is open to Singaporean children born between 2 January 2013 and 1 January 2014, both dates inclusive.

In 2018, MOE will be opening three new MOE Kindergartens (MKs) in Punggol, as an extension of the MK pilot, to cater to the high demand for pre-school places in the area. The new MKs will be co-located with Oasis Primary School, Punggol Cove Primary School and Waterway Primary School."

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Don Richmond: Tips for Aspiring Musicians (13 February 2017)

"Behind Don Richmond’s melodious tunes, like “Tomorrow’s Here Today”, the theme song for the National Day Parade 2016, is almost 20 years of hard work and dedication. Don, one of best local music talent, credits his former school, St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) for providing an environment that sparked his creativity and encouraged him to pursue his dreams.

“We were allowed to bring guitars to school and play it during break time. That helped in solidifying the social aspect of music making and possibilities of forging relationships that will carry on into adult life. I have some musician friends who still remember jamming in school. It didn't matter who you were or which standard you were from, if you could play and sing... let's jam,” said Don.

Don was actively involved in sports. He was part of SJI’s Rugby and Track and Field team. However, music was and has always been his number one love. He also joined the Interact Club, this was where he developed his stage skills and mastered the ability to entertain audiences. "

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On Total Defence Day, ask yourself, ‘What does it mean to be Singaporean?’ (14 February 2017)

"Trust, fairness and peace: Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng shares his personal journey to understand what it takes to defend Singapore's future.

I was recently asked this question and it made me stop and think. My initial instinct was to mention all that is great about Singapore, all that Singapore has done for me, and how sincerely grateful and proud I am to be Singaporean. However, I had a nagging dissatisfaction with this answer, that it didn’t fully reflect my thoughts. I mulled over this for quite a few days.

Finally, in an early-dawn moment of wakefulness, I recalled former US President John F Kennedy’s words “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. This is a quote I had memorised back in my university days. It still resonates."

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Raising a Compassionate Child (17 February 2017)

"“Parents teach their children how to care by giving it themselves”

As parents, now more than ever, we know that it is important to raise and nurture our children with empathy, respect and compassion for others. These are wonderful attributes that will shape our child.

However, nurturing these values in our children, of course, is not a walk in the park or attributes you could pick up from assessment books. So, how can we as parents do our part to instil these values of compassion in our children effectively? "

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National Registry of Coaches’ Provisional Membership for All MOE-Registered Sports CCA Coaches (7 February 2017)

"As part of the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s continual efforts to ensure that students receive high-quality training during their sports Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), all MOE-registered physical sports CCA coaches in schools are required to obtain provisional membership with the National Registry of Coaches (NROC) by 1 January 2018."

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Pilot Collaboration for Enhanced Pre-School Services in Punggol (8 February 2017)

"To provide a continuum of quality and affordable pre-school education for children aged two months to six years, MOE is working with two pre-school Anchor Operators (AOPs) - PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots Preschool (PCF Sparkletots) and National Trades Union Congress’ My First Skool (MFS), to pilot a new model for pre-school services in Punggol."

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Three New MOE Kindergartens in 2018 (8 February 2017)

"In 2018, MOE will be opening three new MOE Kindergartens (MKs) in Punggol, as an extension of the MK pilot, to cater to the high demand for pre-school places in the area. This will bring the total number of pilot MKs to 18, up from the current 15."

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Nominations Open for Arif Budiman Malay Language Teachers’ Award 2017 (10 February 2017)

"Nominations are open for the Arif Budiman Malay Language Teachers’ Award (AGAB). Inaugurated in 2007, this is an annual award to recognise Malay language teachers in primary, secondary schools, centralised institute and junior colleges who have made significant contributions to the teaching and learning of Malay language."

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National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition 2017 (14 February 2017)

"The National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition is now open to all students in secondary schools, pre-universities, polytechnics and the ITE. The competition will kick off with a series of Xinyao music appreciation sessions in 20 schools. For the first time, a Xinyao music appreciation songbook will also be published in conjunction with this year’s competition."

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Release of 2016 Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examination Results (17 February 2017)

"The results of the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination will be released on Friday, 24 February 2017."

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Singapore book for special needs kids lauded (6 February 2017)

"In the coming months, children with disabilities around the world - such as those who are blind or have dyslexia - will be able to read the Chinese story of Si Ma Guang, the boy who hurled a rock at a giant vat to save a friend from drowning in it.

For the first time, a book from Singapore has made it to a prestigious global collection of outstanding books for children with special needs."

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13,800 kids on childcare wait list (7 February 2017)

"A total of 13,800 children are on the wait list for childcare places.

Of this figure, 40 per cent are already enrolled in another childcare centre, Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF) Tan Chuan-Jin told Parliament yesterday."

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He launches website to help parents find tutors (8 February 2017)

"Tutors advertising their services online are a dime a dozen, but their quality is often a mystery.

A new website aims to give parents and students a one-stop solution to finding tutors who have been well-reviewed."

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100 years of Girl Guides in Singapore (12 February 2017)

"As a school girl, Brigadier-General Gan Siow Huang joined the Brownies and, later, the Girl Guides, for a taste of adventure.

"It gave me the opportunity to meet more people and have outdoor adventures. I have good memories of campfires, outdoor cooking and camping in the school field," recalls BG Gan, 43, the first woman Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), who attained the one-star rank in 2015."

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Food for tots: Central kitchen for pre-schools (14 February 2017)

"A group of pre-school centres is working with a central kitchen to provide meals for their charges, to overcome a shortage of cooks.

The food is prepared at Sats Catering and delivered to the pre-schools before mealtimes, as hiring and retaining kitchen staff remains a challenge for pre-schools."

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NYP graduate helps RSAF improve survey system with app (15 February 2017)

"All Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) personnel have to take part in a yearly survey to assess their psychological readiness.

Miss Lin Liqin, 23, who has been under the psychology branch in the RSAF under the Air Power Generation Command for a year as a research assistant, felt there was a need to update the online and paper survey system."

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Yale-NUS holds townhall over concerns about ‘troubling’ developments (10 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Two students at Yale-NUS College have, in an article published on Tuesday, expressed concern about a series of “troubling” decisions made by the school administration, asserting that it disregarded students’ voices, while the founding president of the liberal arts college urged students not to jump to conclusions, while addressing some of the concerns.

A townhall was also held on Wednesday, where students could raise their concerns to the school administration."

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St Margaret’s School celebrates 175th anniversary (11 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE — St Margaret’s School, the oldest girls’ school in Singapore, celebrated its 175th anniversary on Friday (Feb 10) with the reopening of its heritage gallery and to complete a record-breaking feat witnessed by representatives from the Singapore Book of Records.

The school’s students and staff members had worked from Feb 6 to form the words “Glowing in His Glory: 175 Years of Charity, Patience, Devotion” using 4,208 tin cans."

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Last day to enrol in free coding classes sponsored by Google (15 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Parents benefitting from the Republic’s self-help groups or receiving financial aid from the Ministry of Education have one last day to sign their children up for the free coding classes sponsored by Google on Wednesday (Feb 15).

The tech giant’s local effort to train the next generation of technology innovators through a programme called Code in the Community will kick off next weekend, with up to 48 classes held across four community centres – Canberra Zone 7 RC, Henderson CC, Hong Kah North CC and the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) headquarters – for children aged 8 to 15."

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Singapore drops to 14th in global ranking of top cities for students (15 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE — The Republic has dropped eight places to 14th in the latest international index that ranks the best cities in the world for students, with Singapore’s high cost of living cited as a major deterrent.

In Asia, Singapore was ranked behind fourth-position Seoul as well as Tokyo and Hong Kong, which were ranked seventh and 11th respectively, according to the 2017 Best Student Cities index published by global higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)."

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The world is his classroom (20 February 2017)

"While most returning students begin 2017 cooped up within the four walls of a classroom, second-year UniSIM student, Rayner Loi Kit, started the year with a two-week Adventure Leadership Programme in the heart of New Zealand’s wilderness.

The experience is part of the overseas experiences that full-time degree students at UniSIM can get to experience."

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Private ambitions (20 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE— Many working adults see taking up a course in a private education institution as a tried-and-tested way to a better education and improved career prospects. While the goal is straightforward enough, the same cannot be said for its outcomes or the path that leads to it. Before you sign up for a private course, keep in mind these nine factors:

READINESS

Furthering your studies is hard work. Furthering your studies while balancing work, family and academic commitments requires Jedi-like levels of discipline and focus."

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Marine biologist third S’porean to have own TED Talk (20 February 2017)

"SINGAPORE — This April, marine biologist Dr Neo Mei Lin will join the likes of tech giant Bill Gates and former US vice-president Al Gore in having her own TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada.

The 30-year-old is one of 15 change-makers this year – and the third Singaporean to date – selected by the non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas through its influential TED Talks as a TED Fellow."

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