2 schools oversubscribed in 3rd phase of P1 registration (13 July 2017)

"It is only the third of seven phases in the Primary 1 registration exercise, but children applying to study at two popular schools may already need to go through a ballot.

When registration for Phase 2A2 closed yesterday, Nanyang Primary School and Nan Hua Primary School had more applicants than vacancies available. Last year, three schools were oversubscribed at this stage: Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), Henry Park Primary and Nanyang Primary."


NTU ranked top young university for 4th straight year (13 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been ranked the world's best young university for the fourth straight year.

In Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) latest rankings of the world's top 50 universities established less than 50 years ago, NTU retained its No. 1 spot, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology."


Temasek Polytechnic's kindergarten helps early childhood students gain hands-on experience (13 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE - At Temasek Polytechnic, students can simultaneously do research into early childhood development and also teach pre-schoolers at an "experimental kindergarten".

The room, located in the East Wing of the polytechnic, is decked out like a typical kindergarten with toys and learning materials. However, it also has "technological toys", such as blocks with barcodes on them that the children can scan as part of their learning."


Medical school places to rise to 500 next year (14 July 2017)

"Going into medical school here remains fiercely competitive, even though the number of available spaces is set to rise to a bumper 500 by next year, a target revealed for the first time, to meet Singapore’s growing healthcare needs.

At the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a record 1,022 applicants vied for 120 spaces in the coming year that starts next month."


Q&A with Professor Subra Suresh (14 July 2017)

"Q: What made you decide to take up the position as fourth president of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU)?

A I have had a long and delightful variety of interactions with Singapore for the past several decades spanning 25 years, including with NTU. This new role presents a natural opportunity for me at this point in time."


New NTU president has history of ties with Singapore (14 July 2017)

"A leading American scientist, who was handpicked by former president Barack Obama to helm the National Science Foundation in the United States, was yesterday named the fourth president of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Professor Subra Suresh, 61, who will take over from current NTU president Bertil Andersson next year, had until recently served as president of Carnegie Mellon University, an institution that helped transform the city of Pittsburgh through advances in technology, services and medicine."


Parents happy with their children's schooling: IPS poll (17 July 2017)

"Some people may doubt the slogan "Every school, a good school", but most parents in a recent poll do believe it.

More than 90 per cent of them felt that Singapore's education system is among the best worldwide and were satisfied with their children's primary schools, according to an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) survey. But the results also show that about a quarter of parents had trouble enrolling their children into a school of their choice."


Bilingual kids can pick up third language 'more easily': Study (17 July 2017)

"Little two-year-old Summer Tan spends her afternoons watching English cartoons and reading Chinese storybooks with her mother.

Exposed to both languages, the energetic tot effortlessly switches between English and Mandarin when she speaks."


Grooming socially responsible citizens (17 July 2017)

"The Values In Action (VIA) programme aims to develop students into socially responsible citizens who contribute to the building of stronger communities.

It replaced the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) in 2012, and is compulsory for students in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institutes."


Underdogs who beat the odds: Roller-coaster ride to success (17 July 2017)

"Mr Ng Boon Thai came from a broken family, did not do well in primary school, and smoked and drank in lower secondary.

But fast forward to today and he is graduating with a double degree - achieved with top honours - from Singapore Management University (SMU)."


Underdogs who beat the odds: Charting his own course (17 July 2017)

"When Mr Mohammad Syafiq Mohammad Suhaini got 198 points for his Primary School Leaving Examination, his mother gave him a dressing down.

It was not the scolding but what his mother, a retired administrative support worker, said later that stuck with him. "In the end, she told me I had to help myself and do my best...We were on our own and had to chart our own destination," he recalled."


From special needs centre to international school (17 July 2017)

"Before it found the new space, it had to turn away students in recent years due to space constraints.

TWS has a mix of local and international students, including Australians, Russians and Portuguese."


Slow start, but going back to school pays off (17 July 2017)

"In primary school, Mr Joseph Yang was always ranked among the bottom few in class.

He failed English at the O levels and went to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), where he studied electrical engineering."


Many parents say PSLE necessary, but helping kids study is stressful (17 July 2017)

"The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is still seen by many parents as necessary.

A slight majority of those surveyed by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) did not agree that it should be postponed to a later age."


Alumni, clan links least of considerations (17 July 2017)

"Alumni links and affiliations with religious organisations or clans were the least of most parents' considerations when it comes to picking a primary school for their children, according to a survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).

This is contrary to the perception that such connections are important in getting children into good schools, said Dr Mathew Mathews, who led the study."


Torn by conflicting desires, goals for their kids (17 July 2017)

"Parents want everything, it seems.

Over half of those surveyed wished for schools to focus more on moral education, but also wanted them to put greater emphasis on academic subjects such as English and mathematics."


P1 registration: 17 schools face ballot in phase 2B (19 July 2017)

"Parents hoping to clinch a spot for their children at 17 popular primary schools face the prospect of a ballot after the latest registration stage closed yesterday.

Phase 2B-the fourth of seven phases-is for children whose parents have volunteered in the school, have links to churches or clans directly connected with the schools, or are active community leaders."


What disciplinary actions can schools take against students who are cyber-bullies? (19 July 2017)

"With the internet, bullying does not stop in school. These days, the online space has become a new playground for bullies to carry out their taunts and threats.

Cyber bullying happens when someone hurts, harasses and threatens another over digital devices and related platforms, such as social media, blogs and text messages."


New school of thought afoot among Singapore parents (20 July 2017)

"When former education minister Heng Swee Keat popularised the slogan "Every school, a good school" a few years ago, it was met with some disbelief.

But a nationwide survey conducted last year has found that most parents are satisfied with their children's primary schools."


Girl Guides Singapore marks 100 years with awards to over 130 leaders and volunteers (21 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE-From building campfires and roasting marshmallows to doing service work in Cambodia, Girl Guides leaders have seen it and done it all.

More than 130 such leaders and volunteers were recognised on Friday(21 July) at the Girl Guides Singapore (GGS) Centennial awards ceremony, held tat the Istana to celebrate GCS’ 100th anniversary this year."


Survey to gauge job prospects of private school graduates (22 July 2017)

"A survey has kicked off this week to provide the first comprehensive picture of how Singaporeans who attain their degrees from private schools fare in the job market.

It will give an idea of the job prospects of graduates from private schools and also help prospective students choose between different schools."


Students raise race issues in dialogue with minister (22 July 2017)

"Compromising with one another within a shared space is key to maintaining racial harmony.

That was the message Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary had for Anderson Secondary School students when he visited the school yesterday."


A New Breed of Art Innovators (30 June 2017)

"Tuesday mornings are always exciting for some students at Clementi Primary School as they look forward to getting their creative minds working and hands dirty at their STAR Art Club. These budding artists are groomed to develop their talent in the visual arts and exposed to different art forms and techniques.

The club teaches Primary Three to Primary Six students various art skills such as hand-building skills to create pinch pots and ceramics as well as animation through working with plasticine and air dry clay. These activities are being taught by art teachers together with the help of external vendors who are experts in their field. The students’ creations are being displayed at the school’s art gallery known as The Artique, holds a repertoire of the students' artwork ranging from paintings, sculptures and ceramics, created as part of the school's art curriculum and enrichment programs. Past years' Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) entries are also exhibited in the gallery."


Flying into a man’s world (3 July 2017)

"Aircraft hangars are vast, but it could seem they do not have the space for women such as Ms Amirah Roslan.

The 22-year-old is an aerospace student, keen to get her hands dirty putting together the engine or checking if a plane’s wings are in good condition.

The guys in this male-dominated field of aerospace engineering, however, often give her quizzical looks whenever they see her — the only female technician on the hangar floor."


Your Art Teacher’s Teacher (5 July 2017)

"Ms Loh Kah Lye Sarene runs art classes for over 500 each year, but only 400 of the learners are students.

In every school that I have been in, there is the humorous teacher, the creative teacher, the motherly teacher, the friendly teacher, and of course, the no-nonsense teacher who makes sure you do the homework set for you.

A Shy Beginning Teacher

I started out as an introverted teacher who had big hopes that my students would be able to learn that Art helps them to see and interpret the world through a different lens. I delivered my lessons in front of the classroom, talking from start to finish, hoping to “talk” my students into appreciating the value of art. It did not work. When a boy in my class told me I was preaching, I realised it was because they had no choice but to listen passively to me."


Tackling Life’s Tough Questions Through Drama (5 July 2017)

"For Ms Faith Huang, the greatest reward of teaching the English Language is empowering every child with a voice.

“Why did you do that to Willy?” I came to a standstill amidst the lively role-playing and participation of the class. With his hand still raised, eyes looking straight at me, the boy who barely spoke in class had taken me totally by surprise with his question. Tom* had never raised his hand to ask or answer a question. No one knew about his condition at the time, but he was suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder. We only knew how hard it was to get through to him.

I had gotten the class to do some role-playing and I played the role of Buster Nose, a bully, while my students pretended to be classmates of Willy, one of Buster Nose’s victims. They were totally immersed in their roles. I had never imagined that Tom, who seemed to be in a world of his own and uninterested in role-playing could be compelled to ask a question."


Everyone Deserves a Chance to Play (5 July 2017)

"Mr Muhamad Fadly believes all students should have an opportunity to enjoy any sport of their choice.

A Love for Basketball

Like all children, I just wanted to fit in.

But in 1993, I was not where I wanted to be. I was in my primary school’s library doing student librarian duty and shelving books while looking through the windows at the basketball court longingly. I enjoyed watching my friends in the Basketball Co-curricular Activity (CCA) go through their drills. Deep in my heart, I wished I was among them."


Teaming Up to Overcome Maths Fears (5 July 2017)

"When her students gave up on Mathematics, Mdm Farah organised events that got them cheering one another on to better results.

Learning was Messy for Me

As a 7-year-old, I would always sneak a piece of chalk out of my classroom so that I could go home and scribble everything I had learnt that day underneath our wooden dining table. I was blissfully unaware then, but Mathematics was not my forte. To me, it was simply a series of stories and puzzles I was excited to try out.

I came to realise my weakness in the subject as I grew older, but I was fortunate to have had teachers who never belittled the methods I used to solve each question."


Virtual Dollars with Real-Life Lessons (5 July 2017)

"Simon Sng is leaning on his experience as an auditor to bring real-world lessons into the classroom, and send his students out into the world.

Going beyond the Classroom

As a Principles of Accounts teacher, I have observed my students struggling to make sense of financial knowledge. My previous appointments as an auditor and regional financial analyst convinced me that it is crucial for students to relate “school learning” to the real world.

Tapping on my work experience, I gave examples of audits I had conducted to illustrate the importance of having integrity and objectivity in the business field."


Trust Me, I’m Here to Help (5 July 2017)

"History teacher Chiew Jing Wen wants to help his students rise above their circumstances, however challenging they may be. But first, he knows he has to win their trust.

I invited the angry student to sit down as he ranted. “I only leaned against the wall, and only because I was tired. I wasn’t rude. He is always picking on me,” he seethed with rage. Sitting down beside him, I spoke to him softly, “Young man, remember what we talked about yesterday? Your action will always speak louder than your intention.” He looked up at me, subdued. “Your teacher is concerned about your action, but he is not criticising your heart.”

Compassion for the Lost

Though I had not led a life of hardship, I knew enough people who did. Still, this had not prepared me for the first few schools I was posted to as a teacher. They had many students from underprivileged families."


Sparking a Child's Interest in Mathematics (7 July 2017)

"Maaz Monib Syed of Cantonment Primary School is a boy who loves the wildlife and aspires to be a scientist. He loves science and has always been a natural on this subject. Growing up, Maaz was always curious about nature and animals. His excitement whenever he enters a Science laboratory was also a strong indicator of his love for the subject. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about his interest in Mathematics. He disliked the subject and never wanted to focus on it.

This eventually led to problems like not memorising his multiplication tables, which impacted his performance in the subject. Although he never failed, he was behind the rest of the class. Whenever he encountered a Math problem, he would simply say, “I’m tired” as an excuse and avoided discussions on Math all the time.”

Encouragement & going back to basics

Both his father, Mr Monib Syed, and Mathematics teacher, Mr Jason Tan were determined to help Maaz overcome his lack of interest and self-confidence issues. They teamed up and tried various approaches to help make great strides in his performance."


Cultivating the love of English in Jiemin Primary School (10 July 2017)

"Help, help, there is a monster in my room! What should I do? Run!”

Primary One students in Jiemin Primary School recited the sentence in unison as part of their choral reading programme during English lesson. They expressed the emotion of fear by throwing their hands over their eyes as they ran off squealing in excitement.

Choral reading is an interpretive reading of a text in a poem or short story. Students may read individual lines alone, in pairs or in unison, and it helps develop the oral reading skills of younger students. Through this, students also get to explore different tones, emotions and actions of characters they are adopting.

“English lessons is so fun because I get read and act,” shared Huang Zixuan, a Primary One student who also opined that her favourite part of the lesson was acting out the puppy character in the choral recitation as she loves puppies."


Leaping over the barriers to success (10 July 2017)

"Cherlin Sia’s journey to pole vaulting hasn’t been easy. For the past four years, while she has been training hard, she also wondered if she was really interested in the sport. “I wasn’t really interested in pole vaulting,” she shares. “I thought of quitting all the time – I didn’t want to continue in this sport.”

Cherlin was formerly a basketball player in her primary school, but switched to track and field when she enrolled at Singapore Sports School, as basketball was not offered there.

The 16-year-old's transition into track and field was initially a bumpy one.

But after mustering her determination and with encouragement from teachers, Cherlin pressed on and remained in the track and field team."


Dad’s got your back (12 July 2017)

"When Nur Insyirah Khan was in Primary 1, she joined a badminton tournament but lost in the first round of the competition.

That defeat did not dampen her interest in the sport. Instead, it sparked the start of the Singapore Sports School student’s journey towards representing Singapore in the ASEAN Schools Games.

The 16-year-old’s badminton dream began from home, where her father, Mr Hamid Khan, introduced her to the sport.

Since then, there was no looking back. Mr Hamid, a former national shuttler, coached Insyirah throughout primary school. Even though Insyirah trains at Singapore Sports School now, Mr Hamid still offers support, through catching up about badminton and sending messages of encouragement before competitions."


Bringing Technology Closer to Students Around the Island (14 July 2017)

"12 of LinkedIn’s 20 most promising 2017 jobs are in tech, and there is no denying the fact that Singapore is now a hub for tech start-ups. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) “Future of Jobs” report, it estimates 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in job roles that do not yet exist. As we drive towards a digital vision for Singapore where world class infocomm media empower industries and improve people’s lives, it is important to start equipping our young Singaporeans with relevant tech skills such as coding to prepare them for the Digital Economy.

Perhaps there is no better way to teach coding but to introduce it in a fun and exciting way. That is what Lab on Wheels, an initiative by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), sets out to achieve. With the aim of introducing Computational Thinking and Digital Making to Primary and Secondary school students, the Lab on Wheels is a fleet of retro-fitted buses that brings tech right to schools’ doorsteps. From learning basic programming concepts and creating your own game of hot potato with Hackaball, to coding and making your very own step counter with micro:bit, learning becomes fun and exciting!"


Fostering Strong Father-Child Bonds at Pioneer Primary School (17 July 2017)

"When Mr Jason Lim joined the activities organised by Pioneer Primary School’s Parent Support Group a year ago, he chose to volunteer out of a desire to spend more time with his son as his hectic work schedule makes it very difficult to interact much with his son on a daily basis.

“The activities organised by the school is great for parent-child bonding and I am grateful to the school for providing such avenues for parents, especially fathers, to interact with our child,” opined Mr Lim, whose son is in Primary Two.

It is not a common sight to see fathers actively involved in the PSG activities, but dads such as Mr Lim are trying to make a difference. He is also part of the Family Matters programme at Pioneer Primary School, which aims to provide various parenting workshops and activities to better connect with their children."


A Father’s Love (17 July 2017)

"Parenthood is never easy but Mr Johari Bin Wahiad strives to do it right. He does whatever he can to support his daughter’s dreams as he believes that a father’s role in their child’s learning journey as important as that of a mother.

"Our children observe our involvement, it will motivate them and build their spirit," said the Physical education teacher from Unity Primary School.

His daughter, 16-year-old Nikki Barista Karya Johari, a year 4 IP student from Cedar Girls’ School is making her debut in the Combined School Volleyball team at the 9th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) held in Singapore."


OYEA 2017 – National Honours for Inspirational Young Educators (6 July 2017)

"In recognition of their inspiring teaching and unwavering dedication to their students, six young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award1 (OYEA) from Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony on Wednesday, 5 July 2017."


Singapore to Host International Young Physicists’ Tournament for First Time (6 July 2017)

"Singapore will host the 30th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) for the first time from 5 to 12 July 2017. Pre-university Physics students from 31 countries will gather here to take part in a series of “Physics Fights” put together by the IYPT’s International Organising Committee – where teams will need to defend their own solutions and, at the same time, critique the solutions presented by other teams. Please visit http://iypt.org/tournaments for the list of participating countries. The event aims to promote science careers for talented students and highlight the importance of physics in our society."


MOE Celebrates Schools’ Efforts in Promoting Positive Peer Influence for Cyber Wellness (6 July 2017)

"The inaugural Cyber Wellness Student Ambassadors Summit 2017, featuring the theme “Inspire. Empower. Celebrate.” will be a biennial event to recognise and celebrate schools’ efforts to promote Cyber Wellness via their Student Ambassadors."


Top Placing for Host Singapore at the 30th International Young Physicists Tournament (10 July 2017)

"Competing on home ground, the Singapore Team has emerged as overall champion at the 30th International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) held at the University Town, NUS since 5 July. With this win, Singapore has achieved top placing in the tournament for the sixth time since it first participated in 2009. It is also the fifth consecutive win for Singapore, in a run that started in 2013."


MOE Partners Chinese Academy of Sciences to Boost Innovation and Enterprise in Science & Technology (14 July 2017)

"The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS; 中国科学院) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and the growth of science and technology enterprises through cooperation in science and higher education. The MOU was signed in Singapore by 2nd Permanent Secretary (Education) Lai Chung Han and CAS Vice President, Professor Zhang Jie and witnessed by Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung."


Good Progress Made in Implementation of NurtureSG Recommendations (17 July 2017)

"Good progress has been made by various agencies, schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in implementing the NurtureSG recommendations, which aim to enhance the health outcomes among our children and youth in the key areas of physical activity and nutrition, mental well-being, and sleep health."


Meet Singapore's youngest busker 10-year-old Alan Fong (25 June 2017)

"SINGAPORE - Do you still remember what your childhood aspiration? An astronaut? A doctor? A dancer? Alan Fong, the youngest busker in Singapore, dreams to become a successful singer.

Alan first fell in love with performing when he was only six. His mother brought him to a karaoke restaurant where his singing won the audience's hearts and received a roar of applause."


Survey finds 9 in 10 teenage boys face social pressures to be 'manly' (12 July 2017)

"A new survey has found that 9 in 10 teenage boys report facing pressures to be 'manly' through experiences of harassment, bullying, teasing, social exclusion, and psychological and physical violence.

The study, organised by gender equality group AWARE, surveyed 809 male respondents on their experiences during secondary school."


Tertiary students in Singapore not as good in digital skills as they think they are (21 July 2017)

"If you consider yourself a tech-savvy person, think again.

Just because you use a computer everyday doesn't mean you're good at digital skills. Well, at least that's what Singapore's tertiary students are guilty of."


NDP treat — just for the kids (3 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Her heart was pounding when “terrorists” swarmed the Marina Bay floating platform and opened fire. When they took some people “hostage”, Benarie Wong, 10, started to “really tense up”.

The Fengshan Primary student had been watching a simulated terrorist attack conducted as part of the first National Education show yesterday for a live audience."


NUS, NTU are top 5 Asia-Pacific universities in inaugural regional ranking (5 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have made it to the top five spots in an inaugural university ranking list for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

The list, published by Times Higher Education (THE) on Tuesday (July 4), has NUS in the top spot and NTU in fifth place."


Teachers lauded for creating ‘safe space’ where students thrive (6 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Her secondary school classmates had once vandalised her desk with words such as “R.I.P.” and messed up her bag when she was not around. But the bullying soon stopped, thanks to the school’s discipline master Melvin Kong.

“I remember he took this matter seriously, took the bullies to task and even concluded the episode with standard procedures on how other teachers can handle such cases,” said Ms Lau Yanling, who was bullied for being a prefect. “He made a big difference in my life.”

Now, the 23-year-old is paying the kindness forward by becoming a teacher like Mr Kong."


Fatherhood is a big responsibility, but also a blessing: Steven Chia (8 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — It has become common practice for parents to take up to a year off work when their child sits for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), but TV presenter Steven Chia pooh-poohs the very idea. “Why do parents take a year off when their kids have PSLE? It’s the kid taking the exam, not the parent!”

Doing so will send your kids the wrong signal. Chia asserted: “Primary 6 becomes a year of no play, no sports, no anything that’s not the PSLE. How is real life anything like this? What are we teaching our kids?”

Chia’s daughter — Lucy, 11 — will be taking the national exam next year and he had this suggestion: Break the exams up into separate projects instead of having kids sit through it all at once."


Speak Mandarin Campaign draws flak for using wrong Chinese character in tagline (11 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Organisers of this year's Speak Mandarin Campaign have apologised for using a wrong Chinese character in its tagline, which mistook the character meaning "read" for one that meant "showing disrespect".

The two characters share the same pronunciation "du". Photos of the erroneous tagline, which featured prominently at the launch of this year's campaign on Monday (July 10), drew the ire of several netizens.

"This is a terrible mistake, especially coming from the Speak Mandarin Campaign," Ms Jesley Neo Yen Hiah wrote on the campaign's Facebook page."


Building a ‘Smart Nation’ in Singapore doesn’t come cheap (12 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Schooling isn’t cheap in Singapore: Not just for citizens, but for the government too.

The Republic boasts one of the best education systems in the world and as the government tries to transform the economy into a high-tech hub — part of its “Smart Nation” programme — it’s putting heavy emphasis on equipping students with skills for a digital economy.

Government spending on education has doubled since 2005 to S$12.9 billion this year, or 17 per cent of its total budget. That’s not only to pay for teachers and better infrastructure, but also subsidies for Singaporean students."


Ex-Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh to be new NTU president (13 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — American scientist Subra Suresh, who was picked to head the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010, will take over as Nanyang Technological University (NTU) president from Jan 1 next year.

President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for the past four years, Professor Suresh has had numerous high-level interactions with Singapore for 25 years, including serving as a consultant to the National Science and Technology Board, and sitting on the advisory boards or councils of A*Star institutes and Government agencies.

He will succeed Professor Bertil Andersson as the fourth president of NTU, as the latter is retiring from the role he has held for six years since 2011, said NTU in a press release on Thursday (July 13)."


Webchat channel aims to help youths overcome cyber-addiction (13 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — With young people facing cyber-addiction problems usually reluctant to seek help through face-to-face talks, a new webchat help channel was launched yesterday as an alternative counselling option.

Help123 (www.help123.sg), an initiative of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), is a cyber-wellness support platform that offers online chat, phone and email support services via trained counsellors for youths and their family members.

Launched at the Conversations on Youth symposium at Singapore Expo, it aims to help them cope with things like harmful and illegal online behaviour that comes about from using the Internet."


Deaf bowlers hope to score medal for Singapore at ‘Olympics’ for deaf (15 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — A team of deaf bowlers flew off on Friday (July 14) to Samsun, Turkey for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics 2017 — in the hope of bringing home Singapore’s first medal from the event.

Held every four years, the Deaflympics is organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD). The event spans 21 sports and expects to receive 5,000 athletes and team officials from all over the world.

Since 2001, deaf athletes have been representing the Republic in the categories of track and field, swimming, bowling and taekwondo."


Shared umbrellas? Student initiative is full of 'dried-and-tested' ideas (17 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — It is an occurrence that has left many Singaporeans feeling washed out ... you are around the corner from the MRT station when it starts pouring, and you get drenched.

Now, a group of students has come up with a dried-and-tested way of avoiding a soaking.

Several Sembawang grassroots organisations will introduce a shared-umbrella initiative from next week, allowing pedestrians making their way to transport nodes to borrow umbrellas from a rack at one side of the road and return them at a rack on the other side when they have crossed."


Youth Expedition Project set to expand in region (17 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — Young people looking to serve the regional community in specialised areas — such as technology, entrepreneurship and the environment — will have a wider platform to do so next year under the National Youth Council’s enhanced Youth Expedition Project (YEP).

Some 6,000 people aged 15 to 35 will get to volunteer in and engage with communities in Asia each year under the YEP, up from 4,000 now.

Its reach in non-rural areas will also be expanded."


Parents prefer schools to focus more on teaching IT skills (17 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE – Parents here feel that more emphasis should be placed on teaching IT skills, rather than on the arts and music education, a survey on parental perceptions of the primary school system has shown.

Out of 1,500 parents polled for their views on holistic subjects, 43.8 per cent felt that more importance should be given to teaching IT skills, compared to the 22.3 per cent who supported a greater emphasis on arts and music education.

Holistic areas include Singapore’s history, IT, physical education, arts and music education, as well as current affairs, and they are all non-examination subjects."


5 habits of highly effective interns (17 July 2017)

"Nanyang Technological University Singapore’s (NTU Singapore) deputy provost for Education Kam Chan Hin calls it an integral part of NTU’s holistic education and a proven way for its students to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience in the work environment.

Ms Prasanthi Guda, a senior assistant director at the Singapore Management University (SMU) Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre, describes it as a great way for students to experiment with career choices while still getting support from the university.

Professor Kam and Ms Guda are referring to internships, which, in recent years, have become much more than a nice-to-have on CVs. Tertiary institutions and employers recognise that however enriching your education has been, it is no substitute for witnessing first-hand how a business works. Internships are thus being structured in ways that produce student learning outcomes that are matched to market demand."


Para-archer does not bow down to adversities (21 July 2017)

"SINGAPORE — A spinal cord malformation may give him physical challenges, and finances may be tight for him and his ageing grandmother, but 24-year-old Alex Lim is determined to lead a normal life.

The national para-archer, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, relies on crutches to move around, making walking long distances a taxing task.

His 73-year-old grandmother, his sole guardian since birth, also has mobility issues. She became jobless after suffering from a bad fall when he was in secondary school and now relies on a wheelchair to get around."