Brilliant, but needs special attention (10 May 2018)

"Hong Wen School pupil Xavier Wong is able to solve mathematics questions that are two years above his current Primary 4 level. And his IQ score easily places him in the top 2 per cent of the population.

But the 10-year-old, a member of high-IQ society Mensa Singapore, was also a handful for his teachers back in lower primary."

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Foster passion for learning with less focus on grades: Ong Ye Kung (11 May 2018)

"Education Minister Ong Ye Kung yesterday called for society at large to put less emphasis on academic results to allow students to foster a passion for learning.

In his ministry's addendum to the President's Address, Mr Ong noted that as an Asian society, Singapore places strong focus on academic excellence."

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Age-specific skills for pre-school teachers (12 May 2018)

"Pre-school teachers will soon be equipped with even more age-specific skills and knowledge.

The new National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) has announced that it will offer the Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) next year."

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Finding her voice and making friends through singing (14 May 2018)

"She could barely chew or swallow when she was younger, but now, she is a soprano and part of a choir that performs internationally.

For 15-year-old Marianne Leong of Pathlight School, singing has always been her passion. However, she has dyspraxia, a developmental disorder that affects muscle control, impeding movement, coordination, language and speech."

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Malay teen picked up Tamil and Urdu (14 May 2018)

"At Primary 5, most pupils struggle with their own mother tongue, but 12-year-old Waleed Baqeer, who has autism, had taught himself Tamil.

Despite being exempted from studying a mother tongue subject, the Malay pupil picked up the language because of his deep passion for Indian culture."

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Will it be easier to land a place in school of choice this year through DSA? (14 May 2018)

"Q: I would like my daughter to try for a place in my alma mater, a popular secondary school, through the DSA. What can I do to help her?

A: It is understandable that you would like your daughter to attend the school that you did, but before considering the DSA route, examine if this is in her best interest."

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Case of tuberculosis at secondary school in Bukit Batok; MOH conducting screening (15 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE - A case of tuberculosis was discovered in Bukit View Secondary School late last month, and screening is currently being conducted on students and teachers there.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Tuberculosis Control Unit (TBCU) were notified of the case of active TB on April 26, a MOH spokesman told The Straits Times. The patient is believed to be a student."

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Students bond with elderly residents over a pot of soup (16 May 2018)

"One, two, three... bend forward," a bunch of students yell in unison at a group of seniors.

The elderly members of an exercise group do as they are told, stretching their sore and stiff backs. The students holler another set of instructions and the group again follows."

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Top student despite part-time work, CCAs (17 May 2018)

"When his mother lost her job after a minor stroke in 2014, Mr Puvanaswaran Manikam had to take on part-time work to help pay the bills as his father could not work longer hours due to his health problems.

When his mother lost her job after a minor stroke in 2014, Mr Puvanaswaran Manikam had to take on part-time work to help pay the bills as his father could not work longer hours due to his health problems."

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School elections offer lessons on citizenship (21 May 2018)

"Three young women last week appealed to their peers for their vote, with messages of gratitude, empowerment and sisterhood, while sharing their dreams and vision.

They were just 15 years old."

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How parents can help children improve their Mother Tongue Language (30 April 2018)

"Many families are now speaking more English than their Mother Tongue Language (MTL) at home. This has resulted in children lacking confidence in speaking their MTL. How can we help our children to be confident bilinguals? Miss Nursyafiqah Ramlee, Level Head for Malay Language at MOE Kindergarten@Waterway shares her views and tips.

The first step towards helping children achieve bilingual proficiency is to encourage the use of the MTL at home. For instance, when they see and hear their parents using the Malay Language at home, it would help them to understand and feel more comfortable in speaking the language. Communication in the MTL will develop your child’s listening and speaking skills better than just relying on learning activities in the pre-school. Whenever you can, use the language around your child to expand their vocabulary and enable them to learn through observing the context of various situations.

Some parents worry about using the MTL when they themselves do not have a strong command of it, but learning alongside children can motivate them to practise and improve. Show them that no one should be afraid of things they do not know. After all, learning is a lifelong habit!"

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Dad’s the way (3 May 2018)

"It may be uncommon to see fathers volunteering in their children’s schools, but Mr Danny Lee sees it as an important part of his children’s school-going experience.

In fact, he leads other dads in volunteering at his daughter’s school, CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.

“I believe that for my children to thrive, it is important for me to be an engaged and supportive partner of the school,” the father of two explains. “It’s important that we prepare our children to be confident citizens of tomorrow and I feel that this can be achieved if the school and parents support each other.”

The 47-year-old project engineer has been actively volunteering at CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel since 2016, when his younger daughter, Ashlynn, enrolled in the school as a Primary One student. He is also the chairperson of the school’s Dads’ Club, a community of fathers under the Parents Support Group in the school."

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Three benefits of telling stories to children (18 May 2018)

"Experts often extol reading as a beneficial activity for children, as it helps boost their language proficiency and is a good opportunity for holistic education.

The age-old practice of reading stories aloud to children offers even more benefits. Here are three ways which your child can gain from storytelling:

It boosts speaking and listening skills

Children pick up behaviours and habits by imitating the adults around them. Reading stories aloud helps children to familiarise themselves with the spoken language - how words and phrases are used to string together sentences, and how various words are pronounced.

The early years is when children would absorb many words which they would use throughout their lives. Telling stories to children helps develop their comprehension skills as they attempt to listen and understand the story that is being read to them."

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Doing good can do you good (21 May 2018)

"No one is too small to play their part – that’s the message that’s sent out to all students at Lianhua Primary School.

To back up that statement, students are given the opportunity to volunteer for the activities that they are interested in, and encouraged to initiate their own projects and to inspire their peers to join them in their cause.

By empowering students, they learn how to be self-directed collaborators, independent thinkers and active contributors who care about people and issues around them. The volunteering process helped students as much as it helped others.

“Through the various projects, we want students to understand that no matter how small their effort, they can still make a difference to others. Even the tiniest act of kindness will make the world a better place,” said Mr Vincent Low, Head of Department for Character & Citizenship Education (CCE).

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

92 students from Primary One to Six, together with teachers and parents, did their small part to bring cheer to 450 needy families and elderly living in Choa Chu Kang. As part of the Festive Joy-Giving with Southwest Community Development Council (SCDC) project during Chinese New Year, they went door to door, delivering numerous bags which they had hand-packed with various household groceries such as detergents, rice and biscuits."

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Launch of Wow Wild Learn Programme in the Malay Language (5 May 2018)

"Pre-school children can now experience the Malay language coming alive through their visits to the River Safari. Following the positive response for the Chinese edition of the Wow Wild Learn (WWL) programme, the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC) is now collaborating with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to launch a Malay edition as well. The programme will comprise a series of activities for pre-school children and training workshops for pre-school Malay Language teachers."

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Start of 2018 Direct School Admission Exercises, Polytechnic Early Admissions Exercise and ITE Early Admissions Exercise (7 May 2018)

"Students interested in applying for Direct School Admission (DSA) to secondary schools and Junior Colleges (JCs) for admission in 2019 may do so from today. Separately, applications for early admission to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnics based on course-specific aptitude and interests will start in May and June 2018 respectively."

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Addendum To The President’s Address (10 May 2018)

"The Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to bring out the best in every child and develop every Singaporean to their fullest potential. We seek to nurture upright, resilient, and confident Singaporeans, with the drive for lifelong learning and skills mastery, and the strong desire to contribute to society."

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Core Modules, New Diploma & Cross-Campus Experiences for NIEC Students (11 May 2018)

"As announced at the 2017 National Day Rally, the Government will be making key moves to significantly uplift the Early Childhood (EC) sector. Apart from expanding provision of affordable and quality EC services, the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) will also be established, with a national mandate to develop EC educators for the sector."

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Results of 2017 GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry Paper 3 Re-Examination (11 May 2018)

"Following last year’s theft of 238 scripts of the 2017 GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry Paper 3 in the United Kingdom, affected candidates were offered the option of a re-examination of Paper 3 in either April or November 2018. 57 candidates registered for the April 2018 re-examination. Of these, 36 candidates sat for the re-examination and were issued their results today. The remaining 21 did not show up for the re-examination."

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1st Text Recital Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools (19 May 2018)

"More than 500 students from over 90 primary and secondary schools participated in the inaugural School Text Recital Competition held on 19 May 2018 at Anderson Primary School. The competition aimed to raise students’ Chinese Language reading proficiency, ignite students’ love for learning the Chinese Language, and deepen their understanding of the Chinese texts found in their textbooks."

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Launch of Chinese Audio Book《我的心声 你的回响》 (21 May 2018)

"To stimulate students’ interest in learning the Chinese Language, the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) has launched its first Chinese audio book titled《我的心声 你的回响》by Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Chairperson of CPCLL. "

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Delayed milestones, but mum soldiers on to help daughter shine (21 April 2018)

"SINGAPORE — The first time Amor Perez sang “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” at 3.5 years old, she was so tuneless that her uncle jokingly asked if she was reciting a Harry Potter spell.

Born two months premature and with spastic muscles, Amor suffered significant delays in her motor skills, language, cognitive and social developmental milestones. She also experienced frequent seizures, and the way she processed touch and sounds was affected. Her twin brother Nathan has cerebral palsy and autism.

“Since Amor could not hear well due to a hearing sensitivity, she could not sing nursery rhymes properly. But of course, we never told her (how out of tune she was),” said Amor’s mother Christian Perez, 42, with a smile."

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Love for animation helps illustrator with mild intellectual disability find the hero within (22 April 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Mr Lim Han Ming’s face lights up as he talks about Kana Akira, the blue-haired hero created by the budding animator.

“The most dangerous person is the most silent,” said the 21-year-old of his anime character. However, he quickly clarified: “But he’s a good guy!

“He’s just an average joe, but when there is trouble...he’s all action, no talk.”

Perhaps sometime in the future, anime fans will get to see Kana Akira star in his own animation series, which is a goal that Mr Lim, who has mild intellectual disability, is earnestly working towards."

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44 special-needs youths get a chance to ride a bike at OCBC Cycle (3 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Illustrator Kenneth Lee is excited that he’ll be able to take a spin around the Singapore Sports Hub on a two-wheeler this Saturday (May 5).

Even though the 26-year-old, who has mild autism spectrum disorder, had looked longingly at the colourful shared bikes and asked his mother for permission to ride one, he never had the opportunity. He does not own a smartphone, and his mother did not download the relevant mobile app.

But this Saturday, he will join 43 other special needs youths in riding customised bikes at OCBC Cycle, albeit in a slightly different programme."

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New Jurong Region Line will connect NTU to existing Choa Chu Kang and Boon Lay stations (9 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE — At 24km long, with 24 stations, the Republic’s seventh MRT line, Jurong Region Line (JRL), will open in three phases from 2026.

Slated to commence operations the year the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is scheduled for completion, the JRL will connect the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the gateway to Jurong Island to the existing Choa Chu Kang and Boon Lay stations in a Y-shape operating pattern.

Separately, the line will serve the Pandan Reservoir and Tengah area, passing through Jurong East station."

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Residents and students welcome Jurong Region Line but find it confusing (10 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE — The 24-station Jurong Region Line (JRL) will boost connectivity in western Singapore, but its unusual alignment could be confusing and journeys will still entail transfers, said students and residents.

Transport analysts, however, said the rail line’s alignment – which was announced along with its station locations on Wednesday (May 9) by the Land Transport Authority – is a compromise because it was designed to cater to developments and activities in an area that is already built-up.

The 24km JRL, Singapore’s seventh MRT line, will open in three stages from 2026 and serve Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Jurong Innovation District, Jurong Industrial Estate and the new Tengah residential town."

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Mum overcomes despair to help other parents of children with cleft lip (12 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE – Nearly four years ago, Mdm Rae Wong’s world “crashed” when she learned, during a routine pregnancy scan, that the miracle baby she had conceived after five years of marriage had a severe cleft condition.

Her previous experience with children who had untreated cleft lips or palates during overseas volunteer stints had left her with misconceptions about the birth defect. Online information fuelled her fears as she came across the most severe cases of cleft combined with serious birth defects.

“Irrational” thoughts of abortion crossed her mind. “I confined myself to my bedroom for days, refusing to see anyone. I was so depressed that I could not eat, sleep or go to work, which I love,” said Mdm Wong, 40, a primary school teacher."

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Justification for imposing parking fees at schools ‘an insult’ to teachers: MP Seah Kian Peng (18 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE — The use of the clean wage argument to justify imposing parking charges at all schools is “laughable and an insult” to teachers, said Marine Parade GRC Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng, as he called for a rethink on the role of “economic reasoning” in policymaking here.

“For too long, we have made decisions based more on an economic compass, as if the use of one dollar has the moral equivalence of the loss of another,” he said during the final day of the debate on the President’s Address on Friday (May 18).

While there is a need to regulate the responsible use of funds, fiscal prudence and good procurement, “equally, we ought to be having a conversation about reciprocity, trust and relationships”, he argued."

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Anyone can succeed in Singapore, regardless of family background: Shanmugam (20 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE – It is possible to bring up a child to succeed in Singapore despite challenging family circumstances including single parenthood, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Sunday (May 20) as he reiterated the importance of individual responsibility in society.

"Whoever your parents are, whatever your situation is, if you work hard, you can succeed, even (for children of) single parents, it depends on your determination," he said.

Mr Shanmugam, who is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, was speaking at a dialogue session with residents on women issues."

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Wider network, S$12m funding for programme supporting children from poor families (23 May 2018)

"SINGAPORE — Lien Foundation will be investing S$12 million and boosting manpower to further expand an early childhood intervention programme it pioneered in 2013, to broaden the support pool and deepen the intervention care for children from low-income families.

One area of concern was that undernutrition and delayed language development among children from disadvantaged backgrounds were prevalent. Another is the widening gap of inequality and barriers that low-income families face in navigating the health, social services and education systems.

Lien Foundation, which supports early childhood education through philanthropy, and non-profit organisation Care Corner Singapore started the Circle of Care programme to look after pre-schoolers from less privileged families, and help parents with their child’s transition from pre-school to primary school."

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