1,961 new teachers all ready to make a difference
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Graduating from the National Institute of Education, (NIE) Singapore Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony (TIC) from 6 to 8 July 2011, over 1,900 graduands received their certificates and awards at four ceremonies held over three days.
NIE also celebrated the exceptional achievements of 34 award recipients. Amongst them, six graduates received a total of two awards each – they are, Ms Wang Yimei Amy, Mr Cai Zhiwen, Mr Lee Ke Hin, Ms Tham Xin-Yi Pamela, Mr Muhammad Herwanto Bin Johari, and Mr Tan Shin Eik. Outstanding performers in mother tongue languages were Mr Muhammad Herwanto Bin Johari, Ms Shavitha Jamna Ramakrishna and Mr Loo Jiaming. Herwanto received two awards for his outstanding leadership and dedication to student activities in the Institute or services to the community and for Best Performance in the Diploma in Education (Malay Specialisation). Shavitha received the Singapore Tamil Teachers’ Union Book Prize in recognition of her Best Performance in all the Tamil components of the Diploma in Education (Tamil Specialisation) including a Distinction or Credit in Practicum. And, Jiaming was awarded the Singapore Chinese Teachers’ Union Book Prize for his best performance in the curriculum studies in Chinese.
This year’s Valedictorians did not disappoint as they shared eloquent advice and stories of personal triumphs that tugged at heart strings.
Such as TIC’s first ceremony (on 6 July 2011) Valedictorian, Mr Jonathan Ng, who demonstrated his unwavering passion for teaching by overcoming the hurdles of not being able to take his degree after gaining his diploma at NIE due to poor grades in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and is the only recipient to receive four awards this year – they are, Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, The Sng Yew Chong Award, Singapore National Olympic Council Book Prize and The SPC Book Prize. Or the vivacious and effectively bilingual Ms Tan Liang Si who will be teaching French in the MOE Language Centre, concluded her Valedictorian speech in the fourth ceremony with the parting advise to her fellow graduates to “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming”.
The almost palpable enthusiasm at each ceremony only proves that even more significant contributions can be expected from the new teaching guard.
Source: STOMP Youthphoria, sph