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Caring Teacher Awards 2006

Press Release Date: 
3 October 2006

CARING TEACHER AWARDS 2006 CEREMONY ON TUESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2006, 2.30PM AT ORCHARD BALLROOM 3, LEVEL 3, ORCHARD HOTEL, 442 ORCHARD ROAD, SINGAPORE

The sixth Caring Teacher Awards (CTA) 2006, jointly organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., with support from the Ministry of Education was opened for nominations in April this year. The awards, first given out in 1996, are aimed at acknowledging and rewarding those teachers in schools who, through their daily deeds and actions, exemplify the values of caring, sharing and concern for the academic, moral, social, emotional and mental welfare of their students. Details on CTA 2006 are attached in Annexe A. NIE received 1,690 nomination forms from 140 schools for National Level winners when nominations closed.

An award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 3 October 2006, 2.30pm at Orchard Ballroom 3, Orchard Hotel. Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Education and Manpower will be gracing the occasion as guest of honour. Three recipients will be receiving the Caring Teacher Awards 2006 and 13 others will receive the Award of Commendation. The list of winners and programme are enclosed at Annexes B and C respectively.

Annexe A

Details

Background

The biennial Caring Teacher Awards event is jointly organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (ExxonMobil), with support from the Ministry of Education. In the first year (1996), over 700 nominations were received. In August of the same year, five recipients received the awards at a ceremony graced by Dr Aline Wong, Senior Minister of State for Education. Another nine teachers received Certificates of Commendation.

In 1998, nominations were also invited from members of the public. When nominations closed, over 3,000 nomination forms were received. There were five recipients and 10 teachers received Certificates of Commendation. Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, Minister for Community Development was guest of honour. In 2000, an almost identical number of nominations were received from 175 schools. Rear-Admiral (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence was guest Of honour at the presentation. In 2002, over 5,000 nomination forms were received. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Education and Manpower graced the occasion as guest of honour. Three recipients were honoured with the Caring Teacher Awards 2002 and 10 others received the Award of Commendation.

In 2004, the School Level award was introduced. Each school in Singapore acknowledges their own most 'Caring Teachers'. The public is invited to submit nominations. Upon submission of these forms to the school of the nominated teacher(s), each school would select up to a maximum of five winners. These teachers are then officially recognised as 'Caring Teachers' and thus serve as important role models within the school. The school will nominate one School Level winner from these five winners for selection and interview by NIE/ExxonMobil at the National Level. In 2004, NIE received over 1,200 nomination forms from 144 schools for National Level winners when the nominations closed. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education was guest Of honour at the presentation. Three recipients were awarded the Caring Teacher Awards 2004 and six others received the Award of Commendation.

Caring Teacher Awards 2006

The Caring Teacher Awards 2006 were launched in April 2006 and nominations closed on 15 May 2006. The award ceremony will be held on 3 October 2006 with Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Education and Manpower as guest Of honour.

One primary school, one secondary school and one junior college/centralised institute teacher will receive the awards. These awards will be used for the teachers' personal and professional development.

As in previous awards, the criteria for nominations remain the same. Nominees for the awards should: be full-time teachers in a primary school, secondary school or a junior college/centralised institute in Singapore; have at least three years of teaching experience in Singapore; and demonstrate exemplary character, initiative, integrity, altruism and a  proven record of service to their schools and students.

While effective teaching and the production of excellent examination results will be considered, the emphasis of the awards is on the humanitarian qualities of the teaching profession. In this way, the awards will also complement and reinforce the pastoral care programmes in the Singapore schools.

Preliminary Selection by Schools (School Level)

Each school in Singapore acknowledges their own most 'Caring Teachers'. Nominations were invited from the public until 15 May 2006. Upon submission of these forms to the school of the nominated teacher(s), each school would select up to a maximum of five winners. These teachers are then officially recognised as 'Caring Teachers' and thus serve as important role models within the school.

This year, each school has nominated one School Level winner from these five winners for consideration at the National Level.

Selection and Interview by NIE/ExxonMobil (National Level)

The schools sent in the nomination forms of their candidates for the CTA 2006 at the National Level to NIE and evaluated by its Selection Panel via an interview with the short-listed nominees. An invited panel of judges deliberated on the three awards - one for the primary school category, one for the secondary school category and one for junior college/centralised institute category.

Awards at School Level and National Level

(a) School Level

NIE and ExxonMobil, as co-organisers, recognise five winners per school with specially designed award certificates that could be presented at the school's own ceremony.

(b) National Level

Individual trophies and cash prizes will be presented to the National Level as well as Award of Commendation winners at the award ceremony on 3 October 2006. Individual schools that ultimately provide the National Level award winners will themselves receive an additional cash reward that can be used to subsidise other initiatives to enhance teacher-pupil relations.

Annexe B

Winners of Caring Teacher Awards 2006

National Winners

Primary School Section

Ms Tan Lay Leng   
Tanjong Katong Primary School

Ms Tan has been in the teaching profession for more than a decade across various South-east Asian countries. She believes in nurturing every child to his/her fullest potential. Her fervour to reach out to her pupils, especially wayward students, and leading them on the right path, has remained steadfast all these years. As a school counsellor, she extends her reach beyond her class. Ms Tan has a way with her pupils, always caring, inspiring and instilling the right values to all under her charge. Her students look upon her not only as a mentor but also as a friend.

Secondary School Section

Ms Venkatraman Chithra   
Riverside Secondary School

Ms Chithra is a very caring teacher who strives to bring out the best in her students. She goes beyond her role of just imparting knowledge by emphasising the inculcation of values and the character development of her students. As the Head of the Pupil Management at Riverside Secondary School, Ms Chithra plays an active role in the Character Development Programme as well as focusing on the discipline of the students. Her firm belief that 'we discipline because we care' is evident in all her dealings with the students and the impact on their self-esteem and self-worth is paramount.

Junior College/Centralised Institute Section

Mr Eric Hui    
Serangoon Junior College

Mr Hui teaches to touch lives. He believes that every student is special and deserving of his attention, care and time. To him, there is no such thing as a stupid question - if a student bothers to ask a question, it is worth his time to answer it to the best of his ability. Mr Hui sees each student as a child of God, and therefore worthy of being loved. He imparts this message indirectly to them always with a tender look that says, 'You are special. You are more than how you look, your background or your IQ.'

Award of Commendation Winners
 
Mrs Tan Yit Mei  
Fuchun Primary School

Ms Corinne Sim  
Junyuan Primary School

Ms Angeline Ong Ling Ling
Marymount Convent School

Mdm Tan Koon Loo 
Rivervale Primary School

Mdm Kum Lai Meng
Xingnan Primary School

Mrs Catherine Yeo  
Commonwealth Secondary School

Mdm Halimah Marjubee 
Fuchun Secondary School

Ms Lim Chye Ling
Kent Ridge Secondary School

Mr Law Hock Ling
Raffles Institution

Ms Audrey Ang
West Spring Secondary School

Ms Chee Ai Lan
Woodgrove Secondary School

Mrs Chan Kit Li
Nanyang Junior College

Ms Wong Yu Ching
National Junior College

Annexe C

Programme

2.20pm
Guests to be Seated

2.30pm
Arrival of Guest of Honour, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Education and Manpower

2.35pm
Welcome Address by Prof Leo Tan, Director, NIE

2.45pm
Address by Mr Derk J Hartgerink, Manufacturing Director, Singapore Chemical Plant ExxonMobil Chemical Operations Pte. Ltd.

2.55pm
Address by Guest of Honour

3.05pm
Presentation of Awards
Speeches by Caring Teacher Awards 2006 Winners
Presentation of Token-of-Appreciation to Guest of Honour

3.30pm
Tea Reception

4.30pm
End of Programme