Management and Leadership in Schools Graduation Ceremony July 2010

Management and Leadership in Schools Graduation Ceremony July 2010

Thursday, 22 July 2010

A total of 172 teachers will receive their Management and Leadership in Schools (MLS) certificates on Thursday, 22 July 2010, upon completion of their head of department training (HOD) at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Gracing the ceremony is Mr Sng Chern Wei, Deputy Director, Schools Branch West, Ministry of Education.

About the MLS

Managed by NIE's Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, the MLS is a four-month programme that prepares middle level leaders in schools to be exemplary leaders, people managers, and experts in teaching and learning. The MLS aims to facilitate the participants in creating new knowledge in generative and collaborative learning; develop higher leadership competence among them; and enhance their capacity to lead change in curriculum, teaching and learning. Upon completion of the programme, the graduands will be ready to lead initiatives in their area of responsibility and take their schools to new levels of achievement.

Key features of the MLS programme are: Diversity of learning experiences designed to generate new knowledge; design of innovative curriculum for schools; flexibility in tailoring an individual programme by selecting courses that are of direct use; exposure to the insights of experts outside the NIE; and an overseas study trip of a week to widen the participants' horizons.

MLS Award Winners and Projects

Please refer to Annexe A, B, C, for the programme, list of MLS award winners, synopsis of MLS Curriculum Project, detailed in Annexe A, B and C (ref below) respectively. 

Annexe A   


The programme of the ceremony is as follows:

2.45pm - Guests to be seated
3.00pm - Arrival of Guest-of-Honour
3.05pm - Welcome address by Professor Lee Sing Kong, Director, NIE
3.15pm - Address by Guest-of-Honour
3.30pm - Presentation of Certificates and Prizes
4.15pm - Speech by Valedictorian
4.30pm - Tea Reception

Annexe B



Awarded to the participant who demonstrates best overall Performance in the Management and Leadership in Schools programme

Mdm Kanta Ramchand Vaswani, Bedok Green Secondary School


Awarded to the team that demonstrates the highest level of standard in its Curriculum Project as part of the assessment of the core module in the Management and Leadership in Schools programme

Mrs Petrina Koh (江淑明)
St Margaret's Secondary School

Mdm Wahidah Binte Ahamad
CHIJ Katong Convent Secondary

Mdm Rozainah binte Mohd Salleh
First Toa Payoh Secondary School

Mdm Kanta Ramchand Vaswani
Bedok Green Secondary School

Mr Wong Wai Keong Joseph Michael (黄伟强)
Raffles Institution (Secondary)

Mr Wong Tjim Shaw Eugin (黄金绍)
Temasek Secondary School

Annexe C

MLS Curriculum Project 

"Social Studies And I" At Bukit View Secondary School

Team members are: 

Mdm Wahidah Ahmad, CHIJ Katong Convent
Mrs Petrina Koh, St Margaret's Secondary School
Mdm Rozainah Mohd Salleh, First Toa Payoh Secondary School
Mdm Kanta Ramchand Vaswani, Bedok Green Secondary School
Mr Eugin Wong, Temasek Secondary School
Mr Joseph Wong, Raffles Institution

This curriculum project was undertaken by a group of participants from the MLS Programme (January 2010 intake). The team aims to enhance the pedagogy and assessment of the subject, Social Studies, to develop secondary students into well-informed, responsible citizens with a sense of national identity and global perspective, through the development of competence in three areas: Knowledge and understanding, skills and processes, values and attitudes.

Their project, based on the 'Understanding by Design (UbD) model' by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, provided an opportunity to address issues related to curriculum, assessment and instruction, so that they can further engage students, by allowing them to see greater relevance of Social Studies in their lives. 

In the design of the curriculum, teachers have to decide what they would like students to learn, and to re-examine current assessment and instructional practice. This includes exploring alternative, other than traditional ways of assessing students in Social Studies, and to deepen students’ understanding of the subject. In addition, teachers hope to influence values like respect, empathy and appreciation of differences, in their design of classroom instruction and activities. 


As Singapore strives to be a hub for the Arts in the region, this project hopes to increase students' understanding and engagement in the study of Social Studies, to allow them to see relevance and importance of the humanities in their lives and in the world around them.