Arts Education Award Applications Up 80%


National Arts Education Award 2004 Presentation Ceremony


Date: 3 August 2004 (Tuesday) 
Time: 2:30pm 
Venue: University Cultural Centre
National University of Singapore
Guest-of-Honour: Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Acting Minister for Education


More schools now place greater emphasis on the arts in providing a holistic education for their students. This is reflected in the over 80% increase in school applications for the National Arts Education (NAE) Award 2004 – from 17 in 2003 to 31 this year. Launched last year, the Award recognises best practices in the provision and promotion of arts education in schools.


Mr Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, said: “I am impressed by the quality of this year’s applications. The marked increase in entries also indicates that more schools recognise that the arts are vital in providing a holistic education, and in contributing to a vibrant and creative learning environment.”


First-time participant Raffles Institution has won the Gold Award for a well-developed arts education programme that is an integral part of the school system. All students have the opportunity to participate in the arts through the academic curriculum, wide range of arts-related Co-Curricular Activities, Community Involvement Programme and Character and Leadership Programme.


The winners of the Silver Award, Nan Hua Secondary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School, are second-time Award winners. Both schools are being recognised for their strong leadership and dedicated funding for arts programmes and activities.


This year’s Bronze Award is being presented to four first-time participants, CHIJ Katong Convent, Nan Chiau High School, Raffles Junior College and Yio Chu Kang Secondary School.


Eddy Bin Kasmati is a Yio Chu Kang Secondary School student who has benefited from the accessibility of the many arts shows it offers. He said: “I feel so lucky to be in Yio Chu Kang Secondary School. The school had many arts performances which I enjoyed, but couldn’t have afforded at my own expense.”


This year’s NAE Award Steering Committee is chaired by Ms Ho Peng, Director, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education. Other members are officials from the National Arts Council and the Ministry of Education. The 31 entries received this year were judged on four areas: School Organisation and Arts Culture, Curriculum, Resource Management, and Partnership and Community Links. The Award is open to all secondary schools, junior colleges and the Centralised Institute.


From 2005, the National Arts Education Award will be extended to primary schools on alternate years to encourage the early integration of arts education in primary school programmes.


The Acting Minister for Education, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will present the National Arts Education Awards at a ceremony on 3 August 2004 at the University Cultural Centre.



  • Annex 1 – Results of the National Arts Education Award  2004
  • Annex 2 – Outstanding Features of Winning Schools
  • Annex 3 – Criteria of the National Arts Education Award