Six Schools Win Inaugural Arts Education Award
Six schools in Singapore will receive the inaugural National Arts Education Award from the Minister for Information, Communications and The Arts, Dr Lee Boon Yang at a prize presentation ceremony today. The Award recognises best practices in the promotion and provision of arts educations in schools.
The Gold award goes to the Nanyang Girls’ High School for the successful integration of arts in its curriculum and provision of a well structured enrichment programme for students. It has achieved sustained excellence in the arts by winning the Achievement Award for the Arts in 2000 and 2002, and the Choral Excellence Award in 2000 and 2001.
Winners of the Silver Award are Dunman High School and Nan Hua Secondary School. Dunman has established sustained and structured partnerships with arts groups for its music curriculum and 50 per cent of its students participated in arts-related Co-Curricular Activities. Achievements of Nan Hua include co-organising arts outreach programmes with Residents’ Committees and getting students’ critiques of public arts events included in its curriculum.
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Chung Cheng High School (Main) and River Valley School are recipients of the Bronze Award.
“The National Arts Education Award is given to schools in recognition of their strong and consistent efforts in promoting the arts to the young. We hope that through this award, more schools will be encouraged to adopt a holistic approach in arts education by integrating arts in the curriculum and providing a conducive environment for learning and enjoying the arts,” Mrs Susan Loh, Director (Audience and Market Development), National Arts Council.
The National Arts Education Award was launched by the National Arts Council in 2002 to recognise the efforts of schools in creating opportunities for their students to be involved and achieve excellence in the arts. It was one of the initiatives announced by Dr Aline Wong, then Senior Minister of State for Education, who chaired the Steering Committee on Promoting Arts Education in Schools in 2001.
The Award was open to all secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institutes. A total of 17 entries were received and judged on four areas: School Organisation & Arts Culture, Curriculum, Resource Management and Partnerships & Community Links.
For more information, please refer to the attached:
- Annex 1: Results of the inaugural National Arts Education Award
- Annex 2: Outstanding Features of Winning Schools
- Annex 3: Criteria of the National Arts Education Award