National Arts Education Award 2009


Nine Schools Receive National Arts Education Award 2009 


Award Presentation Ceremony at “Transfinity”


Date : Thursday, 23 July 2009


Time : 5.30pm


Venue : Chamber Room, City Hall Building


Guest of Honour : RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew


Acting Minister for Information,

Communication and the Arts


Nine primary schools will be receiving accolades for their good arts practices and programmes from RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, at the National Arts Education (NAE) Award 2009 presentation ceremony on 23 July 2009. The ceremony will be taking place at Transfinity, the inaugural Art Elective Programme (AEP) and Music Elective Programme (MEP) showcase by the Ministry of Education (MOE).


The Gold Award will be accorded to Zhenghua Primary School and the Silver Award will be presented to Canossa Convent Primary School. A total of seven bronze awards will be presented to the following primary schools: Canberra, Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Kellock), Huamin, Princess Elizabeth, Punggol, Yio Chu Kang and Yumin.


The NAE Award, in its 7th year, recognises and rewards schools that consistently incorporate the arts for a holistic curriculum that provides opportunities for their students to maximize their potential. The NAE Award Criteria is based on the Arts Education Evaluation Framework,developed by the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, MOE.


The presentation of the NAE awards at the inaugural showcase “Transfinity”, reflects the longtime collaboration between NAC and MOE to bring the arts to the young generation. Ms Kok Lee Kwang, Deputy Director of the Aesthetics, Health & Moral Education Branch, MOE, who is also an NAC Council Member, serves as Chairperson of the NAE Award Steering Committee.


The NAEA has 31 participating schools this year, with 11 taking part for the first time. The Gold Award winner, Zhenghua Primary School is one of 20 schools that have participated more than once, having won a Silver Award in 2005 and a Bronze Award in 2007. Likewise, the Silver Award winner and five of the Bronze Award winners are past recipients of Bronze Awards, certificates of accomplishment and certificates of participation. Many of the participants were keen to use the national arts benchmark to measure and assess their efforts in developing a culture for the arts in the school.


Zhenghua Primary wins the Gold Award for its vibrant arts culture and active engagement of their students in the arts through a broad-based & holistic arts programme. The school provides a conducive environment for arts participation among teachers and students, and uses suitableteaching strategies through experiential arts learning to engage students. It uses resources optimally to deliver effective arts programmes and regularly reviews them and garners feedback from stakeholders to make improvements. The school also seeks out new local and international arts partnerships to enhance students’ arts exposure and experience.


After seven successful cycles, the NAE Award and its framework will be undergoing a systemic review next year to ensure their continued relevance in giving recognition to schools that set in place good structures for holistic arts education. Key stakeholders including past NAE Award recipients will be involved in the review. Applications for the award will re-open in 2011.


Annex: Results of the National Arts Education Award 2009