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ASYRAF CHUMINO ON HOW HE GOT INTO A POLYTECHNIC WITHOUT A PSLE CERT
Asyraf’s father passed away when he was two, leaving his mother in depression. When he was in Primary 4, his mother’s health declined and he dropped out of school to look after her. “My brother was taking his PSLE and my sister had just started secondary school. So I thought being the youngest with the…
MORE NORTHLIGHT STUDENTS MAKING IT TO TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
More students from NorthLight School – a specialised school that takes in those who failed the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) – are furthering their studies at tertiary institutions. Currently, about 45 per cent of students move on to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), up from about 30 per cent in its initial years.…


SUPPORTIVE TEACHERS HELPED HIM MAKE THE GRADE
Throughout his time at Tampines North Primary School, Mr Kenneth Yong could not spell words of more than three letters. “I could only spell simple words like ‘and’ and ‘the’,” said Mr Yong, who failed his Primary School Leaving Examination . He then entered NorthLight School, where he did well enough to move on to…
NORTHLIGHT STAFF PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS TO HELP THEIR STUDENTS
When he received a call five years ago asking if he would like to take the helm at NorthLight School, Mr Martin Tan, then principal of Anderson Primary School, did not hesitate. He said: “I grew up in a lower-income family. All my opportunities growing up came from school. “As principal, I realised this was…


SKILLS LEARNT AT SCHOOL MADE A DIFFERENCE
Mr Eric Zhuo remembers crying when he got his Primary School Leaving Examination results eight years ago. “I was looking forward to going to a mainstream secondary school, but it didn’t quite turn out the way I had expected,” recalled the former Ahmad Ibrahim Primary pupil. “I was one point away from getting into a…
NEW HOPE FOR PSLE ‘NO-HOPERS’
When Mrs Chua Yen Ching was recruiting a pioneer team of teachers for NorthLight School – a specialised school that takes in those who fail their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) – 10 years ago, one of her first thoughts was: “Who would want to teach the weakest students in Singapore?” But, to Mrs Chua’s…


NEW WORK-STUDY PROGRAMME FOR GRADUATES OF NORTHLIGHT, ASSUMPTION PATHWAY SCHOOLS
SINGAPORE: Graduates of Northlight School and Assumption Pathway School (APS) will be able to pursue a new two-year work-study programme, should they be unable to enter the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) or feel they are not ready to start work independently. The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Wednesday (Nov 5) said the move is…
NORTHLIGHT SCHOOL GRADUATE DHAVANISHA SIVA, MUHAMMAD ASYRAF BIN CHUMINO ARE AMONG THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2014 SPECIAL AWARDS
Mr Muhammad Asyraf Bin Chumino, 20, is another LKY-STEP awardee who has persevered through the odds. He had quit school when he was 10 to take care of his widowed mother, who was suffering from depression. For two years, he helped with chores at home and attempted to self-study. When his mother got better, he…


PRINCIPAL HAPPY THAT NORTHLIGHT IS STUDENTS’ SECOND HOME
When Mr Martin Tan received a call in 2011 asking if he would take over as principal of NorthLight School, a specialised secondary school that takes in those who failed the Primary School Leaving Examination, he immediately said yes. “I empathised with the kids’ situations because I grew up in a low-income family,” he said.…
5,500 GIFTS FOR SCHOOL’S LIFE SHOP
A gift shop at NorthLight School has been given a new lease of life with the donation of about 5,500 new and second-hand items by Changi Airport Group last month. These include soccer balls, stationery items, bags and kendamas – simple Japanese wooden toys played like a yo-yo that are selling in Singapore by the…


MOURINHO IN SINGAPORE FOR PETER LIM SCHOLARSHIP EVENT AT NORTHLIGHT SCHOOL
SINGAPORE – Jose Mourinho made his first public comments on being linked with the Manchester United coaching job. As a special guest at the Peter Lim Scholarship event held at Northlight School on Wednesday, the Portuguese was non-committal about links to Manchester United, even as he answered questions with tongue firmly in cheek. He quipped: “I…
NORTHLIGHT STUDENTS ON A ROLL AT TOKYO FOOD FAIR
The aromatic whiff of a peanut sauce more familiar to taste buds of diners about 5,000km away, wafted through the air in Tokyo yesterday as a team of hospitality students from Northlight School sold their fusion “satay temaki” creation at a food fair. Their dish marries Singapore’s satay with Japan’s temaki sushi hand roll –…


NLS INFLUENCED SINGAPORE’S EDUCATION SYSTEM: PM LEE
SINGAPORE – NorthLight School – a specialised school for the less academically inclined – has not only changed the lives of its students, but also influenced Singapore’s education system, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday (Sept 21). “It has helped us rethink how we should develop a school’s culture, and how teachers relate…
FIRST BATCH OF STUDENTS RECEIVES NEW EDUSAVE AWARD
The first batch of students eligible for the new Edusave Skills Award received their awards this month, said the Ministry of Education (MOE). The award, first announced in January last year by then-Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, is open to students in specialised schools, Institutes of Technical Education and polytechnics. In line with the national SkillsFuture…