The Programme for School-Based Excellence (PSE) Award
The Programme for School-Based Excellence (PSE) award was introduced in 2005 to encourage greater diversity in schools by helping them to develop their strengths and unique niches. This scheme helps to develop strong primary schools with distinctive characters to give more opportunities for students to develop different areas of excellence. Successful applicant schools would receive MOE funding to further raise the quality and reach of their school-based programmes and initiatives.
Punggol Primary School has been a proud recipient of this award for our Sports Talent and Ability Recognition (S.T.A.R) programme for Hockey. Our S.T.A.R Hockey programme is an integral component in the whole-school approach towards a balanced and holistic education for our children in Punggol Primary. We believe that through competitive sports, our children can learn social-emotional skills that in turn could assist their learning. They learn teamwork, they learn how to set goals, how to deal with set-backs and how their individual efforts contribute to the total outcome.
Hockey is chosen as our niche sport based on its success in the North Zone and National Tournaments. The CCA has consistently developed athletes who display strong values in sports i.e. sportsmanship and ethical behaviour, and possess strong physical skills that have seen many being selected for the national squad.
We hope through this programme to:
1. Provide more teachable moments that would enhance the quality of learning for our students .
2. Equip athletes with the 5 SEL competencies; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and responsible decision making.
3. Have a better appreciation for sports culture.
4. Promote racial harmony thereby building an active and committed community inside and outside school.
5. Equip our pupils with the necessary skills and experience required for national and international competitions.
6. Nurture and develop a passion for hockey.
7. Be a feeder school to provide players for Singapore Secondary Schools and National Teams.
8. Be the Talent Hub for Hockey in the North Zone.
The PSE Award has also enabled us to organize overseas experiences and training for our players. Our teams have went to Bandar Penawar Sports School (2006), Australia (2007, 2008) and Hongkong (2010) and the experiences gained were very enriching for our athletes. Such overseas trainings allow us to benchmark the ability of our school teams with that of teams from the various countries. It also allows us to integrate the sports programme with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as we capitalise on the cultural exchanges and the friendship established with the players overseas.