A First For Our First!
Singapore Polytechnic (SP) was the first educational institute to clinch top honours at the Singapore Environmental and Social Reporting Awards organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
View video of the ACCA Award. (requires Windows Media Player)
Improving Ties Within SP
In April 2007, the annual May Day Awards which recognise persons and companies that have made significant contributions to the trade union movement was presented to Mr Low Wong Fook, Principal of SP from 1995 to 2007 for sealing close relations between SP and union. Mr Low received the Medal of Commendation Award.
A Nod For Quality Work Life
SP was awarded two Singapore HR Awards by the Singapore Human Resource Institute in May 2006 – Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Employee Health and Wellness and Leading HR Practices in Quality Work Life. That same year, SP also received the Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health Gold Award from the Health Promotion Board, as per the pervious year.
For its leading HR practices in organisational excellence, SP received four more Singapore HR Awards in 2007:
• Performance Management (Special Mention)
• Learning & Human Capital Development (Special Mention)
• E-Human Resource Management
• Corporate Social Responsibility
A Safe Campus For All
The School of the Built Environment was awarded the Silver Award for the Annual Safety and Health Performance Awards by the Ministy of Manpower (MOM) for having and maintaining good safety and health practices and management system. SP has been an approved training provider for the MOM since June 1996.
Our recent SP Green Buddy Award student winners were:
You are never too young to help influence others to save the earth. Since its inception in 2002, it was no easy task selecting outstanding students who most contributed to environmental conservation or protection as winners of the SP Green Buddy Award (Student category).
||Heah Choon Hock and Nicholas Koh Rong, both from School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Hong Chun Mun of Singapore Maritime Academy
||Alvin Goh and Chia Shang Ming both from School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
||Victor Lee of School of Business and Mok Zihan of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Apart from winning the SP Green Buddy award, the current SP Environment Club President, Chia Shang Ming’s zeal for saving the environment was further rewarded when HSBC and the National Youth Achievement Award board decided to sponsor him for an EarthWatch Study Trip overseas. Read more about his efforts here.
For the past years, our students who participated in Sembawang Shipyard’s Annual Green Wave Environmental Care Competitions have bagged second prizes and merit awards including an encouragement award. View project.
In 2007, our students bagged the two top awards in the competition for their "Mosquito Dunk Dispenser" and the "Power Scavenger" projects, as well as a Merit Award for "Coolbicle - The 2 - in - 2 Urinal System". In total, the teams won a collective of $11,000 in the competition.
Scoring silvers for the environment
Two of SP's finest have once again done us proud when they both won the Silver Standard in the Digital Art Competition on the environment, organized by the British Council...
SP Tops SEF Oratory Competition 07!
Blessed with the gift of the gab, eight Singapore Polytechnic students in two teams talked their way to the top two spots in the Gold Standard Category of the 7th Scholastic Environment Fund Oratory Competition on 2 June 2007. The students, all from the School of Chemical and Life Sciences, were led and trained by Dr Xu Hailou. Our heartiest congratulations all of them!
SP has extended its programme to Kallang River at Bishan Park, its second adopted river and one of the first series in a list of exciting programme to transform Singapore’s water bodies into active, beautiful and clean waters. Through these two rivers, students will:
Our River, Our Heritage
Singapore Polytechnic is proud to adopt the Singapore River as part of its environmental project. Working together with the Public Utilities Board, SP will take on the task of caring for the river for future generations.
||Analyse and monitor water quality
|| Gather feedback from residents
||Project and event management
||Plan outreach programmes to secondary schools
||Conduct research on the cultural heritage of the Kallang River.
Read more on ABC Waters Programme
Green Is Spelt G-R-E-E-N
Green Spelling Bee 2007
35 secondary schools battled it out at the inaugural Green Spelling Bee held at the Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium on 26 May 2007. Co-organised by Singapore Polytechnic and the Singapore Environment Council, the Spelling Bee was a mix of fun and mentally challenging activities designed to create a green buzz among students.
67 teams of two students tackled spelling, crossword puzzles, vocabulary and pictograms with a green theme in a bid to outdo each other. In the end, St. Hilda's Secondary School emerged champs while Commonwealth Secondary School, Bedok Secondary School and Swiss Cottage Secondary School took second, third and fourth place respectively.
Going Green For The Environment
Wear Green 2007 & Amazing Green Race
It was a week where everyone at Singapore Polytechnic was seeing green! Kicking off SP's "Green Week" was the annual Amazing Green Race (AGR) on 14 November. Organised by the SP Environment Club, about 120 lecturers and staff raced around the campus in an attempt to complete a series of challenges as quickly as possible.
Those who missed out on the race were not left out. The Wear Green Campaign held between 14 and 21 November saw ice-cream vouchers bring given away to staff and students who wore green. A truly unique and fun way to spread the Green Message!
More about AGR:
• Video on the Amazing Green Race. (Requires Windows Media Player)
• Green Messages from SP staff made during AGR 2007 poster competition. View album.
The Battle For Green
Blue Earth Greening 2007
Over 60 students from six secondary schools took part in Blue Earth Greening 2007 – a website competition that promotes awareness of climate change and its impact on our environment to students through the innovative use of IT. Jointly organised by the School of Business and School of Media and Info-Communications Technology, this event showed students that everyone can play a part in saving the environment.
Good Vision For All
With sight playing such an important role in our lives, it's a wonder why many do not have their eyes checked more regularly. Singapore Polytechnic set about to change all that by providing free mass eye screenings. Thanks to these free screenings held between May and October 2006, taxi drivers from Comfort Delgro and needy children from Henderson and West Coast were able to rectify any eye problems they may have overlook otherwise.
A Celebration Of Cultures
The Meltdown Friendship Fair
As part of their Character Development module, 300 first-year SP students shared cultural practices and values with fellow students and staff at the Meltdown Friendship Fair on 6 December 2007. The fair was held to promote social cohesion within the SP community through cross-cultural learning. Member of Parliament, West Coast GRC, Mr Arthur Fong officiated the event and launched the “Me and My Community” and “SP Speak” micro-sites on the SP homepage.
Spreading The Christmas Spirit
Sharity Gift Box Project
100 SP students brought some festive cheer into the homes of 90 less fortunate families under the Public Assistance Scheme in the Clementi and Jalan Besar districts on 16 December 2006. Bringing along goodie bags filled with daily necessities like rice, cooking oil, canned food and biscuits, these students demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas by spending time with these families as well.
A Helping Hand To Our Overseas Friends
A total of 112 students and 11 staff took part in 11 projects over FY 2005/2006 while 126 students, 8 staff and 1 alumnus participated in 8 projects over FY 2006/2007. These projects range from tsunami relief work in Sri Lanka to building projects in the Philippines, China and West Timor.
A Special Delivery To Bintan
Donations-In-Kind Collection Drive For Salvation Army
In just 10 days, more than 2,700 students and staff from the School of Business collected five large containers filled with clothing, canned food, books, bags and newspapers. This overwhelming show of generosity in May 2006 was part of the School of Business’ 20th anniversary celebration and is part of a bi-annual humanitarian project with the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indonesian Armed Forces.
Donated items were given out at Tanjong Pinang, Bintan or sold by the Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores. All proceeds go into supporting the Salvation Army’s social and community programmes.
Power To The (Disabled) People
In the first-ever cooperation of its kind, Singapore Polytechnic and Thailand’s National Electronic and Computer Technology Centre signed an MOU on 31 October 2006 to work together on developing three assistive technology (AT) projects for the disabled:
||Thai-language enabled speech communicator
||Voice command system for controlling AT devices
||Low-cost and affordable motorized wheelchairs
This MOU signing is the result of the Thai Princess, Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s visits to SP Centre for Applications in Rehabilitative Engineering to view its achievements.
Play It Forward
Playpack Lebanon Project
Stationary, toys and hygiene packs - what seems like everyday items to Singaporean children can mean the world to Lebanese children. Together with 100 Mercy Relief volunteers, 150 student volunteers from various SP student clubs packed 10,000 playpacks filled with these items in the Playpack Lebanon Project from 24 to 26 November 2006.
A Journey Of Change
12 days with limited electricity, a lack of modern amenities and a three-hour journey from Phnom Penh – that’s what 17 students from the School of Business endured from 25 August to 5 September 2007 as part of the SP youth expedition project. But what they got in return was immeasurable: the joy of teaching and getting to know a group of special Cambodian orphans and the strong bonds they shared with each other. It was indeed a journey of change for these students!
Better Sanitation, Safer Environment
Overseas Community Service Project, Dongxiang
Every year from 2002 to 2006 (except for 2003), students from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering head for Dongxiang county in the Gansu province, located in northwest China. There, students help install ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines in remote villages and teach the locals how to use it. Equipped with fly traps and vent pipes to facilitate the conversion of human waste into organic fertiliser, each latrine not only boosts sanitation, it is more environment-friendly as well!