Singapore – 18 August, 2015: Following the official celebrations for Singapore's 50 years of independence, Civica is delighted to announce the winners of the nationwide schools' digital story competition, and the annual Tales of S creative writing competition. This year, to commemorate SG50, both competitions encouraged students to pay tribute to Singapore and the contributions by ordinary citizens in the growth and success of the country over the past 50 years.
Guest of Honour at the award ceremony was Mr Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament for Tampines electorate. Mr Baey praised the winning students' works, saying that they were an important contribution to the history of Singapore. He said: "For Singapore's history of just 50 years it is just so amazing that there are many stories that we may forget, and the kids have helped us to remember them."
Marc Nolan, Managing Director of Civica Library Solutions, was also at the event to present the awards to the winning schools. Marc opened the event congratulating all the students who had entered, and particularly congratulated the winning entries as well as acknowledging and thanking all Singapore MOE teachers for their outstanding service. He said: "Civica Library Solutions is an organisation committed to Social Good with a focus on knowledge and learning. It is always a great pleasure to be in the presence of intelligent and creative Singapore students, and their dedicated Teachers. Civica is very pleased to be sponsoring competitions that reinforce learning and community, and this year the competition has taken on an additional and special meaning."
A highlight of the ceremony was the showcase of winning digital story entries from first prize winning schools, Anderson Junior College, Tanjong Katong Girls' School, and Qifa Primary School. Each school library received $5,500, with runner up schools also receiving cash prizes. The three multimedia presentations showcased the lives of ‘ordinary heroes' and their contributions to Singapore during the 50 years since Singapore's independence. The awards were presented by Mr Baey Yam Keng, and Mr Richard Fiddis, Managing Director, Civica International.
For the Tales of S eBook competition, an annual Civica sponsored event, students were asked to write a story featuring one of the many significant historical events of the past 50 years in Singapore. Over 470 entries were received from schools across Singapore, and 50 stories were then shortlisted for the Tales of S book, this year titled Honouring Singapore's Past. The full list of winners is available from the Civica website.
Present at the event were the Civica International Management Team, representatives from the Ministry of Education and the National Library Board, and local author Marianna Chan, author of the children's book series Triple Nine Sleuths.
Civica has been a strong supporter of student literacy and creativity in Singapore schools since 2005 . Over the past 5 years close to 200 students have been published in the Tales of S series and Civica has awarded over $90,000 to schools for the rejuvenation of their libraries.
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