Academy of Principals (Singapore)
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The Academy of Principals (Singapore) [APS] represents a unique and vibrant partnership with the key players in Singapore education: the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) to provide an unparalleled level of support for our school leaders as they lead our schools into a new and exciting era of educational changes.

More importantly, the Academy serves as an important platform for our school principals to reach out to local and overseas colleagues from affiliated associations, institutes of higher learning, corporate and industry partners to share ideas, debate issues and discuss policy initiatives, all of which will contribute towards building sustainable leadership through strong and mutually-beneficial networks.




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Start of School Year 2021



The Academy of Principals (Singapore) organised the first virtual Start of School Year on 22 January 2021. We are privileged to have Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Second Minister for Education to grace the occasion as well as having a dialogue with the participants. The event was attended by over 170 School Leaders and Officials from MOE.


11th Global Educational Leadership Conference 2020

The Academy of Principals (Singapore) organised the 1st virtual Global Educational Leadership Conference (GELC2020) on 7 September 2020, which was attended by over 800 participants. The Minister for Education, Mr Lawrence Wong, graced the occasion by delivering the Opening Address followed with a Q&A session together with the Director-General of Education, Mr Wong Siew Hoong. For the first time, participants watched the pre-recorded keynote presentations before attending the virtual conference and engaging the speakers through the live Q&A Sessions. The speakers at this year conference were Mr Aaron Maniam, Ms Melissa Kwee, Dr Chris Jansen and Dr Megan Tschannen-Moran. The GELC2020 concluded with a live session with the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mr Lai Chung Han, who also delivered the Closing Address.


School Leaders Workshops 2020

A Leading from Within (Part 1 and Part 2) workshops for Vice Principals were conducted on 10 February to 11 February and 10 March to 11 March 2020.


A Change Management workshop was conducted on 18 February to 19 February 2020.


A Culture Building workshop was conducted on 10 February to 11 Februay 2020.


Peer Mentoring Programme 2020

The Peer Mentoring Programme for the newly appointed Principals was conducted on 5 to 6 March 2020 and 11 to 12 March 2020.


19th Annual General Meeting 2020



The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is always a time for our members to connect with peers, both current and retired, in a more
relaxed and non-work setting. 
The 19th AGM was held at the Shangri-La Hotel on the 5 February 2020 with a high tea reception, starting with Lo Hei.
We have our election for the 10th Executive Board and Dr Shirleen Chee was re-elected as President of APS.


Start of School Year 2020

A Dialogue Session with our Deputy Prime Minister on 10 January 2020 at the Raffles Hotel to commemorate our Start of School
Year 2020. The event was attended by over 120 school leaders and officials from MOE.



School Leaders Workshops 2019

A Growth & Renewal (Part 2) workshop for Vice Principals was conducted on 7 May to 8 May 2019


A Culture Building workshop was conducted on 24 April to 25 April 2019.


A Growth & Renewal (Part 1) workshop for Vice Principals was conducted on 1 April to 2 April 2019


A Change Management workshop was conducted on 4 March to 5 March 2019.


14th Convention of ICP 2019

President Dr. Shirleen Chee, 1st Vice President Mr Tony Low, Executive Board Member Mr Low Chun Meng and Exceutive Director, Mr Ezra Ng attended the 14th Convention of ICP from 23 to 25 October 2019 in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.The theme of Convention "Connecting Leaders, Creating the Future".


ICP Council Meeting 2019

President Dr. Shirleen Chee and Exceutive Director, Mr Ezra Ng attended the ICP Council Meeting from 20 to 22 October 2019 in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.


Mentoring Conversation for Batch Year 2

We were honoured to have Ms Seah Jiak Choo as the Guest of Honour to address the principals of the Peer Mentoring Programme for Batch Year 2 on 17 July 2019 at MYMCA. 


Visit from Holdsworth Center, Texas

APS hosted 16 Officials and Superintendents from the Texas-based Holdsworth Centre on 17 July 2019. The delegates visited St Margaret’s Secondary School and was briefed by the Principal, Mdm Lee Lin Yee. After the School’s visit, a dialogue session with a few Board Members from APS were held over lunch.


APS Distinguished Speaker Series

In collaboration with Apple, Academy of Principals (Singapore) organised a Distinguished Speaker Series Talk on 25 April 2019 at Apple with Dr John Nash from the University of Kentucky as the presenter. This was a fantastic opportunity for professional learning and networking among the fraternity.


10th Global Educational Leadership Conference 2019

The 10th Global Educational Leadership Conference (GELC) was offically opened by the Second Minister for Education, Ms Indranee Rajah on 27 March 2019 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Our theme for this year’s GELC is “Leading Our Community for Innovation.” At this GELC, we have invited speakers to share with us what it takes to grow our community and understand the obstacles that hinder progress as well as to rediscover the tools to enable us to build strong communities in the midst of transition. The 2 days conference was attended by more than 350 educational leaders with participants from Brunei, Thailand and Slovenia. Remember to save the dates for the next GELC which will be held from 1 to 2 April 2020.

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Visit from Sarawak Ministry of Education, Malaysia

APS hosted the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Sarawak, the honourable Michael Manyin Jawong and
his delegates of officials on 22 January 2019. They visited Nanyang Junior College and was briefed by the Principal, Mr Low Chun Meng.