Every year, the Staff Development Committee holds a teacher commendation election in collaboratiobn with the Student Union. All students, and in some previous years, teachers are invited to vote for their favourite teachers. The primary objective of this election is to provide an opportunity for students to express their gratitude to their hardworking teachers.
The teacher who obtains the highest votes in the category will be nominated to attend the government’s teacher commendation ceremony held in September every year. In school, the top 3 teachers in each category will be presented with a prize during the morning assembly by the current President of the Student Union. This also symbolizes the expression of appreciation from the student body.
Furthermore, all teachers will receive the number of votes they obtain in the election by email. This serves as a kind of informal feedback to the teachers.
Different ways have been used to run the election. Some years ago voting was voluntary. Students had to go to the school hall, showed their student cards, obtained a ballot sheet, filled out the sheet and dropped it into a ballot box. In recent years, thanks to the advancement of IT, students are given a voting sheet to mark in their classrooms during the morning assembly. Their votes will then be counted by an MC reader and the results can be released on the same day.