It’s The End… Not.
Many in our society tend to view students who undertake the ITE (Institute of Technical Education) path as ‘wayward’ and ‘hopeless’. Jack Neo’s I Not Stupid played on the words ITE as ‘It’s The End’ which might have created a stereotype on this wonderful youths. What’s your take on this? Read on.
On 8th of August 2010, a 5000 strong audience gathered at ITE College East stadium to witness the symbolic arrival of the Olympic Flame and the lighting of the cauldron by the Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. The Olympic torch was proudly carried into the stadium by not 1, or 2 but 5 torchbearers.
Activities such as the Service Excellence Carnival, 3M Skipping Challenge, EDGE Camps, National Cheerleading Competition to name a few.
The Nitec in Hair Fashion & Design (HFD) students showcased their hair design creations in the finale of the ITE Graduation Ceremony.
For the first time among educational institutes in Singapore, West Side Story was staged as a full-version musical by our talented students from ITE’s Centre for Music & The Arts (CeMTA). Directed by Mr Tony Quek, the timeless musical which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, resonated in the hearts of many because of its love theme that hinges on the possibility of light out of the darkness, peace out of war, and love from within a world of hate.
The graduation ceremonies for Class of Dec 10 took place over three days, from 15 to 17 February 2011. The ceremonies for the four schools were attended by more than 2,000 graduands and their guests.
The main purpose of this post is to ‘educate’ people out there that ITE is not ‘It’s The End’. Not everyone can take the usual academic route but that doesn’t mean they are not capable of achieving what others can. Success stories such as Muhd. Nuridris, Founder and Executive Director at X-Clusive Music & Entertainment took South East Asia by storm with his crew and music; Kamsani Jumahat, an extremely gifted performer who has won numerous competitions and currently undertaking a Diploma in Music at LASALLE College of the Arts; Goh Yong Wei, a very talented and popular youth blogger who directs and films his own productions!
I never give up on my students and I always motivate them to find the drive to be a better person. All they need is an opportunity to shine. Having worked with them and seeing them graduate is definitely a great form of satisfaction no words could describe.
To me, ITE is not ‘It’s The End’, ITE stands for ‘It’s To Excel’.