Citizenship Development Programme 2014
14th February 2014
Total Defence Day is marked annually on February 15 in Singapore to commemorate the anniversary of the surrender of the British to the Japanese on February 15, 1942.
Innova Primary School commemorated Totay Defence Day 2014 on the 14th February. It started with a morning assembly programme with Mrs Ang, our Vice Principal addressing us on the Five aspects of Total Defence, which are Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence. We also had an SCDF officer from the Woodlands Fire Station who talked to us about Total Defence.
We also had SCDF officers together with 2 Red Rhinos stationed in the parade square during the 3 recesses. A Red Rhino is one of the fire-fighting vehicles that the SCDF uses. Also known as the Light Fire Attack Vehicle, it is able to manoeuvre into every corner of a HDB void deck. It is equipped with a hydraulic system for rescue tools, a water mist gun and a water monitor.
Pupils had the opportunity to dress up as a fire-fighter, ride on the Red Rhino and got the first-hand experience using the fire-fighting equipment.
It was indeed an exciting day for Innova!
Our school commemorated the International Friendship Day (IFD) And Asean Day on the 4th April 2014 with the theme “Stories We Share”. Building on the stories in the new Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Curriculum, and the 2013 National Day Parade theme, Many Stories, One Singapore, the stories we share between cultures and countries in the region build relations and friendship.
International Friendship Day aims to sensitize our pupils towards the geo-political realities inherent to Singapore. The various IFD activities had certainly helped our students to understand the relationship between Singapore and other countries. Students learned to understand that while showing our respect for other’s culture, we must not to lose our sense of identity.
Innova Primary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 21st July 2014 this year. The theme for this year was “Harmony from the Heart”. Our staff and pupils wore their traditional costumes to school on that day. During the week before Racial Harmony Day, our pupils got to play traditional games during recess time in collaboration with Mother Tongue Fortnight.
On Racial Harmony Day, our pupils visited the Champions’ Hub during recess time to learn about the different cultural practices and they also took photos with their friends of different races at the photo booth. There was also a Racial Harmony Day concert on that day. The concert began with our Principal, Mr Saw, reading the Racial Harmony Day message. Then, pupils got to watch splendid performance items by their schoolmates such as beat-box performance, Indian Dance, Malay Dance and Chinese Dance. Through these wide arrays of activities, our pupils learnt how to appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore and make friends with people of other races and religions, thus promoting intercultural understanding and interaction.
Our people are diverse, yet we have shown in many ways that there is tenacity and a lot of heart and soul among us. Every little thing adds up. Singapore is where we are today because of its community of individual Singaporeans who have time and again held their own and created the extraordinary. We are what makes Singapore today and will be tomorrow, and this is worth celebrating.
This is the premise of our theme for NDP 2014 - Our People, Our Home. This year, we celebrate... us, ordinary people who can do the extraordinary when we come together as one community, one people. Let's boldly celebrate together how far we've come as a nation and our achievements, which put this Little Red Dot on the world map. Let's also remember that we have always been here for one another. And each one of us can come onboard to co-create our celebration and own a part of the NDP 2014 experience. After all, Singapore is home, because of you and me.
For NDP 2014, we can reflect, participate and express what National Day, and more importantly, what being Singaporean means to us.