Citizenship Development Programme 2018
This year, a series of activities were planned and conducted to help pupils understand the importance of Total Defence and the roles they can play in keeping our nation safe.
To allow pupils to experience the hardship that our pioneers had undergone during the Japanese Occupation, a food-rationing exercise was carried out with collaboration with our school canteen vendors. Apart from experiencing the hardship of our pioneers, this exercise also allowed pupils to appreciate the abundance of food supply that they enjoy in present days.
Static displays were put up at the Parade Square by agencies such as the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Armed Forces and our very own Red Cross CCA. They aimed to showcase the five pillars of Total Defence that defend us against both military and non-military attacks.
The overall highlight of this year’s Total Defence Day was the skit put up by pupils from the English Literary, Drama and Debate Society (ELDDS). This skit showcasing the life of our pioneers from Pre-World War II to Post-World War II period aimed to raise awareness in pupils of the difficult times our pioneers had gone through and to encourage them to play their part in ensuring that the peace time they are enjoying now continues.
Through the series of events, pupils were engaged in fun-filled and educational activities which allowed them to learn more about Total Defence Day.
This year, our school commemorated International Friendship Day (IFD) in term 2 week 3 with the theme “Celebrating the ASEAN Community”.
It is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. International Friendship Day aims to sensitize our pupils towards the geo-political realities inherent to Singapore and to nurture the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people. As a member of ASEAN, our pupils need to learn from the different backgrounds and experiences of people in our neighbouring countries and continue maintaining good relations with them.
We carried out activities to heighten the awareness in our pupils about the culture and backgrounds of the 10 ASEAN countries. In addition to last year’s sharing on the various traditional games and dances from ASEAN, this year we shared on the glorious food, greetings and costumes of the ASEAN countries.
- Posters of different costumes, traditional food, greetings and information of the culture of the 10 ASEAN countries were displayed at the Rainforest Area.
- 2 Assembly programmes were conducted, one of which showed the various food that comes from ASEAN countries and some included the history of how the food became part of their lives. Teachers and students took part in a fashion parade as part of the assembly programme to show the various traditional costumes of the ASEAN countries.
On 20 July 2018, we commemorated Racial Harmony Day. The theme for this year’s Racial Harmony Day is ‘Diversity is our Strength’. This theme reminds us of the existence of different races and emphasizes on the unique multi-racial nature of Singapore. Most importantly, it reinforces the need for everyone to know and understand the people around us
Various activities were held to commemorate this special day which started off with the Racial Harmony speech by our Vice-Principal, Mr Edwin Wong, to let the pupils have a better understanding of the purpose behind commemorating this special day. This was followed by a concert featuring the Malay Dance, Chinese Dance, ‘Silat’ and performance by teachers reflecting our cultural diversity. A special performance was also put up by the pupils of Nanhai Guicheng Foreign Language School. In addition, the Primary 3 pupils also showcased their projects, displaying Traditonal Games, Food and Costumes, during the three recesses. Through these activities, pupils have a better understanding of the various forms of traditional games and were delighted to try their hands at them too.
We are certain that through the fun-filled activities, our pupils have definitely gained invaluable lessons and experiences.
The theme of Singapore’s 53rd birthday celebration, We Are Singapore, aims to recognize everyday Singaporeans who share a common identity, and the show managed to showcase the theme across three acts; Our Home, Our People; Our Hopes, Our Aspirations; Our Spirit, Our Strength. The whole NE Show had a Cinematic effect, human to human connections, and stories of how we overcome hardships and strive for our Goals. As the Singapore story slowly unfolded in front of us, there was a segment for everyone.
Despite the rain, Innovians cheered at every opportunity to show their patriotism and enthusiasm through the placard challenge. “Family” and “Home” themes kept surfacing during the NE Show as real-life stories of five individuals showed the togetherness and determination of our people. We can be the change we want to see, in their lives and the lives of the people around us.
This year, our school celebrated National Day on 8 August based on the theme “We are Singapore”. We started the celebration on a reflective mood when the school engaged in a recital of recollection of how Singapore gained independence through the hard work of our forefathers. It was indeed moving and meaningful for both staff and students. Student witnessed the marching parade from the different CCA groups as well as by our Head Prefect and Assistant Head prefects. The parade was both solemn and dignified with Mr Sean Lee leading the parade. It was followed by a concert with our very own video montages of how the teachers celebrated National Day in the past, students’ favourite part of the National Day as well as our hopes for Singapore in the future. In addition, there were also a showcase of dances, a medley of National Day songs led by our students and teachers and sing-a-long sessions of this year’s National Day song- both the 2018 official and the remix version of We are Singapore. Community and past National Day songs filled the airwaves as students tapped on their creativity when they penned down their well-wishes for Singapore as part of the classroom activities.