Total Defence Day
Schools commemorate Total Defence Day on 15 February annually to mark Singapore’s fall to the Japanese in 1942. Total Defence Day serves to remind our pupils that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore. Students should understand the rationale behind Total Defence, for example the logical response to the threat of Total War in which an enemy wages a war of attrition at all levels. They should also know that Total Defence is the cornerstone of Singapore’s deterrent strategy. The message is that Total Defence is crucial to the continued security, survival and success of the country.
This year EVSS had a wonderful and exciting programme for Total Defence Day. The activities were catered to the different streams and levels. Our NT students made a human chain using recycle materials. This helped them to realise the uniqueness of others and how to utilise their strengths. Our EXP and NA students had a hand in lyrics recomposition and playing the jeopardy.
International Friendship Day
International Friendship Day is commemorated in schools on the 3rd Friday of Term 2 that is a working day. International Friendship Day is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. It aims to sensitise our children towards the geo-political realities inherent in Singapore, as well as nurture in our students the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people.
This year’s theme ‘World in Singapore’ allowed East Viewans to explore Singapore’s connection to the region and the world and not take such relations for granted. There were activities such as Giant Friendship Bracelet Friendship flower origami, and Friendship Recipe for the secondary one. The secondary two students designed their own cake and created a poster to welcome new friends. Our upper secondary students enjoyed a concert of fashion parade, skit and dance.
Racial Harmony Day
Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21st July. On this day in 1964, Singapore saw racial riots. Racial Harmony Day serves to remind our pupils that social division costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault-lines in Singapore society. It is a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.
This year’s theme is Celebrating Singapore so EVSS decided to celebrate with a twist. There were outdoor traditional games, indoor memory games and as well as our own stars performing on stage. The highlight had been the teacher’s fashion show whereby our teachers walked elegantly with their varied costumes.
Everyone has a story to tell and these stories define who we are as an individual and collectively as a nation. This year’s theme for the National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 is “Many Stories. One Singapore”. It calls on everyone to remember and share the stories that make us who we are and how we identify ourselves as Singaporeans.
This year’s National Day celebration at East View Secondary School was indeed vibrant as they came in red and ethnic wear. There was an array of activities planned for the pupils. They were segmented as well as developmental. The day started with a hostage situation called Polar Bear exercise. Students learnt about the importance of safety and our nation’s strong defence.
Pupils had a field day engaging themselves in mask making, bracelet making, designing t-shirts, playing The Taboo and Pictionary game. The school also planned a wonderful concert titled Sing Singapore the EVSS style, which showcased spectacular talents such as creative dances, group performances, and high beat and sentimental homemade renditions . These items instilled pride and elicited patriotism in all those who enjoyed it.
This year’s National Day celebration would be etched deeply in our minds and remains memorable for all pupils and staff alike for many years.