National Education (NE)
We aim to:
- develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and confidence in the future,
· by fostering a sense of identity, pride and self-respect as Singaporeans;
· by knowing the Singapore story -- how Singapore succeeded against the odds to become a nation;
· by understanding Singapore's unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries; and
· by instilling the core values of our way of life, and the will to prevail, that ensures our continued success and well-being.
MOE has adopted a two-pronged approach in the cultivation of national instincts among pupils:
- Develop an awareness of facts, circumstances and opportunities facing Singapore, so that they will be able to make decisions for their future with conviction and realism; and
- Develop a sense of emotional belonging and commitment to the community and nation so that they will stay and fight when the odds are against us.
1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong. We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.
2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony. We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.
3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility. We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.
4. No one owes Singapore a living. We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.
5. We must ourselves defend Singapore. We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves; no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.
6. We have confidence in our future. United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation
Every year, our school commemorates the 4
core NE events which have been identified as defining moments in Singapore's
history. The aim is to entrench these events and the images they evoke in the
consciousness of each successive generation.
Total Defence Day
On 15 February 1942, the British surrendered to the Japanese. Total Defence Day is commemorated on 15 February annually, to remind our pupils that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore.
Pupils will learn what the five aspects of Total Defence are and how they can play a part in each aspect. They will be aware that even at their age, their participation in Total Defence is important. The message is that everyone can (and should) play a part in defending the country.
International Friendship Day
International Friendship Day is commemorated on the 3rd Friday of Term 2. It is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with its neighbouring countries and beyond. It aims to sensitise our children towards the geo-political realities inherent in Singapore, as well as nurture in our pupils the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people.
International Friendship Day is a good opportunity to help our pupils learn about and appreciate other cultures and also nurture in our pupils the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different peoples.
Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony Day is commemorated on 21 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 also a day for pupils to reflect on, and celebrate Singapore’s success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.
Pupils learn to make friends with people of other races and religions and not make fun of people who are different. Pupils also learn that in Singapore, people are treated equally regardless of their race and religion and they should also do the same. Pupils should appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.
National Day is celebrated every year on 9 August to commemorate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia 1965. National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations.
This National Day Ceremony aims to bring to the pupils a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day.