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Total Defense Day 2016

Commemoration of Total Defence Day

Many students were pleasantly surprised when they walked into the school on Friday morning, the 19th of February, only to see several of the male teachers, like Mr Benjamin Lee and Mr Jason Lefort, handsomely suited up in army uniforms. There was even an army truck parked beside the school that brought along many NS Men. The students were treated to a fun and enlightening educational showcase by these NS Men where they learnt what it was like being an NS Man. They had the opportunity to sample what the soldiers ate during field training and even had the opportunity to handle some of the weapons!

“Seeing the SAR 21 and having the opportunity to touch one has made me want to be a soldier,” said Titus Tsang, a student from Secondary 4 Blessing 2.

Many students were seen sporting army face-paint too. A big thank you for the experiential learning made possible by the 35th Singapore Combat Engineers!

Another highlight of Total Defence Day commemoration was the sharing by Physical Education teacher Mr Benjamin Lee. He shared with the school his experience as a full time National Service (NS) man and explained the importance of serving NS.   

The Total Defence Day commemoration ended with a skit, Together We Keep Singapore Strong, written and directed by Mr Julian Lau, Head of Pupil Welfare, and acted out by staff, students and members of the Parent Support Group. Through events such as the race riots in 1964, Hotel New World Collapse in 1986 and the Paris Bombing in 2016, the skit served to send the message to staff and students that Singaporeans must uphold the harmony of living among people of different races, be united and resilient, and be prepared for the unexpected.