Learning OutcomeTo develop pupils as loyal citizens, with a strong sense of belonging to Singapore and a strong sense of national identity, committed to the well-being, defence and security of our nation.
The objectives of National Education (NE) are to develop national cohesion amongst children and young people in Singapore, cultivate the “instinct for survival” and to get them to feel confident in the future of Singapore. The 6 NE messages are:
National Education Messages
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.
NE is an essential component of our school’s holistic and Citizenship education programme and the 6 messages are incorporated into our curriculum. We are committed to developing this sense of belonging and ownership of Singapore’s future amongst our pupils. It is important for us to instill a spirit of civic consciousness amongst our pupils and encourage them to contribute towards Singapore through their actions.
National Education comprises four core annual events:
Total Defence Day
Total Defence Day is commemorated to mark Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind people of the sufferings endured by our forefathers during the Japanese Occupation. Total Defence comprises the 5 pillars:
- Psychological Defence
- Social Defence
- Economic Defence
- Civil Defence
- Military Defence.
Last year In AGPS, each pupil was given some sweet potatoes and a bottle of NEWater in the canteen during recess as an opportunity for our pupils to experience the hardships that our forefathers went through during the Japanese Occupation. In class, fans were switched off for half an hour. This allow pupils to better appreciate the comforts that we enjoy today.
Pupils discussed about how they could each play a part to defend Singapore. They identified simple actions that others have taken to show care and contribute to the community. To consolidate their learning, pupils penned down their thoughts of their experiences on that day.
International Friendship Day
Every year, schools in Singapore set aside time to commemorate International Friendship Day which aims to provide our students with an understanding of Singapore's relations with its neighbours, and aims to nurture in students the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people.
In 2015, some of our pupils came to school in international costumes. Our canteen vendors also sold food originating from other countries for pupils to enjoy. Pupils also participated in a currency game, guessing the origin of country of each type of currency and took photographs with their friends, thereby building bonds.
Through the variety of activities, pupils learnt that respect and harmony are essential in building friendships with people from different countries.
Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony commemoration at AGPS in 2015 took on a greater significance with the incorporation of our SG50 and Hari Raya Puasa celebrations. Pupils reflected and celebrated the nation’s success as a harmonious society, built on cultural diversity.
In line with the theme ‘Racial Harmony is in our Hands’, booths depicting the traditional practices of the Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian ethnic groups were set up with the support of our parent volunteers. Activities for pupils included henna painting, Chinese calligraphy and sambal-making. A photo booth was also set up for pupils’ group photography in their traditional costumes.
AGPS celebrated the nation’s 50th year of independence 6 August 2015, Thursday. There was a range of activities building up to the celebrations on the actual day. From July 2015, pupils started decorating their classrooms using recycled materials based on themes such as icons, ethnic districts and places of interest in Singapore in time for National Day celebrations.
Besides the Classroom Decoration Competition, a Photography Competition and Best-Dressed Competition were also organised to instil a sense of belonging in our pupils and express our appreciation to our nation. Pupils from each level performed on stage, singing and dancing to National songs to showcase their talents.