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National Education (NE) in CHIJ Secondary focuses on cultivating in the students a sense of belonging to Singapore while nurturing them to be women of distinction equipped with the key competencies of the 21st Century. The emphasis on National Education enables the students of CHIJ Secondary to function effectively as global citizens, while at the same time, stay rooted to Singapore. The CHIJ girl, as a result, is able to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the increasingly globalised and interconnected world, becoming a good citizen of Singapore and the world.
Total Defence Day
Total Defence Day (15th February) marks the British surrender of Singapore to the Japanese during World War 2. This annual event reminds us that the task of nation-building is not easy, and that we must work together to preserve our present prosperity and stability.
Mr Ernest Leong sharing his National Service experience
Student performance during Total Defence Day 2017
International Friendship Day
The celebration of International Friendship Day provides us with a good opportunity to understand the importance of good relations with our neighbours and beyond. More importantly, we need to also understand that such relations cannot be taken for granted.
Performance by our international students during International Friendship Day celebrations 2017
Teacher and student performers during International Friendship Day celebrations 2017
Racial Harmony Day
Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on the 21st of July. On this day in 1964, Singapore experienced one of its worst racial riots. Racial Harmony Day serves to remind our students of the importance of social harmony 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.
Students should understand the customs and traditions of the different races and religions. They should learn to respect these customs and traditions and the need for the different races and religions to co-exist peacefully. Students should also learn about the consequences of a breakdown in racial and religious harmony. These lessons can be drawn from our own history as well as recent incidents in the world. The message is that racial and religious harmony cannot be taken for granted.
Specially choreographed Racial Harmony Day Zumba performance
Students dressed in an array of ethnic costumes and tasting food from different ethnic groups during Racial Harmony Day 2017
National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations. Since 1998, a National Day Ceremony was introduced in schools. This Ceremony aims to bring to the students a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day. Schools conduct a 15-minute National Day Ceremony which is more formal than the festivities that schools usually organise.
National Day Observance Ceremony 2017
National Day celebrations 2017