International Friendship Day
The school commemorated International Friendship Day (IFD) on Mon, 10 April 2017. This is to help students learn about and appreciate other cultures in cosmopolitan Singapore. It nurtures in students the value of friendship and collaboration among different races and cultures, which brings about social cohesion and harmony.
The theme for IFD 2017 is ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) 50. Singapore’s friendship with regional countries goes beyond economic collaboration. It has been 50 years since the establishment of this association and members have been working together to accelerate economic growth, social progress and socio-cultural evolution while protecting regional peace and stability.
A week prior to the celebration, the students were given quizzes based on their CCE lessons on IFD during recesses. Also, they made friendship bands to give to their classmates from different nationalities. During the IFD commemoration, the students from International Dance CCA put up a performance with the theme ‘Harmony’. Students also learnt about the national flowers, artefacts and famous buildings of some ASEAN countries. The teachers also put up short skits with various scenarios to depict situations that might arise when students interact with friends of different nationalities.
Through the various activities, students learnt about the cultures from different nationalities. It also allowed students to appreciate cultural diversity and nurture a willingness to embrace others from diverse backgrounds.