Racial Harmony Day Celebration
The school commemorated Racial Harmony Day (RHD) on 22 July 2019. This year’s theme is The Singapore Connection, which is in line with our celebration of the Singapore Bicentennial. As we reflect on our shared experiences and values that have connected us as Singaporeans, it makes consider how we can empower our younger generation to remain open and inclusive even as our society becomes increasingly complex and diverse.
A week prior to the commemoration of RHD, our students had the opportunity to play traditional games during their recesses. With the help of our dedicated parent volunteers, the students (including children from the MOE Kindergarten) played Bola tin, Hop-Scotch, Pick-up sticks, Kuti-kuti and Five Stones. Students also learnt more about RHD via CCE lessons conducted by the Mother Tongue Teachers.
Our school had also planned for RHD commemoration to be a continuation from International Friendship Day (IFD). IFD focused on how we can foster good relations amongst local and foreign students in school. For RHD, the focus is at the community level on how good relations are critical amongst neighbours especially for many of us staying in HDB flats.
On 22 July 2019, during Assembly, we had a guest speaker from HDB OHYAY! who gave a talk on how everyone can make a difference as good neighbours and play a part towards building a vibrant and harmonious community. An exhibition in the Indoor Basketball Court (IBC) with interactive games for the students was also set up.
Through the various activities, students learn the importance of preserving racial harmony by appreciating the people of different races and their cultural practices. Students also developed dispositions of respect and acceptance as they played different traditional games. We hope that Springdalites will remember 21 July as a day for us to reflect on and celebrate the nation’s success as a harmonious society built on cultural diversity.