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National Education/Social Studies

On top of citizenship education lessons, the school also commemorates the following NE events:

  •    Total Defence Day
  •    International Friendship Day
  •    Racial Harmony Day
  •    National Day

National Day Celebration 2016

The theme for this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) is “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow". 

National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations. The National Day commemoration in schools will be in three parts: Curricular Engagement, Observance Ceremony and Celebratory Activities.


1. Curricular Engagement 


Curricular Engagement - Photo 01

2. Observance Ceremony


Observance Ceremony - Photo 01

Observance Ceremony - Photo 02

3. Celebratory Activities


Celebratory Activities - Photo 01


P5 National Education Show 2016

As part of National Education since 1997, all Primary 5 students are to attend the NE Show, which is essentially a preview of the National Day Parade. The objective of staging this show is to evoke a sense of patriotism amongst the students and to impart to them the significance of National Day.


P5 National Education Show 2016 - Photo

Racial Harmony Day 2016

Ai Tong School commemorated Racial Harmony Day on 21st July 2016. Staff and pupils came in ethnic costumes to celebrate the occasion together.


This year, the theme for Racial Harmony Day (RHD) is Our Cultural Heritage. Taking pride in one another's cultural heritage strengthens our collective identity. This contributes to building a resilient community which is vigilant and in times of crisis, responds decisively, recovers quickly and emerges stronger as one people.

Racial Harmony Day 2016 - Photo 01

Racial Harmony Day 2016 - Photo 02




International Friendship Day 2016 – ASEAN


This year, the theme for International Friendship Day (IFD) is ASEAN.


Singapore works with our ASEAN neighbours for peace and collaboration in the region.As we are part of this community, we need to develop our cross-cultural skills and relate to one another respectfully and effectively. We need to remain open to international flow of trade, ideas and talent which is critical to ASEAN’s growth as a region, and Singapore’s continued success as a nation.


Our school commemorated International Friendshp Day on 8 April 2016.



Highlights of the Events

International Friendship Day 2016 – ASEAN - Photo 01



International Friendship Day 2016 – ASEAN - Photo 02










悼念建国总理李光耀先生 - Photo 01





悼念建国总理李光耀先生- Photo 02

悼念建国总理李光耀先生- Photo 03

周会演讲:《小红盒,大梦想》(What's Inside The Red Box?)



周会演讲 - Photo 01











周会演讲 - Photo 02

周会演讲 - Photo 03

周会演讲 - Photo 04

周会演讲 - Photo 05



出席福建会馆举办的悼念活动 - Photo 01


学生代表出席电影《惊恐年代》放映活动 - Photo 01






学生代表出席电影《惊恐年代》放映活动 - Photo 02

Total Defence Day 2016 – Together We Keep Singapore Strong

This year, the theme for Total Defence Day (TDD) is Together We Keep Singapore Strong.

TD 2016 aims to strengthen our resilience as a nation by

(1) Reaffirming our shared attitudes, values and instincts as a nation; borne out of our collective will to continue keeping Singapore safe, secure and special.

(2) Celebrating our common identity as Singaporeans; rooted in a strong sense of self, and committed to building a cohesive society ready to face the future together. These will strengthen every Singaporean’s pride and confidence in Singapore at the start of the next 50 years, and the belief that everyone can play a part in different aspects of our defence.


Our school commemorated Total Defence day on 15 Feb 2016, Monday. Total Defence Day serves to remind our students that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore.

Total Defence Day 2016 - Photo 01





Total Defence Day 2016 - Photo 02

Calendar of Events for 2016


The following schedule reflects the dates for NESS events that will be held:




Date of Event


Total Defence Day (TDD)


Theme: Together We Keep Singapore Strong


15 February


International Friendship Day (IFD)


Theme: ASEAN


8 April


Racial Harmony Day (RHD)


Theme: Our Cultural Heritage


21 July


P5 NE Show 


9 July


National Day (ND)


Theme: Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow


 9 August

Schools to commemorate

National Day on 8 August