Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Kellock)

NE Commemorative Events

Beyond the formal Character and Citizenship Education lessons, the four NE Commemorative Days (Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, Racial Harmony Day and National Day) are an important part of students’ learning experiences in school. Through these NE commemorative days, students learn important lessons from significant moments in Singapore’s history, and reflect on how they can apply their learning to contribute as active citizens.

Total Defence Day 2017

Total Defence Day is about everyone coming together to defend and strengthen Singapore’s resilience as a nation. Total Defence Day falls on 15 February every year to commemorate the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. The theme for this year is “Together We Keep Singapore Strong”. 

To commemorate Total Defence Day, a series of activities were planned for the students to highlight the five pillars of Total Defence. A special assembly was arranged by the Police Officers from Singapore Police Force to share with the students, the threats of terrorism and the importance of staying alert to prevent crimes from happening.

On Total Defence Day, students also experienced the food rationing exercise, where only sweet potato porridge and green bean soup were sold during recess, to remind students of the hardship that people went through during war time. 

Students also had the opportunity to participate in interesting recess activities like the Total Defence Day quiz and the pledge card booths, where students learned about the 5 defences and made a pledge to protect Singapore. The Singapore Police Force also arranged for a special exhibition to highlight the importance of keeping Singapore Safe and showcasing the Police uniforms.


International Friendship Day 2017

This year International Friendship Day (IFD) was a colourful, vibrant and meaningful event, as all students and teachers came dressed in their international or traditional costumes on IFD. The theme for this year’s IFD was ASEAN 50. We had a series of exciting activities that were lined up for students to deepen their understanding on the importance of having good relationship with ASEAN countries. 

On 3rd April, there was a Special Assembly Programme and we had our very own IFD costume parade led by our parent volunteers and students! As a result, our students gained a deeper understanding on the costumes worn by the people from around the world.

The highlight of the week, was on 7th April International Friendship Day, where students enjoyed extended recess to learn more about the festivals, culture, dance and food of other countries at the “ASEAN 50 and the World Carnival” that was organised by our Kellock PSG. Students were thrilled to watch the NE ambassadors performing the Philippines Ati-Atihan dance with the parent volunteers at the carnival. Many students were also eager to answer the IFD quiz on the country booths of Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Italy and USA. It was a fun and vibrant carnival, which successfully bring across the important message of having international friendship and harmony to our Kellock girls. Our heartfelt thanks to all parent volunteers for their dedication in ensuring a meaningful commemoration of IFD in CHIJ Kellock.