National Day Celebration 2016
Text by: Lynnette Tan (1T01)
On 8 August 2016, CJC celebrated Singapore’s 51st National Day. The official celebrations kicked off with a National Day Observance Ceremony during morning assembly which was held at the piazza. Students representing the various uniformed groups, together with our Principal, Mrs Christine Kong, participated in the ceremony march-in.
This was followed by the cleverly named inter-house scavenger hunt, Finding NEMo, which had the houses compete in procuring items that marked our NE Moments, such as various personal accessories in red and white, our national flag’s colours, and even members of the student body whose birthdays fell as close to National Day as possible. This event was held at the grandstand, and points were given to each house according to their participation in the scavenger hunt.
The student body then moved to the field to begin the 4 10-minute sets of skipping for Skip-A-Thon 2016 entitled Jump-In, a fundraising event which aimed to mobilise staff and students of the college to skip for our beneficiaries, the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) and Assisi Hospice. The aim was to hit a total of 400,000 skips by the college community. On top of a college-wide Pledge Card donation drive, NTUC Foundation pledged to donate $1 for every 40 skips up to a maximum of $10,000 for the first 400,000 skips. With the collective effort, the CJC community far surpassed this number, clocking a total of 639,069 skips.
No National Day Celebration leaves out a musical component, and this year’s celebration culminated in a National Day Sing Along, as the whole college sang popular community songs such as “Home” with heart and voice. The feeling of the entire crowd singing as one truly was an emotional experience. When the House points for the day were announced, cheers erupted as Albert House once again reigned supreme in blazing yellow, while Michael House came in second place. Patrick House and Joseph House took third and fourth place respectively.
2016’s National Day Celebration concluded with a speech by Mrs Kong, who reminded us all to be gracious as part of our active citizenry. There are many things that hold our nation together, but one of the most important is the experiences we share, and this celebration is definitely a pleasant memory for CJCians.
This event is proudly sponsored by: