National Day Celebrations 2015
By Ryan Siew (1T04)
This year’s National Day festivities were particularly momentous, as they would mark SG50 – Singapore’s milestone 50th year since independence. The school celebrations islandwide would serve as a prelude to the Jubilee Weekend over the subsequent four days.
The celebration in CJC began customarily with an observance ceremony led by the college’s uniformed groups, followed by a march-in and inspection of the contingent line-up by our Principal, Mrs Kong. Mrs Kong then delivered the National Day Message from the Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat, which urged students – as the generation of the future – to build onward a bigger and better Singapore.
After assembly, the college was dispatched by house on a three-kilometre walkathon around the vicinity of the college. The school had pledged to set about this activity to obtain donations of food items from several sponsors to our beneficiary — the charity organisation Food from the Heart — as a way to give back to society, in tandem with National Day. This came on top of the food drive put together by the college, in which students, staff and parents alike contributed.
After the walkathon, the college unveiled its handcrafted map of Singapore – composed of thousands of chromatography paper leaves, flowers and butterflies – made in commemoration of SG50. The artwork, a collective effort by the school, was created also with the aim of entering the Singapore Book of Records for the “Largest Map of Singapore Made Out of Chromatography Paper”. The vibrant chromatography designs included the national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ orchid, as further homage to Singapore. Before dismissal, the college recited its school and house cheers, and took a school photo with the map of Singapore – bringing the day to a triumphant close.