Thursday, 31 March 2011

National Education Open House

On the 31st of March, 16 of our Primary 5 National Education (NE) representatives attended the South Zone's NE Open House at Bendemeer Secondary School. The theme of the event was "HOME - This is where I belong" and is closely in line with this year's NE focus: Home. It was an eye-opener for the boys as well as the teachers. Six of our boys manned the stations while the rest of them toured around, guided by the seniors. The stations were as follows:

Station 1: Discover - Memories of HOME
Station 2: Dream - My HOME in Harmony
Station 3: Design - Building My HOME
Station 4: Destiny - Singapore OUR HOME

According to our boys, they enjoyed themselves most at Station 1 where they played the traditional games that are fading out today. These games include Chapteh, Pick Up Sticks and Five Stones. At Station 2, the boys played a game of UNO Stacko with their group members, learning about the importance of maintaining stability and racial harmony in Singapore. At Station 3, they were given the opportunity to creatively craft their ideal HOME with the balloons. Then at Station 4, the boys were asked to envision Singapore in 2020.

Our boys had learnt a lot during the trip and have had good interaction with the other representatives from different schools. Most importantly, the delicately planned event would have made an impact to our boys, such that the NE message of "Singapore is our homeland: This is where we belong" would have created a deep impression upon them. At the end of the event, all the participants were also given goodie bags, in which the traditional game items were neatly gift-packed by the seniors.

Lastly, we would like to use this opportunity to thank Bendemeer Secondary School for all their efforts in taking care of our representatives and for planning such a wonderful event for us.

Building My HOME Balloon Sculpture

SJIJ Rising up to be Hosts of the Station!

Station 1 Memories of HOME

Working Hand in Hand with other School Representatives

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Assembly Show

Engaging assembly show "Coming Home" put up by Singapore Discovery Centre

"Flags Fly High" by Act 3 Theatrics mesmerised our boys!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


"Home – Keeping It Together" is the theme for Total Defence 2011. The campaign seeks to remind Singaporeans that Singapore is worth defending on all fronts, simply because it’s home.

The Community Chest has joined hands with the "Home" campaign to raise funds that will benefit two of its programmes – "Dignifying the Lives of the Elderly" and "Keeping Families Together".  This is driven by the desire to help those who have played a part in building our country but may not be doing well now, as well as families who may have challenges making ends meet.

To help raise $200,000 for the Community Chest, the public will be encouraged to download a 6-minute extended version of the "Home" music video that includes outtakes and additional footage between 15 February and 31 March 2011. Every download will be matched by a $1 donation to the Community Chest jointly contributed by various organisations.

As part of National Education (NE) and Community Involvement Programme (CIP), SJI Junior would like to encourage all pupils to do their part by logging on to the “Home” Campaign official website to learn more about this year’s Total Defence 2011 and download the “Home” music video to help raise fund for the Community Chest!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Total Defence Day 2011

 Total Defence Day is commemorated annually on 15 February. The theme for this year’s Total Defence Day is “Home – Keeping It Together”. The focus is on why we need to defend Singapore: simply because this is our Home and we all have a part to play to keep it together.  A week prior to Total Defence Day, the Primary 4 teachers took turns to share on the 5 aspects of Total Defence using a variety of resources  such as Powerpoint slides and video clips.  In addition to the teachers’ sharing, performances by Act 3 entitled ‘Our Flag Flies High’ and Singapore Discovery Centre entitled ‘Coming Home’, were both engaging and interesting ways of teaching our pupils the significance of Home, as well as love for our nation, Singapore.
 There was also an assembly talk for the afternoon session by the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council.  It was an interesting and engaging talk on fire safety. 

 However, the highlight of the day was when the male teachers came to school on the eve of and on Total Defence Day itself, all dressed in their military uniforms. The pupils were all excited when they went on stage to share with them the units they were once in and what their roles and responsibilities were. This enthralled the pupils as they heard from their own teachers sharing their experiences as military personnel.
It was indeed a very special and exceptional Total Defence Day for our pupils and staff.