Monday, August 8, 2011

National Day Celebrations - August 8 2011

6:25 PM Posted by Zhi Chao No comments
On the 8th of August 2011, SST celebrates its second National Day Celebration. The performance kick start with a flag march in ceremony by SST's Singapore Youth Flying Club members, who brought in the national flag and placed it on the stage. Thereafter, it was the singing of the National Anthem.
Excited students clapping at the march in 

Principal Mr Chua Chor Huat then delivered the National Day message. The message highlighted some of Singapore's strengths and achievements over the years, and it serves as a reminder for us to move forward as one nation.

The funny game show made these students laugh and smile
Following the speech, the games commenced with the hosts of SST's very own "We are Singaporeans" game show making their appearance. Daniel Tan of S2-06 and Shakti of S2-02 were the host of the game show. They read out the main rules of the game: No cheating and the audience was not allowed to prompt the contestant with the answers if they knew. Then host Daniel began picking the contestants from the floor at "random", as he claims, and picked 3 students to partake in the quiz. The contestants had to choose the name of a teacher from the ones designated on the slide, and the chosen teacher would come forward and read out his/her question for the contestants to answer. The winner was decided after 5 questions and received a package of food as their reward.
"Ha ha, my teacher has been picked!"

The game show left this student deep in thought

Then came the "commercial break", an interesting video about how Singapore had overcome her problems in the past in order to become the best today. Some of the problems and issues addressed were housing problems, water problems, and tranportation in the past and present. Then came the Sing-along session with the Sec 2 NE Ambassadors with the song "We Will Get There", after which the 2 hosts returned and continued with their game show.
Singing along with the NE Ambassadors on stage

Student feeling happy that he was not picked for the game show
This time in the second part of the game, the stakes were upped a level when there are 6 new players, formed in groups of 2, that were newly selected by Daniel and Shakti. The questions also seemed to get tougher as for the first few questions, no one managed to get them right, in the end when all the questions were answered, everyone had the same number of points. The hosts came up with a quick tiebreaker, and the winner was chosen in the end, marking the end of the show for this year.

Next stop, the second video were footages of SST students and staff members wishing Singapore a happy birthday to the song "One People, One Nation, One Singapore". The NE committee gave out special SST funpacks containing a Singapore flag and the SST badge which had been made for the celebration, among other items. Armed with the national flag in their hands, everyone arose and sang to the tune of the next song for the sing-along, performed by Sec 1 NE Ambassadors.

A staff room... Drama club style! Performance on the Singapore Spirit
Afterward, there was a drama performance done by the SST Drama Club, based on this year's theme of "Majulah! The Singapore Spirit".

The drama club deserves the applause!
Amidst the humour of the performance, it taught us about the importance of the Singapore spirit and tries to define the term in the best way. Then, there was the performance by SST's show choir which performed the song "Where I Belong".

SST Show Choir 2 guitarists!
Finally, there was the placard presentation by each class and each of the school's teaching departments, each symbolising what the Singapore spirit meant to them. Then came the finale, the Sing along which included the students as well as the teachers, ending the day's performance.

But the day was not over yet. Everyone had to form into a heart shape in the centre of the hall and recite the Singapore pledge, sing the National Anthem, and a "Happy Birthday" song to Singapore.

The Pledge Taking Moment

In all, the celebration was a fantastic experience for everyone. Being the last celebration in SST's old campus and having to move to a new one next year, this celebration is going to be an unforgettable one.

Written by: Zhi Chao
Pictures by: Lee YuChong

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