Total Defence Day
This year, WGS celebrated our annual Total Defence Day (TDD) throughout the whole of Week 7. This year’s commemoration was extra special as we collaborated with the Singapore Armed Forces to drive home the message of “Together We Keep Singapore Strong” which is of course the theme for TDD 2017.
This annual commemoration reminds us that we must continue to work together to preserve the security, stability and prosperity of our country and it was in this spirit that we launched our week long commemoration.
The commemoration saw a series of activities from a special drama presentation as well as a talk on National Service by an SAF officer during the Assembly programme. There were also a sharing by HOD School Staff Developer, Mr Philip Tan and student representatives of the National Cadet Corp (NCC), Singapore Red Cross Society and the National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC). All these activities culminated in the actual commemoration of Total Defence Day on February 15th, where a special speech was read out by our principal, Mr Chee Chit Yeng.
The fact that it rained that morning made the speech extra meaningful. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of our NCC boys as they continued with the parade and their wonderfully synchronised march past with experienced SAF personnel. They perfectly embodied the spirit of resilience, so needed to keep Singapore safe and strong!
On that day too, we also had military equipment and fitness stations set up by the SAF at the Indoor Sports Hall. The whole school was scheduled to visit these stations, where students found the display of the 155mm artillery most interesting and engaging.
The exhibition by the SAF was supplemented
by a display on “Life During the Japanese Occupation” specially set up by the
Sec 2 Normal Technical students, where they displayed their own projects and
that of their fellow Secondary 2 History students. Our Woodgrove History
students certainly did their part to emphasise the need to rely on ourselves
for our security.
As part of staff Engagement, male staff were encouraged to don their National Service uniforms while sweet potato soup was prepared for all staff by the Nutrition and Food Science Unit to remind us of tough times during the Japanese Occupation.