Total Defence Day
The theme for this year’s Total Defence Day (TDD) is ‘Together We Keep Singapore Strong’. In line with this theme, the oNE Committee planned a host of activities to bring about an impactful and meaningful experience for all Woodgrovers.
Girl Power! Our Secondary 1 student trying the FH2000 artillery display.
The TDD commemoration started with a special roadshow by the Woodlands East Neighbourhood Police Centre during Lower and Upper Secondary recess breaks. There was a special display of tactical equipment such as the shield, helmet and bullet resistant vests. Woodgrovers also had the opportunity to have a look at the fast response car.
All geared to try the Fieldpack.
On 14 February 2018, the school witnessed a march past participated by the Singapore Armed Forces 21st Battalion Artillery Cyrus Battery contingent and WGS National Cadet Corps unit, led by the Parade Commander, Captain Ong Yan Soon, who is also a WGS alumni. The march past perfectly embodied the spirit of Total Defence. This was followed by the Total Defence Day message given by our Vice-Principal, Mr Tan Boon Cheng, to remind all of their roles in defending Singapore. The Drama Club also put up a skit entitled ‘My Family & I’ which highlighted the significance of National Service. The first part of the TDD celebration programme ended with a spectacular display of precision drill performed by our NCC unit.
Students trying out the small arms display.
In the afternoon, Woodgrovers were treated to a skit by Drama Arts entitled ‘The Survivor Stories’. The play encapsulates the challenges that Singapore faced and how Singaporeans overcame them as a country. To hype up the TDD spirit, 2nd Lieutenant Sean Neo shared with the students some of his significant experiences when he served National Service. The school assembly then ended on a high note with a prize presentation for the IPPT Challenge and TDD Quiz.
Sharing on War Heroes by NE Ambassadors.
Simultaneously, several activity stations were set up by the Singapore Armed Forces at the Indoor Sports Hall. All Secondary One classes were scheduled to participate in the activity stations which included an IPPT Challenge station, Fieldpack station, Combat Ration Testing station, Past Training Showcase, Small Arms Display, and the most anticipated FH2000 Display. The students were enthusiastic and observed to be actively engaged at the different stations.
Precision Drill by the National Cadet Corps.
The Secondary 2 students also put up a Japanese Occupation Reflection display near the National Education Corner and the War Diary showcase. This is an initiative by the Humanities Department following the Secondary 2 students’ Learning Journey to the Old Ford Factory.
Tribute to SAF at the Windows of Our World.
Customised lesson packages were also put together for all levels to ensure greater depth of understanding the rationale behind Total Defence and to impress on the students that Total Defence is crucial to Singapore’s survival and success.
Happy Total Defence Day.