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National Education


National Education (NE) in CHIJ Secondary focuses on cultivating in the students a sense of belonging to Singapore while nurturing them to be women of distinction equipped with the key competencies of the 21st Century. The emphasis on National Education enables the students of CHIJ Secondary to function effectively as global citizens, while at the same time, stay rooted to Singapore. The CHIJ girl, as a result, is able to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the increasingly globalised and interconnected world, becoming a good citizen of Singapore and the world. 

Through engaging in NE activities in school, students will thus see themselves as active contributors to Singapore and the global context.


Schools are required to commemorate 4 core NE events which have been identified as defining moments in Singapore's history. The aim is to entrench these events and the images they evoke in the consciousness of each successive generation. 

a) Total Defence Day
b) International Friendship Day
c) Racial Harmony Day
d) National Day


In addition to commemorating the 4 core NE events, CHIJ Secondary also introduces school-wide NE fringe activities to allow students to be actively involved in contributing to the society locally and globally. As a result, our students are nurtured into principled and caring persons who lead a purposeful life. 

(a) IJ Project 11

(b) IJ Wants to Save that Pen!

Teachers in National Education Committee:

Mr Tristan Fernandez (NE Coordinator)
Ms Jasmine Ong (Advisor)
Mr Nahri 
Ms Maimunah
Ms Grace Lim
Mrs Teresa Francis
Mr Harry Goh
Mr Chan Wee Kiat
Ms Linda Cruz
Ms Paulin
Ms Cheryl Lai 
Mr Ramar

National Education Messages

1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.
We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.

2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony.

We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.

3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility.
We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.

4. No one owes Singapore a living.

We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.

5. We must ourselves defend Singapore.

We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.

6. We have confidence in our future.

United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.

Total Defence Day

Total Defence Day (15th February) marks the British surrender of Singapore to the Japanese during World War 2. This annual event reminds us that the task of nation-building is not easy, and that we must work to preserve our present prosperity and stability. 

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Observing a one-minute silence as a form of respect to those who lost their lives during the Sook Ching massacre

(B) Total Defence Day march-in & Food Rationing

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International Friendship Day

The celebration of International Friendship Day provides us with a good opportunity to understand the importance of good relations with our neighbours and beyond. More importantly, we need to also understand that such relations cannot be taken for granted. 

(A) Cultural display from International Students

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Student representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China , Malaysia and the Philippines were dressed in their cultural costumes during morning assembly to give the school a brief introduction to their culture and significance of costumes. Following which, they also set up Cultural Booths outside the General Office to display cultural artefacts, art pieces, costumes, food samples to allow the students and staff from the school to have a greater understanding of their unique culture and the arts. 

(B) Sale of sweet treats from Parents' Support Group

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The Parent Support Group (PSG) selling sweet treats to the students in celebration of the friendships forged.

Racial Harmony Day

Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21st July. On this day in 1964, Singapore saw racial riots. Racial Harmony Day serves to remind our pupils that social division costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault-lines in Singapore society. It is a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.

Students should understand the customs and traditions of the different races and religions. They should learn to respect these customs and traditions and the need for the different races and religions to coexist peacefully. Students should also learn about the consequences of a breakdown in racial and religious harmony. These lessons can be drawn from our own history as well as recent incidents in the world. The message is that racial and religious harmony cannot be taken for granted.



National Day

National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations. Since 1998, a National Day Ceremony was introduced in schools. This Ceremony aims to bring to the students a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day. Schools conduct a 15-minute National Day Ceremony which is more formal than the festivities that schools usually organise.


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IJ Project 11

Since 2011, CHIJ Secondary staff and students have been embarking on a school-wide NE fringe activity, IJ Project 11, to collect ring tabs for the manufacturing of prosthetic limb parts for the beneficiaries. The project was termed IJ Project 11 as '11' symbolises the pair of legs that enable the beneficiaries to lead a better life, and also marks the year of the school's launch of the collection.

IJ Project 11 is a unique and meaningful campaign that helps create a better life for our physically challenged friends. The campaign calls for a simple act – collect ring tabs from drink and food cans. These ring tabs will be recycled into materials for making components of prosthetic limbs to benefit the disabled who are in need. So... PULL IT AND SAVE IT!

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IJ Wants to Save that Pen!