1) NE Commemorative Days
Schools commemorate Total Defence Day on 15 February annually to mark
Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. Total Defence Day serves to remind
our pupils that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we
ourselves must defend Singapore.
International Friendship Day
IFD is commemorated in schools on the 3rd Friday of Term 2 that is a working
day. International Friendship Day is a day dedicated to the understanding of
Singapore's relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. It aims to
sensitise our children towards the geo-political realities inherent in
Singapore, as well as nurture in our students the spirit of friendship and
collaboration among different people.
Racial Harmony Day
On 21 July each year, schools in Singapore commemorate Racial Harmony Day (RHD)
to mark the anniversary of the 1964 racial riots. On this day, students will
reflect on and celebrate Singapore as a harmonious society built on a rich
diversity of cultures.
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.
2) Lead-up activities
ACS(P), we commemorate NE Commerative Days by having lead-up activities to
explicitly teach the pupils and do activities about the event. These activities
are tied to our iHOPEFUL values and
CCE learning outcomes. We provide pupils not only with skills and knowledge for
the future, but with the values and attitudes to be good citizens, conscious of
their responsibilities to family, community and country. We believe our pupils
must learn the facts of how we became a nation, why our constraints and
vulnerabilities make us different from other countries and why we must continue
to work together and outperform others to succeed in future.
The cultivation of national instincts among pupils will have two prongs - first
to develop an awareness of facts, circumstances and opportunities facing
Singapore, so that they will be able to make decisions for their future with
conviction and realism; and second, to develop a sense of emotional belonging
and commitment to the community and nation so that they will stay and fight
when the odds are against us. Through the various activities, we build strong
school communities, instilling group instincts and loyalty through the rituals
of school life as a starting point for cultivating a sense of belonging and
commitment to society.
3) CCE Curriculum (MT)
The new CCE syllabus is anchored on core values, social and
emotional competencies, and skills related to character and citizenship
development. CCE lessons are based on the life experiences that students
undergo, drawing out values and skills appropriate at the students’ age.
are guided to apply the core values of respect, responsibility, resilience,
integrity, care and harmony; make decisions and act on them in a responsible
way. There is also a reflection component to encourage students to think of
their experiences, learn from it and apply their learning.
4) The ACSian Identity
To develop the pupils
into ‘citizens of the school’, the
school focuses on providing learning opportunities that build our pupils’
identity with our school. We believe that we must build in our pupils a deep
sense of belonging so that there is a strong sense of school pride and affect.
This is done through:
- Lessons on
ACS History and Heritage
of school events such as Founder’s Day and Honours Day
in school events and activities such as ACS Carnival, Swim Meet, Track and
Field Meet, TerrAqua Fest, ACS(P) Family Day, Conducive Learning Environment Challenge,
school in competitions.