This year White Lodge celebrated National Day and Friendship Day on Wednesday 8th August 2018. Friendship day is “a golden thread that ties hearts together!”
Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919, but in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognised 30th July as International Friendship Day.
According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.
White Lodge also celebrated National Day to mark Singapore’s 53rd birthday. The focus was to reflect on our journey, to take pride in how Singapore has developed as a country, and to celebrate the toil and sacrifices that our forefathers have taken to make this country what it is today.
We celebrated with our own array of meaningful activities with the children to honour the two most important people of Singapore, our 8th President, Mdm Halimah Yacob who is also our First Lady President and the late Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who built Singapore to where it is today.
Many of our children came to school dressed in the crimson red and white colours of the state flag of Singapore to partake in the festivities to mark Singapore’s national pride, its people and the rich, multicultural diversity that form the ethos of the island.
As “educational tourists”, our children have the good fortune of growing up in a world where they acquire different facets of their education in different parts of the world, and we, at White Lodge, take great pride in being a meaningful link in their educational journey.
Participating in this mega celebration, understanding the sentiments of Singapore and its people around them, our children watched avidly the dramatisation of Sang Nila Utama’s legend, a mini skit to show the discovery of the island of Temasek, which was later named “Singapura” which means Lion City, after the prince caught sight of a Lion when he first landed in this fishing village.
To keep the learning present and meaningful, while at the same time maintaining a clear focus on the developmental appropriateness of the activities conducted, our children played games to highlight the pride of Singapore and learnt about our traditional food. They were also involved in playing traditional games of five stones, ‘chapteh’ and colourful paper balls.
We finally brought the event to a joyous close by singing a birthday song for Singapore.
Whilst the event was definitely a unique experience for our children, what was evident was the greater awareness and understanding of the values that define Singapore and its people!
Festive celebrations are part of the White Lodge curriculum. Learn more about our curriculum.