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National Education (NE) at YCKSS places greater emphasis on cultivating heartware and rootedness to Singapore.  To do this, NE will move beyond raising the level of awareness and appreciation of Singapore, to giving greater focus to engaging and empowering our students to make a positive difference to society.

NE is and remains important in our education system as the means to nurture in our students national cohesion, instincts for survival as a nation and confidence in our nation’s future.  In particular, given the greater opportunities for Singaporeans to live, work and study abroad, it becomes increasingly important for NE to also strengthen the heartware and sense of belonging among our young so that they will regard Singapore as their home even when they go overseas for work or study.

National Education is part of a holistic education. It aims to develop national cohesion, cultivate the instinct for survival as a nation and instil in our students, confidence in our nation's future. It also emphasises on cultivating a sense of belonging and emotional rootedness to Singapore.


MOE has adopted a two-pronged approach in the cultivation of national instincts among pupils: 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.

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. This approach is amply captured in the phrase "engaging hearts and minds".

Hence our approach to NE is:

  • NE is part of Total Education
  • NE must be instilled in the teachers and principals first
  • NE must involve every teacher
  • NE must appeal to both the heart and mind
  • NE must develop thinking
  • NE must be reinforced by society


The objective is to develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and confidence in the future,

  • by fostering a sense of identity, pride and self-respect as Singaporeans;
  • by knowing the Singapore story -- how Singapore succeeded against the odds to become a nation;
  • by understanding Singapore's unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries; and
  • by instilling the core values of our way of life, and the will to prevail, that ensures our continued success and well-being.


Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong.

  • We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life.
  • We must preserve racial and religious harmony.
    • We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.
  • We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility.
  • We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort.
  • No one owes Singapore a living.
  • We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity.
  • We must ourselves defend Singapore.
  • We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.
  • 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.

Learning Journeys (LJ)

LJs aim to instil in our students, pride in Singapore’s achievements, to help them understand Singapore’s constraints, challenges and opportunities, build their confidence in our future, and nurture a sense of belonging to Singapore.

Inherent in the concept of Learning Journeys is the belief that every trip undertaken by the students out of the school is an important learning experience that will link the theoretical with the experiential - injecting life and meaning to the learning so that it becomes real and concrete. By visiting key installations in Singapore, the students will get to see the principles and theories learnt in the classroom and textbooks applied in real life situations, and understand that meritocracy, hard work, the desire to excel, and readiness to take calculated risks have allowed us to overcome many constraints and turn challenges into opportunities. 




YCKSS commemorates 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.

The 4 events are:

1) Total Defence day

Each year, Total Defence Day (TDD) is commemorated on the 15th of February, commemorating Singapore's fall on this day to the Japanese back in 1942.

The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind people of the sufferings endured by our forefathers during the Japanese Occupation. It is also an occasion to refamiliarise our people with the modern defence strategy of "Total Defence" which Singapore has adopted to ensure our continued survival and security.

The theme for Total Defence Day 2016 was "Together We Keep Singapore Strong", and explored how we can, as one people, overcome the threats and challenges that Singapore may face in the future. TDD 2016 aimed to strengthen our resilience as a nation by 

(1) reaffirming our shared attitudes, values and instincts as a nation; borne out of our collective will to continue keeping Singapore safe, secure and special, and 

(2) celebrating our common identity as Singaporeans; rooted in a strong sense of self, and committed to building a cohesive society ready to face the future together. 

These will strengthen every Singaporean’s pride and confidence in Singapore at the start of the next 50 years, and the belief that everyone can play a part in different aspects of our defence.

The Total Defence message and In newspaper featuring articles about Total Defence were delivered to the students during the morning reading assembly.

Interactive Stations such as the ‘Ready Bag’, ‘Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)’ and ‘Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)’ were set up by the Uniformed Groups near the canteen. These stations educated our students and they were even given a chance to try out CPR on the dummy and had their thumbprints captured. 

In the afternoon assembly programme, there was a presentation on Terrorism and Our Role in Total Defence by Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Loy Wee Jin, Deputy Commander, Signal Institute of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The talk focused on Terrorism that faces us as a small country in South-East Asia and how we can fulfil our role as Singaporeans in Total Defence.

Yio Chu Kang School had put up an interesting programme on 13 February 2015 to commemorate Total Defence Day. Total Defence Day serves to remind us that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and everyone has a part to play in Total Defence. 

The Total Defence message and In newspaper featuring articles about Total Defence were delivered to the students during the morning reading assembly.

Booths such as the ‘Blood Donation’ and ‘Crime Prevention’ were set up by the Uniformed Groups and  SCDF near the canteen educated our students and increased the awareness of Total Defence. In the afternoon assembly programme, there was a skit put up by the uniformed groups about nerve gas attack, followed by a sharing by two of our teachers, Mr Ng Yong Yi and Mdm Luar Bok Choo on their experience and thoughts about National Service.  The third item was a sharing segment called the Living room. The panel group consisting of parent support group member (Mrs Ting), alumni (Mr Anand) and teachers (Mdm Chen Hui Jun, Mdm Hamidah and Mr Edwin Tie) shared that Total Defence was crucial to the continued security, survival and success of the country.

Our National Education student ambassadors hosted a quiz to test the audience on their understanding of Total Defence. 

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2) International Friendship Day

This year International Friendship Day (IFD) theme was ‘ASEAN”. The objective of this year IFD was to nurture in pupils the spirit of friendship and collaboration regardless of nationality. 

In conjunction with the International Friendship Day 2016, the Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) department together with the Physical Education (PE) department and National Education Committee commemorated the event by having a cooking competition. Twelve graduating Food and Nutrition students were paired up to cook signature dishes from the neighbouring Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Dishes such as Philippines’s fried rice, Thailand’s mango rice and Indonesia’s chicken satay were a few of the meals whipped up by the students. A Parent Support Group (PSG) member, Miss Kang Poh Geok and Miss Lim Li Whey had the privilege of tasting the dishes as judges of the competition. The pair, Amos Oh and Regina Monteiro from 5A2 emerged as the winners of the competition. This culinary competition provided a great opportunity for students to bring out their creativity and also heightened their awareness of the culture of the ASEAN countries.

For a week of the IFD, our school library displayed both print and non-print information in relation to this year theme. 

On the 8th April, we started off the event with NE ambassadors speaking on Singapore and ASEAN countries issues. These were followed by a range of Sport Carnival programme, which students played games that built up on their friendship and sportsmanship. Some ASEAN traditional games were also played among some international students and our local students.

The event ended with a presentation by our international students on ASEAN games, IFD quiz, video recollections of the day’s event and prizes presentation to the winners.       

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3)  Racial Harmony Day

Racial Harmony Day (RHD) is an annual event held on 21 July to commemorate the
communal riots of 1964 and teach students the importance of maintaining racial and
religious harmony in Singapore.

The day started off with reading an article related to RHD during the silent reading
programme. The students were engaged in the reading. To commemorate the day at
YCKSS, RHD lessons were conducted for all levels. It gave students an appreciation
for Singapore’s socio-cultural diversity.

The Mother Tongue department organised some traditional games of Malay, Indian
and Chinese races to create awareness. The students enjoyed themselves having
opportunities to try out the games. 

During the school assembly, Secondary 1 to 3 levels did a presentation on different 
aspect of traditions, beliefs, values and lifestyles on food, dance, music, costumes 
and places for each of the ethnic groups. Students also enjoyed the drama put up by
the drama club which depicted some good values of harmony.

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4) National Day

Our school celebrated Singapore’s 51st birthday on the 8th August 2016. The day started off with the Observance Ceremony where cadets of various Uniformed Groups showcased a parade with our very own symphonic band playing the National Anthem. This year was a little special as our Korean Twinning School students together with their teachers and Principal were with us to grace the occasion. We also honoured the Korean visitors by playing their National Anthem on this special day.

Following the observance ceremony, students attended a short lesson commemorating the National Day. The day ended with an entertaining concert. The concert comprised a Fusion Dance and singing of National Day songs. There was also a cake-cutting ceremony where the Principal together with the Parent Support Group cut a huge cake depicting the Singapore flag. It was certainly a day filled with happiness and solidarity.

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NE Events for 2014:

National Day Celebration 2014

The school celebrated our nation's 49th National Day on the 8th of August 2014. The celebrations kicked off with a formal parade by the Uniformed Groups, accompanied by the symphonic band playing the National Anthem during the flag raising ceremony. It was followed by the recitation of the Singapore recollections and the parade contingent march past. The parade segment ended off with the reading of the National Day Message by the Vice Principal.

The celebrations continued with various exciting performances in the school hall such as the ‘Sang Nila Utama’ drama, Quiz by the NE ambassadors and Fusion Dance by the three dance groups. There was also a Birthday Song and Cake Cutting segment where teachers whose birthday falls on the 9th of August were invited up the stage. For the last segment of the celebrations, we had a rendition of a medley of National Day songs led by our talented choir members. Teachers and students were invited up the stage to sing along and this brought the celebrations to a high.


NE Events for 2013:

Learning Journey