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National Education

~ Forging a national identity through shared experiences

National Education (NE) is about engaging the hearts and minds of pupils in developing a shared sense of identity.

Through core NE commemorative days and programmes pupils develop a sense of belonging and commitment to the school, community, nation and world.

6 NE Messages aligned to School Values
Primary 1 
Primary 2 
Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong. 

We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life and extend graciousness towards fellow Singaporeans 
We must preserve racial and religious harmony. 

We value and respect our diversity and are determined to stay a united people. 
Primary 3 
Primary 4 
No one owes Singapore a living. 

The quality of adaptability ensures that we find our own way to survive and prosper in the ever-revolving world, turning challenge into opportunity 
We must ourselves defend Singapore. 

We care for fellow Singaporeans and would defend our land and her people, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being. 
Primary 5 
Primary 6 
We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility. 

We have the integrity to uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility, and provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort. 
We have confidence in our future. 

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

NE Core events & festivals

  • Chinese New Year
  • Total Defence Day
  • International Friendship Day
  • Racial Harmony Day (BTPS INSPIRE)
  • Hari Raya
  • National Day
  • Deepavali 

Total Defence Day

Total Defence Day marks the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942 on 15 February. This poignant day involves every resident in Singapore playing a part, individually and collectively, to build a strong and cohesive nation that is well prepared for any situation. Total Defence remains relevant because the threats faced today require all Singaporeans to step up and play their part.

On this day, our pupils gain a deeper appreciation of the various defences that keep Singapore strong and resilient, as they reflect and put into action how they could contribute to the unity and resilience of the people.

School Values
Logo, Icons and the 5 pillars
Primary 1 and 
Primary 2 
Graciousness and 
Military Defence 
Singaporeans keeping Singapore secure 
Social Defence 
Living in harmony looking out for one another 
Primary 3 and 
Primary 4 
Adaptability and 
Economic Defence 
Working and saving to achieve a better life for everyone 
Civil Defence 
Taking care of your family, friends and people around in times of crisis 
Primary 5 and 
Primary 6 
Integrity and 
Psychological Defence 
Being a Singaporean and proud of it 
Total Defence 
When we understand our part in Total Defence, we will continue to strength ourselves, our community and our nation. 

International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day is a highly anticipated annual event for staff and students for it mirrors the close ties forged among various nationalities in the school.

Drawing upon the richness of nationalities in our school population, our Parent Support Group (PSG) has been instrumental in putting up elaborate exhibitions and performances; and has engaged the pupils in appreciating the cultures of their fellow schoolmates through games and activities. It is noteworthy that in the past few years, we have featured many countries such as Indonesia, India, Canada, Holland, Germany, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and etc. in our showcase.

Racial Harmony Day (BTPS Inspire)

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 the Singapore society. It is a day for pupils to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.
As we value the social fabric that binds all of us together in this multi-racial society, Racial Harmony Day is selected as the 2016 – 2017 theme for BTPS Inspire, an annual school learning event.

National Day / NE Show for P5

National Day marks our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations. Since 1997, NE Show has been organised for the Primary 5 pupils to instill a sense of pride and belonging in students and to bring across the significance of our National Day. The ceremony aims to bring to the pupils a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day.

Social Studies

The syllabus is complimented by field-based learning journeys, where pupils are engaged in deeper thinking and reflection to understand the challenges faced by Singapore and how these were overcome, and be inspired to bring Singapore to greater heights.

Inquiry Focus Questions
Field-based Learning
Primary 1
Knowing myself, others and My Surroundings
Who am I in relation to the people and places around me?
Jacob Ballas Children Gardens
Primary 2
Coming together as a Nation
What unites us as people of Singapore?
National Orchid Garden
Primary 3
Understanding Singapore
How do we appreciate the country we live in?
BTPS - HDB Gallery and 
NEWater Visitor Centre 
Primary 4
Valuing Our Past
How is life in Singapore today shaped by what happened in the past?
National Museum of Singapore
Primary 5
Appreciating the world
How have the legacies of the world impacted our lives today?
Asian Civilization Museum
Primary 6
Discovering Southeast Asia
How is Southeast Asia important to Singapore?
Singapore Botanical Gardens