Flags and lanterns in the air. Celebration start!
Indeed, flags and lanterns were swaying and fluttering side by side to reflect the National Day and Hari Raya double celebration in store for that day. The colours of the day worn by Edenite students and staff were predominantly in the national red and white with a delightful complement of traditional Malay costumes.
Preparations of the day began in the weeks prior as students were involved in making mosque lanterns and flags to be used for decorations around school and as props for the hall celebrations.
The 8th of August dawned bright and cheery in anticipation of the day's activities. Students were treated to a double dose of revelry which included hall concerts and cultural activities in the café during their recess.
The hall concert emcees, Teachers Kimberly and Victoire for the AM session and Teacher Rose and Hwee Min for the PM, led the festivities with panache. The diverse program opened with the national day observance ceremony where everyone sang the anthem and recited the pledge; not to forget the quintessential military march past from our Jurongville Secondary School friends. Marching proudly amidst them was our very own Shahidir who was a flag bearer.
Our JVSS friends also put up an elegant Malay dance and a rousing choral performance much to the audience's appreciation, as did the resonating beats from our own Percussion group and the antics of the Cayley class's calling card; 'The Gingerbread Man'. The stage atmosphere washed over to the floor as everyone was encouraged to dance along during the sing-alongs and the special mass dance choreographed to the tune of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy". Students also actively participated in the quiz, eager to win attractive prizes.
Over in the café, booths were set up to showcase some aspects of Malay culture. There was a games station where students got a chance to try out traditional pastimes such as congkak, capteh and five stones. Over at the music station, students enjoyed beating gongs and drums. The tastebuds were not neglected as well as Malay kuihs were also given out for everyone to sample.
What is a celebration without photos? As a memento of the day's merriment, Eden students and staff had their photos taken at the specially decked-up photobooth set complete with Hari Raya and National Day-themed props. Volunteers from Singtel helped to man the stations, and also interacted with the students during the concerts.
All in all, it was a splendid job well done from the National Day and Hari Raya Committees. Eden School would also like to thank our partners Jurongville Secondary School and the volunteers from Singtel for contributing their time and hearts.