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This year, Metta School is celebrating SG50 in line with the national overall theme – all Singaporeans to celebrate as one people.
Several activities have been planned and spread across the months. We hope that with this mix of programmes, everyone at Metta School will be able to find something enjoyable and meaningful as we celebrate SG50 as one people.
From February onwards, there were also Art Competition for all students to take part. Students were to draw pictures entitled ‘My Singapore’. Many beautiful and nice art pieces have been created. Another contest was on Photography, with the theme ‘Appreciating the Past’. It was open to all and responses are overwhelming. Winning entries from both contests were creative and of good standard.
Highlights of the celebrations came in March, started with Sports Corner on 6th March, 2015. On that day, all students at Metta School enjoyed a day of sporting activities such as Captain’s ball, Bowling Challenge, flip corners, hoop walk, basketball shoot out and tele-matches for both AM & PM sessions. Every student took part in the event and medals are presented for their participation.
On 13th March, 2015 an exciting cooking competition was held. A total of 12 teams came up with creative ideas in fusion dishes and showcased their talents in planning & preparing them within 3 hrs. Teams are comprised of students, staff & friends of Metta School. Prizes were presented to the winning teams whose dishes were created with as many “Singapore elements” as possible.
On 22nd March, we collaborated with MWA in organizing SG 50 Metta Charity Walk cum Family Carnival. It was a joyous occasion for all Metta School students, their family members, school staff, Metta Welfare Organization staff, friends in the community – from our CC & RC neighbourhood and our partners to come together as one and immerse themselves in an arrays of activities comprising sports, games, arts, entertainment and savouring “True Singaporean” food. Early that morning, our Guest of Honour, Ms Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC & Advisor for East Coast GRC GROs, arrived at Metta School and flagged off for the run. There were also stage performances, stall exhibits and most exciting of all- our Metta Kampong on Level 4 – in which authentic Singapore local delicacy including nasi lemak, mee siam, kacang putek, ice-lolly, malay kueh kueh, vedai, otah and so on were served. All participants were welcome to have a taste of various items at the food stalls ,. Children & families also enjoyed themselves in games like chapteh, ground zero, tin can, marbles, five stones and even congkak.
On level 2, in our V Café, winning dishes of the fusion food competition and Metta Mocktail by our instructor Chairul were prepared for all to enjoy as well.
We look forward to the Youth Celebrate Event in July, in which around 40 of our students will take part in this national event. One of our students has also been selected to join in the Record Setting Feat with hundreds of others on that day.
The whole SG50 Celebration not only provides a good opportunity for bonding and harmonious interaction amongst members & friends of Metta School, but also fosters deeper emotional ties and cultivating a stronger sense of belonging to the nation.
Submitted by Mrs Liu