Events & Activities
School Pride Week 2017
School Pride Week 2017 was a week for Woodlanders to look through the successes and progress of Woodlands Primary School since it started. The assembly programme brought pupils through the journey of Woodlands Primary School in its 42 years. We also reminisced the moments when the Ruby Jubilee was celebrated two years ago. The pride and joy of the school lies in the success of its pupils hence, the best way to celebrate it, was to have Aniq from Innovation 2 share his journey as a volleyball player. Being the vice-captain of WDP Volleyball team and having been National Champions for two consecutive years, Aniq showed gratitude for the commitment of his teachers and how the values of the school help him attain his victory. In addition to Sports Excellence, we also have another group of pupils who made us proud; The English Excel Club pupils. They emerged third at National level in the Speak Up! 2017 Kids Public Speaking Competition. We also had the privilege of ex-Woodlanders, Mr Navin Nambiar and Ms Lim Hui Shi, share their experience of when they were students of WDP and how the values they learnt in WDP were one of the driving forces towards their success. The recess activities allowed pupils from all levels to pen down their thoughts on what they were proud of as a Woodlander and we were happy to see many pupils taking pride in the school’s facilities, friends, teachers, programmes and achievements.
National Day Celebrations 2017
National Day Commemoration is introduced in schools to give pupils a greater sense of the historical importance & solemnity of National Day.
The theme for this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) is “#OneNationTogether”, a rallying call to unite all Singaporeans to stand together and overcome all odds together. ‘One Nation’ is to remind Singaporeans that regardless of origin and background, we belong as one people and one nation. It encourages Singaporeans to harness our diversity and to leave no one behind as we strive towards an even brighter future. ‘Together’ emphasises the importance of unity in times of uncertainty and challenges ahead and represents a call-to-action for all Singaporeans to overcome the odds together.
In Woodlands Primary School, a week prior to the main celebration on Mon, 8 Aug our pupils learnt more about National Day and sang National Day songs,. On the day of commemoration, pupils celebrated the day with a concert. Through this celebration, the school hopes to foster in students a strong sense of national identity & pride for the nation.
NE Show 2017
NDP 2017 marks 52 years of independence for Singapore and the return of the National Day Parade (NDP) to the floating platform at Marina Bay. The theme this year, ‘One Nation Together’ reminds all Singaporeans that regardless of origin and background, we belong as one people and one nation. It encourages Singaporeans to harness our diversity and to leave no one behind as we strive towards an even brighter future.
The NDP preview which was held on 15 July for Woodlands Primary School pupils, was a glorious attempt to celebrate our nation’s birthday and this was achieved through the Pre-Parade segment, the Dynamic Defence Display, the Parade and Ceremony and the Show itself. The celebrative atmosphere was evident throughout the preview as schools all around sang the national anthem and recited the pledge with pride and gusto! It was also an opportunity for everyone present to sing ‘Because it’s Singapore!’ composed by Jay Lim as the NDP theme song this year.
Our Primary 5 students made the most of such a celebratory occasion as they were indeed privileged to have had the opportunity to witness such a wonderful celebration as proud Singaporeans!
Racial Harmony Day Celebrations
Woodlands Primary School commemorated Racial Harmony Day (RHD) on 20 July 2017. RHD serves to remind our pupils that race can be a potential fault line that causes disunity in society. As we make the journey from tolerating differences to embracing diversity, our Singapore identity continues to develop. It is therefore crucial that RHD activities be purposefully designed to teach pupils to make friends with other races & show appreciation for each other’s culture.
Pupils also learnt more about RHD via FTGP lessons conducted by their Form Teachers. During Assembly, our teachers shared the importance of RHD & the uniqueness of Singapore.
Through the various activities, pupils developed dispositions of respect & acceptance & learn about cultures. The school hopes that pupils, through the exposure to different cultural practices & beliefs, will be equipped with the necessary skills & values that will enable them to live & work harmoniously in our multi-cultural society.
Mother Tongue Language Fortnight 2017
The beginning of term 2 was an exciting one for Woodlanders. Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight was held from 30th March to 13th April with the theme, ‘Mother Tongue Language, Connecting Us’! During these two consecutive weeks, pupils were exposed to a wide range of activities that allowed authentic usage of their Mother Tongue language.
To create an immersive environment for the learning of the Mother Tongue languages, there were exciting activities planned for different levels of pupils as well as activities that involved mass participation.
Woodlands Primary School was very privileged to receive strong support from our key stakeholders, including alumni and parent volunteers. The collaboration with these key stakeholders has greatly enhanced the learning of our pupils during the MTL Fortnight.
P3 Cultural Camp 2017
During the March holidays, our P3 pupils came back to school for a fun filled day of cultural activities. During the day, they took part in four different cultural activities and learnt more about the origins of customs and traditions. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
VIA – Woodlands Garden School Collaboration 2017
The P4 pupils embarked on their Values In Action (VIA) journey with their peers from the Woodlands Garden School(WGS). This is the third year we are collaborating with WGS to bring meaningful experience to pupils from both schools. This year, we invited 24 pupils from the WGS to our school over a period of 3 sessions.
Our P4 pupils brainstormed and planned activities with their Form and Co-Form teachers. Most of the classes put their creativity to work and DIY-ed items needed for their activities. These fun activities allowed pupils from both WDP and WGS to interact and bond well with each other during the memorable process.
Many pupils shared how the programme has impacted them positively. While some felt awkward initially, many soon put aside their differences. At the end of the session, the pupils realised they have much more in common.
Indeed, our P4 students learnt values such as collaboration, adaptability, innovation and empathy during this process. They really enjoyed themselves from the planning, preparing and interacting with the WGS pupils.
International Friendship Day 2017
International Friendship Day is commemorated on 30th March. This year the theme is ‘ASEAN 50’. During the assembly talk, pupils learnt that it is important to nurture the spirit of friendship and collaborate among different people. They also learnt to appreciate other cultures in cosmopolitan Singapore.
P3 Tamil Cultural Camp 2017
A Tamil Cultural Camp was organised for the Primary 3 Tamil Language pupils on 13 March 2017. The objectives were to:
- provide a platform for our pupils to speak the Tamil Language
- appreciate some significant aspects of the Indian culture
Pupils had an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Indian culture as they learnt the significance and uses of the following traditions and practices:
- Kolam [A traditional floor drawing.]
- Thoranam Weaving [A traditional household decoration.]
- Uri Adithal [A traditional game.]
- Karagaatam [A folk dance.]
- Vilupaattu [A folk song.]
- Utensils [Traditional utensils in Indian homes.]
It was an informative, meaningful and fun-filled camp as the pupils understood the background context of some of the Indian culture and traditions through the hands-on activities.
P5 Camp 2017
Primary 5 students participated in the P5 Outdoor Experiential camp on 1st – 3rd March 2017 as part of their holistic education. In the 3D2N camp, the students learnt to C.A.R.E – Collaboration; Adaptability; Resilience; Empathy, through being engaged in activities like Rock Climbing, Forest Trekking, Intermediate Rope Course and many more.
WDP 40th Anniversary Carnival
To commemorate the school’s 40th Anniversary, a carnival was conceptualised. One of the highlights was the ‘minute to win it’ games which attracted a big crowd, children and adults alike to challenge themselves within a minute. Together with our staff and pupils, our alumni and PSG were very forthcoming with their support. Among the invited guests were our former principals, staff and pupils. Not forgetting our social responsibility, we hosted a group of senior citizens from Lion’s Befrienders who enjoyed themselves trying out the various game stalls. Spotted among the crowd were also some of our teachers disguised as princess and superheroes, ready to strike a pose with the crowd. Everyone enjoyed themselves catching up with each other, posing for camera, trying out the games and enjoying the food. It was a memorable event, made possible by the WDP family.
NE Show 2016
Since 1997, the National Education (NE) Show has been organized to instill a sense of pride and belonging. Every year, the National Day Parade (NDP) full-dress rehearsal provides an opportunity to inculcate NE values in our pupils. This year, our P5 pupils had the opportunity to view the NE Show at The National Stadium on 16 July 2016. This year’s theme, “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow”, seeks to galvanise and unite Singaporeans in the next chapter of nation-building. It aims to serve as a call for Singaporeans to build their future collectively.
P5 Camp 2016
At the end of the camp, the students are better able to: ·Adaptability (recover from setbacks, both physically and mentally) ·Collaboration (work effectively in a team) ·Empathy
NE (National Education) Show
As of 1997, all Primary 5 pupils are invited to attend the NE Show, which is essentially a preview of the National Day Parade. The objective of staging this show is to evoke a sense of patriotism amongst the students and to impart to them the significance of National Day. This year’s theme for the National Day Parade (NDP) 2014 is “Many Stories… One Singapore”. It calls on everyone to remember and share the stories that make us who we are and how we identify ourselves as Singaporeans. NDP website: https://ndp.org.sg
Racial Harmony Day
Racial Harmony Day falls on 21 July every year. On this day, Singapore saw racial riots. Commemorating racial harmony on this day serves to remind us that disunity in society costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault lines in Singapore society. In Woodlands Primary School, Racial Harmony Day is commemorated with various activities via a whole school approach to reinforce in our pupils that: 1) We should make friends with people of all races and religions. 2) We are treated equally regardless of race or religion. 3) We should appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore. This year’s theme for Racial Harmony is “Celebrating Singapore!” Singapore’s diversity gives us much cause to celebrate as we work towards envisioning and creating a more inclusive Singapore.