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We Are Sports School, We Are Singapore

2018 National Day Celebration and Tapestry Unveiling


It was a congregation of Singapore Sports School’s family – student-athletes from the present and past, staff, members from the school’s Board of Directors and parents from the Sporting Parents Network – to celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday at Sports School. A Dikir Barat performance kicked-off the morning event in The Arena on 8 August 2018.

Secondary 1 student-athletes Eleanor Quah Yu Wei and Trinity Alcantara Goh, both from the Swimming Academy, delivered a dramatic reading, recounting the nation’s historic events and significant milestones, as well as the how far the Little Red Dot has progressed in just 53 years since independence was gained on 9 August 1965. Their reading was accompanied by performances from flute-player Au Yong Qing Yong (Shooting Academy), Lyn Yeo Siew Lyn (Rhythmic Gymnastics), Amirah Sahrin (Pencak Silat) and Kimberly Ong Li Ling (Wushu).

Olympian Tao Li returned to her alma mater with an apt rendition of “Home”. Netball alumna Nurul Amira Johar also joined in the celebration, leading the school in National Day songs.

To add to the celebratory mood, a sumptuous lunch of local specialties such as chicken rice, satay, chilli crab and laksa was prepared by Sodexo, Sports School’s in-house caterer.

During the commemorative event, Sports School Principal Mr Tan Teck Hock also took the opportunity to thank Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, for her contributions to the school and service to the nation. Her work in MCCY since the ministry was formed in November 2012 has also seen positive impacts on social cohesion and building national identity amongst Singaporeans. Ms Yeoh, also the former Chairman of the school’s Board of Directors, played an important role in Sports School’s growth and direction. She relinquished her role as Permanent Secretary on 1 July 2018.

Prior to the National Day celebration, a tapestry was unveiled at Sports School’s swimming complex ahead of Sports School’s 15th Anniversary in 2019. Student-athletes had a hand in painting the artwork that dons the school block facing the school’s two Olympic-sized swimming pools on 27 and 28 July 2018.