This post is part of our throwback series as we look back at the enriching and exciting events of 2016.
On 8th August 2016, Hwa Chong was immersed in a sea of crimson as students celebrated our country’s 51st birthday. They were treated to breathtaking performances and participated spiritedly in sing-alongs.
Emulating the pioneering nature of our forefathers, the Students’ National Education Council (SNEC) led the staff and student body to help Hwa Chong make yet another mark in our nation’s history. The SNEC had encouraged students and staff to write their wishes for Singapore on positional notes, and painstakingly arranged the red and white notes to form the national flag. The crowd cheered wildly when the adjudicator from the Singapore Book of Records judged the installation as the Largest National Flag Made of Positional Notes. The announcement was a joyous start to the school’s National Day celebrations.
The breaking of the national record would not have been possible without everyone chipping in to play the part. Hans Tan (16S60), SNEC President and I/C of the National Day’s celebrations, is particularly thankful for the “constant encouragement from his team members and teachers,” in spite of the many challenges the SNEC had faced.
The SNEC may comprise only eight members, but its Vice-President, Soh Yun Wen (16A12), hopes that their success will serve as an encouragement to all: Singapore too may be physically small, but Singaporeans possess the “passion and determination to achieve and deliver anything we set our minds to”. The sky is the limit, and our national flag will continue to stand proudly in the international arena.
Principal Dr. Hon Chiew Weng and the Students’ National Education Council receiving the certificate from the adjudicator from the Singapore Book of Records. Photo Credit: Ng Xin Lin (16S69) @ Hwa Chong Publications Society
Written by Owen Cho Kok Quan (16A11) & Eleanor Loh Kei Ying (16S7C)