National Education

Purpose of National Education (NE)

The objective is to develop national cohesion, the instinct for survival and confidence in the future,


  • by fostering a sense of identity, pride and self-respect as Singaporeans;
  • by knowing the Singapore story - how Singapore succeeded against the odds to become a nation;
  • by understanding Singapore's unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities, which make us different from other countries;


  • by instilling the core values of our way of life, and the will to prevail, that ensures our continued success and well-being.


NE Messages

  1. Singapore is our homeland; this is where we belong. 
    We treasure our heritage and take pride in shaping our own unique way of life. 

  2. We must preserve racial and religious harmony. 
    We value our diversity and are determined to stay a united people.  

  3. We must uphold meritocracy and incorruptibility. 
    We provide opportunities for all, according to their ability and effort. 

  4. No one owes Singapore a living. 
    We find our own way to survive and prosper, turning challenge into opportunity. 

  5. We must ourselves defend Singapore. 
    We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being. 

  6. We have confidence in our future. 
    United, determined and well-prepared, we have what it takes to build a bright future for ourselves, and to progress together as one nation.



The "Head, Heart and Hands" framework was recommended by the Committee on NE in March 2007, and guides the next phrase of NE.



In engaging the "Head", students should be actively involved in their own learning; beyond knowing, they should think through issues and arrive at a deeper understanding of the challenges facing Singapore and what it means to be Singaporean.  In engaging the "Heart", students should connect emotionally with the Singapore story; their love for the nation should be the outcome of their appreciating Singapore and having a deeper sense of belonging.  In engaging the "Hands", students should have opportunities to give back to society, and realise that everyone has a part to contribute to and create Singapore's future, and where possible, to lead in different fields of society.


“Head”, “Heart” and “Hands” will be the focus of engagement at all levels, but with varying emphases as appropriate to the age and maturity of the students .  The “Hands” concept also expands on the original “Lead Singapore” outcome for post-secondary students to emphasise the fact that all students have a role in contributing to and creating Singapore's future.  

The three principles in the second ring - Quality, Customisation and Ownership, are guiding principles that underline all the Committee's recommendations.  In particular, going forward, more emphasis should be given to a customised approach.

For example, as students progress from primary to secondary levels, they should gradually move from understanding basic facts about our nation's past, to understanding how Singapore is evolving in the present.  As the move into post-secondary levels, the engagement should deepen their grasp of the complex challenges facing Singapore, while they ponder the possible futures for our nation.

The outer-most ring represents three key groups of stakeholders that are involved in the delivery of NE - educators, students and the community.  This reinforces the idea that NE is owned by everyone, and emphasizes the importance of community partners in the process of NE.

The Journey of Bendemeer Primary NE Champs

Form teachers select P3 to P6 pupils to begin their journey of being an ‘NE Champ’ of the school. These P3 to P6 pupils embody good citizenship of the school and of Singapore! As an NE Champ, they will be leaders at the forefront to spread the  messages of being a good, caring, concerned citizen in our modern world and society. To achieve this, NE Champs use their presentation skills to interact with others when they support the 4 NE Core Events. NE Champs are the key to the events’ success! In fact, they are champions in more ways than they can think of!

Some of the duties of the NE Champs are to assist new and foreign pupils to understand our National Anthem, Singapore state flag and Pledge. NE Champs also take pride to share the school values, good citizenry and even share the latest Singapore news with their classmates!


NE Champs Training Session on Leadership Day

During these leadership sessions, NE Champs are informed on the roles and responsibilities of being an NE Champ. They also discuss and reflect on their purpose and how they can contribute to serve the school and community. The training then continues with a hands-on session of the ‘My Singapore, My Home’ card game along with other fun manipulatives. The NE Champs will then use this same card game to engage the other pupils during recess time and during the NE Core Events. Therefore, they help anchor and spread the NE Messages and exhibit the school values to fellow students and staff. 


Our P6 Head of NE Champs sharing the expectations and decorum that each NE Champ should possess.


NE Champs trying out some traditional games before demonstrating the game play to other students.


We are now proficient ‘Happy Family’ card game experts!


NE Champs are nurtured to show care and empathy to others; a core leadership skill and value.

Learning Journey to Raffles Institution (RI) for Curatorship Training


All NE Champs go on our school's flagship Learning Journey to Raffles Institution (RI) where they will meet and interact with the Raffles Archives & Museum (RAM) students. The RI students share the basics of Museum Curatorship with our NE Champs. This is to build up confidence, presentation skills and resilience when our NE Champs take on the duty to explain about artifacts or host visitors who visit Bendemeer Primary School. In RAM, our NE Champs also have the rare opportunity to view rare artifacts such as those belonging to our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and come to realise their purpose as NE Champs is a very significant one.


Yearly NE Tshirt Competition for Primary Four pupils

This is an annual competition for all Primary Four pupils to showcase their creativity and love for the school and for Singapore. Pupils will do up a T-shirt design incorporating symbols about Singapore, camping and finishing it with a camp slogan. The winning design will be used as the T-shirt design for the Primary Five camp for the pupils in the following year, NE show, Learning Journeys and in other school-related activities.


Winning Design Front and Back

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Core Events

Annually schools observe 4 NE commemorative days which have been identified as defining moments in Singapore's history.  The aim is to entrench these events and the images they evoke in the consciousness of each successive generation.

The 4 events are:

  1. Total Defence Day
  2. International Friendship Day
  3. Racial Harmony Day
  4. National Day

Total Defence Day (TDD)



A salute to our teachers who have contributed to our nation!

“Papa, I am so proud of you!”

Ashlyn from P1-5 with her father, Mr Chua, after presenting a flower to him to thank him for his service towards Total Defence.


Students had fun learning about Digital Defence.


NE Champs enthusiastically guiding their schoolmates in playing the SG Unite! 2.1 card game.



“Let me take a good look at this Total Defence poster!”

Bendemeer Primary commemorated Total Defence Day in the month of February. During the school assembly programme on 11th February, we took the opportunity to thank those who have served and contributed to our country, Singapore. As part of parent engagement, we invited a parent, Mr Chua, father of student Ashlyn Chua of Class P1-5 to share about what he did during his National Service days and to reinforce the need for Military Defence. Our Principal, Mrs Tan, read the Total Defence message to the school on 15th February to remind all that we are responsible for defending and safeguarding Singapore.

In addition, our school focused on Psychological Defence and Social Defence this year. To demonstrate these pillars, our NE Champs led their fellow schoolmates in playing the SG Unite! 2.1 card game during the various recesses. There was also a wide array of classroom activities for all students to learn and reflect. Students also played interesting computer games such as “The Case of The Cyber Criminal”, to learn about Digital Defence, the new sixth pillar in our national defence framework.

International Friendship Day (IFD)

International Friendship Day (IFD) is commemorated in the second week of Term 2 to appreciate our friends from different countries. The theme is Connected Communities.

Several activities were lined up to commemorate IFD. These include an assembly performance highlighting the importance of friendship, harmony and teamwork, the daily exchange of greetings in native languages of some of our international students during morning assembly and the conduct of IFD lesson packages during CCE lessons. There was also a sharing by two of our international students from India on how they assimilated to life in Singapore.

Learning how to greet in other languages

IFD2.jpgSharing by international students

Cultural booths were set up by our parent volunteers to provide an authentic ‘international’ experience to our students. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the cultures, traditions and languages of some of our ASEAN countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam and Nepal. Song dedications were made by students to thank their classmates and teachers for their friendship.


Interconnectedness starts with a “hello”.


Students dedicating songs to thank their teachers and friends for their friendship.


Parent volunteers sharing information about their countries.

Racial Harmony Day (RHD)


We commemorate Racial Harmony Day (RHD) to mark the anniversary of the 1964 racial riots. On this day, our students reflect on and celebrate Singapore as a harmonious society built on a rich diversity of cultures. The spirit of racial harmony was captured through the wearing of traditional ethnic wear, learning the exchange of greetings in the various Mother Tongue languages, our Primary 4 students taking on the roles as Racial Harmony Ambassadors and the conducting of RHD lesson packages during CCE lessons. Through these activities, our students learnt to appreciate the different cultures that exist in Singapore and the importance to uphold racial and religious harmony. The winning design for RHD’s national Orange Ribbon message tag is done by Liu Kewei of Primary 5-1. Our heartiest congratulations to Kewei for her winning design!


Students writing down ways to maintain racial harmony.

rhd2.jpgAng Ku Kueh making at the RHD booths 


Playing card games while learning to be sensitive to individual differences.


Our P4 RH Ambassadors shared messages to promote racial harmony.

Students from all levels reflected and voted for the value which they feel is the most important in maintaining racial harmony.


Winning design for Racial Harmony Day 2019 Message Tag

National Day Celebrations


Bendemeer celebrates as ‘One Singapore’!


Our parade commander giving the command to raise the state and school flags during the observance ceremony segment.


“Sir Stamford Raffles” time travelled back 200 years specially to join in our Bicentennial celebration! 


Primary One students building the landmarks of Singapore with Lego!


Primary Two students designing their future playgrounds!

National Day marks our Separation from Malaysia, and our emergence as an independent country in the community of nations. Every year since 1998, a National Day Ceremony is held in schools. This Ceremony aims to bring to the students a greater sense of the historical importance and solemnity of National Day. Schools also conduct a 15-minute National Day Ceremony which is more formal than the festivities that schools usually organise.

At Bendemeer Primary School, National Day comes alive as both pupils and teachers leverage on this platform to perform and to showcase their talents while encompassing the National Day themes. The NE Department also seeks to involve external partners such as the GetActive! Singapore initiative to promote sport participation and inclusiveness through the Active Enabler Programme for all pupils. Pupils are treated to Zumba and other fun workout routines in sync with National Day songs.


(Information source: National Education Website)


NE Show 2019


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 pupils and to impart to them the significance of National Day.


Useful Links

National Education – Ministry of Education


Total Defence Day


National Archives of Singapore


National Heritage Board