“TOGETHER AS ONE”: Celebrate Singapore’s 53rd National Day at the Yards
A Commemorative National Day Event for all Singaporeans to Walk in the Footsteps
of our Founding Father MM Lee Kuan Yew’s Old School Days
On 4th and 5th August 2018, Flying Cape and partners invite all Singaporeans to a 2-day family carnival to celebrate Singapore’s 53rd National Day at The Yards. The Yards was the former school grounds of Singapore’s founding father, MM Lee Kuan Yew in the 1930s and has since been refurbished into a vibrant education space. Spanning across 184,000 square feet, this carnival will feature commemorative highlights and a nostalgic trail that invites Singaporeans from all walks of life to come “Together As One” to honor a part of Singapore history.
This event is supported by Joo Chiat YEC, AVA and over 20 participating partners and is free admission with activities that are suitable for everyone – neuro-typical families, the special needs community as well as pioneer generation in Singapore.
Commemorative Highlights for National Day 2018 at The Yards:
1. Singapore Book of Records – Tribute to MM Lee Kuan Yew
On 4th of August, the organising team have prepared a special tribute to MM Lee Kuan Yew which will be submitted to the Singapore Book of Records entry. The submission will become Singapore’s largest collage of photos, comprising of 2,500 community photos, that will be pieced together to form a portrait of our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The portrait will be hung in the school grounds as a permanent fixture. The Guest of Honour Mr Edwin Tong (Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Health, the current Principal and teachers of Telok Kurau Primary School will be there to grace the Opening Ceremony and complete the portrait on the actual day.
2. Heritage Walk – An important site in Singapore’s heritage
The Heritage Walk consists of 10 stations which aims to educate on interesting facts, sights and history at The Yards. Developed in 1926, the site retains several interesting historical features that have survived till today. This includes a massive cotton tree that is situated in the middle of the compound as well as the metallic structures that once held up the canteen for the school in the 1930s. A nostalgic reminder and educational site for the public, the Heritage Walk will be made available to the public for the month of August.
3. Amazing Race – Community event which promotes inclusivity suitable for the young and old.
The Amazing Race consists of fun and educational activities that involve the entire family in a day of learning. All activities are contributed by the tenants of the Yards which are suitable not only for neuro-typical families but also caters to the special needs community as well as the pioneer generation in Singapore. The Amazing Race aims to be a showcase of an inclusive education hub site that caters to the young and old alike.
4. SingaPAW Corner – Dedicated segment that would appeal to all animal lovers.
For many families who own a pet or would like the opportunity to interact with one, our SingaPAW corner aims to meet this need. With a special section for the special needs community to experience Animal Therapy or for the regular child who wants to learn about how to take care of pets responsibly. The SingaPAW corner includes our furry and feather friends to provide a greater educational experience to all.