Singapore Polytechnic Celebrates Singapore's Birthday
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The grandstands of the Singapore Polytechnic Sports Complex were a sea of red and white as more than 1500 staff and students came together on the 8th of August for the National Day Observance Ceremony 2007.
The ceremony started off at around 3pm with music by the Singapore Polytechnic Symphonic Band. Upon the arrival of Guest-of-honour and MP for West Coast GRC Arthur Fong, the audience stood for the singing of the National Anthem and the recital of the pledge. This was done with much gusto seeing that the last time most of us sang the anthem and recited the pledge would have been during our secondary school days.
Performances for the event included a special hip hop dance by the Dance and Cheer team, a Latin formation by the Dancesport Club, remote-controlled race car drifting by SP Drifters and also performances by the SP Wushu and Lion Dance Clubs.
Amidst all the celebration, the two items that stole the entire show was the item from the Percussion group which led everyone into a frenzy with clapping and cheering. The children from SP Kinderland Childcare Centre showed much enthusiasm and exuberance with their song and dance routine - definitely future Singaporeans that we want! The children were so cute and lovable it makes an audience member echo, "I want to have one (a baby) too!"; An idea for a new government policy - encourage all couples to attend National Day celebration with cute kids performing?
The SP choir further brightened up spirits when they led the entire complex in the singing of four national day songs, two of which were penned by School of Media and Info-Communications Technology lecturer Jimmy Ye.
The grand finale of the celebration was the release of 42 balloons to signify Singapore's age. What a long way we have come and to more good years ahead!
We may not have had laser lights
but we had the rays of a very strong sun shining over the sports complex.
We may not have had Chinooks
but we had remote-controlled choppers flying both the state and SP flag over the warm blue skies.
We may not have had fire works
but we sure had the Singapore Polytechnic spirit flying high!
Happy Birthday Singapore!
Jolyon Caplin, Unicyclist & Lecturer in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
"I am British but have been residing in Singapore for 19 years. I love National Day because every year's celebrations are special in their own way. Also since Britain does not celebrate its National Day, it is nice to be able to celebrate National Day here in Singapore!"
Reynold Kwok, 19, Diploma in Media and Communication student in School of Business
"Being a Singaporean means having the privilege to enjoy good food and also having good friends from different cultures and races!"
SP Dance and Cheer team member
Dancing in the sunlight!
Raising of the flag, Majulah SP!
"On your mark, Get set, GO! F1 racing comes to SP!"