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Vision & Goals


Every pupil a citizen of character and service - NE A.L.I.V.E

A   Appreciate
L    Love
I     Involve
V   Values
E    Empower


To develop pupils who are global in outlook with a strong sense of citizenship and service learning.

Department Members

Mrs Haryati Zulkifli (SH National Education and Social Studies)
Ms Charissa ChanMs Yeo Hwee Khim
Mrs Lynnette NgMdm Rozita
Mdm Fairlyn AngMdm Malathi 
Ms Azah KaulanMrs Angel Chan 
Mrs Adeline Ang Mrs Heng Siqiao 
Mdm Abigail Henry
Mdm Mimi Nurhidayah
Mdm Poh Siok KhengMdm Chan Yen Peng 
Ms Teoh Yian PinMrs Ganesh Kanimozhi
Ms Jasmine Teo  Mdm Tan Seow Wee
Mdm EndangMrs Ong Bee Ling 
Mdm Wang WYMrs Pamela Yeow
Ms Ng Xing Hwee 


  1. National Education (NE) Commemorative Days
  2. Chingay National Education (NE) Show
  3. National Education (NE) Show
  4. Internationalisation Trip to Malacca
  5. Field-based Learning (FBL) in Social Studies)

National Education (NE) Commemorative Days

NE Commemorative Days are part of the school calendar. Activities and assembly talks are organised for the whole school to teach pupils the importance and significance of the respective commemorative days. The 4 main commemorative days are:
  • Total Defence Day International 
  • Friendship Day 
  • Racial Harmony Day 
  • National Day
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Total Defence Day (TDD)

Total Defence (TD) Day falls on the 15th February every year. The date marks Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942. The commemoration of Total Defence Day seeks to remind people of the sufferings endured by our forefathers during the Japanese Occupation. It is also an occasion to refamiliarise our people with the modern defence strategy of "Total Defence" which Singapore has adopted to ensure our continued survival and security.

Learning points of Total Defence Day for primary school pupils:
  • Know the 5 aspects of Total Defence and how they can play a part in each aspect.
  • Know that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and we ourselves must defend Singapore. 
  • Exhibit a sense of belonging to Singapore.

International Friendship Day (IFD)

IFD is commemorated in schools on the 3rd Friday of Term 2 that is a working day. It is a day dedicated to the understanding of Singapore's relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. It aims to sensitise our children towards the geo-political realities inherent in Singapore, as well as nurture in our students the spirit of friendship and collaboration among different people.

Learning points of International Friendship Day for primary school pupils: 
  • To spark pupils’ curiosity about different cultures so that they will be more open to learning from people with different life experiences 
  • To allow pupils to appreciate cultural diversity and nurture a willingness to embrace others from diverse backgrounds
  • To encourage pupils to welcome and integrate their international peers to the school or society such that the experience will help cultivate strong bonds of friendship between them and their international friends

Racial Harmony Day (RHD)

Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21st July. On this day in 1964, Singapore saw racial riots. RHD serves to remind our pupils that social division costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault-lines in Singapore society. It is a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.
Learning points of Racial Harmony Day for primary school pupils:
  • Make friends with people of other races and religions. 
  • Learn that in Singapore, people are treated equally regardless of their race and religion. 
  • Appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.

National Education Show

To provide our pupils with a cohort experience to immerse “live” in the full spectacle of the NDP, MOE partners the National Day Parade organisers to arrange the NE Shows for all P5 pupils annually.  Since 1997, the NE Shows have served as a key NE signature event for all Primary 5 pupils and aim to:
  • Provide a unifying experience amongst each cohort of pupils on what it means to be a Singaporean and evoke in them a sense of pride and patriotism;
  • Develop in pupils a sense of commitment towards the nation and the community;
  • Provide learning opportunities for pupils to understand the significance of our National Day.
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Internationalisation Trip to Malacca

St. Margaret’s Primary School organises an annual 2-Day-1-Night Trip to Malacca for all P5 pupils since 2012. The objectives of the trip are to provide the pupils with opportunities to: 
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage in Malacca.
  • Develop a global awareness while maintaining a sense of belonging and appreciation of Singapore. 
Being an educational learning journey, pupils are given opportunities to engage in hands-on activities like batik painting, basket weaving and playing of traditional game as they learn about the Malay culture. Guided tours to the local museum and around the Malacca town like the Stadthuys, Christchurch, St. Francis Xavier Church, St Paul’s Church and the Proclamation of Independence Memorial Hall allow the pupils to learn more about the historic background of Malacca.

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Field-based Learning (FBL) in Social Studies

The Social Studies (SS) Curriculum has as its goal the development of every pupil as an informed, concerned and participative citizen. Field-based learning (FbL) allows pupils to contextualise their learning experience in an authentic real-world setting, motivating and sustaining their interest in the subject matter and enabling a deeper learning of concepts and content. In view of this, St. Margaret’s Primary School organises experiential learning journeys to different places to provide opportunities for pupils to learn beyond the classroom as part of the Social Studies curriculum.

LevelPlaces visited for FBL
P2Singapore Philatelic Museum
P3Land Transport Gallery 
P4National Museum (History Gallery) 
 P5 Asian Civilisation Museum