Students' Gift to Singapore: 'SG50 Reflections: Our Hopes and Memories (HOME)'

Published Date: 29 July 2015 12:00 AM

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1.HOME, a commemorative e-book, is a SG50 birthday gift to Singapore from our students. All primary, secondary, junior college, special education school students have contributed their reflections to this e-book, ‘SG50 Reflections: Our Hopes and Memories (HOME)’. Through videos, photographs, artwork and poems, students reflect on our past 50 years of nationhood as well as their aspirations for Singapore as we look to the future with confidence.

2.With stories spanning five decades of Singapore’s history and covering five themes - Culture & Celebrations, Defining Moments, Faces of Singapore, Memorable Spaces, and Progress & Achievements - readers can expect to learn some very interesting stories and facts about Singapore. For example, do you know that before the Singapore Zoo existed, there were private zoos in Singapore? Students from Punggol Primary School were so fascinated by their research that they dug into the earlier years of Singapore’s history. They found out that the Punggol Zoo was a hit with Singaporeans and tourists from 1920 to 1922, and Albert Einstein, the famous scientist, was one of its first visitors.

3.The SG50 HOME e-book will be launched by President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam at Presbyterian High School on 29 July 2015. He will be accompanied by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. Student and staff representatives from schools will be present to witness the occasion, and students from 10 schools will showcase their contributions at the SG50 e-book exhibition hosted by the Presbyterian High School.

4.The SG50 HOME e-book is available to the public. Readers can download the e-book for free by searching ‘SG50 HOME’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Readers may also view a web version of the e-book at www.SG50HOME.sg.

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