National Cadet Corps NCC (Land)
To Nurture Inspiring Leaders and Committed Citizens through Fun, Adventurous and Military-related Activities
LTA(NCC) Joel Boon (Commanding Officer, Teacher IC of Junior Cadets, Senior Cadet Leaders)
MAJ(NCC) Nicholas Ng (2IC, Teacher IC of Cadet Leaders, Senior Cadet Leaders)
Mr Adam Chan (Teacher IC of Senior Cadets)
Tuesday and Thursday, 3.15 – 5.30 pm
Tham Keng Cong
“The physical training helps me keep up my fitness. NCC helps me to understand more about Singapore defence. The sergeants are very kind and helpful. The teachers look after us and check if we’re okay before carrying out any activity.”
– Quote from cadet at anonymous internal feedback session
(Dated 4 February 2020)
Highlights of Events:
2019 – NCC Unit Recognition (Distinction)
2018 – NCC Unit Recognition (Distinction)
2017 – NCC Best Unit Competition (Silver)
Values In Action (VIA): National Day Observance Ceremony
27 Senior Cadets and Cadet Leaders marched at the National Day Observance Ceremony, held at Pasir Ris Elias Community Centre (CC) on Sunday 6 Aug at 9 am. Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Ris, Minister Teo Chee Hean officiated the ceremony as the Guest of Honour (GOH). The Parade Commander was C/2LT Julian Wong and the Regiment Sergeant Major was SSG Nasrullah. The Observance Ceremony is a biennial event whereby Meridian Secondary School had been invited to be part of it, with the residents of Pasir Ris West District.
Prior to the actual day, the Uniformed Groups (UGs) (comprising National Cadet Corps, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps and Red Cross Youths) and Band came down to the CC on Saturday 29 Jul morning for a rehearsal. The rest of the rehearsals were held at school, as we also practised for the National Day school parade held on National Day Eve. The three UGs had the privilege of being mentored for a couple of the sessions under the helpful guidance of East District Commander CPT Jeanette Yee and C/CPT Andy Mok from HQ NCC.
The UGs and Band led the Grassroots contingent in the Pasir Ris West District in the Parade Segment. Donning the Number 1 ceremonial uniforms, the cadets looked proud and smart as they stood on the hardcourt. A large portion of the hardcourt had been covered by a makeshift tentage, set up so that the parade could still go on, rain or shine. Onlookers, as well as the participants in the Grassroots contingent, showed their support by carrying and waving little Singapore flags during the parade.
During the ceremony, all of the audience were asked to salute for a panoramic camera photoshoot as part of NS50 to commemorate 50 years of NS and to thank generations of national servicemen. Everyone also showed their commitment to the country by singing the National Anthem and reciting the National Pledge in unison.
Through this VIA, cadets learnt and applied the values of responsibility and discipline. The experience instilled in them both a resilient mind and a committed heart. Moreover, it cultivated their ownership over their contribution to the community by taking part and marching in the Observance Ceremony in their neighbourhood.
|Parade Segment of Observance Ceremony|
|Photo shoot with DPM Teo and Principal|
“It was very nice for the organisers to have a shelter because the ceremonial uniform was already very hot, and to act as a precaution for rain… It was exciting, as it provided a very good chance for students to wear the No. 1 uniform.” – Haziq, Senior Cadet
“Overall, the parade was well organised… We did not have to wait long as the VIP arrived on time, and the whole thing ended early, which was great.” – Raushan, Cadet Leader
National Education (NE) Trail to Johore Battery and Changi Beach
Junior Cadets and Cadet Leaders from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) went together on a NE Trail, held at Johore Battery (also known as “The Bunker”) and Changi Beach Sook Ching site, on Tue 15 Aug. This was an opportunity to forge in them a strengthened loyalty to country and commitment to Singapore. It also provided them with a better understanding of military defence and the importance of the NE message: “We must ourselves defend Singapore. We are proud to defend Singapore ourselves, no one else is responsible for our security and well-being.”
The Johore Battery was a coastal artillery battery consisting of three large BL 15-inch Mk I British naval guns. Being the largest guns installed outside of Britain during World War II, they were all sadly destroyed before the British surrender to the Japanese in 1942. The one that stands there today is but a replica of what was installed in the 1930s. There was also a dummy 15-inch shell which the cadets could try their hand to lift off the ground to feel its weight, with the help of a pulley system.
Changi Beach was one of the many Sook Ching massacre sites. It was where 66 Chinese male civilians were killed by Japanese military police firing squads on 20 Feb 1942. Cadets were asked to use their imagination and creativity to redesign and improve on the current memorial that stands at the site.
The cadets then filled in reflection sheets at the end of the trail before returning to school.
|15-inch dummy shell at Johore Battery|
|Changi Beach Massacre Memorial|
“I learnt that Singapore invested a lot to military defence. I also learnt that Singapore could not rely on the British; that is why they have their own military defence.” – Joven, Junior Cadet
“I learnt that the British underestimated the Japanese to attack from the south, but instead the Japanese came from Malaysia and the artillery battery was ineffective as there (were not) many of them. Reloading was difficult judging by how hard it was to lift (the shell). From the British’s failure and mistake, we have learnt to not fully rely on other countries to protect us but instead learn to protect ourselves.” – Edmund, Cadet Leader
Archery Tag is a combat sport where players shoot one another with bow and arrows fitted with foam tips. Held in the Indoor Sports Hall, on 29 Aug 17, the session was conducted with a starting brief. The objectives of the Archery Tag were to improve teamwork between the cadets, while concurrently fostering their adventurous spirit.
It was the first time many of the cadets played Archery Tag. Four facilitators from LUMI, our external vendor, helped the cadets better understand the safety aspects and underlying strategies. The entire session lasted for two hours. In total, 62 Junior Cadets, Senior Cadets and Cadet Leaders participated.
The cadets were split into eight groups, and four groups played while the other groups waited for their turn. The main aim of the game was to eliminate the opposing team’s players by hitting them with an arrow. A player could bring an eliminated teammate back into the game play by knocking out a target spot. The cadets had to show initiative by taking lead and by brainstorming their team’s game plan and strategy.
Midway into the session, the facilitators reorganised the groups such that there was a mix of cadets across the companies within each group. This gave them a fantastic opportunity to bond with their seniors and juniors across the levels.
At the end of the session, the facilitators debriefed everyone, reminding the cadets about the importance of teamwork and integrity. They encouraged them not to be individualistic but to look out for one another during the game. For example, they should work in smaller groups of twos and threes. That way, when one player is loading his arrow, there are two other players covering him from any of the opponent’s arrows.
|NCC cadets at Indoor Sports Hall|
|Fire and cover|
|Strategising before the match|
“This activity was fun and engaging as many of us got to compete against our friends and many of us do not get this opportunity. I also think that me and my friends can bond and strategise against our enemies. I learnt that we must have teamwork in order to overcome some barriers and we need to show integrity in order to have fair play in the games.” – Joven, Junior Cadet
“I think the activity today was quite fun, quite active, and it actually bonded most of us together. By having teamwork, we could communicate with each other to plan out the strategy and try to win the game as fast as we could. If we got shot by the arrows, we must have integrity to tell them that we are out and go out of the (playing) field. For every team, there must at least one leader or captain to plan out the strategy and place where (each) person should be, so that the strategy could work as fast as possible. The biggest thing I have learnt today is about teamwork, because teamwork makes the dream work. Without teamwork, we might be fighting each other…” – Akif, Senior Cadet
“It was very fun and it (taught) values like teamwork. What was fun about it was getting to shoot other people and it was very competitive. We had to split up and each shoot certain targets. The strategy worked. In NCC, we also have to work as team to do things. Maybe in future we can have a bigger space so that all can play at the same time instead of (taking turns). The time was too short, maybe 30 min more or so. It was not tiring. It was fun and really good for NCC.” – Zecary, Cadet Leader