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What do our young believe in and care deeply about? What kind of Singapore do they want to build? The messages students have penned amplify their voices and collective aspirations to work together for a stronger Singapore. Through participation in various community efforts, we help our young Singaporeans to experience how they can effect positive change, and play their part to build a Singapore that is an endearing home for themselves and for others

Mrs Tan Chen Kee, Divisional Director (Student Development Curriculum Division), Ministry of EducationOur Heart for SG Time Capsule Sealing & Presentation Event (7 August 2020)

Find out more about past 2019-2021 editions here and our media coverage of the gifts to SG here.

COMPETITION THEMES

CELEBRATING FESTIVALS

With its rich cultural heritage, racially diverse population, melting pot of ethnic cultures, and diverse religious traditions, Singapore epitomizes multiculturalism.

Some questions you may ask your elder:

  • How and where did he/she go to prepare for festivities or celebrate festivities?
  • What was his/her fondest memory of a place he/she used to frequent?
  • Which were hobbies /games/ activities that he/she engaged in during the festivities? Where is the celebration held? Who attended the celebrations? What did people wear or do during the festival?
  • What is his/her fond memory regarding this festival?
  • Tell us more about a public holiday in Singapore which your elder/senior celebrate.

LOCAL FOOD & SNACKS

The diversity of food choices in Singapore reflects the diversity of our nation, where the main ethnic groups-Chinese, Malay, and Indian-borrowed cooking techniques and ingredients from each other and incorporated them into their own cooking.

Some questions you may ask your elder:

  • What is/was his/her favorite local food, snack, and/or dish?
  • Is it homemade or where can the food be found? When is it eaten? What is his/her fond memory regarding this favorite local food?
  • What is your/your family’s favorite local food brands?

HOBBIES & TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

As a result of Singapore’s well-developed public transportation system and road network, residents and visitors can access places and attractions easily and quickly.

Some questions you may ask your elder:

  • Where did he/she live in Singapore? What was living like there? Which place did he/she most fondly remember? 
  • Is there a tourist attraction today which holds fond memories for your senior/elder? Where is it?
  • What hobbies did he/she enjoy? What did he/she do for fun? What activity did he/she enjoy? What do people do in their free time?
  • Find out from your senior/elder about the history of names behind MRT station/road names of interest, which he/she has fond memory of growing up around or visiting.

JOBS

As a poor, small, tropical island with little fresh water, rapid population growth, substandard housing, and recurring conflicts among the ethnic and religious groups when it became independent in 1965, Singapore has now developed into a gleaming global hub of trade, finance, and transport.

Some questions you may ask your elder:

  • What was he/she working as, What were the types of jobs available?
  • What were his/her ambition?
  • What was the working conditions like?
  • What did he liked most/least about his/her job?
  • Where is the job located? How did he/she get to work? How long were the working hours and working conditions like?

PROMPTS FOR ARTIST STATEMENT & CREATIVE WRITING

1. My Experience Getting to Know a Senior/Elder better

a. Who did you speak with? What did you learn about your senior/elder through this activity that you didn’t know before?

b. What value(s) did you learn from your senior/elder?

c. How has Singapore changed since then?

2. My Dream for Singapore

As Singapore emerges from COVID-19 and Singaporeans forge towards a better future,

a. What is your dream for Singapore?

b. What do you pledge to do to help this dream come true?

c. What message would you like to tell all Singaporeans to rally them support your dream?

3. Singapore, My Country, My Home

As international travel resumes and Singapore welcomes tourists,

a. Share in a few sentences one interesting place to visit, or food to try, or experience you would recommend tourists take part in that they will enjoy as much as you do?

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

(i) Choose a category – Art, or Creative Writing

(ii) Get to know an elder/senior in your family or community better.
Find out more about how growing up in Singapore was like when he/she was your age!

(i) ART CATEGORY

Step 1

Artwork Designing (50%)

Create an artwork on either one of the below themes

  • Jobs, or
  • Local Food, or
  • Culture and Heritage, or
  • Places of Interest

Step 2

Write an Artist Statement (50%)

Based on your artwork, bring your story to life by sharing your experience and dream for Singapore in any of the four (4) languages

  • English, or
  • Chinese, or 
  • Malay, or
  • Tamil

Step 3

Submit your entry

Students of participating schools may submit your artwork and artist statement here.

 

Teacher to submit documents on our website’s submission tab (herefrom Wednesday, 26 May 2021 (12pm) to Saturday, 31 July 2021 (1159pm).

Regular Submission: 26 May 2021 (12pm) to 15 July 2021 (1159pm). Regular Submission will have at least 1 per school at the media preview on 6 Aug 2021.

Late Submission: 16 July to 31 July 2021 (1159pm). We will try to, but cannot commit that we will be able to feature late submission pieces for media preview on 6 Aug 2021. This is due to our vendor’s cut-off date for the 6 Aug media preview printing. However, complete submissions up to 31 July will still receive certs for all departments and participating students by 2-4 August 2021 and will be featured at the 2021-2022 gallery refresh.

  • 1. Prepare these documents  for submission
  • Scanned Artworks (preferably 300dpi) png, pdf, jpg or jpeg
  • Written Reflections in Microsoft word doc
  • Signed Teacher’s Coversheet with student’s full names and classes
  • 2. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately upon successful submission.

Yes, of course. Teacher will still need to still make a partial submission on our website’s submission tab (here) and ensure we receive the hardcopies from Wednesday, 26 May (12am) to Saturday, 31 July 2021 (1159pm) – Same deadline as online submission.

  • 1. Prepare these documents for online submission
  • Typed Reflections in Microsoft word doc
  • Signed Teacher’s Coversheet with student’s full names and classes
  • 2. You will receive an automated acknowledgement immediately upon successful submission.
  • 3. Bring artwork hard copies to the Stamford Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore during OHFSG Learning Gallery operating hours (here)
  •  Unfortunately, we would not be able to return schools the artwork hard copies because of the number of submissions we receive.
  • From today – 9 July 2021: Request for Teacher’s coversheet when you indicate interest in RSVP form (expires on 7 May). You may request for teacher’s coversheet under the “for schools” or this gallery refresh webpage thereafter.
  • 26 May – 31 July 2021: Submission Deadline for Teacher’s cover sheet here
  • 2-4 Aug 2021:  E-certs for students and departments sent to schools
  • From 5 Aug 2021:  Online Gallery updated here
  • 6 Aug 2021: Presentation 56,000 pledges & well-wishes w/ key appointment holders from various ministries & NDP Committee for SG’s 56th
  • 6 Aug 2021: Media Preview of 2021 Student Artworks during Nat Day at the National Museum
  • 6 Aug 2021: Schools will be given zoom link to join us (Optional)
  • Aug-Oct 2021 (Dates TBA): Teachers to collect at limited edition ND merchandise for gallery contributing students at National Museum
  • Oct 2021- Sep 2022 (Dates TBA): Award Ceremony & Gallery refresh opens to public

For 2019 & 2020, we have sent updates on email and whatsapp.

From 2021 onwards, we will keep all full updates for school on our website under the ‘For Schools’ tab here instead so that you may easily reference the FAQs and all updates in one central place/ in case other teachers may have similar questions, checking the FAQs will be more efficient for them than waiting for our replies. (We understand how busy teachers are!)

Whenever there is an important announcement, we will send you an email to check. Otherwise, we will be periodically updating the FAQs for the benefit of all schools.

Do check the FAQs first if you have questions (it will be more efficient for you). However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more help, we hope to add to the FAQs and benefit the other schools as well.

Timeline for replies:

  1. Write to us (replies within 3-7 working days): ourheartforsg.org/contact/
  2. Click chat with us at bottom of website (replies within 48 hours), for urgent enquiries

 

Schools may submit up to 30 entries.

  • All student submissions receive a Certificate of Distinction, Merit or Participation.
  • At least one submission from each school will be showcased at the Museum.
  • All schools & participating department(s) receive a certificate of Recognition, Merit or Appreciation.

(ii) CREATIVE WRITING CATEGORY

Step 1

Creative Writing (70%)

Describe your experience and your dream for Singapore in a short writeup in any of the four (4) languages

  • English, or
  • Chinese, or
  • Malay, or
  • Tamil

Step 2

Snap a photo (30%)

Make your story more relatable by including a photo of 

  • Your family, or
  • Item/place mentioned, or 
  • Both!

Step 3

Submit your entry

Students of participating schools may submit your writeup and photo here.

Teacher to submit documents on our website’s submission tab (herefrom Wednesday, 26 May 2021 (12pm) to Saturday, 31 July 2021 (1159pm).

Regular Submission: 26 May 2021 (12pm) to 15 July 2021 (1159pm). Regular Submission will have at least 1 per school at the media preview on 6 Aug 2021.

Late Submission: 16 July to 31 July 2021 (1159pm). We will try to, but cannot commit that we will be able to feature late submission pieces for media preview on 6 Aug 2021. This is due to our vendor’s cut-off date for the 6 Aug media preview printing. However, complete submissions up to 31 July will still receive certs for all departments and participating students by 2-4 August 2021 and will be featured at the 2021-2022 gallery refresh.

  • 1. Prepare these documents  for submission
  • Scanned Artworks (preferably 300dpi) png, pdf, jpg or jpeg
  • Written Reflections in Microsoft word doc
  • Signed Teacher’s Coversheet with student’s full names and classes
  • 2. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately upon successful submission.

Yes, of course. Teacher will still need to still make a partial submission on our website’s submission tab (here) and ensure we receive the hardcopies from Wednesday, 26 May (12am) to Saturday, 31 July 2021 (1159pm) – Same deadline as online submission.

  • 1. Prepare these documents for online submission
  • Typed Reflections in Microsoft word doc
  • Signed Teacher’s Coversheet with student’s full names and classes
  • 2. You will receive an automated acknowledgement immediately upon successful submission.
  • 3. Bring artwork hard copies to the Stamford Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore during OHFSG Learning Gallery operating hours (here)
  •  Unfortunately, we would not be able to return schools the artwork hard copies because of the number of submissions we receive.
  • From today – 9 July 2021: Request for Teacher’s coversheet when you indicate interest in RSVP form (expires on 7 May). You may request for teacher’s coversheet under the “for schools” or this gallery refresh webpage thereafter.
  • 26 May – 31 July 2021: Submission Deadline for Teacher’s cover sheet here
  • 2-4 Aug 2021:  E-certs for students and departments sent to schools
  • From 5 Aug 2021:  Online Gallery updated here
  • 6 Aug 2021: Presentation 56,000 pledges & well-wishes w/ key appointment holders from various ministries & NDP Committee for SG’s 56th
  • 6 Aug 2021: Media Preview of 2021 Student Artworks during Nat Day at the National Museum
  • 6 Aug 2021: Schools will be given zoom link to join us (Optional)
  • Aug-Oct 2021 (Dates TBA): Teachers to collect at limited edition ND merchandise for gallery contributing students at National Museum
  • Oct 2021- Sep 2022 (Dates TBA): Award Ceremony & Gallery refresh opens to public

For 2019 & 2020, we have sent updates on email and whatsapp.

From 2021 onwards, we will keep all full updates for school on our website under the ‘For Schools’ tab here instead so that you may easily reference the FAQs and all updates in one central place/ in case other teachers may have similar questions, checking the FAQs will be more efficient for them than waiting for our replies. (We understand how busy teachers are!)

Whenever there is an important announcement, we will send you an email to check. Otherwise, we will be periodically updating the FAQs for the benefit of all schools.

Do check the FAQs first if you have questions (it will be more efficient for you). However, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more help, we hope to add to the FAQs and benefit the other schools as well.

Timeline for replies:

  1. Write to us (replies within 3-7 working days): ourheartforsg.org/contact/
  2. Click chat with us at bottom of website (replies within 48 hours), for urgent enquiries

 

Schools may submit up to 30 entries.

  • All student submissions receive a Certificate of Distinction, Merit or Participation.
  • At least one submission from each school will be showcased at the Museum.
  • All schools & participating department(s) receive a certificate of Recognition, Merit or Appreciation.

Examples from Primary, Secondary and SPED schools (2020 and 2021)

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

ANNIKA NOR DAVINA ROZARIO, 6 RESILIENCE, MARSILING PRIMARY SCHOOL

Food is an important part of any culture and traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to another. It serves as an expression of one’s cultural identity.

Pineapple tarts are a traditional festive snack in Singapore. Different races celebrate their traditional festivals by eating pineapple tarts. For example, the Chinese serve them in their homes during Chinese New Year because it is considered auspicious. They eat it to celebrate the new year and wish their loves ones good wealth and fortune.

Malay families have pineapple tarts during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, to celebrate with their loved ones after a month of fasting.

Pineapple tarts are said to have originated from the Straits Chinese or Peranakan culture. They later found their way to becoming a “staple snack” during the festive celebrations of other cultures.

In the midst of COVID-19, I wish to inspire and encourage Singaporeans with my drawing by reminding them to stay home and spend time with their loved ones. For example, they can cook their family’s favourite dishes and play interactive board games together.

I learnt that life in the past was not as peaceful as the life we have now. In the past, there were riots and war, and many people lived in fear. My grandmother would make pineapple tarts with her mother and invite her neighbours to their home to savour their speciality. By doing so, they helped to spread some cheer and provide support for one another during such hard times.

My vision for Singapore is for her to always remain a harmonious place and not have any racial riots in the future. I pledge that I would abide by the laws and to stay united as one Singapore.

I would like to tell all Singaporeans to stay united as one. We will do so, by showing empathy and respect to people of different races and religions.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

MEGHNA ANIL, 5 KINDNESS, HAIG GIRLS’ SCHOOL

Through this artwork, I want to give everyone a glimpse into the colourful life of my grandmother. By showcasing her world, I want people to appreciate the way of life and wonderful things people enjoyed in the 1950s and 1960s.

My grandmother also showed me through her collection of pictures, the school compound quarters, Kalaimagal School (in Yio Chu Kang), she lived in. I don’t want these places to be forgotten as they are no longer around. She shared how people were united and shared food with each other in the kampong. Apparently, my grandfather was fond of climbing the coconut trees in the area! This spirit of togetherness and concern for each other was definitely enlightening for meOne of the deserts she really loved was the ice ball, which she used to cherish on hot days. She used to save her money and looked forward to a much-deserved treat at the end of the school day. Besides the ice ball, she used to buy kachang puteh from the man she fondly referred to as “Kachang Puteh man”. She shared that people of all races used to race towards the “Kachang Puteh man” whenever they heard him around the corner.

My grandmother also shared the hardships she suffered, like having to fetch water from the well which was located quite far from home. Often she would walk with some of the neighbours to the well together, so that they could help each other. She used to dream about travelling in a car and in my artwork, I included a picture of her favourite car.My grandparent’s experiences have taught me to appreciate the things I have in my life and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Their past is a good reminder that we should never take anything for granted. Instead, we can face the difficulties to come when we remain united. As the saying goes, United we stand, Divided we fall! Singapore shall and will forever stay united!

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

CHENG XIN RONG, 2B, TECK WHYE SECONDARY SCHOOL

Satay – Satay is a dish similar to kebabs in that it is made of cubes of skewered meat that is grilled and eaten with a peanut sauce dip. Tracing its origins to the Arabs, satay has been adapted to the multicultural palates of Asians, with various spicy sauces and different ways of marinating the meat.

The spice trade brought Arab traders to Southeast Asia, which led to the spread of Arabic cuisine to Indonesia, and eventually to Malaya. The kebab can also be found in India and other countries such as Greece and Turkey. However, a key adaptation of the dish in Asia is that wooden rather than metal skewers are used. Various seasonings are used to marinate the pieces of meat and the specially-made peanut sauce is usually served as a dip together with the grilled meatChili Crab- Chili crab is a popular seafood dish among locals and foreigners in Singapore, and consists of mud crabs deep-fried in a sweet, savory and spicy gravy. It has been referred to in various food publications as Singapore’s national seafood dish or even Singapore’s national dish. Chili crab is said to have been invented by Cher Yam Tian in the mid 1950s when she added bottled chili sauce to her dish of stir-fried crabs, instead of using tomato sauce, her usual ingredient. In 1956, she and her husband began selling the dish from a pushcart along the seaside.

In the past, food used to be simple, such as a big bowl of rice with a small side dish. People are happy just to fill their stomach. Now, we are fortunate that there is an abundance of food. People also have more choices now due to the huge variety of food from the diverse cultures of our people.

Singapore is a uniquely multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society. Just like how the different cultures are combined together to form Singapore, the drawing uses food to show that Singaporeans from different backgrounds can come together as one during the Covid-19 pandemic. Every Singaporean is working together as one Singapore to ensure that no one is left behind in this pandemic.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

LUA EN QI, CELINE, EUNOS PRIMARY SCHOOL, P5 RESILIENCE

In the past, many people in Singapore lived in kampongs instead of high-rise buildings. My senior stayed in a kampong house built from wood and attap leaves. Sometimes, the rain would seep through the roof and they had to collect the rainwater with a basin. It was not easy living there, and the surroundings were dirty too. When my senior was a young boy, he distributed newspapers to people to earn extra cash, and he would do so while riding a bicycle. Although it was a fond memory, it can be very tiring, especially when riding uphill. He also enjoyed occasional treats to the theatre. The movies were black and white then and the early cinemas had no air-conditioning. I cannot imagine how stuffy that would be.

When Cathay Cinema and Hotel opened in 1936, it was Singapore’s first skyscraper, and was the tallest building in Southeast Asia. They enjoyed their glory days with countless of fans until 1942, where the cinema was then closed for the building to be used as a Red Cross casualty station during World War II.

During the Japanese Occupation, the Japanese controlled the broadcasting facilities and used it to broadcast propaganda in Japanese language. After the war, the building continued to serve other authorities and it was only in 1948 that the colonial government returned the building to the original owner.

Singapore has come a long way since then. We now get to stay in a clean environment, with an efficient transport system and great conveniences enabled by technological advancements. All these would not have been possible without the hard work put in by our forefathers years ago. However, as we reap the benefits of what our forefathers have toiled for, we must be grateful and also remind ourselves not to be complacent. We have to stay united, maintain the cleanliness of our country and continue to strive for the best. COVID-19 may have affected our economy and our people, but we can come back stronger if we are willing to help one another and be cooperative. Many kind souls have stepped up in different ways. Some people donated masks to those who needed it, while others packed food and groceries for those who were under home quarantine. People also appreciated the healthcare workers who worked tirelessly in this pandemic by little gestures such as giving up seats on the public transport for them. This shows that we can all work to make Singapore a gracious society and a better place to live in.

Besides that, we must also work towards a sustainable future. Towards the end of my conversation with my senior, he reminded me to be a responsible citizen and encouraged me to “reduce, reuse and recycle” the things I use in my everyday life. By doing so, it will also result in lesser waste and thus having less load to incinerate. This will definitely lower the pollution level and bring about a cleaner environment. Hence, my vision for Singapore is to reduce our waste, and try our best to reuse or recycle the other objects. We can also make Singapore greener by taking public transport or riding a bicycle like my senior, instead of driving a car. Let’s all begin our efforts today, because every act contributed is a step closer to our goal.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

SANDIP RAI, 6 PERSEVERANCE, FIRST TOA PAYOH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Singapore River went through an extreme makeover. Back in the 1960s, the banks of the Singapore River were crowded with squatters, hawkers and manufacturing industries. These led to severe river pollution. After independence, the Prime Minister then, Mr Lee Kuan Yew decided to do a major clean-up of the river in 1977. The whole cleaning process took about 10 years and it was spearheaded by the former chairman of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and then Environment Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Lee Ek Tieng.

Since Singapore’s independence in 1965, the Singapore River has gone through several changes – from a busy trading port that was filled with bumboats to a popular tourist attraction bustling with activities. Shophouses that were used as warehouse or lodgings for the coolies have now become places for leisure and entertainment. In the year 2020, bumboats are no longer used for trading. Instead, they now take locals, sightseers and tourists on a river cruise to learn about Singapore’s history or to admire our Singapore landscape and some of the iconic structures. These structures include the Merlion, the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands. My drawing of the river from past to present has shown how Singapore has progressed, and together, we can work towards a brighter future for Singapore.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

LEANNE LAM, FAIRFIELD METHODIST SCHOOL (PRIMARY)

My grandmother was born in the 1930s and her parents ran a tailor shop of which she would help out occasionally. The picture shows my grandmother and her siblings playing and having fun during their childhood days. These memories are memorable for my grandmother and in hearing these stories, I could feel her joy and fondness of the past. As I see my grandmother age, I reflected on life and know that our grandparents cannot be with us forever. Life is short. So, let us remember to treasure our loved ones and spend more quality time with them.

My vision for Singapore is to have a society that cares for one another; that fellow Singaporeans spend more time with their family, especially the elderly.  Unlike the carefree days of the past, Singaporeans are very busy at school and at work. Not only that, we are also pre-occupied in this digital age with gadgets and our social lives. Unlike the kampong days in the past which my grandma shared about, people these days are glued to their gadgets and communicate not by speaking, but by typing. With this, we may lose the human connection and the quality time to sit talk and speak.

I hope that we can take greater effort to set aside quality time and spend it with our family and loved ones, and I believe this starts with me. I pledge to take a greater conscious effort to chit-chat with my grandparents and share their interesting stories with my friends so that they too, will want to learn something about Singapore’s history!

My grandmother lived in Bugis when she was young. It was very different then, and many families lived in kampongs. She told me that when she was bored, she and her other siblings would go outside and climb trees for entertainment.  As her parents ran a tailor shop, she said that during those days, it is more common to have tailor-made clothes especially for occasions like Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali.  This is because big shopping malls did not exist and choices for ready-to-wear clothes were limited.  It is also cheaper to tailor as the customers can bring their own yards of cloth to the shop!  This way of life is very different from today where it is more convenient and sometimes cheaper to purchase clothes from the shopping malls.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

ALTON CHAN WAI YU, 3N1, TANGLIN SECONDARY SCHOOL

Bukit Timah area used to be an industrial hub in the 1950s, and factories like Ford and Yeo Hiap Seng (of Yeo’s packet drinks) set up their shops there. The quarrying industry was also a prominent business in the area after the opening of Bukit TimahRailway Station. One interesting fact is that the granite mined there was actually used to build the infrastructure of the Causeway and roads. Along the Bukit TimahTrails, we can also visit former granite quarries in the area such as the Singapore Quarry and the Hindhede Quarry in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

In this artwork, I chose to depict the old Bukit Timah Railway Station. The person I interviewed was my grandmother. In the past when Bukit Timah Railway Station was built, my grandmother told me that she was also part of the crew that helped to build it. Bukit Timah Railway Station is used for passenger traffic back when it was open and eventually ceased operations in 2011. It also used to be part of a railway line used for commuting and transporting goods between Singapore and the rest of the Malay Peninsula. Right now, the station has been gazetted for conservation and is part of Singapore’s efforts to preserve the rich heritage of the Rail Corridor, which allows visitors to go on a journey through various natural landscapes, communities and unique experiences. Nearby, The Railway Mall is a nice contrast to show how the old and the new can co-exist together to offer both urban and rural experiences. I hope that my work can inspire more people to check out Singapore’s rich heritage and natural spaces, and to embark on an adventure by trekking through these places!

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

IMAN NASHITA, 4-2, ​YUSOF ISHAK SECONDARY SCHOOL

My artwork is inspired by the Masjid Sultan Mosque which is located at Muscat Street. This mosque is one of the tourist attractions in Singapore and visited by many tourists. It is of a great significance to me as a Malay Muslim and I am intrigued by the design of the mosque. My great-grandfather told me that in the past, he did not go to a big Mosque building to pray. He will go to a Surau with the Muslims in his community for his daily prayers. It is very fascinating now to see many mosques built for the religion and to have such a big building like Masjid Sultan Mosque to be as part of Singapore’s tourist attraction.

My grandfather always tells me that times will change, things will change, but our morals and family values will never change. No matter what happens, we must stand firm on our values and stay strong as a family to overcome whatever challenges that lay ahead of us.

I hope that we can continue to keep our racial harmony and live peacefully regardless of race, language or religion. I will help to uphold these values through my actions and lead by example.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

CHARLOTTE TAN, PRIMARY 5C, FAIRFIELD METHODIST SCHOOL (PRIMARY)

When I interviewed my grandma, she told me that she would always take the bus to her home after school. Through her sharing, I’ve learnt that she only had to pay 10 cents to get a bus ticket and the bus conductor would punch a hole on the ticket. I found this information very interesting as I could see that times have changed so much. It has changed not only in the way we live, but an increase in our cost of living! In present days, there is no longer a bus conductor to punch our bus tickets, instead, everything is digitalised and all we need to do is to tap our EZ-link cards on the card reader to pay our bus fare! Also, I could not believe that 10 cents was the transport fare for people living in the olden days of Singapore. As such I chose to draw this picture as I found this sharing by my grandma so interesting, and believe that many other children (like my schoolmates and friends) may not know much about our bus system in the past and the life our pioneer generation went through.

My vision for Singapore is for my country to keep ahead with times and tap on technology to make our lives easier. Instead of tapping our EZ-link card on the card reader, I hope that in future, there will be a face recognition system that could auto deduct our bus fare from our credit card or bank account and this will help the elderly too as they may have difficulty to tap their cards and maintain their balance when alighting and departing from the bus.

I wish to tell all Singaporeans to care and communicate more with the elderly as there are so much we can learn from their life experiences. By chit-chatting with them, not only we show that we care, we also embrace the life-long learning spirit and like my experience, I would not have known of the bus system in the past if I have not spoken to my grandma!

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

MARCUS LOKE YUN SHENG, 5 BERNARDETTE, DE LA SALLE SCHOOL

My grandfather used to tell me that life during his youth was fun and free. I asked him, how could this be? There were no Nintendos, iPads, PCs and most importantly “Roblox” back then. He told me, he used to work as a Station Master in Kranji KTM station before Singapore’s independence. It was a small station that managed goods from Tanjong Pagar shipyards. On weekends after work, he would ride a free train ride to Tanjong Pagar terminal station.

The station was always busy and bustling with passengers and workers. Peddlers were seen trying to sell their goodies to departing passengers to Johor Bahru. This could be their meal or newspaper to read while they embark on their journey after a hard day of work

They did not have many options in terms of food and beverages, no bubble tea, Starbucks Coffee or MacDonalds ice cream. Only kacang putih,kuih,nasi lemak and teh tarik.

Life was very simple, as long as there was something to fill the stomach they were happy.

Tanjong Pagar Station to my grandfather was like a shopping mall to us now. He could enjoy nice Indian, Hainanese and Malay delicacies in one single stop.

It was sad news to him when he heard that this station would be closed in 2011. The sweet memory will always remain in his mind.

I have learnt that no matter how hard and how inconvenient the jobs were; perseverance and resilience helped our forefathers overcome mountains and emerge stronger.

In my drawing, people from multi-racial backgrounds are supporting one another in the ways of life, no matter where their destinations are. My vision for Singapore is that we as Singaporeans, regardless of race and social backgrounds, are able to work hand in hand to make Singapore a beautiful and prosperous place.

As we move forward towards the future, do not forget what we have been through in the past and be appreciative of the Merdeka Generation who had set positive examples for our generation in terms of harmony, hard work and most importantly helping one another. It is important to keep the economy moving and self-sustaining in Singapore amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Singaporean from all walks of life come together as one just like old times to overcome this crisis together; to emerge stronger as a nation.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

NUR QUR RATUL AIN BINTE MUHAMMAD SHAIM, 2A1, JUYING SECONDARY SCHOOL

Fandi bin Ahmad, PBM is a Singaporean former footballer who is currently the head coach of Singapore Premier League club Young Lions. As the first Singaporean footballer to play in Europe, the first Singaporean millionaire sportsperson and first Singaporean sportsperson to have a published biography, Fandi has been called a national legend.

I decided to create an illustrative artwork of my senior’s dreams from the past showing him wearing the Singapore team jersey because my senior wanted to become a footballer to represent Singapore.

I used the Elements of Art to show the crescent on the Singapore jersey. The colourscheme I used for this artwork is red and white because it represents Singapore’s National Flag.

My senior has inspired me to live the Singapore “Never Say Die” Spirit! It is the spirit that has kept us strong for the last 54 years. Now, because of COVID-19, many lives are disrupted. I want to encourage every job seeker not to give up. All of us have the Singapore Spirit in us. Let us band together as one and we can win this fight against COVID-19, and emerge a stronger Singapore!

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

PAU JIA JING, 3N1, TANGLIN SECONDARY SCHOOL

Samsui women, also known as Hong Tou Jin (red head scarf in direct translation) refers to a group of Chinese immigrants who came to Singapore between 1920s and 1940s, many of whom found construction and industrial jobs. A typical day of a samsui women starts very early at the break of dawn where they would have a simple meal before gathering to walk over to their respective construction sites. By 8am, they would be hard at work digging soil and earth, or carrying debris and other construction materials in buckets that hung from shoulder poles. Work usually ended at around 6pm, after which many samsui women would gather together for a simple meal to end the day. Many samsui women worked well into their 70s, which meant that they were involved in creating modern landmarks like the Toa Payoh Estate and Bishan Station, part the very first stretch of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations that opened to the public in 1987.

My artwork is inspired by my grandmother’s early job in the 1960s as a samsui woman. As the sole breadwinner of the family, my grandmother had to take on this job and feed her family of 4 in order to survive. It was not an easy job and required strength and long hours of manual labour. One thing that I learnt from her story was that we should always persevere and strive on no matter how tough things may get. In my work, I want to show appreciation to all the samsuiwomen who contributed in developing Singapore back in the days, so that Singapore can continue to prosper and develop into such a modern and beautiful city. My wish for Singapore is for all of us to be united and stay safe, so that we can continue to contribute and build a safe and beautiful Singapore for our future generations.

Our Heart for SG (OHFSG) 2020/2021 at National Museum of Singapore

ANISAH BINTE MOHAMED FAISAL, P5 GRACE, HAIG GIRLS’ SCHOOL

My late grandmother was a self-taught seamstress. When she was my age, she had started sewing. When she was a teenager, my great-grandfather got her a sewing machine as a present. She first started sewing because ready-made clothes were expensive back then.

At first, Grandma sewed clothes for her family members. Later, when she became more skillful, she started to sew for her relatives and neighbours. My grandmother took great pride in her sewing. She was very creative and was not afraid to experiment with new designs. She usually sewed traditional clothes for her neighbours in the kampong.

Some of her Chinese and Indian neighbours also got their clothes stitched by my grandmother. My grandmother must have sewn hundreds of beautiful baju kurung and other traditional outfits. She even sewed a white lace wedding gown and a songket kebaya for my aunts’ weddings. The old sewing machine is still around in my house and it has always been a well-loved item in our house.

In my artwork, I drew a picture of my grandmother sewing clothes for her non-Malay friends. In the centre of the picture are the children from the kampong who often dropped by my grandma’s house for a game of five stones while savouring some delicious Indian snacks called murukku.

I learnt that it is important to learn a skill. The skills that we possess can be used to help others. If my grandmother was around, she would be putting her sewing skills to good use and she would be sewing masks for donation to the needy.

Grandma was a kind-hearted person who loved helping others. I hope that all Singaporeans will stay strong and play their part in helping our community and keeping themselves safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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