Singapore History Day 2019
This year, two teams of Dunmanians participated in the inaugural Singapore History Day, a national-level history competition held in conjunction with Singapore’s bicentennial year. This event is organized by HSSE Academic Group and supported by the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (Humanities Branch), as well as the Academy of Singapore Teachers (History Chapter). This inaugural event saw students from 45 schools submitting various projects across four competition categories – Documentary, Exhibit, Website and Paper – for evaluation by an esteemed panel of judges.
Both teams did very well in the Senior (16 to 18 years old) categories. The team, consisting of Caitlin Hayley Susanto (4E), Li Zhijun (4E) and Quek Rui Chin (4D), won 1st prize for the Exhibit category. They created an interactive booth titled “Movie, Bo Jio!” that focuses on Singapore’s local film history and the insights these provided on the development of local identity and what makes us Singaporean.
The team consisting of Lee Xing Tian (4I), Shermaine Lim (4I) and Ng Yuen Ning (4I) was one of the 5 finalists for the Documentary category. They produced a 10-minute documentary on the history of Singapore titled “Singapore’s Colonial Hangover”, where they explored the legacy of British colonialism on Singapore society and questioned its relevance in the modern context.
The students reflected that their months of preparation leading up to the presentation of their work to the judges was really meaningful, as the experience has helped to sharpen their presentation skills, as well as deepen their knowledge of Singapore’s history.