Monday, February 14, 2011

Total Defence Day 2011

The SCDF will sound the Public Warning System (PWS) on 15 February 2011 at 12:05pm to commemorate Total Defence Day.

Islandwide Sounding of the PWS on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 12.05 pm.

The SCDF will be sounding the “Important Message” signal through the islandwide network of PWS sirens, in support of Total Defence Day.

Members of public are advised not to be alarmed by the minute-long sounding exercise.

When the signal is sounded, members of public can immediately tune in to any local radio station to listen to a special info-mercial broadcast on the PWS signals.

The sounding is part of SCDF’s continuous efforts to familiarise the public with the three PWS signals and to raise awareness on how they should react upon hearing each signal.

Besides the “Important Message” signal (characterised by pulsating blasts), the two other signals are the “Alarm” and the “All Clear” signals, which are characterised by wailing blasts and continuous blasts respectively.

Members of the public are also encouraged to learn more about the PWS signals and other emergency procedures by referring to the CD Emergency Handbook (2010 edition, page 60) for more information on the PWS signals.

Math & Total Defence Day (next Mon)

I went through more similar questions on Pg 30 of Math Builder today. They need to have a good number sense to arrange numbers in different ways so that they add up to the same total.
We did Mental Sums today for the first time. Pupils were told that they cannot write any workings when they do mental sums. They cannot look at others' answers too. All mathematical workings must be done mentally and pupils just write the answers in the booklet provided. As a start, they can count using their fingers but eventually, they need to know some mental addition and subtraction methods, which the booklet provides.
We're commemorating Total Defence Day on Monday (14 Feb) to mark the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. It serves as a reminder for us not to take our current security and prosperity for granted. We want to remind pupils to be vigilant even though we're living in a peaceful and safe country. For P1s, we'll be focusing on psychological defence- safety at home. Pupils have to bring a pair of scissors (preferably rounded end) and colour pencils to school for activities to be done in the classroom.

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