More student participation in NDP 2018

Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong (SLTC) (in red), Parade Regimental Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Tay Ban Heng (partially hidden by SLTC Chiong) and parade commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ingkiriwang Shawn (with sword) with this year's
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong (SLTC) (in red), Parade Regimental Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Tay Ban Heng (partially hidden by SLTC Chiong) and parade commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ingkiriwang Shawn (with sword) with this year’s National Day Parade participants. In the sky is a fly-past comprising helicopters from the Singapore Armed Forces. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong (SLTC) (in red), Parade Regimental Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Tay Ban Heng (partially hidden by SLTC Chiong) and parade commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ingkiriwang Shawn (with sword) with this year's
A preview of the military tattoo performance which involves 61 display band members from Yuhua Secondary School, as well as 18 students from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Precision Drill Squad.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong (SLTC) (in red), Parade Regimental Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Tay Ban Heng (partially hidden by SLTC Chiong) and parade commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ingkiriwang Shawn (with sword) with this year's
Mr Ng Hee Seng, 62, will be marching in the parade for the 39th time. He said he has been catching up with old friends at the rehearsals.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong (SLTC) (in red), Parade Regimental Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Tay Ban Heng (partially hidden by SLTC Chiong) and parade commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ingkiriwang Shawn (with sword) with this year's
NCC Precision Drill Squad members Nur Mufidah Selamat (left) and Vicky Soh, both from Christ Church Secondary, are taking part in the military tattoo display for the first timeST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

They will be part of largest military tattoo display held at The Float @ Marina Bay

Students will take on more roles at this year's National Day Parade, organisers revealed yesterday.

They will participate in the military tattoo display for the first time at the August 9 event while the Combined Schools Choir will return after a five-year break.

Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Chiong, chairman of the parade and ceremony committee, told a media event that having the students participate in the parade will "bring together Singaporeans from all walks of life".

Yuhua Secondary School will send 61 display band members to take part while the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Precision Drill Squad will send 18 students from Deyi, Woodlands Ring and Christ Church secondary schools, and Anglican High School.

Special education schools will also send 18 students.

As a result, this year's military tattoo will be the biggest one held at The Float @ Marina Bay, with more than 560 participants.

Since March, the participants have been spending nine hours every Saturday at rehearsals.

Christ Church NCC student Vicky Soh, 15, said the rehearsals have been a good way to make friends.

"It takes a while for me to get close to people so the rehearsals are helpful for a shy person like myself," she said.

Four secondary schools - Riverside, Unity, Yuhua and East Spring - will send 220 students to be part of the choir.

Rachel Robin Fernandes, a Secondary 2 student from East Spring, said she is looking forward to singing her favourite song, Chan Mali Chan.

Said the 13-year-old: "Taking part in the parade is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm both excited and nervous."

Mr Ng Hee Seng, vice-president of the Amalgamated Union of Public Employees, 62, will be marching in the contingent for the 39th time. He has been catching up with old friends at the rehearsals.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer said: "I've made a lot of friends over the years, and the rehearsals are great for spending time together."

Yesterday, pilots from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) flew their jets in three different formations as a teaser for the parade's aerial display.

One of them is a fighter jet painted blue in preparation for the RSAF's golden jubilee celebrations later this year.

More details will be announced at a later date.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'More student participation in NDP 2018'. Print Edition | Subscribe