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This trip was help from 7 November to 11 November. From our unit, one of the cadet from the secondary 3 squad, David Colson, was interested and was asked to go through an interview. He had to go through an interview with 3 other schools form the same Area, Area 4, in order to shortlist 2 cadets and David Colson was one of them. There is a total of 26 students from 26 different schools was selected out of a total of 20 Areas. David shared his experience by saying that,’ It was really an eye-opening experience to see the Hong Kong culture and traditions in the past from the history museum. The police establishments taught me Hong Kong ‘s history and their day to day operations. We visited the Marine South district unit, counter-terrorism unit as well as traffic police. this helped me to expand my knowledge about the police operations which made this trip worthwhile’.
The camp was held from 7 September to 9 September. ASTC is a 3 day 2 night camp held at Pulau Ubin. As the secondary 3’s and 2’s were getting ready to get on the bus, It started to rain. We were all worried whether we will be able to arrive at the campsite without getting wet but it did not stop us from getting to the campsite even if we have to walk while it was raining. In the bus, all of us were very excited to go to the camp to have fun and to learn some important values. As we arrived at the jetty to get on the boat to Pulau Ubin, the secondary 2’s were very excited as most of them did not have the chance to be able to get on a boat. When we reached Pulau Ubin, it still continued to rain and we had to walk about 3KM to get to the campsite but we did not give up. We took out our poncho and started walking fast so that we can get to the campsite without getting super wet.
After all the hard situation we had to go through, we finally reached Camp Resilience. The secondary 3’s stopped at the STC campsite while the secondary 2’s continued walking to their campsite which is ATC. When we reached there, we saw our area 4 units and a special school that join us in this camp together with area 4 was Saint Andrew’s Secondary School. After we reached there, the instructors were briefing about the camp. We were also told to go into out groups which had cadet from a different schools. The instructor grouped us these way so that we all will be able to bond and know about their different school. Every year in ASTC, the instructors will chose a theme for our group and group performance. This year theme was SuperHeros. Every group were needed to make a flag to represent the identity. After doing some bonding games to make new friends from a different school, we went on to build a tent for us to sleep in. We all had to struggle to find a spot that is not wet as all, of us are going to sleep in it. We were given 20 minutes to pitch all the tent and when some of the groups have finished pitching their tent, they did not wait there for the next instructions but the went to other groups to help them pitch there tent so that we all will be able to complete the task given on time. We were also told that that we had to have a Buddy System partnering someone from a different school. It is important to have a Buddy System because when something had happen to your buddy, you will be able to inform the instructors.
On the second day of the camp, we were going to have some fun activities like flying Fox and Land Expedition for the secondary 3’s and Kayaking and some other activities for the secondary 2. We were very disappointed as some of us could not do these activities because of the bad weather but we did some other activities like preparing for the amazing Campfire that will happen at night. After the rain stopped, we went for the Flying Fox and some went for the Land Expedition. In Land Expedition, we learned how to read maps and a lot more. The most amazing activiy that everyone have been waiting for was Campfire!! All of the cadets came together at the STC campsite for the campfire. We were all very hyped for the campfire. As we all were sitted, the fire was burning all the group stared coming out to show their performance that they have been working really hard for the past 2 days. After the campfire was over, everyone was super sad as they all wanted the moment to last forever but eventually the fire had to be put out.
On the 3 day, all of us were getting ready to leave the camp. Just before the camp was over, we recalled what we have learn for the past 2 days such as teamwork, resilience, discipline and so on. As we just left the campsite, it stared to rain very heavily. Our clothes started to get wet but the rain did not stop us, we persevered on in order to get home to see our loved ones. After reaching changi jetty, all of us were very tired and we slept on the bus way back to school. The camp was an amazing one that you can make new friends, have fun and most importantly, what values you have learned that you will bring back to the unit to teach the juniors.
On 24 August 2018, our unit had taken a an unit photo. The day before, we took the effort to make sure our uniform was in perfect condition with the badges nicely arranged. When we were about to take the photos, we all had a smile on our faces and were very excited to take the photos as it shows how much we have grown and achieved.
On the 29th of August the Secondary 3 cadets went to the Crime Scene Investigation course to gain knowledge about basic forensic processes. During their time there they were given various different scenarios in which they had to figure out who murdered the person and how they murdered the person. Some skills they were thought were recovering and analyzing trace evidence and dusting for fingerprints. The scenario that the Secondary 3s were given was about a car accident and they had to figure out if it was a accident or a murder. They soon had to apply the skills they had acquired and figure out the case they were given. Eventually they came to realize that the car accident was planned and so it a murder scene.
Matthew, David and Maverick discussing about the case they were given.
On the 27th of September the Secondary 3 when to the Home Team Gallery. During their time there they learnt the operations of Home team and how it has grown over the years. They also learnt about the Nicoll Highway collapse that happened on 20 April 2004 due the cave-in of the walls which brought down the surrounding area and the high way down a 30-meters-deep ravine. The Secondary 3s got to learn about the rifles used during the Japanese Occupation and even got to hold on to rifles that no longer worked. Lastly they got to acquire knowledge about Mas Selamat Kastari the fugitive that escaped detention on 27 Februray 2008 by climbing through a ventilation shaft in a toilet at a prison in Singapore he also hid under an expressway and swam across the Tebrau Strait from Woodlands to Stulang Laut in Johor from this the Secomdary 3s has learnt that terrorism is not a joke.
On the 24th of August, cadets from the KCP NPCC Unit conducted the Police Youth Ambassador Programme at ECONS Wellness Home in Bishan. The main focus was to spread awareness on the importance of staying vigilant and what to do during a terrorist attack. The Secondary 3 cadets put up a skit to reinforce this message and to help the elderly to have a better understanding of the measures to take during an attack. After the skit, both the Secondary 2 and 3 Cadets set out to the Jasmine Home above the ECONS Wellness Home in Bishan to distribute informative brochures. Having split into several groups, the cadets did their best to educate the people and reemphasise the significance of staying alert and vigilant and the ‘Run, Hide, Tell ‘practice. Cadets also learnt to communicate with confidence with the residents and put to practice teamwork.
The Secondary 3 cadets introducing themselves to the elderly.
On the 8th of August, KCPSS Singapore’s 53rd birthday. On that very day, KCPSS NPCC got the chance to be the Guard Of Honor Contingent which also commemorated Singapore’s independence since 1965. Some of the Secondary 1s, 2s and 3s were in the Guard of Honor Contingent whilst SGT Maverick Yeo was the Parade Commander and SGT David Colson was the Regimental sergeant major . This National Day, SGT Anisa led the GOH Contingent with pride as they displayed precise and sharp movements while marching proudly towards the parade square. This was really a moment to remember for the NPCC cadets that took part in this parade as they were given the opportunity to represent the Uniform Group in this National Day Parade and they also had the privilege to meet COL Wilson Low who inspected the GOH Contingent.
COL Wilson Low is the commander of the 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade. During the parade he spoke about how he once was a student just like us in our school. In his speech he stated “if life gets tough push through” which inspired a lot of students to carry on when going through a difficult situation in their life. His speech really captured the attention of students and truly moved them.
SGT Vigas was given the role as bearer during the parade and so he was in charge of carrying the Singapore flag. SSGT Munning and SI Ron were in KCPSS very first colours party which they had the honor of carrying the main components that made NPCC. Overall, the parade went by smoothly.
SGT David Colson standing with pride as he was the Regimental sergeant major
SGT Danial and SGT Irfan leading COL Wilson Low during Inspection.