The students of MY World Preschool might be little, but they’ve definitely got big hearts and even bigger spirits.
4,000 children – and their families – from 26 of MY World Preschool’s branches gathered at Marina Barrage to celebrate MY World Family Day. Photo: Sport Singapore
Coming out in full force last Saturday, 4,000 children – and their families – from 26 of the institution’s branches gathered at Marina Barrage to celebrate MY World Family Day. It was organised in conjunction with Singapore’s 51st National Day celebrations, and supported by GetActive! Singapore
Featuring an exciting programme that included favourites such as bouncy castles, a magic show, and carnival games, the event was also attended by Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth Grace Fu, President of Metropolitan YMCA Samuel Yeak, and ActiveSG chief Lai Chin Kwang.
Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth Grace Fu (first from right), graced the event. Photo: Sport Singapore
Its highlights, however, were a slew of large-scale activities that allowed the participants to bond with their families and friends, such as the GetActive! Singapore Workout, which is a dance workout choreographed to this year’s National Day Parade theme song, a National Day Celebration Walk, and a telematch that required the children and adults to work closely together.
“The most important objective of today’s event was for us to work together with partners and in this case, it’s MY World Preschool. This helps us to engage both parents and kids and get them to come together to celebrate National Day through physical activity and sports,” shared Lai.
Highlights of the event included a slew of large-scale activities that allowed the participants to bond with their families and friends. Photo: Sport Singapore
“We emphasise on children growing up in a nurturing environment where they can be healthy, happy, curious, and creative. MY World Family Day is yet another one of our initiatives where we create opportunities for children and families to bond,” concurred Yeak.
Indeed, the families themselves professed to relish the opportunity to get together. For parent Serena Leng, who participated alongside her two sons Kyan and Joel Ho, it was the event’s significance and fitness factor that held the most appeal.
“I think it’s great to see everyone decked out in red and white, our national colours. It builds that camaraderie among the students and their families. The dance was also a good workout that all of us could enjoy together!” she expressed.
Lai explained that the GetActive! Singapore workout contained unique moves that included sign language, as well as sporty moves inspired by swimming, basketball, and athletics. Noting that its choreography was “heart-warming and inclusive”, he also expressed hopes that it would get Singaporeans up and moving.
In fact, another parent took the day’s activities a step further, and revealed that she was looking to share the GetActive! Singapore Workout with her colleagues.
“I was thinking of contacting the GetActive! people, actually. I’m in the midst of planning an office party for 200 people. Getting them to try out this dance workout is actually a pretty good idea; I hope that we can all have fun and get healthy together!” enthused Nancy Sim, who was at the Family Day with her daughter Jaime Khoo.
“It’s something that we don't usually have time to do every day, so we appreciate it more. I thought the workout was very helpful. I feel really tired now and I’ll have a good night’s sleep tonight. It’s great that we can get Singaporeans active by starting at a community level,” surmised one of MY World’s teachers, Shireen Shahmardani.
Get active with the rest of Singapore and have a go at the dance workout here: