As the year comes to an end, it is time for our 370 graduating Kindergarten 2 children to embark on the next chapter of their lives. On 10 November 2018, we received 1,180 parents, family members and partners at the University Cultural Centre in the National University of Singapore (NUS).
This year’s graduation concert Musical Fantasia is a musical adventure that reflects the special friendship and teamwork our children have developed during their preschool years. It was an opportunity for our graduates to showcase their enriching preschool learning journey at Kinderland.
From mastery of musical instruments, to endearing renditions of songs, dances, speech and dramas, the concert is a culmination of all the talents, hard work and dedication that our teachers and students have put in over the past 6 months.
Graduating children happily posing for the camera while waiting at the backstage
Our graduates, donned in their gowns, opened the ceremony with a graduation march. It is a rite of passage for every Kinderland graduate. Hands in hands, the graduating cohort from across 16 Kinderland centres walked down the aisle in pairs alongside their teachers. Parents and families, seated at the audience seats, were excitedly looking out for their child and taking photos enthusiastically.
In celebration of Kinderland’s 40th anniversary, the graduation concert this year showcases not one but four music performances. These performances include two instrumental ensembles and two stage bands, highlighting Kinderland’s unique music-enhanced curriculum. We also celebrated our roots in bilingualism and language development, with four children emcees who delivered their valedictory speeches in the 4 different languages.
Our graduating students giving their valedictory speeches in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil
The line-up for this year’s concert, comprising three segments, was inspired by famous Disney films which includes The Lion King, Frozen, and Beauty & The Beast. Each segment featured a range of performance items including Broadway-inspired musicals, skilful rhythmic dances and gymnastics, speech and drama, stage bands and instrumental ensembles. Our children demonstrated their musical abilities to play in harmony, while performing on the piano, electone keyboard, pianica, glockenspiel, xylophone, bar chimes, cabasa and various types of drums including the lively African Djembe. Other highlights include performances of the Frozen segment in Mandarin.
From left to right: The Lion King, Frozen, Beauty & The Beast
To mark the finale of the concert, our Kinderland graduates ended with a Thank You song dedicated to their teachers and parents. We hope all our graduates continue to have a natural sense of wonder for the world and flourish into curious individuals with a lifelong passion for learning.
Class of 2018 on stage singing the finale song ‘Thank You’ and the Kinderland school song