Dear NCzens,

I suppose you would have caught up with the latest announcement by the Ministry of Education that our mid-semester break has been brought forward to 5 May – 1 June.

With the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought many unprecedented challenges for all of us, it is timely that everyone will rest and recharge from this intense period. Depending on the pandemic situation as it evolves, we may resume our Structured Supplementary Lessons for the graduating classes during the last week of the holidays, and we will update the classes nearer to the dates. But meanwhile, please be reminded that every NCzen should continue to defer all overseas travel, in line with the MOH Travel Advisory issued on 18 March.

We will all have a good rest and hopefully by 1 June, the situation will be much better at the end of this extended circuit breaker period and we look forward to a safe opening of Semester 2.

One potential good activity for you as you stay at home during this extended circuit breaker is to enjoy this year’s Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) which will be held in the virtual space. Themed ‘Celebrate the Resilience of Our Youth’ and taking on the hashtag #SYFgoesOnline, this 2020 festival will provide you the platform to showcase your creativity and artistic talents through online activities and projects that involve art, dance, music and drama.

From 24 April to 31 July, you can participate in a series of online activities grouped under five strands: ‘SYF Stays Home’, ‘Pixel Perfect’, ‘The Virtual Stage’, ‘The Youth Station Project’ and ‘Artist and Technology: The Online Art Exhibition’. Shortlisted student submissions and post-production videos of these activities will also be featured on SYF’s social media pages.

For up-to-date information on SYFgoesOnline!, including the dates of the open calls and requirements for your submissions, do visit the SYF digital platforms listed below:

SYF Website:

SYF Facebook:

SYF Instagram:

SYF YouTube:

Meanwhile, let’s continue to keep to our routine, pace ourselves well and build our self-discipline as we strive on for 5 more days of HBL. Do not forget to submit your questions directly to your subject teachers via the automated e-form (, which we have created for you since last week. This would allow our teachers to clarify and address your learning gaps in subsequent ‘live’ lessons or adjust the online work accordingly, if the need arises.

I look forward to meet all of you back in school after the May holidays.

Stay safe, stay home and stay healthy!

Best regards,