Racial Harmony in Singapore Essay Competition
The Bukit Timah CCC and Kowloon Club proudly co-present its very first Primary School Creative Writing Competition with the theme of "Harmony amidst Diversity”.
All primary school students living in the Bukit Timah Division, as well as students currently enrolled in Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School and Bukit Timah Primary School, are encouraged to write about their experiences and feelings about racial harmony in their mother tongue languages (Mandarin, Malay or Tamil) or English.
Through this competition, we hope to inspire primary school students in expressing their enthusiasm and creativity through their mother tongue languages.
How to Participate?
Theme: Harmony amidst Diversity
What are the stories in your life that showcase harmony amidst diversity?
Singapore has always been a multiracial and multi-religious country. In order to commemorate and celebrate the mutual understanding and harmony among all ethnic groups, the government has designated 21st of July each year as Racial Harmony Day.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong once compared racial harmony to an orchestra:
“Participants need to work well together despite different backgrounds. It is a lifelong process, and will always need fine-tuning. In Singapore, harmony amidst diversity is one of our proudest achievements. We celebrate differences that strengthen rather than divide us. When we are in harmony, we can make beautiful music together.”
To celebrate this occasion, we would like you to share with us your story of harmony amidst diversity! The theme of the essay can include any aspects that show multiracial experiences, and acts of intercultural sharing or understanding.
All primary school students living in the Bukit Timah Division, as well as those enrolled in Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School and Bukit Timah Primary School.
Group and Submission Requirements
Primary 1- Primary 2: Drawing and a One-Sentence Text Description of the drawing.
Primary 3- Primary 4: Mother Tongue Essay - no less than 80 words
English Essay - no less than 100 words
Primary 5- Primary 6: Mother Tongue Essay - no less than 120 words
English Essay - no less than 200 words
Primary 1 - Primary 2:
Drawing 75% - clarity of the theme / creativity.
Text Description 25% - clarity of the theme / content / authenticity.
Primary 3- Primary 6:
Theme and Content (50%) - clarity of the theme / content /authenticity.
Language and Expression (50%) – Language fluency/expressiveness/clarity.
Prizes and Acknowledgement
The final awardees will be selected at each level stated above. Multiple winners will be selected for each prize:
POPULAR Bookstore Gift Voucher worth $300
POPULAR Bookstore Gift voucher worth $200
POPULAR Bookstore Gift voucher worth $100
POPULAR Bookstore Gift voucher worth $30
Judges reserve the rights to all final decisions.
Please scan and submit your handwritten drawing/essay (in .jpg/.pdf) or electronic essay (in .doc/.pdf) to the organising committee at: PA_BUKITTIMAHCC@pa.gov.sg by 15th of August 2021.
Please indicate the author’s name, primary school, grade, class, contact number, and residential address in the email.
In addition, please keep the original copy for possible future display and verification purposes.
Attribution Statement & Personal Data Protection
Any submission of drawing/essay for the competition implies accepting that the organisers and all partners retains unlimited, non-exclusive rights to reproduction (including edit, recreate, translate, display, publish etc. on various platforms in various forms of the participants’ drawing/essay) without further compensation.
When submitting drawing/essay for the competition, it is agreed that the organisers and partners will directly contact the participants on the matters of the competition through phone calls, short messages, emails, etc. The organisers and partners cannot privately forward the personal information provided by the participants to other organisations or individuals unrelated to the competition without the permission of the participants.
For enquiries, please contact Janice (Bukit Timah CC) at
6466 2912 or email to PA_BUKITTIMAHCC@pa.gov.sg.