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President S R Nathan celebrates ”The New Paper Be Yourself Day” with students of West Spring Secondary School

Singapore, 27 August 2008 – This year, a total of 105 schools will celebrate The New Paper Be Yourself Day (TNP Be Yourself Day). Students from these schools will be raising funds for the less fortunate while expressing their individuality and creativity in a fun and enjoyable way. The number of participating schools has grown from just 24 schools in 2002 when the event was first started, to more than 100 schools in the last two years.

TNP Be Yourself Day is a day where students do not wear their school uniforms. Instead, they are free to dress creatively and in ways which best express their individual personalities. It is also an occasion when teachers and principals get to see their students from a different perspective.

While enjoying the freedom to dress as they like, students are also encouraged to think of the less fortunate and make a donation to the President’s Challenge, an annual charity event that benefits 31 charities. This is the seventh year that TNP Be Yourself Day has helped to raise funds for President’s Challenge.

Since July 2008, 30 schools have already celebrated TNP Be Yourself Day and raised close to $16,000. On Friday, 29 August, this year’s official TNP Be Yourself Day, 24 more schools will celebrate in their own way and help to raise more funds. Some other schools will celebrate in September to coincide with their Children’s Day celebrations.

President S R Nathan will grace this year’s TNP Be Yourself Day celebrations at West Spring Secondary School (WSSS). WSSS has chosen the Youth Olympic Games as their theme for TNP Be Yourself Day. The 7-year-old school has done extremely well in air-pistol shooting on the national schools’ shooting scene, with some of its pupils representing the nation and winning medals at international competitions - 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the Arafuma Games 2007 in Darwin, Australia and a Bronze medal for the first Asian Schools Shooting Championship in Singapore in July 2008.

Mr Santokh Singh, News Editor of The New Paper and one of the main organisers of TNP Be Yourself Day, said: "TNP Be Yourself Day is a day where everyone in the school, from students to teachers and even canteen operators, can come together and celebrate their individuality. At the same time, it is an opportunity for the youths to do something to benefit society."

2008 also marks the 20th Anniversary of The New Paper, one of Singapore Press Holdings’ 14 newspapers.

Media Invitation

Your reporter, photographer and video crew are invited to cover the event. Details of the event can be found below.

To RSVP, please contact Ms Chok Huey Jiuan at or 6319 1518, or Mr Adrian Cheong at or 6319 2261, before 4pm, 28 August 2008.

Date : 29 August 2008 (Friday)
Venue : West Spring Secondary School (please see attached map)

9.20am : Media to arrive
9.40am : Arrival of President S R Nathan
9.50am : Proceed to air rifle/pistol shooting range
9.55am : President and Mr Seet Tiat Hee, Principal of West Spring Secondary School, signal the start of President’s Challenge Shoot 2008 by shooting at a target with an air pistol
10.05am : President leaves the air rifle/pistol shooting range
10.10am : President to take his leave

List of 105 participating schools in The New Paper Be Yourself Day 2008

Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
Anglo Chinese School (Primary)
Anglo Chinese School Junior
Avondale Grammar School
Beatty Secondary School
Bedok Green Secondary School
Bedok Town Secondary School
Bedok View Secondary
Bedok West Primary School
Boon Lay Garden Primary School
Broadrick Secondary School
Bukit Panjang Primary School
Bukit View Primary School
Canossa Convent Primary School
Casuarina Primary School
Catholic High School (Secondary)
Cherie Hearts Group International*
Commonwealth Secondary School
Corporation Primary School
Da Qiao Primary School
East Coast Primary School
Evergreen Secondary School
Fengshan Primary School
Griffiths Primary School
Haig Girls’ School
Henderson Secondary School
Huamin Primary School
Jiemin Primary School
Kong Hwa School
Lianhua Primary School
Maha Bodhi School
Malay Youth Literary Association Kindergarten
Mayflower Primary School
Meridian Junior College
Methodist Girl’s School
Millennia Institute
Monfort Secondary School
National Junior College
Ngee Ann Secondary School
Park View Primary School
Pioneer Junior College
Poi Ching School
Punggol Primary School
Qifa Primary School
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
Regent Secondary School
River Valley Primary School
Rosyth School
San Yu Adventist School
Si Ling Primary School
Singapore Chinese Girls School
St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School
St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School
St. Hilda’s Primary School
St. Patrick’s School
Tampines Primary School
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School
Teck Whye Secondary School
Telok Kurau Secondary School
Temasek Junior College
Temasek Primary School
Wellington Primary School
West Spring Secondary School
Woodlands Primary School
Yio Chu Kang Primary School
Yishun Primary School
Yuan Ching Secondary School
Yumin Primary School
Zhangde Primary School
Zhenghua Primary School

* Including 35 childcare centres islandwide

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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For more information, please contact:

Chok Huey Jiuan (Ms)
Product Branding & Promotions
Marketing Division
Tel: 6319 1518
Mobile: 9049 6509

Adrian Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 2261
Mobile: 9798 6097

About The New Paper and The New Paper on Sunday

The New Paper is one of Singapore´s most popular English dailies, strong in human-interest content and soccer coverage.

Launched in 1988, The New Paper has pioneered a style of journalism in Singapore that targets the streetwise. It puts a human face to Singapore stories and to complicated issues of the day.

The New Paper, which began as an afternoon tabloid, is now a full-fledged morning paper. It produces afternoon sports editions twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Its Sunday edition offers a magazine-style reading experience for different members of the family.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.