Kindergarten 1 and 2 students from ELFA Preschool in Hougang vividly brought to life in Mandarin a scene from the epic The Battle of Red Cliff at their year-end graduation concert. The historic naval battle of 208 A.D. is from the Chinese classic “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”

The story “Borrowing Arrows with Thatched Boats” comes from the classic Chinese literature “Three Kingdoms.” It takes place during the Battle of Red Cliffs, where Zhou Yu challenges Zhuge Liang to produce 100,000 arrows in ten days.

The concert held at the RELC Auditorium on 23 November marked the K2 students’ completion of a solid Chinese-focus foundation at ELFA that equips them for a bright future in primary schooling.

Celebrating their graduation with a high leap

Billed with the theme “Soaring High: Discovering the Talent in Us” the event saw the children performing most items using Mandarin. Another equally outstanding presentation was the poetry recital of 《匆匆》(Rush) by children from ELFA Chinese Preschool @ Pandan Valley. The children demonstrated their linguistic skills and conveyed the emotion and meaning of the poem very well.

《匆匆》(Rush) is a poem reminding us to cherish every moment and to actively pursue our dreams and stay true to our goals as we move forward.

A member of the Crestar Education Group, ELFA’s preschool curriculum in Singapore is Chinese-focused. It emphasises mastery of Mandarin which has enabled the children to put up captivating performances in the language including speech and drama, as well as song and dance.

All smiles as we ended the concert with our finale

More than 120 parents and family members attended the graduation cum concert. One of the parents said she was delighted that her son’s Chinese language has improved by “leaps and bounds” after attending ELFA, especially since the family doesn’t speak the language at home. Another mother commented that her daughter has been able to converse effectively and confidently in Mandarin with their grandparents.

Parents watched with immense pride as their children both graduated and took the stage

Crestar’s award-winning ELFA brand has more than 25 preschool centres, including over 20 in China.