India Cultural Exchange Programme 2017


2017 has been a year of exploration for our students - in making new friends and expanding their horizon beyond the shores of Singapore.

Riverside Secondary had the privilege of hosting visitors from two schools from India as part of our cultural exchange programme. Staff and students from Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya, Jaipur and GD Goenka International School, Udaipur visited us in April 2017 and July 2017 respectively. Our students did a marvellous job in introducing the Singapore life to our visitors. Our international visitors gained deeper understanding of our cultures.

From 21 to 28 Oct 2017, a group of Secondary 3 students visited Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in India, including a visit to the Taj Mahal. In Jaipur, the team participated in a three-day school attachment with Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya (an urban school) and a Values-in-Action programme at Rajmata Gayatri Devi Bal Niketan (a rural school).

A fulfilling visit, indeed, as our students had fun while they expanded their global understanding through the sharing of cultures. It was heartening to witness their eagerness to bridge the cultural differences as they built strong relationship with their counterparts.  The programme encouraged them to see things from different perspectives and helped them to acquire new skills that will remain with them for life.


Participants’ voices:

“This trip has certainly broadened the students’ horizon beyond the classroom learning, exposing them to environment they are not familiar with, and in return, leading to abundance of stimuli to feel, empathise and appreciate with less.”

Mdm Doris Soh


“I am glad to be given this opportunity to explore a different life from Singapore as I realised through the whole journey that happiness comes from within and giving back to others makes me a better and more joyous person. Moreover, the need to be adaptable and be nimble in my actions was tested during the trip and I am grateful to be given this opportunity to enhance that skill.”

Trinetra D/O Kumarasan

Class 3/5

“This trip has opened my eyes and warmed my heart, filing my eyes to the brim just knowing how much more we have and showing me more than just the beauty of India, but also teaching me values that makes one a better human.”

Pang Chin Yun

Class 3/4

“It really made me reflect about how blessed and lucky I am to be in Singapore. I learnt to better appreciate what we have like proper housing, proper school facilities and even a family who can support us financially.  We don’t need gadgets like smartphones and iPads to make us happy. I feel blessed to have my friends and family to be with me, and that is happiness.”

Nur Saffanah 

Class 3/2