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S E I R A I D 1 201 Young Eagles

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OVERVIEW

February 26 ry/ January 29 Together Grow 5 SD AJ nEnxivcherasange SU Page 4 Page 6

March 19-20 SD Super Kenshu Page 8

April 2 Trailblazer Outdoor Meeting Page 12

April 1I6nstitution June 1M1 entor y u Ikeda Super ting M aisak20 Mee 14 D Page Page

July 10 GO! Carniva Page 24 l

AugustE2x0change SUJ 26 Page

October 1-2 nge SGM Excha Page 28

October 2 Run For Peace Page 32

9 r e b m e v o N 50 Poly 34 Page

November 11 on Soka Educati Exhibition Page 36

November 18 Nationwide Youth Leaders Meeting Page 38

December 12ce Student Pea Lecture Page 40

Campus Events Seeds of Hope Page 42

Chingay Parade Preparations Page 44

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Looking back at 2011... Message from the SD Chiefs

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29 JANUARY 2011

Together Grow (5) The Outdoor Meeting at Marina Barrage

It was truly a fun and eventful day!! In 1988, during his first visit to Singapore, Sensei presented the chinese calligraphy “共生” (Together Grow) to the Student division. His wish is for all of us to grow together. Back in 2008, we started our first Together Grow (TG) training course and in early this year, we have graduated our fifth batch of this training course, TG5. Since then, the purpose of TG training has never changed, that is to foster 1st rate disciples of Ikeda sensei. p

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The Graduation!

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26 FEBRUARY 2011

SUJ Exchange Program Student Division 27th Anniversary

Having a taste of local food!

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SUJ students interacting with our local members during discussion meeting

The SUJ students in a bright cheery yellow attire

Singapore Soka Association Student Division (SSA SD) was formed on 5th February 1984, starting with only 4 institutions and expanded to 11 institutions today. SSA SD celebrated our wondrous 27th anniversary in February 2011. This year’s anniversary coincided with the SUJ exchange.

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19 -20 MARCH 2011

Student Division Kenshu

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SSA members participated in an exhilarating annual 2 day 1 night Kenshu (training) event held at Senja Kaikan where the members had the opportunity to forge strong ties with fellow comrades in faith and engage in intense, intellectually enriching Buddhist study!!

Institution performance: TPSD!

Institution performance: NPSD!

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19-20 MARCH 2011

Our SUPER Kenshu banner!

One of our graduating SD Trailblazers

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Outdoor games on the 2nd day of Kenshu

Teamwork!

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2 APRIL 2011

Trailblazers Outdoor Meeting The SD Trailblazers (Institution In-Charge) had their monthly meeting at East Coast Park. It was a day where the Trailblazers had fun and bonded with their fellow comrades from other institutions.

Trailblazers on their bikes scooting off to search for clues in a game of Treasure Photo Hunt p

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The weather was fantabulous!

Trailblazer Groups performing their Group Cheers�.

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16 APRIL 2011

Super April Institution Meeting Singapore Management University

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A’Level Student Division

Singapore Polytechnic The various institutions held their regular meetings on a bi-monthly basis. April’s institution meeting was exceptionally special as it was themed “SUPER institution meeting” as a follow-up to the previous month’s SUPER KENSHU.

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16 APRIL 2011

Temasek Polytechnic

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Institute of Technical Education

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16 APRIL 2011

National University of Singapore

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Republic Polytechnic

S-U-P-E-R! Student Division! Uniting People Experiencing Revolution

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11 JUNE 2011

SD June Project My Mentor Daisaku Ikeda Recreating Toda Sensei’s presence in the stadium (left) and prison cell (right)

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Members hard at work

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11 JUNE 2011

Cultural performances and forum

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Exhibition guides from various institutions

Sensei’s academic accolades

Exhibition held at the Headquarters

The My Mentor Daisaku Ikeda also known as “MMDI” was an exhibition that showcased various aspects of our mentor, Dr Daisaku Ikeda’s life—his efforts in promoting education and peace, as a prolific writer of many books, and as an avid photographer amongst many endeavors. The SD completed preparations for this exhibition within a challenging short time frame of 2-3 months in hope of using this opportunity to express the mentor and disciple spirit by sharing Dr Ikeda’s life and pursuits with more people.

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10 JULY 2011

GO! Carnival 60th Anniversary of Youth Division

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A thoroughly enjoyable day!

The GO! Carnival, themed “Peace Begins with Me� was organized by SSA and PA in July 2011. It served to celebrate and promote racial harmony in Singapore, a very delicate concept that requires mutual respect and understanding between varying races and religious groups in multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan Singapore.

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20 AUGUST 2011

Soka University of Japan Exchange Meeting The SUJ exchange is a yearly tradition where dear friends from Japan come to Singapore for a study exchange and join meaningful and fun-filled discussion meetings in the various districts across the island!

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Taking the SUJ students out for a meal at a local coffeeshop

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1 OCTOBER - 2 OCTOBER 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Exchange Program

SGM General Director giving his address

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Visiting the Wisma Kebudayaan Centre at KL Trailblazers from SD participated in a 2 day exchange program with their counterparts in Soka Gakkai Malaysia where they visited the Mentor and Disciple Heritage Hall in Kuala Lumpur. This event was a fantastic opportunity for both sides to learn from each other and build friendships with fellow comrades in faith! p

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1 OCTOBER - 2 OCTOBER 2011

Warm farewell by our dearest SGM comrades

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Small group dialogue session with our SGM comrades

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2 OCTOBER 2011

Run for Peace Klang, Malaysia

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Photo taken together with our SGM comrades!


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Our trailblazers in their top form, all ready for the run in the wee hours of the morning!

Happy and sweaty after the 8km run “Run for Peace”, a non-competitive 8km run event organized bi-annually by the SGM to promote peace and harmony in racially diverse Malaysia. The event, first started in 2005 was initiated by the SGM in response to SGI President Ikeda’s call to create a “Culture of Peace”, a concept that rejects violence and conflicts by having dialogues between individuals, groups and countries. p

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9 NOVEMBER 2011

Poly 50

Run run run!

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Members of Singapore Polytechnic SD (SPSD) participate annually in Poly 50, a running relay race organized by their school where teams of 10 compete to complete 50 rounds of 600m. SPSD looks forward to this annual event with great anticipation and treats their “traditional� participation as a superb platform to bond and break through their own personal limitations in the midst of their busy school schedules (especially for those who dislike running)!

The ALumni Team!!

The Student Team!!!

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11 NOVEMBER 2011

Soka Education Exhibition

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Our amiable exhibition guides

Organized and spearheaded by graduates from the Soka University of America (SUA), the Soka education exhibition illustrated the three founding Presidents’ tenacious efforts towards creating “Soka Education”.

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18 NOVEMBER 2011

Nationwide Youth Leaders Meeting Soka Gakkai Day

Youth leaders congregated at a meeting which coincided with Soka Gakkai Founding Day. This meeting served as a brand new departure for SSA towards building a youthful Gakkai in 2012. p

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Our vibrant youth leaders engaging the audience in a dynamic song from the 80th Anniversary: I Rise p

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12 DECEMBER 2011

Student Peace Lecture 7 Members and friends of SSA participated in an evening of meaningful fun and insightful dialogue during the 7th Student Peace Lecture hosted by SSA in collaboration with SMU. A distinguished and talented local author, Ms Suchen Christine Lim graced the event and shared on “Fiction, Imagination and The Surprises They Bring�.

Our SD Chiefs and General Director with the Speaker and Chairperson

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Our walking ‘books’ injecting life into the stories

An enthused and energized audience engage in a lively Q&A session

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2011 CAMPUS EVENTS

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Seeds of Hope, an event to raise environmental consciousness within the community by putting up an exhibition on modern environmental concerns in institutions like NYP, NUS and NTU. NYPSD, NUSSD and NTUSD believed that by building upon the concept of the power of the individual to effect significant change in the attitudes of those around them and ultimately the society.

Exhibition at NYP

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Exhibition at NUS

Visitors getting involved in pledging their commitment

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2012 EVENTS

Chingay Parade 2012 The word Chingay, derived from the Hokkien dialect, refers to the art of masquerade. It has evolved from its humble beginnings in 1973 to the colourful and resplendent multi-cultural festival today. SSA has been an active participant of Chingay for many years as a way to express our gratitude to our community.

Chingay trainers during the Chingay Media Conference

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Preparation before Media Conference

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2012 EVENTS

Behind-the-scenesheroes: Our Soka Stallion MDs contributing their part during Chingay practices

See you 4th February 2012 at the gorgeous F1 pit! We have a date! :D p

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CREDITS

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Champions of the Pen

The Editorial Team Editorial Advisers

Lim Meng Har, Leonard Koh, Fok Kar Yang, Tan Hsih Yin • WINGS COMMITTEE

Low Yin Jye, Lim Tin Lay, Chan Han Yen, Pok Chiu Ling PROJECT MANAGERS

Dai Weijian, Cherryn Yap CHIEF EDITOR

Pok Chiu Ling WRITERS

Georgina Kwek, Pok Chiu Ling, Low Yin Jye CHIEF DESIGNER

Cherryn Yap DESIGNERS

Huan Chie Sze championsofthepen@gmail.com All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written permission from the publisher. p

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Wings Photobook 2011