Last day of Term 2
The last day of term, Friday 29 May was a special day for us at Katong Convent. Besides joining many other IJ schools to celebrate our founding by Blessed Nicholas Barre, we also kicked off our celebrations for the school’s 85th anniversary.
Founder’s Day Mass
The day began meaningfully with a Mass to thank God for our founder, our heritage and our school today. We were honoured to have Reverend Father Gerard Louis as our celebrant. In addition, Our IJ Sisters, Sisters Dierdre, Maria, Celine and Julia as well as several of our pioneer educators were also present to celebrate this special occasion with us. Father Gerard, of the Redemptorist Community here in Singapore always has a special place for Katong Convent. He shared with us that our Founder, Blessed Nicolas Barre was truly a beacon of hope and love for all underprivileged children in 17th Century France and remains the inspiration for IJ religious, staff and students, past and present to continue the legacy of education. Even as we leave the past behind, we take with us the teachings of Truth, Justice, Freedom and Love – the legacy of the IJ Story with us wherever we go.
After Mass, the long-awaited heritage panels depicting the school’s history in the East Coast area were unveiled. The wall-size panels describe clearly in pictures and words, the school’s heritage in the area over many years. These panels now adorn the walls of the parents’ waiting area, adjacent to the security guard post. The rest of the day involved various festivities around the school. Besides having an hour-long recess, the students also completed their level mosaic murals depicting the four IJ values of Love (Sec 1), Truth (Sec 2), Justice (Sec 3) and Freedom (Sec 4 & 5). All students, staff and our key partners contributed to these 8ft x 8ft murals by placing and grouting the individual mosaic tiles and/or by contributing message tiles to the murals. These large, unique and colourful KC-personalised murals are displayed on the walls in Block T for all to enjoy. Students also tested their wits in an intraschool IJ crossword competition, and their art skills in a mini-mural colouring competition. Prizes for the most correctly-filled crossword and for the most beautifully-coloured mini-mural will be presented this semester.
KC Honours Day
The annual ceremony of recognising academic, character and leadership excellence in our students, as well as honouring partners and staff who have contributed to developing our students in 2014 was a befitting way to end the day of celebrations!
Formalities commenced with the school song, the Hymn to Blessed Barre and a prayer, led by our Senior Teacher, Mr John Jegathesan. The KC Choir performed their 2015 SYF set piece, a folk song called Dirait-On, following which, the KC Dance Club presented a contemporary modern dance piece entitled ‘Forging Ahead’. Gracing the occasion as Guest-of-Honour was Mdm Dahlia Zainuddin, a former student and currently, a Radio Trainer and in-house Capabilities Development Coach with MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Ms Zainuddin who has had an illustrious career in broadcasting since she joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation radio station in 1989 encouraged the students in the audience to seize all learning opportunities provided by the school to uncover their talents and interests, just as she did years ago.
A total of 163 students were affirmed and we are especially proud of our special awardees:
- Sharmaine Lee Pui Fong of Sec 4/3 (KC INTEGRITY Award)
- Fiona Prapta Utama of Sec 4/6 (Marie Bong Literature Award)
- Enriquez Roxanne Rose Zulueta of Sec 4/4 (Minnie D‘Rozario Sports Award)
- Cheryl Tan Shu Ping of Sec 4/5 (Blessed Barre Award)
- Amanda Che Wee Bing of Sec 4/4 (Sr Finbarr Award)
In her valedictory speech to fellow KCians, Amanda Che encouraged the current cohort to persevere as ‘there is nothing too difficult if you put your mind to it’. She also reminded all that ‘good character leads to good attitudes, which in turn determine how far you will go in life’. We hope Amanda and all KCians will continue to give nothing less than their best effort in everything they do.
The school also recognised the excellent service and support of our partners from CCA groups, VIA projects, PTSG and Young Adult Leaders in adding value to our students’ all-round development. Mrs Dorothy Francis, President of the KC Alumnae, presented the Partners-in-Education awards to these recipients. 18 staff also received their long service awards. It was our privilege to have Mdm Doreen Yip, Honorary Treasurer of IJ Board of Management, present the IJ and MOE Long Service Awards and MOE Outstanding Awards (OCA) to our staff.
For their contributions in organising and overseeing school activities and events, 5 staff team and 3 individual staff members received the MOE Outstanding Contribution Awards. The MOE Outstanding Awards (OCA) were presented to the following:
- Book and Music Week Team
- Family Day Committee
- Humanities Department
- PRIME Committee
- ‘Always Present in School’ Team
- Ms Sherry Tan
- Mr Lim Kheam Soon
- Ms Geraldine Xu
KC honours and congratulates all prize winners. May God continue to guide our staff and students in their journey with the true IJ spirit.