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A Day in KC

The day began with a welcome address by Ms Chan, our Principal. Visiting students were introduced to subjects that will be new to them when they join a secondary school. Some lessons conducted included the areas of Drama, Literature, Art, and Design and Technology, which engaged students. There were also performances by Choir, Concert Band and Modern Dance which showcased the rich vibrancy of Co-Curricular Activities in Katong Convent. 

CHIJ Katong Convent Homecoming! #KCisHome

Yes indeed KC is finally home in Marine Terrace!

After spending two fulfilling years in Geylang Bahru, we have finally moved back to our newly-revamped campus in Marine Terrace. We are excited to be back and would like to share our joy with you!

Calling all our Alumni, Parents, Students, Friends and Family!

Join us as we celebrate our Homecoming! Be entertained by performances brought to you by our students and alumni, experience KC’s very own Food and Craft Bazaar or take a stroll through our new KC campus to find out why we call KC our home. Best of all, get a chance to hang out with your former teachers and reminisce about the good old days! Some of the new additions to our campus include a Community Garden, Black Box Performance Space, Multipurpose and Indoor Sports Halls as well as a Heritage Centre that features artefacts and stories of our journey from our humble beginnings till today.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and join us on the 18th of November as we give thanks for the new campus, celebrate our past, embrace the present and look to a future of possibilities!

See you there!

Event Details:
Date: Saturday 18th November
Time: 4pm-8pm
Venue: CHIJ Katong Convent, 346 Marine Terrace Singapore 449150
Ticketed Entry: $10 per pax

Payment Mode:
a) Cash
    • Payment to be made at the school’s General Office
    • Ticket collection at General Office 
b) Cheque
    • Payable to ‘CHIJ Katong Convent PRIME Project’ Please indicate your full name, mobile number, address and ‘Homecoming 2017’ on the reverse side of the cheque.
    • To be handed to the school’s General Office or mailed to CHIJ Katong Convent 346 Marine Terrace S449150
    • For mailed cheques, ticket(s) will be posted to the address stated on the cheque 
c) Online purchase at http://kchomecoming.peatix.com

All proceeds go towards our school building fund

Teachers' Day Celebration 2017

The theme for this year's Teachers' Day Celebration was Our Teachers, Our Heroes. Initiated by the Student Leadership Board, the theme celebrates the hard work of our teachers that sometimes can be under appreciated through the course of the year.

We began Teachers' Day morning with a celebration of the Catholic Mass. The word 'Mass' comes from the Latin word 'missio' which means 'Mission'. As we commemorated Teachers' Day, we started the day with God, thanking him for the privilege of a special mission he has entrusted to our teachers. Together with our celebrant Fr Terence Wee, the school took this time to pray for our teachers and staff, offering blessings and goodwill to be with them in their calling to lead, care and inspire. We were also thankful for our choir, who had accepted our invitation to join in singing songs and hymns to bless our teachers.

In his homily, teachers and staff were reminded by Fr Terence to seek balance in our commitment to our students and personal well-being. He added that Teachers’ Day is a reminder for us to be grateful for our teachers - both in and out of school - on a daily basis. Students then returned to class for their class celebration with their teachers. Initiated and led by the class leaders, they worked together with their classmates to create a festive atmosphere of gratitude and appreciation. This also included a new initiative - letters to teachers, where the class leaders encouraged their peers to write letters of thanks to the teachers who made an impact in their lives.

Next, the school returned to the multi-purpose hall for the Teachers' Day Concert. Organised collectively by the student leaders, the school was treated to performances by our very own Chinese Orchestra, Modern Dance Club celebrating the positive experiences that our students share with our teachers in school. Following that, Giron Althea Isis Canonizado from Sec 4/4 and Wong Xueqi Celeste from Sec 4/2, former contestants of KC Talent Show - The Stars, took to the stage with their rendition of Mariah Carey's Hero. As they sang the soulful ballad, one could certainly appreciate the meaningful message of the song.

The concert brought much laughter particularly during the game segment that involved our teachers taking part in stage games. Teachers and school leaders were challenged to juggle balloons in the air as well as take part in a spelling contest. It was such an enjoyable experience watching teachers let their hair down and appreciating the moment. The student leaders also prepared a special skit that showed our teachers as super heroes in their lives. The skit certainly left the school in stitches, roaring with laughter at the caricatures and hilarious antics of the super heroes.

Using a popular tune by Bruno Mars titled Count On Me, the student leaders wrote new lyrics to the song, galvanizing the school to sing along with them, committing to many more years of meaningful relationships with their teachers. Our teachers, Ms Sarah Phua, Ms Lee Shu Min, Ms Lim Shiying, Mr Koo Cheng Wai, Ms Tan Chew Ngee, Ms Lai Mok Ern, Ms Tan Qiu Yan, Ms Yeoh Lai Lin and Ms Patrine Chua were not to be outdone and stormed the stage with a surprise item, also performing a rewritten song based on a popular ballad by Westlife. The song highlighted the challenges of being a teacher and their love for the students. All in all, it was indeed a meaningful concert that warmed the hearts of our teachers, making them feel appreciated as Unsung Heroes.

The concert concluded with a well-loved KC tradition - the presentation of the well-wishes board to our graduating cohort. The board represents the junior’s prayers, and encouragement to their beloved sisters who would be taking their N and O-level examinations shortly. We wish all our students hope and perseverance in Term 4 as we spur each other on towards love and goodness. In the afternoon, the KC staff gathered at the Civil Service Club Changi, Rose Bowl for a memorable Teachers' Day lunch. It commenced with the Principal’s opening address and prayer to thank the KC staff, followed by a sumptuous lunch buffet. After lunch, the KC staff was treated to a game of bowling.

Endless cheers, laughter, and sounds of falling pins soon filled the entire bowling alley. The KC staff had a whale of time interacting with one another as well as aiming to get a strike in the bowling games. Those who have not bowled for a long time managed to rekindle their passion for the sport and those who were new to bowling also had a joyful time learning from others. Indeed, everyone had a splendid afternoon of fun and laughter.

National Day Celebration 2017

Katong Convent celebrated the nation’s birthday with great fanfare! The day began with an appropriately solemn air, as the school gathered at assembly decked in the red of the Singapore flag to watch our uniformed groups and student councillor contingents do the march past. Holding the nation’s flag and stepping in time to the music, the march past also reminded us of how our nation’s sovereignty is protected by our National Service men and women. This was a particularly poignant reminder as 2017 marked the celebration of NS50 and their fifty years of service rendered. As our Principal read the National Day message, the school reflected on what it meant to turn 52 this year.

Solemnity gave way to celebration as the students streamed into the hall for the second half of the day’s events, beginning all the more sweetly with the provision of KC’s own National Day goodie bag consisting of a smorgasbord of National Day tattoos, mini flags, milo, and sweet buns.

Remembering the past to appreciate how far we have come was the opening theme in the video, “Journey through Time,” by our InfoComm Club and it was indeed a wave of nostalgia to see so many parts of both Singapore and the school which have transformed and grown over the years. Yet looking at the past should go beyond passive nostalgia and instead be an invitation to shape and improve the future which the DAS appropriately themed their highly comic and very entertaining performance. The National Day celebrations took a more interactive turn, not only with the surprise video montage of our teachers singing “Stand Up for Singapore” but also with the National Day edition of Bingo and the newspaper game, “Can We Stand Together.” In all these activities, teachers and students had to work together to achieve success – mirroring the 2017 National Day theme of #OneNationTogether.

The day ended with an all-time favourite: the rousing sing-along of National Day songs, and most meaningfully of all, an impassioned chorus of the National Anthem. Majulah Singapura!

CHIJ Katong Convent visits the Army Open House 2017

On 25th May 2017, 59 eager students, accompanied by 4 teachers, visited the 2017 Army Open House at the F1 Pit Building in the heart of the city. They were there to experience for themselves the current capabilities of the Singapore Army and to better appreciate its role in safeguarding our Singapore. An added significance was the commemoration of 50 years of National Service. Aptly titled ‘From my generation to yours’, the exhibition highlighted the role played by over a million Singaporean men in protecting the sovereignty and independence of Singapore. 

The students enjoyed a broad range of activities and displays, ranging from clambering on board armoured vehicles, to trying their hands at the live-firing stations (with blanks, of course) and the crowd favourite obstacle course. The students interacted with the soldiers and gained a better insight into the workings of the Army. The highlight of the visit was a dynamic display of the capabilities of the army where various pieces of current military equipment were put through their paces in front of an appreciative audience. 

The student came away with a far better grasp of the Singapore Army, its capabilities and role in safeguarding our Singapore that we call home. It may also have inspired some of our girls to consider careers options in the armed forces in their post-secondary choices. 

A special mention must also be made for the organisers in charge of student engagement. Their thoroughness made for a well-organised and highly enjoyable visit, from the moment we boarded the buses till the end when we were returned safely to our school compound. 


Posing for pictures in front of a military armoured vehicle

Posing with our 3G soldiers after the end of the Dynamic Defence Show

Our lower secondary girls in front of a Leopard tank


Touch Rugby Competition

Sometime in the first week of Feb, our two Sec 5 classes 501 and 502, started learning how to play the game of touch rugby during their PE lessons. 

Soon after the first lesson, their PE teachers asked for students who were interested, to sign up to play in a touch competition for novices at the end of March. 21 of them took up the challenge and signed up. This, despite having absolutely no experience in touch, and knowing that they would only have the time during their PE lessons to pick up the sport.

These 21 girls went on to represent KC in the first ever Secondary Schools Touch Championship organised by the Touch Association of Singapore on 4 April 2017.

Both teams did us proud, with their can-do spirit, their willingness to try new things, to challenge themselves, and at the competition itself, with the excellent sportsmanship that they displayed towards their teammates and the opponents. They never gave up during the tough games, played under the hot sun and in muddy conditions, and were constantly encouraging and spurring each other on no matter what. To top off a wonderful day of great games and teamwork, one of our KC teams came in 2nd (out of 8 teams) overall. Well done girls!


Secondary 2 Camp

From the 6th to 8th February, the Secondary Two students, together with their form teachers, went for the annual 3D2N camping trip at MOE Jalan Bahtera Adventure Camp. This camp is our signature programme for the Secondary 2 cohort, and is organised and run by our PE Department. The objectives of the camp are to develop our students as leaders with the confidence and courage to step out of their comfort zone and stretch their limits, to build the life skills of effective communication, co-operation and personal responsibility and to foster class spirit by promoting mutual understanding, trust and respect. Some of the activities that the students went through include ziplining, abseiling, rock wall climbing, indoor caving and trekking at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. 

It was a successful camp for our students. The camp also concluded with the following awards recognition: 

Best Camper Awards:
201 – Yasmin Aisha Lisa Gannon
202 – Josephine Anne Tan
203 – Hazel Tan
204 – Ashley Tay
205 – Melanie Sum
206 – Amelia Anne Teo
207 – Jenna Yew

2017 Chinese New Year Celebration

Our school celebrated Chinese New Year on 27 January, the theme for this year was 《鸡祥如意迎新春》“Celebrating Good Luck and Happiness in the Year of the Rooster”. This event was jointly organised by the Mother Tongue Languages Department and the Values-in-Action Committee. All classes decorated their noticeboards to the theme and spruced up their classrooms prior to CNY, and prizes were given to the top three best decorated classrooms of each level.

The highlight of the day was the CNY celebration concert in the hall, beginning with the enchanting performance by our Chinese Orchestra, followed by the Principal’s sharing of her hopes and wishes for the school in the Year of the Rooster, the interactive CNY Quiz where teachers performed and students participated enthusiastically, and the ever-popular Lion Dance performance. All staff and students were equally excited and amused by the surprise appearance of the cheeky rooster mascot. The CNY hall celebration ended on a high note, with class representatives and student councillors presenting oranges symbolising good wishes to all staff.

It was a high-spirited event, involving staff and students from all ethnic groups in the celebration with a view to deepen inter-cultural appreciation and understanding.

KC Comes Home!

In commemoration of our move back to Marine Terrace, KC had an exciting day of activities to mark the momentous event on the first day of school. Our graduating cohort participated in a Homecoming March around the school to kickstart the day, led by the School Leaders and Student Leaders.
This was followed by the blessing of the school by specially invited Catholic priests. The rest of the day saw the girls engaged in fun activities such as photo and dedication booths and a free-and-easy tour of the campus, made even sweeter a Milo treat! The day ended with a very meaningful Katong Tree-planting ceremony by our School Leaders, to mark our return to 346 Marine Terrace.