As we look back on 2017, the PTA has continued to organize both new and longstanding events which continue to bring the School together. These events were only made possible by the selfless efforts of the Parents and Teachers of the PTA and the Parents and Boys who take the time to participate. Overall, many activities have seen increased participation.
One of the new events for 2017 was a community outreach organized at the Willing Hearts Kitchen which prepares meals for the less fortunate. The objective of giving back to the community is consistent with one of the School’s Mission and Values for Service to Others. More than 20 families participated, with some arriving as early as 6 a.m. to pack and prepare food; and deliver food to various neighbourhoods for the whole morning.
The 3rd Father-Son camp continued to be an immensely well subscribed event with more than 240 fathers and sons participating, an increase of 50% over 2016. The highlight of the camp was father and son teams completing high elements courses at the Ministry of Education’s Sarimbun campsite.
Two additional activities were organized collaborating with government agencies. Sports activities were organized partnering SG Sports, who allowed participants to explore how to play sports such as frisbee, badminton, tennis and scuba diving, which was a big hit. With the NS50 celebrations, a trip to the Army Open House at Marina Bay was organized.
As always, our catalogue of meaningful activities continued; Movie Night, Children’s Day Carnival, PSLE prayer sessions and Catholic activities such as the Catechism programmes and Easter play. Other new activities organized were the School T-shirt design contest (in-progress) and a MacRitchie Reservoir morning walk (cancelled due to inclement weather).
After five years in the PTA, I have learned that being a Teacher and running a school takes an immense effort to ensure that our Boys are well taken care of. I continue to hold Teachers with high regard, as it is certainly a profession which moulds and develops our Boys to be Men for Others.
As I will be stepping down from the PTA, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Teachers and Parents of the PTA, the Parent volunteers and the Principal, Vice-Principals and Teachers of SJIJ who have provided their support to the PTA. All our volunteers continue to epitomize the spirit of volunteerism as this is always done with dedication and a big heart to support and contribute to the School. As importantly, on a personal note, I have learnt a lot from many people during my involvement in the PTA.
As we look forward to 2018, let us continue to build strong partnerships within our School and to continue to enhance our Boys’ journey through the School. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Teachers, Parents and Boys a blessed year ahead and a warm welcome to our Primary 1 boys as they embark on their educational journey.
Ora Et Labora
Daniel K. Nomanbhoy
PTA Ex-Co 2017-2018