Junior Saints Mums: January meeting

Introduction of the purpose of the Junior Saints Mums

The Junior Saints Mums met as a group for the first time on Thursday, 25 January at the SASS’s Centre of Excellence classroom.

The JS Mums were clearly excited to meet and even before the session began, the mothers were engaged in trading stories of their sons’ first weeks of adventures in school.

The meeting began with an introduction by Mrs Deborah Wang, who explained that the group was set up to provide Junior Saints Mums a space to support each other on their mothering journey. The facilitator, Mrs Brenda Tan, then got the 22 mothers to share a little more about themselves, their children, and what they felt the motherhood journey meant to them.

It surprised some mothers in the group that there were mothers who have more than 3 children, some mothers with boys in both the primary and secondary schools, and even mothers in the junior school with children in their early 20s! Indeed, it was assuring to know that there was a good diversity in the motherhood experience in the room – full-time-working mothers, part-time-working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, and work-from-home mothers. What they all had in common were the love they have for their children and one of their kids being in the junior school.

The main topic of discussion was sharing personal strategies for helping our children to complete their homework and revision at home in a timely manner. There were stories of frustration in getting the children to learn Chinese or complete their work on time, and laughter at some of the creative strategies shared by other mothers. When the four small groups were done in consolidating their strategies, they met as a large group to further refine the strategies into practical steps.

The strategies would be put into a document and shared via SAPTA’s website soon.

The session ended with a breakfast, where the mothers were able to socialise and discover more about each other and make new friends.

Thus fulfilling the aim of the Junior Saints Mums meetings: that Motherhood is a journey of friends.

Visual cards for sharing about the motherhood journey.

Sharing about upcoming SAPTA events.

Deepening friendships

So glad we came!

Facilitator Brenda and Host Deborah

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2018 Beginning of Term Service

The Beginning of Term Service held today was a miracle, considering how the Northeast Monsoon brought persistent rain just the day before, and how the rain in Changi this morning was held away from the skies over Potong Pasir, so that the outdoor service for St Andrew’s Junior and Secondary School could be conducted in cool, dry conditions.

Parents, Alumni, Staff and Boys were all looking forward to the familiar reminder of yet another fresh year–

  • New Primary 1 boys and their parents joining the family of the Saints
  • A new cohort of Secondary 1 boys doing the Crossover Run
  • Secondary 3 boys in their long pants
  • New Alumnis coming back to witness and help in the Beginning of Term Service

And in singing the School Hymn, remembering:

Before us and beside us,
Still holden by Thy hand,
A cloud of unseen witness,
Our elder comrades stand;
One family unbroken,
We join with one acclaim;
One heart, one voice uplifting
To glorify Thy Name.

For more pictures and video about the service, check out our Facebook page.

After the Beginning of Term Service, the parents of the Secondary School boys were hosted to a breakfast, while the parents of P1 boys attended a talk by SAPTA on how to support our sons in primary one.

Dads Coffee Club: Dads and Sons’ Kukup Bonding Trip 2017

SAPTA’s Dads Coffee Club organised a Kukup Trip on 10-11 November 2017 for our dads and sons to bond over a range of fun activities.

Over the two days, the dads and their sons bonded over meals, fishing activities, games, and even a hike.

Benjamin Tan, who was there with his dad, John, said, “The whole trip was awesome as I get to do a lot of stuff with my dad like fishing, playing pool, ebiking and visiting fish farm!”

John felt that it was a purposeful 2-day-2-night trip, where he got to spend some quality time with Benjamin and get to know him better. “It also allowed me to do activities which I don’t normally do with him. Great trip!” he quipped.

Tan Yan Kit, dad to Yuan Zong, shared that his teenager found the trip very fruitful because he was able to experience new things like playing pool, fishing and visiting a kelong. Yuan Zong wanted even more father-son bonding activities for the next trip!

If you’re interested to find out more about our Dads Coffee Club programme, do leave your contact with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Partners Appreciation Day 2017

SAPTA received a token of appreciation from St Andrew’s Junior School on 13 November 2017 for partnership with the school.

We are glad to receive this award and will continue to do our best in serving our school community.

UP AND ON!

Our Chair, Mdm Deborah Lee, with our Vice-Chair, Mr Stanley, and our Hon. Secretary, Mr Max Lim, with the token of appreciation from St. Andrew’s Junior School.

P1 Orientation Day 2017

SAPTA presented a segment on P1 Orientation Day on 10 November 2017.

Our Chair, Deborah Lee, introduced SAPTA to the P1 parents and shared what SAPTA does and some of our activities in 2017.

Karam Singh, who’s in our Dad’s Coffee Club, shared about the important role of fathers in ensuring their children thrive in school. He invited the fathers of our incoming-P1 students to join the Dad’s Coffee Club that meets every month.

If you’re interested to participate in the Dad’s Coffee Club to meet with other St Andrew’s fathers and learn more about engaging with our children, do fill in this contact form, and we’ll put you in our mailing list for details about when Dad’s Coffee Club meets.

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SAPTA also ran a membership drive at the Orientation. Those who sign up for membership at the Orientation would receive a SAPTA EZ-link card, while stocks last. Here’s the link to sign up for membership: Join SAPTA!

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SAJS Teachers’ Day Lunch 2017

This year, SAPTA, Church of Ascension and parents from the various Parents Support Groups came together to throw a farmers themed lunch party for the teachers of SAJS to celebrate Teacher’s Day. Check out the pictures of the beautifully decorated hall and some of the sumptuous food prepared by our parents!

SASS Exam Food Ministry 2017

HEARTS OF GRATITUDE

In the spirit of creating a caring and encouraging environment for our Saints, the SASS Parent Support Group pioneered the Exam Food Ministry for the graduating boys, who are taking the ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level exams.

This minstry involves the provision of complete dinner meals to support our Saints in their evening studies. In collaboration with the school and with support from SAPTA, a group of 28 parents came together and fed up to 60 boys and teachers on duty for each of the 10 days of extended Self Study Period. The Centre of Excellence was opened till 9.00pm for our Saints to prepare for their examination.

With Hearts of Gratitude, our Saints showed their appreciation with notes thanking parents and how the dinners have motivated them in going the extra mile to study. A Secondary 3 boy wrote, “It gives students a good break and bonding session. Hopefully this will continue for us Sec 3s next year, as it definitely benefits the Secondary 4s.”

Children’s Day 2017: Superheros!

At the Children’s Day Food and Fun Fair Carnival this year, the Saints were visited by Spiderman, War Machine, Ironman, Batman, and Superman!

With the ‘Superhero’ theme, our boys tested their superpowers in the many carnival games set up. They tried their hands at target shooting, console gaming, hoverboard racing, and running through an air- lled obstacle course, collecting stickers on completion of each station to exchange for prizes. Long snaking queues were also seen at the food fair held at the canteen.

There were plenty of our boys’ favourites to whet their super hero appetites – pizza, nasi lemak, popcorn, ice-cream, and more! Beyond a thoroughly enjoyable day of superheroic fun, the monies raised supported SAPTA Cares, ensuring our Saints requiring nancial assistance are well taken care of — a superheroic achievement of our boys and parents, indeed!

 

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