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!
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!
Mothers tend to be more visible in our school activities, compared to fathers. This isn’t because the fathers are not involved in our school activities, but more often than not, when mothers are around, fathers usually prefer to work in the background.
As our boys grow older, we realise that they need male role models who are more visible in our activities to lead and guide them. A father was quoted to have said, “The mummies will buy toys for our kids, while the daddies will be their toy!”
In May this year, SAPTA noticed that a number of fathers met regularly at the coffee shop after dropping their boys off at school. This sparked off an idea: Why not invite them to come for coffee and allow them to share with one another their parenting joys and woes? In doing so, we could also sharpen one another, in our role as fathers.
Thus, we started “Dad’s Coffee Club” at the end of May this year, with the help of the “Dads For Life” movement and other schools’ Dad’s clubs.
Dad’s Coffee Club have been meeting regularly once a month since July and we are even planning our very first Father & Son bonding trip to Kukup in November this year.
The year kicked o with the traditional Outgoing Principals Farewell and Incoming Principals Welcome Ceremony and Dinner on 20 January 2017, held at The Singapore Island Country Club.
This year was different because we had to sadly bid farewell to Mrs Wong Bin Eng and Mrs Lucy Toh and welcome both Ms Patsy Neo and Mrs Marian Tan to the St Andrew’s family. It was indeed a touching event with the passing on of the batons to the new principals with the poignant “Keep the Flame Burning Brightly Ever Ceremony”, where we acknowledge the truly amazing work and contributions of the previous principals over the years.
We were all also extremely blessed to be able to welcome the new Principals too. The guests also played the game “How well you know your outgoing Principals?” – a game that tested participants on what they knew of the principals.
This talk is designed for parents to start open and honest conversations on healthy sexuality, love and relationships with their children. Talking about sexuality can make even the most confident parent nervous. Studies have shown that parental involvement has a tremendous impact on a child’s sexual decisions and identity. This candid and interactive values-based talk aims to equip parents with the skills to start these conversations in a safe and natural manner to help their children make wise decisions in their relationships.
Date: 31 March 2016
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am
Subject: Understanding Healthy Sexuality Talk for Parents
Venue: Centre of Excellence, SASS
Speakers: Mr Benjamin Lee and Mrs Dinah Lee
Benjamin and Dinah have been married for over 23 years and their favourite role is to be parents to their 20-year twins. Benjamin currently serves as Head of Sexual Wholeness with Focus on the Family Singapore where he works with people working through issues of sexuality both in opposite-sex attraction and same-sex attraction. He is also a Master Trainer for Focus on the Family Singapore’s Marriage Mentoring Training. He has spoken on parenting for Dads for Life and for 938 LIVE radio.
Benjamin studied in St. Andrew’s Junior, Secondary and Junior College, and lived in St. Andrew’s House. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Australia and a Masters degree from the U.S. He started out in a big six accounting firm and also worked in the mobile IT industry. He also served as a pastor where he mentored singles on courtship and romance. He is also the founder of Hope Centre (Singapore), a voluntary welfare organization. He has also served as a Deputy Registrar of Marriage and a Licenced Solemniser.
Dinah started her career in public relations consultancy after graduating from university in Australia. As Dinah is a keen family-life advocate with a strong passion for enriching marriages and equipping parents, she later became a family life pastor. Dinah currently serves as Head of Family Networks with Focus on the Family Singapore and is also a Master Trainer for Focus’ Marriage Mentoring Training.
All parents are welcome!
PTA members who are interested in attending the talk, please email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPTA is proud to be bringing you the Parents’ Learning Festival 2016! We encourage strong participation from all parents as this will no doubt teach parents the secrets to knowing what our boys are learning in school, techniques of teaching our boys, how the boys can study more effectively and to make them even better students! Details of the festival are set out below:
|Date:||Saturday, 5 March 2016|
|Cost per participant: $10 (SAPTA Member) / $20 (non-SAPTA Member)
– Printed materials of the workshop (materials will not be uploaded on school website)
– Light refreshments provided
|Registration:||1. Online Registration (18 February – 2 March 2016)
– Click on this link or log on via the school website to register and select your choice of sharing for the 2 sessions (first-come-first-serve basis)
– Parents will have to register with the child’s BC number.
– Kindly keep a copy of the e-ticket
– Drop your cheque (payable to “ST ANDREW’S PTA”) into the PLF 2016 Box located at the General Office
– Indicate your son’s name, class and e-ticket no. at the back of the cheque
– Proceed to the counter (at the school porch) on Saturday, 5 March 2016 to register your attendance and collect your writing materials
If you are not already a SAPTA member, it is still not too late to sign up as a SAPTA member to enjoy the attractive discount on the cost of this festival (as well as many other perks of being a SAPTA member). All you have to do is submit the completed membership form (downloadable from Sapta New Membership Form 2016) with your membership fee, together with your payment for Parents’ Learning Festival 2016 to enjoy the discount.
Alternatively, you can submit your new Membership Form via filling up this Google Form.
We look forward to having you join us on this learning journey!
Up and On!
What do you do when you have to contend with a Haze situation, knowing full well the boys are expecting an exciting Children’s Day Carnival? You go ahead and plan as best as you can and pray really hard.
This year’s Carnival was themed after the Rugby World Cup. The boys had a wide variety of snacks and foodstuff to tickle their taste buds! Pizza, chicken nuggets, twister fries, nasi briyani, and for those with a sweet tooth, eclairs, cookies, candy floss and ice cream. The canteen was a hive of activity! So many varieties of food being sold, with the ringing of hand bells used to attract the hungry boys to the stalls.
After their “makan” session, it was time to burn it all off at the many games stalls! We had our very own Nerf obstacle course, target shooting and Wii games located indoors in both the Hall and Gymnasium. Designed by ruggers, we had our very own Rugby Ninja obstacle course where the boys had to run, jump, crawl and balance through various obstacles. The longest queue was for the “Gladiator” where we had boys playing it multiple times. Good way to let off PSLE stress! When you have game stalls, you must have prizes! With their redemption card in hand, a galore of prizes to win and redeem, awaited our eager boys at the Prize Redemption booth.
The smiles on the faces of every boy told us it was a successful carnival. We would like to thank all Parents and Support Groups for volunteering and donating towards the Carnival. These events would not be as successful without your contribution and kindness.
Greetings from SAJS and SAPTA!
The details for Parents’ Learning Festival 2015 are as follow:
|Date:||Saturday, 7 March 2015|
|Cost per participant:||$10 (SAPTA Member)$20 (non-SAPTA Member)|
For synopsis of the sessions offered, registration and session selection, please go to:
Procedure for Payment for Parents Learning Festival 2015
After completing your online registration and receiving your Eventbrite e-tickets via email, please make payment as follows:
Payment by Cash or Cheque. All cheques are to be made payable to “St Andrew’s PTA”. Please write “Parents Learning Festival 2015” on the reverse of the cheque.
Please enclose your payment in an envelope listing the following details:
– Your name
– Your son’s name and class
– Your SAPTA Membership Number (if you are a member)
– Your Eventbrite Ticket Confirmation Number
Drop the envelope into the box labelled ‘Parents Learning Festival 2015’ in the SAJS General office latest by 5 March 2015 to secure your participation. Online registration will close on Thursday, March 5 at 5pm.
Please note there will be no refunds for no-shows.
SAPTA Membership Sign-up
It is not too late to sign up as a SAPTA member to enjoy the 50% discount (and other membership benefits). If you would like to sign-up for membership now, kindly submit the completed membership form and the cheque payment, together with your payment for Parents’ Learning Festival to enjoy the members price of $10 per participant.
Download & Print Membership Application Form here: SAPTA Membership Form – SAJS
(Please note that membership covers both the registered Member and Spouse, both will enjoy the discounted fee.)
Should you have any queries or need clarifications, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Looking forward to have you on board of this learning journey!
Parents’ Learning Festival Committee