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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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