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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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.”

Dad’s Coffee Club

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.

Our desire is to form a core group of fathers in the St Andrew’s family, that we may learn from each other how to be our children’s best dad. Do join us so that we can truly help our sons in ‘Making Lives, Waking Hearts. To serve the coming days.’

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SASS Fiesta Food Fair 2017

It was a Fiesta of a carnival!

Like previous years, our parents banded together to showcase a myriad of sumptuous food and adrenalin-packed games for the boys to enjoy. And what a memorable day it was!

The aim of the food fair is to raise funds for SAPTA Cares, a SAPTA initiative that continues to helps our boys financially in school .

Passing on the Torch

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.

The other invited guests included present and past Exco members of SAPTA.

Understanding Healthy Sexuality

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
Admission: Free
Speakers: Mr Benjamin Lee and Mrs Dinah Lee

Background
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: ng_piang_kong@moe.edu.sg

Parents Learning Festival (PLF) 2016

SAPTA iSONY DSCs 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  
Programme:
0800h Attendance @ School Porch
0830h Session 1
1000h Break @ Canteen
1030h Session 2
1200h End of Learning Festival
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)

https://tinyurl.com/2016saptaplf 

–  Parents will have to register with the child’s BC number.

–  Kindly keep a copy of the e-ticket

 

2.         Payment

–  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

 

3.         Attendance

–  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!

 

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