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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!
SAPTA presented a segment on P1 Orientation Day on 10 November 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 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!
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.”
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.
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 .
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.