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Founder's Day 2016

Students, staff and parents of CHIJ (Katong) Primary celebrated Founder’s Day on Friday 27th May, a day set aside to commemorate Blessed Nicolas Barre, the founder of all CHIJ schools around the world.

The Eucharistic celebration which centred on the theme, ‘Love is Forgiving & Love is For Giving’ began with the opening hymn, ‘Come on & Celebrate’. Before the celebration began, a representation of the gifts that would be delivered to our friends in need as well as flowers and lighted candles were placed before the altar table.

In his homily, Fr Eugene Vaz, the celebrant of the mass, touched on how Blessed Nicolas Barre’s contributions are a manifestation of God’s love for us. The IJ schools founded by him, have provided opportunities for girls to learn about love and the way of God – satisfying both innate needs for God’s love and education. Fr Vaz then spoke about coming to know, experience and enjoy God and  to thank God for the gift of love and being able to give. In line with our theme, he concluded by reminding us to tend to our spiritual needs by forgiving and the physical needs of others by giving.

This year, as our recessional hymn, the school sang our Founder’s Day hymn both in English and in French.

Following the mass, there were also performances which included storytelling sessions by 2 primary 4 students and a play written by the P6 students, before the whole school sang with gusto, ‘Hold on to our Dream’ in one voice.  

Fitting of this year’s theme ‘Love is Giving’ and following in the footsteps of our beloved father Blessed Nicolas Barre, students and staff of the school came together as a committed community of faith once again in our school’s annual Gift of Love project. This year, the school raised about $6,542 and collected food and daily essentials for the Jamiyah Home, Gift of Love Home and our Friends in Need living in Marine Parade.

It was heart-warming to witness the young ones selflessly carrying heavy tins of milo and other essentials to school, all with grateful hearts, responding in kind with their abundance by sharing with others.

In the words of Mother Teresa, ‘If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive’