Founder's Day 2017
Generous in Spirit, openness of heart, always ready to serve. These words of our founder Blessed Nicolas Barre became alive and meaningful for CHIJ (Katong) Primary as students, staff and parents of the school celebrated Founder’s Day on Friday, May 26th.
This day is specially put aside to celebrate the wonderful work that Blessed Nicolas Barre began some 355 years ago and which continued through dedication and commitment of our IJ Sisters.
The day began with a Eucharistic celebration which centred on the theme, ‘United in Love and Service.” Before Mass, some pupils and staff walked in a procession with the IJ Values and school virtues, the gifts that would be delivered to our friends in need, as well as lighted candles. All these items were to remind ourselves that we should always follow the example of Blessed Nicolas Barre and live out his life in our IJ school.
This year, our annual Gift of Love project raised $17,500 for the Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres as well as for our Friends in Need living in Marine Parade.
In his homily, the main celebrant of the mass, parish priest of Holy Family Church, Fr Eugene Vaz, spoke about how we are uniquely blessed with different gifts. Following the role model of Blessed Nicholas Barre, Fr Vaz also urged us to be united in our gifts and blessings by thinking and using them in service of others. There are several opportunities to do so in school. He then called for a moment of reflection to thank God for the various gifts we are blessed with and to commit them to serving those in need.
Following the Eucharistic celebration, a short programme was planned. Three pupils told their heartfelt stories based on the theme of love and service. In line with this theme as well, our principal Mrs Judina Cheong presented the staff who were recently promoted and those who have received the MOE Long Service awards with their certificates.
“I am very grateful to be part of this IJ family, first as a student, then as a teacher – becoming colleagues with those who used to be my teachers! – and now even having my young nieces joining the school,” shared Mdm Sri Nur'aliaa Mohamed Affandi, one of the two Long Service award recipients who shared their IJ journey with the school. The other was Mrs Josephine Kua.
As with the previous years, the celebration concluded with everyone singing the well-loved CHIJ song, Hold on to Our Dream, as we sent off some teachers, Primary 6 pupils and parent volunteers who visited some of the beneficiaries from the Friends in Need in Marine Parade and distributed goodie bags filled with daily essentials to them.
In the words of Mother Teresa, ‘Faith in action is love - and love in action is service.’
Thank You Messages from our Gift of Love Recipients