School Is Overcrowded. Modern Extension Soon
 
The girls at St. Anthony's are unanimous on this point: "The School is stuffy and crowded ... and yet, we do love it all the more! So old, so unassuming, the old dear!"

Sandwiched as it is between four main roads, St. Anthony's Convent is indeed as noisy as it could be. But one quickly gets used to the din from the road, and everybody feels a sort of pride in boasting of high figures, even if figures when applied to people may mean less space. "The more the merrier" is a proverb that fits the Convent: 850 pupils and 750 in the Afternoon! This is really something to be proud of.

I was told that soon there will be a new extension to the school building, with spacious, covered playgrounds, bright classrooms, rooms for Domestic Science, Biology, Art, Music, a Library .. . It will be like heaven, too good to be true. And the pupils bravely face the present stiffness hoping for the best.
A Girls' School

St. Anthony's is definitely a girls' school. No compromise about it. Domestic Science with Needlework and Art play an important part in the curriculum. I am told that the girls like Cookery the most, especially after the practical lesson when they have to enjoy the dishes they have prepared. A mistake here and there, but the girls are not difficult to please. At the end of last term they were able to cook full dinner for their teachers and classmates. A success! Not a bad idea to develop sensible homemakers for the future of Singapore.

St. John's Ambulance
Mrs Gerrity of the St. John's Ambulance must be a splendid woman if she has succeeded in making a crowd of girls enthusiastic about First Aid and Home Nursing, There is a St. John's Ambulance Centre in the' School with more than 100 Cardets who have passed their first examination and are now preparing for a second course In Home Nursing. The crowd is so taken up with the interesting work that even the little ones from Std I have asked to join the Course, So, if the fervor is maintained we shall soon expect a whole regiment of nurses coming from the School. But, of course, Mrs. Gerrity is a wonderful woman. And she cracks jokes too!

The School Officers
They are five : a Head with four Captains and they are dignified persons, as they have four Houses to run. F our Prefects in each class. one for each House, see to endless sorts of duties. Discipline, punctuality order, cleanliness of the premises. diligence in studies, lessons and homework. sports and singing posters and the class library: these are some of the jobs entrusted to the Prefects under the supervision of the school Captains.
And the Head? Oh, she is the most important of all because she has to look after all these things and in addition she has to deliver addresse and represent the School on formal occasions. That's why she is so important.

Canossa League
Their Keynote- Charity Under the sponsorship of the Mother Superior of the St. Anthony's Convent, the Blessed Magdalene Canossa League came into existence on November 2nd, 1946, with the following aims:--

1) To love and assist one Another
2) To help the poor

It started with a small group of 32 girl from Standard VI.
With the approach of Christmas the girls felt that they must do something for the poor. Though not all were very good at painting, with sheer zest and eagernes they managed to produce cards of quite a high standard for sale. The proceeds-over one hundred dollars-were handed over to the orphans in the Convent to make their Christmas and New Year brighter. A good beginning!

JOINED THE LEAGUE
In the following year members from both Standards V and VI joined the League. Activities also expanded. Games such as Netball and Badminton were regularly played on Saturdays. A needlework class was also started. In 1948 all girls over 14 in the school were encouraged to join the League. With the inflow of members. the activities of the League were brought to full swing, Many girls, in their spare time, sewed uniforms for the poor children. Groups of girls were taken to pay visits to hospitals where they comforted patients in the free wards, distributed fruits and candy and even small financial help on exceptional occasions. The patients felt brighter after these visits, with more courage to endure patiently their sad lot.

BLESSED MAGDALENEBLESSED MAGDALENE
Excursions to factories and places of interest were also organised by the League. Thus visits were paid to the Ho Ho Biscuit Factory, the Whay Hin Pineapple Factory, the Cold Storage Creameries, the Framroz Aerated Water Co., the Redemptorist Monastery, the Home for the Aged. the MacRitchie Reservoir, the Johore Zoo and Botanical Garden. The girls have to admit that they always met extremely kind people ever ready to assist them with explanations.

All the League's activities, have been enthusiastically carried out by the members and new activities are on the future programme. Picnics to the seaside have been organised once a term and a social was given to the Convent Girls last July.
Since 1951 the League has been divided into two sections: the Senior Section consisting of ''o1d girls;" and the Junior Seclion of girls who are still in school. The present membership is:

Senior Section - 78
Junior Section – 185

The Senior members. mostly working, meet at the Convent twice a month. On every first Saturday of the month there are games and cookery lessons for them. On every third Saturday there are games and handicraft class with dressmakmg and needlework as the main items. Such meetings not only serve as an opportunity for girl to get together and to exchange ideas. but also to learn things that are practical and useful.

So far the Blessed Magdalene Canossa's League has been true to its ideal, but it can still improve and do better work

by S. A. Reporter
1952, The Malayan Catholic News, page 6

ST. ANTHONY’s CONVENT SINGAPORE

1952, The Malayan Catholic News, page 6

School Modern Is Overcrowded. Extension Soon

 

The girls at St. Anthony's

are unanimous

on this point: "The

School is stuffy and

crowded ... and yet, we do

love it all the more! So

old, so unassuming, the

old dear!"

 

Sandwiched as it is between

four main roads, St.

Anthony's Convent is indeed

as noisy as it could be. But

one quickly gets used to the

din from the road, and

everybody feels a sort of

pride in boasting of high

figures, even if figures when

applied to people may mean

less space. "The more the

merrier" is a proverb that

fits the Convent: 850 pupils

and 750 in the Afternoon!

This is really something to

be proud of.

 

I was told that soon there

will be a new extension to

the school building, with

spacious, covered playgrounds,

bright classrooms,

rooms for Domestic Science,

Biology, Art, Music, a Library

.. . It will be like heaven,

too good to be true. And

the pupils bravely face the

present stiffness hoping for

the best.

A Girls' School

St. Anthony's is definitely

a girls' school. No compromise

about it. Domestic

Science with Needlework and

Art play an important part

in the curriculum. I am told

that the girls like Cookery

the most, especially after

the practical lesson when

they have to enjoy the dishes

they have prepared. A mistake

here and there, but the

girls are not difficult to

please. At the end of last

term they were able to cook

full dinner for their teachers

and classmates. A success!

Not a bad idea to develop

sensible homemakers for

the future of Singapore.

St. John's Ambulance

Mrs  Gerrity of the St.

John's Ambulance must be

a splendid woman if she

has succeeded in making a

crowd of girls enthusiastic

about First Aid and Home

Nursing, There is a St. John's

Ambulance Centre in the'

School with more than 100

Cardets who have passed their

first examination and are

now preparing for a second

course In Home Nursing.

The crowd is so taken up

with the interesting work

that even the little ones from

Std I have asked to join

the Course, So, if the fervor

is maintained we shall

soon expect a whole regiment

of nurses coming from

the School. But, of course,

Mrs. Gerrity is a wonderful

woman. And she cracks

joks too!

 

The School Officers

 

They are five : a Head with

four Captains and they are

dignified persons, as they

have four Houses to run.

F our Prefects in each class.

one for each House, see to

endless sorts of duties. Discipline,

punctuality order,

cleanliness of the premises.

diligence in studies, lessons

and homework. sports and

singing posters and the

class library: these are some

of the jobs entrusted to the

Prefects under the supervision

of the school Captains.

 

And the Head? Oh, she is

the most important of all

because she has to look

after all these things and in

addition she has to deliver

addresse and represent the

School  on formal occasions.

 

That's why she is so important.

 

Canossa League

Their Keynote- Charity

Under the sponsorship of

the Mother Superior of

the St. Anthony's Convent,

the Blessed Magdalene

Canossa League came into

existence on November

2nd, 1946, with the following

aims:--

 

1) To love and assist one

Another

 

2) To help the poor

 

It started with a small group

of 32 girl from Standard VI.

 

With the approach of Christmas

the girls felt that they

must do something for the

poor. Though not all were

very good at painting, with

sheer zest and eagernes they

managed to produce cards of

quite a high standard for

sale. The proceeds-over one

hundred dollars-were handed

over to the orphans in the

Convent to make their Christmas

and New Year brighter.

A good beginning!

 

JOINED THE LEAGUE

In the following year members

from both Standards V

and VI joined the League. Activities

also expanded. Games

such as Netball and Badminton

were regularly played on

Saturdays. A needlework class

was also started.

In 1948 all girls over 14 in

the school were encouraged to

join the League. With the inflow

of members. the activities

of the League were

brought to full swing, Many

girls, in their spare time,

sewed uniforms for the poor

children. Groups of girls were

taken to pay visits to hospitals

where they comforted

patients in the free wards, distributed fruits and candy and

even small financial help on exceptional occasions. The patients felt brighter after

these visits, with more courage

to endure patiently their sad

lot.

 

Excursions to factories and

places of interest were also

organised by the League. Thus

visits were paid to the Ho Ho

Biscuit Factory, the Whay Hin

Pineapple Factory, the Cold

Storage Creameries, the Framroz

Aerated Water Co., the

Redemptorist Monastery, the

Home for 1he Aged. the MacRitchie

Reservoir, the Johore

BLESSED MAGDALENE

Zoo and Botanical Garden.

The girls have to admit that

they always met extremely

kind people ever ready to assist

them with explanations.

 

All the League's activities,

have been enthusiastically carried

out by the members

and new activities are on the

future programme. Picnics

to the seaside have been organised

once a term and a

social was given to the Convent

Girls last July.

Since 1951 the League has

been divided into two sections:

the Senior Section consisting

of ''o1d girls;" and the Junior

Seclion of girls who are still

in school. The present membership

is:

 

Senior Section - 78

Junior Section 185

 

The Senior members. mostly

working, meet at the Convent

twice a month. On every first

Saturday of the month there

are games and cookery lessons

for them. On every third

Saturday there are games and

handicraft class with dressmakmg

and needlework as the

main items. Such meetings not

only serve as an opportunity

for girl to get together and

to exchange ideas. but also to

learn things that are practical

and useful.

 

So far the Blessed Magdalene

Canossa's League has

been true to its ideal, but it

can still improve and do better

work

 

by S. A. Reporter

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