To celebrate CHIJ (Kellock) Primary’s 50th anniversary, the school, together with various companies, held an outing for under-priviledged pupils at Universal Studios Singapore on Oct 2.
Together with The Business Times, The RICE Company and Resorts World Sentosa, the school organised the Children for Children (CfC) programme which has been running for seven years.
During the event called Start, Show and Share Kindness Today, pupils of CHIJ (Kellock), supported by the staff of the school, set up craft and games booth, put together gift packs, penned heartfelt messages and staged performances to drive home the message of starting, showing and sharing kindness.
Under the Ministry of Education’s Financial Assistance Scheme, CfC aims to encourage and empower children to be kindness ambassadors, and raise funds for under-priviliedged children in Singapore.
The guest-of-honour, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, the Minister for Manpower also chipped in by donating 10 of his recently launched photography books, The World We Live In.
Through the combined efforts of the minister and the organisers, CfC has helped more than 1,000 under privileged children visit Universal Studios Singapore to celebrate Children’s Day and raised funds for the The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Twelve-year-old Sophie Tan who has been involved in the CfC programme for the last six years, either as a performer or a facilitator, said, “I learnt to be grateful for what I have and I hope to spread kindness through simple acts of kindness.”
Apart from the outing, the school will also publish a photo book in November. The book which would contain collective memories of past and present principals, staff and pupils of CHIJ Kellock, would serve as a reminder of the rich Kellock Convent tradition.
There were also other events which took place earlier from May 30-31.
They included the launch of the school orchid – Vanda l’esprit de Kellock – a hybrid of Vanda Miss Joaquim and Phalaenopsis Pulcherrima, during the school’s Founder’s Day on May 30.
On May 31, there was a CHIJ (Kellock) 50th anniversary dinner held at Orchard Hotel. At the start of the dinner, Ms Magdalene Chin, the present principal of CHIJ (Kellock) paid tribute to the ex-principals of the school.
In gratitude and appreciation to them, a dance item by the school’s dance ensemble, entitled One, was dedicated to them.
Archbishop William Goh was the guest-of-honour for the evening.