From left: Mr Wilbur Wong (Montfort Junior School), Mr Mark Minjoot (Montfort Sec School), Fr Adrian Danker, SJ, Archbishop William Goh,  Fr Edward Seah, Madam Soh Lai Leng (Catholic High School) and Mr Kevin Hannah (SJI International Elementary School).From left: Mr Wilbur Wong (Montfort Junior School), Mr Mark Minjoot (Montfort Sec School), Fr Adrian Danker, SJ, Archbishop William Goh, Fr Edward Seah, Madam Soh Lai Leng (Catholic High School) and Mr Kevin Hannah (SJI International Elementary School).
It was a special day for the Catholic Church as Archbishop William Goh commissioned four new principals of Catholic schools on Jan 24.

To commemorate the occasion, there was a special Mass held in which Archbishop Goh was the main celebrant.

Organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools, the four new school principals commissioned that day were Mr Wilbur Wong, Montfort Junior School; Mr Mark Gerard Minjoot, Montfort Secondary School, Madam Soh Lai Leng, Catholic High School; and Mr Kevin Hannah, SJI International Elementary School.

More than a hundred family members, friends, educators, colleagues, students and fellow principals attended the Mass, which was held at the chapel of St Joseph’s Institution International.

In his homily, Archbishop Goh reminded all present that every human person ultimately “has a vocation to be a child of God, who shares in the life and love of God”.

“Isn’t education a pursuit of truth and love?” he asked.

He then explained that Catholic schools provide not only academic formation but also human, moral, psychological, and most importantly, spiritual formation.

“This is what makes a person human. Because every human person who has a soul, is seeking for God ultimately. In every person, the heart is restless,” he added.

He added that he hopes that principals, Catholic educators, and those working in Catholic schools, will continue to build their faith while holding onto Catholic principles, “because we cannot give what we do not have.”

Concluding his homily, Archbishop Goh said that those who work in Catholic schools should not be afraid to teach and guide students according to Christian values, because “the very fact that parents have chosen to send their child to a Catholic school, means they are saying ‘this is a good place for my child’.”

At the end of the homily, all principals and vice-principals present were invited to recite a prayer of commitment and received a blessing from the archbishop.

Mr Wilbur Wong, was formerly the deputy director for the Engagement and Research Division at the Ministry of Education.

Mr Mark Minjoot was principal of Greendale Secondary School from 2008 to 2014.

Madam Soh Lai Leng, was principal of Holy Innocents’ High School for six years.

Mr Kevin Hannah, SJI International Elementary School, was previously the Head of Junior School at All Hallows School in Somerset, UK. He also has had experence working in Perth, Jakarta, London and Kuala Lumpur.

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