Archbishop William Goh and Fr Edward Seah pose with the three new principals. From left: Mrs Woo Soo Min, principal of Maris Stella High School; Ms Imelda Anthony, principal of Magdalene’s Kindergarten; and Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, principal of St Joseph’s Institution.Archbishop William Goh and Fr Edward Seah pose with the three new principals. From left: Mrs Woo Soo Min, principal of Maris Stella High School; Ms Imelda Anthony, principal of Magdalene’s Kindergarten; and Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, principal of St Joseph’s Institution.

“How can we be instruments of mercy according to the vocation we are in?” asked Archbishop William Goh, in his homily during the Principals’ Commissioning Mass on Jan 23.

More than 100 educators, principals, students, relatives and friends of the new principals attended the Mass, which was held in Montfort Secondary School.

The three new principals are: Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, St Joseph’s Institution (SJI); Mrs Woo Soo Min, Maris Stella High School; and Ms Imelda Anthony, Magdalene’s Kindergarten.

In line with the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Archbishop Goh beckoned Catholic educators not to forget the needs of students who are spiritually and emotionally poor.

“It is easy to love intelligent students who listen when you are teaching, and who are obedient,” he said. “But difficult students are the ones who take up a lot of our time and energy.”

He also noted how teachers require formation, and attributed the task to principals. “Many teachers are equally wounded, equally hurt,” he said, reminding the principals to be aware of the well-being of teachers and to empower them.

At the end of the homily, the three new principals received a blessing from Archbishop Goh.

Fr Danker said that he is humbled and heartened with his appointment to head SJI.

The 50-year-old SJI alumnus also hopes that the various Catholic schools in Singapore can work together as one, building on the richness of their different charisms.

Mrs Woo Soo Min, 46, said she was excited to serve as the principal of Maris Stella High School. Previously the principal of Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School, Mrs Woo plans to focus on continuing the holistic education provided by the school to nurture aspiring learners grounded in faith, character and values.

Ms Imelda Anthony, 33, said she felt blessed to be a part of the Canossian family in leading Magdalene’s Kindergarten. “We’re trying to reach out to the churches and spread what we are doing at the kindergarten, and how good it is for the little ones to learn values and character-building at an early age,” she shared.

By Anthony Yoong

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