Canossian Sisters and Canossian Alumni Association members celebrate at Concorde Hotel.

Mrs Catherine Zuzarte joined the St Magdalene’s Club when she left St Anthony’s Convent after her O levels in the 1950s.

“There were just a handful of us and we were happy to go back to play netball just to keep in touch with our classmates and friends!” she recalled.

That marked the humble beginning of a group that would evolve to become the Canossian Alumni Association (CAA).

Mrs Zuzarte was among the 300 alumni, current and former educators as well as Canossian Sisters who celebrated the CAA’s 40th Anniversary with a tea party at the Concorde Hotel on May 27.

The Canossian Connect 2017 party was themed “Viva La MusiCAA” (“Live the Music” in Italian) to reminisce the musical culture of the school. Ex-students fondly remember that singing and dancing was a large part of their school days.

Forty girls from the St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School choir warmed the crowd with their angelic voices and mass dancing was also part of the programme for the celebration.

“As Canossian students, we were taught more than just academics,” said current president Veronica Tan in her speech.

“We were encouraged to sing, dance, play, but more than that, we were always reminded to live as women of compassion, commitment, charity, integrity and respect; to always be courageous, holding our heads high to be exemplary daughters, workers, wives and mothers.”

The party ended with their school song led by Mrs Christine Kanagarajah, a music teacher at St Anthony’s Convent, who taught for over 50 years.

The CAA organises regular activities to connect members and strengthen the network of former students. It fosters partnership with the four Canossian schools – namely Canossa Convent, St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary, as well as the Canossian School (for the Hearing Impaired).

The CAA also works to support current students and sponsors various awards in recognition of excellence in academics as well as character development.

For more information on CAA, visit www.canossianalumni.com

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