An outgoing CJC house captain hands over the new house flag to an incoming captain.

Charlotte Low and Nicole Wang

Four of Catholic Junior College’s pioneers are now represented on the school’s house flags as a way of inspiring similar leadership qualities in the students.

Shields representing the late Archbishop Michael Olcomendy, the first Archbishop of Singapore, former CJC principals De La Salle Brs Patrick Loh and Joseph Kiely, and Gabrielite Br Albert Proulx, have been placed on the school’s house flags.

Outgoing house captains handed over the newly-minted flags to incoming ones during the college’s 44th Student Leaders’ Installation Ceremony on July 6.

Archbishop Olcomendy was CJC president from 1975-1977 and played an instrumental role in its founding. Brs Patrick and Joseph were principals from 1975-1979 and 1979-1987 respectively.

Br Albert was a member of the CJC School Management Committee from 1975-1976.

These four house patrons “displayed resilience, discernment, initiative and servant leadership as they led the college, nurtured and shaped the lives of cohorts of students”, said the college in a press release.

Shield for the late Archbishop Michael Olcomendy.

During the recent installation ceremony, guest-of-honour and CJC alumnus (class of 1999) Dr Reuben Ng, Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, emphasised the importance of diversity in experience.

He stressed the need for perseverance to overcome challenges as well as the importance of treasuring the support of family, friends and teachers.

The ceremony was presided by Franciscan Friar John-Paul Tan, who stressed that leadership should be grounded in truth and love, as exemplified by the college motto, In Veritate, Et Caritate.

Shield for Br Patrick Loh.

Joseph House captain Megan Lim, who received the new house flag, said it was a “special and proud moment” for her as it reminded her of the need for leaders to grow through continuous learning and reflection.

Archbishop William Goh inaugurated the new house flags during the college’s commencement ceremony in February.

“I think that it is important for students who come to CJC to understand that the college will develop them to be leaders of tomorrow, ones who have a heart for service,” he said.

Shield for Br Joseph Kiely.

Shield for Br Albert Proulx.

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