SINGAPORE – The year 2008 marks the 75th anniversary of St. Patrick’s School. Its year-long celebrations include several fundraising activities culminating in a dinner on Aug 30. Teachers and students, together with the school staff are looking forward to the next upcoming event – the Great Shamrock Greenback Turtle Race – a community event which will be held on Saturday Jul 5 at the canal beside the school.
St. Patrick’s School, located in the Katong area, has been part of this historical area for many decades. In fact, ‘Katong’ is named after an exotic species of sea turtle now extinct. The choice of the turtle symbolizes the school’s role in promoting awareness of the environment and in its preservation. It is also in line with the Public Utitilies Board’s efforts to promote its ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters programme.
Students and staff of the school have been involved in the sale of turtle floats to family members, friends, and well-wishers at $10 per turtle. The school is also selling turtle adoption certificates, priced at $10, for students, staff, and stakeholders who want to take part in the turtle float race. Each certificate comes with a racing turtle, which will be kept by the school and released into the St. Patrick’s School canal on Jul 5.
The race is part of a day-long carnival which aims to increase interaction between the school and its immediate Marine Parade community, as well as present an opportunity for collaboration with the neighbouring schools to raise funds for each school through games, food stalls, and talent competitions. Funds raised will be channelled towards the upkeep of St. Patrick’s School, including the air-conditioning of the school hall.
The event will be a good time for all Patricians, past and present, to come together to network and to support the school for a worthy cause. For further details, visit the school website at www.moe.edu.sg/schools/stpats or telephone 6344 0929. - By Daniel Tay
(Written with information from Brother Nicholas Seet.)