Above: About 300 teachers attended the archdiocesan Teachers’ Day celebration on Aug 27. Below: Holy Trinity Kindergarten children entertain with Rhythm of the Earth, a song, dance and percussion performance.

It is important for teachers to realise that they cannot continue to be good Catholic educators unless they have a “deep … spiritual life”.

“If we don’t, we’re just going to be swallowed up by the world in which we live,” Vicar General Msgr Eugene Vaz told some 300 teachers gathered for a Teachers’ Day Mass recently.

The annual celebration, organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS), was held at St Joseph’s Institution International on Aug 27, ahead of Teachers’ Day, which falls on Sept 2.

The archdiocesan event, which aimed to honour the dedication of Catholic teachers, had the theme, Your Word is a Fire Burning in my Heart.

Msgr Vaz went on to say, “On Teachers’ Day we have to ask ourselves as Catholic educators, the way we are going on in our Catholic schools today, are we pleasing to God or are we pleasing to someone else? Who are we serving? We have to be clear.”

Msgr Vaz and Dominican Fr David Garcia concelebrated the Mass, held in the school chapel.

After Mass, the educators were treated to a mini show at the SJI Hall.

The first was a performance by the Holy Trinity Kindergarten children called Rhythm of the Earth, which included song, dance and percussion.

The second was a skit on the day-to-day lives of teachers, performed by Walk on Water Productions, a Catholic theatre community.

Participants said they enjoyed the celebration in their honour.

“Mass was really special and the message delivered by Msgr Vaz was very good,” said Ms Angelina Wong, vice principal of CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.

“I enjoyed the whole event, especially the performances by the Holy Trinity Kindergarten as well as the Walk on Water Productions,” said Mr Don Liew , a trainee teacher at the National Institute of Education.

“I thought that was a very nice and meaningful way of expressing the joys of a teacher.”

This was the fourth consecutive year that ACCS has organised the Teachers’ Day celebration.

By Don Gurugay