Above: CHIJ Queen of Peace singing Hold on to Our Dream during the finale. Below: Cover of the cookbook.

School launches new cookbook during dinner

CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace (CHIJ OLQP) celebrated its 60th anniversary by launching its very own cookbook during a May 29 dinner, held at Blossom Garden.

The Infant Jesus (IJ) Sisters and board of management, current and past school staff, former pupils from batches as early as 1968 and two national bowlers were among those in attendance.

The cookbook titled Relish! A Taste of IJ OLQP, was put together by the school’s National Education Committee as an SG50 project.

It features family recipes including Malay and Indian cuisines. The recipes were submitted by school staff, parents, alumni and partners of the school.

The first copy of the cookbook signed by all the contributors will be placed in the school’s Barre Gallery for all to read.

During the dinner, the school also honoured its pioneers by inviting the daughter of 90-year-old bridal designer Sylvia Kho to auction her bags.

Six of Ms Sophie Kho’s bags were auctioned off. Proceeds collected will go towards the school’s Primary Education Review and Implementation Upgrading Fund.

There were also two dedications to the IJ Sisters. It included a song sung by the school’s subject head for Information and Communication Technology, Madam Lily Hoi and a poem recited by Pri 3 pupil Eashaa Pillai.

There were also other performances by the school’s tap dancers, choir, drama club, fusion dancers, Chinese Cultural Club and alumni.

The night ended with everyone singing the school song after singing a popular CHIJ song, Hold on to Our Dream.

Students tell story of school in play

Pupils of CHIJ (Katong) Primary re-enact a part of their school history.

Pupils, staff and parents celebrated CHIJ (Katong) Primary’s Founders Day and 85th anniversary on May 28.

The celebrations included  a short play called A Journey Through Our History, where Pri 6 pupils acted out various segments of the school’s history.

Prior to the play, there was a Mass which had the theme Joyful in Hope, Generous in Service.

Fr Eugene Vaz was the main celebrant together with school chaplain Fr Damian de Wind.

In his homily, Fr Vaz spoke about how being an IJ girl meant belonging to a family that one grows up in with one’s experience of God, both in the home and at school. He noted that through the years, generations of IJ girls have received the gift of education.

Fr Vaz called for a moment of reflection to think about how this gift can be used in service of others, just as their founder, Blessed Nicolas Barre, followed his calling to serve the poor and under-privileged in society.

After Mass, the school paid tribute to the IJ Sisters present. A tribute was also given to Mrs Doris Teoh who was instrumental in the merger of CHIJ Opera Estate and the primary section of Katong Convent in 1990.

A carnival was held on May 30 to celebrate the school’s 85 years.

The school has also raised $23,000 for its annual Gift of Love project this year. The money collected went to the victims of the Nepal earthquake as well as the Infant Jesus Homes and Children centres.