Canossa Catholic Primary 1 boys join the girls on their first day of school.
Visibly nervous and shy but the boys soon found their feet after a warm welcome to the new co-ed Canossa Catholic Primary School, as they mingled with the girls.
For the girls, this was the first time that they had boys in their midst as the school (formerly known as Canossa Convent Primary School) started its new milestone on Jan 2 with boys making up 40 per cent of the Primary 1 cohort.
The new student intake was received by Canossian Sisters and Mrs Eugenie Tan, the school principal. Some were hesitant to part with their parents but they were persuaded by the school prefects who led them to meet their new classmates.
There were also reassurances from teachers and prefects that friends and fun awaited them.
“We are very happy to welcome boys into our school,” said Mrs Tan. “The boys will now have the privilege of a Canossian education where we focus on the formation of the heart … which means we will raise good sons for families and society.”
For both boys and girls, we hope to nurture them into compassionate leaders who will always be in service to God and country, she added.
Ethel Tan, Pri 2 student, said she looks forward to having boys in the school because “I have more friends to play with”.
Pri 4 student Sri Putri Indraqasih said, “I think having boys in the school is fun because they can teach us new things like playing soccer.”
The convent held a thanksgiving celebration on Nov 13 last year to call time as a convent school.