Archbishop William Goh poses with newly commissioned principals (from left): Ms Phyllis Chua, Mrs Fiona Tan, Mr Daniel Ang, Mrs Allison Lim, Ms Cecilia Lim, Mrs Juliana Conceicao, Ms Christina Teo, Mrs Trace Teo, Mrs Jennifer Teo, Ms Christina Michael and Mrs Judina Cheong. Also in the photo (from left) are Fr Edward Seah, Deacon Clement Chen, Msgr Philip Heng and Fr Adrian Danker.

Educators should attend to the holistic development of their students and their moral development. Such students will be motivated not only to do well but also to serve others, said Archbishop William Goh at the Principals’ Commissioning Mass on Jan 21.

Speaking to educators from Catholic schools, Archbishop Goh also advised them to undergo continual formation, just like how the apostles and disciples were formed by Jesus before they built the early Church.

Eleven principals, who are taking up new roles in Catholic schools this year ranging from kindergarten to junior college level, were commissioned during the Mass. They are:

- Ms Christina Michael, Canossian School
- Mrs Jennifer Teo, Marymount Kindergarten
- Mrs Trace Teo, Good Shepherd Kindergarten
- Mrs Juliana Conceicao, Magdalene’s Kindergarten
- Mrs Allison Lim, Marymount Convent School
- Mrs Judina Cheong, CHIJ (Katong) Primary School
- Ms Cecilia Lim, St Anthony’s Primary School
- Ms Christina Teo, CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity
- Mrs Fiona Tan, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School
- Mr Daniel Ang, Hai Sing Catholic School
- Ms Phyllis Chua, Catholic Junior College

One part of the commissioning ceremony saw principals and vice-principals present receiving a specially crafted candle to remind them that they are the light of Christ in their schools.

Many of the newly commissioned principals said they felt humbled, blessed and honoured to serve in their new schools.

“Just as Jesus is the Good Shepherd, I hope to be a good shepherd to my pupils and colleagues,” said Ms Cecilia Lim, principal of St Anthony’s Primary School.

Students from four schools – St Patrick’s School, Montfort Secondary School, CHIJ Secondary and CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent – helped in providing altar servers, ushers and choir for the Mass.

The Principals’ Commissioning Mass was organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) and its Council of Catholic Schools’ Principals. They work with Catholic schools in Singapore to strengthen the Catholic ethos in their communities.

A major upcoming event organised by ACCS is the Catholic Education Conference 2017 in March. For more information, visit

By Errol Chang

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