Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools), greets a student during the celebration on July 7.

Assumption English School (AES) held its opening ceremony at Upper Bukit Timah Road on July 7, a year and a half after returning to the site.

The school moved to a holding site in Queensway from 2013 to 2015 while the Upper Bukit Timah campus went through the Ministry of Education’s Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing Schools (PRIME) initiative to upgrade the building.

AES returned to its original site in January last year.

The July 7 opening ceremony saw Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools), attending as the guest-of-honour.

He was welcomed by the uniformed groups’ guard of honour consisting of the National Cadet Corps, National Police Cadet Corps, Red Cross Youth and Girl Guides.

Participants watched a concert highlighting the “Life of AES”. It took the form of a news bulletin with news anchors and reporters covering various school programmes. This was representative of the school’s Applied Learning Programme,

SPeak English with grAce and Knowledge (SPEAK), which aims to hone students’ speaking skills.

Mr Ng uses an iPad to control a Lego robot during the celebration.

Participants also saw how Inter-disciplinary Project Work (IPW) for Sec 1 and 2 students brought together concepts from subjects like Mathematics, Science and Design & Technology.

They then had the chance to go on stage to control Lego robots using iPads. Mr Ng was one of those who volunteered.

In his address to the school, he emphasised the importance of preparing students for the future economy. He acknowledged how SPEAK “gives students opportunities to enhance their communication skills” while the IPW “develops students’ abilities to innovate, analyse complex issues and implement new ideas”.

Such learning experiences, Mr Ng noted, lay the foundation for students to be ready for their next stage of education.

Students put on a concert that took the form of a news bulletin.

Participants also watched videos recounting the school’s fundraising events led by chairman of the school management committee, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng.

The $38 million upgraded school building includes more learning spaces. Larger classrooms are equipped with IdeaPaint on the walls, in place of the traditional whiteboard, so that classes can be conducted in a more creative and interactive way. There is also the addition of an indoor sports hall, sheltered basketball courts and artificial turf field.

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