By Joyce Gan

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SINGAPORE - The annual Commission and Commitment Ceremony for Principals and Vice- Principals of Catholic Schools was held this year at Church of the Holy Spirit on Jan 27.

From left, Andrew Bennett, Charles Surin, Chan Wan Siong and Regina Lee, four newly appointed principals were commissioned. Photos by Henry Seah.

Among those commissioned by Archbishop Nicholas Chia were four principals newly appointed to head Catholic schools:

- Regina Lee of CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh);

- Chan Wan Siong of CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School;

- Charles Surin of Hai Sing Catholic School; and

- Andrew Bennett of St. Joseph's Institution, International.

Altogether, 32 principals and 35 vice-principals of 35 Catholic primary and secondary schools and Catholic Junior College renewed their commitment (below) to lead their schools in the spirit of Christ at the ceremony.

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Archbishop Chia said in his homily that principals and vice-principals share in a beautiful mission to help young people "become the persons God has destined them to be". He prayed God would fill them with the gifts and powers to be fitting instruments of love and service in this task.

"Our Catholic schools do not merely replicate other schools; they have a special character which springs from the strong faith that informs all they do and how they do it," Archbishop Chia said.

The Commissioning Mass left an impact on Mrs Regina Lee, who shared that it was a "very dignified moment" for her. "Receiving the light from Archbishop Chia symbolized the importance of the mission ahead of me as Principal of CHIJ and strengthened my commitment to do my best," said the old girl of CHIJ Secondary.

The ceremony was organized by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools whose mission is to acknowledge and emphasize the critical role top leaders in school play in creating and developing the unique Catholic ethos of Catholic schools.

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