Kindergarten One and Kindergarten Two pupils from Church of the Holy Trinity Kindergarten made their parents proud with a colourful performance at the Tampines GRC Family Day Celebration. This community event was held at the Central Piazza on May 11 under the auspices of the Tampines Changkat Community Centre. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was Guest-of-Honour.

The day’s performances incorporated Singapore’s different costumes, way of life and music of the various races, then and now.

After seeing the enthusiastic and vibrant performance of the children, a visibly proud and happy parent said to kindergarten principal Shirley Tan: "Now I know and really appreciate what holistic education is all about. How did you people manage to get things so organized with such short notice? (The kindergarten had only a month’s notice to prepare for the event.) The children were so natural and simply brilliant."

Ms Shirley Tan said that the children were very excited on the day of the performance. One child remarked that she had been practising her dance 200 times a day, the principal added. The children’s excitement stemmed from wanting to meet the Prime Minister, Ms Tan explained. "There is a topic in the school’s curriculum where we talk about famous people of the past and present, Singapore’s history and well-known personalities," she said.

Holy Trinity Kindergarten is a PEPS (Parents Education for Pre-School) school, a programme initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in 2005 for NTUC and PAP Community Foundation. The PEPS programme was recently offered to private centres like Holy Trinity Kindergarten. PEPS programmes enhance the quality of family life for parents and their preschool children through seminars, workshops, talks, etc.

Though the kindergarten has been running similar programmes for past years, being a part of PEPS allowed the school to collaborate with an extended circle of expertise, said Ms Tan.

"We registered to be part of PEPS as we believe in the holistic education of our children. This is one area that will see the tripartite collaboration – the child, family and school – in the holistic development of our preschoolers."

A talk was held at the parish on Saturday May 24 involving parents on their role in "Building a Child’s Moral Intelligence", the first in a series of programmes lined up. About 80 parents attended the talk. The kindergarten also held a Parent-Teachers-Meet cum exhibition showcasing children’s artwork themed "Kindimart". A ‘supermarket’ was set up with the children’s work on display.

Holy Trinity Kindergarten, established since 1995, has been growing with programmes that have been well accepted by the community in the area. There are currently 270 students in the kindergarten, 60 percent of them parishioners. The kindergarten has a management committee comprising six lay parishioners. Parish priest Father Johnson Fernandez is the supervisor. -By Joyce Gan

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