Above: The new school building.

The facility, which houses a library, gymnasium and hostel, is to help students become ‘lifelong learners’

Assumption Pathway School had its new building blessed by Archbishop Nicholas Chia on May 11.

During the service, Archbishop Chia also unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

Speaking to CatholicNews, principal Wee Tat Chuen said, “My hope is that this new building fosters a caring community through its various spaces for interaction, facilitates greater engagement in learning via more authentic learning spaces (such as our hairdressing salon) and develops students to become lifelong learners through its residential programme held at our hostel for 60 students.”

Zulfiqar bin Darahamam, a third-year food preparation course student said, “It’s easier now that the hostel is here instead of travelling all the way to and from the old place at Labrador. And the school hall is also bigger – twice the size.”

Left: Students attending the blessing ceremony on May 11.

The new building, completed last year, is located on the same premises as the older ones. Its entrance is on Cashew Road, off Upper Bukit Timah Road.

The facility houses the administration office, a multi-purpose hall, canteen, library, a new gymnasium and hostel.

The new building was needed due to space constraints. With the new facility, space was freed up for more classrooms in the older buildings. An annexe to the new building, called Art, will be used as a training restaurant for food preparation courses.

Archbishop Chia blessing the training restaurant.

Assumption Pathway serves early teen students who are less academically inclined and who prefer a vocational course of study. The average student undergoes a three-year course culminating in a certification in one of four disciplines – electrical servicing, mechanical servicing, food preparation, and service or baking practices.

The courses allow students to be employed after their studies or in some case to continue higher studies through the Institute of Technical Education.

The new building cost some $30 million and took about two years to complete.

The school now has about 500 students.

By Don Gurugay

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