Primary Six student Weers Natasha Audrey introducing the Heritage Gallery to IJ Sr Julia Ong.

CHIJ (Katong) Primary launched its Heritage Gallery recently to help pupils, parents and visitors understand the school’s beginnings and how it has evolved over the years.

Some of the 12 information panels explain how the school was established 81 years ago through the hard work of the Infant Jesus (IJ) nuns, who worked tirelessly to continue their founder Blessed Nicolas Barre’s mission of love.

Other panels highlight the development of the school over the decades.

The gallery was launched on May 27 during the school’s Founder’s Day celebration, which began with a Mass celebrated by Msgr Eugene Vaz, Fr Christopher Lee and Fr Ignatius Yeo.

During the launching ceremony, IJ Provincial Sr Maria Lau said it was important to pass on the legacy of the IJ Sisters as well as the school’s traditions and values.

The celebration also saw three Primary Six pupils, Jacqueline Kwa, Chloe Choo and Natasha Sophia Sturgess sharing their reflections on what the school means to them.

The gallery, set up in the school’s garden area.

Mrs Pauline Tan, a member of the staff, also shared her thoughts on how a convent education has greatly shaped her life and values.

Principal Geraldine See, in her speech, said that as Fr Barre’s virtues continue to be cherished in the school, it is hoped that all students would be proud to say, “I am an IJ girl!”

She also thanked the school for raising $22,600 for the building of IJ Village of Hope, a project of the IJ Homes and Children’s Centres, which will serve the less fortunate in society.

By Sheila Anne Rabot

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