St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools’ students look forward to brand new school buildings next year
Students at St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools can look forward to better facilities and more educational resources when they start the school term next year.
Both institutions are presently undergoing PRIME, the Education Ministry’s Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools, and are now at different temporary locations.
The schools are expected to move into their new buildings, at their original site in Bedok North Avenue 4, at the end of the year.
The upgraded St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School will have five levels of bigger classrooms.
There will be a total of five blocks which include a chapel, an indoor sports hall, a multi-purpose hall, a double-storey library, a dance studio, a band room and an outdoor experiential learning trail.
Pupils will also enjoy more sheltered playing areas and physical education lessons on a synthetic field.
“Our newly upgraded school will further enhance the learning experience of our pupils. More special rooms will also ensure teachers can carry out lessons in a much more conducive environment,” said the principal, Mrs Eugenie Tan.
Resources and facilities in the pipeline for St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School include two dance studios, two music studios, a black box theatre and two rehearsal rooms.
These are to support the school in its niche area in the performing arts. The school’s Performing Arts Education Programme (PAE) is offered to all students in lower secondary as a core curriculum to develop the critical, creative and empathetic capacities of the girls.
The school also introduced its O Level Music Programme in 2012 and the O Level Drama Programme in 2006 to create more opportunities for students with various artistic talents to develop their potential.
Another programme, the Foundress Signature Programme, aims to stretch students’ talents in the school’s various academies, namely the Language Arts Academy, The Maths and Science Academy and The Leadership Academy. Students identified with exceptional talent in a particular area will be invited to join the programme.
The school is also the only Catholic secondary school that offers a comprehensive inclusive curriculum for hearing-impaired students endorsed by the Ministry of Education. These students take part in the full life of the school and are active in a wide range of co-curricular activities such as the concert and angklung bands, dance and the Digital Media Club.
“We consider it a privilege to be given the chance to journey with all God’s children as they discover how good they can really be!” said principal Melanie Martens.
St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools will hold a fundraising gala dinner on June 30 at Marina Mandarin Hotel. Proceeds will go to the schools’ upgrading projects.