Saints Awards Ceremony 2013
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Saints' Awards #2
Abel Tng Wen Xu (P6 Thanksgiving)
I, Abel Tng, from P6 Thanksgiving, am honoured to have the privilege of representing the Class of 2013. Learning and growing up in St Andrew's Junior School has been an immensely enjoyable and enriching experience for me, and I’m sure, for all of the P6s. The journey through life is one that nobody can go through alone and surely, there is always someone there to accompany us in difficult times, pressing us on. As such, I must begin by thanking those who have brought us, the P6s, to where we are today.
Whenever we have doubts or are feeling troubled, there is always someone looking over us, protecting and comforting us. That is God. We should first thank God for everything he has done for us, guiding and shielding us throughout our primary school journey.
Next, on behalf of the Class of 2013, I would like to thank all the SAJS teachers for painstakingly guiding us during these six years. You have all worked hard to instil values in us and have inspired us to develop an interest in learning. Each of you, in your own way, has played an important part in nurturing and shaping our hearts and minds. We appreciate the efforts you have put in and sincerely thank you for never giving up on us. Special thanks to Ms Koay for her interesting English lessons and ‘necessary’ admonitions to help us improve both academically as well as in character; special thanks also to Mr Chia for teaching us Math and livening up our lessons with your jokes.
There is yet another group of special people whom we would like to thank; the supportive parent volunteers of SAJS. Without your efforts, many parties, carnivals and events would not have been possible. Besides this, our precious parents even went the extra mile of praying for us while we were doing our PSLE papers. Thank you for encouraging and helping us to stay confident during that challenging period.
I would also like to thank my friends and classmates who have stuck with me all these years, through thick and thin, bringing me joy, laughter and even tears. I am truly blessed to have such caring and awesome people around me. You have made my primary school life so enjoyable and memorable, and I will always remember and treasure the precious times we have spent together.
Looking back, I remember the days when I first entered primary school. I was rather quiet and shy then, not wanting to interact with my other classmates. However, I was given many opportunities to speak up, which helped build my confidence.
As days passed, I slowly adjusted to the new environment and began to make friends. From my early years in SAJS, there was great emphasis on goal setting and character building. I dreamt of leading the school and being a Gentleman, a Leader and an Ambassador. This led me to assume different leadership positions. From being a class captain, I progressed to become a Junior Leader, then a Prefect, and finally the School Captain. I am deeply grateful to the Prefectorial Board and the school for the opportunity to be the SAJS School Captain as this has allowed me to enhance my leadership skills. For this, I would like to thank my Prefect teachers, Mr Yak, Mrs Lynette Wong, Ms Hoe and Ms Vasanthi for encouraging and coaching me to be the best that I can be. Mr Yak with his cool, calm persona and ability to manage difficult issues extremely well has made an indelible impression on me.
I must say that being in SAJS has changed my life. Although I am far from perfect, I believe that I have become a much better person because of this school. One thing I will never forget is the St Andrew’s spirit. I am blessed to be in SAJS, where there is joy in learning not only in class, but also on the field. Who can ever forget our rugby tradition! To me, studying in St Andrew’s is a privilege. What’s so special about St Andrew’s? I’m proud to say that our school puts God and character building before everything else.
I’m sure all my fellow saints will never forget the three most important things in SAJS ---Character, Character and Character. Billy Graham once said, “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost; all is lost.” With God’s help and good character, we can achieve our dreams.
Throughout our 6 years in SAJS, the principals and teachers have strived to instil in us the right values to prepare us for the challenges of life, and today, we have a common set of values for the whole village, namely Thanksgiving, Resilience, Unity, Empathy, Wonder, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Excellence, TRUE and WISE. For this, we would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Wong our Principal, Mr. Tham our Vice-Principal, to Mrs Pryke and Mr Chan, our former school leaders, Canon Ong and all the teachers for setting and directing us on the right path.
My fellow Saints, always remember where you come from and how blessed you are to be in SAJS. Class of 2013, even as we leave and continue our journey in life, let us keep the flame burning brightly ever.
Once a Saint, always a Saint. Up and On!