Saints Awards Ceremony 2015
Saints' Awards #1
Saints' Awards #2 (Individual Photos)
Second Thoughts Helping Others
A Tribute to a Saint
Mr. Yee Teck Peng
Matthew Bong Wei Zhe (P6 Thanksgiving)
I, Matthew Bong, from P6 Thanksgiving, am deeply grateful to have the privilege of representing the class of 2015 as the Valedictorian. Over the past six years in St Andrew’s Junior School, I have had many enriching experiences and learnt a lot with and from my fellow Saints. We learnt values and skills. We learnt how to conduct ourselves. We learnt what it means to be someone with exemplary character. The morning devotions, the assembly talks, the classroom lessons and the many engaging activities prepared through platforms such as the annual Pupils Learning Festival, learning journeys, camps and many more are experiences that make us who we are today. Through all these experiences, we strive to become skilled communicators, community builders and holistic thinkers. No doubt it’s an arduous process but it’s a process that we want and must go through for I believe all these are valuable as we go forward in life.
In this school, character is taught and caught. We learn it by seeing and doing. St Andrew’s has provided all students numerous platforms to help us be people of exemplary character - Entrepreneurship Day, P5 Camp and CCA-just to name a few. But the experience that I will always remember is this year’s musical.
You see, I am a member of the school’s choir, the Singing Saints. It is my choice CCA and I have enjoyed all the lessons the teachers and instructors have put together. When I was selected to be one of the cast for this year’s musical, Keep the Flame, I was elated and at the same time worried. I was happy because it was a great privilege to be acting as one of the main characters. I was worried because I knew that it would be great challenge to juggle my duties as a student about to take a national exam and as an actor who needed to attend practice weekly. But with the assurance and support of all my teachers, I soon assumed my role and did it wholeheartedly. During the practices, I learnt all about the values of the school. I learnt about resilience and self-discipline through the course of the weekly practices where I spent hours practising the songs; I learnt about unity when I saw that if the smallest role was not fulfilled, the musical could not be complete; I saw and felt the value of excellence in action when I witnessed our final product and the smiles on the faces of the audience at the end of the show. These wonderful lessons are not something I can hold in my hands but they remain in a special place in my heart and my mind. They are everlasting. I’m very sure all of my fellow graduates will leave this school with similar if not better memories too.
Studying in St Andrew’s has changed my life greatly. Although I am not perfect, I certainly have grown in maturity and in character.
All the things that have happened to me would not have been possible without the help of others. Hence, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have brought me and my fellow P6s to where we are today. Firstly, I would like to thank God for His love for us, guiding and watching over us throughout our entire primary school life. Also, I thank Him for the wonderful people in my life and bringing me to where I am today. I personally want to thank our school leaders, Mrs Wong, Mr Tham and Mrs Lim for leading the school and for their care and concern for all students in the school. To my dear P6 teachers, you know who you are, please accept my sincere gratitude for putting in so much effort in making my last year in primary school such an enjoyable and memorable one. To Ms Vasanthi, the Prefects Mistress, thank you for teaching my fellow prefects and me about leadership skills not only through workshops and trainings but also through your charisma as a servant leader. To Mrs Lim, the choir’s head teacher, and Mr Liew, the conductor of the choir, thank you for helping the choir become such an enjoyable and fun place to be in. Without both of your help, certainly, the choir and I would not be where we are today.
Next, I want to thank every one of my friends and classmates. I feel so blessed to have great friends who have been with me through the years, through thick and thin, making me laugh when I was down and celebrating with me when I did well. And even though we don’t always get along, our friendships will always remain. Truly, even as we part ways, I will always remember every one of you. I want to take this opportunity thank my best friend whom I have had many good times with and who have supported me whenever I need help. He is Javier Chan. He is a true servant leader who has helped me in many aspects of my school life and taught me many things. My friend, you make school more awesome than it already is. Thank you.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all our parents for guiding us every single day. I believe you have used a lot of energy, patience, time and love that amazingly seems to be bottomless to nurture and care for us. I cannot imagine life without your presence, support, encouragement, and even nagging. Thank you so much for being there for us, always. To all my friends, soon we will part ways. There will be hugs and tears. I sincerely hope that all of us will still stay in touch. And as we continue on the journey in life, let us remember whatever we have learnt in St Andrew’s Junior School, especially about character. For it is what makes or breaks us.
As a final thought, going forward, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Charles Reade. He said, “Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
Fellow Saints, let us remember all the wonderful people we met and all the experiences we had in St. Andrew’s that have taught us so much about character, which will eventually determine our path later on in life. To each and every Saint, as we progress to the next chapter of our lives, may God bless you all and may we continue to scale greater heights in whatever we do.
Up and On!