We will nurture our students to be God-fearing: ACSBOG chief
THE first Anglo-Chinese School outside Singapore, ACS (International) Jakarta, had its official opening and Dedication Service in Jakarta on Nov 8, 2006.
Bishop Dr H. Doloksaribu, Bishop of Indonesia (Region I), officiated at the Dedication Service. Among those present were Mr Tan Wah Thong, Chairman of the ACS Board of Governors; Mr Mucki Tan, founder of Sekolah Tiara Bangsa, forerunner of ACS (International) Jakarta; board members from Singapore and Indonesia; principals and vice-principals of ACS schools in Singapore; and pastors from the region.
The 45-minute service, held at the Jakarta school’s Performing Arts Theatre, included performances from the school choir, a piano piece performed by the School Captain, Abel, and a short video presentation charting the history of the school.
Mr Daryl Forde, the Executive Director, began by welcoming the guests with a short speech. He spoke about adding the richness of 120 years of the ACS culture to the existing one in the school.
Mr Tan Wah Thong then welcomed the school into the ACS Family. In his speech, he spoke on what it is like to be an ACS school by referring to the visions and missions of the various ACS units.
He said that the hallmark of the ACS Brand of Education is its high academic standards and its thorough preparation for students to meet the challenges of post-secondary and tertiary education. It provides students with a holistic education.
“Although rapid changes have taken place in our society and have posed many challenges, the ACS educational mission, based on Christian values and Christian teachings, remains unchanged.
“We dedicate ourselves to educate and nurture each generation of students to be God-fearing men and women of character and integrity and equip them to make responsible contributions as future leaders and global citizens. We shall continue to work hand-in-hand with ACS (International) Jakarta in order to fulfil this high calling.
“This vision challenges the school, the board, the parents, the Church, supporters and well-wishers to educate and nurture the students to be a future generation of God-fearing men and women to become scholars, officers and global citizens,” he added.
Bishop Dr Doloksaribu, in his message, said he was pleased that The Methodist Church in Singapore was now collaborating with The Methodist Church in Indonesia to educate Indonesian children. He hoped that there would be more opportunities for tie-ups and cooperation in future.
The guests were introduced to the school anthem, sung in English as well as Bahasa Indonesia. They were then treated to an Indonesian buffet lunch followed by a tour of the school.
All the classrooms are air-conditioned and are spacious. There are computer labs, lecture rooms, science labs and a large library. The school also boasts a state-of-the-art 350-seater Performing Arts Theatre, three music studios, a dance studio, seven tennis courts, four of which are under cover, a football pitch, two mini-football pitches, two basketball courts and a futsal court.
Currently, the school has about 40 teachers, a good mix of local staff and expatriates. There are about 300 boys and girls throughout all the grades from the three-year-olds in Nursery to the 17-year-olds in Grade 11 (Pre-U 1). There will be a Grade 12 class next year.
The school is an Indonesian National Plus School, conducting classes in English in all subjects except for Indonesian language classes. Mandarin is also offered as an elective.
Primary School students (Grades 1 – 6) have lessons conducted according to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate while adhering to the Singapore syllabus for Mathematics and Science. Secondary School students will sit for the IGCSE at the end of Grade 10 and the IB Diploma Programme will be offered to the Grade 12s. All this will ensure that students will be able to move on to any institution anywhere in the world.
Melvin Sim is the Director of Academic Studies at ACS (International) Jakarta.
MSM’s 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner
THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) will be celebrating 10 years of God’s blessings with a Gala Dinner at Raffles Town Club on Feb 3, 2007 at 7 pm.
The theme is “Sent Forth by God’s Blessings”.
Book your table – at a minimum donation of $1,000 – by Dec 20, 2006 by calling the MSM at tel: 6767-5258. All proceeds will go to the MSM ministry.
Founded in 1997, the MSM was pioneered in faith with a two-fold vision: To provide a vehicle for The Methodist Church in Singapore to reach out to society and contribute towards the development of music and the arts in Singapore, and to enhance the quality of worship in our churches by nurturing an interest in music and developing the musical talents of those so gifted by God.