Paying tribute to those who have contributed to the MGS legacy


TO EVERY THING there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. And there is always a time to celebrate the great things He has done.

On July 25, Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) celebrated Founder’s Day in honour of a missionary and founder whose vision continues to touch generations of girls. This was also a time to pay tribute to the many who have enriched the colourful legacy that is distinctively MGS and applaud outstanding students, past and present.

Mrs Shirleen Ong, the Principal, rejoiced that MGS is a community growing in extent and influence, and enjoying the abundant blessings of God. She expressed gratitude for the school’s success in the many fields of education where the girls and their teachers have dared to do mighty things, in the spirit of Sophia Blackmore herself.

MGS is unique for its signature programmes which extend from ROCs (Reality Outside the Classrooms) to SBL (Sophia Blackmore Lectures) to the RYC (Regional Conference), the Twinning Programme and the inaugural Festival of Arts, which are the cornerstones of excellence.

All these reinforce the MGS tradition of educating the young to take their place among the best in the community, the nation and the world.

The school was especially delighted that some of its President’s Scholars had returned to celebrate MGS and to witness the unveiling of the Roll of Honour. Dr Anne Tan Kendrick, President’s Scholar 1982, was the Guest-of-Honour. She has left indelible footsteps in medicine and other fields here in Singapore and throughout the world where her expertise, knowledge and perspective are highly valued.

In her address to the graduating class, she urged the girls to challenge themselves and cultivate excellence wherever possible.

Excellence, she explained, is doing something more or better than is expected of you.

The best and most fulfilling way to be excellent is to motivate yourself. It is not about going out of your way to impress or change the world. It is about the little things that you do and how you could do it better and in a different way.