Dear ACS OBA Member,
May we take the opportunity to wish you a blessed and joyous 2012 to you and your loved ones. We hope that you had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season and look forward to what will be another interesting year for the ACS OBA.
Past - Summary of the OBA’s activities in 2011
2011 was an exciting and busy one for the ACS family and the ACS OBA which organized many of the 125th Anniversary events. The OBA kicked off our 125th Anniversary celebrations on January 20th with a Lunar New Year gathering at Sarang at Orchard Central, which was followed by our annual Past vs present Games on February 27th.
On March 1st 2011, Founder’s Day, we celebrated 125 glorious years of our history and God’s blessings at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with close to 9,000 students, staff, alumni and guests. Old Boys Rev Dr Norman and Rev Dr Gordon Wong led the Thanksgiving Service that was graced by Guest-of-Honor and Old Boy, Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. Following the end of the service and departure of the invited guests, the students and staff remained to enjoy “ACS’ Got Talent”, an informal and entertaining friendly competition highlighting the talent of all the 6 schools.
Later that day, we continued in the spirit of celebration, feasted and enjoyed each other’s fellowship at the 125thFounder’s Day Dinner held at the Suntec Convention Centre for over 1,250 people. Rev Dr Norman Wong and Nathan Hartono were wonderful Masters of Ceremony for the fun-filled evening.
Barely 3 weeks following the completion of our landmark Founder’s Day celebrations, the OBA collaborated with ACJC on March 26th and co-hosted the ACJC- OBA Careers Talk that featured four distinguished alumni who are leaders in their fields of Banking, Law, Accounting and Medicine.
The first-ever ACS OBA and MGS Alumnae Association Social Mixer event on July 9th was a huge success and a unique opportunity for inter-school and multi-cohort socialising and networking. Through the power of social media and by word-of-mouth, about 200 alumni from the ACS family and MGS descended upon the hip and trendy ACSian-owned Balaclava at ION Orchard. Truly a sign of the times!!!
And of course the 125th Anniversary celebrations of the ACS family would not be complete without an event that showcased the sporting tradition of our school. In the spirit of the ACS 125th anniversary celebrations, all the six units of the ACS family of schools gathered together at the ACS (Independent) Swimming and Sports Complex on the morning of 5 August to participate in the ACS 125 Sports Festival.
The last quarter of the year saw the OBA host a special Retired Teachers’ Celebration Dinner on Teachers’ Day, September 1st at the ACS (Barker Road) campus. A great time was had by both the retired staff as well as Old Boys who came in full force to pay tribute to their dear teachers.
Present - The Establishment of the ACS Foundation
Independent of the OBA’s activities but noteworthy nonetheless, is the establishment of the Anglo-Chinese Schools Foundation (“ACS Foundation”) by the ACS Board of Governors to commemorate our 125th Anniversary. The objective is to be the umbrella Foundation for the ACS schools and to assist them in their efforts to enhance the holistic education needs of our students and teachers, and through them, to share with society the blessings and rewards of receiving an ACS education. The ACS Foundation aims to centralize the philanthropic efforts of the ACS Family and provide a one-stop solution for charitable giving to the ACS Schools. We encourage you to visit the website http://www.theacsfoundation.org/ for more information and consider giving to our alma mater.
Future - Activities in the months ahead
In the upcoming months, we have much to look forward to. In February, we have the Past vs Present Games on Sunday, February 26th, in March, our Founder’s Day Dinner held at the Orchard Hotel on Thursday, March 1st, and the OBA AGM on Friday, March 30th. Please look out for more information on our ACS OBA website http://www.acsoba.net/ for further details soon.
As always, we encourage you to send us your suggestions for activities or to simply volunteer. Kindly contact our Administrator Dorothy Sim at email@example.com or 6259-7860 should you have any questions.
The Best Is Yet To Be,
President, The ACS Old Boys’ Association and the ACS OBA Management Committee