Welcoming Back Our Own – Founders’ Day Dinner 201623 Mar 2016
Zachary Loh (16A12)
On the evening of 21st March 2016, a hearty rendition of the school song filled Tan Kah Kee Hall, bringing back cherished memories of school life to the Hwa Chong alumni in attendance. At the Founders’ Day Dinner, alumni from different generations gathered to meet up with old friends and teachers. We were honoured to have one of very own, Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, grace the Dinner as the Guest-of-Honour.
In his speech, Mr. Ng shared his experiences as a Hwa Chong student, and mentioned his pride in singing the school song. He expressed the importance of bilingualism and entrepreneurship in preparing Singaporean students to be “future-ready”, while ensuring that future generations are “grounded in sound values and strong character.” His alma mater, Mr. Ng said, continues to nurture bicultural and entrepreneurial leaders with heart, compassion, and love.
Shortly after the speech, it was the investiture ceremony of the Singapore Chinese High School Board of Directors (SCHS BOD) and the Hwa Chong International School Board/Directors (HCIS BD). They have chosen to step forward and contribute their effort to serve the Hwa Chong family and promote holistic development.
On Founders’ Day, we come together to honour the spirit of our predecessors. After a day of productive CIP activities conducted across the island, the Dinner was a culmination of the unique Hwa Chong spirit of passion and compassion that binds all of us, no matter where we may be.
Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, taking a photograph with his classmates
Photo Credit: Ng Xin Lin (16S69) @ Hwa Chong Publications Society
The Minister’s speech can be accessed at https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/speeches/speech-by-mr-ng-chee-meng--acting-minister-for-education-schools-at-the-hwa-chong-institution-97th-founders-day-dinner-and-investiture-of-the-board-of-directors-on-monday--21-march-2016
Read the Minister’s Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1065962130091186.1073741851.960923553928378&type=3
Articles on the Dinner can be read at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/students-must-be-enterprising-to-be-future-ready-says-ng-chee-meng and http://www.zaobao.com.sg/special/article/education/story20160322-595363
Additional Photo Credit
Moving Panel Image: Ng Xin Lin (16S69) @ Hwa Chong Publications Society
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