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Fund Raising in Aid of The St. Gabriel’s Foundation Endowment Fund

Fund Raising in Aid of The St. Gabriel’s Foundation Endowment Fund

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St. Gabriel’s Foundation

11th January 2006

Board of Governors
Chairman –
Bro. Francis Gasper

Members –
Gabriel Teo
Joseph Tan
Dr Finian Tan

 

Fund Raising Committee
Chairman –
Mr Chua Cher Choon

Vice Chairman –
Mr Tan Teng Wee

Members –
Gabriel Teo
Joseph Tan
Dr Finian Tan

Secretary –
Ronald Tan

Asst Sec –
Ang Chee Kok

Treasurer –
James Tay

Asst Treasurer –
Tristan Peh

Dear Sir/Madam

Fund Raising in Aid of The St. Gabriel’s Foundation Endowment Fund

In the year 1916, the first school in Singapore under the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Gabriel was established. With great missionary zeal and vision, the Brothers went on to establish a number of other Gabrielite schools and educational institutions imparting quality and well rounded education to the children of Singapore. Quote from the National Archives: “They had a whole tradition behind them. They had good results and they had a good reputation. They catered for the rural people who were much simpler…..”

In 2001, the St. Gabriel’s Foundation was established to own and manage the schools and institutions that were formerly under the Brothers. The beneficiaries of the Foundation are:

Assumption English School
Assumption Vocational Institute
Boys’ Town Home
Montfort Junior School
Montfort Secondary School
Montfort Centre
St. Gabriel’s Primary School
St. Gabriel’s Secondary School

The Foundation has embarked on a fund raising project to set up an Endowment Fund. The income proceeds of the Fund will be used to provide assistance to needy students of the Gabrielite schools by way of tuck-shop pocket money and professional counseling. Please open your hearts to the less fortunate children whose wants are few and simple but whose needs are great. The plight and difficulties of such children from low –income families deserve our special assistance and support. We hope you will give us your full-hearted and generous support by contributing to a good cause.

Every gift, large or small will be most appreciated, and will go a long way to help our efforts to alleviate the hardships of those in need.

The St. Gabriel’s Foundation is an approved charitable institution of public character and donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Thank You for Your Kind Generosity.

 

Yours sincerely,
Ronald Tan
Secretary, Fund Raising Committee

You can download the Response Form here.
*Kindly note that you will need Adobe Reader to open the file.

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December 2005 – Mountain Bike Trail

December 2005 – Mountain Bike Trail

The Montfort Alumni (MA) is initiating a cycling special interest group, an idea mooted by Tan Teng Wee (Class of 1973). We are planning to flag off the first bike trail on 17 Dec 2005, in Bukit Timah, probably last remaining nature reserve and park. Besides the demanding exercise of biking, the forest offers fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. The mountain biking trail around the Reserve’s boundary is about 6 km which takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete; the trail grade is moderate to difficult.

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Rendezvous Point: Bukit Timah Hill Visitor Centre (Hindhede Drive)
Time: 0830 hours
Date: 17 Dec 2005 (Saturday)

Visit the Singapore Amateur Cycling Association (SACA) for more information.

SACA Website: www.cycling.org.sg

Singapore National Parks Website: www.nparks.gov.sg

Mountain Biking In Singapore: www.teamabsolut.net/gingerman/offroad.htm

We invite queries and suggestions.

Please email to Teng Wee and me to consolidate information, which would be posted on the MA web in future updates.

Tan Teng Wee Email: tengwee@starhub.net.sg

Ang Chee Kok Email: angck@cyberway.com.sg

MA Website: www.montfortians.org

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December 2005 – YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner

December 2005 – YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner

The year 2005 is ending soon and 2006 beckons to us. The YMA is almost 8 months old and we are organizing a YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner during this merry season.

We would like to create the opportunity for all members of the YMA to take a break from their routine schedule and join in the merry making while catching up with old friends.

Details of the BBQ Reunion Dinner are as below:

Date: 17/12/2005 (Saturday)
Time: 6 PM (Registration & payment)
Venue: Montfort Secondary School Staff Recreation Centre (Former Library)
Cost: $5 per head (YMA); $10 per head (MA)
Attire: Casual

So what are you waiting for? Turn up on that day with your buddies and have a great Saturday night!

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July 2005 – Montfort Junior School Open House

July 2005 – Montfort Junior School Open House

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The MJS Open House is for members of the public as well as for Montfort Alumni members. It is on Saturday, 2nd July from 8.30am to 1pm.

There will be school tours conducted by our teachers, every half hour. The Principal’s address is at 9 am and at 11am, followed by a Q & A session.

There will also be hands on activities in the science room; music room, art and craft room as well as story telling and XBox games in the library. The MJ Parents Connections will also be in the Lego Room to meet potential P1 parents.

The “A” grade canteen will also be open and there will exhibition of rugby, softball, Wushu in the school field.

There will be distribution of the school publicity materials as well as a gift for every visiting child.

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Badminton

Badminton

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Badminton – Olympic sport since 1992

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About 12 to 15 regulars, ages ranging from 20s to 60s, are playing weekly on Wednesday nights, from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, at the Montfort Junior School Hall.

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As there are 3 courts available, we welcome more shuttlers to join. The ideal would be would be around 20 players. Nominal fee is collected for the purchase of shuttlecocks.

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Contact William Gay at willmros@singnet.com.sg

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Y2005/2006 Montfort Alumni AGM and Executive Committee Election

Y2005/2006 Montfort Alumni AGM and Executive Committee Election

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The Y2005/06 Montfort Alumni AGM was held on 23 April 2005 (Saturday) at 2:15 pm after Founder’s Day. Details of the new MA Executive Committee are in the MA & SMC Ex-Co menu on the left. The committee members consist of Montfortians who left school from 1971 to 1996. Let’s continue to support the MA and maintain the close links with our Alma Mater.

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FUND RAISING UPDATE 2005

FUND RAISING UPDATE 2005

“Tsunami: The Students’ Perspective.” Booklet

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Some pages extracted from the 80-page booklet

When school reopened on 3 Jan 2005, the plans to reach out to the Tsunami victims were already in full flight. In addition to raising cash donations, the teachers and students in Montfort Secondary felt that the need to do more. For a school that value “Compassion” and “Discernment” in our mission and vision statements, it is in keeping with our character that we respond differently.

It was unanimously felt by teachers that students should be given an opportunity to pen down their responses to the tsunami disaster as this would give our students an opportunity to express themselves. As Principal was constantly speaking with them about the disaster and the implications and follow up but the students too had many things to say about the disaster, they too had feelings and emotions to share. This idea blossomed into a publication of a book, “Tsunami: The Students’ Perspective.” By providing an avenue for all our students to express themselves, it not only brings about closure for the students but more importantly, the invaluable lessons one can learn from a disaster of such magnitude.

The team of teachers led by the key personnel of the school quickly conceptualized the format and liaised with publishers, sponsors, teachers and students to get it off the ground. The teachers and students were being carried by the wave of compassion that followed the tsunami.

The book thematically arranged according to the stages of grief: Denial and Anger, Bargaining and Depression, Acceptance and Encouragement should be out by the end of January. It comprises articles, poems, reflections and drawings to give the students an opportunity to express themselves in the genre that they are most comfortable with. These pieces are also written in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil to emphasize our sense of unity in this moment of grief. Anyone reading this book will at once gain an insight into how our young feel and respond to such calamities. More importantly we will be encouraged that they are growing up to be fine young people. If there is some encouragement that one can take from this disaster, it is that we are raising a generation of young people that we can be confident will continue do us proud. They can respond in the right way and will continue to do so.

The book was launched by Mr. Charles Chong, Member of Parliament for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC during the school’s Chinese New Year Celebrations. 5000 copies of the book will be on sale at $6 per copy as a fund-raising project and all proceeds will go to the victims through Tsunami Relief Fund. In all, the school hopes to raise about $30,000. This effort will always provide us with the memory of our grief and the unity of spirit that our young Montfortians share with their fellow human beings.

Refer to MA News Flash for details of ordering the booklet.

Ben Tay
Fund Raising (Chairman)
MA Ex-co 2004/05
&
Adrian Leow
Vice Principal
Montfort Secondary School

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GOLF UPDATE 2005

GOLF UPDATE 2005

Thai CGA 2005 Invitation
A total of about 55 Montfortians, Gabrielites and wives traveled to Bangkok in January 2005 on the invitation of CGA Thailand.

33 golfers teed-off at Green Valley Golf and Country Club for a practice round followed by the tournament proper the following day at Maung Kaew Golf and Country Club with our Thai counterpart (ABACA – Assumption Business Administration College Alumni). Non-golfers including wives did a tour of Bangkok plus shopping under the “spiritual” guidance of Bro Emmanuel.

Their tour included visit to the Assumption University at Bang-Na where one can admire the majestic architecture of the building and facilities, which Bro Martin personally supervised.

Our group also travelled up north to Nakonratchasima to visit Assumption College Nakonratchasima and join them for their anniversary celebration Funfare and Dinner.

In this town, golfers had the opportunity to tee-off at two courses, namely, Voyage Panorama Golf course and Bonaza Koa Yai Golf and Country Resort.

Non-golfers visited St Gabriel School that has a collection of bugs, butterflies and beetles in their own museum.

On our return back to Bangkok, several of the appointment holders were invited to the ABAC Trojan Nite held at Queen Sirikit Convention Hall to join the graduates’ celebration.

Singapore CGA Golf Outing for 2005
In Singapore, we will endeavour to continue The CGA Golf outing on monthly basis when time permits.

MA Golf 2005 Event
The Big Event this year would be the Montfort Alumni Golf Event, planned for October. This is a non-fund raising event but to bring back as much alumni as possible.

“I’ll never do it again without Great Golf Events .” – John Abrahams

Volunteers needed to form the organizing committee. Please come forward, help and organize. See the MA Archives for some pictures of previous golf events.

Naturally we are looking for help to get sponsors to make the event a greater success.

Anyone can get a sponsor for the next Hole-In-One car prize as well?

Patrick Khoo
Chairman (Social Committee)
MA Ex-co 2004/05

 

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BADMINTON UPDATE 2005

BADMINTON UPDATE 2005

Montfort Alumni Badminton Group (MABG) started in May 2004 with 6 Montfortians at the Montfort Junior School Hall, made available through the kind generosity of the Principal, Ms Judina Chua.

Presently on record, we have about 30 players, age ranging from 20s to 60s, and on average we have about 12 to 15 regulars playing weekly on Wednesday nights, from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

As there are 3 courts available, we welcome more shuttlers to join in the sweat it out. We oldies run out of steam too fast. The ideal would be would be around 20 players.

As many Montfortians do not play golf, the Badminton weekly serves other members an opportunity to meet, network and sweat out those extra kilos. We are still in our infancy, and we are not ready to have any competition yet. But it will happen soon enough. Now it is the “Battle of our Bulges”.

It is well known that Montfort had won many trophies at the national level. We even had an old boy, Chia Yong Joo who represented Singapore in international games.

There are plans to reach out to more members and develop the MABG further with the help of Yong Joo. We will keep you posted.

Join us every Wednesday night. You can also check out who are the badminton enthusiasts in the Member Search feature. See you.

William Gay
Badminton Convenor (Social Committee)
MA Ex-co 2004/05

 

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