Moving Ahead In The New
Many Singaporeans were delighted with the recent initiatives by the
Ministry of Education as they augur well for the future of our
nation. Though the return of the 5-day week meant a welcomed
improvement in working conditions for teachers, it has however
raised a number of imple-mentation issues.
Mr Tan Wah Thong
ACS Board of Governors
For many years, the six-day week provided schools the opportunity
for CCAs to be held on Saturdays in addition to other weekdays after
normal school hours. Now with the shortened week, the challenge is
to seek out a good balance of time and effort to ensure that the
quality of co-curricular activities (CCAs) and academic standards
are not compromised. The question is: Do we squeeze the CCAs into
the new five-day week at the expense of academic time? Or do we
lengthen the already long school hours in order to accommodate the
CCAs? Or perhaps continue to have limited CCAs on Saturdays as and
when the need arises?
These issues need to be addressed and I am confident that given the
circumstances, ACS teachers will go that extra mile, and if need be
spend a few hours on Saturday to ensure that we uphold the long
established holistic approach of the ACS brand of education which
emphasizes equally on scholastic excellence and CCAs.
are proud that the ACS brand of education is unique, and has been
proven to be consistently successful over time. In a milieu where a
fine sportsman is also a good student and an ordinary student can
excel in the performing arts, sports, games, leadership or any other
CCAs, it has produced generations of gentlemen and ladies who
understand the value of human personality, as much as the need to
maintain discipline. The end product is an ACSian who has been
stretched to the limit in a number of disciplines in the academic
and CCAs. These qualities and traditions have made ACS great
schools. We must uphold them and move forward to make our schools
even greater schools for generations to come.
Honours Three Prominent Old Boys
Much of what ACS is today is attributed to the many loyal old boys
who have contributed a great deal to the development of the school.
Among them, three stand out: Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan (Chairman of
The Tan Foundation), Dr Lee Seng Gee (Chairman of The Lee
Foundation), and Dr Shaw Vee Meng (Chairman of The Shaw Foundation).
recognition of their invaluable contributions, the ACS Board of
Governors has named three ACS Schools Houses after them. With these
new Houses, all the six ACS schools will now have eight houses each:
Cheong Koon Seng House, Goh Hood Keng House, Lee Seng Gee House,
Oldham House, Shaw Vee Meng House, Tan Kah Kee House, Tan Chin Tuan
House and Thoburn House.
ACS House Colours ( L
to R) : Oldham, Thoburn, Cheong Koon Seng, Shaw Vee Meng, Tan Chin
Tuan, Lee Seng Gee,
Tan Kah Kee & Goh Hood Keng
The ACS Houses were first inaugurated
in 1929 and were named after distinguished people who had
contributed significantly to ACS. The aims of the House system are
to promote and develop clean and keen competition in sports both
individually and among the Houses. Lately the Houses’ competitive
activities have been expanded to include Community and Social
Service, Debates, Arts and Public Speaking.
Another Significant Milestone in ACS
2005 got on to a good start for ACS. With the establishment of ACS
(International), which is another significant milestone in ACS
history, the ACS family now comprises six schools and a total
student population of about 10,000.
When the ambitious idea was first mooted some years back, the
challenges anticipated then were rather daunting. However, thanks to
our talented development team led by Mrs Goh Chi Lan and Rev. Dr.
John Barrett, and the full support of The Methodist Church in
Singapore, the Economic Development Board and the Ministry of
Education, ACS (International) is now a reality!
fully operational, ACS (International) will offer a comprehensive
6-year programme comprising 2 levels - the first of 4 years leading
to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
whilst the second of 2 years for the International Baccalaureate
Diploma Programme (IBDP).
As with the other
ACS schools, students will receive the Anglo-Chinese School brand of
education – one that focuses on academic excellence,
developing leadership skills and character building. Equally
important would be the emphasis on Christian values and teachings.
2005 promises to be an eventful and fruitful one for
ACS. I am looking forward to it and wish everyone in the ACS family
God’s blessings, good health and happiness.
Tan Wah Thong
ACS Board of Governors
Mr Tan Wah Thong,
Mrs Goh Chi Lan (executive Director), Rev Dr John Barrett
Staff of ACS (International) >>