"ACS FOREVER" Around the World

Crubox Birthday CakeThe Covid-19 virus outbreak has taken a heavy toll on businesses and economies around the world. In the schools, many activities were curtailed to minimise the risk of potential exposure and for the first time, this year’s ACSOBA Past vs Present Games and Founder’s Day Dinner were cancelled.

However, these setbacks did not deter ACSians from gathering in smaller groups to remember the founding of our beloved alma mater. It was heart-warming to see photographs and video clips on social media of ACSians all over the world remembering and giving thanks to our pioneers, past and present teachers and principals, benefactors and stakeholders of the school, and especially God for His grace, love and abundant blessings.

This year, Founder’s Day celebrations overseas included London, Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Jakarta and for the first time, Sydney, Adelaide, Cambridge and Toronto. Celebrations may have taken place in other cities that we do not know about but what we are certain is that the 1st of March is always remembered by many who have passed through the portals of ACS.

Click below for a summary of how the celebrations went all over the world. Indeed, the show of solidarity speaks volumes for the ACS spirit.

~ Singapore ~ Around the Schools ~ Cambridge, UK ~ London, UK ~ Toronto, Canada
~ Adelaide, Australia ~ Brisbane, Australia ~ Melbourne, Australia ~ Sydney, Australia ~ Auckland, New Zealand
~ Jakarta, Indonesia ~ FD Go-Karting ~ FD Golf Challenge ~ FD Group Boxing ~ FD  Family Affair


Amidst an ominous health cloud, 14 ACSians got together to celebrate the 134th Anniversary of our alma mater with good food, great company and precious memories at the China Sea Mlton in Brisbane on March 14. It could have been double the turn out but for hectic travel schedules and the ever-daunting health scare creeping into Australian lives.

Against a backdrop of ACS history scrolling in a slideshow, the evening began with a prayer of thanks to God, by Dr CK Chen, our most senior “boy”, for His blessings and the food we were served. All eyes were on the youngest members of our gathering, Eugene Wee and Louis Lim from the ACS (Independent) class of 2012. The excitement in the air was enchanting as The Yong Lip and his lovely wife Megan, from the Gold Coast, filled the room with their infectious personalities.

The ACS spirit was well and truly alive and buzzing as the older ACSians exchanged the finer points of dating and finding a life partner with the younger “boys” amongst other more serious discussions surrounding durians in Australia. It would have been a much more sedate evening for the other diners in the room, if not for the rowdy “boys and girls” from the best school in the “Little Red Dot”.

Time flew and all good things had to come to an end with the singing of the ACS Anthem, but not before CK filled everyone in on his pivotal role in the formation of ACS (Independent). As we bid one another “Adieu!”, we promised not to wait for another year to get together again. It’ll be a long challenging year ahead, but I don’t think that’ll deter this bunch of motivated ACSians from seeing one another soon, perhaps on a durian expedition of sorts.

Till next time. “The Best Is Yet To Be”.

Andrew Foo
ACS Class of 73

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Aileen, Andrew & Boon  Eugene, Louis, Eric & Betty 
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All eyes and voices on the Anthem  The party in full swing 
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CK Chen recounting the good old days  Eugene Wee having a ball of a time!
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