"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


Founder's Day - Cambridge, UKThe sound of ACS indeed echoed round the grounds of the University of Cambridge on March 1 when a group of ACSians studying at the University gathered at the Garden Room of St Edmund’s College to celebrate our 134th ACS Founder’s Day. The evening was a showcase of the indomitable ACS spirit, as described by Nikhil Dutt Sundaraj (ACS(I), Class of 2014): “Only from ACS would you get a group of brothers and sisters, no matter which corner of the world we’re in, taking the time to meet up and celebrate the ironclad bond and sense of belonging formed within our school community.”

As we streamed into the Garden Room donned in ACS colours and old school T-shirts for the occasion, the worries of deadlines, assignments and supervisions melted away with the warm and friendly embrace of our ACSian brothers and sisters. As the evening progressed, the normally clipped, formal British accents we were accustomed to hearing on a daily basis were replaced by the warmer and more friendly voices of home. And in no time, preoccupied, serious university students from subjects as diverse as Medicine and the Natural Sciences to English, Geography and Law, rapidly transitioned and regained the good-natured, confident and spirited attitude that we ACSians are known for. Trading stories of our shared school experiences and of teachers who taught us, along with their subjects, values and principles which shaped our world view maintained a lively buzz throughout the room and reminded us again of what makes ACS special.

The ACS spirit has been an integral aspect of our time in Cambridge as students. Christopher Goh (ACS (Independent) Class of 2015) echoed this sentiment, highlighting the role ACS has played in our time away from home:

“Having so many familiar faces from ACS here in Cambridge really helped me feel right at home and settle in really quickly in my first year here, and over the next few years it’s been great to have a community of ACSians I know I can count on and share fond memories with.”

The ACS spirit is kept alive at the University of Cambridge by our ACSians passing through this hallowed institution. We look forward to more Founder’s Days events celebrated together as one family. The Best is Yet to Be!

Arka Banerjee
ACS (Independent) Class of 2014

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