"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 - Jakarta Alumni

This year’s ACS Founder’s Day dinner in Jakarta was downsized due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Despite last-minute changes and disruption of travel plans, 18 old boys still banded together at The Westin Hotel, Jakarta to celebrate their alma mater’s birthday on March 1.

The evening kicked off with grace said by Mr Ng Eng Chin, after which we belted the ACS anthem at the top of our lungs. We did get a few stares from across the room but that did not deter us to show our deep-rooted passion for the school. Following the school anthem, we cut the celebratory cake and then, allowed the dinner attendees to disperse to the various buffet lines.

Even though this year’s dinner made less of a buzz, there was still much fellowship, fervent bonds, and exchanges of anecdotes from days of yore. As the night went on, the group started dissolving – exchanging goodbyes. Still, there were still some of us who continued on until the restaurant ended their service.

The evening was a success, thanks to those who had made this event possible. Deserving special mention are Jason Chin and Lennard Ong, who both flew into Jakarta specially for the dinner and Benny Winata for providing all the attendees with a lovely goodie bag each. The ACS spirit is very much alive and well here in Jakarta.

With that and the support from the alumni community here in Jakarta, certainly, the Best is Yet to Be.

Steven Haurissa
ACS (Independent) Class of 2004

Founder's Day - Jakarta
Founder's Day - Jakarta
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