"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


44 ACSians in Melbourne, from recent graduates to those from the classes of the 1970s, celebrated ACS Founder’s Day at Nihao Kitchen in suburban Kew on February 22.

The event kicked off with a recap of the past year by Associate Professor Alvin Chong Heong On (Class of 85). This was followed by a special video guest appearance of the hilarious Kim Huat, ACS number one fan, thanks to the generosity of Mr Brown, aka Lee Kin Mun (Class of 85). The ACSians then raised the roof singing the school anthem before settling into a classic Chinese banquet.

We were fortunate to have two excellent dinner speakers for the evening. The first was Mr Tan See Keng (Class of ’81) who was also an ex-ACS discipline master. See Keng spoke movingly about his experiences as a discipline master who tried to connect with his students rather than just disciplining them, and how kindness was often more important than toughness.

The second speaker was Mr Andrew Foo (Class of 73), marketing and business consultant, who had flown in from Brisbane. He spoke of his experiences as an ACS boy – including an unforgettable anecdote about how he had once thrown his prefect’s badge to the ground in a fit of rage, only to be told that in effect, he had “thrown the school onto the ground”.

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