Saturday, November 11, 2017

Raymond Anthony Fernando's letter to The Life Section of The Straits Times: St Andrew’s values still in play today

My letter to The Straits Times Life Section on the above subject is published today, Saturday 7th November.
I refer to May Seah’s feature in St Andrew’s family of schools in Potong Pasir (Built For The Boys, Nov, Life) 
Every time I travel pass by St Andrew’s Village, I would recall that song, Up And  On that we used to sing in school. It is a tune that is synonymous with St Andrew's. 
In the 1950s, when St Andrew's was built in Woodsville, it was the only Christian school beside the Kallang River offering education to children of farmers, hawkers and lower middle-income families living in what are now Balestier, Toa Payoh and Potong Pasir areas. 
Although not all the teachers at St Andrew's were Christians, they all recognised that a good education meant imparting good values and knowledge to produce an all rounded student.
Out of this education at St Andrew’s, values such as honesty, integrity, equality, fair play, friendly competition and sportsmanship nurtured a strong bond. Such values are practised until this very day.  
Raymond Anthony Fernando

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