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HIOSA Annual Dinner 2013 & Ren De Foundation Inaguration Ceremony
It was a family reunion for many old students of Holy Innocents’ on the evening of 26 October. This year, the HIOSA Annual Dinner returned to the school ground at Holy Innocents’ High School (HIHS) with almost 600 people gathering at the basketball court adjacent to St. Mary’s Block.
Former Minister-of-State and alumnus, Dr John Chen was the Guest-of-Honour. The spontaneous gentleman also sang two Chinese songs to help raise fund for Holy Innocents’ Primary School (HIPS).
During the dinner, former students of the two schools commemorated the two late Prinicpals, Reverend Fathers Anthony Shih (1957-1969) and Peter Lu (1969-1984) with the inauguration of Ren-De Foundation. The Foundation aims to help both schools in the development of students, programmes, staff and school environment.
In his opening address, Organising Chairman of the Annual Dinner, Mr Tan Heng Meng gave anecdotes of how Fr. Shih used to ride on his scooter (nicknamed ‘Little Lamb’) to perform house visits for recalcitrant students.
“Wherever the scooters go, ‘trouble’ will tag along,’ Mr Tan said, rousing laughter from the audience.
HIOSA also formally affirmed Principal Ms Soh Lai Leng. Chairman of HIOSA Mr Lim Chwee Kim presented Ms Soh with a plaque and affirmed her dedicated and committed service to HIHS. During her term, Ms Soh has worked closely with HIOSA and achieved many excellent results for the school, making Holy Innocents’ High a choice secondary school in the Northeast region of Singapore.
Community singing is part-and-parcel of the school culture. The Church Choir from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, led by alumnus and Editor of Lianhe Zaobao Mr Goh Sin Teck, also sang two Mandarin songs - A Heart of Gratitude (感恩的心) and We are one Holy Innocents’ Family (我们是一家人).
The successful Annual Dinner was concluded with the singing of the HIHS school song, led by the current students of HIHS.