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Manjusri Secondary School Alumni Gathering

The Manjusri Alumni hosted a gathering of former students & teachers at the Manjusri Secondary School (MJR) on 7 October 2017. The event was well-received with more than 80 ex-students and ex-teachers attending the event.   For many of them, it was their first visit to the MJR Ubi Avenue 1 campus. MJR’s former principal (1985-1998), Ms Ong Siew Lean, also graced the occasion with her presence.

Group picture of former MJR students and teachers with family at the Manjusri Heritage Corner

Group picture of former MJR students and teachers with family at the Manjusri Heritage Corner.

The Alumni Organising Committee Chairperson, Ms Lok Yin Yin, welcomed the alumni and ex-teachers back to MJR; and expressed the alumni’s intention to collaborate with the school on projects to benefit students.  They would be exploring a few ideas with the school on how best to do so.  This was followed by an address by Principal of MJR, Mr Sim Chong Boon, who briefed visitors on the school’s vision and progress, her signature programmes and recently completed projects.

After the welcome ceremony, alumni visitors were brought on a walk-about of the school facilities including the recently established Manjusri Heritage Corner.   In tribute to her contributions in laying the early foundations of the school, Ms Ong Siew Lean was invited to plant a tree (Tropical Crepe Myrtle) in the school’s central park.  The tree-planting was a meaningful gesture as reflected by the Chinese saying ‘前人种树,后人乘凉’.

Former Principal Ms Ong Siew Lean watering the Tropical Crepe Myrtle tree that she planted

Former Principal Ms Ong Siew Lean watering the Tropical Crepe Myrtle tree that she planted

Alumni members at the school Reflection Hall

Alumni members at the school Reflection Hall

The guests also caught up with each other’s lives over conversation during the tea reception. They took pictures of various corners of the school, exchanged contact particulars with one another and interacted with school leaders and teachers.  It was a fruitful afternoon spent in building deeper relations between the school and her alumni.