I bring you warm greetings from the ACSOBA and wishes for a blessed 135th Anniversary to all of you. Today is a very different Founder's Day that my committee and I had imagined or planned for. Our 135th Combined Thanksgiving Service was originally meant to be at the Singapore Indoor Stadium but COVID-19 restrictions did not permit that plan to go ahead. Our much-loved Founder's Day Dinner was also cancelled.
Instead, the ACS135 Team immediately transformed the plans into an online Thanksgiving Service that will tug at our heart-strings and showcase our 7 schools and storied history in creative ways that we may not have imagined otherwise. Please join us tonight at 6:15pm at https://www.acs135.com/livestream ; a recording will be available thereafter.
The theme for ACS135 which is One Hope, One Heart, One ACS is especially significant today. We must ask ourselves as ACSians - what happens when we are faced with a global pandemic of epic proportions that disrupts studies, Orientation Programmes, Campfires, Fun-O-Ramas, Honors Days and our traditional Founder's Day celebrations? What happens to ACSians when we are deprived of our connectivity, our expression and our sense of respectful mischief, all of which make our ACS culture unique?
One only needs to reflect upon our school's history to know that the ACS journey was never simple nor easy. During the Japanese Occupation in the 1940s, ACS was shut down and our campuses in Canning Rise, Coleman Street and Cairnhill were requisitioned by the authorities. Mr TW Hinch, the ACS Principal who is best known for shaping the traditions of ACS, was taken as a Prisoner of War. But almost 8 decades later, ACS is still here.
When adversity arises, we all have choices. We can be bitter, or we can be better. Our motto, ‘ The Best Is Yet To Be’ inspires ACSians to be better. I have been amazed at how the ACS Spirit that binds ACSians has pushed us to innovate faster, push harder and bond tighter during these uncertain times. What makes ACSians different? It’s the fire in our bellies and the determination to conquer hardship. Most of all, it’s the assurance of a family that will catch you if you falter. COVID-19 may possibly be the greatest threat to humanity in our generation, but the words of our School Anthem written in 1926 still ring true - We’ll Stand Together For The Cause of ACS Forever”.
As ACSians, we have been given the gift of being the custodians of the values, traditions and culture that ACSians have held dear for 135 years. What makes ACS unique is not a long list of illustrious alumni or the number of school campuses that bear our name. It’s the lifelong ties we have to the school, and the willingness and desire to respond to the ACSian call to serve, help one another and step forward to be counted. I believe that the work of the ACSOBA captures the dedication and loyalty of our alumni; and the desire to always want to reach out to fellow ACSians and society.
I leave you with Hebrews 10:23-24, the theme verse chosen for ACS135, which reads:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”
It's my prayer that ACSians do just that.
To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be,
Lock Wai Han
A Blessed 2021 to you and your loved ones. I hope you are doing well and had a restful and meaningful holiday season.
To ACSians who have sent, or are sending, your children to an ACS school for the first time this year, congratulations on the start of a different era in your personal ACS story!
The new year always presents a clean slate and the promises of fresh beginnings. This year, ACS celebrates 135 years of God's blessings. The ACS Family has much to be thankful for and I look forward to reflecting on the ACS Journey with you.
Even as our Nation entered Phase 3 in late December last year, restrictions remain on bigger reunions and in-person events to celebrate ACS135. After careful consideration and our commitment to the long-term health of our community, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to celebrate together remotely.
Though remote celebrations and events lack the face-to-face personal interactions that physical events offer, we have been pleased to see that remote events have been able to reach out to a much larger ACSian community spread out in all corners of the globe across various time zones. Attendance has thus been much higher than we had expected compared to physical events!
My committee has thus planned a robust calendar of events for Founder’s Day and beyond that will give ACSians the opportunity to commemorate ACS135 wherever you may be.
Please visit our commemorative website https://www.acs135.com/ and learn about the new initiatives that the ACSOBA is presenting:
- ACSOBA Alumni Mentorship Programme (AMP)
- Exclusive 135 Marketplace promotions from ACSian business owners
- ACS memorabilia for your reunions
ONE ACS Speaker Series
January 14th Thursday 6:00- 7:30pm (Please note the revised timing)
Attracting Capital & Investors. A seminar introducing you to different options for businesses seeking capital for growth, and how to decide the option best suited for your business.
Register in advance for this meeting at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
8th Monday ACS135 Gustatory Journey open for orders
The ACSOBA has partnered with ACS-owned F&B establishments to offer a specially-curated ACS135 menu for you to order and enjoy with your family and fellow ACSians in the comfort of your own home on Founder's Day. Details to follow soon.
19th Thursday ACSOBA Members' Social and Whiskey Appreciation Class with Kwek Yi Xian, Class of 2003, ACS (Barker Road) Co-owner of The Single Cask (Virtual)
Please note that the Past vs Present Games traditionally held in February will be postponed until further notice.
1st Monday 6:30pm ACS135 Thanksgiving Service LIVE STREAM & ACS135 Virtual Celebration Dinner
18th Thursday ONE ACS Speaker Series, 3rd Edition < Game-Changers: Business Leadership & Management in the New World >
26th Friday ACSOBA AGM via Zoom
20th Thursday ONE ACS Speaker Series, 4th Edition < Topic TBC >
17th Saturday ONE ACS Career Forum 2021
Please watch your email for more information in the months ahead for new events. All of us here on the ACSOBA Management Committee are committed to working alongside you to have the best possible alumni experience. We want to lift each other up, celebrate ACS, and honor the camaraderie that has been the hallmark of our 135 year history.
Lock Wai Han