ACS OBA Message, Founder's Day 2019
Dear OBA members and fellow ACSians,
I bring you warm greetings from the ACS Old Boys’ Association.
It’s that time of year again when we ACSians honour the founding of our beloved ACS. We celebrate our long and rich heritage, give thanks for the blessings that God has bestowed upon our school, its students, teachers, parents and alumni and join hearts with the entire ACS family to give hope to the future of ACS. March the first is a date that is deeply etched into the heart of every ACSian. It commemorates a journey of God-led vision, endurance, resilience and hope. The ACS experience is about shared memories, unbreakable bonds, familiar faces and treasured places.
This evening, over 1,000 ACSians in both Singapore and Jakarta will gather to reminisce about youthful memories and acknowledge the continued blessings that have been bestowed upon ACS. In a couple of days, our alumni from 'Down Under' will gather in Melbourne to raise a toast to our beloved ACS. In every corner of the world, ACSians will be putting life into the words ' The regions round echo the sound, of ACS forever'.
It is worth remembering that the ACS we know today, with 6 schools in Singapore, 1 in Jakarta, and another ACS International school in progress in South Korea, is a far cry from our humble beginnings. ACS was not born out of a political or even an educational need. Our ACS exists because of God's inspiration, guiding hand and the passion and commitment of his humble servants. Much more is known about our founder, Bishop Oldham. But without the divine ambition of Bishop Thoburn who initiated Methodist expansion to Singapore in 1885 and commissioned Oldham to launch the Methodist mission, our ACS story may have been remarkably different.
We are all here today as the ACS family because of the prayers and support from the Methodist Church without whom ACS would not have endured. We also have a debt we can never repay to our tireless school leaders and staff for their guidance throughout the passage of time. We give thanks for dedicated parents and families < like you > who work alongside the school and its teachers to nurture the next generation of ACSians. And of course, we are privileged to have loyal Old Boys and Girls who keep the ACS Spirit alive and carry with us the culture and traditions of ACS. In July this year, the ACS OBA will be opening the doors of the ONE ACS Heritage Gallery, a centre that showcases the uniqueness of the common history of our ACS schools. The OBA believes that our ACS story is worth being retold again and again. We hope that each one of you will share in our faith in the continuation of God's mission for ACS.
ACS needs each of you - from members of our various ACS Boards to staff, parents and stakeholders as well as ACSians past and present - to cherish the bonds of our ONE ACS family. Our priority is to bring Glory to God by building kinship and being united in His love. Remember that the Grand Endeavour of ACS is not to attain academic and CCA excellence alone or achieve man-made accolades. The Grand Endeavour of ACS is, and always has been, to be a 'beacon of truth and light' to reflect Christ’s love to all nations as modelled by both Bishop Thoburn and Bishop Oldham.
A blessed Founder’s Day everybody.
To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be.