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Dear Patricians and parents,


I believe that most of you are aware that I have been posted as Principal of West Spring Secondary with effect from 15 December 2017.


It is indeed an honour that I have been given this opportunity to lead St. Patrick’s School for the past 6 years. The journey has been a fulfilling one with many school improvements.  Also Patricians have lived up to the school vision of becoming individuals worthy of God and man.


Mr Eric Lee will be taking over as Principal of the school. Being educated at St. Stephen’s School and St Joseph’s Institution, Mr Lee is most familiar with the LaSallian ethos and culture. Please give Mr Lee your full support as I am confident he will bring St Patrick’s School to greater heights.


May God continue to bless St Patrick’s School abundantly.

 

“Potest Qui Vult!”

Mr Adolphus Tan

2017

Theme for 2017: A Heart for Others

At the ‘Inaugural Prayer Service’ in January, we warmly welcomed 240 Secondary 1 students.  For the first time in our history, we had a cut-off point for students from our affiliated primary schools, namely, De La Salle School, St Anthony’s Primary School, St Joseph Institution Junior and St Stephen’s School. That means that even though they have priority for placement in St Patrick’s School, some Primary 6 students were not able to secure a place in our school as the demand exceeded the number of places available. It is heartening to note the increase in popularity of our school among students and parents of our 4 affiliated primary schools.

 

On 11 January, our 2016 cohort of Secondary 4 Express and 5 Normal Academic students returned to receive their O-level results. 58.6% of our Secondary 4 Express students were eligible for admission into Junior Colleges while 86.2% of our Secondary 5 Normal Academic students were eligible for admission into Polytechnics. Their overall performance exceeded that of our comparable schools and are above expectations. Many rejoiced for having achieved very good results and hence able to proceed to the course of their choice.


The school introduced the Student Development Team three years ago, with the appointment of Year Heads to lead, coordinate and monitor the overall development of students of the level. The school has also introduced the ‘Potest Qui Vult’ Award to recognise students who exemplify the school motto. With refinements made to improve student motivation, the overall tone of the school has improved especially in the area of creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning. This has led to greater student motivation and morale as evident in the increase in the number of graduating students who received the ‘Potest Qui Vult’ awards from 57 to 112.

 

This year, we seek to improve our Values-in-Action programme so as to nurture Patricians to have a ‘Heart for Others’ especially for those beyond the school community such as the poor and disadvantaged following the footsteps of our founder Saint John Baptist de LaSalle.

  

‘Potest Qui Vult’

 Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

2016


Dear Patricians and parents,


I believe that most of you are aware that I have been posted as Principal of West Spring Secondary with effect from 15 December 2017.


It is indeed an honour that I have been given this opportunity to lead St. Patrick’s School for the past 6 years. The journey has been a fulfilling one with many school improvements.  Also Patricians have lived up to the school vision of becoming individuals worthy of God and man.


Mr Eric Lee will be taking over as Principal of the school. Being educated at St. Stephen’s School and St Joseph’s Institution, Mr Lee is most familiar with the LaSallian ethos and culture. Please give Mr Lee your full support as I am confident he will bring St Patrick’s School to greater heights.


May God continue to bless St Patrick’s School abundantly.

 

“Potest Qui Vult!”

Mr Adolphus Tan 




  Theme for 2016: Strength in Community
 
At the ‘Inaugural Prayer Service’ in January, we warmly welcomed 280 Secondary 1 students.  Led by our old-boy priest Father Jacob Ong, the school prayed for God’s blessings for 2016. In addition to sharing his experiences as a student, Father Jacob gave us practical examples on how to harness the strength of our community at St Patrick’s School.  
 
On 11 January, our 2015 cohort of Secondary 4 and 5 students returned to receive their O-level results. Many rejoiced for having achieved very good results. Our top Secondary 4 Express student from 4E, Liu Zechu, achieved eight distinctions with 7A1s and 1A2. In addition, our top Secondary 5Normal Academic student from 5N1, Pamesh Harvadan Mehta, scored 2A1s, 2A2s and 2 B3s. Not only have the Express students met our expectations our 5 Normal Academic students performed exceptionally well.
 
Two years ago, the school adopted the Year Head System, where a Year Head is appointed to lead, coordinate and monitor the overall development of students of the level. Another initiative adopted by the school include Subject-Based Banding, where some students from the Normal Academic and Normal Technical courses are given the opportunity to offer one or more subjects at a higher level.  With refinements made, the overall tone of the school has improved especially in the area of creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning. This has led to greater student motivation and morale.
 
As we move into 2016, we seek to harness the opportunities and collective strength of the whole school community so that we can realise our school vision of nurturing Patricians who are worthy of God and man.
 
 
‘Potest Qui Vult’
 
Mr Adolphus Tan
Principal
 




2015




   

Theme 2015: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)
This year has been very special for us Singaporeans as we celebrated our 50th birthday as a Nation. It is especially significant to remember our pioneer staff including the LaSalle Brothers who worked tirelessly to provide quality education for many generations of Patricians. To honour our pioneer staff, the school organised a “SPS Homecoming – Honouring our former teachers and staff” on Saturday, 5th September. Many old boys came to honour their former principals, teachers and school staff. On that morning, our old boy priest, Rev Father Valerian Cheong celebrated mass in our newly renovated chapel. We prayed for God’s blessings upon the students, parents and staff of the school. Other activities included a tour of the school and a Co-Curricular Activities exhibition where uniformed groups such the Pajiwad Scouts Troop and school sports teams set up booths.
 
For a Patrician to be worthy of man and God, he needs to be of service to the community. We hope that all Patricians aspire to be Servant Leaders, who continually seek to improve the lives of others and emulating the attitude of our founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle. To encourage our students to appreciate this, the Character and Citizenship Education Committee has encouraged more Valuesin-Action activities that are initiated by students. These include “Project Kindness” by our Secondary 1 students who took the initiative to show kindness to others; our Secondary 2 students started a recycling drive in school by collecting recyclable items such as newspapers and magazines around the school on a weekly basis and the different CCA groups reached out to the elderly, senior citizens and children from homes such as the Jamiyah Home.
 
This year, we are heartened to have received a number of written compliments from the public regarding good deeds performed by our students beyond the school premises. Well done Patricians for showing that you care for those in need. I am really proud of you!
 
Potest Qui Vult!
Mr. Adolphus Tan
Principal




Dear Patricians and Parents,

At the ‘Inaugural Prayer Service’ in January this year, 320 of our Secondary 1 students marched into the parade square and were warmly welcomed by the whole school community.  Led by our old-boy priest Father Damian De Wind, the school prayed for God’s blessings for 2015. He also elaborated on the school theme for this year “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.  

Our 2014 cohort of Secondary 4 students returned to school on 12 January to receive their O-level results. Many rejoiced for having achieved very good results. Our top student achieved eight distinctions with 7A1s and 1A2. It is heartening to note that the percentage of students eligible for Junior College has improved over the past three years. The school has continued to maintain its long-standing tradition of value-added outcomes in the academic area.

During week 4 of Term 1, Patricians participated in Character Development activities. Secondary 1 students were involved in an Orientation Programme and a community service activity involving beach cleaning; Secondary 2 students enjoyed a 4 days/3 nights team-building and adventure camp at Sembawang; Secondary 3 students participated in more challenging activities at the Outward Bound School at Pulau Ubin or Overseas Adventure Camp at Batam Island. During these activities, Patricians learnt about teamwork and leadership while building their resilience and resourcefulness. These activities have provided opportunities for our boys to practise our school motto ‘Potest Qui Vult’ or He who wills, can!

Let us continue to pray for God’s blessings upon our students and staff.

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal