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Dear Patricians and parents,


I am honoured to assume stewardship of St Patrick’s School in 2018. I am privileged to receive 10 years of my education in Lasallian schools, and I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as a Principal in a Lasallian school.


Firstly, I would like to extend my deep appreciation to Mr Adolphus Tan, for his efforts and dedication in leading the school for the past 6 years. I would also like to thank Mr Joseph Peterson, the Vice-Principal (Student Development) for 10 great years of service to the school. They have both contributed immensely to the school, and we seek to continue our journey as a school to build from a position of strength.


The school leadership team this year will consist of Mr Aloysius Yong, Mr Paul Leong and me. Mr Aloysius Yong is an alumnus of St Patrick’s and the school has benefitted from his unwavering dedication and service for many years. Mr Paul Leong joins us as an experienced Vice-Principal and brings his learning from both mission schools and non-mission schools.


The year 2018 brings us to another year of significance as we celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the school. We are grateful for the many blessings that have been showered upon us, and we will be steadfast in honouring our responsibility to educate generations of Patricians as worthy Lasallians who contribute meaningfully in service to the community.


We look forward to the exciting year ahead as we continue our journey to nurture the students that we have been blessed with.


Wishing everyone a blessed year ahead filled with peace and joy.

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 Vice Principal       
(Student Development)
Mr Paul Leong      
Principal
Mr Eric Lee
Vice Principal (Academic)
         Mr Aloysius Yong


Mr Adolphus Tan's Last Message

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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 Message

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 Message

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
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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

Semester2 2015 Message

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
 

Semester1 2015 Message

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

Semester2 2014 Message 2

Dear Patricians,
 
We are thankful that the school sports calendar has come to an end and we are proud that Patricians has done well again at the Zone and National Levels.  At the National Level our Cricket B Division and C Division Teams were placed in 3rd position while our Football B Division Team was 2nd. Our Tennis C Division Team was 4th. 
 
Our Uniformed Groups also did well with our NCC(Air) and Scouts achieving Gold, NPCC (Land) – Silver while NCC(Land) and NCDCC received the Bronze Awards at their respective Inter-Unit Best Unit Competitions.
 
During the Term 4, all Patricians will be very busy preparing for their examinations. While we have many programmes to develop Patricians holistically, we still need to focus on their cognitive development. 
 
I wish all students a fruitful time as you continue to believe in your school motto ‘Potest Qui Vult’… He who wills, can!....Do well for your examinations!
 
 
Live Jesus in our hearts forever!
 
Adolphus Tan
Principal

Semester2 2014 Message

Dear Patricians and parents,

 

The theme for 2014, ‘Together in Service’ reminds us of our LaSallian value; to be of service to others and community.  As a school, we will support each other to lend a helping hand to others in need.  By focusing on being ‘Together in Service’ to others, we pray that our students will become Patricians who are worthy of God and man.

 

Last Monday, our 2013 batch of O level students received their results. Their perseverance and hard work has led them to achieve very good grades. The school has done very well with the cohort achieving value-added results. Our Secondary 4 Normal Academic students, who received their results on 19 December 2013, did well too.  Well done, Patricians!   We are really proud of your outstanding academic achievements. We wish our Graduates the very best in their future endeavour.

 

While we bid farewell to our 2013 cohort of Patricians, we warmly welcome 320 Secondary One students in the five Express, two Normal Academic and one Normal Technical classes.  Nurturing our boys into gentlemen is certainly a joint effort between the school and parents.  We hope that more parents will come forward to join our Parent Support Group in this effort.  Our next meeting will be held on 28 February at 7pm.

 

We pray that God will continue to bless our students, parents and staff with a great year ahead.  And may every Patrician live up to our school motto “Potest Qui Vult”, He who wills, can!

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Semester1 2014 Message

Dear P6 boys and parents,

 

I am sure that you are busy scanning through many school websites and interacting with as many people as possible to gather as much information about schools. As you are going through our website, I hope you are able to find the information you need about our school.

 

Prototype School for Greater Flexibility in Subject Offering - We are happy to share that St. Patrick’s School is one of the 12 prototype schools that will allow the 2014 Secondary One Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students to take some subjects at a higher level, if they performed well in these subjects at the PSLE. Students who scored A* or A would be able to take the subject at Express level; and those in the N(T) course who scored B, C or 1 in a Foundation subject could take the subject at the N (A) level.

 

Open House on 23 November from 9am to 3pm - To have a better understanding about St Patrick’s School, please visit us during our Open House on Saturday, 23 November from 9am to 3pm. In addition, to my presentation cum Q&A session, our CCA groups and teachers will be setting up booths in the school hall to answer your queries including that about the school as a prototype school for greater flexibility in subject offering.

 

Wishing you the very best.

 

God Bless.

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

Semester2 2013 Message

Dear Parents and Patricians,

 

St Patrick’s School will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year with two key events namely the Anniversary Mass on 23 January and the Anniversary Dinner on 19 July. His Grace Archbishop Nicholas Chia will be the main celebrant for the Anniversary Mass and the Guest of Honour for the Anniversary Dinner is our illustrious alumnus President Tony Tan.

 

The upcoming Anniversary Mass will be held at the school chapel on the 23 January at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a reception at the school canteen. We welcome parents, students and alumni to join us for the mass and reception.

 

Potest Qui Vult.

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

Semester1 2013 Message

Dear parents of P6 boys,

 

I believe you are relieved that your son has completed his PSLE examinations. Having two kids myself, I can understand the anxiety and stress you have been through.

 

As you are going through our website, I hope you are able to find the information you need about our school. If you wish to understand more about St Patrick’s School, please visit us during our Open House on Saturday, 24 November from 9am to 4pm. I will address parents and take questions at the following time slots: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. During my address, I will be explaining to parents, MOE’s posting process so that you have a better understanding on how to fill up your son’s option form.

 

Wishing your son the very best as he awaits the release of his PSLE results.

 

God Bless.

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

Semester2 2012 Message

Dear Patricians, parents and partners,

 

Patricians performing very well in JCs, Polytechnics and ITE

 

Over the past few months, the school received wonderful news that many Patricians have done exceptionally well as they move on to JCs, Polytechnics and ITEs after their O-levels.Their Form-Teachers, Vice-Principals and I had the opportunity to witnessthem receiving their awards at their graduation or prize-giving ceremonies.

 

Outstanding A-level Results

Two Patricians from Meridian Junior College,Johnston Tang Gin Xiang and Trevor Ong Zi Yang from the 2009 graduating class of 4E1 were accepted into the Yong Loo Yin School of Medicine. Both had scored 4 As at the 2011 'A' level examinations.


There are many other Patricians who were among top scorers at their colleges. They are as follows:

Junior College
PatriciansA-Level Results / Award
Catholic Junior College
       
Long Ian James
4As and 2Bs
 Low Kay Ming Joshua 5As and 1B
 Fu Fei4As and 2Bs 
 Tan Ming Shan Darren5As and 1B 
 Nigel Ng Choon Kee4As and 1C 
 Pioneer Junior CollegeHwang Jae Yoon 4As and 1B 
 St Andrew's Junior College AlvidyanVirgarazmanJacob Ballas Scholars 
 Muhammad SiddiqMashkur B H Jacob Ballas Scholars 
 Tampines Junior College  Sohn In Jae 5As 
 Ler Yi Poh5As 
 Victoria Junior College   Scully Marcel Leon 5As and 1B
 Nicholas Chan Wen Jie3As and 3Bs 


Excellent Diploma Results

We are also proud of the following Patricians who excelled at the polytechnics by winning book prizes and clinching top honours.

PolytechnicPatriciansAwards (Course)
Nanyang PolytechnicLim Bao Xiang KennethThales Gold Medal Award (Diploma in Aerospace Systems & Management)
 Ngee Ann Polytechnic Karan ChandurTilaniDiploma with Merit Tai Sin Prize(Diploma in Business Studies) 
 Republic PolytechnicCraig Ryan Joseph RP Scholarship Recipient 
  Singapore Polytechnic
 Nicholas Ng Chun KeongWeidmuller GOLD Medal (Diploma In Clean Energy) 
 Daniel Poh Yuan Kai All Eights Award(Diploma In Biomedical Science)
 Jefferson Tan Chuan WeiGiamso International Tours Prize (Diploma In Tourism And Resort Management) 
 Muhammad Haikal Bin RazmanSwee Hong Engineering Construction Prize (Diploma In Civil Engineering & Management 
 Ng Zu-Yi KevinSingapore Institute of Architects Gold Medal(Diploma In Architecture) 
Temasek Polytechnic  
 Ow Wei Hien JosephTP Scholarship Recipient (Diploma in Aerospace Engineering) 
RazivReshad Bin Mohamed Fauzi TP Scholarship Recipient(Diploma in Aviation Management and Services) 

Outstanding ITE Student

We rejoice with Ted-Jelieus Ong Ding Wen from 4T1 (2009) when he attained a perfect score of GPA 4.0 at ITE Yishun College Central and was accepted this year to read Aerospace Electronics atTemasek Polytechnic.

 

We congratulate them and many other as they pursue their vision to become Patricians who is worthy of God and Man! You are shining examples of our school motto ‘Potest Qui Vult’…He who wills, can!

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

Semester1 2012 Message

Dear Patricians, parents and partners,

 

Academic Results 2011

 

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the good academic achievements of our 2011 batch of Patricians.

 

O-level Results of Secondary 4 Express - 57% of our Secondary 4 Express pupils are eligible for JC as compared to 51% achieved by our comparable schools. (These schools are selected by MOE based on similar PSLE intake and SES). In addition, 95% are eligible for Polytechnic.Based on the standard key indicator of L1B5 (or English and best of 5 subjects), our pupils achieved 18.5 points which is better than their expected 21.0 points. Hence, value-adding by 2.5 points! Our Secondary 4 Express pupils performed equivalent to pupils from schools with mean PSLE score of 10 points higher!

 

O-level Results of Secondary 5 Normal Academic - 18% of Secondary 5Normal Academic (NA)pupils are eligible for JC as compared to 14% achieved by pupils from our comparable schools. 74% of Secondary5NApupils are eligible for Polytechnicas compared to 66% achieved by our comparable schools. Based on the standard key indicator L1B4 (or English and best of 4 subjects), our pupils achieved 20.9 points as compared to 22.5 points expected of them. Hence, value-adding by 1.6 points! We are indeed heartened that our 5NA pupils also did better than expected by performing equivalent to schools with mean PSLE score of 10 points higher.

 

N-Level Results of Sec 4 Normal Academic - 91% of our Secondary 4NA eligible for Sec 5NA as compared to 78% achieved by our comparable schools. Hence, our Sec 4NA pupils have also performed above expectations!

 

N-level Results of Sec 4 Normal Technical – Based on key indicator ELMAB1 (or English, Mathematics and best of 1 subject), our pupils scored 8.0 which is better than that of our comparable school’s 8.7. Our Sec 4NT pupils have also performed above expectations!

 

This outcome will not be possible if not for the dedication of our teachers, support from our parents and most importantly, the belief that our boys have in themselves as reflected in our school motto ‘Potest qui vult’ (He who wills, can!)

 

Most importantly, we give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow!

 

Mr Adolphus Tan

Principal

St. Patrick’s School