St. Patrick's School
Aloysius Ng Siew Theng
Aloysius Ng Siew Theng’s determination and hard work have finally paid off. As Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s top graduate this year with a perfect Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4, he received the prestigious Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal for being the most outstanding graduate at the polytechnic. and the Lien Ying Chow Gold Medal, awarded to the most outstanding graduate from a non-technology course.
Graduating with a string of awards, the former Normal (Academic) stream student attributed one reason for his success to a turning point in secondary school. Aloysius decided to pay more attention to his studies after he was placed in the Normal (Academic) stream.
“I was initially discouraged as both my brothers were in the Express stream. But it turned out to be a wake-up call. I promised myself that never again would I let myself fall into such despair and then, I started working very hard. When I made it to the International Business Course, I was thrilled as my efforts have paid off,” said Aloysius, who graduated with a Diploma with Merit in International Business, a highly competitive course where only about forty-five students are selected each year.
The Valedictorian for the School of Business & Accountancy and his mum are grateful for the dedication and support of his teachers in St. Patrick’s, especially at a crucial time in his life where he was struggling with his motivation and focus in school.
Aloysius hopes to further his studies in the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Programme in International Studies and Business. He will be flying to Shanghai to take up a management trainee position at the Jing-An Shangri-La and looks forward to the prospect of working overseas to garner valuable experience.
Aloysius is indeed an exemplary son of St. Patrick’s valiant and true!
How has St Patrick’s contributed to your success?
Days in St Patrick’s Secondary are definitely still very golden to me. It’s got a beautiful infrastructure for students and most importantly, teachers who really care about the well-being of students! One of my fondest memories of St Patrick’s was really the education, because the teachers were not just experts in their fields, they were genuine educators. Looking back, St Patrick’s is definitely a great place to grow up in as a teenager.
Advice for Patricians:
To the students of St Patrick’s Secondary, I’d love to encourage all of them to not be afraid to dream big and go for their goals.It’s important to always set goals but never set benchmarks – Benchmarks tend to be a limiting factor most of the time. As students, it is natural for one to be oriented towards academic achievements and goals, which is completely natural. I want to take this chance to encourage students that the key to doing well is in being a well-rounded individual. This means taking good care of your physical and mental health, in addition to giving due diligence to your textbooks. If you aren’t feeling good the day before your exam, chances are things won’t turn out as smooth! Always make time for people and activities that you love.
My last advice for Patricians would be to get exposed to the World at large. I don’t mean holidays abroad but instead, parttime work and internships both locally and overseas. Get connected to people around you and begin to learn issues from differing perspectives. s. This way, you’ll gain a broader perspective of what the World really is like – Something that is very important for growing teenagers.