Parent volunteers of CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School not only give their time for their child, they also share a common passion for the school and its values.
When EduNation visited CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School (SNGS) to interview the parent volunteers, we were impressed by the passion behind their efforts: at a games carnival for the primary school students, every Parent Support Group (PSG) member was there to help and they had also managed to secure sponsorships for the game stalls.
SNGS Principal, Mrs Tan Wai Lan, underlined the commitment of Parents@StNick's which was formed in 2003. "When they look for new volunteers every year, one of their key criteria would be that the parents are here not for their own good, but for the whole school's. That speaks volumes, and is actually a major ingredient in having a good PSG."
Parents@StNick's is an active, dedicated and hands-on group which boasts 35 executive committee members.
A typical member will chaperone pupils on learning journeys, help with traffic control every morning when parents arrive in droves to drop their daughters off at school, and become involved with any and all fundraising.
The most recent of such events, Dance-A-Thon, which was held in conjunction with the 2012 National Day celebrations, raised $200,000.
"Before we started organising the A-Thon events, we staged funfairs in 2006 and 2008 to raise funds for the school. The biggest funfair was Fiesta in 2008 where we raised about $800,000," said Mrs Florence Wong, a member of Parents@StNick's and SNGS alumna. "And we put all the money we raised towards the PRIME (Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing schools) project."
On their own initiative, Parents@StNick's also creates a personalised souvenir for every girl in each graduating class. In 2012, this took the form of a tabletop photo album with pictures and well-wishes from the students' teachers.
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