By Sheela Mariamah

The Raffles Parents’ Association (RPA) Management Committee (MC) ended its 24th term on a high note. Many activities had been planned and executed successfully throughout the term by our dedicated parents, the last being a week-long community service trip from 12 to 18 December 2012 to Baray, Cambodia. The maiden trip, initiated by outgoing chairperson Mrs Goh Swee Hong, saw 14 adults and 13 children, including principal Mrs Lim, paint a school, visit an orphanage and distribute clothes and groceries to the needy. It was such a success that we’re hoping to make it an annual affair.

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The new team of office-bearers was elected on 23 March 2013. Whilst many previous MC members remained, some new ones were roped in as well.

Introducing the 25th RPA Management Committee:

Executive Committee
Mr Richard Wong – Chairman
Dr Cao Lin – Vice-Chair (Year 5–6)
Ms Sheela Mariamah – Vice-Chair (Year 1–4)
Ms Cathleen Ho – Secretary
Ms Jo Lee – Assistant Secretary
Ms Priya Ramanujam – Honorary Treasurer
Mr R Muthaiah – Assistant Hon Treasurer
Committee Members (Year 5–6):
Ms Rekha Gunasinghe
Mrs Vandana Kackar
Ms Susan Tjen-Wijaya
Mrs Theresa Teo
Committee Members (Year 1– 4):
Mr Jasman Shah
Mr Tom Masci
Mr Timothy Thong
Mr Karsten Betzler
Mr Hendy Shi
Auditors:
Ms Lan Luh Luh
Mr Tan Tzann Chang
Co-Opted Members:
Ms Lock Yin Mei
Mr Hubert Lim
Ms Lim Sook Luan
Ms Elsie Thien
Ms Esther Chow
Ms Viji Jagadeesh
Mr Fred Low
Media
Gabriel Ng

The new committee has planned several events that parents can look forward to.

So far, we’ve had an NS Talk on 9 March, where our outgoing MC member Brigadier General Ishak Ismail shared about how parents can help prepare their sons (and themselves too) for National Service. Next, we had our Family Connect event on 6 April, a morning packed with fun and games for the whole family. The fun-filled activity was attended by 60 parents and their children.

In the pipeline are career talks, townhall meetings, lunches and breakfasts with the principal, Teacher’s Day celebrations, PSLE Maths workshops, the Supervised Study Programme (SSP), A-Level Dinner, Scholar Hosting and perhaps another community service trip.

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We also have our ongoing Zumba classes which see many mums (and some dads) dancing their way to a slimmer figure. And if dancing is not your cup of tea, you can also try our yoga classes. Please check out our RPA Facebook for photos of past events and visit our website http://raffles-pa.blogspot.sg/.

On a personal note, this is my fourth year serving in the RPA MC and I’m proud to be part of this dynamic Raffles family. It is indeed a pleasure to contribute in whichever way I can and I hope that more parents can come forward to help, as well as participate.

Sheela Mariamah
Vice-Chair (Year 1– 4)
Raffles Parents’ Association

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