By Sheela Mariamah
How time flies, and what an eventful year it has been!
The RPA organised several activities throughout the year—Career Talks, Townhall Meetings, Lunch & Breakfast with Principal, the RI Open House and the PSLE Maths workshop—but the highlights of the year would have to be the Teachers’ Day celebration and A-Level Supper.
For the Teachers’ Day Appreciation Lunch, many parents came forward to show their appreciation for the school’s staff by transforming the Shaw Foundation Dining Hall into an elegantlydecorated dining venue and presenting a mouthwatering spread of both local and international cuisines. Parent volunteers also cooked up a storm in the A-Level Supper (otherwise known to Year 5–6 students as ‘Mega Mugging Madness’) to support the hardworking Year 6 students studying for their A-Levels. Both events took much planning, involved many parent volunteers, kind and generous donations, and of course lots of hard work, which all culminated in successful and satisfying results.
The RPA is planning another exciting mission trip from 6 to 11 December, this time to Myanmar. Organised by former RPA Chairman Mr Chua Wah Ann, a group of about 32 adults and children (including Principal Mrs Lim Lai Cheng) will be going off to the Htauk Kyant and Mayangone Orphanage Schools to build extensions and paint the schools, donate sewing machines and taking the orphans, all 250 of them, on a trip to the zoo and to watch movies.
On a more sombre note, it will indeed be sad to see Mrs Lim leave RI at the end of this year. No one can dispute that she is an amazing and dynamic lady, as well a dedicated and passionate principal, who has done wonders for RI and our children. I’m sure I speak for all in RPA Management Committee in saying that it has been a privilege and pleasure working with her and that she will be dearly missed. However saddened we are to see her leave, we want to express our heartfelt thanks for everything she has done, and to wish her success in her new endeavours.
On behalf of the RPA, we would like to welcome Mr Chan Poh Meng to RI as principal and look forward to working with him as closely as we did with Mrs Lim.
Vice-Chair (Year 1–4)
Raffles Parents’ Association