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Presbyterian International School - Dream or Reality?
The Late Rev. Martin Luther's famous "I Have A Dream" speech on August 28, 1963, brought equality and freedom to a land of slavery and hatred. What dreams do you have? I pray that it is to leave behind a legacy of faith for our future generations.
The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (PCS) has an established history of running mainstream schools (See chart). Till date, the Presbyterian, together with the Methodist and Anglican denominations remain as the only three Protestant denominations to be accorded the privilege of running mainstream schools. The Methodists subsequently extended their ministry outreach via the setting up of the ACS (International) Singapore in 2009.
In his inaugural speech at the 2013 Synod Annual General Meeting on 18 March, our Synod Moderator, Rt Rev. Leow Khee Fatt envisioned a vibrant Presbyterian community in different spheres of influence, from theological training programmes for youth, community outreach programmes for the aged to an extension of the Presbyterian brand of education. The vision serves to maintain and strengthen the common ethos among Presbyterian churches, in the light of members' separate registration exercise.
The Synod Moderator tasked Deacon Tony Low, the then Director of Youth and School Ministry to write a concept paper on International Schools in June 2013. A task force was setup and during the first meeting on 23 September 2013, the task force asked the following questions:
1 Why do we want to have an international school?
The concept paper was presented at the Synod AGM in March 2014.
Trend and Development
Moving forward, demand for international schools is likely to continue due to Singapore's open economy, a multi-national workforce, increasingly globally-mobile Singaporeans and more mixed marriages that involve foreign spouses.
Foreigners could make up nearly half of Singapore's population by 2030. Finding the right school is a priority for many families relocating to Singapore.
The proposed Presbyterian International School will be a concrete response to the clarion call for Presbyterian member churches to scale greater heights for God. On the national front and given PCS's track record in running schools, this initiative will be a boost to the Government's effort to make Singapore an education hub.
Where do we go from here?
A Mission Field at our DOORSTEP:
What do we aim to accomplish with the set up of the Presbyterian International School?
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