Encountering God in School: Andrew Tan, Timothy Abaoag, Montfort Junior School

Our Catholic education seeks to give our children a holistic education for life, centred on the Catholic faith.

At the Montfort Junior School, run by the Brothers of St. Gabriel, it is guided by its Montfortian Education Charter in empowering youths to be spiritually inspired, respect the community of life, be fraternal in orientation and just in all relationships.

In this feature, two students from Montfort Junior School  share their experiences of their Catholic education and how it has shaped them.

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Andrew Tan 

Being in a Catholic school allows me to be closer to God and to know more about God through the school masses and catechism activities. Being in a Catholic School also allows me to follow God’s way and to go through the Singapore education well.

We have mass in school on the first Friday of the month. Many of my friends who are not Catholic ask a lot of questions about Jesus and the mass.

I try my best to explain to them from my knowledge of the bible, and from what I have learnt at catechism classes and through mass. I also invite them to pray with me, but I do not insist.

The eucharistic celebration is exceptionally important to me as I feel the presence of God very strongly.

My teachers, parents and friends are the people whom I see God in. Likewise, I hope they are able to see God in me by the things I do.

 

Living My Faith

Whenever I face challenges, I tell myself that God is by my side. I pray often that God will guide me and help me. My mum and I prayed together very fervently everyday when I was going through my exams.

My parents want me to do well in my studies and sometimes that can be quite stressful. So I ask God to help me, and to keep me calm.

Outside of my studies, I take part in donation drives for the poor and needy. Once, I went around with the donation tin. Some people did not donate but I was not disappointed. I had to respect their decision. There was even a man who wanted to hit me for asking, so I just thanked him and moved away. I did not bear any grudges.

During the Chinese New Year period, I took part in the ‘Hair For Hope’ activity by asking people to donate money for children with cancer. I wanted to give moral support to the cancer patients and let them know that they are not alone. I had a lot of support from my relatives and friends of my parents. They were very encouraging.

The story of the prodigal son inspires me greatly. The father forgave the son despite what the son has done. It shows how much love the father has for the son.

My prayer for the Church is for more people to experience God’s love.

 

 

Timothy Abaoag      

I experience lots of happiness here in Montfort. In addition to lessons, we are taught many valuable values. These help us to be better people and to inspire others to follow the values.

The homily during mass inspires me very much. After I started serving as an altar server in church, I paid a lot of attention to the priest’s preaching and this prompted me to reflect on my actions and I learnt much through this.

The parable of the prodigal son and other stories in the bible help me to be a better person. I am inspired by St Loui Mary De Montford because of his kindness; St Augustine inspired me for his turnaround. My mother reminds me of St Monica who is very faithful and prayed very hard.

 

Important Lessons Learnt

In the course of our curriculum, we have been taught the importance of many values. For me, one value that stood out was team spirit. I want to be with my friends and for us to learn to work together as a team. I try to lead by example so my friends can better appreciate the vales we are taught.

Respect, integrity and humility are important values too. We should respect everyone, regardless of whether they are rich or poor. We should treat everyone the same and not look down on anyone. Integrity and humility help me to be a better person, and to be kind to all.

 

Living My Faith

When I was in Primary 2, I was unkind and I was not proud of my behaviour. Upon reflection, I knew I had hurt some of my friends and my teacher. I decided that I really needed to be a better person from Primary 3 onwards.

In our school, there are recognition awards for students who have demonstrated good values. I am humbled that I was nominated in Primary 3 and 4. My faith has definitely helped me and shaped me to be a better person.

I went through a difficult time in Primary 5 and was easily agitated. It was through prayer and having conversations with God that I managed to get over that phase and I became a much better person. Praying the rosary and conversations with God certainly helped me.

My prayer for the Church is for people to be kind, to help others, to evangelise and share their faith with others. I pray that people will do things out of their kindness and desire to care. I also pray that the Church will do more for the youth, those who are aged 12 or 13, to strengthen their faith and help them to be kind to others.

 

 

 

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