Our Catholic education seeks to give our children a holistic education for life, centred on the Catholic faith.
At Marymount Convent, a Good Shepherd mission school, students are moulded to be ladies of compassion, eloquence and intellect with God as their shepherd
In this feature, two students from Marymount Convent share their experiences of their Catholic education and how it has shaped them.
At Marymount Convent, the teachers and staff are very patient and helpful. They guide us to be good Catholics. They always help us when we are struggling with work or have personal issues.
We have prayers, confession and mass every Tuesday. We also celebrate Founder’s Day
We are very blessed have a Catholic environment here. This is like a second home to me. The prayer room is a sacred room. Together with our Catechists, we come here to spend time with Christ. We feel very safe here.
I bring my friends who have problems or issues to the prayer room so that they can pray to God to seek guidance and help. They are often grateful for that.
Important Lessons Learnt
The classes here are named after our values, such as gratitude, compassion, humility. The most important value to me is gratitude. I often see that people tend to take things for granted; especially when they break things, they think all that is needed is to spend some money to buy a replacement. But we should learn to cherish our things more.
The other value I cherish greatly is forgiveness. We need to be grateful for what we have, and seek forgiveness when we have done wrong. I was given a mobile phone when I was quite young and I used to boast about it. I realise now that I should not have been boastful, but simply be grateful. I feel ashamed thinking about it now. I have learnt to seek forgiveness for the wrong I have done.
Sometimes I neglect Jesus when I am stressed with school work. When I realise that, I seek His forgiveness and spend time to pray and read the bible.
Living the Faith
I have learnt to play the guitar, and I sing in the choir. I use these talents to cheer my friends up. I sing during mass as well.
I feel that I am also able to talk to people to comfort them. I used to keep my problems to myself. I could not trust people easily. But one day a friend came up to me and asked if I was alright. Somehow she was able to get me to open up and that helped me put my guard down. I then went to the prayer room and asked God to be with me. I learnt to trust God and at the same time started to learn to trust others more.
I am drawn to, and guided by the commandment “Love thy neighbour”. It is important to learn to extend ourselves to love and care for others. We need to treat others with respect so that they will also treat us with respect. We also need to be kind and to love them because that is how God wants us to be. It is not easy. But I try to really think before I act so that I am careful to live the commandment.
I see God everywhere I go, and I am thankful for everything, even the challenges that come my way because those are in His plan for me to learn to be better.
My prayer is for more people to go to church, more people to be baptised. I pray for more churches to be built, and that our church will grow and more people will be converted.
My family is very close to God and we pray the rosary everyday.
One of the things I love at Marymount Convent is the prayer room. I can feel the presence of God in the prayer room. He speaks to me through prayers and helps me find solutions to issues I face.
I appreciate the school mass very much. I have been really stressed with my studies, and the mass every Tuesday has been helping me to calm down. After hearing the homily, I always feel much better.
I have also been asked to read at mass. This has made me feel more confident. I realise God always has a plan and I just need to trust Him.
Living the Faith
I have learnt that God is always with me. I am not left alone to deal with the problems.
God will send people to be with me. I can feel God’s presence through these people; they help me, give me advice, pray for me and pray with me.
I am also trying to extend myself with what I have learnt to help other people. I want to take every opportunity to help others. It gives me a sense of pride to be able to help and serve other people. One small act can make a big impact.
Some time ago, my family stopped reading the bible because we were very busy at home. One Tuesday, I was awed by the reading and the homily at mass. After that, I encouraged my parents to read the bible together, and we are still doing that every day.
My prayer for the Church is that more people will go to church to learn how wonderful God is. I pray too that the Church will be around for a very long time.