KUCHING – St Joseph’s Parish Tuition Centre held its 17th Annual Prize Giving Day on 18 October at St Teresa’s Secondary School Hall. It was attended by about 300 students, parents and invited guests. The occasion was graced by Fr Nicholas Ng, Rector of St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish (Kuching), Christopher Chua, Chairman of the Board of Management, and Datu Aloysius Dris, a board member.
In her welcoming speech, the Principal, Eunice Chew, noted that since its inception 17 years ago, the Centre has grown from strength to strength, and now gives quality tuition to some 600 students, not only from the four schools around it, but from other parts of the Parish as well as non-Christians. This is due to increasing awareness among parents of the need to allow their children to have more contact hours through extra tuition for them to improve academically as well as in other areas.
Mdm Chew also stressed that the Centre instills good discipline and other values in the students that would help them to face challenges later in life. The performance of the students is constantly monitored and marks put in a report card for parents to check. The Centre also holds an annual ‘Parents Day’ for parents to meet the teachers concerning their children’s progress at the centre. The Centre is thus very aware of continuous cooperation between parents and teachers to work towards the goal of educating their children, and to help them to achieve excellence not only in school but later on in life.
A total of about 200 students received prizes for academic achievement in their respective subjects from Primary One to Form Five. The ceremony ended with a lucky draw of hampers for the winners.
In 2009, the Centre will also offer Bible Classes for Forms One and Two students as well as Bible Knowledge at the SPM level. These classes are free of charge.