Daily Archives:June 6th, 2018

90 AECEC members convene for two-day conference

Participants pose for remembrance after the conference organised by the Board of Governors and Head Teachers of Mission Kindergartens, Pace Bene Purak, 28 Apr 2018.

PURAK, Papar – Ninety members of the Board of Governors (BOG) and Head Teachers (HT) of Mission Kindergartens in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu convened at Pace Bene on 28 Apr 2018 for a two-day conference on “Enhancing the Quality of Education in Mission Kindergartens.”

Members from 32 out of the current 34 mission kindergartens took part in the event, representing Labuan, Papar, Limbahau, Kinarut, Limbanak, Terawi, Penampang, Inobong, Kota Kinabalu, Inanam, Manggatal, Telipok, Tuaran, Tenghilan, Kiulu, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Ranau, and BunduTuhan.

In his keynote address, Archbishop John Wong said that until 2015, the number of mission kindergartens in the archdiocese had stagnated at 12. He said that AECEC was set up three years ago to establish new mission kindergartens to meet the urgent need of inculcating Christian values in young children.

The archdiocese currently has 34 kindergartens with a total enrollment of over 2500 children.

The prelate said that it is now  “time to take stock of what we have,”  and to develop and implement plans to upgrade the quality of the new kindergartens.

He urged the delegates to ensure that “while we try to meet the requirements of the national curriculum, we must also put in place a process for imparting our Christian values in the daily interactions with the children.”

The archbishop was happy to note that some mission kindergartens have started Chinese and Kadazan/Dusun language tuition after normal class hours, and encouraged the other kindergartens to follow suit to ensure that our children do not lose the ability to communicate in their mother tongue.

The delegates actively participated in the topics presented during the conference which included:

  • Current developments in mission kindergartens
  • Faith formation
  • Self-evaluation process for continuous improvement
  • Moving to excellence in teaching and learning, and
  • Forging partnerships in achieving excellence

This was the first time that the Board of Governors and the Head Teachers were brought together in a conference with the hope that the best practices that were shared during the conference would inspire both the BOG and the teaching staff to forge a strong partnership and to move forward together towards excellence.- Ephraim Kouju


Penampang parish hosts 211th police day celebration

Fr Atin and some of the police at the exhibition booth, St Michael Penampang, 6 May 2018.

PENAMPANG – St Michael’s Church here hosted the inaugural celebration for Catholic police personnel in conjunction with their 211th Police Day with Mass at 10:30 am on 6 May 2018.

The Mass, presided by Father Wilfred Atin, was well attended by the Catholic police personnel and their family members who are on posting from the west coast region.

A mini booth exhibition was mounted by the police force.   Present for the exhibition walkabout was the State Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli bin Din, accompanied by a police delegation.

A lunch reception at the parish hall rounded up the event. Fr Atin thanked the police leadership and its Christian community committee for their initiative in selecting St Michael’s Church as the venue for this historical event.

He believed that a programme like this would only bring a better understanding and perception towards the police.

In his turn, Datuk Ramli acknowledged the important value of receiving blessings and divine protection for its police and community members, particularly when performing their duties.

He also assured them that efforts were being made to establish a link with Church authority to ensure direct communication in preventing crimes affecting church organisation.

Datuk Ramli also presented cash contributions on behalf of the police Christian welfare community to Fr Atin for the church’s pastoral activities, the Tadika Harmony and the Sunday school. – Penampang SOCCOM

The peace that Jesus gives

The peace that Jesus gives does not work in a vacuum. Neither is it the calm after a storm. The peace that Jesus gives is a calm and quietness of heart in the midst of a storm! It is a peace that the world cannot give.

In the last few days we have been preoccupied with the search for the peace that the world gives in the aftermath of the nation’s general election. We propose to bring it about by conquest and coercion. After we have conquered, we will convene conferences, make covenants, and appoint committees to monitor our “peace.”

History has proven that the peace the world gives is passing. It will last only as long as the resolve of the worldly men who make it. “The war to end all wars” often fails to bring lasting peace. “Peace in our time” always seems to be a thing of tomorrow … and you know that tomorrow never comes.

The peace that Jesus gives, on the other hand, is the result of a relationship with the Prince of Peace. As such, it is inward and personal. Like the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom, this peace starts with God and cannot be had apart from a personal relationship with God. It is as lasting as is our willingness to “abide in the vine” and draw peace from Christ’s spiritual supply. It is a personal peace that passes all understanding.

The peace that the world gives fails because it leaves out the Prince of Peace. There can be no permanent peace among men until men make peace with God. The vertical relationship must precede the horizontal relationship. But when the vertical is put up against the horizontal, together they form a cross, and it is through a cross that Jesus made possible reconciliation between men. “He is our peace who hath made both one!” (Ephesians 2:14).

Christ is our great example of peacemaking. Ephesians 2:14, 15 says it eloquently. “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.”

The peacemaker claims no rights. He refuses to become part of the problem. He refuses to think of himself. His whole concern is the reconciliation of others, and he is willing to suffer to see it done! Jesus did no wrong … but He took the blame for the wrong we had done … thus making peace.

Jesus was a peacemaker, and He has passed on to us the work of peacemaking. “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20). – globalchristiancentre.com

SFCS management board takes time off to celebrate advisor’s 50th birthday

Members of St Francis Convent Schools Management Board, Building Committee, Alumni, and Consultants pose with Abp Wong at a gathering marking his 50th birthday at the atrium between the two newly completed blocks, 6 June 2018.

BUKIT PADANG – The Management Board of St Francis Convent Schools took time off to organise a small gathering in honour of its advisor’s 50th birthday on 6 June 2018 at the premises of the newly completed St Francis Convent Secondary School here.

Archbishop John Wong, in his capacity as parish priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral, acts as advisor to the schools management board.

The mission kindergarten,  primary, and secondary schools are under the pastoral care of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Karamunsing.

Around 50 people from the management board, building committee, consultants, alumni, past and present principals turned up for the event.

The event was a milestone as it fulfilled the board’s promise to complete the building project in time for the advisor’s 50th birthday when the members were appointed in 2014 under the chairpersonship of Mary Florence Gomez.

The secondary school first began in 1955 as a separate block from the primary school at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Karamunsing.

In 1959 it moved to Jalan Harrington (now Jalan Kebajikan).  It was officially opened by Mr GD Muir, then Director of Education in 1961.

As termites invaded the primary school buildings in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, efforts were made to find alternative location.  The primary school together with the management board succeeded in acquiring a 20-acre piece of land in Bukit Padang with plans to re-site both the primary and the secondary schools there.

The primary school relocated to Bukit Padang in 1993.

Towards the end of 1999, the management board authorised the setting up of the secondary school building committee amidst growing concerns for the dilapidated state of the school and high maintenance costs.  The secondary school would be located behind the primary school.

Although the groundbreaking for the secondary school was officiated by then Chief Minister Chong Kah Kiat in Oct 2002, it took about 16 years for the project to materialise.

The revised development plan was approved in June 2014 and the new building plans were approved in August 2014.

The estimated RM12 million school has two 4-storey blocks with a central atrium.

  • One block of 22 classrooms and living skills workshops;
  • One block of science laboratories, administrative offices, staffroom, library and
    special rooms

Meanwhile,  the management board hopes to apply for the Occupational Certificate to the relevant authorities within the next few weeks.

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