Welcome back to school and to a new year! To our new Primary 1 and Secondary 1 Marists, Welcome to Maris Stella High School!
This year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our school’s founding. Our theme for the school in 2018 and our celebrations is Rejoice ● Reunion ● Rejuvenate. We rejoice and celebrate the founding of our school by Brother Chanel Soon, a Marist Brother, who responded to the call of God to serve the poor in the eastern part of Singapore in 1958. We started as a school without a school, and operated out of borrowed premises. Brother Chanel toiled day and night. He was involved in educating Marists as well as raising funds to build the school building. In establishing Maris Stella High School, Brother Chanel gave expression to our five Marist Values. Not only did he live Saint Marcellin Champagnat’s mission of serving the poor, he also built a school on solid foundation, based on Catholic faith and on Chinese traditional values. Maris Stella is much sought after by parents for the holistic education that it provides for all Marists. Over the past 60 years, the school has done very well and won many accolades. It is one of the original nine Special Assistance Plan schools identified by the Ministry of Education to offer bilingual education to its students and to transmit Chinese culture and traditions. Having been accorded the Autonomous status, the secondary section is provided with more resources to organise special programmes, compared to other secondary schools.
Today, Maris Stella High School is the alma mater of many illustrious Marists who do well in their careers and contribute to society. They leave their mark in many different vocations, from medicine, to banking and finance, to shipping, construction, trading, media, food and beverage, to taking up Holy Orders. As part of our celebrations, we encourage all Marists to “come home” to Maris Stella High School to recollect their past.
More significantly, we seek to impress upon you, our current Marists, to follow in the footsteps of those before you by living by the school values and motto and realising your potential.
As we recollect the history of the school over the past 60 years, we have many achievements that we can be proud of and there are many people that we should be grateful to - the Marist Brothers, the School Management Committee, the principals and vice-principals of the school, the staff of the school, and Marists. As we envision the future of the school, I would like to encourage all Marists to have the courage and vision to dream and fulfil the potential that you have. You are the ones who can rejuvenate the school and bring it to yet another level of achievement by doing these things:
• Having faith in God and yourselves. Saint Marcellin and Brother Chanel trusted God completely. Faith gave them the courage and determination to achieve their goals. Faith will also see you through your ups in life.
• Being a person of vision. It means taking a great leap of faith and seeing what is not there. It means being imaginative and seeing possibilities. Saint Marcellin saw great Marist institutions around the world even before they were built. Brother Chanel saw Maris Stella High School even before the first brick was laid.
• Most importantly, serving others. Show care and compassionate. Serve with great humility and love unconditionally. Go beyond yourselves as you have what it takes to contribute to the community. Be a man for others.
Let us continue to live out our Marist values in our lives through the choices we make and the way we relate to one another. May our 60th anniversary celebrations bond us in unity and serve to fuel our love for the school and bring it to a higher level as a Marist institution!
Thank you and God Bless!
Mrs Woo Soo Min