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亲爱的海星学子:


新年快乐,欢迎你们重返校园,希望你们度过了一个充实而快乐的假期。在此,我也欢迎中一的学生加入我们海星大家庭!


今年是海星建校六十周年。在华人的纪年传统里,每六十年算为一个“ 甲子”,代表着一个完整循环的结束,然后开始计算一个新的“甲子”,新的循环就此开始。因此,我们六十周年的庆典主题定为“甲子情,海星梦”。“甲子情”体现了一代代的海星学子对母校难以割舍的情怀。六十年前,海星的建校校长孙光汉修士在圣马塞林●尚巴纳的精神感召下,着手创建海星中学。在草创初期,海星中学可说是一间“没有校园的学校”。当时海星需要向其他学校借用课室,师生“到处流浪”,在不同的校园上课。孙修士凭着坚强的意志和坚定的天主教信念,历经千辛万苦,到处筹措建校基金。最终,海星结束了“流浪生活”,在翡珑山(也就是学校的现址)建立了属于自己的学校。孙光汉修士的建校精神,体现了圣马塞林●尚巴纳所提出的教育使命:通过教育来改善社会上贫穷大众的生活;同时也充分体现了海星五大价值观。


在过去的六十年里,海星的历任校长一以贯之地秉持着孙修士的建校宗旨,在老师们的辛勤耕耘和海星校友的无私支持下,学校在各方面表现杰出,赢得了许多荣耀。1979年海星中学跻身教育部指定的第一批九大特选中学之一,为新加坡培养了许许多多的双语人才。1996年海星中学再进一步获得肯定,成为自治学校。学校因此得到政府的额外拨款支持,得以为海星学子提供更多样化的学习项目。


回顾海星的历史,成就辉煌,星河灿烂。海星中学为新加坡培养了大批优秀人才,这些人才遍布政治、文化、教育、医学、金融、船运、建筑、商业、餐饮、传媒等几乎社会的每个领域,他们对国家的建设以及学校的发展做出了卓越的贡献,对此我们深以为荣且衷心感激。为了表达我们的谢意,我们希望各位校友们能在这样一个特别的年份,藉此重要庆典,回“家”团聚。我们更希望能以此来激励在校的海星学子们,希望你们能追随学长的足迹,秉持海星的校训和五大价值观,继续书写海星光辉灿烂的历史,成为栋梁之才,为国家和社会作出贡献。


“饮水思源”是我们华族的重要价值观,也是我们时常向你们灌输的价值观。回顾海星的育人成果,我们需要向许多人士致谢,这些人包括海星圣母昆仲会的修士们、现任及历任的学校董事会成员、历届的校友、历届校长和海星的老师们,没有他们的指导和支持,海星绝不可能达到今日的高度。展望未来,我要鼓励你们充分发挥自己的潜能,要敢于织梦、追梦,把海星提升到另一个高度,再创历史,再造辉煌----这就是我们建校六十周年的另一个主题:“海星梦”。如何实现我们的“海星梦”?我认为学子们可通过以下几个方面寻找方向与力量:


坚定对上帝和自己的信念:

圣●马塞林●尚巴纳和孙光汉修士对上帝无条件的信任。这种信念和信仰给予他们无比的勇气和莫大的信心,使他们不管身处顺境还是逆境,都能毫无畏惧地朝目标前进。


树立远大的理想:

我们希望海星学子具洞察未来的能力,就好像圣马塞林●尚巴纳能洞察到圣母昆仲会对未来世界教育的贡献;孙光汉修士能在海星的草创时期预见海星未来的发展。


回馈社会,服务群众:

我们希望海星学子有“取之社会,用之社会”的无私胸襟。以仁爱精神和谦卑之心服务人群。


让我们坚持以海星价值观作为我们人生的指引。我们也希望六十周年庆典能为我们提供一个总结与反思的平台:回顾过去,展望未来。让我们上下一心,齐心合力,为海星缔造另一个辉煌!


谢谢

愿上帝保佑你们



辜素敏

校长


Dear Marists

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

Principal