12 December 2010, Singapore – The Old Victorians’ Association (OVA) announced today a call for nominations of worthy Victorians to feature in a book commemorating 135 years of Victorian heritage.
To be launched mid-2011, the book is the first amongst a string of activities the Victorian family has planned next year as it turns 135 years old, culminating in a mega dinner at the birth place of Victoria School (VS), Tyrwhitt Road, now the People’s Association Headquarters.
In addition, OVA is calling for old Victorians or staff to loan or donate nostalgic memorabilia from their school days. The association also announced a goal of achieving another 1,350 new members next year.
OVA is the alumni body for graduates from VS and Victoria Junior College (VJC). Most recently, it welcomed Cedarians into the family after Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, VS and VJC joined hands in the Integrated Programme.
Commemorative Book Celebrating Victoria, The School That Watched Us Grow
This book seeks to identify and honour 135 Victorians who embody the Victorian Spirit, and celebrate the culture of Victoria in their lives.
Nominees should reflect qualities of a “Gentleman (or Lady), Professional and a Sportsman (or woman) who makes tangible contributions to his/her family, work, community and nation”. They should also demonstrate how Nil Sine Labore, the school motto in Latin that means Nothing Without Labour, is lived in their lives.
The closing date for nominations is Friday, 11 February 2011. Nomination forms are available at the VS general office or downloadable from the OVA website at https://www.ova.org.sg/victoria135.
Expanding The Family With 1,350 New Members
In the upcoming year, OVA will be launching various activities to increase its awareness among alumni and double its membership by another 1,350.
Said OVA President Vernon Teo: “Increasing our membership by 1,350 is an ambitious, but necessary, target. A strong alumni body is an important factor for the success of schools today. We are here to ensure our students are getting everything they need to equip them for the rest of their lives. Apart from academic achievements, we also want to foster a spirit of achievement and nurture our youth into becoming innovative and respectable leaders.”
Memorabilia Showcase at Mega Dinner Event
OVA today also launched a search for memorabilia from VS’ early days, to be showcased during the 135th anniversary dinner event on 18 September 2011, at the school’s old building on Tyrwhitt Road.
These could be old tickets to a school play, photographs or even quirky things such as a signboards or posters “taken” from the classrooms or principal’s office!
The donated items will be added to the VS Heritage Centre, and serve as a link to the school’s illustrious progress. The Centre already features admission records of students dating back to the early 1900s, old extra-curricular activity badges from the 1950s, and school concert programmes, just to name a few.
Members of the public who wish to loan or donate items can write to OVA at firstname.lastname@example.org .