A stroll down memory lane
“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
Siblings Nicholas and Allison, former students attending Morning Star’s After-School Care Services, swung by for a trip down memory lane.
I spent 5 years of my primary school journey in Morning Star (2008-2012) and I can confidently call it my second home. This is because even though Morning Star’s main task was to take care of us, the facilitators took the extra step to groom us on our core values.
I have made many good and not so good memories here but those moments collectively helped groomed me to who I am today. I remember my first time stepping foot into Morning Star, I felt scared and alone but the facilitators made sure that I was comfortable with simple acts such as talking to me and giving me treats.
One of the most memorable things that I have received from Morning Star was being disciplined! Even though I hated it, it helped me reflect on my mistakes and changed me for the better.
I enjoyed the outdoor sessions the most as I got to spend my time playing soccer with the friends I had made at Morning Star.
I have spent my whole 6 years of primary school in Morning Star from the first day of school till graduation (2007-2012). Therefore, I can’t deny that Morning Star has been a big part of my life; it was where I have made friends and allowed me to gain new insights from all the lessons and outings provided.
My first day was the most memorable as I stepped foot into the centre with my parents. Everyone was welcoming me warmly especially Auntie Lynn and Auntie Shan Fen. I didn’t know anyone but the friends I have made helped me to relax. In fact, I am still in contact with these friends, especially Michelle and Judith whom I am closest to. I also made friends with those who were older or younger than me. Older friends include Boon Ki, Xing Wen, Shu Min and Janice, while younger ones are Lucas, Benjamin Pek, Felicia Pek and Lim Ning. The facilitators were always there to make the whole experience memorable. These facilitators include Auntie Jasmine, Auntie Jerry, Li Lao Shi, Uncle Tang as well as Auntie Shan Fen who is still working in Morning Star.
My favourite activity would always be during the holidays or the Christmas celebrations when the different branches gathered together to perform and play games. I used to perform when I was in Primary 4 while my brother who joined a year later performed together with Judith’s brother.
The most memorable outing for me was the Titanic exhibition. It was very interesting especially when we got to see the differences between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class cabins. There were other outings that were just as memorable such as the Underwater World where we were able to touch a stingray and also a clownfish.
The meals served at Morning Star were always good and especially on special days where we were given ice cream. I enjoyed the tea breaks too, where there were sandwiches and Milo.
It felt nice to be back especially to see Auntie Shan Fen as well as the admin staff. I could see that the whole place has been renovated, and there were improvements on the meals served such as providing fruits during lunch and bread in the evening. It felt nice to visit Morning Star after so long and I will definitely make another trip down to visit again soon.