Sunday, August 9, 2015


This year we had the privilege of joining the PA Corporate Partners group in the National Day Observance Ceremony at Teck Ghee, with the GOH none other than the PM himself with Ms Ho Ching. Parents and children from the NJS joined the newly elected President Mr Leonard Lau, myself, ED Thomas, EXCO members Toni and Adelin. We were 1 of 3 groups with a banner there.

Everone was in high spirits as we sang our National Songs loudly and proudly! Just as we were to board the bus back to SCF, a call from EXCO member Philip beckoned us back to the venue for a rare photo opportunity!

The PM graciously took this picture with us and thanked us for coming to the ceremony. We also had pictures with Mr Ang, CEO PA and Ms Ho Ching which were posted on Facebook.

Many present took pictures of the SCF group which was a refreshing and welcome change as we made our presence felt. This is the first step the new SCF Committee is taking to rebuild its image as one relevant entity with the PA Strategic Partners who are ready to forge collaborations with other partners on national projects. Looking forward to our first joint project ..


  1. Kudos John and new team :)))

    It will be good to start SCF on a new slate and slowly undo all the bad that the tumor had done in the past.

    We salute the bravery that John displayed in masterminding the ouster of that tumor 👍

  2. Hi John

    A fellow chess parent highlighted your blog. After years of suffering the injustice of what you aptly termed the tumor, let me start by thanking you for having done a great thing!

    My son was always denied a better place to play as we could not pay NJS high fees, overseas fees, parents accompanying charges, hotels (3 star) at high rates, buying of team apparel, requests for donations and buying fund raising dinners, etc

    Now my son has stopped playing chess as he did not want to see me struggling to pay his involvement in NJS.

    I was torn between anguish and regret that I cannot do more as a chess parent. Of great pain is the fact that my son used to regularly beat players like Tin and Ruldolp easily when they were in sec 1.

    Is it too late for my son to come back into chess? I still see him reading the second hand chess books you gave him as prizes.

    Will the fees be lower now with you in charge?

    Thank You.
    You have given us hope.

  3. Please write in to the SCF about your case and we'll take it from there.

  4. Please write in to the SCF about your case and we'll take it from there.