BE AT THE TOP”
Mr. Noppadol Ongsrikul, the
coordinator of S.G. Alumni Batch 27, did me the tremendous honour of
asking if I would like to write an article about our beloved school.
He suggested that I might like to choose from three appropriate topics
- “S.G. Today”, “The Future of S.G.” and “Construction of the New
Building.” Upon reflection it occurred to me that all three are so
closely interrelated as to permit me the opportunity to knit them
together in a single article, which is what I hope I will be
graciously permitted to try to do.
Saint Gabriel’s today is an
institution which frequently reflects upon its continuous mission and
priceless heritage handed to us by our illustrious predecessors. We,
as the current generation of successors, are proud of being a part of
this prestigious educational establishment. All of us are sincerely
aware of our roots and identity; we never forget our origins and this
gives us strength. We are living in the modern world of today and yet
we are also able to trace, with great pride, our glorious historical
I hope that I will be
permitted, with great humility and the deepest respect, to express, on
behalf of the present administration and staff, our heartfelt
gratitude and admiration to all of our predecessors who have, in
however much measure, in whatever way, contributed to the
establishment, growth, development and sustainability of our beloved
St. Gabriel’s College. It would be impossible for us to conceive of
S.G. today and tomorrow if our precious school hadn’t had such a
worthy yesterday; an illustrious foundation we are fortunate enough to
be asked to build upon.
Maintaining and building upon
the traditions of the past is one of the finest qualities that we
endeavour to instill in our students and we hold dear as teachers and
administrators; a veneration, respect and love for those values which
have made Saint Gabriel’s great. The continuation and development of
these traditions amongst the administration and students at the
present time is a formidable challenge, especially in today’s changing
With the achievements of our
distinguished predecessors at the forefront of our minds, St.
Gabriel’s today sets its sights towards becoming
The best school in
Thailand after three years.
This lofty goal will require enormous investment and endeavour by all
staff and students in order to make our dream come true. We are
devoting huge amounts of resources to many different fields at the
school. Personnel development programmes, the highest quality
curricula for both teaching and learning, careful selection of high
standard resource and text books, the creation of valid and reliable
test papers, the implementation of significant evaluation and
monitoring systems, the utilization and maximization of appropriate
technology, and the construction of a new building to provide better
physical facilities are amongst the priorities of resource allocation.
St. Gabriel’s tomorrow is
determined to be ranked as one of the Top
Five schools in
Asia after five
years. As a school we do not fear that we will fail in this
task since we are blessed with all the prerequisites of success. We
stand together united in our goals, confident in our abilities; we are
hard working and focused on the task at hand with strong sense of
purpose. We already have all the necessary supporting factors which
inevitably will contribute to this great achievement. Those empirical
and significant supporting factors can be listed as quality
personnel, world class curricula, sufficient resources, conducive
physical environment, enormous cooperation
from learners and their parents, modern technology and the strongest
commitment from senior management.
construction of the new building in order to replace St. Mary and
Vincent Laboratory Buildings is another concrete indicator proving the
development of our physical environment. Both buildings which had
facilitated our students’ learning for more than 50 years are no
longer safe. Many engineers and architects have confirmed the risk
and danger of continuing to use them. They have been left unused for
three academic years. The school sought permission for the
construction of the new building and finally the Foundation signalled
the green light. This new six storey building will consist of new
classrooms, activities rooms, laboratories for science, language and
computer. A swimming pool for primary boys will be also added. The
construction will commence in June 2005 and completed in May 2007.
It is clear that the ultimate
vision of the school is to be at the top. However, we do not
aspire to become leaders in the field of education for the sake of
pride or prestige; in becoming great and standing at the top we do so
with one idea fixed in our hearts; whatever we do we do for love
and service to all humanity. If we achieve our ambitions, our
future S.G. alumni, who of course right now are our students, will be
successful and happy Thais and world citizens; they will know and
enjoy the joy of giving by becoming “Men who live for others”, who
know how to care and share with others. Consequently their lives, and
the lives of those around them will be happier, more serene and
Let me thank all S.G.
Alumni Batch 27 for allowing me to share our “Dream and Vision”;
let me also congratulate your batch’s unity and lasting friendship.
We are very proud of you all; since you are proclaiming to the entire
world that “we blue and white are St. Gabriel”. Once again let me
welcome you to your beloved “Alma Mater” namely St. Gabriel’s College.
May God and Mother Mary bless you and your dear ones
with good health, wealth, success and happiness in life.