Sunday, December 9, 2007

Yet Another Successful Collaboration with HIOSA, our Official Partner for Holy Innocents' Idol 2007

Words by Amelia Swee
Edited by Mr. Raymond Yeo

Holy Innocents' Idol 2007, or HI Idol for short, is an inaugural school-wide competition cum music extravaganza through which the HIHS student population uncovered and crowned a deserving teenage singing sensation. Through this article, the organisers of HI Idol would like to express their deepest appreciation for HIOSA (Holy Innocents' Old Students Association). Without its close collaboration and generous support, HI Idol would not have taken off. Many aspects of this competition such as prizes and stage design have received invaluable assistance in the form of sponsorship and constructive feedback provided by our dearest Alumni, especially Mr. Ken Tay Tien Loon.

When asked if HIOSA would continue its involvement in future HI Idol competitions, HIOSA Chairperson Mr. John Lim Cho Lee replied with great assurance: "Of course we will! This competition develops the self-confidence of our juniors. It encourages students who are not academically-inclined to step out and showcase their singing talents. I believe HIHS students do not have many opportunities to display such talents and the competition is another opportunity for them to do so. So it is also about the old generation lending the new one a helping hand!"

Lee Wei Song School of Music Principal and HIHS Alumnus Mr. Lee Wei Song also supports HI Idol. On 11 June 2007, he invited the Top 10 HI Idol Finalists to his school, where they received free vocal training conducted by his school's instructors. He hoped the Finalists had picked up techniques that have improved their vocal ability, with which they can carve out a career in the music industry. Mr. Lee beamed with enthusiasm when he was asked if he would continue as a guest judge for the Grand Finals: "Sure! I'll be more than happy to do that!"

Our school leaders were equally heartened by HIOSA's involvement in HI Idol. Holy Innocents' High School Principal Mrs. Pauline Wong told me she would not have seen the most ecstatic audience in her life without this competition: "Our own students! They were the best ever!" she exclaimed. Vice-Principal Ms. Christina Michael felt that Mr. Ken Tay's recommendation to dress the Finalists in Fox was spot-on. Some students probably gained a better of understanding of what smart causal means after watching the Grand Finals, she added with a smile.

Since its formation, HIOSA has been a steadfast partner of HIHS, actively involved in numerous community-building activities and initiatives. Its time-tested and unstinting support is a pillar of HIHS...yesterday, today and tomorrow.


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