SINGAPORE - Her own farewell tribute was so hush-hush, she didn’t even have a clue.
On Wednesday, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) bade goodbye to their principal of 11 years.
But they kept the secret of the surprise ceremony so well that Mrs Kelvyna Chan had thought that it was going to be an end-of-year service for students.
Two days before, a Facebook post by former student Myron Tay had called for alumni to gather at the campus at Dover Close to pay tribute to their ex-principal.
The post said: “Mrs Kelvyna Chan has been serving as the principal of ACJC since 2002... but she will be rotated to MOE HQ where she can make a bigger impact on the school system.”
Mrs Chan will officially step down as the leader of the school in December.
She has been principal of the college for 11 years and was a pre-university student at ACS in 1973.
The 57-year-old, who is married with three children, taught General Paper and Literature at Temasek Junior College for six years, from 1979 to 1985, and was the principal of Tanjong Katong Girls’ School for four years, from 1998.
Wednesday also marked the last day of the school term for the JC students. At the school’s auditorium, parents, staff and students prepared speeches, prayers and songs to say their goodbyes, which left some choking with tears.