SINGAPORE - It rained on their parade yesterday.
But it did not dampen their spirits and excitement at finally being able to return to their renovated school.
In November 2012, the pupils and staff of Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Primary (Toa Payoh) walked from the school to a temporary site that would be their new home for the next 1½ years.
Yesterday, the school planned to take a 30-minute memorial walk back to the school. It was meant to celebrate the school's 160th Anniversary and Founder's Day. But the event had to be cancelled because of rain.
The school's principal, Mrs Margaret Tan, who is in her 50s, said: "The showers of blessing for the school definitely did not dampen our spirits."
Instead, staff and pupils celebrated their return in the school hall where a torch-bearing ceremony was held.
The renovation, which was part of the Peri (Primary Education Review and Implementation) Upgrading Project to improve school facilities, cost $11 million.
At the holding site, about 700m from the school at Toa Payoh Lorong 1, the 1,400 pupils and teaching staff had to make do with less-than-ideal facilities.
For instance, the dance classes were held in containers, away from their main building, where they had to put up with mosquitoes.
Jaime Lee, a Primary 5 pupil, was thrilled to find out yesterday that the renovated dance studio is more spacious.