It was a fitting farewell for the man who has helmed SP for more than a decade and brought it to greater heights.
Over 500 students, staff and alumni gathered at the SP Convention Centre on Wednesday 7th November to pay tribute to Principal Mr Low Wong Fook, who will retire at the end of the year.
As Mr Low arrived at the venue, thunderous applause and cheers greeted him - a testament of how well regarded he is by the SP family.
Students and alumni took turns to acknowledge Mr Low's contributions to SP during the event. During his 12 years leading the institution, he spearheaded many initiatives and innovations that have led to the growth and development of SP. He also leaves behind a legacy of holistic education for students and a vibrant campus life comprising of student clubs and activities.
Some of these clubs who flourished under his leadership were also on hand to provide entertainment for the evening's event, including the SP Symphonic Band which played 4 of Mr Low's favourite evergreen classics, the SP Choir and the SP DanceSport Club. Mr Low also surprised the audience by showing off his fancy footwork on stage, together with a dance partner from the SP DanceSport Club.
Whilst Mr Low expressed regret at not being able to address this year's batch of students at their graduation ceremony next year, he took the opportunity to share a few words of wisdom. He urged students to cherish the relationships that they have built and nurtured in SP, as well as to continue to practice SP CORE Values. Students should also not forget to help those that are less fortunate, and give back to society, he advised.
As a parting gift to SP, Mr Low made a personal donation of $10,000 to be used as book prizes for outstanding SP students, which was received by the SPSU president Eugene Guo on behalf by all students. Mr Low also donated a calligraphy scroll of his own creation, which he hopes will serve as a permanent reminder of the value of hard work.
The event was capped by an emotional rendition of Auld Lang Syne, which saw participation from the entire audience.
Truly, Mr Low has left an indelible mark on SP, and shall be sorely missed by one and all.