Words cannot express what Mr. Ong meant to the boys of my cohort (Sec 4- 1976).
To those in Boy’s Brigade and Gymnastics, his influence was understandable and obvious as he was the Captain of BB and the teacher who built a very competitive gym team from scratch.
However to the rest of us who were in neither, his stamp of authority is less easily explained.
Perhaps to many of us, he was the father figure that we hoped for, or the older brother we wished we had. Someone who leads from the front but is also waiting at the back to ensure none of us were left behind!
In the mid-70’s, ACS was in apparent decline and had suffered public humiliations when political leaders seemed to stand in line to castigate us and even labeled us as a “Snob” school. The hurt, though deep, was short-lived and Mr. Ong was there to galvanize us to believe in ourselves and to achieve what we did not know was possible.
Not all of us were academically inclined, but that was not important. We were ACSians.
We remember with fondness Mr. Ong’s innovative methods of punishments. I do not think MOE would have approved many of them… but they worked.
Mr. Ong Ai Teik, teacher,mentor,friend. Someone we respect and love.
Till we meet again.
The Best is Yet to Be!
Huang Shoou Chyuan
(on behalf of the 76’ers)