Mon, Apr 19, 2010
The Straits Times
Making Peace

[Above: SAS's principal Belinda Charles (left) and Dr Ong Teck Chin, ACS(I)'s principal, agree to make peace.]

By Chan U-Gene

THE two rival rugby schools from Monday's post-match brawl took the first steps to helping their teams reconcile after a meeting between the principals yesterday.

Both parties agreed to arrange for the players to gather but details as to when this will happen have not been decided.

Mayhem on the rugby pitch
Click on thumbnails below to view. (Photos: ST, Mugilan Rajasegeran, Wanbao, Internet)

Said Dr Ong Teck Chin, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)'s principal: 'I have spoken to Belinda and we are planning for both teams to gather and have a meaningful time forging new ties and exchange.

'The date has not been fixed yet in view of the students' schedule and upcoming mid-year assessments.

'The students also need time to reflect on what has taken place.'

Belinda Charles, St Andrew's Secondary's principal, welcomed ACS (I)'s decision to provide an opportunity for the two boys in the middle of the controversy, Daniel Tan and Leonard Wee, to meet up. She first broached the idea on Tuesday.

Charles said: 'I am very glad that ACS has accepted our suggestion. Meeting up is the best way to restore friendship.

'This is part of our Restorative Practice framework. It is important not merely that the boy is punished but that he must restore the relationship with the other party. The two parties must connect, then it becomes meaningful. It is important for the growth of both boys.'

The trouble between the two sides started on Monday immediately after the final whistle was blown for the game, which ACS (I) won. SAS player Daniel hit his opponent Leonard, sparking a pitch invasion by supporters from both sides.

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