Our Team

Our Team

Director (Student Support) Psychological and Emotional Care:

Mervyln Goh (Mrs)

Set up Agape Counselling Sanctuary (2009), founded upon the theme that Love Never Fails (1 Corinthians 13: 8), by the grace of God.2020: received the Long Service Award for 25 years at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and various ACS(I) awards for contributions (2018, 2011, 2008, 2007)

2018: The Caring Teacher Award (NIE)

2007: National Day Award Pingat Berkebolehan

1995-present Taught GEP (O Levels, English Language, Literatrure), IP (Language Arts), IBDP (English A: Literature HL for HSP);TOK; currently teaching IBDP (English A: Language and Literature, SL)

Member of IPPA (since 2019): International Positive Psychology Association

NUS: MA (English Studies), BA (Hons, Literature)

NIE: PDGE, NIE-MOE, TSN

Favourite Reads:

Narrative Counselling in Schools (Winslade, J.M. & Monk, G.D.)
It’s Not Always Depression (Hendel, H.J.)
-Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Gottlieb, L.)
-Flourish (Seligman, M.)
-Grit (Duckworth, A.)

Grateful mother of 2 ACS (Independent) IBDP alumni (total 24 years of ACS education).

E-mail: MERVYLN@acsindep.edu.sg

Senior Counsellor:

Counseling Charlie Ong

Charlie Ong (MCoun, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip in SFBT, CSFT, CSFC & CBCC) enjoys his work and accepts his lot in life, believing that when people are so busy enjoying life, they will have no time to brood over the past; they will be too busy enjoying the gift from God, and God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

Charlie is a certified Solution-Focused Therapist & Coach (CCPC), and a certified Behavioural & Career Consultant (Institute of Motivational Living, Inc. USA) and is currently Senior Counsellor at Agape Counselling Sanctuary.

E-mail: charlieong@acsindep.edu.sg

Telephone:  67769522

School Counsellors:

 Maria Marie Chong

BSocSci (Hons Distinction) in Psychology, minor in Sociology (NUS)
Counsellor-in-charge for Peer Helper Program and cross-department collaboration (well-being education and academic peer coaching)

Marie’s passion has always been to work with and guide youths to achieve their fullest potential.  Through counselling, she strives to empower students to build resilience and broaden their perspectives, growing in them the capacity to rise above their struggles and, beyond that, to thrive and flourish.

Highly involved in the Peer Helper Program in ACS(I), which has progressively gained traction amongst the student body over the years, Marie’s energy and warmth make her the natural go-to liaison that the Peer Helpers work closely with.  She actively engages the Peer Helpers’ executive committee to develop resources and work towards building a culture of care in school.  She also collaborates with various departments to conduct workshops for a diverse range of students.  A strong proponent of peer helping, Marie nurtures students to cultivate empathic hearts that go beyond the self.

Marie is heartened to be a part of the ACS(I) family, where she is given the opportunity each day to do what she loves, in a God-centred environment that is supportive and caring. She endeavours to instil hope in the students she journeys with, that they may see God’s light and love in their lives.

E-mail: mariechongyn@acsindep.edu.sg

Telephone: 6773 9512

Samuel Lum

Samuel (BSc in Psychology) believes in the role of counselling in helping individuals attain their aspirations in life. He ensures his best by continually learning as much as he can about its’ practice. To that end, he is currently undergoing training at the Executive Counselling & Training Academy for the Masters in Counselling awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Through counselling, he hopes to guide others towards becoming the person they want to be despite life’s obstacles. He holds firm the belief that everyone needs an empathic listening ear from time to time and there is no need to go through challenges alone.

Email: samuellummj@acsindep.edu.sg

Telephone: 6773 9513