The ties that bind at Fairfield Methodist School

Left: Madam Gladys Tan (middle, in floral top), helping out at the 1995 Fairfield food and fun fair as an alumna. Above, from left: Aaron Ralls, Ann Ralls, Madam Gladys Tan, Andrew Ralls, Andrea Ralls and Mrs Karen Ralls-Tan represent three generatio
Above, from left: Aaron Ralls, Ann Ralls, Madam Gladys Tan, Andrew Ralls, Andrea Ralls and Mrs Karen Ralls-Tan represent three generations of the same family who are past or present Fairfield students. PHOTO: SAMUEL BEY
Left: Madam Gladys Tan (middle, in floral top), helping out at the 1995 Fairfield food and fun fair as an alumna. Above, from left: Aaron Ralls, Ann Ralls, Madam Gladys Tan, Andrew Ralls, Andrea Ralls and Mrs Karen Ralls-Tan represent three generatio
Madam Gladys Tan (middle, in floral top), helping out at the 1995 Fairfield food and fun fair as an alumna. PHOTO: COURTESY OF KAREN RALLS-TAN

Connection to school especially personal for multi-generation families of alumni

Mrs Karen Ralls-Tan remembers one thing clearly from her time in Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary): her mother's toes.

She was walking out of her last class of the day and happened to look over the staircase railing. That was when she saw a pair of feet that she recognised as her mother's.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2018, with the headline 'The ties that bind at Fairfield Methodist School'. Print Edition | Subscribe