Tuesday, October 7, 2008

where have all these schools gone?

i was going to use this picture for a quiz when i discovered that chun see has a picture of the same building in his blog.

it then set me wondering how many a school has changed its location but there is no mention of its history and previous location in the school's present web-page.

these days, not only have many schools disappeared from the map of singapore but there are quite a number of schools that bear the name of a certain locality but have been relocated to somewhere else and this can be misleading if you based the location of a school on its name.

for example: commonwealth secondary is not at commonweath avenue but at jurong east. some other schools which are no longer at the places where their names were derived include dunearn, now at bukit batok west; river valley at west coast (temporarily at malan road); swiss cottage, now at bukit batok; tanglin secondary, now at west coast; and whitley secondary, now at bishan.

some schools have moved more than once. victoria school moved from tyrwhitt road to geylang bahru and thence to its present address at 2 siglap link. raffles institution moved out of bras basah road in the 70s to grange road and then to bishan.

some schools do change their names when they were relocated. thomson secondary is now known as north vista secondary. greenridge secondary in bukit panjang started in 1964 as dunearn secondary technical school. bukit batok east and bukit batok west were amalgated and resited and they became bukit timah primary school.

some of the secondary schools which do not exist anymore include bukit ho swee secondary, chip bee secondary, hwi yoh secondary, jalan lama secondary, kim seng technical, maju secondary, monk's hill secondary, pasir panjang secondary, rangoon road secondary, serangoon garden technical, tiong bahru secondary, upper aljunied technical, upper serangoon technical and willow avenue secondary.

some of the the primary schools that have disappeared from the scene include ama keng, anthony road girls', aroozoo, balestier boys', balestier girls', balestier mixed, batu berlayar, belvedere, birkhall, braddell rise, cairnhill, cambridge, cantonment, dorset, duchess, elling north, elling south, fowlie, geylang english, jalan daud, jalan kayu, jubilee, kwong avenue, lee kuo chuan, may north, may south, newton boys', owen, pearl bank, pearl's hill, permaisura, playfair, rayman, seraya, strathmore, sungei kadut, telok paku and tanglin tinggi.

i have not heard of some of these schools before, especially the vernacular schools. these include malay schools like kampong gelam, kota raja, padang terbakar and wessex estate; chinese schools like bin sin, chin hua, dji cheng, hua kiau and nong chong; and tamil schools like vallular, kalaimagal ang vivekananda .

so, where is the present princess elizabeth primary school?


Lam Chun See said...

Did you mention?

1) Bartley Sec School where my brother Chun Chew studied.

2) Mattar East where my sister taught when she first started work. She's probably around your batch.

I think few countries in the world have so many changes of school locations (and curriculum).

Icemoon said...

I guess the most visionary school name in Singapore is Temasek XX School. Evergreen name. Valid anywhere in Singapore.

yg said...

bartley sec sch is still around but not mattar east school. no, i did not mention these two; there are just too many to list.

yg said...

so, icemoon is a alumnus of temasek. which one? primary, secondary, jc or poly?

Icemoon said...

eh, that was just my observation on school names. But yg got it right!

"It matters not where we are from .."

Victor said...

Hey, I have heard of Bin Sin School before. In mid-70s, some of the pre-enlistees at CMPB showed me school leaving certificates from this school. I think the school was already demolished by the mid-70s.

Unknown said...

Sembawang Hills Estate School was my primary school overlooking the forest reserve by Casuarina Road. It got firmly put on the map in 1968 during the Gene Koh murder trial for it was our school caretaker who had discovered the decaying body only a few meters into the edge of the forest, led by its putrid stench which ruined his evening rather.

I went back there in the early 90s to find only a row of very smart terrace houses where the classrooms had once stood.

I was gutted!

yg said...

hi annette, my former colleague who lives at seraya crescent told me about the school. there is a nice boardwalk (for nature lovers) at the forest reserve toay. i cannot remember the murder case.

Anonymous said...

princess elizabeth pr school is in Bt Batok near to the Millenia Institute.
btw I was also from Sembawang Hills Estate Pr School (SHES)& will always remember the steep slope down to the school entrance.
Miss it dearly and my teachers Ms Beng, Mrs Mah, Mrs Tan, Ms Wan etc
The 6 years I spent there was the
happiest time of my life.

yg said...

hi anonymous,

thanks for the info.

it is a pity that some of us have lost our links with the past. so many primary schools and quite a number of secondary schools have disappeared from the scene and from our road maps and street directory.

Unknown said...

Sembawang hills estate school has a Facebook just look it up ..
SHES forever more..!!!..

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