Saint Andrew's School, Singapore
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (February 2008)|
|Name||St Andrew's School|
|School Code||SAJS - 5009
SASS - 7015 SAJC - 0804
|Town||Woodsville, Potong Pasir|
|Established||8 September 1862|
|Principals||SAJS - Wong Bin Eng (Mrs)
SASS - Lucy Toh (Mrs)
SAJC - Lee Bee Yann (Mrs)
|Students||SAJS, SASS - Boys
SAJC - Co-ed
|Levels||Primary 1 to 6
Secondary 1 to 5
|Colours||Navy Blue and White|
|Motto||Up and On|
St Andrew's School is a complex of schools in Singapore, affiliated to each other as well as to the Anglican Church of Singapore. It comprises St Andrew's Junior School, St Andrew's Secondary School and St Andrew's Junior College.
The junior and secondary schools have always only admitted male pupils, but female pupils were admitted to the pre-university or 'A' level classes when they were run from the senior school previously. St Andrew's Junior College has always been co-educational since being separated from the secondary school.
The school is also affiliated with other Anglican and Presbyterian schools in Singapore, including St Margaret's Primary School, St Margaret's Secondary School, St Hilda's Primary School, St Hilda's Secondary School, the Anglican High School, Presbyterian High School and Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School.
The name of the school is usually abbreviated as SA or SAS (or SAJS for the junior school and SASS for the secondary school), and the junior college as SAJC. Its pupils and alumni ('Old Boys' and 'Old Girls') are referred to as Saints.
- 1 Chin Chew Street (1862–1863)
- 2 Upper Hokkien Street (1863–1872)
- 3 Victoria Street (1872–1875)
- 4 Stamford Road (1875–1940)
- 5 Pre-War Woodsville (1940–1942)
- 6 Post-War Woodsville (1945–1990)
- 7 One Family Unbroken (1990-present)
- 8 Culture
- 9 Schools
- 10 Co-Curricular Activities
- 11 National Schools Games - Championship Titles
- 12 Notable alumni
- 13 References
- 14 Media mentions
- 15 External links
- 16 Getting there
Chin Chew Street (1862–1863)
SAS was founded on 8 September 1862 by the Revd Edward Sherman Venn through adopting a private institution owned by Sim Quee and Tye Kim in Chin Chew Street, in Singapore. The Anglican missionary led by Venn funded the school. Sim Quee and Tye Kim remained as headmasters of their school. This was unusual for the day as most missionary schools were not usually headed by Asians. The school was then known as the St Andrew's Church of England Mission School.
Upper Hokkien Street (1863–1872)
On 10 September 1863, the School moved to Upper Hokkien Street because of the need for a better building and more space for the growing School. Soon after, Mr Cheok Loy Fatt was appointed the Headmaster.
After a couple of years, the school suffered from financial difficulties, and financial support was withdrawn in 1866 (NB: Rev. Edward Sherman Venn died in 1866, and this may explain why financial support was withdrawn at this time). In 1872, the Colonial Chaplain Canon J.A. Beccles successfully applied to the Government for financial aid. Thus, on 22 May 1872, St Andrew's School became a grant-in-aid institution.
Victoria Street (1872–1875)
In 1872, Canon Beccles was succeeded by the Revd George Frederick Hose as Colonial Chaplain. Meanwhile, the growing School moved to Victoria Street. Hose invited the Revd William Henry Gomes to act as School Superintendent, in which the School prospered and grew.
During the early days at the Victoria Street site, both Hose and Gomes knew that the growth of the School would be hampered by poor accommodation. Their hard work was rewarded by the Government giving the School a 4-acre (16,000 m2) piece of land on the then Government Hill with a frontage on Stamford Road.
Stamford Road (1875–1940)
The first building to go up was the Chapel in 1875 and in that same year, the School vacated its cramped premises in Victoria Street and moved into the Stamford Road site. Classes were held in the Chapel which also became an important centre of public worship.
The Revd J. Romanis Lee, who became headmaster from 1912, was a benefactor of the School as it acquired many of its modern characteristics during his period as headmaster. He set about expanding the premises of the School and raised the status of the School from a second grade school to top grade in 1914, in which the school started to offer the Senior Cambridge Examination. He also established a tradition of sports in the School; the school excelled in boxing and rugby union.
Mr Joseph Lee became headmaster in 1924 and the enrolment increased to 800. Lee established John Oxenham's poem "Up and On" as the School Song. The first issue of the School Magazine, aptly called "Up and On", made its appearance in 1928.
The Revd Reginald Keith Sorby Adams succeeded Lee as the next headmaster on 1 October 1934. By that time, St Andrew's became well known for its boxing and rugby. The need for a bigger area than the cramped site at Stamford Road had become a problem by the early 1930s. There were scarcely enough classrooms and there was no playing field for a School which showed so much enthusiasm and aptitude for outdoor games.
This site ultimately became the site of the National Library of Singapore from 1960, before it moved to Victoria Street.
Pre-War Woodsville (1940–1942)
In 1938, Woodsville Estate comprising 7.49 hectares (18.5 acres) of land, was purchased for $60,000. Adams, assisted by Archdeacon Graham White, played a major role in the moving of the School to the Woodsville site, after previously rejecting two sites in Tanjong Katong and on Serangoon Road. The two-storey School buildings were completed and officially opened by S. W. Jones, the Officer Administering the Government, on 29 July 1940. The start of World War II in Singapore had the School closed.
Post-War Woodsville (1945–1990)
Immediately after the war, the School was the first to re-open. The school was then divided into Lower School and Upper School. Until the arrival of Adams who had just been released from internment, Dr D.D. Chelliah acted as headmaster. As the School population grew, the School grew as well with the addition of another floor in 1952. The Lim Teck Kin Tower was also added in that year.
In 1955, the Lower School was renamed the Junior School, and the Upper School was renamed Secondary School. In 1956, due to the rapid growth of the Junior School, it was further separated into two schools: Junior I and Junior II. Each junior school was run by its own headmaster, but this changed from 1960 onwards when both schools shared the same head.
In 1969, Pre-University classes started and in 1978, St Andrew's Junior College was established and moved to Malan Road. By the 1980s, the Woodsville site was unable to handle the growth of both Junior Schools and the Secondary School. Meanwhile, with nearby Potong Pasir developed, the School requested that a 4.18 hectare site allocated for education would be used for the St Andrew's Secondary School. Construction of the Secondary School started on 3 November 1984 and the buildings were opened in July 1986.
One Family Unbroken (1990-present)
In 1990, the two junior schools were combined into one school: St Andrew's Junior School. In 1996, the school had to relocate due to [[noise pollution}|]] from the recently upgraded Pan-Island Expressway. The school was relocated in January 1996 and the new school building was declared open by the then Minister for Education, Rear-Admiral Teo Chee Hean, in 1997.
As part of the St Andrew's Village project, all three schools were planned to return to Woodsville and Potong Pasir. Renovation and expansion of the Junior School started in 2003, and the new buildings opened in December 2004. Construction of a new Secondary School started in 2003, opposite the Junior School along Francis Thomas Drive, and opened in December 2004. Construction of the Junior College started in June 2003 after the Secondary School vacated the site and shifted to its holding location. The Junior College opened in December 2005 and a ceremony was held to mark its return to Woodsville/Potong Pasir. The Village was officially opened on 26 August 2006 at the 1000-seater Cultural Centre located at the Junior College.
In addition to these three schools, The village also houses the (Anglican) Diocesan Office, the Ascension Kindergarten and three church buildings: the Chapel of the Resurrection, Chapel of the Holy Spirit and Church of Ascension. Some of the new facilities at the Village includes an Olympic size swimming pool, a 1,000-seat performing arts centre (Cultural Centre), air-conditioned school halls, gymnasiums, indoor basketball court, roof-top basketball court, tennis courts, cafe, rockwall, astro-turf artificial field and a sheltered bridge across the Kallang River to connect the Junior and Secondary Schools to the Junior College across the river. In 2010, piling work began for the construction of St Andrew's Hall, a 12-storey hostel with sufficient rooms to accommodate up to 600 students with facilities including a dining room for 600 people, an adjoining multipurpose hall as well as a clinic to serve the residents of the hall and St Andrew's Village. St Andrew's Hall was officially opened in 2012.
There are currently plans to construct a combined indoor sports hall that will be situated over the Kallang River. Fund-raising efforts for the project are currently ongoing. When completed, it will be the first project of its kind in Singapore.
The students of the school are encouraged to support the school sports teams. Particularly during semifinals and finals matches, the entire school is usually in full force at the venue to support the school team, wearing their widely recognised blue and white hoops. Cheering is led by the Prefectorial Board and the Student Government. Such enthusiasm towards school support is quite uncommon in other schools.
The school's rugby team also has its own battle-cry which is called the Saints' Battle-Cry. It is normally mistaken by people as the haka. It is usually performed before the start of the match at a Final or at special events.
The Saints' Spirit also permeated into music producing members of such recording artists as The Sundowners, Tornados, Wes Cossacks, Straydogs, and Electrons with Rex Goh Tee Huat. The latter went on to join Australia's Air Supply.
The school has been famous since the 1930s, and in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966 concurrently, under the dedicated tutelage of late Mr Keong Snr, it rose to a new high with its boxing and rugby dominance over Singapore Boy's Town, Anglo-Chinese School, and Raffles Institution. Since the 1970s, the school has won the National championships consistently. The 1990s saw competition from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Raffles Institution, but St Andrew's has had a major revival in the sport in recent years.
The school also excels in Cricket and Hockey. Under the guidance of the cricket master Mr Philip Ng, the school's cricket team saw success from 1998 onwards, with eight of its eleven players being called up for national Under-15 representations in their first year of the game. The rivalry between Raffles Institution and St. Andrew's continued in the ovals as the teams battled for the championship titles over the next few years.
The school has a house system aimed at intra-school sporting competitions. The school originally had eleven houses. Today, there are five houses throughout the School, from the Junior School to the Junior College. The five houses are named after important people in the school's history:
- Venn (black), after the Rev Edward Sherman Venn who was founder of the school in 1862,
- Hose (blue), after the Rev George Frederick Hose who was Colonial Chaplain in the 1860s,
- Loy Fatt (yellow), after Cheok Loy Fatt who was Headmaster in the 1870s,
- Gomes (red), after the Rev William Henry Gomes who was School Superintendent during the 1870s, and
- Romanis (green), after the Rev J. Romanis Lee who was headmaster in the 1910s.
School Song, Hymn and Crest
All three schools share the same school song, school hymn and school crest.
We are arming for the fight,
Life and time will not delay,
Ever onward to the fight,
They reaped not where they laboured,
Before us and beside us,
The official heraldic description of the crest is: Azure, a saltire argent, in chief keys, in base a tiger's face. Simply, the crest is a blue shield, with a silver diagonal cross. In the top quarter are two keys, and in the lower quarter is a tiger's face.
The blue shield and silver diagonal cross is the St Andrew's Cross. The keys represent the Keys to Knowledge and Heaven, and the tiger's face is a local symbol of strength.
St Andrew's Junior School
St Andrew's Junior School (SAJS) started off as the Lower School of St Andrew's School after World War 2. After being renamed in 1956, the school was split into two schools, but were combined in 1990. The school later moved to a site in Potong Pasir because of noise pollution caused by the recently upgraded Pan-Island Expressway in 1996.
Following plans for the St Andrew's Village, the school moved into new buildings at the same Potong Pasir site in December 2004 at 2 Francis Thomas Drive, Singapore 359337.
St Andrew's Secondary School
St Andrew's Secondary School started as the Upper School of St Andrew's School after World War 2. The school moved from the Woodsville site in July 1986 to its site in Potong Pasir across the Kallang River after the Woodsville buildings were deemed inadequate for the running of both the junior and senior classes. In mid-2003, the school shifted to the old Victoria School building at Kallang Bahru as a temporary holding site. As part of the St Andrew's Village project, the school has moved into new buildings opposite SAJS since 2005 at 15 Francis Thomas Drive, Singapore 359342. The premises incorporates Woodsville House which was earmarked as a heritage building. Woodsville House used to be the residences of the principals of St Andrew's School and is now used as the offices for the Head of Departments on the second floor and has a small heritage gallery on the ground floor.
St Andrew's Junior College
St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) started as pre-university classes in 1969 and in 1978, moved to its site at 2 Malan Road. The college started the new year in 1978 with a brand new image, including a College Anthem of its own. However, in 1993, the College adopted back the original St Andrew's School Crest, motto, song and hymn. The College has since returned to Potong Pasir as of 2006 as part of the St Andrew's Village project. It is situated on the former SASS site at 55 Potong Pasir Avenue 1, Singapore 358389. A sheltered pedestrian bridge across the Kallang River connects the JC to the secondary and junior schools across the river.
|Sports & Games|
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National Schools Games - Championship Titles
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division (Since 1971): 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1987, 1989, 2006 and 2013
- National Schools Under-17 B-Division (Since 1970): 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014
- National Schools Under-14 C-Division (Since 1970, 1974 unknown): 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2013
- National Inter-Primary Schools Under-13 (Since 1996): 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012
- National Inter-Primary Schools Under-11 (Since 2005): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division: 2003 and 2004
- National Schools Under-17 B-Division: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003
- National Schools Under-14 C-Division: 1998, 1999 and 2002
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division (Boys): 2010
- National Schools Under-17 B-Division (Boys): 2005, 2008
- National Schools Under-14 C-Division (Boys): 1996, 2010, 2012
- National Inter-Primary Schools Under-13 (Boys): 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012,2013
- National Inter-Primary Schools Under-11 (Boys): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division Basketball (Boys): 2002, 2004
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division Bowling (Boys): 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division Rhythmic Gymnastics (Girls): 2005
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division Sailing (Boys): 2001
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division VolleyBall (Girls): 2004
- National Schools Under-14 C-Division Football (Boys): 1987
- National Schools Under-20 A-Division Waterpolo (Girls): 2007
- National Schools Under-17 B-Division Waterpolo: 1994, 1995
- FAS Inter-JC Girls' Soccer Championship: 2005 and 2007
- Elizabeth Choy: War heroine, Obtained the Order of British Empire
- David Saul Marshall: Singapore's first Chief Minister, Politician, Diplomat, Singapore's most successful Criminal Lawyer
- Benjamin Sheares: Singapore's second President
- Matthew Wilfred Anthonisz: Former Assistant Commissioner for Labour; former Acting Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health; former Assistant Secretary, Chief Secretary's Office 1955
- Andrew Chew: Chairman of Public Service Commission & Former Head, Civil Service
- Eddie Teo: Former Permanent Secretary - Prime Minister's Office, Singapore's Ambassador
- Herman Ronald Hochstadt: Former Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Law
- Ngiam Tong Dow: Former Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Finance, Ministry of National Development
- Fong Chong Pik (also known as "The Plen"): former leader of the Malayan Communist Party
- Eric Tan Huck Gim: Brigadier-General (Retired), Holder of a United Nations post in Timor Leste
- J B Jeyaratnam: Opposition politician and former Secretary-General of the Workers' Party. First opposition politician to be voted into Singapore's Parliament after independence, in the 1981 Anson constituency by-election.
- Kenneth Jeyaretnam: Opposition politician. Secretary-General of the Reform Party of Singapore. Son of the late J.B. Jeyaretnam.
- Dr Noeleen Heyzer: Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; 1967 Pre U 2 Med
- S. Iswaran: Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry
- Michael Palmer: Resigned.
- David Saul Marshall: Singapore's most successful Criminal Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician, Singapore's first Chief Minister
- Harpreet Singh Nehal: Singapore's Senior Counsel
- J. Grimberg: Singapore's Senior Counsel
- Harry Elias: Singapore's Senior Counsel
- Wong Meng Meng: Singapore's Senior Counsel
- Matthew Wilfred Anthonisz: Pioneer in Civil Aviation Administration, Ground Handling & Support Services, Personnel & Human Relations; established Duty Free shopping in airports in Singapore. Consultant - SIA Group; Managing Director - Singapore Airport Terminal Services, SIA; Director of Personnel & Industrial Relations, SIA; first locally-born Staff Manager - Malayan Airways Limited (1961); Chairman - St. John's home; President SAOBA (1977)
- Chang Yang Fa: Owner of Mint Museum of Toys, the Mint Cafe and the Mint Shop
- Jacob Ballas: Former Chairman of Vickers Ballas
- Frank Benjamin: Executive Chairman of FJ Benjamin
- Harry Elias: Singaporean lawyer, founder of Harry Elias and Partners
- Michael Fam: Executive Chairman of Fraser and Neave (F&N) Group, First Chairman of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation
- Koh Boon Hwee: Chairman - Yeo Hup Seng Group, Chairman - DBS Group, Chairman - Singapore Airlines, Director - Temasek Holdings
- Lim Leong Geok: First Executive Director of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation
- Liu Thai Ker: Singapore's Architect Planner
- Jimmy Phoon: Temasek Holding's Chief Investment Officer
- Lim Leong Geok: Singaporean Architect, Son of war hero Lim Bo Seng
- Earl Lu: Singaporean Artist
- Alan Lee: Managing Director - Banquet Holdings (Food-Court Chain)
- Tan Ngiap Joo: Chairman - United Engineers, Deputy President - OCBC bank
- Nawant Singh Chopra: Owner and CEO - Weston Corporation
Science, Arts, Education, Journalism
- Arthur Lim: Ophthalmologist, Founding Director of Singapore National Eye Centre, Chairman of Singapore Eye Research Institute
- Yahya Cohen: Surgeon. Held numerous offices, including President of the Singapore Medical Council and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the then University of Singapore.
- Kishore Mahbubani: Dean of the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Gifted Intellectual & Diplomat, Ex-Ambassador of Singapore to the United Nations, Ex=President - United Nations Security Council
- Francis Thomas: Humanist and Educator.
- Lim Yean Leng: Singapore cardiologist, Director of Raffles Heart Centre at Raffles Hospital, Awarded the inaugural Gary Roubin Award
- Eddie Sung: Singapore Rock Photographer
- Cherian George: Academic and journalist. Author of The Airconditioned Nation and founding member of The Roundtable.
- Colin Tan: Singapore Poet, Technology Entrepreneur, Founder of Rentlord
- Leslie Charteris (Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin): Author and Screenwriter (The Saint, etc.)
- Koh Buck Song: Writer, journalist, author of Brand Singapore, business consultant, Deputy Chairman of Censorship Review Committee 2009-10.
- Roger Yue Yit Chin: Journalist, Straits Times, New Straits Times. Consultant, Singapore Turf Club
- Woffles Wu:Plastic Surgeon, Present head of the St Andrew's Alumni Association
- Stefanie Sun: Chinese pop singer
- JJ Lin Jun Jie: Chinese pop singer and composer
- Hong Junyang: Chinese pop singer, First male runner-up in MediaCorp Channel U Project Superstar 1 (Singapore)
- Lai Li Jun: Top 24 contestant in Channel U Project Superstar 1 (Singapore), starred in Channel 8 Drama Holland V.
- Samuel Wong: Member of MiluBing, Champion in Channel U SuperBand 1 (Singapore).
- Randy Chua: Top 28 contestant in MediaCorp Singapore Idol Season 2 (Singapore).
- Chen Bang Zhi: Top 10 contestant in Channel U SuperHost (Singapore).
- Sheena Goh: Top 20 contestant in Channel U Campus SuperStar 1 (Singapore).
- Ho Chee Mun: Top 20 contestant in Channel U Campus SuperStar 1 (Singapore).
- Devarajan Varadarajan: 2nd Runner in Mediacorp Vasantham Star (Singapore), starring in Mediacorp Vasantham drama serials and Mediacorp Channel 5's Point of Entry, Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4. Winner - Highly Commended Best Supporting Actor, Asian Television Awards 2012.
- Jed Senthil KJ: First appeared on "Another Home" - National Day Parody Music Video. Then starred As an extra on (Mediacorp TV Channel 5) Point of Entry 2 and Confessions of a Crime in episodic roles.
- Robert Chua: Highly acclaimed Hong Kong TV producer and media mogul. Helped start TVB. Founder of China Entertainment TV (CETV). In 2004 founded The Interactive Channel (TIC), world's first 'Cross-Media' Interactive TV Platform and in 2007 founded Health and Lifestyle Broadcast Co Ltd (HLC),
- Kee Chan: Hollywood actor. Career has included roles in Mission: Impossible II and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as Senator Malé Dee
- Kenneth Liang: Executive Vice-President for Television Programming and Productions for MediaCorp Channel 5 Creator of Phua Chu Kang.
- Nickson Fong: CEO and Co-Founder, Egg Story Creative Production Pte Ltd. FX Technical Director and Shot Development Technical Director of The Matrix and its sequels.
- Rex Goh Tee Huat: Internationally acclaimed Rock Guitar Player and Musician (Air Supply, etc.).
- U.K. Shyam: current holder of Singapore's national 100 m sprint record at 10.37s. Singapore's National Team.
- Indra Sahdan Daud: Singapore national football player
- Wilfred Skinner: former Singapore international goalkeeper and hockey centre-half.
- The New Paper/Thursday, April 30, 1998
- "Former F&N Executive Chairman Dr Michael Fam dies at 87". Dec 27, 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Column on Elizabeth Choy - "She paid 40 cents for me to have this picture" by Koh, Buck Song (St Andrew's School 1970-79), The Straits Times 11 September 1995.
- Saint Andrew's Junior School (SAJS)
- Saint Andrew's Secondary School (SASS)
- Saint Andrew's Junior College (SAJC)
- Saint Andrew's Alumni (SAA) (formerly Saint Andrew's Old Boys' Association (SAOBA)