Singapore Chinese Girls' School

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Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS)
SCGS Badge
Sincerity, Courage, Generosity, Service
Type Independent
Established 1899
Founders Sir Song Ong Siang
Dr Lim Boon Keng
Session Single
School code 7014 (Secondary)
5026 (Primary)
Principal Low Ay Nar (Mrs.)
Enrolment Approx. 2,400
Colour(s) Jade & Gold

Singapore Chinese Girls' School (Abbreviation: SCGS) is an independent, all-girls school in Singapore. It is consistently ranked as one of the top secondary schools in Singapore in the now-defunct official school rankings released by the Ministry of Education. It is one of the oldest schools in the nation, having been founded in 1899. It is a full school with both primary and secondary divisions, admitting girls between the ages of 6 and 16. The secondary division was among the first schools in Singapore to be accorded the status of an independent school in 1989.

In 2011, SCGS was presented the School Excellence Award, a pinnacle award under the MOE Masterplan of Awards, which recognizes schools for excellence in both education methods and results. In addition, SCGS received the Best Practice Award for all three categories (Student All-Round Development, Teaching and Learning and Staff Well-being) and the Outstanding Development Award for National Education. These achievements affirm the school’s holistic education for the pupils and the capacity and commitment of the staff.[1]


SCGS was founded as an all-girls Peranakan school in July 1899 by a group of Straits Chinese men including Dr Lim Boon Keng and Sir Song Ong Siang, at premises in Hill Street, with an English headmistress and seven girls on the register.[2]

In 1923, the school left its premises at Hill Street (the site later became the Central Fire Station) and moved to Emerald Hill. The premise on Emerald Hill cost $60,000. It was a two-storey block with 12 classrooms, an assembly hall, a staff room, and principal’s office. In 1997, the premise on Emerald Hill was declared a significant historical site by the National Heritage Board, three years after SCGS had moved to a bigger campus on Dunearn Road.

From 1905 to 1936, the school admitted a handful of male students, but afterwards reverted to being an all-girls school. In 1946, after the Japanese Invasion in the Second World War, girls of all races were accepted into the school. By 1950, the school had 700 girls. By 1952, the number had risen to close to 900.

In 1971, the students sat for the first Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education or GCE ‘O’ Levels. Everyone passed, giving SCGS a 100% record. In 1989, SCGS celebrated her 90th birthday and also became an independent school, with more latitude to expand the curriculum. On 4 July 1994, after 70 years at Emerald Hill, the school moved to a newly built campus at Dunearn Road.


The colours of the school crest are jade and gold.

This reflects her time-honoured tradition, because jade and gold in Hokkien (Kim Gek) and in Mandarin (JinYu) connotes a young Chinese girl brought up and educated in the best manner. In today’s educational, social and cultural context, such traditional values remain as steadfast and meaningful as ever.

The school motto is Sincerity, Courage, Generosity and Service.

The Yin and yang aspects of the traditional Chinese symbol of balance are in jade and gold respectively. This symbol, which represents the universe, light, darkness, life and death, lies at the heart of the many branches of classical Chinese sciences, philosophy and medicine.[3]

Glad That I Live Am I (School song)
Lyrics by Lizette Woodworth Reese
(from 'A Little Song of Life')
Glad that I live am I,
That the sky is blue.
Glad for the country lanes,
And the fall of dew.
After the sun the rain,
After the rain the sun.
This is the way of life,
Till the work be done.
All that we need to do,
Be we low or high,
Is to see that we grow,
Nearer the sky.


Performing Arts 2011
Band Gold
Choir Gold (Honours)
Dance International Gold
Dance Chinese Gold (Honours)
Chinese Drama Silver
Drama Bronze
String Ensemble Bronze
Handbells Silver
Sports 2011
Basketball Zonal B Div: 1st
Zonal C Div: 1st
Nat’l B Div: 4th
Nat’l C Div: 3rd
Badminton Zonal B Div: 2nd
Zonal C Div: 2nd
Nat’l B & C Div: Quarter-finalist (top 8)
Tennis Nat’l B Div: 3rd
Squash Nat’l B Div: 2nd
Nat’l C Div: 2nd
Competitive Swimming Nat’l C Div: 4th
Synchronised Swimming Nat’l B Div – 1st
Nat’l C Div: 2nd
Gymnastics (Artistic) Nat’l Team B Div: 2nd
Nat’l Ind All Round B Div: Rachel Giam 2nd
Nat’l Ind All Round C Div: Nicolette Lim 4th
3rd ASEAN School Games (Balance Beam): Rachel Giam 1st
Netball Nat'l B Div: Top 16 (2013) & Zonal C Div: Quarter-finalist (top 8)
Uniform Groups 2010
Guides (Puan Noor Aishah) Coy 1 & 2: Gold
NCC (Best Unit Competition) Gold
Red Cross (Excellent Unit Award) Gold
Red Cross (Community Service Award) Gold
Red Cross (Sustained Achievement Award) Gold
Others 2011
Cross-Country Nat’l Ind B Div: Victoria Tan 6th
Nat’l Ind C Div: Rachel Lum 16th
Robotics FLL – Robotics Section 1st
Golf Nat’l Handicap PC Golf Championships Individual: 3rd
Science Chronicles Writing Competition 1st - Clarisa Madilao
3rd- Cheang Kit Lea
Special Mentions - Tham Sher-Lyn & Faith Christine Lai
Performing Arts 2013-2014
Band Distinction SYF 2013
Esplanade Limelight Concert 2013
Rapsodia Giubilante Concert 2014
Choir Distinction SYF 2013
4th Anton Bruckner Choral Festival Category Winner (Gold VI Level) 2013
Choral Belles Concert 2013
The Biggest Brightest Concert 2014
Dance International Distinction SYF 2013
Treasures Concert 2013
Treasures Concert 2014
Dance Chinese Distinction
Treasures Concert 2013
Treasures Concert 2014
Chinese Drama Accomplishment SYF 2013
Musical Concert 2014
Drama Accomplishment SYF 2013
Kaha Concert 2013
String Ensemble Accomplishment SYF 2013
Cadenza Concert 2014
Handbells Distinction SYF 2013
Choral Belles Concert
Resplendance Concert 2014

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