CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
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|CHIJ Primary Toa Payoh
Sekolah Rendah CHIJ (Toa Payoh)
|Singapore, Toa Payoh|
|Motto||Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty|
|Principal||Mrs Margaret Tan|
CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh) is an all-girls Catholic primary school in Singapore. Founded in 1854, the school is the oldest of the 11 Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) schools in Singapore. The school was renovated, and moved back to Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on January 2006, after having spent two years and nine months (2003, 2004 and 2005) at a holding site in Jalan Rajah.
Simple Dans Ma Vertu, Forte Dans Mon Devoir. The English translation: Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty.
Students wear a knee-length blue pinafore with a belt at the waist, a white blouse with a Peter-Pan collar beneath the pinafore, white school socks, white-based school shoes, and shorts underneath.
Forward CHIJ, forge a future bright
Solidly united in our motto sound
Loyal to our aisle we will ever be,
Solidly united in our motto sound
The IJ Spirit's living on,
In 1662, a Minim priest, Father Nicolas Barré saw the need for the education of the poor in France. He recruited educated women to help set up his first school near Rouen. As the enrolment increased, more schools were established, and four years later, the ladies in charge of these schools began to live in a community under a Superior. This was the beginning of a religious congregation whose main work was the education of the poor. The year 1666 saw the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus.
The outbreak of the French Revolution brought about several social and political changes in France but the work of the congregation spread rapidly. Less than twenty-five years after the opening of the Mother-House in Paris, eighty schools for free education and forty boarding schools had been established in France. With the granting of official approval from Rome, the Sisters extended their work to America, England, Spain, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand.
In the East
In the year 1849, the Rev Jean Marie Beurel of St Brieuc (Brittany) suggested to Governor Butterworth that it might be worthwhile to found a charitable organisation for girls next to the Church in Victoria Street. In August 1852, Father Beurel bought the house at the corner of Victoria Street and Bras Basah Road. He paid $4000 of his own money for it. Father Beurel also appealed to the Superior General in France for sisters to run the Convent. Four Sisters were sent to the East. After a long and perilous voyage, three of them landed at Penang (one had died at sea). The three sisters established a convent in Penang.
In February 1854, three Sisters led by Rev Mother St Mathilde Raclot arrived in Singapore and set up the Convent in Singapore at Victoria Street. The sisters took in orphans, did needlework to support themselves and taught fourteen children. In 1894, there were 167 pupils. Ten years later, the enrolment had increased to 300. Secondary education began in 1905. Under Mother Hombeline, the expansion programme continued. In 1984, a new era began as CHIJ moved to Toa Payoh as the site at Victoria Street had been earmarked for the Raffles City Project. The staff and pupils of CHIJ Primary Victoria Street, along with a third of the staff and 300 pupils from CHIJ Kellock, moved to the new premises.
In November 2002, the school relocated to a temporary site at Jalan Rajah as the 18-year-old building in Toa Payoh underwent major upgrading.
In January 2006, the school moved back to Toa Payoh Lorong 1, to a new building.
CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh) is affiliated to CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh).