CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School
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|CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School
Sekolah Perempuan St. Nicholas
|501 Ang Mo Kio St 13
Ang Mo Kio, Singapore
Special Assistance Plan
((Girls of grace, women with strength, leaders with heart))
|Established||16 January 1933|
|Principal||Mrs Fiona Tan|
|Affiliations||Eunoia Junior College and Catholic Junior College|
CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School (SNGS) is an all-girls Catholic primary and secondary school in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore. The school is one of 11 Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) schools in Singapore. The school is one of the designated Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Principals
- 3 Academic information
- 4 Notable alumni
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Victoria Girls' School
Saint Nicholas Girls' School was established by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus on 16 January 1933 as "Victoria Girls' School", a Chinese-medium primary school for girls. The school was housed in the former building of Hotel van Wijk, run by missionaries to provide education for daughters of Chinese-speaking families, including disadvantaged families and wealthy Chinese merchants alike. In 1941, the school expanded into a full school. From only Primary classes to both Primary and Secondary classes.
In 1946, the enrolment expanded and the convent was unable to accommodate all students, the school relocated to the school complex of the sister CHIJ school, the Town Convent, at Victoria Street by 1949.
Attainment of SAP Status
In 1979 St. Nicholas Girls' School was accorded the Special Assistance Plan (SAP). The Special Assistance Plan was introduced in 1979 as a long-term scheme to preserve the best Chinese-stream schools as bilingual schools to nurture effectively bilingual students inculcated with traditional Chinese values. Under this scheme, the school offers both the English and Chinese languages as first languages to Special Stream students. Also in that year, a pre-primary section was established.
Relocation to Ang Mo Kio
By 1980, the Victoria Street premises could no longer hold the whole school and some classes had to move out. They were temporarily held at the former Tao Nan School building at Armenian Street and the former Raffles Girls' Primary School at Queen Street.
In 1982, St. Nicholas Girls' School was provisionally relocated to Toa Payoh, and subsequently to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 in 1983. St. Nicholas Girls' School moved into its permanent premises at Ang Mo Kio Street 13 on 2 January 1985. The new campus was declared open by Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, then Minister for Education, on 23 August 1986.
Renaming as CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School
In 1992, St. Nicholas Girls' School was renamed "CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School". The school was granted autonomous status by Ministry of Education in 1995 for recognition in value added academic performances.
In 2013, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School introduced the Integrated Programme (IP) in collaboration with Catholic High School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. The schools are designated a new junior college, Eunoia Junior College, to cater for the programme.
|Name of Principal||Years Served|
|Sister Francoise Lee||1940-1971|
|Mdm. Lee Poh See||1972-2000|
|Ms. Helen Choo Chieh Chen||2001-2006|
|Mdm. Chan Wan Siong||2006-2011|
|Mrs Tan Wai Lan||2012–2016|
|Mrs Fiona Tan Su Ling||2017–Present|
CHS-SNGS-SCGS Joint Integrated Programme
CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School jointly offers the Integrated Programme (IP) in collaboration with Catholic High School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Eunoia Junior College from 2013. Under the programme, students may skip the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination in the respective schools, and complete year 5 & 6 of pre-university education in Eunoia Junior College leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination.
As a dual-track school, 4-year Secondary Special/Express course is offered alongside the Integrated Programme.
Politics and government
- Hazel Poa: Former Secretary-General, National Solidarity Party
- Koh Juat Jong: Solicitor-General, Singapore; President's Scholar
- Sun Xueling: Member of Parliament, People's Action Party
- Sharon Au: Actress and Presenter, Mediacorp; lead of styleXstyle
- Michelle Chong: Actress and Presenter, Mediacorp; Founder of Left Profile
- Tanya Chua: Mandopop singer-songwriter; Record three-time winner of Best Mandarin Female Singer; Recipient, Golden Melody Awards
- Rebecca Lim: Actress, Mediacorp; Best Actress, Asian Television Awards, 2010; Best Actress, Star Awards, 2015; Runner-up, Miss Singapore Universe
- Diana Ser: Actress and presenter; Nominated for Best Current Affairs Presenter, Asian Television Awards, 2004
- Lynn Tan: Winner, Miss Singapore Universe, 2012
- Charmaine Yee: Deejay, SPH Radio 987 FM
- Lim Pei Fen: Deejay, Yes 933 Radio Station
- Yasminne Cheng: Host, Mediacorp and Assistant Music Director Class 95FM
- Ng Xuan Hui: Former national sailor
- Tan Su Shan: DBS Bank Managing Director and Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management; PWM/The Banker 2014 World's Best Private Banking leader; former Nominated MP 2012-14; Founder & past President of Financial Women's Association Singapore
- "St. Nicholas Girls' School at Victoria Street, between 1949 and 1980 - BookSG - National Library Board, Singapore". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
- "Minister for Education Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam delivering …". www.nas.gov.sg. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
- "NEW AUTONOMOUS SCHOOL - MOE Press Releases - 27 July 2002". www.moe.gov.sg. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
- "Integrated Programme - St Nicholas Girls' School". chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
- hermesauto (2015-12-29). "New JC named Eunoia; to take in CHIJ St Nicholas, Catholic High, SCGS IP students in 2017". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-11-08.