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
Coordinates 1°22′25″N 103°50′03″W / 1.3737°N 103.8343°W / 1.3737; -103.8343Coordinates: 1°22′25″N 103°50′03″W / 1.3737°N 103.8343°W / 1.3737; -103.8343
Type Government-aided
Special Assistance Plan
Motto 娴雅少女,坚毅巾帼,仁爱领袖
((Girls of grace, women with strength, leaders with heart))
Established 16 January 1933
Session Single session
School code 7118
Principal Mrs Fiona Tan
Gender Female
Enrolment Approx. 3,000
Colour(s)  Blue   White 
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.


Victoria Girls' School[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Attainment of SAP Status[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

Renaming as CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4][5]


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

Academic information[edit]

CHS-SNGS-SCGS Joint Integrated Programme[edit]

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.[4][5]

As a dual-track school, 4-year Secondary Special/Express course is offered alongside the Integrated Programme.

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and government[edit]




  • 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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "St. Nicholas Girls' School at Victoria Street, between 1949 and 1980 - BookSG - National Library Board, Singapore". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Minister for Education Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam delivering …". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  3. ^ "NEW AUTONOMOUS SCHOOL - MOE Press Releases - 27 July 2002". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Integrated Programme - St Nicholas Girls' School". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  5. ^ a b 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.