Crescent Girls' School

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Crescent Girls' School
Sekolah Perempuan Crescent
கிரெசண்ட் பெண்கள் பள்ளி(CGS)
Crescent Girls' School Crest
357 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247961
Type Autonomous secondary/Girls' school
Motto Courtesy, Generosity, Sincerity
Established 1956
Session Single session
School code 3005
Principal Helen Chong
Enrolment Approx. 1000
Colour(s) Lemon yellow, peacock blue

Crescent Girls' School ( also known as CGS or Crescent) is an autonomous girls' school in Singapore. It was consistently ranked as one of the top secondary schools in Singapore in the now-defunct official school rankings released by the Ministry of Education. The cut-off point for each year is not fixed,and is dependent on demand and supply of positions in the school for that particular year's intake.

CGS is one of 13 secondary schools awarded the School Excellence Award, the highest award in the MOE Masterplan of Awards[citation needed]. Also noteworthy is Crescent's Band 1 status, having consistently produced average L1R5 scores of less than 11 in the GCE 'O' Level (Almost 100% of its students qualified for JC/Pre-U)[citation needed].

The school was declared by Bill Gates at the 2007 Global Leaders Forum (January 31, 2007) as mentor school for schools of the future around the world.[1] Crescent now mentors schools in 12 countries under the Worldwide Microsoft Innovative Schools Programme.


Crescent's story began in 1955 when the then Alexandra Estate Secondary School was founded with an intake of 117 boys and 53 girls. A year later the boys were transferred to Pasir Panjang Secondary School. Miss Evelyn Norris took over as Principal from Col. S.C. Thong and Crescent Girls' School came into being in 1956.

The crest, motto and school song date from the school's early history. The yellow and peacock blue uniforms were very much as they are today. Crescent's Brass Band, which later became the Symphonic Band, won its first gold medal two years later.

Many buildings were added or acquired over the years from 1973 to 1990 at the Prince Charles Square. In December 1990, the school moved to temporary premises at Queensway to enable the rebuilding of Crescent Girls' School on its old site.

From January 1994, the school functioned from the old site with a brand new school building and a new address: 357 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247961. The latest addition to the school building is the Arts Conservatory, which was launched by the previous Minister of Education, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in July 2006.

On 26 January 2010, the Hewlett-Packard-Crescent Girls' School Green Lab@CGS was officially launched by RADM Ronnie Tay, CEO of IDA. The Green Lab@CGS, a collaboration between Hewlett-Packard and Crescent, was initiated due to rising concerns about the environment and global warming.

On 17 May 2010, Crescent set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records for the most people wearing Friendship Bands at one location with 1295 participants. The Friendship Bands, made by the students and staff, are part of Crescent's contribution to the first-ever Youth Olympic Games. The Friendship Bands would be presented to the YOG athletes from around the world.

Notable Alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "Innovative Schools program participating members" List of members and mentor schools.

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