Nanyang Girls' High School

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Nanyang Girls' High School
Nányáng Nǚzǐ Zhōngxuéxiào
NYGH Crest
2 Linden Dr, Singapore 288683
Bukit Timah
Coordinates 1°19′50″N 103°48′09″E / 1.3305°N 103.8024°E / 1.3305; 103.8024Coordinates: 1°19′50″N 103°48′09″E / 1.3305°N 103.8024°E / 1.3305; 103.8024
Type Independent Secondary
Motto 勤·慎·端·朴
(Diligence, Prudence, Respectability, Simplicity)
Established 1917
Session Single session
School code 7114
Principal Mdm HENG BOEY HONG
Enrolment Approx. 1600
Colour(s) Blue, yellow, white
Affiliations Nanyang Primary School
Hwa Chong Institution (IP)

Nanyang Girls' High School (NYGH) is a premier all-girls secondary school in Singapore. It participates in the Integrated Programme with Hwa Chong Institution.


The Singapore Nanyang Girls’ School was founded in 1917 by Tan Chu Nan and Teo Eng Hock. The first principal was Mdm Yu Pei Gao,[1] and its first premises was a shophouse at No. 7 Dhoby Ghaut.

In 1921, Mdm Yu resigned as principal and six principals took occupancy of the post over a short period of time.

Chairman Lee Chin Tien, and the principal at the time, Mdm Liew Yuen Sien, developed the school further in 1927. The school was renamed as Nanyang Girls’ High School in 1930 and began operations at its new premises at King's Road the next year. The school system was altered to provide three-year Junior Middle and Senior Middle School courses.

On 8 December 1941, war in the Pacific began. The school premises were taken over by the British army and became a field office. The Japanese Army took control of the school premises during the invasion of Singapore in 1942, and caused great damage to its facilities.

After the 1945 Japanese surrender, the British reclaimed its rule of Singapore. The school's Board of Management, teachers, students and old girls worked together to rebuild the school and resume operations at the YMCA Building on Selegie Road.

In 1957, Nanyang Girls' High School was chosen for the NJH Face Aided School Scheme. Subsequently, Nanyang Kindergarten began operating independently in 1960 as the Government-Aided School Scheme excluded the school's Kindergarten section.

In 1978, the primary section of the school gained autonomy, and Nanyang Primary School was formed. It is still affiliated to Nanyang Girls' High School.

In 1979, Nanyang Girls' High School became a Special Assistance Plan school, in which English and Chinese were offered as first language subjects. The school was the first to implement the Art Elective Programme (AEP) for artistically proficient students in 1984.

Nanyang Girls' High School became an Independent School in 1993, and became a Gifted Education Programme Centre in 1999.

Nanyang Girls' High School moved to a new campus at Linden Drive on 6 June 1999. The school's late Chairperson, the then First Lady, Mrs Ong Teng Cheong officiated the ceremony. Nanyang Girls' Boarding School on Linden Drive began operating in December.

In 2004, the school began the Integrated Programme in partnership with Hwa Chong Institution, to enable academically able students to bypass their O-level exams and take a six-year course. This will comprise project work and a broad-based education, eventually leading to the GCE A-level exams.

In 2013, Nanyang Girls' High School became the first girls' school in Singapore to be conferred the Singapore Quality Award (SQA). It was also named an Apple Distinguished School in 2015.

Nanyang Girls' High School introduced the Humanities Programme (HP) in 2008, training students who are identified to be talented in the humanities. HP students are offered Philosophy, Advanced Literature, Advanced Geography and Advanced History as well as the opportunity to participate in national and international humanities-based competitions and projects. Such competitions include the Humanities and Social Science Research Programme (HSSRP), Moot Parliament Programme (MPP), Leadership Development Programme (LDP) and various Model United Nations conferences (MUN).

The Science and Math Talent Program (SMTP) was introduced in 2009, for students who are gifted in Sciences and Mathematics. They are offered the Stanford EPGY Mathematics Course as part of the program.

The Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) is taken by students under the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Scholarship, which is offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage outstanding students, who have the interest and capacity to engage both western and eastern culture and contemporary society.

In 2012, it initiated the formation of the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE) with 9 other schools from Singapore, USA, Australia, China and the United Kingdom, and organised the inaugural SAGE conference for educators from all parts of the world in August 2012. In 2014, it initiated the Strategic Educational Alliance of Southeast Asia (SEA2) with 9 other founding schools from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei, and hosted the inaugural 3-day regional conference learning journey at Nanyang Girls' High School and Nanyang Girls' Boarding School. The Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS, was the conference partner of the event.

This year, 2017, will be the 100th year anniversary for this school. The school has planned many big-scaled events to celebrate this wonderful occasion. This includes the making of a film[2], Gala dinner, Global tree planting programme, as well as a musical.

School Culture & Identity[edit]


The first school logo of Nanyang Girls' High School was a diamond-shaped motif with the school name in Chinese printed in white against a light blue background. It was designed by Madam Chen Jun Wen, a former art teacher of the school.

In 1968, the logo was changed. The diamond-shaped motif was superimposed on top of a yellow ring emblem with the words 'Nanyang Girls' High' printed on it. The ring emblem was positioned above a yellow banner printed with the school motto, in Chinese. The school motto, when translated into English, reads 'Diligence', 'Prudence', 'Respectability' and 'Simplicity'.[3]


Nanyang Girls' High's prescribed uniform is a white sleeveless blouse, a knee-length accordion-pleated skirt with cotton shorts underneath, a PE polo tee (dry-fit), and NYGH ankle socks with plain white shoes. Name tags with different colours for each level must also be worn with the uniform. The colours are rotated each year so that a student, theoratically, can use the same colour of name tag for the four years while she is in Nanyang.

There are three student leadership boards in Nanyang Girls' High. Student leaders from all three boards are to wear a gold name tag along with the uniform. The student councillors had a different uniform from the rest of the school, wearing a white cotton blouse with long sleeves (which are to be folded up). This practice stopped in 2016 because the school wanted a greater sense of unity in the student body.

There is also another set of uniform to be worn only on formal occasions such as competitions. These consist of a slightly-above-knee length white straight skirt, a long sleeve white collared blouse with the red block Chinese characters of the school name sewn on the top right side. Over it is a long sleeve yellow suit and a blue tie over the collar of the white blouse.


Nanyang Girls' High School is affiliated with Hwa Chong Institution, consisting of the former Hwa Chong Junior College and The Chinese High School and the two schools frequently conduct joint programmes and activities.

Additionally, it is affiliated with Nanyang Primary School and Nanyang Kindergarten, and is part of the Nanyang Family of schools.


The Linden Drive campus

The campus at 2 Linden Drive (off Dunearn Road) has an area of 36,400 square metres and can accommodate about 1700 students. It is divided into nine blocks.

There are project rooms for all academic subjects. The rooms are equipped with a computer connected to the internet as well as a LCD projector. All CCA groups have a single room to themselves, except for a few performing arts CCAs like Choir and Theatre Club, which share rooms with Guzheng Ensemble and Strings Ensemble respectively, using the rooms on alternate days. The new campus is networked with broadband internet access.

There is a dance studio, a sculpture and ceramics studio, a drawing and painting studio, several art storerooms which house art supplies and digital peripherals, a kiln as well as a darkroom. The CCA Centre has a gymnasium, a gallery and a rock climbing wall. There are also tennis courts, netball courts and basketball courts, including an indoor one.

The campus has an auditorium, two lecture theatres, four computer laboratories (PC), an iMac laboratory and a three-storey library (with iMacs at the third level). Each classroom is equipped with at least one networked computer (with access to the internet), LCD projector and a visualizer. Newly added facilities include two life sciences labs, a music technology lab, and a music studio, in addition to the current lot(more than 10). The library has undergone a revamp, with a new cataloguing system implemented.

Siew May auditorium[edit]

A purpose-built theatre provides the school and community with a first rate venue for performances of all kinds. With a seating capacity of almost 500 and audio-visual equipment, the auditorium is available for rental throughout the year. The auditorium is fully air-conditioned.

Seating capacity:

  • Total: 490
  • Circle seats: 240
  • Stall seats: 250

Student Activity Centre[edit]

The Student Activity Centre (SAC) was the latest project undertaken by the Nanyang Student Council, together with Nanyang teachers in 2002 after the idea came from a senior student via the Pupil Suggestion Scheme (PSS). The Parent Support Group then entered the scene in 2003. The Student Activity Center (SAC), which had an official unveiling on August 16, 2004, is now a conducive place for students to hang out at after school.

After the idea was mooted by the Student Council, then-Principal Madam Mak brought up the idea to the Parent Support Group. Seeing the importance of such a project, parent volunteers in the Ad Hoc committee were given the responsibility to work with the teachers and student leaders to help the SAC become a reality.

In the SAC itself, there is a mess room which can be split into private areas by use of cushion partitions, music areas partitioned off into individual cubicles, and a video lounge for students to enjoy movies. CCAs are also able to make use of the outdoor activity area to hold small events. Young entrepreneurs are able to rent the spaces to set up their business ventures.


The Makerspace is a project undertaken by a group of teachers of Nanyang Girls' High School aiming to provide the students with a physical location where they can gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. The idea was introduced by a teacher at a meeting after seeing many students having to work outside in the corridors with their item sprawled across the corridor floor because they didn't have a space to work in.

The Makerspace was finally carved out at the school’s car park at the start of 2016 and furnished with many modern technologies such as a 3D printer, an X-carve, a cameo, soldering machine, sewing machines and a shelf with spanners, saws and cutters of various shapes and sizes. [4]

The space is currently used by students involved in various projects, such as the Odyssey of the Mind (also known as OM girls), Singapore Amazing Machine Challenge (SAMC) and Makers SIA students where students take on tasks to solve real-world problems. But everyone is welcomed to use it. They are also used to host workshops for educators such as "Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning" conducted by the Reactor Educator Network in February, 2017. [5]

Teachers hope that the "Makerspace will hammer in values, such as perseverance and the spirit of improvising, in the students." [6]

Nanyang Girls' Boarding School[edit]

The girls-only Nanyang Girls' Boarding School has been providing boarders with a home away from home since 2000. There are activities such as formal dinners, enrichment, performances and sports. They also benefit from cultural exchange with boarders from countries like Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The first of its kind in Singapore, the school can accommodate 500 students and provides an opportunity for students, both from Nanyang and from other schools, to experience the life of a boarder.

The school is able to house a maximum of 500 boarders in 190 rooms comprising 2-4 bedded units, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned. Services include 24-hour security, meals and laundry.

Facilities in the boarding school include four music rooms, garden, boarders' room, four sports courts (two basketball courts, one multi-purpose field, one multi-purpose court), dining hall, function room, student lounge, pantry, computer room and three study halls.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Nanyang Girls' High School has around 39 CCAs for the students. The activities consist of sports, performing arts, clubs and societies and uniformed groups. Students undergo rigorous training and practices in preparation for any competitions or performances depending on the CCA.

The school has done very well in the past years, repeatedly clinching titles in sports championships in inter-school competitions. The school also excels in the performing arts. In the 2011 Singapore Youth Festival, Nanyang Girls' High School clinched eight Gold With Honours and one Silver for its nine performing arts CCA in total (Gold with Honours: Choir, Chinese Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Guzheng, Modern Dance, Chinese Drama, String Ensemble, Theatre; Silver: Band). Students of the school's Infocomm Club often take part in infocomm-related competitions, winning prizes in various competitions such as RoboFest, Robocup Singapore Open, Code Xtreme, National Software Competition and the School Digital Media Awards.[citation needed]

Nanyang Girls' High School's Uniformed Groups CCAs, namely Girl Guides, National Police Cadet Corps and St. John Ambulance Brigade also stand out. The Nanyang National Police Cadet Corps (NYNPCC) Unit is one of the most respected units in Singapore, upholding long-standing Unit traditions. The Unit has been around for 48 years and excels, most notably at Campcraft (which includes tent-pitching, flag-pitching as well as pioneering), Shooting (.22 revolver) and Quiz competitions.[citation needed] In 2012, the Nanyang NPCC Campcraft teams clinched 2nd and 4th out of more than a hundred teams in the 2012 NPCC-HQ organised Campcraft Competition. Most recently, the Nanyang NPCC Camcraft teams clinched 1st and 3rd in the 2014 NPCC-HQ organized Campcraft Competition.[citation needed]

The Nanyang Debate Club (NYDC) is also one of the best and notable debate teams in Singapore, clinching runner-up at The Arena, a televised national debate competition as well as in 2008's Julia Gabriel's Debate Competition. Also, they have emerged as Champions in Hwa Chong Debate Invitationals and done reasonably well at the recent NUS Challenge Shield 2009. Three speakers from the team in the Victoria Junior College Invitationals have been ranked in the Top 5 Best Individual Speakers, with one clinching the Overall Individual Best Speaker award.[citation needed]

The Nanyang Chinese Debate Club has also done well since the club started operation in 2006. Nanyang is the two-time champion of the annual Chinese Debating Championships, first in 2007 and in 2012. It is also the only school in Singapore to have obtained the Chinese Debate Championship title twice.[citation needed]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Politics and Civil Service[edit]


Entertainment, Media and The Arts[edit]

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