Yuying Secondary School
|Type||Government Aided ( Hougang )|
|Established||15 March 1910 |
|Principal||Mr Goh Aik Choon|
|Website||Yuying Secondary Website|
On 15 March 1910, Yock Eng School, a Chinese primary school, was founded by 7 Hainanese Community Leaders. At that time, it was located at Prinsep Street (Chinese: 六马路) The school began with an enrollment of 15 pupils. However, it soon outgrew her premises as enrollment continued to climb. In 1939, the School Management Board initiated a campaign to raise funds for new premises.
The school programme was disrupted by the outbreak of World War II. During the War, the school premises were occupied by the Japanese armed forces and was used as Japanese Military Police HQ. The school reopened her doors to pupils in July 1946 with an enrolment of 600. The post-war years were a period of rapid growth for the school in terms of enrollment and recognition. In 1958, enrollment stood at a peak of 2400 pupils.
During the 1960s and 70s, there was a shift towards English medium education vis a vis Chinese medium education. Thus, the school admitted its first batch of English stream pupils in 1981. In 1988, the last batch of Chinese stream pupils graduated.
The government planned to acquire the land on which the school stood at Tanjong Katong Road. In order to relocate the school, the new school building was being in Hougang New Town at the cost of approximately $10 million. The government would share 50% of the cost. In 1984, the board of management of Yock Eng High School faced the dilemma of raising the remaining $5 million. If it could not raise sufficient funds, the board would have to turn over the management of the school to the Education Ministry and the school would be converted to a government school.
On 9 December 1985, the school was relocated to her present premises at 47 Hougang Avenue 1. The school was renamed Yuying Secondary School and was officially opened on 13 August 1987.
Co-curricular activities (CCA)
On 24 Jan 2012, Brass bands from East Spring Secondary School and Yuying Secondary School had the honour to perform at the Open House of Istana. A performer from Yuying Secondary School, dressed as a big head doll, was also the centre of attention for a group of visitors.
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- "Brass bands, dragon dances and reptiles at the Istana on Jan 24". The Straits Times. 20 Jan 2012.
- "Big smiles at Istana open house". The Straits Times. 25 Jan 2012.