Victoria School

Victoria School
Victoria School
维多利亚学校
Sekolah Victoria
விக்டோரியா பள்ளி
Vscrest small.png
Nil Sine Labore
Nothing Without Labour
Location
2 Siglap Link Singapore 448880
Marine Parade,
Information
Type Autonomous, Government
Established 1876
Session Single session
School code 3014
Principal Mr Low Eng Teong
Enrolment 1600+
Colour(s) Yellow and Red
Website

Victoria School (abbreviation VS) in Singapore is a government secondary school for boys, founded in 1876, at Siglap Link, about one kilometre from affiliated Victoria Junior College.

Previous campuses of Victoria School include the Syed Alwi and Tyrwhitt Road sites. The Syed Alwi site is featured on the back of Singapore's S$2 banknote. See Singapore Portrait Series currency notes. The Tyrwhitt Road site was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2007 and was awarded URA's Heritage Award in 2009. [1][2] [3]

The list of Victoria School old boys includes three Presidents: Mr Yusof Ishak, Mr C.V. Devan Nair and Mr S.R. Nathan.

Contents

History

Kampong Glam: 1876-1900

Victoria School had its beginnings in an English class formed in Kampong Glam Malay School in 1876. Kampong Glam Malay Branch School was then established with twelve Malay boys. The school enrolment grew but the school provided poor shelter from the weather and was often flooded.

In 1897, the enrolment recorded was 122, and the school's first football team was formed by the principal, F.W. Hartley.

Syed Alwi: 1900-1932

The school moved to new premises at Syed Alwi, near the Victoria Bridge. The school was renamed Victoria Bridge School.

The first annual sports meet was held in 1915 and the first annual Speech Day the following year. The National Cadet Corps (NCC) was formed in 1918.

Scouting was first started in Victoria Bridge School when the 5th Singapore (HQ Malay) Troop was formed on 28 March 1919.[4]

"In the post-World War I environment, many parents in the Malay-Muslim community did not support the idea of their sons joining the Cadet Corps. As a result, Hashim changed his plans and opted for the founding of an All-Malay Scout Troop at Victoria Bridge School. This led to the establishment of the 5thSingapore (Malay) Troop in 1919."[5] "First appointed as Scoutmaster of the 5th Singapore Malay Scout Troop in 1919, Alsagoff would later be promoted to District Scoutmaster (Malay Scouts), District commissioner (Malay Scouts) and Assistant Chief Commissioner (Malay Scouts)."[6]

Unfortunately, there are no other records about the 5th Troop’s leadership, activities and how it was founded and then later disbanded.The 6th Troop was born in 1922, when school-based Scouting was introduced in government schools. Its pioneer Scoutmasters were S.R. Williams and Abdul Hamid Bin Omar. In 1923, there were 48 members enrolled in the Scout troop. In the Annual Report on Education in the Straits Settlements, it was clearly stated that a scout troop was established in 1922.

"22. Singapore - The three Government Schools, Raffles Institution, Outram Road School, and Victoria Bridge School, formed School Troops in 1922, and depended entirely on pupils and masters for officers."[7]

By 1920, the school enrolment was 733.

A library was built in 1929 with a donation of $1000 by Mr A.M. Alsagoff.

The House system was introduced in 1929 and House prefects were appointed in 1930. Until 1930, the school had only primary classes. It became the second government secondary school in Singapore in 1931.

Tyrwhitt Road: 1932-1984

In 1932, the school moved to Tyrwhitt Road, off Jalan Besar, and was renamed Victoria School in 1933.

In 1940, the school motto, 'Nil Sine Labore', was adopted.

During the Japanese Occupation from 1941 to 1945, Victoria School was renamed Jalan Besar Boys' School by the Japanese authorities. The medium of instruction was Japanese, and the teaching of English was said to be forbidden.

In 1950, the first-ever school science and laboratories block in Singapore was built in VS. It was designed by the school principal, R.F. Bomford.

In 1951, Post-School Certificate (present-day GCE 'A' Level) classes were started, and for the first time, girls were admitted into VS. Secondary one to four classes remained boys-only. The school anthem was composed in the same year.

In 1955, the school recorded a 99.5% pass rate at the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Examinations (present-day GCE 'O' Levels).

In 1984, VS became one of the first two secondary schools to offer the Art Elective Programme.

With the setting-up of Victoria Junior College in 1984, VS ended its Pre-University intake, and the last batch of Pre-University students sat for the GCE 'A' Level Examinations in November 1985.

The Tyrwhitt Road site was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2007. It is one of the few early city-centre schools still in existence and features two school buildings from the pre- and post-war period on a single site. The Hall-cum-Canteen Block is the only known school hall left of this style and configuration in Singapore. The site was awarded the URA's Heritage Award in 2009.

Geylang Bahru: 1984-2003

The school moved to the Geylang Bahru campus in 1984.[8]

In 1993 the Minister for Education, Lee Yock Suan, announced that Victoria School would be one of the first six schools to receive autonomous status. This followed the Ministry of Education's decision not to grant independent status to any more secondary schools. VS had applied for the school to go independent in 1991.

In 1994, the school was placed sixth in the Ministry of Education's ST Ranking for all secondary schools in Singapore, based on academic results.

Siglap Link: 2003-

The ceremonial move in 2003 to the new campus at Siglap Link[9] was attended by President S R Nathan, an old boy of VS.

The cost of construction of the new campus, which consists of the school and hostel, was almost S$40 million dollars. A new indoor sports hall costing S$5 million dollars was added in 2009.

The campus was selected to participate at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice, Italy.[10]

In 2008, Victoria School became the first school in Singapore to offer Physical Education as a GCE 'O' Level subject.[11] It also became one of the four pioneer secondary schools in Singapore to offer the Regional Studies Programme.[12]

Victoria School will be offering the Integrated Programme together with Cedar Girls' Secondary School and Victoria Junior College in 2012.[13]

Headmasters/Principals

  • 1876 - 1884 Y A Yzelman
  • 1884 - 1890 Abdul Wahab
  • 1890 - 1894 M Hellier
  • 1894 - 1894 J King
  • 1894 - 1894 W J Parry
  • 1894 - 1895 M Hellier
  • 1895 - 1897 H S Atkinson
  • 1895 - 1897 F W Hartley
  • 1897 - 1899 J H H Jarret
  • 1899 - 1900 D A Yzelman
  • 1900 - 1906 P A Yearwood
  • 1906 - 1910 H Laugher
  • 1910 - 1911 Mr Stockwell
  • 1911 - 1912 R E Smith
  • 1912 - 1913 H Laugher
  • 1913 - 1914 M B Brockwell
  • 1914 - 1920 Reverend A J Amery
  • 1920 - 1922 Seah Seng Kang
  • 1922 - 1934 R E Smith
  • 1934 - 1937 Captain C E H Jacobs
  • 1938 - 1939 F Cobb
  • 1941 - 1941 D Roper
  • 1941 - 1941 P F Howitt
  • 1941 - 1941 Major E H Wilson
  • 1941 - 1941 J D Joseph
  • 1941 - 1946 S R Williams
  • 1946 - 1946 Reverend Colin King
  • 1946 - 1948 P F Howitt
  • 1948 - 1953 R F Bomford
  • 1953 - 1954 Soo Ban Hoe
  • 1954 - 1957 M Campbell
  • 1957 - 1958 Boey Chen Kee
  • 1958 - 1959 A D Costa
  • 1959 - 1959 Wee Seong Kang
  • 1959 - 1961 Paul Abisheganaden
  • 1961 - 1962 Cheong Hock Hai
  • 1963 - 1966 Low Kee Pow
  • 1966 - 1971 A Kannayson
  • 1971 - 1971 Ong Kim Siong
  • 1971 - 1975 T P Naidu
  • 1975 - 1982 Looi Sik Cheong
  • 1982 – 1986 Andrew Ng Lian Timn
  • 1987 – 1989 Nicholas Tang Ning
  • 1990 – 1994 Tan Tiek Kwee
  • 1994 – 1997 Tan Kiak Seng
  • 1998 – 2000 Chia Choon Kiat
  • 2000 – 2005 Ang Pow Chew
  • 2005 – 2011 Low Eng Teong
  • 2012 – Present Andrew Lim Boon Kong

School Symbols

School crest

The open book symbolizes lifelong learning. The torch symbolizes truth and the passing on of a tradition. It also illuminates the way of Victorians who venture forth to excel beyond the shores of Singapore.

School motto

Nil Sine Labore, a Latin expression meaning "Nothing Without Labour", i.e. nothing is achieved without work.

Culture and tradition

Uniform

The Victoria School uniform is worn at all times, apart from the maroon blazer which is worn only during formal events. It consists of a white short-sleeved shirt, with either khaki short trousers (for secondary 1 and 2 students) or white long trousers (for secondary 3 and 4 students). A label bearing VICTORIA is sewn on the back pockets of the trousers. Secondary 3 and 4 students wear a black school belt with the school motto engraved on the buckle.

The school socks are white with the initials VS in red on both sides. Shoes have to be at least 70% white. In 2005, an official 'Victoria School' shoe bearing the letters VS on each side was introduced.

Victorians wear a maroon striped tie every Monday and on formal occasions. The school badge is worn above the left chest pocket. Student bodies such as the Prefectorial Board, Peer Support Board and Monitors' Council have their own badges, but the school crest remains the main feature of the badges.

For physical activities and camps, students wear a bright yellow T-shirt with black trim, black shorts and white socks. VICTORIAN is printed on the back of the T-shirt. Those who are from sports CCAs such as Football, Hockey, Floorball etc, can also use their black jersey shorts in place of the black PE shorts during physical activities.

Each house has its own running vest (singlet) in the house colours. These are yellow (Rochore), blue (Kallang), green (Kapor), purple (Whampoa) and red (Glam). It is worn during competitive athletic events.

Identity

Students, teachers and the principal are referred to and addressed as "Victorians" or "Gentlemen". Victorians are expected to address all male teachers as 'Sir' and female teachers as 'Ma'am'.

Demographics

The Victoria School student demographic largely reflects that of Singapore as a whole, with a substantial number of ASEAN (South-east Asian), People's Republic of China (PRC) and A*STAR scholars in its midst who reside in the school's hostel, Victoria Hall.[14]

Peer Support Board

The Victoria School Peer Support Board (VSPSB) serves as a friend and facilitator to new students and helps ease the transition from primary to secondary school life.

Intake is at the end of the second year where applicants will be screened in an interview and two training camps, one of which is known as the VELOCI-T Camp.

Peer Support Leaders (PSLs), as members of the board are known, also have roles in both intra- and inter-school activities, helping to facilitate the smooth running of events. They attend the "Victoria Enhanced Leadership/Outdoor Camp Instructor Training Camp", otherwise known as VELOCI-T. PSLs, much like prefects, also regulate discipline to an extent.

Outside school, the executive committee of the PSB has been involved in the 1st ASEAN Youth Convention, both as team members and as liaison officers.

Prefectorial Board

The Prefectorial Board organises school events and helps regulate school discipline, and is the highest student authority in the school. The board is led by a Head Prefect and two Deputy Head Prefects. These three positions are chosen annually by students and teaching staff of the school through an online voting process.[15]

The Prefectorial Board has three departments: Response, Outreach and Inspectorate. The Response department is in charge of the discipline of the students. The Outreach department is in charge of the welfare of the students as well as the prefects. The Inspectorate department is responsible for organizing events. Heads and Deputy Heads are chosen from the other Secondary 3 students to form the EXCO (executive committee).

The Prefectorial Board takes in students during the 1st and 2nd year of studies in Victoria School. Students nominated by teachers or CCA leader attend an interview. Selected students serve their probation period as prefects until the Student Leader's Investiture where they are invested.

As part of the school's leadership training program, all prefects in Secondary 2 attend the Victoria Enhanced Leadership/Outdoor Camp Instructor Training Camp.

Monitors' Council

The Monitors' Council acts as a bridge of communication or dissemination of information between the School Administration, the various student bodies, and students.

Houses

The five houses are Kallang, Kapor, Whampoa, Glam and Rochore. They are most active during the inter-house games such as football, as well as during the school's annual Sports Day and annual cross-country championship.

Victoriana

VS publishes a biannual newsletter called the Victoriana, which was first published in 1982. The editorial board consists of teachers and students from the school's Media Club.

Victorian Spirit

The Victorian Spirit, a sense of pride in the school, is claimed to live on in the Victorian even many years after he has left the school.[16][17]

Special Programmes

Victoria School offers the GCE 'O' Levels Physical Education Programme, Art Elective Programme, Regional Studies Programme, and Higher Mother Tongue Languages in Chinese, Malay and Tamil. VS students may also enrol in the Music Elective Programme in Secondary Three, or a third language (French/German/Japanese). However, these lessons are held at external venues. VS students of foreign languages take part in the Ministry of Education Language Centre's (MOELC) month-long Study-cum-Immersion Programmes (SCIP) in countries such as France, Germany and Japan. VS was also one of 7 new schools to offer the Integrated Programme as announced by MOE in 2010.

GCE 6080 Physical Education

In 2008 Victoria School became the first school in Singapore to offer Physical Education (PE) at GCE 'O' Levels, gaining the Ministry of Education's approval in 2006. The courses involve both theoretical and practical aspects, including courses on weight training, football, hockey, and cross-country running, among others.

Students take the 'O' Levels theory exam at the end of the course (i.e. November of the graduating year). This exam contributes 40% of their overall grade, the other 60% coming from the practical component, assessed over a period of time.

In order to better acquaint students with the style of GCE PE lessons, PE Theory lessons are also conducted in lower secondary classes, as an examinable subject. The selection process for GCE 'O'-Level PE candidates is carried out towards the end of Secondary Two, and pupils whose applications have been approved by the PE department are notified prior to the subject combination allocation process at the end of the school year.

Art Elective Programme (AEP)

The Art Elective Programme leads to the GCE 'O' Levels Higher Art examination. The AEP is offered to academically able students with talents in art. For lower secondary classes, the AEP class is not entirely made up of AEP students, thus half of the class will be taking their AEP lessons while the other half will have Home Economics or Design & Technology classes. For upper secondary classes, AEP lessons are conducted after normal school hours.

Regional Studies Programme (RSP)

Students in the RSP take Bahasa Indonesia as a third language, and learn about Southeast Asian culture and contemporary society. The curriculum includes overseas immersion programmes and structured enrichment modules spread throughout the course.

VECTORS

VECTORS is a school based talent programme aimed at nurturing students who demonstrate high abilities with Math and Science. Students are thus given a wide a range of opportunities or access to learn beyond the curriculum. The programme furthrmore provides students with the opportunity to participate in enrichment modules at JCs, Polytechnics and Universities, research mentorships and so on.

Victoria Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme (VCA IP)

VCA IP is an integrated programme which allows Victorians to skip the GCE 'O' Levels and take the GCE "A" levels after six years of secondary and JC education.

VS will be offering the integrated programme together with Cedar Girls' Secondary School and Victoria Junior College, a top girls' school. VS boys and Cedar girls complete their secondary education in their respective institutions, before joining Victoria Junior College in year 5.

The VCA IP is due to commence in 2012, placing VS on equal footing with other IP/IB schools such as Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). The current Victoria Integrated Programme (VIP) at Victoria Junior College, a 4-year IP starting from Secondary 3, will be terminated in VJC and the programme absorbed into VS and Cedar, with VJC providing guidance and expertise in creating the new 6-year programme. The 2012 VIP cohort will be the last cohort that VJC will see of the VIP.

Co-Curricular Activities

The school holds performing arts and sporting activities, with intra-school events such as the biennial Rhapsody, Drama Festival (Dramafest) and Evening of Music and Drama (EMD), as well as the annual Victoria School Sports Day and Cross-Country Championships.

Sports

History

VS entered the first inter-school football competition, the Ambok Shield, in 1927 and won the title in 1928, 1932 and 1933.[18][19] Victoria School was the first English school to break the dominance of Chinese schools in basketball by winning the national B Division Boys title in 1970. In 1970, half the Singapore national hockey team were former Victorians.[20] In 1978, the captains of the Singapore national teams for hockey, rugby and cricket were former Victoria School students, and a few others were in the national football team at the same time.

In 1940, Ali Ahmad broke the Singapore 100 yards sprint record which also equalled the Malayan record when he was still a schoolboy at Victoria School.[21] Lieutenant-Colonel Kesavan Soon was Singapore's champion sprinter when still studying in VS and was Singapore's only schoolboy representative to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.[22] In 1970, Fok Keng Choy broke the national shot put record and was its record-holder for almost 20 years;[23][24] and R. Alagirisamy became the first Singaporean to break the 4-minute barrier for the 1500 metres in 1972.[25]

The VS contribution to Singapore football has included Choo Seng Quee, who is the only person who have coached the national football teams of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia; Dolfattah, the 1930s football legend and former Singapore football captain;[26] Abdul Rahman, another Singapore captain who played in a record nine Malaya Cup finals for Singapore from 1933 to 1950;[27][28] and Charlie Chan, who played for Singapore in the Malaya Cup when he was still a 17-year-old at VS.[29][30] Other Malaya Cup and Malaysia Cup football stars include Sharif Madon, Wee Seng Pah, Yong Chong Fatt, Eric Paine, Ho Kwang Hock and Ronnie Liew. Football officials include former Football Association of Singapore chairman, Major Abbas Abu Amin, Dr Low Wing Kee, Dr Lau Teng Chuan and former national coach, Vincent Subramaniam.

Dr A. Vijiaratnam is the only Singaporean who had represented Singapore in four sports - hockey, cricket, football and rugby.[31] He later became the first Pro-Chancellor of Nanyang Technological University. Singapore national hockey captains include Victorians Harbhajan Singh Loomba, Lam Yin Koi and Hira Singh. S Yogarajah, known as 'Mr Hockey' in Singapore, was Singapore Hockey Federation's honorary secretary and national team selector for 29 years from 1950 to 1979.[32][33]

Stacey Muruthi became one of the youngest Singapore national cricket players at the age of 17 when still at VS in 1970. He went on to captain the national team from 1976 to 1986. [34]

Former national rugby coach and captain, Song Koon Poh, Sportsman of the Year in 1978, is another former VS student.[35]

Teo Ser Luck, an Ironman triathlete who represented Victoria School in football, cross-country, track and field and table tennis, became the second sportsman in Singapore to enter Parliament in 2006. He is now the Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as the Mayor, North East Community Development Council.

Tan Wearn Haw, Sportsboy of the Year in 1992 and 1995, and a Public Service Commission (PSC) scholar, was the first Singaporean to win the Asian and ASEAN Optimist Championship. He became the youngest person to lead a national sports association in Singapore when he became CEO of the Singapore Sailing Federation at age 32 in 2011.

All four runners of the 4 x 100 metre relay team who who a silver medal for Singapore at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games were former Victorians: Calvin Kang, Gary Yeo (both VS), Amirudin Jamal and Lee Cheng Wei (both VJC). So was one of the two reserves in the team, Lim Yao Peng (VJC).

Present

Some of the Victoria School students who have represented Singapore in sporting competitions in recent years include:

2005
  • Lo Jun Hao came in second in the World Byte Championships for sailing.
2007
  • Tan Xiang Ting was Singapore's only gold medal winner in the 4th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in South Korea.[36]
  • Rezza Gaznavi captained the Singapore national Under-15 cricket team which won the Asian Cricket Council Under-15 cricket tournament in Nepal.
2008
  • Fung Jinjie won a bronze medal for Singapore in the 2nd World Junior Wushu Championships in Bali, Indonesia.[37]
2009
  • Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot captained the Singapore national Under-14 football team for the inaugural Asian Youth Games held in Singapore.[38]
  • 15-year-old Haseef Salim represented the Singapore national Under-21 hockey team in the Men's Junior World Cup Hockey Finals held in Singapore.[39]
  • Fung Jinjie won a team silver medal for Singapore in Wushu at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos.[40]
2010
  • Norhalim Zahruddin won a bronze medal for Singapore at the 14th Asian Cities Gold Cup Taekwondo Championship held in Hong Kong.
  • Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot captained the Singapore national Under-15 football team to a bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Singapore.
  • Besides Jeffrey in the YOG football team, other Victorians representing Singapore at the YOG are: Sean Toh (track and field), Haseef Salim, Fadzly Adam, Hidayat Mat Rahim and Fadhil Rizaini (all hockey), Clement Choong and Eugene Foo (both handball).
  • Ryan Lo and Edward Lim were members of the Singapore team which won the Overall Best Nation at the IODA Asian Optimist Championship, Pattaya, Thailand.
  • 13-year-old Ryan Lo, Singapore's youngest representative to the Asian Games, Guangzhou, China, won a bronze medal in sailing for Singapore.
2011
  • Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot and Azrin Hamdan represented the Singapore national Under-16 football team, and Irfan Iezran represented the national Under-15 football team at the Lion City Cup held in Singapore.

In cross-country, VS has won 32 team titles since 1988, despite stiff competition as it is participated in by more than 100 schools in Singapore.[41] [42] See Victoria School Cross-country.

In the 2010 Schools Sports Colours Awards, Victoria School received 12 individual national colours awards, 14 individual zone colours awards and 14 team awards - the highest among the secondary schools in East Zone. VS students, Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot and Fung Junjie, won the inaugural Best Schoolboy Award for Football and Wushu respectively.[43] In 2011, Marcus Ng and Ryan Lo won the Best Schoolboy Award for Cross-Country and Sailing respectively.

National Schools Championships

[44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49]

Sports Year East Zone - B Division East Zone - C Division National - B Division National - C Division
Badminton 2009 Champion Third --- ---
Badminton 2010 Champion --- --- ---
Badminton 2011 --- Fourth --- ---
Cross-Country 2009 No Competition No Competition Runner-up Champion
Cross-Country 2010 No Competition No Competition Champion Champion
Cross-Country 2011 No Competition No Competition Champion Third
Cricket 2009 No Competition No Competition Runner-up Third
Cricket 2010 No Competition No Competition Champion Third
Cricket 2011 No Competition No Competition Third Fourth
Floorball 2009 No Competition No Competition Runner-up Champion
Floorball 2010 No Competition No Competition Runner-up Third
Floorball 2011 No Competition No Competition Runner-up Champion
Football 2009 Champion Runner-up Runner-up Runner-up
Football 2010 --- Third --- Runner-up
Football 2011 --- Champion --- Runner-up
Hockey 2009 No Competition No Competition Third Champion
Hockey 2010 No Competition No Competition Third Third
Hockey 2011 No Competition No Competition Champion ---
Sailing 2009 No Competition No Competition Fourth ---
Sailing 2010 No Competition No Competition Fourth Fourth
Sailing 2011 No Competition No Competition Third Runner-up
Shooting - Air Pistol 2009 --- Runner-up --- ---
Shooting - Air Pistol 2010 Third Runner-up --- ---
Shooting - Air Pistol 2011 Fourth Runner-up --- ---
Shooting - Air Rifle 2009 Fourth Runner-up --- ---
Shooting - Air Rifle 2010 Fourth --- --- ---
Shooting - Air Rifle 2011 Fourth Fourth --- ---
Table-tennis 2009 Third Third --- ---
Table-tennis 2010 Fourth Fourth --- ---
Table-tennis 2011 Third Champion --- Runner-up
Tennis 2009 No Competition No Competition Runner-up ---
Tennis 2010 No Competition No Competition --- Fourth
Tennis 2011 No Competition No Competition --- ---
Track and Field 2009 No Competition No Competition --- Runner-up
Track and Field 2010 No Competition No Competition --- ---
Track and Field 2011 No Competition No Competition Fourth Fourth
Volleyball 2009 Third Champion Fourth Fourth
Volleyball 2010 Third Champion --- Third
Volleyball 2011 Third Third --- ---
Wushu 2009 No Competition No Competition --- Third
Wushu 2010 No Competition No Competition --- Third
Wushu 2011 No Competition No Competition Runner-up ---

Note: Sports like badminton, football, shooting, table-tennis and volleyball have zonal competitions because of the high number of schools participating.

Uniformed Groups

Victoria School has six uniformed groups:

VS NCC (Land) won the Overall Best Unit Competition in consecutive years from 1981-1987 before the format of the competition was changed. Former VS NCC cadets include the Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces, LG Neo Kian Hong.

2010 Uniformed Group Competitions

  • Boys' Brigade: J M Fraser Award for Excellence - Gold (12th consecutive)
  • NPCC: NPCC Unit Overall Proficiency Award - Gold (11th consecutive)
  • Red Cross: Red Cross Youth Excellent Unit Award - Gold (4th consecutive)
  • Scouts: Frank Cooper Sands Award - Gold (7th consecutive)
  • NCC (Land): Best Unit Competition - Gold (8th consecutive)
  • NCC (Sea): Best Unit Competition - Silver

Performing Arts

In 2008, the Victoria School Choir competed in the Olomouc Festa Musicala in the Czech Republic. It won a Gold in the Folklore category and a Gold in the SATB Boys category, besides being the SATB Boys Category Champion. Victoria School Choir was one of the six choirs in the competition to make the Grand Finals, taking fifth place. In the biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Choral Judging Competition, the school has always achieved a Gold with Honours award, with exception of the 2007 SYF, where they achieved a Gold. In 2010, Victoria School Choir took part in the Orientale Concentus III choral competition in Taiwan in which they competed in two categories, clinching both the two categories' winner with a Gold and Silver, and also being one of the four grand finalists of the competition. At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010, the Victoria School Choir formed part of the contingent that sang the national anthem at the Opening Ceremony.[citation needed]

In 2009, the Chinese Orchestra and Concert Band both attained a Gold Award in the SYF Competition. This is the Chinese Orchestra's fourth consecutive Gold award since 2003.[citation needed]

2011 Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging

  • Choir: Gold with Honours
  • Chinese Orchestra: Gold
  • Dance Indian: Gold
  • Concert Band: Silver
  • Drama Chinese: Silver
  • Drama English: Silver

Clubs and societies

  • AV Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Cultural Society
  • Environment Club
  • Geography Society
  • History Society
  • Indian Cultural Society
  • Infocomm Club
  • Literary, Drama and Debating Society - English
  • Library Council
  • Malay Cultural Society
  • Mathematics Society
  • Media Club
  • Science Society

2009 Clubs and Societies Achievements

  • 6th National Chinese Debate Competition (Zone): Champion
  • National Malay Debate Competition (Piala Berita Harian): Champion
  • NJC Secondary Mathematics Challenge: Runner-up
  • 6th Singapore National Youth Scrabble Championship: Runner-up
  • Infocomm Club Award (Secondary School Category): Overall Winner[50]
  • The Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition: Runner-up

Community Involvement Programmes

Youth Day

On Youth Day, Victoria School boys attempt to 'paint the town yellow' as they go round nearby housing blocks in the neighbourhood collecting old newspapers and items for disposal. Residents are notified in advance about the collection. The boys are clad in their yellow PT kit so that they are easily identified.

President's Challenge

Victoria School participates in the President's Challenge every year. In 2004, each class did a specific activity to raise funds for the charity. Activities included washing cars, going door-to-door to do household chores for a donation. In 2005, it held a watch design competition and the best designs were made into real watches and put on sale. In 2006, it sold small booklets containing the artworks of past and present Victorians.

Victoria Challenge

Started in July 1987, the Victoria Challenge allows classes to identify tasks that will contribute to the school. The "challenge" itself is for classes to plan their tasks carefully and pledge to complete it within 24 hours. It is conducted once every four years. Special T-shirts have been designed for every Victoria Challenge since its inception. Every class' challenge is unique, and the challenges encompass various domains. Past challenges have ranged from creating miniature clay figurines, drawing floor murals to creating an "Arts Nook" in a corner of the school, complete with books and a piano.[51]

Overseas Exchange Programmes

Victoria School has established links with schools abroad to promote a Singaporean brand of education and an exchange of ideas. As part of the initiative to improve bilateral education links between Singapore and Malaysia, Victoria School has been linked up with Penang Free School, Malaysia by the Ministry of Education.[52][53] Other schools with which Victoria School has bilateral exchange programmes are Hebei Baoding Yizhong, English School Attached to Guandong University of Foreign Studies, Beijing Sanfan Zhongxue and Nan Hai Zhi Xin Zhongxue of the People's Republic of China, Modern School of Vasant Vihar of the Republic of India, University of Griffith of Australia and Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin High School of Brunei.[54]

Humanities Trips

Victoria School offers week long overeseas humanities trips to ASEAN and other parts of Asia for secondary 1 to 3 students. The aim of these trips is to expose students to the realities of lessons learnt in class and to provide an eye opener for students and staff so as to become more globally minded.

Camps

Secondary One Bonding Camp

On the first three days of school, all Secondary One Victorians attend a three-day-two-night camp at the Ministry of Education's Jalan Bahtera Adventure Centre. They take part in physical, interactive and character-building activities designed to let them make new friends and adapt to a new environment.[55]

Secondary Three Overseas Adventure Camp

Victoria School was the first school in Singapore to send its entire cohort of Secondary Three students on an overseas camp, having done this since 2001. It is typically held during March, on farmland in Malaysia. The aim is to bond the new Secondary Three students and help them settle into their new classes after being streamed according to their subject combinations, as well as to expose them to life outside the confines of urban Singapore. Activities such as rafting, trekking and mountain-climbing are held during the camp.

From the time of the inauguration of the Sec 3 Overseas Camp to 2010, the annual camp has been held at Kahang Organic Rice Eco-Farm, Kahang town, located near Kluang, Johor. However, in 2011, the location of the annual camp was shifted to Tanjong Sutera Resort, Tanjung Sedili, near the town of Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.

Leadership Training Camp (LTC)

The LTC is an annual four-day-three-night overseas leadership camp organised for Secondary 2 students who wish to be leaders of their respective CCAs and clubs/societies. The LTC training style is regimental and disciplined, and physical training is a major part of the camp.

At the end of the camp, participants are promoted to the rank of 'Junior Leader' and given a red T-shirt (these are known as 'red shirts' by the school population) with a badge in front reading 'INSTRUCTOR', and the words 'Leadership Training Camp' on the back of their shirts. Their seniors, who are their trainers during the camp, are promoted to the rank of 'Senior Leader' and given a black T-shirt, representing seniority over the 'red shirts'.

Camp Instructors Camp (CIC)

The CIC is an outdoor camp held locally in which Secondary 2 students are trained to run camps and conduct activities commonly carried out during outdoor camps. Its tone differs from the LTC camp, with a more casual, 'brotherhood' approach to development. Standard school rules, however, are still enforced.

After the camp is concluded, the participants are promoted to the rank of 'Camp Instructor' or, in the case of Secondary Threes, 'Camp Leader'. They are given either red shirts or black shirts, the latter being the more senior.

Since 2007, the CIC has been merged with the LTC. The integrated camp, known as the "Victoria Enhanced Leadership/Outdoor Camp Instructor Training Camp", otherwise known as VELOCI-T, trains Junior Leaders in both leadership skills and camp management skills. [56]

Campus and facilities

In the VS campus, the "Eco-Street" forms the central artery, which acts as a green lung, providing space between the Classroom Block and the Science Block. This space allows more natural light in classroms and improved ventilation.

The flora and fauna of the Eco-Street, including various tropical plants, fish and turtles, provide a setting for outdoor learning to take place. The Victoria Pool, Learning Garden, Bio Pod and Exploration Patch are intended to represent a move away from rigidly-structured, classroom-based instruction.

The classrooms on ground level (Learning Studios, previously known as the Flexsi Rooms) have sliding doors that open out to the landscape, suitable for impromptu lectures, meetings and project work. Some classrooms on the upper floors have balconies, taking advantage of the sea view.

There is also a 500-seater auditorium and a three-storey library.

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall is a hostel consisting of two 11-storey blocks within the VS compound. The Hall is beside the sea and East Coast Park, giving boarders both a sea view and access to the sporting facilities at the Park. It is home to about 500 boarders of different nationalities, many of whom attend either Victoria School or Victoria Junior College.

Victoria School and Victoria Hall are integrated within one development, optimising the use of scarce land. The objective was to avoid duplication of facilities between the school and hostel and to encourage sharing as far as possible. This process achieved a 13 percent reduction in the net floor area of the hostel, freeing up space for more landscaping and other aesthetic development.

Sports facilities

A S$500,000 AstroTurf field replaced the conventional field in early 2007. This allows games to be played even in wet weather.

A S$5 million multi-purpose Sports Hall was completed in June 2009. It consists of two storeys, but the height of the building is approximately seven storeys due to the high ceiling. The ground floor gives priority to floorball. A floorball mat is placed on the floor, but it can also be used to play sports like futsal. The enclosed second floor is used for such sports as volleyball, basketball and badminton.

The school also has an air-rifle range, a tennis court, PE rooms and a gymnasium.

Computer facilities

The school has a Wi-Fi system. The entire campus is covered with a Wi-Fi signal that allows teachers access to the internet anywhere on campus.

Incentives and sanctions

There are rules concerning students' uniform, grooming and attendance.

As at some other schools, VS students are forbidden to use mobile phones/cellphones, known locally as handphones, in school.[57] Students can ask for permission to use their handphones in case of an emergency.

The most common punishments at VS are school community service, detention for minor offences. For major offences such as playing truant, gambling, vandalism, fighting, smoking, theft, bullying, cheating, or being repeatedly disrespectful to staff, students are sent to the principal to be disciplined with corporal punishment in the form of caning. Occasionally, caning is administered for a repeat of lesser offences such as inappropriate hairstyles or coloured hair.[58]

Awards

In 2009, Victoria School was awarded the Ministry of Education's School Distinction Award (SDA). [59]

Victoria School has also attained various CCA awards, such as the Sustained Achievement Awards for sports, performing arts and uniformed groups, in recognition of its consistently high performance in national competitions, sports meets, the biennial Singapore Youth Festival and other events.

Scholars

Nine Victoria School students had received the prestigious Queen's, State and President's Scholarships.

  • Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim - Queen's Scholar, 1936
  • Poh Soo Jin - Queen's Scholar, 1951
  • Teh Ee Kheng - Queen's Scholar, 1957
  • Yap Choon Teck - Queen's Scholar, 1957
  • Si Hoe Sing Yin (Ms) - Queen's Scholar, 1958
  • Han Cheng Fong - State Scholar, 1962
  • Lam Chuan Leong - President's Scholar, 1967
  • Ng Chee Khern - President's Scholar, 1984
  • Loh Wai Keong - President's Scholar, 1984

Note: Queen's and State Scholarships are the predecessors of the President's Scholarship

Victoria Junior College

Victoria School is affiliated to Victoria Junior College (VJC), which was established in 1984 to replace the Pre-University classes in VS, and currently helms third place amongst the top 5 JCs in Singapore.

VJC provided VS students an option to continue a two-year junior college education within the Victorian family after the completion of their secondary education. VS students choosing to enter VJC get two bonus points off their GCE 'O'-Level L1R5 academic aggregate.

VJC has a small portion of its total student intake enrolled through its own Integrated Programme (IP), which VS students can apply for in Secondary Two. However, VS students are not given priority over other students in the IP's selection process. More than 30% of each cohort of the IP in VJC are from VS.

VJC will terminate the VIP with the 2012 batch of VIP students. The VIP will hence be absorbed into Victoria School and Cedar Girls Secondary School, to form a 6-year programme called the Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme. Students will join VJC in Year 5. The new IP is expected to foster closer relations with VJC and a possible merger between the two schools as seen in the Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College merger of 2009.

Victoria Advisory Committee

The Victoria Advisory Committee (VAC), formed in 1968, set the direction and advises on the future of Victoria School and Victoria Junior College. The Committee has 16 members and more than 80% of the members are Old Victorians. The principals of VS and VJC, as well as the President of the Old Victorians' Association, sit on the Committee. The present Chairman of the Committee is LG (NS) Ng Yat Chung, a former Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces and old boy of the school.

Old Victorians' Association

The alumni body, Old Victorians’ Association (OVA), was established in 1941. It serves as a channel for former students of Victoria School and Victoria Junior College to continue to associate with their alma mater. [60]

The OVA supports the activities undertaken by the schools, assists needy students, and promotes sports, social and cultural activities amongst members.

Every first Saturday of March has been designated Victorians' Day, when Victorians from VS and VJC of all years play games, eat school canteen food again and catch up with long-time schoolmates.

The OVA football team plays an annual friendly football match with Victoria Institution Old Boys' Association (VIOBA), the alumni body of Victoria Institution, Malaysia. The OVA hockey teams play in the Singapore Hockey Federation - Men's Division 3 League and Women's Premier League.

In 2006, OVA organized the Victoria School 130th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the VS school field. President S. R. Nathan, a distinguished Old Victorian, was the Guest of Honour.[61]

In 2009, OVA organized the inaugural combined VS and VJC gala concert, with a 260-strong cast comprising both students and celebrity alumni, at the Esplanade Concert Hall.[62][63][64]

An old boy of VS, poet and Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo, composed a poem named "Victoria School" for OVA in 1980.[65]

Notable Alumni

Head of State

Politics

Government

  • Dr Phay Seng Whatt: Chairman, Public Service Commission, 1962–1975
  • Dr Han Cheng Fong: Permanent Secretary, 1978–1984; State Scholar, 1962
  • Lam Chuan Leong: Permanent Secretary, 1984–2006; Ambassador-at-Large, 2006-; President's Scholar, 1967
  • Wong Hung Khim: Permanent Secretary, 1984–1987; President and CEO, Singapore Telecom, 1987–1995
  • Chiang Chie Foo: Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Defence, 1997-; Colombo Plan Scholar, 1975

Education

Military/Police

Legal

Medicine

  • Dr Chew Chin Hin: Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health, 1981–1991; Only Singaporean who had been conferred the prestigious Mastership in the American College of Physicians (MACP) for contribution to medicine in Singapore

Religion

  • Haji Sanusi Mahmood: First Mufti of Singapore, 1969-1972 [67]
  • Ven Sik Kwang Sheng: President, Singapore Buddhist Federation, 2006-; Abbot, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery - Singapore largest Buddhist monastery, 2004-; Founder, Buddhist College of Singapore [68]

Corporate

  • G Ramachandran: Prominent Indian business leader; President, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce, 1966–1968, 1973–1974, 1982–1986
  • Quek Leng Chan: Malaysian tycoon; Founder and Executive Chairman, Hong Leong Group Malaysia
  • Lim Hua Min: Founder and Executive Chairman, PhillipCapital Group

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Books

  • Lim Fang York, "A sense of belonging, and other poems", 1979, Victoria School
  • Lim Mu Yao, "Celebrating 130 years of Victoria School in Singapore", 2006, Victoria School
  • "Victoria School art elective program, 21 years", 2006, Victoria School; English 741.683095957 VIC, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
  • "Victoria Chorale", Victoria Chorale [1]

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