10 Really Old Schools That Shaped Singapore’s History

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9. St Andrew’s School

In 1862, a grand total of 156 years ago, St Andrew’s School was founded on our shores.

Back then, the quaint private school was known as Sim Quee’s School, located along 29 Chin Chew Street.

Two locals of the Anglican faith, Mr Sim Quee and Tye Kim, decided to establish the school to reach out to locals.

On 8 Sep 1862, Sim Quee was officially appointed the first headmaster of St Andrew’s Church Mission School.

As the school grew from strength to strength, they moved to 11 Upper Hokkien street within a year, and secured government funding on 22 May 1872, 10 years after its founding.

St Andrew’s head of school Reverend James Romanis Lee also famously introduced football and the first Sports Meet during his tenure, despite being “lame in one leg”.

Carving a niche in sporting achievements, the school’s ongoing legacy continues today.

10. Anglo-Chinese School

This little shophouse at 70, Amoy Street may not mean much to most Singaporeans.

Except, it’s the very house that Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) was founded in, way back in March of 1886 by Bishop William Fitzjames Oldham.

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From a class of 13 students, ACS flourished and moved to 1 Canning Rise within a year.

At the time, it was considered the “largest educational project” in both Singapore and Malaya combined, at its campus in Barker Road. All ACS units, were even housed within these premises at some point.

Post-World War II, Barker Road campus was built in 1950 and Canning Rise campus was redeveloped in 1957.

Primary classes were relocated to Canning Rise, while secondary students moved to Barker Road in the 1980s.

What we call ACS Independent or ACS(I) today, hailed from the secondary school cohort at Barker Road, while its Junior College section branched out in 1977 to form Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC).

They both retained their famous school motto, “The Best Is Yet To Be.”

Remembering our past

Although most of us are no longer in school, it’s interesting to learn facts about the institution from our youth.

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