120th Anniversary Celebration Highlights
t has been a fruitful and memorable journey for the school, as we turn 120 years old this year.
Themed A Tapestry of Jade & Gold, the celebrations were launched in February, with the exciting sell-out concert production “Being: Glad That I Live”, and the all-time-favourite Family Day, which brought the SCGS family back together, to fund raise for President’s Challenge.
We remembered stories of our school and founders with the opening of our refreshed Heritage Centre at Homecoming 2019 in July, re-connecting with our Peranakan heritage.
Immensely proud are we too, of our alumnae who led a successful conservation campaign of “Keep 37 Emerald Hill” – we are glad to learn that three buildings on our Emerald Hill campus have received conservation status!
The celebrations culminated with the joyous gala dinner “Peranakan Night” in September, where generations of kim geks including the Guest of Honour President Halimah Yacob, came together to celebrate the school’s milestone and raise funds for President’s Challenge. With the concerted effort of the SCGS family throughout the year to support the fundraising, we were pleased to present a cheque of $250,000 for President’s Challenge.
We would like to thank our alumnae, parents and partners who came together to stitch the SCGS tapestry with one heart, making this year a memorable milestone for the school.
Read on for more photos and videos of this exciting year!
120 Ways of Giving Back
The spirit of giving back to society has always been a part of the SCGS DNA. When the young Sir Song Ong Siang completed his law studies in Cambridge in 1893, then Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Cecil Clementi Smith gave him this advice:
Do not seek pastures new, but go back to Singapore and try to do the best you can for the colony which has enabled you to get such a good start in life, and especially for your own countrymen.
(Song Ong Siang in 100 Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore, 1923, pg 245)
The essence behind these words are still relevant today, even as the context has changed. Throughout 2019, the school commemorated with 120 Ways of Giving Back through Values-in-Action projects, fund raising activities to advocate and raise greater awareness for less fortunate members of our society. Here is a video that captures snapshots of the year’s efforts to give back to our community:
Concert and SCGS Family Day
The year-long 120th Anniversary celebrations opened with the SCGS Family Day, a special event well-loved by generations of SCGS students. Held at Mediapolis@One-North this year, it was a fun-filled day when generations of SCGS kim geks came together to celebrate our school’s birthday with games and food, catching up as they enjoyed the greenery at the spacious park. The school is fortunate to be able to partner our innovative and resourceful Parent Support Group in supporting this event.
Completing the Family Day was our first ever full-school 120th Anniversary Concert, put together by our Performing Arts CCAs from both Primary and Secondary divisions and supported by our Infocomm Club and Art Club students. With an exciting script written by our alumna and English Language Subject Head, the production was transformed into the amazing story of SCGS values, styled with a distinctively SCGS flair by the Creative Director and alumna Denise Tan.
The 300-strong performers presented two full-house concerts, which were received with great enthusiasm and positive review. We are deeply encouraged by our alumnae and parents for their unwavering support throughout the journey.
Homecoming 2019: Celebrating our Heritage
We were pleased to open the refreshed SCGS Heritage Centre, graced by the Chief Executive Officer of National Heritage Board, Ms Chang Hwee Nee.
Another highlight of Homecoming 2019 was the special exhibition curated by “Keep 37 Emerald Hill” team. After months of campaigning since August 2018, the conservation team submitted a well-researched proposal for URA’s consideration in April 2019. We are extremely grateful that three of the five buildings at the Emerald Hill campus have been gazetted for conservation! Bravo and well done to the conservation team for their excellent work! You can read more about the conservation effort here.
Conservation of Emerald Hill Campus
Peranakan Night was the much-anticipated event that culminated the year of celebrations. Helmed by the SCGS Board of Directors, the SCGS Alumni and our parents, the gala dinner was a joyous gathering of kim geks across generations.
The evening’s atmosphere was lively and vibrant, all thanks too, to the performances by our students from both Primary and Secondary divisions.
President Halimah Yacob, the GOH and a fellow kim gek launched the commemorative publication “Nearer the Sky: Pieces of Jade & Gold II” – a coffee table book that celebrates how our alumnae embody our school values of Sincerity, Courage, Generosity and Service as they lived their lives.
As part of our endeavour of 120 Ways of Giving Back, the SCGS family presented a cheque of $250,000 to Mdm Halimah, for the benefit of President’s Challenge. This is the result of the concerted effort by all our stakeholders throughout the year to fundraise. We are very grateful for the generous donations of the SCGS family in reaching out to needy communities in Singapore.
Our dinner guests enjoyed the beautiful singing and graceful steps of our choir and dance group. Strains of musical favourites “Di Tanjong Katong” and “Jingli Nonya” filled the air.
The highlight of the evening was the birthday song singing and cake cutting to wish SCGS a happy 120th birthday. The moment was accompanied by a colourful release of confetti, well-timed by the daddies of SCGS!
The evening then continued with more singing and dancing led by Peranakan Sayang, with a mass joget that got everyone on their feet dancing! It was a memorable evening to end a memorable year!
Updated on 31 Oct 2019